China Flowers

More pictures from my recent trip to China.  I don’t claim to be a great photographer, but I thought I would share these anyway.   The trees and flowers were just gorgeous!  Especially as we have nary a leaf on a tree yet here in Chicago, I’m so glad that wasn’t the case on our April trip.

These pics are from a 1000 year old garden in Suzhou.  Even though it was a little rainy that day, it was still quite beautiful.

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The Chinese love their rocks.  You will see them prominently displayed everywhere.Image

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Kularb, Mike, (my brother & his wife),  Pam (that’s me!) and my hubby, David.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Loved this cute umbrella that a little girl was carrying.Image

Outside the garden, there was a farmers’ market.  The fruit was as pretty as the flowers.

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Not sure I recognize these!

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On the way back we stopped at a flower market in Shanghai.  I’ve never seen orchids like these!

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Tabletop trees made of live bamboo.

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Tiny dried gourds–about 3″ long.  Not sure what you would do with them, but they were cute nonetheless.Image

 

Here at home, I’m just hoping my tulips will finally bloom this week!

 

 

China Trip

You have probably noticed that I haven’t blogged for some time.  My excuse is that I just got back from 10 days touring China–Shanghai, Beijing and Xi’an (where the Terra Cotta Warriors are).  I have so much I could talk about, that even though we have been back since late Monday night, I didn’t know where to start.  So I will just give a quick recap.  My brother, Robert, is the U.S. Consul General at the consulate in Shanghai.  He planned our itinerary.    Our group consisted of my husband, David, another brother Mike, his wife, Kularb, and me.   I can’t begin to describe how wonderful this trip was!

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Here we are at a restaurant in Shanghai–not far from my brother and sister in law’s residence in the French Concession.

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My husband, David, in People’s Park  near the Bund (financial center of the British/American Concession in the 1920’s and 30’s)

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Chinese dumplings for lunch.  

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On the Great Wall. (50 miles north of Beijing)

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LOTS of steps!

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On our way into the Forbidden City. (Beijing)

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The place was HUGE!  

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Dragon boats at the Summer Palace. (Beijing)

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The Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an.

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There are thousands of them!  All life sized and each is unique.  Unbelievable!  ( Sorry, these pics from my ipad aren’t very good)

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At the Humble Administrator’s Garden in Suzhou (outside of Shanghai).

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This garden is gorgeous!  And over 1000 years old!

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Another interesting lunch.  Guess who learned to use chopsticks!

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Flower market in Shanghai.  Wish this was near MY home.

I could go on and on, but I would never finish this post!  If anyone has thought of traveling to China, I would highly recommend it. You will be quite impressed.   It was a fabulous trip!