It's summer 2013 and the kids are out of school again. This year, we decided to spend 2 weeks in the land of the dragon, China. We started our trip by flying to Beijing from Chicago, before heading out to Xian, Guilin, Hangzhou, and finally we returned home from Shanghai. Summer is a busy tourist season in China for both local and International visitors. One thing that surprised me the most is how many people I see in popular places such as the Forbidden City or the Summer Palace.
On this trip, since the main purpose is to give the kids a vacation that they can learn from, I decided to travel light and only brought one camera and one lens: The Nikon D800 with the 28-300 lens. Together with my iPhone, this camera fit what I'm looking for in this vacation: to document our family time. And also, travelling to China for the first time with my family, we decided to hire a tour guide. Because we have to follow the tour schedule, I simply didn't have any time to venture out for proper photography (dawn, dusk, sunset, and sunrise type of photography).
These are some of the photos that I took during our trip to China:
Thousands of local and foreign tourists visited the Forbidden City. We were lucky to be able to see the 'rare' blue sky.
One of the moats in the inner city gate
Intricate formation of the palace stairways
The Forbidden City as seen from Jingshan Park
A door in the Summer Palace
The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu
The Summer Palace
A Rickshaw ride at the Putong Neighborhood
Reed Flute Cave
The town of Guilin
The River Boat Trip to Yang Shuo
Took this photo from my hotel room in the town of Yang Shuo
A City Gate in Xian
The Amazing Terra Cotta Warriors
A Door in the Zhujiajiao Water Town
The Many Arches of Zhujiajiao Water Town
The West Lake in Hangzhou
A scene from the West Lake
The West Lake
Tourists in Zhujiajiao Water Town
The West Lake
Well, that's about it. Hope you like it. Thanks for visiting.