"There is no satisfaction that can compare with looking back across the years and finding you've grown in self-control, judgment, generosity and unselfishness." -Ella Wheeler Wilcox, American author and poet
Farm animals in the city.
I'll be on the lookout for something new, but here's one from the archives!
On our arrival in Beijing in April of 2009, we were bused across the enormous metropolis to a restaurant which, we were told, is where the government takes dignitaries such as presidents, prime ministers and royalty when they visit Beijing. The specialty of the house is Peking Duck, and I must say, it was delicious!
The ducks (for UrbanSnap) are the white neon characters in the lower left, and the stylized characters around the perimeter of the big sign.
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–Victor Hugo, French writer and artist
"Everyone sing with us!"
The authorized Terracotta Warrior replica
factory workshop that our tour group visited was actually quite interesting. Besides replicating full sized (and very expensive) Terracotta Warriors for people to purchase, there is recognition that the typical tourist isn't going to part with that kind of money. There are several different sizes, therefore, from the aforementioned large ones down to these, which were about six inches in height.
I thought that as they stood there all proper, that they resembled a Men's Chorus like (for people of a certain age) Sing Along With Mitch. One wonders, though, what song would they choose to sing for us?
The only way to get there.
Members of our tour group make their way up the stairs to the top of the city wall in Xian. This stop was just after lunch, making the climb . . . unattractive. Once ascended, though, there are interesting views of the surrounding city, and interesting activities going on. Worth the effort, indeed.
The old and the new mesh fairly well!
County Hall took eleven years to build and served as the headquarters of London government, the Greater London Council, from 1922 until 1986 when the GLC was abolished. Since then the building has been converted into hotel, museum and exhibition space.
The London Eye was conceived as a celebration of the New Millennium. It was supposed to be a temporary attraction, but it became such a hit with tourists and locals alike that it quickly gained a place among London's iconic sights.
One of the places visitors to Xian are taken is the wall surrounding the old city. Construction began in 1370, and atop the wall are many guard houses and military administrative buildings. Tourists can rent bicycles to ride the entire 8.5 miles around the enclosed old city.