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 “
Udaipur is known as the city of lakes: it has seven lakes which are all connected by canals. The city is also is surrounded by the Aravalli Mountain Range.
Our first site was the impressive City Palace of Udaipur. This palace was built over 400 years by 4 Maharajas starting in 1553. The first Maharaja decided to move his capital to Udaipur due to the safety of the surrounding mountains and water supply. The palace sites next to the Pichola Lake, which is the biggest lake in Udaipur.
We went from the pink city to the blue city on about 6 hours of driving. Jodhpur is a city in the Thar Desert, in Rajasthan. The old city is painted blue to help reflect the intense sun and keep the buildings cooler. Our guide also told us that during summer locals mostly sleep on roofs to try and keep cool! The night we spent in Jodhpur the nighttime low was 90 degrees.