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Old January 28th, 2010, 11:28 AM   #181
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Behind the Hall of Supreme Harmony, and approximately a third of its size, is the Hall of Middle Harmony










Next to the Hall of Middle Harmony is the Hall of Preserving Harmony






Courtyard behind the hall




Another carved marble carriageway reserved for the emperor

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Old January 28th, 2010, 11:36 AM   #182
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The Gate of Heavenly Purity




Several gates leads to corridors within the city






After passing through the Gate of Heavenly Purity is the Palace of Heavenly Purity







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Old January 28th, 2010, 11:41 AM   #183
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The northernmost section of the Forbidden City is the Imperial Gardens













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Old January 28th, 2010, 11:46 AM   #184
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The Gate of Divine Prowess is the north entry/exit to the Forbidden City




Exiting from the Forbidden City's Gate of Divine Prowess, is Jing Shan Park with its hilltop pavilions . The park was created using the earth excavated from building the palace moat.







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Old January 28th, 2010, 09:11 PM   #185
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Great photos. I like how you're alternating between the new and the old
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Old January 28th, 2010, 09:51 PM   #186
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Thanks... So you noticed .
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Old January 29th, 2010, 01:59 AM   #187
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This has turned into a very elaborate thread showcasing Japan's new world as well as old world architecture!

I'm enjoying it. Thanks for sharing!
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Old January 29th, 2010, 12:06 PM   #188
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Thanks a lot.
But what I've been posting recently are Beijing photos already and not Tokyo.
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Old January 29th, 2010, 04:37 PM   #189
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BEIJING OLYMPIC PARK







Nearby is this unique building






The Beijing National Stadium, popularly known as the Bird's Nest

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Old January 29th, 2010, 04:43 PM   #190
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The stadium has a seating capacity 80,000. With 110,000 tons of steel, the stadium is the largest steel structure in the world.








Lamps were designed to have similar concept as the nest



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17 months after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the nest is gathering dust.












The culprit...

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The Cube, aquatics venue







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Sculptures abound at the rest area













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The bird's nest changes color as the sun sets












Nearby city blocks glow as well...






... while this smokestack serves as one of hundreds of beacons of China's power supply outbreak.




Nearby is probably an old stadium

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Thanks a lot.
But what I've been posting recently are Beijing photos already and not Tokyo.
Oops

Should pay more attention!

The birds nest definitely is a spectacular structure!
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No worries...
And yes, the bird's nest is indeed spectacular.

It's a bit sad though that the nest is turning to be a white elephant.

The venue has never been active since the Olympics. Not much sporting events happening there, nor concerts that could at least sustain its maintenance cost. Hence the dust that is now coating the stadium can't even be cleaned.

At my time of visit, the stadium grounds was converted into some sort of a winterland amusement park. At least there's revenue pouring in during the winter season.
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woow, nice pics, thanks, keep going on shyaman
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Thanks a lot!
More to come...
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