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Old March 26th, 2009, 08:45 AM   #801
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Tumen River valley, (China-North Korea Border) near Sanhe, Jilin

2009.03.27















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The Tumen or Tuman River is a 521 km-long river that serves as part of the boundary between China, North Korea, and Russia, rising in Mount Baekdu and flowing into the Sea of Japan.
The river flows in northeast Asia, on the border between China and North Korea in its upper reaches, and between North Korea and Russia in its last 17 kilometres (11 miles) before entering the Sea of Japan. The river forms much of the southern border of Jilin Province in Manchuria and the northern borders of North Korea's North Hamgyong and Yanggang provinces. Baekdu Mountain on the Chinese-North Korean border is the source of the river, as well as of the Yalu River.
The name of the river comes from the Mongolian word tümen, meaning "ten thousand" or a myriad. This river is badly polluted by the nearby factories of North Korea and China; however, it still remains a major tourist attraction in the area. In Tumen, Jilin, China, a riverfront promenade has restaurants where patrons can gaze across the river into North Korea. Russian name of river is Tumannaya, literally meaning a river of fog.
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Old March 28th, 2009, 03:12 AM   #803
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Bingyugou Reserve, Liaoning

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Bingyugou Reserve is a national tourist resort. It is approved to be the national forest park by the Bureau of State's Forestry. The centre area of Bingyugou Provincial Level Tourist Resort has an area of 47 square kilometers, the protection area of the Bingyugou Reserve has an area of 64 square kilometers, and the total area of the Bingyugou Reserve has an area of more 100 square kilometers.
There are Longhua Mountain, Xiaoyu river valley, and Yingna river valley in the Bingyugou Reserve. Its gorgeous glacial landscape, splendid mountains and beautiful rivers have amazed many visited. The quartzite mountain is an unsoiled Karst landform that is extremely rare in upper Yellow River. According to geological investigation, this landscape was formed during the fourth glacial age, as many glacial relics were found around the area.
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Old March 28th, 2009, 03:39 AM   #804
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Old March 29th, 2009, 01:41 AM   #805
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Orient Arch, Comendador Ho Yin Garden, Macau

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The last photo shows the Alameda Dr Carlos D'Assupmcao from the Orient Arch to the Statue of Kun Iam.
Comendador Ho Yin Garden features the Orient Arch and provides a quiet retreat with tree-shaded benches and tables for chess players, landscaped shrubberies, bamboo groves, a playground, and a small cafe.

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Old March 30th, 2009, 12:43 AM   #806
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Grottoes of Shikong Temple, Ningxia

2009.03.30















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Shikong Dafo Temple, otherwise known as Shikong Grottoes. The cave temples themselves are about 1400 years old, but a modern temple (i.e. probably just a few hundred years old) encloses the most important caves. The grottoes sit directly below a fragment of the Great Wall that runs along the edge of a sandstone cliff.
Unlike Dunhuang or Matisi, the grottoes are not yet restored (there is an 11 million RMB project to develop the site underway). There are no souvenir stalls out front, no interpretive signs or tour guides. Nearly all of the painted murals have been destroyed, and most of the statues are broken.
Despite this, the grottoes are moving, more so even than Dunhuang or Matisi in an odd way. Some of this is probably just the imagined but still genuinely felt sense of discovery that accompanies stumbling across something that hasn’t been gussied up for the tourist dollar.
Shikong’s artifacts haven’t been well-preserved, as in a museum or curated temple cave, and as a result its history hasn’t been frozen. It is possible to see, and feel, time’s passage in the crumbling ruins. Some of the statues seem almost to be mourning their own decay, and they appear all the more alive for it.
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Old March 30th, 2009, 05:12 PM   #807
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Old March 31st, 2009, 12:39 AM   #808
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Rapeseed Fields near Menyuan (view from Beishan), Qinghai

