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Abergele, Wales - 20th May 2015

By: svartberg

Hello! My name is Annie and I am a little pink rabbit from Wales in the UK. I am friends with my owner's stay-at-home TV Cooper but I am bored of being at home and would like to see the world!

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Where shall I go first...? :)

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* Posted May 20, 2015, 5:59 pm Last edited May 20, 2015, 5:59 pm by svartberg [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Abergele, Wales - 22nd May 2015

By: svartberg

I'm going on an adventure to China!!!

After saying goodbye to my friend Cooper...

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It was time to pack. Hope I've got enough food to last me the journey :stare:

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Well, time to go I guess!

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* Posted May 22, 2015, 11:05 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Beijing, China - 1st June 2015

By: goomymia

Dear Cooper, I've arrived safely in Beijing, China!!!

It's 32 degree here in Beijing, sunny and windy. Look at these lovely flowers!  :)
I made a little stop on the way to my host's home...I guess they are the leaders of China. I think I recognized Mao and Mr. Xi. Ummm..interesting..

I soon met my new friends Slowly-Slowly and Elliot. They are voyagers like us and Eliott is also from UK, his hometown is Weymouth, England. Slowly is from Holland, he is very interested in Walse, I showed him the flag of Walse on postcard and pointed out the location of our country on map.

Happy Children's Day My Friend!!!

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* Posted Jun 2, 2015, 6:35 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Gulou, Beijing, China - 7th June 2015

By: goomymia

Hi there,
Today we went to Shichahai area. :rolleyes:
The red building in the first picture is Gulou or Drum Tower. Behind Gulou is Zhonglou or Bell Tower in the second picture. They were both originally built in 1272. Then we took a stroll on Yandan Byway, there are many shops on that street, also many tourists, many tourists. And we were trying to escape from a golden man, he'd never seen a walking toy voyager in his life, he is just...wired. Following by the view of Shichahai, hai means the sea but it's obviously a lake..
We went back home by underground. You see how many people there, it was deadly crowded. :(

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* Posted Jun 7, 2015, 12:12 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Beiluoguxiang, Beijing, China - 9th June 2015

By: goomymia

I had a lot of fun at the Cat's café. :D

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* Posted Jun 9, 2015, 2:42 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Chongqing Xiaomian Restaurant, Beijing, China - 16th June 2015

By: goomymia

Time to taste some traditional Chinese food! We went to a Chongqing Xiaomian restaurant.
Chongqing is a beautiful city located in south China, famous for its spicy, both for food and girls...just kidding.  :p
People said Chongqing looks like Hong Kong in mainland China. Wish I could go visit there someday.

The noodles were very delicious..also very spicy though. I was so full!! :D
After the meal, we spent some time wandering around the street nearby.

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* Posted Jun 16, 2015, 2:54 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Nanhaizi Park, Beijing, China - 21st June 2015

By: goomymia

Hello my friends,
This gate is quite beautiful, maybe I've seen such building somewhere in China Town or on TV. :rolleyes:
It's so hot here, but I still wanna go advanture in this place, think about what do they have on the other side of the gate.. :p
Let me check the site map first..


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* Posted Oct 16, 2015, 6:51 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet, China - 30th September 2015

By: goomymia

After around 43 hours train we finally arrived in Lhasa!!!
It was 3757m in total, and I do feel a bit altitude sick.. Think about it, the altitude is only 50m back in Beijing:thinking:
I saw the magnificent Potala Palace, which is definitely the highest building in Lhasa.
Dear mum, I also went to local postoffice, and then we took a stroll around Potala Palace. :rolleyes:




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* Posted Oct 16, 2015, 6:58 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Jokhang Temple, Tibet - 1st October 2015

By: goomymia


Wandering around Barkhor Street where is the most popular local shopping area, we visited the famous Jokhang, here are some infomation:  :)

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The Jokhang is located on Barkhor Square in Lhasa, the capital city of the country of Tibet. For most Tibetans it is the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. It is in some regards pan-sectarian, but is controlled by the Gelug school. The temple's architectural style is a mixture of Indian vihara design, Tibetan, and Nepalese design.

The Jokhang was founded during the reign of king Songtsän Gampo. According to tradition, the temple was built for the two brides of the king, Princess Wencheng of the Chinese Tang dynasty and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. Both wives are said to have brought important Buddhist statues and images from China and Nepal to Tibet as part of their dowries, and they were housed here. Initially, many Nepalese artists worked to construct this temple.

       

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* Posted Oct 26, 2015, 2:41 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Lhasa, Tibet - 5th October 2015

By: goomymia



The bus in Lhasa looks exactly the same as in Beijing, except they use both Chinese and Tibatan to give the information of next stop.
We were just going to explore a little bit of the old town, surprisely found that the Exquisite Exhibition of the Second China Thangka was hold in a historic yard!!! :cyclops:

Fancy the lovely tea house which is located in an old temple, have a cup of sweet buttered tea and enjoy your fresh day. ;)


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A thangka, variously spelt as tangka, thanka or tanka is a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton, or silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. Thangkas are traditionally kept unframed and rolled up when not on display, mounted on a textile backing somewhat in the style of Chinese scroll paintings, with a further silk cover on the front. So treated, thangkas can last a long time, but because of their delicate nature, they have to be kept in dry places where moisture will not affect the quality of the silk. Most thankas are relatively small, comparable in size to a Western half-length portrait, but some are extremely large, several metres in each dimension; these were designed to be displayed, typically for very brief periods on a monastery wall, as part of religious festivals. Most thankas were intended for personal meditation or instruction of monastic students. They often have elaborate compositions including many very small figures. A central "deity" is often surrounded by other identified figures in a symmetrical composition. Narrative scenes are less common, but do appear.

