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Exploring the magic of CHINA

What a whirlwind tour we had thru China! After a long flight to Bejing- we began our tour by exploring the 2nd largest city in China which is over 22+ Million inhabitants and over 7 million cars on the streets. We took a tour of the Forbidden City which served as the home of the Emperor for almost 500 years.  Tianammen Square is the largest pubic square in the world and quite busy at all times!!! Of course, one must visit the Great Wall of China- started well over 2000 years ago and one of the 7 wonders of the world.

After Beijing, we traveled to Qingdao, where they have the famous Tsingtao Brewery which as quite a treat. From Qingdao, we took a bullet train to Suzhou which dates to 514 BC and is quite famous for its silk production and the lingering garden.

After Suzhou, we made our way by coach to Hangzhou where they have a large area for the green tea fields and terraces. Finally, we ended our tour in Shanghai with a population of over 25+ million. Of course, we had to walk along the Huang Pu river and see the old and the new parts of the city and the Bund area.

We ended our tour with a flight to Xian to see the famous Terra Cotta army and learn of the Emperor’s tomb which is 1 mile away and completely surrounded by a river of Mercury.

Enjoy the photos and add China to your “Must see list”!

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Greetings from Galapagos!

Wow. Nothing like visiting the Galapagos National Park to see the giant Tortoise roaming the habitat. We took a Tauck Tour which started in Quito, and then sailed the Islands before returning to Guayaquil. Wonderful adventure and highly recommend to put on your bucket list!!!!

 

 

Feeding Time!!!

 

 

The incredible Marine Iguana! They are the only Iguana to swim in the Ocean, and in salt water as they eat the algae along the rocks. They have a specialized De-Sal gland that allows them to snort out the salt after being submerged under water.  Amazing!!

 

 

Barren landscape of this Galapagos Island resembles something from another planet.

 

Playful seals in Galapagos. You can actually get within feet of all the animals, as they have no fear or natural predators.

 

 

Must visit the equator while in Equador. O degrees Latitude.