Dean E. Shankle, Jr.
Part of the Ming Tombs in Changping District, Beijing, China
It turns out the unexpected trip yesterday afternoon was to the Ming Tombs in Changping. This was only a short drive from our hotel and was really an amazing way to spend an afternoon.
It is really not a place but a process that people went through to honor their dead emperors so it would take a series of 50 pictures to do the Spirit Walk, the Red Gate, and the various buildings justice. Fortunately, if you are interested in additional information, with Wikipedia you can get a sense of the place.
On the way back we stopped at a huge reservoir that Chairman Mao had conceived and had built. The students that I have met seem to have a real affection for his memory and his face is on the 100 Yuan bill. This public works project was apparently sorely needed to supply water to the people of Beijing.
I spent the rest of the evening preparing for my first day of class tomorrow. I’ll let you know how that goes.