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Old March 18th, 2009, 01:23 AM   #781
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Old March 18th, 2009, 02:30 AM   #782
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Wudalianchi National Geopark, Heilongjiang

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Situated in Wudalianchi City in northwestern Heilongjiang Province , the Wudalianchi Scenic Area is a famous volcanic field and tourist attraction with a unique and typical volcanic landscape. The scenery is spectacular, with wonderful volcanic lakes, grotesquely shaped peaks, rocks, and caves, and the sites of 12 shield-shaped and 14 cone-shaped volcanoes.
Within the Wudalianchi Scenic Area stand 14 old and new volcanoes, covering a life span of more than two million years. A famous circum-Pacific volcano group, the area boasts the world's best preserved and most concentrated, complete, and typical volcanic landforms, hence its reputation of a "Natural Volcanic Museum" and an "Open Textbook on Volcanoes."
As a result of the eruptions of two young volcanoes, Mt. Heilong and Mt. Huoshao from 1719-1721, huge amounts of lava blocked the original watercourses of the Bai River, a branch of the Nemor River, giving rise to five connected lakes, with one wave reflecting the other, one lake linking the other. People call them Wudalianchi, which literally means "Five Large Connected Lakes." Named from one to five, the five lakes, with different colors, shapes, and sizes, look like five pure and magnificent pearls inlaid among the 14 lofty volcanoes, a really spectacular sight.
Surrounding the five connected lakes there stands scores of volcanoes, rising straight from ground zero, layer upon layer and range upon range -- a grand and magnificent scene. In the long geologic age, a series of long, consecutive, and intricate geological events formed 11 shield-shaped volcanoes, 14 compound-shaped volcanoes, and plenty of lava. The youngest but largest of the volcanoes are Mount Laohei and Mount Huoshao, which last erupted 260 years ago.
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Old March 19th, 2009, 03:00 AM   #783
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Zhengzhou International Convention and Exhibition Centre (ZZICEC), Zhengzhou, Henan

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Zhengzhou International Convention and Exhibition Centre (ZZICEC) is managed by Hong Kong - Shanghai Venue Management (Zhengzhou) Limited (VMZL). VMZL is a private professional management company. It is a joint venture between Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Venue Management China Limited and INTEX Shanghai Company Limited.
ZZICEC is one of three iconic buildings in the central business area of Zhengzhou. The steel and concrete construction of the main building utilises a cable-stayed suspension system to support the roof. The ZZICEC is a convention & exhibition complex with a construction area of 227,600 square metres. Rentable indoor area totals 74,000 square metres which is ideal for conventions, exhibitions, entertainment events, receptions, banquets and ceremonial events.
Convention Centre: This portion of the ZZICEC consists of 6 floors and a total construction area of 60,800 square metres. It includes the Grand Hall seating up to 3,160 for meetings and 1,660 for banquets, the International
Theatre seating 1,090, and two (2) theatres seating 400 each. Also included are seventeen (17) meeting rooms of varied sizes, VIP reception rooms, a Chinese restaurant, a western restaurant, and a cafe. Simultaneous interpretation can be provided for up to 8 languages within the International
Theatre.
Exhibition Centre: This portion of the ZZICEC consists of two (2) major exhibition halls and a total construction area of 166,800 square metres. There are 6 floors of auxiliary support facilities including meeting rooms, food concessions, offices and shops. Up to 3,560 exhibition booths at 9 square metres each can be accommodated in the two exhibition halls. The exhibition halls span 102 metres with 5 operable walls that can divide the space into 6 halls for independent exhibition use. Hall 2 on the upper level is column-free. Both halls can be accessed directly by vehicles for loading and unloading.
Outdoor Exhibition Area: Some 38,000 square metres of outdoor exhibition area are conveniently located between the Exhibition Centre and the Dragon Lake.
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Old March 20th, 2009, 02:13 AM   #784
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Hong Kong Flower Show, HK

