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故宫 (紫禁城)图片Gugong Palace (The Forbidden City) Pictures

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  • Picture of 故宫-午门 Gugong(The Palace Museum)

    The 午门Wumen(Meridian Gate) is the main south gate to the palace.

  • Picture of 故宫--太庙 Gugong(The Palace Museum)

    太庙 Taimiao is the royal temple for making offerings to ancestors. Located to the east of 端门 Duanmen, the gate after Tiananmen.

  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 天安门 Tiananmen

    North side of 天安门Tiananmen viewed from atop the 端门Duan Gate.

  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫--狮子 Gugong(The Palace Museum)-- Bronze Lion
  • Picture of 故宫--万春亭 Gugong(The Palace Museum)-- Longevity Pavillion

    The brilliant dome-shaped interior of the pavillion.

  • Picture of 端门 Duanmen (Duan Gate)

    端门Duan Gate is the gate after 天安门Tiananmen and before the 午门Wumen(The Meridian Gate). What you see here is the freshly repainted colorful decorations on its hallway.

  • Picture of 端门 Duan Gate

    The gate tower's hall.

  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫--万春亭 Gugong(The Palace Museum)--Longevity Pavillion
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )

    One of the pavillions over the stream.

  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫--太和门 Gugong(The Palace Museum)

    As the name implies, 太和门 Taihemen is the gate to the 太和殿 Hall of Supreme Harmony.

  • Picture of 故宫--太和门 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )

    The royal throne in the court hall

  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )

    The north entrance of the Gugong.

  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫--太和殿 Gugong(The Palace Museum)

    The palace was under major renovation while I was there. And this building, which is the 太和殿 Hall of Supreme Harmony(the largest and most important of the three main halls of architectural complex), was screened with a life-size image of itself.

  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
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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).

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).

image of Tulufan's Emin MinaretPortriat of a Uygur girl in 二堡乡 Erbaoxiang

See 吐鲁番Tulufan's well-known attractions -- 苏公塔Sugonta (Emin Minaret), 高昌城Gaochang Ruins, and 火焰山Huoyan Shan (Flaming Mountains).

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 stone lion

The stone lions, chimeras, toistoises and unicorns that guarded the royal tombs of the 六朝Six Dynasties Era for the past 1600 years.

上海 shanghai skyline苏州园林 suzhou gardernUygur lady and tourist boat in 天池 Tianchi

Selected pictures from my 3-month travel through China during the summer of 2006.

image of an old man looking toward Shanghai\'s 浦东 Pudong skylineShanghai\'s 浦东 Pudong skyline

上海Shanghai: Today, the financial center of China as well as one of its cultural centers. Fashion lovers, misfits, intelectuals, dreamers, refugees, outcasts, and outlaws alike rush to Shanghai for its haven and riches. You come to Shanghai not for any historical attractions, but rather for the city itself -- its interactions of all things good and bad that generate hot gossips.

Travelogues and travel notes.

image of Jiayuguan fort

嘉峪关Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass) - the lone fort at the edges of the desolate and bare Gobi desert. It is at once both a timeless symbol of human's uncompromising reach and an otherworldly mirage.