During this Easter break, 15 intrepid members of the SSS Travel Club made the journey to China. We began in the capital of Beijing with visits to the historical sites of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. We tried local delicacies of fried chicken feet, steamed dumplings, oxen tripe and a little gem we like to call "Chocolopus". We shared a home cooked meal with a local man who is a famous cricket and grasshopper trainer and fighter. The visit was topped off with rides in rickshaws, a meal of Peking Duck, a visit to a school.
We flew to the city of Xi’an where the famous Terracotta Warriors have only been recently unearthed. 8,000 soldiers, horses and chariots made of terracotta were all buried with the emperor of the first dynasty back in 250 BC. Within the city, we biked along the inner city walls (with only a couple mishaps and lost chains), and visited the Muslim Quarter to see all sorts of ‘foods’.
Our last stop was Shanghai, China’s fastest growing and most modernized city. It is known more for it’s shopping and busy streets than its history. Silk could be found everywhere.
We returned with fond memories of chopsticks, hotpots, "ding ding how", crazy elevators, White Rabbits and grey ice cream. We were incredibly lucky to have so many days of blue sky and white clouds with a little wind - almost no smog. What an amazing trip!!!.