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China 1989, Dalian

Outside Furama Hotel in Dalian Out walking in Dalian The fountain outside Hotel Furama  Hotel Furama seen from the city
The fire brigade in action. It is always a train rolling. Out walking in Dalian Out walking in Dalian
Out walking in Dalian Going back from school.

China 2000, Shanghai and Bejing

  An old town outside Shanghai An old town outside Shanghai An old town outside Shanghai
Our guide and me outside a Budda temple Budda temple Terje is the captain for a while  In front of a cafe seen from the boat
Climbing the great wall outside og Bejing. It was a great experience and we had some beautiful weather.
What a great master piece of construction. Our guide and me on top of the great wall. Hard Rock Cafe, Bejing.  

China 2001 - Guangzhou

Guangzhou, a capital city, is the largest and most prosperous trading city in southern China. It is situated in the south of China, with the Baiyun Hill in the north and the Zhujiang (Pearl River) Delta Plain in front. The city is 125 kilometers northwest of Hong Kong on the Pearl River.
The Chen Family Temple, also known as Guangdong Folk Art Museum, was built in the 1890s and has nine halls and six courtyards. Its windows, door frames, and pavilions are lavishly decorated with intricate carvings and sculptures. It is now the largest and best preserved and decorated ancient architecture existing in Guangdong province. The decoration combines wood carving, brick carving, stone carving, clay sculpture, ash sculpture, brass and iron foundry, grotto, new year painting, and other art forms. The special historical, artistic, and scientific aspects of the temple have made it an important attraction in Guangzhou
Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall and Mc Donald's
Six Banyan Temple is situated on the Liu Rong Road. Built in 537, it is a renowned Buddhist cultural site. The temple enshrines three large Buddhist statues--the biggest copper Buddhist statues existing in Guangdong province. The thousand-Buddha copper pillar cast in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) is kept on the top story of the pagoda. The 184-foot pagoda appears to have nine stories; inside, however, there are 17 levels. Because of the colorful exterior carvings, it is popularly known as the Flower Pagoda
Sun Yatsen Memorial Hall, built in 1931, is a famous commemorative structure of the Chinese revolution of 1911. It was designed by the well-known architect of modern China, Lu Yanzhi, who was also the designer of the Sun Yatsen Mausoleum in Nanjing. The building complex is composed of the arch over the gateway, the auditorium, and the several-storied buildings to the east and west. The auditorium is octagonal--in the shape of the palace hall.
We tried to go to the top of this tower, but luckily it was closed for the time being. Where actually are we. Jason and Rune is checking the map.
Standing on the top of Yuexiu Hill in the northern suburbs, the 28-metre-high five-story tower, Zhenhai Tower (also known as the Five-Story Pagoda) was built on the orders of Zhu Liangzu, the Yongjia Marquis of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), to flaunt his power and the obsession that he was able to shake the seas and mountains. A magnificent building, it commands a bird's-eye view of the whole city. The tower now houses the City Museum; its exhibits chronicle the history of Guangzhou from Neolithic times till the early part of the 20th century. The story tells that you have not visited Guangzhou before you have seen the five goats. Here is the evidence,
Have been there.

Hangzhou 2012 

The celebrated Neolithic culture of Hemudu inhabited Yuyao, an area (now a city) 100 kilometers south-east of Hangzhou, as far back as seven thousand years ago when rice was first cultivated in southeastern China. The area immediately surrounding the modern city of Hangzhou was inhabited five thousand years ago by the Liangzhu culture, so named for the small town of Liangzhu not far to the northwest of Hangzhou where the ancient jade carving civilization was first discovered.The city of Hangzhou was founded during the Qin Dynasty as Qiantang County (Chinese: 錢塘縣). In AD 589, the city was renamed "Hangzhou", literally meaning "River-ferrying Prefecture"and a city wall was constructed two years later. It is listed as one of the Seven Ancient Capitals of China. Hangzhou is at the southern end of China's Grand Canal which extends to Beijing. The canal evolved over centuries but reached its full length by 609.It was the capital of the Wuyue Kingdom from 907 to 978 during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period. Named Xifu at the time, it was one of the three great centers of culture in southern China during the tenth century, along with Nanjing and Chengdu. Leaders of Wuyue were noted patrons of the arts, and especially of Buddhism and associated temple architecture and artwork. It also became a cosmopolitan center, drawing scholars from throughout China and conducting diplomacy not only with neighboring Chinese states, but also with Japan, Korea, and the Khitan Liao Dynasty.