I spent a delightful three weeks with a group from the Oakland Museum of California Art Guild enjoying the art, culture, history and the beautiful landscapes of this amazing country.

Gate of Heavenly Peace and Tianamin Square, Bejing. Mao's mausoleum in the distance on right..

Forbidden City, home of centuries of emperors, now a huge museum. The structure on the right is part of the concubine's quarters.
Guardian figures seen on the eaves of all imperial buildings. The number of figures relates to the importance of the building.
Hall of Supreme Harmony under renovation, getting ready for
the 2008 Olympics in Bejing.
Our guide Eli talking with Uygur tourists, from one of the 56 Chinese ethnic minorities. He also took the photo to the right.