479 – The Great Wall

On our last day in China, of course we had to visit the Great Wall. We hired a driver and car who took us to the part at Mutianyu which is supposed to be more rugged and slightly less crowded. We took the Ski lift to the top and a toboggan (sitting on a little cart, running down a metal slide) to get down..which was great fun. We did exert ourselves a bit though by walking along the wall for a few hours. When we took a rest I had a chance to very quickly draw this.


#478 – Temple of heaven park

This was drawn on our second day in Beijing. On our first day we arrived on an overnight train from Xian and went straight to the Forbidden City only to find unbelievable crowds and that after hours of queuing up they had sold out of tickets (there is a limit of 80,000/day). Although we tried to get tickets for the next day, you can only be sure to get them online and if you are Chinese…not very helpful. So we gave up on the idea and visited the Temple of Heaven instead which was much more manageable. It’s a huge place and has some wonderful buildings – but it was too hot to sketch in the open air!


#476 – Miles Davis in the teashop

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So, after our cruise we had a day in Chongqing and visited a supposedly historic area called Ciqikou (which means Porcelain Port). Although the streets clearly were ancient, they were lined with hundreds of touristy shops and it was very crowded. We took a little rest in a tea shop, decorated with interesting pictures and movie posters,  where I sketched this.


#473 – Captains reception

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Here I am still posting sketching from our China holiday…I hope I’ll catch up soon. This one was done while we were still on our cruise up the Yangtze river…on the first evening all the passengers were invited the the Captain’s reception…where he made a speech and we got free champagne. There were about 400 passengers on the cruise of which only 4 spoke English (that was us)….but they were still kind enough to translate everything into English…just for us!


#472 – Pathway

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Here is another sketch I did of the pathway to the ‘tribe of the three gorges’ – this time just sploshing about the watercolour paint. At the top left was a tiny little pagoda on the peak of the ridge…I’m not sure if the pathway went that far though!


#471 – The tribe of the three gorges

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This sketch was done during our Yangtze river cruise, when the cruise ship stopped to let people off for a day excursion. We didn’t go on the trip and just relaxed on the ship. This was the lovely view we had from the little balcony we had outside our cabin…who could ask for more? The buildings were sheltering a pathway which took hundreds of tourists up to a local village.