We're back in Beijing again!!!
|The rickshaws pulled by a man are no longer in use, but they have ones pulled by a man on a bicycle, and you can take tours around the old section of the city where the old homes are.|
|# 22 is ready to roll!|
|Getting geared up to climb those stairs.|
|There are 89 steep stairs to get to the top!!|
|The original bell. There are knife marks on the sides from the time of the Allied Forces taking over in 1900.|
There used to be 24 drums in this building.
|These are the new drums. After the last Emperor left the Forbidden City the drums were silenced until 2002 when both the drum and bell was again heard in Beijing.|
|Sun going down, although it could be smog!! There was lots of construction|
going on in this older area as they are tearing down the old cramped quarters to build more high rises.
|It was starting to get dark by the time we finished with the Tower. The grey buildings below are the hutongs, or narrow alleys of the houses we were touring on the rickshaws.|
|Heading down. Everyone was hanging on!!|
|Heading out to the houses. Too bad it got so late and was dark.|
|This was the kitchen area and is separated from the rest of the house by a walkway.|
|They sure had a lot of knickknacks!|
|Look at the size of that dahlia!!|
|This place was obviously not one of the well off, but the poorer section.|
|I like that table set. I could use one of those in my yard.|
|There were many little enclosed walkways and alleys.|