The Rise of Magic
Welcome to Beijing.
And the results of one of its flash storms/floods.
The Imperial city awaits.
These gats are actually really far away.
Seriously, be prepared to walk. Not that I was doing any walking. There are advantages to having only minimal appendages.
This is only the first inner courtyard. I hope they had golf carts in the old days.
It wasn't a maze, but it sure felt like one.
The famous nine dragon screen.
I met a dragon once. It was imprisoned by a witch who owned bathhouse...
Don't ask me why, but the toilets were right around the corner from this wall.
Gates to a temple are very elaborate in China.
This is a mosque believe it or not.
It's called the Drum Tower because it's full of drums. Get it?
Xian's marketplace. You will never find a cheaper silk robe.
Or a t-shirt, jade pendent, fan, scarf, figurine, snuff box, bag, painting, pencil, chopsticks, skirt, keychain, etc ad nausuem.
The Duke of Ch'in was just a little bit paranoid about the afterlife, ne?
Welcome to the Summer Palace.
With it's beautiful lake.
And random pretty tower.
I like round doors cause then I match.
Opera is more interesting in Chinese.
Welcome to the Great Wall of China... and the smog.
I was actually dragged to the top of that hill in the distance.
No one about means you can pretend to fire canons at Mongol invaders.
I wonder if they can see the wall from space through the smog?