Friday, November 25, 2016

Simatai Great Wall






View from inside the Guard Tower Simatai Great Wall.
The Great Wall at Simatai is a sight to behold. It is farther from Beijing and isn't as popular a Great Wall tourist destination as Badaling or Mutianyu (both of which are worthwhile to go to), however, what makes it spectacular is the mountain ridge that it is built on. When I first went there in 1999 you could go anywhere on it if you were brave enough. (The picture on the header of this blog is of a very narrow section of Simatai that is now in a restricted area.) The sections that you are allowed to go on offer spectacular views of the Great Wall and the valley below. You can hike up from the bottom or take a cable car almost to the top. It's something you won't forget.




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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Picture of the Day: Simatai Great Wall




The Great Wall at Simatai is a sight to behold. It is farther from Beijing and isn't as popular a Great Wall tourist destination as Badaling or Mutianyu (both of which are worthwhile to go to), however, what makes it spectacular is the mountain ridge that it is built on. When I first went there in 1999 you could go anywhere on it if you were brave enough. (The picture on the header of the blog is of a very narrow section of Simatai that is now a restricted area.) The sections that you are allowed to go on offer spectacular views of the Great Wall and the valley below. You can hike up from the bottom or take a cable car almost to the top. It's something you won't forget.




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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Picture of the Day - The Big Bell Temple


The Big Bell Temple, built in the year 1733, is a Buddhist temple located in the Haidian District of Beijing. This temple holds a magnificent collection of ancient Chinese bells and is especially famous for housing the largest bell in China called Yongle Bell (height 22 feet tall, weight 102,515 pounds) on which is inscribed Buddhist scriptures in both Chinese and Sanskrit, totaling over 227,000 characters.





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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Picture of the Day - Beijing Performing Arts Center

Beijing Performing Arts Center. To get into the domed part of the building you enter from below. The water in front of the center is actually part of the roof of the entry way underneath. Acoustics inside the center are great and they do jam cell-phones to prevent the interruption of concerts.



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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Picture of the Day - Temple of Heaven Park


Playing with a colored ribbon in the Temple of Heaven Park, Beijing.




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Friday, July 1, 2016

Picture of the Day - Temple of Heaven Detail


















Detail of wall panels on the Temple of Heaven. Beijing

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Picture of the Day - Calligraphy in Temple of Heaven Park


This gentleman was practicing calligraphy with a broom-sized brush at the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing. He uses water as his ink. His work evaporates. Even if you don't read Chinese you can see that the characters he is writing are of uniform size and shape something that takes a lot of practice.


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Monday, June 27, 2016

Picture of the Day - Suzhou Street



In 1762, after returning from touring the Jiangnan region, the Qianlong Emperor ordered the construction of a shopping street resembling Shantang Street in Suzhou at the Summer Palace in Beijing. The Summer Palace is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing, China. It is a popular tourist destination in Beijing. This picture is just a small part that shows the beauty of the Summer Palace.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Picture of the Day - Dragons





Passing boats on the lake at the Summer Palace in Beijing provided a pair of dragons for this picture. Dragons are a composite animal. They have the scales of fish. The horns of a deer. Teeth of a tiger. The body of a snake and the claws of an eagle.
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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Picture of the Day


Lotus Flowers. 

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