Sunday, April 6, 2008

Highlights from my trip to China Part 1

Well, I'm back from my adventures in China! It was an amazing trip, I'm definitely glad I went. I love learning about new cultures and seeing the way people live. I've posted a lot of pics to show you just a little of what I saw on my adventure. I do have to say that I NEVER want to be away from my family for that long again - 9 days is WAY too long!!! I was ready to come home and see my baby and husband!

We started in Beijing, then went to Suzhou, Hangzhou and ended in Shanghai. I didn't like Beijing that much, but the rest was awesome.


Here is a picture journal of what I did and saw:



All the Chinese people thought my sis and I were twins there. What do you think?

The Temple of Heaven. It is a circular building built with no nails.
The architecture there is so awesome. They have so many beautiful colors and I love the roof lines.
Another awesome roof line. They would build animal statues on their roofs to keep evil spirits away.

This is the Olympic arena where the 2008 Olympics will be held in Beijing this summer.
Lingering Garden - there are more pic's of Lingering Garden in the next post.
They need help translating, I think . . .
The entrance to The Forbidden City, where emperors lived for many, many years.

Inside the Forbidden City. They have these grotesques everywhere to keep evil spirits away.
Garden area inside the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City was seriously huge. It just kept going and going, courtyard after building after courtyard.
Rickshaw ride - a guy rode his bike w/ us in this little carriage behind him
We ate in a Chinese person's home. He cooked us lunch and it was soooooo good! I was a little scared about what we would have to eat but it was the best meal of the trip, by far.

12 comments:

Mrs. B said...

I love all those pictures, part one and part two!! What an awesome trip! Love all your stories and those gardens are amazing!!!

The Patterson Posse said...

What an awesome opportunity! It looks like you had a wonderful time. Experiencing a totally different culture is so cool!

Chani said...

I love your pictures! China sure is beautiful. Looks like fun, but I can understand wanting to come home to your hunny and baby.

Stowers Family said...

looks like you had an awesome trip-- so jealous!

Jared, Leesha, and Jaylee said...

It looks like a lot of fun! I like your hair, did you cut it? Also, I do think you and Lindsey could pass for twins. How fun to go with your Mom, and your sister. 9 days is a long time to be away, I'm sure you're glad to be home :)

Notes From My Underbelly said...

Wow! what fun! I've always wanted to go to China! But it is hard to leave your baby! You and Lindsey do look a lot alike! Especially in those pics!

Amber said...

It looks like you had such a great trip, , ,what a fun experience to see all of those sites and taste a new culture!!!

patrick & carly said...

That looks like it was an amazing trip! I am so jealous you went to the The Great Wall! That is something I have to do before I die!! Keep the pics coming!

mary said...

michelle, i just went to bingabows.com just because its been a while since i've looked & you have so many new things your doing. it is sooo awesome! way cool.

erik&sammy said...

That is so amazing! How lucky that you got to go. was it just you girls?! so much fun. and yes, you could be twins!

BYU Lewis said...

Wonderful pics! And I do have to say, in one of the pics on the great wall with the three of you I had a bit of trouble picking which was you. So I guess your could pass as twins. Syd and I always get asked if we're twins:)

Anne-Marie said...

What beautiful pictures of China-sounds like you have some great memories.