Fw: China Overseas SST Trip, Beijing Trip Updates Part 1 - Cherin, Stacey, Rayner and Yu Xiang

Hi all,
Let us share with you what information we have gathered and learnt, and also the beautiful shots that we have taken whilst on our learning journey in Beijing.

Day 1 : The Forbidden City/Palace.

1/2. In the first image shows a student reading the safety evacuation booklet as she was too bored, and the second image depicts a teacher sleeping (you know who is it) on the plane shortly before the plane departs Singapore. As there was no real in-flight entertainment, everybody was doing their own things. Some were taking photographs, all the teachers were taking naps (Haha), some were amusing themselves with the advertisements, some were chit-chatting etc.

3. In the third image is a picture taken shortly after I have left Singapore. I find that image nice as at that point of time, as the clouds are below us, and the sky was in the perfect color for taking photos.

4. The fourth image shows a cleaner sweeping white fluffy stuff. Those are actually shed by the trees and there was a lot of it as it was the 'shedding' season for that particular kind of tree at that point of time when we visited Beijing. A few people (or rather students) actually got paranoid about those stuff and was covering their mouths and their noses. But breathing it in was actually all right so long as you drink lots of water. As the days go by, we actually gotten use to seeing those white stuff floating around.

5. Fifth image : Guess what? I saw a goose roaming around freely! Not something that you can get to see in Singapore everyday! =D

6. Sixth image : First destination sighted : The Forbidden City/Palace, also known as 故宫.

7. Seventh image : "Wow! What a grand entrance!" 
Facts on the Forbidden Palace : 
     - No one can enter or leave the palace without the emperor's permission.
     - The Forbidden Palace was once home to 24 emperors.
     - It covers 720,000m squared of land, has 980 surviving buildings and have a total of 8,707 bay of rooms.
     - The construction of the Forbidden Palace lasted 15 years.
     - The world's largest surviving palace complex.
     - It is surrounded by a 7.9 metres high wall.

8. Eighth image : The city wall, which is 7.9 metres high.

9. Ninth image : A gigantic tree that might have been around for a long time......

10. Tenth image : A beautiful rock formation in the palace is spotted.

Ok, thats all for the time being! Stay tuned to SST Blog s1-09 2010 for more upcoming updates! Hope you enjoyed reading our post! 

See To Yu Xiang 

P.S. Feel free to take the pictures for your personal usage, such as wallpapers, screen savers etc. But do remember to state where it came from if you are doing it for a project! Do feel free to post what comments or what you have to say under the comments section! =D

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Photos taken by : See To Yu Xiang

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