A few pictures from my trip to China July/August 2006

 

On a bus on the way to the Village of Cuandixia, I snapped a few photos...

The bicycle is a popular mode of transport in China.

 

China is very flat, so it is rare that you will see a bike with any gears.

Mother, son and McDonald's balloon

It is very popular for not only small children to hold hands as they are walking down the street

but also older girls as well.

Ray, Vivi & I met a Dutch couple on the bus to Cuandixia, and we invited them

to have lunch with us at the place where we were staying.

Cuandixia is a village approximately 2 hours outside of Beijing.

It has been preserved very well and has only recently been opened to foreigners.

Cuandixia was built by a single family during the Ming dynasty.

The town is in the shape of a gold ingot which you will see in a later picture.

Another example of something that may have gotten lost in translation.

In China, it is rare for there to be glass on a window of a home. The preferred insulation of choice is a very thin paper.

As you can see, there are still remnants of paper on this window of an abandoned home.

Paper Window

There are many hostels scattered around the town of Cuandixia.

An entrance to a home in Cuandixia

This is the town name in Chinese Characters.

The place where Ray, Vivi & I stayed. Our hostess was already preparing our dinner!

We hiked all around the abandoned town - through alleyways and up the mountainside.

A doorway to an abandoned home in Cuandixia

Looking back down on the town of Cuandixia from a Temple on a nearby mountain hill

The mountains surrounding Cuandixia

Ray & I outside the Temple in Cuandixia

A doorway to another home in Cuandixia.

Several photos follow of different dooways...

 

 

 

 

 

A man resting from a long day of work

There are fields of sunflowers all over the countryside of China.

Sunflower seeds are a popular snack!

A home built into the side of the mountain. If you look very closely, there is a spraypainted circle just to the right

of the door frame (underneath the window). It means that this structure is scheduled to be demolished.

 

Here you can see the town of Cuandixia in the shape of a gold ingot!

 

Vivi and I found a swingset that looks to have been built from extra construction materials.

The Temple at Cuandixia

Apparently, this is a very famous spot for pictures in the shopping district of Wangfujing. Ray and I were waiting

to meet our bus for our trip to The Great Wall, and at 6:45 a.m., there are not many people shopping.

Ray and I started our hike of The Great Wall in Jinshanling and hiked approximately 6+ miles to Simatai.

The Great Wall from Jinshanling

The portion of The Great Wall that we hiked was not very well preserved. In other parts of the wall

where more tourists tend to gravitate, the Wall has actually been restored.

 

Photos from Beijing, China (part 4)

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