|Let the adventure begin!|
Friday, June 30, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
|Sculpture of dancing prince and princess|
Friday, June 16, 2017
What a mix of old and new…On one side of the Huangpu River are the colonial buildings
that mark Shanghai as a world banking center since
the 1930s. On the other side are new high rise office and apartment buildings
rivaling any city with a vision of the future. Touring this city may have been
my favorite part of the trip.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Jingzhou was believed to have been built by Guan Yu at the same time he made the earth.
And while this may not be strictly true, it has been a transportation hub and
commodity distribution center for more than 5,000 years. Because of its
location, Jingzhou served as the capital for 20 kings from around 1046 BCE
until 256 BCE. This rich history has provided archeologists with numerous sites
to explore. Within Jiangling County are ruins of five Chu cities, 73 sites
containing Chu Culture items and more than 800 ancient tombs, including those
of 18 Chu kings; there is also a well-preserved 2,000-year-old male corpse. The
city walls, city gates, watchtowers, and battlements have been well maintained.
|Wall outside of Jingzhou|
Friday, June 2, 2017
Chongqing, once called Chungking, is one of the Five National Central Cities in China. It is traditionally associated with the State of Ba and the Ba who arrived in the area in about 316 BC. As with Beijing, it underwent the same sort of wars and name changes from the late 200s BC through the Ming Dynasty. The area was eventually conquered by the Manchus during the Qing Dynasty with immigration to Chongqing and Sichuan in support of Qing emperor. Foreigners were first allowed into the area in 1890 when the British Consulate General was opened. The Japanese, French, German, and US consulates were opened in Chongqing between 1896 and 1904. The big excitement came during the Second Sino-Japanese War when Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek made Chongqing his provisional capital. The mountainous environment was protection from bombs leading factories and universities to relocate here. Coming into this area made me realize why so many Chinese pieces of art show mountains shrouded in clouds. Chongqing has over 100 days of fog per year with 68 of those days occurring during the spring and autumn. Of course it’s not all fog. Chongqing is among one of the ten most air-polluted cities in the world; the list includes Beijing, Jinan, Lanzhou, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, and Urumqi.