Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Snaps from Xi'an


Xi'an was our third stop.  The main attraction there is the Terra Cotta Warriors.
 

The warriors were created by artisans for the first Chinese emperor, Qin Shi Huang, in about 300 BC.  The soldiers were to protect the emperor in the afterlife. Over 8000 warriors, horses and chariots have been excavated. The site is thought to extend 38 square miles, only a small portion of which has been excavated.  It is truly an overwhelming sight.





Other photo ops in Xi'an.




Friday, January 6, 2017

Moments in Beijing

Me at the Great Wall outside Beijing.  I only made it to the second tower, bad knees and all.  But I felt ok with that.

Prayer garden at the Great Wall.

Views at the Summer Palace.




Some of our group joined in with the locals exercising at a Beijing park.

Street scene in Beijing.
 Forbidden City.






Remember this walkway from The Last Emperor? This was where His Highness learned to ride a bike.
 Scenes from a traditional Hutong neighborhood in Beijing.


Our local tour guide.



Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Fiber Fusion Opens November 10 in Redmond


Fiber Fusion is an amazing exhibit of all types of fiber work by members of the Surface Design Association in Washington.  The opening in Redmond is November 19, 6-8pm at the VALA Art Center.
Sea Cave
c 2010 Bonnie M. Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Impressions of Shanghai


Here are a few photos from my recent trip to China.  These are from Shanghai.  The first stop, after a nap at the hotel, was, of course, shopping!  This is a pedestrian mall in the French Consignment. As you can see, I was impressed with the window and shop displays.



 
 This was my first restaurant meal in China.  Mild curry, very good.



The next day, the SmarTours tour began with a walk through the Wu Garden



and then a stroll through the nearby market.


We toured a silk factory.  This machine unwinds the silk from the cocoon. 

To make comforters with silk batting, they stretch the cocoons over wooden forms of graduating sizes.

Then the stretched cocoon is stretched even further by hand and laid out on a table to make the batt.

This is The Bund, the older European part of Shanghai.

Across the river is the newer part of the city.


Inside the art and history museum.

The view from the bus on our only day of rain.