2009.03.31



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Between the Qilian and Daban mountains in Menyuan County of Qinghai's Haibei Prefecture, there is a river named Datong, which partially forms a plain in the plateau canyon. In early July, golden rape flowers are in full bloom from the Qingshizui to the Xianmi gorges. The rape land in Qingshizui is flat and open, running southward directly to the foot of Qilian Mountain. Except for a few houses and the snow-capped Qilian Mountain, thousands of hectares of rape land reveal the same color, like a great piece of nugget. The golden world of Menyuan county is famous for its vast green fields and yellow rapeseed flowers. The Menyuan rape flower fields are famous for their bright yellow rape flower fields that come into bloom in late spring. In that time, the annual Rape Flower Festival will be held in Menyuan. It looks like the heaven of peace in the Qinghai-Tibet plateau.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 03:52 PM   #809
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Qian Mausoleum (Qian Ling), Shaanxi

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The Tang Dynasty (618-907) is a truly fascinating period of Chinese history, not only for its high culture but also the personalities that left their mark on the epoch. Not least of these were Emperor Gao Zong and his Empress Wu Zetian. It is not surprising that they should have had impressive burials and that in view of her powerful and dominating character that the Empress should have shared her late husband's tomb. This is the only instance of a mausoleum shared in this way and of course, Wu Zetian was the only woman to have ruled China.
The Qian Mausoleum occupies a prominent site on the summit of Liangshan Hill some 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of the Tang capital, Chang'an (today's Xi'an). The design of the tomb site replicates the city of Chang'an and in accordance with tradition is on a north-south axis. The southern approach is set between two smaller hills and the way to the Emperor's tomb is lined with stone animals as well as human figures.
hese include horses and ostriches, winged horses and a pair of stone lions. In all there are 124 stone sculptures and these are reminders of the fact that the Tang was very much involved with trade and diplomatic exchange with the world far beyond China's borders as there are distinct Western Asian and Greek influences in these sculptures.
The tomb is of a very strong and secure construction and is notable as the only mausoleum to escape the unwelcome attention of tomb robbers.
In total the mausoleum site covered an area of 2.3 square meters (0.88 square kilometers) and within this area stood 378 buildings that included the Sacrifice Hall, a Pavilion, a Hall of Ministers and numerous corridors. Unfortunately, the above ground structures have not survived unlike the stone sculptures that still delight visitors.
Two ornamented octagonal columns mark the south entrance and the mythical winged horses are the first of the sculptures. The pair of ostriches was a gift from Afghanistan; of the five pairs of horses that are next along the route only three still have their attendant grooms. Ten pairs of military figures bearing swords stand guard along the path. Further life-sized sculptures of men represent the sixty one foreign emissaries that attended the Emperor's funeral and were created on the instructions of Empress Wu Zetian, who wanted a permanent reminder of their visit. Each figure is depicted in a long robe with a wide belt and wearing boots. The name of each individual and the country he represented is carved on the back of the statue. It is not known how or why but regrettably each statue has been decapitated at some time in the distant past.
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Old April 2nd, 2009, 01:05 AM   #810
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Quancheng Square, Jinan, Shandong

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Embraced by mountain, spring, river and city, QuanCheng Square is the central square of the capital city of Shandong Province, Jinan. Looking around, you can have a look at the old city in the north, see Baotu Spring spurting or flowing slowly in the west, look into distance at the verdant Thousand Buddha Mountain stretching along in the south, look ahead the Liberation Pavilion fresh and elegant as a picture in the east.
QuanCheng Square has a total area of 16.96 hectares, with 780m from east to west and 230m from south to north. It is planned on a major axis between Baotu Spring and Liberation Pavilion and on a minor axis between Bangpeng Avenue and Shuowen Avenue. At the main entrance, the national flag is fluttering in the wind, under which the four Chinese characters of "QuanCheng Square" are sculptured on the signal of entrance, with "QuanCheng Square Record" on its back.
As the central square of Jinan, Quancheng Square is s big modern square and an integration of elements of culture, entertainment, leisure, and shopping. The 38-meter-tall Spring Logo on the square is the landmark of Jinan. The Lotus Music Fountain, with water fluctuating and changing shape with the music rhythms, can shoot tens of meters high to the sky and shows breath-taking magnificence.
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 04:16 PM   #811
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 04:16 PM   #812
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Waibaidu Bridge, Shanghai

