My husband travels all over the world, and recently he had a wonderful trip to China. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, and he saw lots of amazing things. Best of all, he brought home some photographs that I can share with you.

One of the places he visited was a city called Yi Wu, where there is an enormous marketplace with thousands of stalls and small shops.

Inside this huge place you can buy teddy bears, toy mobile phones, brightly coloured balls and a million types of ribbon! And those are just a few of the many things for sale at this market. People come from all over the world to trade with each other. Do you see anything you would like to buy?

In China you can travel on super-fast trains with long, pointy noses. Some use the same kind of rails as our trains, but some Chinese trains balance on a single magnetic rail and travel at speeds of up to 330 kilometres per hour. I imagine at that speed the landscape outside must look like a blur!

In Beijing there is a beautiful palace with high walls that for many years was the home of Chinese Emperors and their wives and children. It was called the Forbidden City because no ordinary people were allowed inside. Now it is open to the public, and many Chinese people as well as tourists come to see the rich interiors and landscaped gardens. You can even dress up as an Emperor or Empress and have your picture taken!

This little boy is dressed up as the Emperor, just like the real Emperor Pu Yi who was very young when he came to power. I think Pu Yi was often as fed up as this little boy looks, because he had no friends to play with.

China is an amazing place with a huge population and a history that goes back thousands of years. Lots of things we use now were first invented in China, including paper, matches, fireworks, umbrellas and kites! But that’s a subject for my next post…

If you want to learn more about China, HERE is a website with lots of information.