Troy and I are not typically too adventurous about eating cute animals... actually we are quite against it. When we were in China, though, everyone said we should try Peking duck. How couldn't we?
|Carving the duck for us.|
|This is how much the Chinese think we should eat in one meal-- always WAY too much food!|
|You take the thin tortilla-like wrap and fill it with duck, special sauce, celery and onion sticks.|
|Troy trying the delicacy-- we both approved! It was delicious.|
|After dinner, we went to see a world-famous Kung-Fu show. Troy loved it. This kid was the main character and he was so fit and serious about his job.|
The next day, we were off to the Ming Tombs. Thirteen Ming Emperors were buried in these foothills. Only one has been fully uncovered and is open to the public.
|The tomb has been standing so long that there are full grown trees growing through the walls.|
|The tunnel leading to the Tomb.|
|The bricks were removed piece by piece (as you can see by the shape) to access the Tomb.|
|Where the tomb was supposed to be located. The pile of money is from visitors to the emperor.|
|Instead he was buried here... with his concubines. Scandalous!|
|The dragon was always used to represent the Emperor. This is his throne so he can rule after death.|
|The Phoenix made to represent the Empress, also a throne to rule after death.|
The Ming Tombs were enlightening... seeing the thought and care (not to mention crazy amount of money) put into perserving a ruler after death was shocking.