Posted by: Johan Normark | March 29, 2009

The national bird of China

Three months have passed since we returned from China. This was a special trip where we were two people leaving Sweden and three people returning. Before the adoption we spent a few days in Beijing, mainly shopping and sightseeing. Nothing unusual actually, the same tourist attractions that people tend to visit. The Forbidden city:

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

and the Temple of Heaven that lies south of the Fordbidden city by a couple of kms:

The Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven

Of course, we also visited the Great wall.

After six days we finally flew to Chongqing, by some argued to be the world’s largest city (but not really). It is still a huge urbanized area that once was part of the Sichuan province but since 1997 it is a municipality (called Yú for short) with 31,5 million people. Our son is from this city that sits at the confluence of the Jialing and Yangtze rivers. During the second Sino-Japanese war (1937-1945) Chiang Kai-Shek moved his capital here and as a result the city was heavily bombed by the Japanese. With this move followed an industrialization of this former river port. This is an ongoing process and the city is expanding rapidly. On this picture from our hotel in Chongqing one can see the national bird of the expanding economy of China:

Chongqing from the hotel window

Chongqing from the hotel window

What is this national bird then? It is the construction crane.

Related to birds are of course dinosaurs. I could not resist visiting the Museum of Natural History when we returned to Beijing. Here are some of the dinosaurs that were part of an exhibition on Chinese dinosaurs in Göteborg back in 1993/1994, only 400 m from where I now live.

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