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The Hong Kong Flower Show is a major event organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to promote horticulture and the awareness of greening. Every year, it provides a good opportunity for hundreds of thousands of local citizens and horticulture lovers all over the world to appreciate the beauty of flowers and share their experiences in the cultivation of flowers. Hong Kong Flower Show 2009 holds from 13 to 22 March 2009 at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. The theme of this show is "Blossoming Welcome for the EAG" and its theme flower is "Cosmos". The event showcases exquisite flowers from worldwide and a rich profusion of exotic potted plants, beautiful floral arrangements and gorgeous landscape displays by organizations from local, the Mainland and overseas. There are also commercial stalls selling flowers and other horticultural products.
During the show period, a rich diversity of educational and recreational fringe activities is organized for the enjoyment of visitors of all ages. They include student drawing competition, photo competition, exhibit competition, music and cultural performances, floral art demonstrations, plant maintenance workshops, green stalls, guided visits, recreation programmes and fun games.
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Old March 21st, 2009, 02:43 AM   #785
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The Millennium Bell, Snake Hill, Wuhan, Hubei

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Snake Hill is the most popular of Wuhans hills and has the share of the attractions, including the Yellow Crane Tower. The hill has the shape of a huge snake where the head drinks from the Yangtze River and the tail lies through the eastern part of town.
Yellow Crane Tower (黄鹤楼) sits atop Snake Hill near the Number One Chang (Yangtze) River Bridge and affords a commanding view of the Chang River as well as the mouth of the Han River where it connects. The view can be very impressive depending on local smog conditions. On the few clear days one can see practically the entire city of Wuhan as well as up and down the Chang River.
The Snake Hill Park as a whole is nicely landscaped with many charming buildings. Of particular interest is the enormous bronze bell located behind Yellow Crane Tower itself as well as a teahouse on the premises which features regular performances of traditional Chu-era music. The performance itself is free, but it is expected that patrons enjoying it order at least a beverage or a small snack.
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Old March 21st, 2009, 03:43 AM   #786
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Big bell!! Very interesting. Regards from Colombia.
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Old March 21st, 2009, 04:15 AM   #787
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a lot of these bells can be found in China
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Old March 22nd, 2009, 03:04 AM   #788
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This one is large >>>>>> scroll >>>>>>>



One of the most beautiful valleys in China. Laoniuwan is located in the northwest corner of Shanxi province. It is where the Yellow River meets the Great Wall for the first time.
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Old March 22nd, 2009, 03:37 AM   #789
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wow, good photo Saigoneseguy

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Old March 22nd, 2009, 05:48 AM   #790
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wow nice photography
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Old March 22nd, 2009, 07:24 AM   #791
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thanks riasbaixas, I found that one on panoramio, lots of nice stuffs there!
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 01:50 AM   #792
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Jinbianxi, Zhangjiajie National Park, Hunan

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Jinbianxi (Golden Whip Stream) is located in Zhangjiajie National Park, in Hunan province.
It extends 5.7 km from north to south, winding across mountains and valleys. The brook is limpid through the year, with stone peaks standing erect on both banks. Meandering between steep grotesque peaks and luxuriant trees, streams, waterfalls, plants and animals co-exist here and
constitute an extraordinarily beautiful, tranquil and natural ecological environment.
In Jinbianxi people can enjoy the dense forest and grotesque-shaped peaks on either of its bank. The park is a place for one to escape from the summer heat and is a natural oxygen bar.
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 07:03 AM   #793
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wow,really nice pics, enjoy your effort!!!
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 07:46 AM   #794
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Beautiful..... Ni Hao Ma....
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 09:18 AM   #795
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Great wonders of China
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 09:29 PM   #796
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That's totally wonderful .
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Old March 24th, 2009, 02:21 AM   #797
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Kubuqi Desert, Inner Mongolia

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The Kubuqi Desert, meaning "bowstring" in Mongolian, lies to the south of the Yellow River like a long band extending about 400 kilometers from east to west. The desert is 50 kilometers wide in the west, 15-20 kilometers wide in the east and covers an area of 16756 sq. kilometers.
When saying Inner Mongolia, everybody thinks of the green, hilly grasslands that are populated by skillful horse riders who live in tent villages. But Inner Mongolia is also a province of deserts. And not the rocky kind of desert like the ones in the United States, or the kind of deserts that mainly consists of brownish stretches of soil likes the ones in Russia. No, Inner Mongolia's deserts or of the kind we all know from the tales from the Arabian Nights; with yellow sand, high dunes and even camels going around in caravans. So far, this is the most unexpected and surprising landscape people can encounter in China, adding yet another few highlights to China's already gigantic vista variety.
Inner Mongolia has several large deserts, many of which extend into the neighboring Qing Hai and Xin Jiang provinces as well as into the bordering state of Mongolia. The largest one is the Badain Jaran Desert, but from Inner Mongolia's two biggest cities Hohhot and Baotou, the Kubuqi Desert (库布其) is the one that is most easily accessible to tourists. I found out that Kubuqi is 7th biggest desert in China and it ranks 3rd in Inner Mongolia itself.
Kubuqi extends for about 400 kilometers along the Yellow River, but only few places are accessible to tourists. The most famous one is the Resonant Sand Gorge or Xiang Sha Wan (响沙湾) which is a canyon, with colorful rock formations at the one side and a steep and enormous sand dune of about 110 meters at the other.
Generally, the sand dunes are 10-15 meters high and the moving dunes make up 80% of the total area of the Kubuqi Desert. Some of the sand dunes on the edge of the desert move so fast that they meet Maowusu Sand Land in the west.
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Old March 24th, 2009, 06:34 AM   #798
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Old March 25th, 2009, 01:53 AM   #799
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Xuan Wu Lake, Nanjing, Jiangsu

