Archive | April, 2013
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Zijin Cheng (Gugong)

25 Apr

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Forbidden city

2nd visit to BJ’s main tourist attraction: The Forbidden City, still impressive…

Construction lasted 14 years and required more than a million workers.

After being the home of 24 emperors – 14 of the Ming Dynasty and 10 of the Qing Dynasty – the Forbidden City ceased being the political centre of China in 1912 with the abdication of Puyi, the last Emperor of China. Under an agreement with the new Republic of China government, Puyi remained in the Inner Court, while the Outer Court was given over to public use, until he was evicted after a coup in 1924. The Palace Museum was then established in the Forbidden City in 1925. In 1933, the Japanese invasion of China forced the evacuation of the national treasures in the Forbidden City. Part of the collection was returned at the end of World War II, but the other part was evacuated to Taiwan in 1948 under orders by Chiang Kai-shek, whose Kuomintang was losing the Chinese Civil War. This relatively small but high quality collection was kept in storage until 1965, when it again became public, as the core of the National Palace Museum in Taipei.

After the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, some damage was done to the Forbidden City as the country was swept up in revolutionary zeal. During the Cultural Revolution, however, further destruction was prevented when Premier Zhou Enlai sent an army battalion to guard the city.

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Makro team / Bangkok streetfood

25 Apr

Ben buiten China aan het werk. Ben in Bangkok en leid bid proposal team voor MAKRO. Voor de deur van SAP Bangkok heerlijk eten, kwam goed uit want we werken dag en nacht.

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Mutianyu

25 Apr

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Yey! Bezoek uit Nederland. Op de muur met Paul & Isabelle.

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Summer Olympics at BCIS

24 Apr

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Longqing gorge

14 Apr

Longqing gorge

Escape from the city to Longqing, located at the mouth of the Yanqing Old City River, in the northeast of Yanqing County. 85 kilometers (53 miles) away from the city in the surrounding mountains. Great views, dragon escalator, boat-cruise, nice temple, super-slide down!

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Guyaju caves

14 Apr

The caves homes of Guyaju (Guyaju meaning, ancient cliff dwelling) are about 90km northwest of Beijing, China. They were occupied during China’s Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) by the Xiyi people. There are over 100 homes carved in to the hillside.

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Maj…

12 Apr

Maj...

…stole my phone