Thangka serve as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas and other deities and bodhisattvas. One subject is The Wheel of Life (Bhavachakra), which is a visual representation of the Abhidharma teachings (Art of Enlightenment). The term may sometimes be used of works in other media than painting, including reliefs in metal and woodblock prints. Today printed reproductions at poster size of painted thangka are commonly used for devotional as well as decorative purposes. Many thangka were produced in sets, though they have often subsequently become separated.

Thangka perform several different functions. Images of deities can be used as teaching tools when depicting the life (or lives) of the Buddha, describing historical events concerning important Lamas, or retelling myths associated with other deities. Devotional images act as the centerpiece during a ritual or ceremony and are often used as mediums through which one can offer prayers or make requests. Overall, and perhaps most importantly, religious art is used as a meditation tool to help bring one further down the path to enlightenment. The Buddhist Vajrayana practitioner uses a thanga image of their yidam, or meditation deity, as a guide, by visualizing "themselves as being that deity, thereby internalizing the Buddha qualities" Thangkas hang on or beside altars, and may be hung in the bedrooms or offices of monks and other devotees.





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* Posted Oct 27, 2015, 7:50 am Last edited Oct 27, 2015, 7:53 am by goomymia [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Olympic Park, Beijing, China - 24th October 2015

By: goomymia


We went to the Olympic Park today! I didn't feel very good at the beginning because the weather is gloomy :(
BUT WE HAD A TOPNOTCH DINNER!!! I become a big fan of Hong Kong food in the end..:cyclops:
       

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* Posted Oct 25, 2015, 1:18 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Yuyuan Pond, Beijing, China - 29th October 2015

By: goomymia


We found that the moon was really bright and clear last night, so we planned a tiny small walking trip along the river in this afternoon, ummm actually during the lunch break.

Look how blue the sky was!!! :)
Passing through the gate of Mia's work place, we saw the Military Museum, went on to the cross roads on the west, the not that tall architecture is the old CCTV building, most people might know the new one which is located in CBD, also well-known for its pants-shape appearence. Followed by the Chinese Century Altar, a photo exhibition was held inside. Oh that was Vivisn Maier...
We finally arrived to the river bank, the river itself looks bluer because of the sky, and a man was swimming, it was just 10℃. Mia said the metal bridge reminded her of Tyne Bridge, do you think they look similar?

The under the bridge picture was under the 3rd ring road of Beijing;)


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* Posted Oct 29, 2015, 7:24 am Last edited Oct 29, 2015, 8:07 am by goomymia [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Wanshou lu, Beijing, China - 22nd November 2015

By: goomymia


It's snowing!!!
Yesterday was just raining, and this is not technically the first snow, last snow was in the morning a couple of days ago. I wound say it was a pretty heavy snow but they melted away in a second when touched the ground... :(

The point is Mia ordered PIZZA! :rolleyes:
Because our host is trying to be a vegetarian again, yes she failed a few times before and now she is trying to do it again, to be a semi-vegetarian.
We can't wait to see what pizza it is!!!
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Ummmm, Garden Special with Big Catch!!! Yum!!!

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* Posted Nov 22, 2015, 4:09 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Bada Chu, Beijing, China - 10th March 2016

By: goomymia


Today I visited Badachu Park. I saw a fab statue when I was walking through the red wooden gate. He is the god of longevity.

You see the tower in the photo? That is a Relic Stupa, which holds Buddha's relic. I guess it must be a very holy building, although I don't know much about Buddha. Ummmm..it seems that the photo I took is not clear. Don't worry I will definitely come closer to have a look at the tower. Oh yes when we passed through the long bridge, I noticed there were so many brown spots up there on the trees, then I relized they were all monkeys! You know this year is the Monkey Year...a very popular Chinese Zodiac between all 12 animals.

Here we got many ice-sugar gourds, a kind of snack made of fruits like hawthorns, sometimes even strawberries. :)

Bada Chu it's a buddhist site so we can find many beautiful sculptures about Buddha here. More than that, there is a wall with full of exquisite relief on it, it's a kind of sculpture. The relief is actually much more beautiful than they look in the photo we took, and they tell Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety which is a classic text of Confucian filial piety written by Guo Jujing during the Yuan dynasty. Did you see the buffalos behind us? I seems to have seen them wagging their tails!
Finally It's hiking time!!!
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* Posted Mar 10, 2016, 3:07 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


moholt, Trondheim, norway - 13th August 2016

By: goomymia

Greetings from Norway!! B)

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