Beijing, China


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Temple
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Beijing traffic.
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Beijing traffic.
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Summer Palace walkway.
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Throne.
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Mike and his hair growing shampoo that Dave found at a store in Beijing.
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Another short walk to a temple.
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Our cloisonné vase. You are supposed to buy them in sets of two. The dragon and the phoenix. Mickey wasn't carrying two back... so we went for the dragon.
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Dave in airplane outside of the military museum.
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Mickey in airplane outside of the military museum. The Chinese who passed by laughed (loud) about us playing on the airplanes.
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Inside the military museum.
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Submarine display inside the military museum.
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Tiananmen Square
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Wall to the Forbidden City, which is right next to Tiananmen Square.
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Near Forbidden City. This is where the emperor rides his bicycle in the movie, the Last Emperor.
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The sign clearly says, 
please do not take photos. 

Luckily Brian can't read mandarin 
as well as he speaks it. 

It is one of the best photos 
from Beijing.
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Mural engraving wall 
at the Forbidden City.
All carved from stone, except one piece that fell and broke as the emperor was just about to visit. 
Death would have been exacted to the workers had a fake temporary piece not been placed into the wall. 
The emperor never noticed, the workers got to live and the piece is still there, so much for temporary.
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Forbidden City Building.
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Male dragon with his claws on the world. Female has her claw on her cub who suckles from her nails.
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Statues to ward off evil, many statues showed that the inhabitant of this home was of great stature.
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The four round pegs above the door was also a sign of stature. 
A commoner might only have two, but an emperor would have four. The bottom of the door shows a gutter that is about 1 foot high, it kept evil from flowing into the home.
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Incense pots, gold plated or mostly gold-plated, until the British soldiers scraped the gold off out of disrespect.

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