The Giant Pandas at the Beijing Zoo
They’re like Koalas – they eat all the time!
Close-up of a Panda eating bamboo
More of the same…
A Little Red Panda running around
What’s that Little Red Panda doing?
I can’t remember what was in this tree but I remember we were all fascinated at the time
Ducks swimming in one of the lakes
View of the other side of one of the lakes
A Polar Bear climbing on top of some rocks
Another Polar Bear resting
Another lake on the way back from the Polar Bear enclosure
A compact car at the zoo that the locals call “the little turlte”
Pants with slits at the back are the go if you haven’t been potty-trained yet
A dragon statue in the first courtyard to the Summer Palace
A bed of peonies along a walkway off the main courtyard
View of an impressive, octagonal, building across the lake
A bridge linking a small island in the lake
Entrance to an imperial bedroom in another courtyard
Picturesque roof-top view from one of the courtyards
Another courtyard view; grassy gardens are very popular in China – they look good, too!
Detail of another doorway
Detail beneath the ceiling from one of the rotundas along the edge of the lake
View from beneath the large octagonal building
Bronze statues are common-place in front of important entrances in China
The pontoon ferrying tourists back to the main entrance of the Summer Palace
The entrance to the building at the foot of the hill below the large, octagonal, building
The restaurant in the building below the large, octagonal, building
The entrance to the men’s toilet at the restaurant – flashy, huh?
I think this is where the emperor’s throne was located during the summer
A view from beside the emperor’s throne area looking up the hill
Detail underneath the ceiling above the emperor’s throne area
Extreme close-up of the detail on the ceiling of a wooden walkway
Detail of the ceiling directly the emperor’s throne
Another view looking up at the octagonal building
Chinese tea ceremony. The best tea I’ve ever had, too!
Ron always made friends with the girls!
A marble boat docked at the Summer Palace (the original was destroyed, unfortunately)
Another view of the marble boat
View of the front of the marble boat (btw, it’s too heavy to actually leave dock!)
View of the octagonal building from the pontoon on the lake
Another island in the middle of the lake
A bridge joining the island close to the main entrance of the Summer Palace
A view of the octagonal building off in the distance
Chinese worker at a cloisonne factory adding detail to some copper pots
Adding the many layers of special paint
Firing the cloisonne vases
The cloisonne shop. This stuff don’t come cheap!
One of those large vases will set you back around $5,000 Australian!
I can’t remember the price of the one in the glass cage; let’s just say that I couldn’t afford it!
Inside the McDonald’s restaurant a few shops down from our hotel
In front of the Chaoyang Theatre
The empty stage, before the performance
Chinese girls twirling rugs in mid-air
Chinese Lion and various performers in balancing acts
Men, and men in lion costumes; I usually took the photo just after the good bit :-(
Again, just after they had performed an amazing somersault!
My trigger finger got a little better for this one!
Four men, in two lion costumes, balancing and moving across the stage on a rubber ball
A boy balancing on a plank of wood and flicking plates onto his head
Balancing before flicking one of the plates
A boy balancing on top of a man and flicking plates onto his head
A boy half way through jumping off the platform held by the balancing man below
Girls twirling discs on the end of bendy-rods
Twirling discs in a stack
Variations on a theme
This was truly amazing! The girls in mid-air were being spun around and juggled back and forth!
The highlight of the evening…
It took quite a run-up to jump and twist through the top ring!
Jumping through the top ring and each other!
You’d be showing off, too, if you were as good as these guys!
About to jump through the middle ring.
A backward somersault through the top ring!
A backward somersault through the fifth, and final, ring!
Two troupes of girls riding together in circles
Doing fancier tricks on the bicycles; you don’t see your average Chinese doing this in the street, though!
Riding in circles standing on top of their bicycles
What a finale!
The End :-(