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Waibaidu Bridge (外白渡桥), called Garden Bridge in English, is a steel bridge on Suzhou Creek in central Shanghai, connecting the Huangpu and Hongkou districts where the Suzhou River flows into the Huang Pu.
The present bridge is a steel truss bridge with two spans. It is 106.7 metres long and spans 52.16 metres. There are currently three north bound lanes with a total width of 11.2 metres, and two pedestrian walkways each with a width of 3.6 metres. It was the first true steel bridge in China and the only surviving example of camelback truss bridge in China.
With its rich history and unique design, the centennial Waibaidu Bridge is one of the symbols of Shanghai and its modern and industrial image, and may be regarded as the city's trademark bridge.
The name "Waibaidu" is closely tied to Shanghai history, with a total of four bridges, always at the same location, having borne that name. Before bridges were built on the Suzhou Creek, citizens had to use ferries. There were three ferry crossings, one near Zhapu Road, one at Jiangxi Road and one near the mouth of the Suzhou River. With Shanghai becoming an international trade port through the Treaty of Nanjing and foreign powers being granted concessions in the city, traffic between both sides of Suzhou River soared in the 1850s, increasing the need for a bridge close to the mouth of the river.
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Pingyang Gulou (Drum Tower), LinFen, Shanxi

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Linfen is an old city in the southwest of Shanxi Province. Covering an area of 20,510 square kilometers, Linfen has a population of more than 3.5 million. The city is well known for growing flowers and fruits. It contains the historical sites of Raomiao Temple, Longzi (Dragon Son) Temple, Tiefo (Iron Buddha) Temple, Hukou Waterfall in the Yellow River and Weicun Theater from the Yuan Dynasty.
Pingyang Drum Tower is located in Linfen city centre. Founded in the Northern Song Dynasty, gold, Yuan, Ming and Qing elements are rebuilt, but the floor of the original architectural features remain.
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Yilhun Lhatso (aka Xinlu Hai Lake or Yulong Lake), Dege County, Sichuan

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Yilhun Lhatso Lake (Xinlu Hai in Chinese), lies at the foot of Chola Mountain in Derge County, 100km from the Derge town. In Tibetan, Yilhun means “fall in love” and Lhatso means “the sacred lake”. According to the legend, King Gesar’s favorite concubine Zhumu once arrived at this lake and fell in love with its beautiful scenery. So the lake was later named as “the sacred lake with which Zhumu fell in love”.
It covers an area of 6.2 square kilometers and it is 4040 meters above the sea level, with an average depth of 10 meters and a maximum depth of 15 meters. Melted snow and ice from the Chola Mountain is the main water source of Yilun Lhasto. To the south you can admire the magnificent view of Chola Peak and the Chola glaciers. To the north, you can wander about the beautiful Cuobacun pasture. And either to the east or the west, you could trek in the virgin forests stretching on the mountain slopes.
There are plateau spruces, firs, Chinese weeping cypresses, azalee trees and meadows around the lake. It is also a preserve for wild animals like white-lipped deer.
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Huangyaguan Great Wall, Tianjin

