In the Forbidden City
Carved marble slab
For the emperor to walk on
Roof figurines on the Holiest House
Susanne in the Forbidden City
Forbidden City hoops
Carving the duck
Peking Duck skull
To make sure you get to eat ALL your food. I wasn't a big fan of the bird brain.
To make sure you get to eat ALL your food.
Susanne enjoying Peking Duck
At the Great Wall
Tourists on the Great Wall
Susanne at the Great Wall
View over other graves
At the Ming graves
Chinese and tibetan. At the Ming graves.
Entrance bell holder
Entrance to grave temple
Fire sacrificial furnace
Chopped up, ready to serve
More food vendors
Here, we offer snake and larger scorpion in addition to the starfish and seahorse.
Drawing in the grime
Or selectively cleaning. Either way it ends up pretty.
For whatever reason, keeping more or less domesticated versions of the local most common animals was also widespread
Tortoise-shell style. With characters literally taller than me.
Elder Sage from Beyond The Deep
Susanne and the Elder Sage from Beyond the Deep
Outside Beijing national art museum
Complete with the gigantic Mao Zedong portrait
I just had to have a taste. After all, tiny birds are slightly less scary than live scorpions...
Candymakers pounding it out
The thing in the middle started out as a pile of nuts. By the time they're done, it'll be a thick, heavy, and sugary nut cake.
Blown burnt sugar
Making "glass" figurines out of molten sugar is a popular art
Scorpion, seahorse and starfish bbq
The freshness of the produce is one of the main selling points for these bbq stands; the vendors would knock the tables, shaking the sticks, making all the scorpions start wrigging simultaneously.
Getting a shave
Near the subway stop serving the Summer Palace, there were a number of statues depicting laborers of various professions. Susanne insisted I get a shave from the barber.
Susanne at the Summer Palace
Up in the Jingshan park. Many old wood buildings, many precious trees, and no road for ordinary firefighters...
The forbidden city
As seen from the Jingshan Park