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NEW -- July 21, 2010

The beautiful city of Suzhou crisscrossed with narrow water canals

明清室内建设图片Ming and Qing dynasty Interiors Pictures

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  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    The stone base of the pillars and wood walls.

  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    Woodcarving decorations on one of the doorways in a large room.

  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    Interior of 承志堂 Chengzhitan., On these main beams are exquisite carvings, usually of important gatherings, moral illustrations, or historical legends, such as those of the 三国 Three Kingdoms.

  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    Close-up of the previous beam with the carvings. The carvings are gold painted. The hooks are used for hanging lanterns.

  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village
  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village
  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village
  • Picture of 关麓 Guanlu village
  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    Detail of a wood screen door with lock. Included in the screen pattern are carved forms of bats, a symbol of good luck.

  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
  • Picture of 关麓 Guanlu village
  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    Detail of a wood screen door. Included in the screen pattern are carved scenes taken from novels or history; also popular are carved objects of things representing wealth, luck, education, or longevity.

  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    Among the objects are Qilins (unicorns). Qilins are mythological animals of the first order. Their appearances foresee significant events or persons to come. A qilin was said to appear at the birth of Confucius.

  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
  • Picture of 西递 Xidi

    Details of carving on a door panel.

  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    Swallows are common in villages. If they like your place and decided to stay by building their nests, then you are in good fortune. the nest are usually built underneath eaves or the above an entrance doorway. One I saw above a doorway; the owner installed a metal cover above the nest to shield it from rain. Here it perches on a ceiling hook.

  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    A family of five bats. Bats represents good fortune because the 蝠(bat) is pronounced the same as 福(fortune). There may be other reasons.

  • Picture of 关麓 Guanlu village
  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
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image of Tiananmen gateimage of the seventeen arch bridge in Yiheyuan

Walk through Beijing's great attractions -- 故宫Gugong (The Palace Museum), 天坛Tiantan (Temple of Heaven), 天坛天安门广场Tiananmen Square, 颐和园Yiheyuan (Summer Palace).

clay figure of 钟馗 Zhong Kui

Arts and Crafts that I bought along my travels.

image of Wudangshan temple

The extraordinary temple complex in 湖北Hubei's legendary Daoist mountains - the source of much of China's famed 功夫Gongfu tradition.