Dim suma Chinese light meal or brunch, eaten sometime from morning-to-early afternoon with family or friends. Dim sum consists of a wide spectrum of choices, from sweet to salty. It has combinations of meat, vegetables, seafood, and fruit.

In the spirit of dim sum, I present a sampler of photos taken on my trip to China in April of 2006..

(Click on the photo to make it larger, it looks better that way)

 

Beijing:  Tiananmen Square:  hard to get good pictures because Beijing is very smoggy.

Beijing:  Forbidden City:  every year the portrait of Chairman Mao gets smaller; many buildings are being restored for the Olympics in 2008;  the wire on the restored roof, below left, is lightening rod.

 

 

 

Beijing:  Summer Palace:  much of the gardens was closed due to renovations for the Olympics in 2008.

 

 

Beijing:  Peking Opera:  a far cry from the militaristic propaganda operas of Madam Mao.

 

 

Badaling, Beijing:  Great Wall:  our guide wrote our names phonetically in chinese on our nametags;  I was quite startled when a vendor on the great wall started calling "Robert, Robert, over here!"

 

 

Beijing:  Ming tombs:

 

 

Old Beijing:  rickshaws:  the streets of the historic part of Beijing are too narrow for cars, so we transferred to pedicabs.

 

 

Beijing:  Silk Carpet factory

 

 

Xian:  Tang Dynasty dinner and show

 

 

Xian:  terra-cotta warriors:  having seen some of these sculptures in 1974 when they toured the U.S. to raise funds for further excavation, it was wonderful to see them in their original site.

 

 

Chongqing:  board the Viking River Sun:  the ship was brand new; this was it's fifth cruise.  It has a 306 passenger capacity; we had 180.

The meals were often western, sometimes eastern with menus supervised by Martin Yan.  Here's a sample western dinner menu.

 

 

Fengdu:  one of the towns which had to be rebuilt on higher ground due to the river rising due o the construction of the Three Gorges Dam.

 

 

Lesser Three Gorges:  the area just above the Three Gorges Dam which will be most affected by the rising of the river; the bridge in the upper right photo will have to be rebuilt because the water will come within five feet of the roadbed.

 

 

Three Gorges Dam:  due to weather we went through the dam at night, so I have taken photos from a disk purchased aboard ship to show what going through the locks was like; there was about three feet between the walls of the lock, the ship, and other ships; thank heavens for laser guidance.  It was too smoggy to take photos downstream.

 

 

Jingzhou:  Viking River Cruises School:  the company has renovated the school renamed for it:  the kids genuinely seemed to enjoy our visit and performing for us.

 

 

Jingzhou:  we saw many traditional family farms; when we stopped for this photo opportunity, the farmer continued plowing until we were finished taking pictures and then stopped and waved as we got back on the bus.

 

 

Wuhan

Wuhan: A wonderful concert on reproductions of ancient bells, part of a collection of artifacts from about 433BC

 

 

Jingdezhen:  Ceramic Historical Museum

 

Mt. Jiu Hua:  one of four sacred Buddhist mountains

 

 

Nanjing:  Tai Chi in the park/Robert in the park

 

 

Suzhou:  Garden of the Master of Nets

 

 

Suzhou:  Silk factory:  it was fascinating to see the process from cocoon to finished clothing.

 

Shanghai:  Postcards:  the Shanghai skyline is so amazing only aerial postcards could capture it.  The photos below are mine.

Shanghai: panorama of Pudong district from the Bund riverside promenade

Shanghai:  shopping district; note the Starbucks in the right-hand photo

Shanghai:  acrobats; they moved so fast it was hard to take photos

Shanghai:  Yuyuan Garden