China Summer 2012 - Beijing


Our Itinerary text and a map are located at this link

Click here for the Shanghai Section of the Trip

Click here for the Yangtze River Cruise and the Three Gorges Dam Section of the Trip

Click here for the Terra Cotta Soldiers in Xian

Click here for the Beijing Section of the Trip


While most of my photos are of tourist sights, I want to impress on you that China has a large middle class and very modern and extremely clean shopping areas, hotels, and restaurants.  Look at the reflection on the marble floor. Granted, virtually everything in China has been built in the last 15 years or less so it in perfect condition.

Tiananmen Square

The gardens boarding on Tiananmen Square

Again, see how clean everything is? Everywhere we went, there was an army of people continually sweeping or picking up litter.

Inside the Forbidden City

One of the throne rooms in the Forbidden City.

One of Dragon Boats on the lake within the Summer Palace.

The Beijing Opera

Cynthia at the Great Wall

Our Viking tour is made up a several small groups. This is our group.

China is extremely clean. Everywhere people are sweeping the sidewalks, parks and streets. There is absolutely NO litter.


Our Itinerary text and a map are located at this link

Click here for the Shanghai Section of the Trip

Click here for the Yangtze River Cruise and the Three Gorges Dam Section of the Trip

Click here for the Terra Cotta Soldiers in Xian

Click here for the Beijing Section of the Trip