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.
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 “
From Beijing, Christopher, Meg, and Katie took a tour to see and hike the Great Wall of China. The sections we saw were Mutianyu and Jiankou. The wall was built over multiple millenia, to protect China from horse-riding invaders from the Mongolian steppe, including Huns and Mongolians. Continue reading “The Great Wall of China “
We stayed at another fantastic hotel! This one had an outdoor bar with an awesome view of Bangkok! The bar is on the 45th floor but has multiple levels that continue higher. We loved the view we had drinks there twice!
Our first stop in the district of Agra was Fort Fatehpur Sikri. We stopped here while driving into the city of Agra. This fort was founded by Emperor Akbar as the capital. They started construction in 1569. It took 15 years to build the fort, but the royal family left the fort in 1585, 19 years after beginning construction. They were forced to leave their new home and return to the city of Agra because the spring-fed lake had gone dry.
The fort has been used since by other families and governments. It is in good condition today. It has a five mile walk around the fort and a mosque inside, built for the original royal family. Continue reading “Agra “