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Travel Pictures - CHINA - 2001

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        The following series of photos were taken at the conclusion of a late summer of 2001
     journey on the trans-Siberian railroad from Moscow in western Russia to Beijing in
     northern China.

My second visit to the monster's portrait at the north end of Tiananmen Square -
Tiananmen Gate; Beijing, China
Three ladies and a child taking advantage of the wide bike lanes typical of China's capital  -
Tiananmen Square; Beijing, China
Busy stream of visitors just outside the Forbidden City -
Beijing, China
Fantastic arrangement of kites flying freely over the world's largest, open-urban square -
Tiananmen Square; Beijing, China
Lovely flower arrangement back dropped by the Great Hall of the People -
Tiananmen Square; Beijing, China
Synchronized soldiers mingling with the people -
Tiananmen Square; Beijing, China
Children sporting their school uniforms during a field trip -
Tiananmen Square; Beijing, China
Typical back-alley that can only accommodate bicycle and pedestrian traffic -
Beijing, China
Hurried pedestrians passing in front of a colorful, vendor's stall near Tiananmen Square -
Beijing, China
An even more colorful market scene with a plethora of vendors and patrons -
Beijing, China
 Interesting mix of transport in China's capital -
Beijing, China
Beijing's bicyclists have a tremendous advantage when it is time to park -
Beijing, China
Where is Toto? -
Beijing, China
A cheerful, Chinese couple amid the colorful gardens in what is essentially a pleasant city (other than the smog) -
Beijing, China
Disciplined soldiers marching out into the city streets -
Beijing, China
Cute and well-behaved children taking advantage of a convenient city park -
Beijing, China
This youngster is training for China's future, which is expected to include many more automobiles -
Beijing, China
Tourists strolling the large plaza at the Hall of Supreme Harmony. I found the Forbidden City to be
rather cold and sterile due to the absence of vegetation; perhaps it was not always this way? -
Forbidden City; Beijing, China
Close-up of the Hall of Supreme Harmony (Ron with guide at left). The Forbidden City, according to UNESCO, is said to contain
the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world (perhaps explaining the absence of trees?) -
Forbidden City; Beijing, China
One of many lovely bridges within the expansive Forbidden City -
Forbidden City; Beijing, China
Snapshot of a corner tower, moat, and TREES just outside the Forbidden City's fortifications -
Forbidden City; Beijing, China
Colorful and decorative wardrobe from some past era -
Beijing, China
An amazing array of souvenirs (made in China?) are available throughout the city -
Beijing, China
This incredible structure is a massive remnant of the clash of cultures between the Chinese and the Mongols.
And, contrary to rumor, the Great Wall is not "the only man-made object visible from the moon."
In fact, at 180 miles overhead, while airport runways are easily seen, the Great Wall is nearly invisible -
Badaling, China
My favorite section of the wall at Badaling -
Badaling, China
I love how the wall is often built into the natural terrain -
Badaling, China
The Chinese tourists also seem to appreciate the Great Wall -
Badaling, China
At the top of the distant hill is a dangerously steep portion of the Great Wall -
Badaling, China
Peering down the dangerous set of steps along with many unnerved tourists -
Badaling, China

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