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NEW -- July 21, 2010

The beautiful city of Suzhou crisscrossed with narrow water canals

Category: 建筑Architecture

明清建筑图片Ming and Qing dynasty Architecture Pictures

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  • Picture of 鹿脢鹿卢--脥貌麓潞脥陇 Gugong(The Palace Museum)--Longevity Pavillion
  • Picture of 鹿脢鹿卢--脥貌麓潞脥陇 Gugong(The Palace Museum)-- Longevity Pavillion

    The brilliant dome-shaped interior of the pavillion.

  • Picture of 脥陇脳脫 Large Pavillion

    The largest pavillion in the garden

  • Picture of 脥陇脳脫 Pavillion

    A pavillion on a islet.

  • Picture of 脦脛虏媒赂贸 Wenchang Pavillion

    The very large pavillion with a high stone base,which makes it more like a tower. It has a grand view of the lake.

  • Picture of 脢庐脝脽驴脳脟脜 Seventeen-arch Bridge

    This large stone bridge was built in the fourteenth year of 脟卢脗隆Qianlong's reign(1750). It measures 150 meters in length and its height is determined by 17 arches rising incrementally from both ends;where the nineth is the highest,symbolizing the emperor. Lined on both sides of the bridge's stone balustrades are 544 stone lions,each are different.

  • Picture of 潞锚麓氓 - 脭脗脮脫 Hongcun village - Yuezhao (Crescent Lake)

    Late afternoon. The crescent lake is much quieter than the South lake. Around the pool and surrounding it are the classical buildings, most of which are from the Qing dynasty. The area looks like a large interior, and feels very intimate. The cats come here, the dogs go to the South lake.

  • Picture of 脦梅碌脻 xidi

    Rooftops at dawn. The unusal white walls with cascading small roofs are called "脗铆脥路脟陆 Horsehead Wall"--so named because the white wall and tiled roof resemble a white horse and its mane flying in the air. It is a distinctive Anhui architectural trait.

  • Picture of 脦梅碌脻-脨氓脗楼 Xidi

    Romantically called a lady's ball-tossing tower, but in reality one of a Hu offical's retirement and self-cultivation loft. This part of the house is unusual because it broke the village design tradition by having the private room extend out to the public space.

  • Picture of 脛脧脝脕 Nanping village
  • Picture of 脛脧脝脕 Nanping village
  • Picture of 虏脺录脪麓贸脭潞 - 脠媒露脿脤脙 Cao Family's Compound

    The west side of the compound. This area is more of less the backyard. At the time I was here, renovations were underway to expand the area.

  • Picture of 鲁拢录脪脳炉脭掳 Chang Family's Compound

    The intricate designs of everything. That is very common among the wealthy manors, for obvious reasons - the more the wealthier.

  • Picture of 虏脺录脪麓贸脭潞 - 脠媒露脿脤脙 Cao Family's Compound

    Another courtyard. The sophisticated doorway has a well-decorated eave supported by painted 露路鹿掳dougongs (brackets). In front is a stone sculpture in the shape of a 脭陋卤娄, a standard Chinese gold nugget. In the back is a grand 脙脜脗楼(menlou), a structure consists of a set of columns that supports the 露路鹿掳(brackets) that in turn support the protruding eave. 脙脜脗楼(menlou) is an essential part of Chinese architecture.

  • Picture of 戮脫脫鹿鹿脴 Juyong Pass

    The wall as it snakes up and down the hills.

  • Picture of 陆冒脡陆脕毛鲁陇鲁脟 - 脨隆陆冒 Jinshanling Great Wall - Little Jinshan Tower

    This is the 脨隆陆冒脡陆脗楼 Little Jinshan Tower. By the time I reached this tower, it was close to 9:00 in the evening, and although the area was brighter than usual due to the surrounding fog, my injured leg could no longer bring me to the next tower, which is the 麓贸陆冒脡陆脗楼 Large Jinshan Tower. I had hope to spend the night there, which had an open room upstair with a door; but with my bad leg and the fog, which hided the next tower, I decided to spend the cold night here in the company of the ghostly fog sweeping in the arch windows.

  • Picture of 陆冒脡陆脕毛鲁陇鲁脟 Jinshanling Great Wall

    The rows of 脮脧脟陆 inner walls that run perpendicular to the parapets are a second line of defence. If the enemies reached up the Wall, these barriers will allow the defenders to protect themselves while attacking those that try to scale up to the Little and Large Jinshan Towers.

  • Picture of 贸麓脕煤脡陆鲁陇鲁脟 - 陆芦戮眉 Panlongshan (Coiling Dragon Mountain) Great Wall

    The large magnificent General's Tower. A structure that is a must see on this Wall. On top was a group of mostly Beijing tourist that wandered this far.

  • Picture of 脌脧脕煤脥路 - 脥陇 Laolongtou (Old Dragon Head) - Pavillion

    The grand pavillion extending out from the temples toward the sea.

  • Picture of 脮貌卤卤脤篓 Zhenbeitai Tower
  • Picture of 脮貌卤卤脤篓 Zhenbeitai Tower
  • Picture of 脝陆脪拢 Pingyao
  • Picture of 脝陆脪拢 Pingyao
  • Picture of 脣脮鹿芦脣镁 Sugong Ta (Emin Minaret)
  • Picture of 脝陆脪拢 Pingyao
  • Picture of 脝陆脪拢 Pingyao
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image of Great Wallimage of Great Wall

The 万里长城Great Wall from the shining 渤海Bohai sea to the Gobi desert west — 山海关Shanhaiguan (Shanhai Pass) to 嘉峪关Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass).

image of a group of Mongolian gersimage of dunes near Baotou city

Enjoy the wide 希拉穆仁草原Xilamuren grassland, the huge dunes of 响沙湾Xiangshawan, and the ancient Wall of the Qin state in 内蒙古Neimenggu (Inner Mongolia).

My translations of some Chinese poems.