China adventures 2010

This is a reposting of a lost WordPress blog that I tried to upload while I was living for six weeks in China in October-November 2010. I went to China on a global exchange program sponsored by my company  Wacom Technology Corp. and I worked out of our Beijing, Shanghai and Kunshan offices as well as traveled to Zhenzhou, Nanjing and Suzhou cities. At the end of the program my wife Cheryl arrived and we toured the Great Wall and Beijing sites such as Tienanmen Square where Chairman Mao’s portrait looks out from the gate we passed through it to the Forbidden City. This palace home to 24 Chinese Emperors for over 600 years and is now maintained as the Palace Museum. It is a huge place covering over 720,000 square meters and some 3,248 meters long. We walked over moats, through the Taihe Gate, Taihe Hall, Zhonghe Gate and Baohe Hall, Qiangqing Gate and Palace, and Kunming Palace and Gate, across courtyards and finally the Imperial Garden.

On November 19 2010 we set out for the Great Wall of China (Wanli Changcheng 萬里長城; literally “Ten Thousand Leagues Long Fortification”). It is about a two hour drive from downtown to get to the well visited site known as Badaling where I visited the wall in 1987. Times have changed in China since then and the tourist area at Badaling was modernized for the 2008 Olympics with many shops and even a KFC among the restaurants there. The wall however is just as steep and steppy as ever and we climbed up and up on a sunny warm fall day to take many great photos and some were posted on my Blogger site. But now I have imported Blogger into WordPress and categorized travels such as https://mockford.wordpress.com/category/china/.

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