On our first day in Tokyo we went shopping! We had flown all night from Bali, and started the day with a meal of sushi at the airport! We stayed in another capsule hotel, which had a great aesthetic.
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We arrived in Lhasa at 5pm and our tour guide took us straight to the hotel. We ate dinner at the hotel after checking in from their balcony with a view. It was a stunning view of Potala Palace. It felt unbelievable that we were actually eating dinner in Lhasa, Tibet!
Katie wanted to meet us in China when she heard about our trip, especially to see the Terracotta Warriors. When she worked in The Children’s Museum in Indianapolis, they hosted the traveling exhibit on the warriors and Katie worked that exhibit. We were so excited to see the warriors; it was certainly an anticipated highlight.
We took our first bullet train in China! We went from Beijing to Xi’an, which took us into different territories of China on a 6 hour train ride. We almost reached 300 km/hr which was also exciting! We really loved how easy the train was, and how easy the metro in Xi’an was too.
Temple of Heaven was built in 1420, and 22 Emperors from Ming and Qing dynasties worshiped heaven from this location. It was also used as a place for animal sacrifices, prayers for bumper harvest and prayers for favorable rains. Our first stop inside the large complex was The North Animal Sacrifice Pavilion. It was also built in 1420 and used to sacrifice animals before the Emperors would pray. It was believed that a sacrifice helped your prayers be heard and answered.
Tienanmen Square is the largest public square in the world! However, with no seating, trees or much shade it is not a place to relax. It also has a lot of security: security checks at every entrance, closed circuit cameras, police, and a military presence. The square has a few structures inside of it and it is considered the symbolic center of the Chinese Universe. It is surrounded by stern, 1960 soviet-style brutalist buildings and white fences. Continue reading “Tienanmen Square and The National Museum of China “
The Forbidden City is the largest palace complex is the world. It was home to the two last dynasties before The Chinese Republic. For 500 years when Emperors ruled China, no ordinary citizen was allowed to enter the city, with instant execution as punishment for attempting; hence the complex received its western name “The Forbidden City”. It is referred to as Palace Museum or Ancient Palace by the Chinese. The complex is divided into two parts: royal residence and ceremonial court. Continue reading “The Forbidden City “