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Located in the mountainous area of Tianjin's northern Ji County, the Huangyaguan Great Wall was first built during the Northern Qi Dynasty (550 - 557) and repaired in large scale with bricks during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). When appointed as the chief commanding officer in the Ji Garrison (one of the eleven garrisons of the Ming Dynasty), Qi Jiguang added watch towers and other defensive works.
The Huangyaguan Great Wall comes out first in the ten most-visited sites in Tianjin. It is considered to be a miniature of the Great Wall. The entire section is built on an abrupt mountain ridge. Being endowed with both natural beauty and cultural interest, it has become famous as a natural beauty spot and a summer resort. The major scenic area is composed of Huangyaguan Pass and Taiping Mountain Stronghold.
In 1984, the people of Tianjin spent three years repairing 3,308 yards of the main wall from Banlagang Mountain in the east to Wangmaoding Mountain in the west. They restored 20 terraces, the Huangyaguan Water Gate, and the Bagua Castle (the Eight Diagrams Castle). The defensive system of the wall is complete. Watch towers, frontier cities, drain holes, emplacements, barracks and other indispensable military facilities are arranged orderly along the wall. Besides, the stele forests of the Great Wall, Beiji Temple, the exhibition hall of famous couplets, the Great Wall Museum (the first museum along the Great Wall) and the Phoenix Fortress have been newly built within the area.
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Norbulingka (Dalai Lama Summer Palace), Lhasa, Tibet

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Norbulingka, meaning 'Treasure Park' in Tibetan, is situated in the western suburb of Lhasa City, at the bank of the Kyichu River, about one km (about 0.6 mile) southwest of Potala Palace. The garden covers an area of 360,000 square meters (about 430,000 square yards), with 374 rooms inside. It is the biggest man-made garden in Tibet Autonomous Region.
Construction began in the 1740s. The area used to be wasteland with wild animals, weeds and scrub which the Seventh Dalai Lama liked and often visited, and, as a result, the Qing magistrate had a palace built. Years later, Kelsang Potrang was built by order of the Seventh Dalai Lama. Later it was used as the Summer Palace for successive Lamas, where they solved the political problems and held festive celebrations. After a series of expansions and renovations, the appearance was improved with potrangs, pavilions, gardens and woods. It has now been turned into a park open to the public.
Norbulingka consists of several palace complexes, such as the Kelsang Potrang, Tsokyil Potrang, Golden Linka and Takten Migyur Potrang. Each palace complex is divided into three sections: the palace section, the section in front of the palaces and the woods.
Norbulingka both reflects the ethnical, religious features of the Tibetan people and embodies the architecture style of inland China. It is of great cultural value and was listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2001 as an extension of Potala Palace.
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Tianshan Mysterious Grand Canyon, Kuqa County, Xinjiang

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The scenic spot of Tianshan Mystery Canyon is located in mountain area 72 km north of the seat of Kuqa County. This area spreads along the section 1025.8 km of the No.217 National Highway, so the transport conditions for this scenic spot are very good. With high grade in quality, this spot has been listed by the state as a natural scenic area under AA Category. People are attracted by the scenic spot for it boasts a museum of natural spectacles composed of singular stones and mountaintops. There is Buddha cave relics left from the peak period of the Tang Dynasty standing on the steep cliff.
In the part 40 meters high from the canyon bottom is the grotto with rich frescos. Compared with the Han culture preserved in the other hundreds of grottos in the Western Regions, in the grotto the Han culture is preserved best. The frescos in the grotto can be paralleled to Dunhuang Frescos and is precious historical materials for studying the culture and art of Qiuci.
As a result, Tianshan Mystery Canyon attracted the attention from the Press and tourist communities. According to the planning concerning the scenic spot, it is divided into four areas, Exterior area, Interior area, valley mouth area, and Comprehensive service area (providing service of catering, accommodation and entertainment).
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Old April 8th, 2009, 02:59 AM   #818
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holyyyy sheet, i need years to see china...ALL IS INCREDIBLEEEE, FUCKING INCREDIBLE
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Old April 8th, 2009, 04:08 PM   #819
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Welcome to China ~
Our country is amazing~

Thanks riasbaixas ~your photo is very nice~~~
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Old April 8th, 2009, 08:43 PM   #820
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