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Situated at the foot of Mt. Zhongshan in Nanjing, Xuanwu Lake is a beautiful scenic spot. It is also one of the three most famous lakes in Nanjing. Surrounding it are Circumvallation, Mt. Jiuhua and Jiming Temple.
The history of Xuanwu Lake can be traced back to the Pre-Qin period (21century BC-221 BC). The name of the lake has changed several times during the long history. The lake gained the name Xuanwu because a black dragon was said to be in the lake.
There are five isles in the lake: Huan Isle, Ying Isle, Liang Isle, Cui Isle and Ling Isle. When you are on the Huan Isle, you can see that the leaves of willows wave gently with the wind and feel the mild wind from the lake that blows tenderly on your face. The Ying Isle is famous for its cherry blossoms. When the cherry blossoms bloom in the early spring, the isle seems to be an ocean of flowers. Liang Isle is the one that was developed earlier than the other four. Annually, the grand traditional exhibition of chrysanthemums is held there. On the Cui Isle, there are dark green pines, emerald green cypresses, tender willows, and light green bamboos. To the east of Ling Isle, you can see the beautiful clouds drifting across Zhong Mountain.
Each island has wonderful scenery: Nuona Tower on Huan Isle is full of special serene ambience. Wumiao Zha on Ling Isle has long history and of a reasonable design. Other places like the Lotus Garden on Ying Isle and the Hushen Miao on Liang Isle are also worth visiting.
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Likeng, Wuyuan County, Jiangxi

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The original name of Likeng is Liyuan. It is located in Tuochuan countryside which is 56 km distant from Wuyuan County. The village was set up at the end of the North Song Dynasty. All the villagers were fond of reading and advocated 'learning Zhuzi (a famous Chinese philosopher)'s protocol, submitting to Zhuzi's instruction, holding Zhuzi's courtesy', so it is praised as the 'origin of Li Xue (a Confucian school of idealist philosophy of the Song Dynasty)'.
For several centuries, the villagers of this remote village took the habit of studying and reading hard. Men of talent came out in succession there. There were 36 officials above the 7th grade, 16 Jinshi (successful candidate in the highest imperial examinations) and 92 scholars, such as Shangshu (the Minister of ancient China) Yu Maoheng, the Minister of Dali Temple, Yu Qiyuan, Sima (an official grade of ancient China) Yu Weishu, Zhifu (magistrate of a prefecture in ancient China). Their works amounted to 333 books, 582 volumes, among which 5 books, 78 volumes were listed in the 'Si Ku Quan Shu' (complete library in the four branches of literature). All above show the brilliance in the past of Likeng.
The ancient buildings that have been kept well by now include 'Official Hall' that ever belonged to Yu Ziyi who was the Zhifu of Guangzhou in Chongzhen period of the Ming Dynasty, 'Tian Gong Shang Qing' that ever belonged to Yu Maoheng who was the Shangshu of Li Ministry (the ministry of official personnel affaires in ancient China) in Tianqi period of the Ming Dynasty, 'Shangshu Mansion' that ever belonged to Youshilang (official in ancient china) of Hu Ministry (the ministry of revenue in ancient China) and Shangshu of Gong Ministry (the ministry of works in ancient China), etc.
These ancient buildings have white washed walls, black tiles, upturned eaves and propping angle, as well as exquisite 'Three carving' technique, scientific and reasonable arrangement, warm in winter and cool in summer. They are emeralds of ecological culture, and exhibition gardens of architectural art. Likeng has already been listed in the 'List of Provincial Key Historic Reservation Units' and is one of the 100 'National Folk Culture Villages'.
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