Archives for 2010

The Marble Boat|Summer Palace in Beijing China

The Marble Boat is an impressive pavilion at the Summer Palace in Beijing.  Originally,built in 1755 for the Qianlong Emperor in a traditional Chinese design, with a base of large stone blocks to support the structure. This was destroyed by Anglo-French forces in 1860. The Empress Dowager Cixi had the Marble Boat rebuilt in 1893 […]

The Jade Belt Bridge (Marble Bridge) | Summer Palace Beijing China

The Jade Belt Bridge or Marble Bridge is an exquisite bridge and is actually made of marble and stone. (I was disappointed to find out that most of the Marble boat is made out of wood!). The Jade Belt Bridge is also known as the Camel’s Back Bridge or Moon Bridge because of its high […]

The Long Corridor | Summer Palace Beijing

The magnificent Long Corridor at the Summer Palace in Beijing, is 728 metres in length. It has  crossbeams under the roof which divides the corridor into 273 sections, all of which are richly decorated with art. When the Qianlong Emperor authorized the construction of a palace garden in 1750, he also commissioned the building of […]

Scrapbook Designs and Scrapbooking Sketches

Scrapbooking Sketches – the way to GO! Next to my love of travel, when I am home I just love to scrapbook. It is a real passion, or is it an obsession? I‘m not sure which sometimes! However, I guess it fulfills my creative needs, as scrapbooking allows one to be artistic and   decorative, as […]

Lyn’s Scrapbooking and Scrapbook Designs

A few years ago I was introduced to scrap booking by my daughter-in-law. It took no time at all and I was totally immersed in scrapbook designs, colored papers,  decorative elements and journaling. I just love it. For a while it took over my life with so many photos of my children and grandchildren to […]

The History and Civilization of China

Editors: Yingpin Zhang, Wei Fan, The History and Civilization of China,Central Party Literature Pub House, 2003. Read up on the history and civilization of China before you embark on a Small Group Tour to China, and you will enjoy and appreciate your trip so much more! This book on The History and Civilization of China, […]

Gavin Menzies on Chinese Culture and Tradition

Discover China and Chinese culture and tradition for yourself on a Small Group Tour. If you’re fascinated by Chinese culture and tradition, if you have an inquiring mind, open to new ideas and theories, you may enjoy the following two books by Gavin Menzies. 1421: The Year China Discovered America (P.S.) 1434: The Year a […]

The Golden Pheasant in Chinese Culture and Tradition

Golden Pheasants and Silver Pheasants (also a native of China) have been used symbolically in ancient Chinese art and culture for hundreds of centuries. To the Chinese the Golden pheasant is a symbol of beauty, good fortune and refinement.

Kindle my Passion

Well I must say this amazing Kindle device beats carrying a couple of novels with me to read on long trips. I love my books with a passion.

Chinese Culture and Tradition – Top Five Attractions Beijing

We spent the most wonderful four days on a Beijing tour seeing the main attractions in Beijing, and absolutely walked our little feet off. This was just the start of our tour, but it was certainly great value for money. My sister  and I toured China in 2006 on a 14 day small group tour, […]

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