MA’s pix from Beijing – not great quality but my goal was to give you a sense of scale

one of the many housing clusters on the road into Beijing from the port
one of the many housing clusters on the road into Beijing from the port
an area between the public square and the buildings where dignitaries stayed if they wanted to speak with the Emperor (and if he granted their request to speak to him) (Forbidden City)
an area between the public square and the buildings where dignitaries stayed if they wanted to speak with the Emperor (and if he granted their request to speak to him) (Forbidden City)
Forbidden City courtyard tiles- not bad for being over 500 years old
Forbidden City courtyard tiles- not bad for being over 500 years old
Forbidden City Fire Extinguisher - large urns of water were kept in case there was a fire in the wooden structures
Forbidden City Fire Extinguisher – large urns of water were kept in case there was a fire in the wooden structures
one corner of Tiananmen Square
one corner of Tiananmen Square; Great Hall of the People is on the left (you can just see a corner of the building)
The Museum of China, across the street from T Square
The Museum of China, across the street from T Square
the owner of the Hutong house talks with a guest from the ship in the courtyard/quadrangle
the owner of the Hutong house talks with a guest from the ship in the courtyard/quadrangle
Hutong courtyard with plants and caged birds in center
Hutong courtyard with plants and caged birds in center
One of the many pavilions at the Summer Palace
One of the many pavilions at the Summer Palace
one of the many bridges at the Summer Palace
one of the many bridges at the Summer Palace
we are the Great Wall, trying to look inscrutable.  Notice the blue sky at 11 am
we are the Great Wall, trying to look inscrutable. Notice the blue sky at 11 am
a maintenance lady at the Great Wall - I thought her tool looked like chopsticks
a maintenance lady at the Great Wall – I thought her tool looked like chopsticks
back to the ship at 4pm and look at the smog that has settled over the area (Beijing is over 200 miles away); that structure in the foreground is a wing of the terminal building
back to the ship at 4pm and look at the smog that has settled over the area (Beijing is over 200 miles away); that structure in the foreground is a wing of the terminal building
a shot from the top of the ship - if you peer through the smog you can see just a few of the big machines at the port
a shot from the top of the ship – if you peer through the smog you can see just a few of the big machines at the port

 

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