China travel pictures from July 2009

China travel pictures from July 2009

These photographs were taken during our visit to China to see the total solar eclipse of July 22, 2009.

Except for the image below taken by Bernie Volz, all images are copyright (c) by Bert Halstead, 2009.

This is the scene early in the morning on July 22, shortly before the beginning of the eclipse. Everybody was set up and waiting for the clouds to clear.

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In Xian, we visited the famous tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, with the buried terra cotta warriors. This was our first glimpse of the enormous dig.

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In the Shaanxi Provincial Museum in Xian, these are pottery figures of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.

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We visited a tea plantation near Hangzhou and got an explanation of the different grades of tea. Many members of our group are gathered around the table.

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This is a sundial used by the rulers of China in the Forbidden City in Beijing.

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Monique and John Reed are climbing a very steep section of the Great Wall.

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Fred Ward and John Reed are relaxing during a visit to the Summer Palace.

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A small group of us visited the Ancient Observatory in Beijing, featuring various Qing Dynasty astronomical instruments. This picture was taken by Bernie Volz. It shows Richard, Louise, and Bert Halstead, as well as a couple of astronomy enthusiasts from Sweden whom we met at the site and who had also come to China to see the eclipse.

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This orrery is on top of a very ornate clock in the clock museum in the Forbidden City. We visited this museum after the main tour group had returned home.

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