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Old July 5th, 2009, 01:12 AM   #1001
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Hun River banks, Shenyang, Liaoning

2009.07.05



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The Hun He (渾河) is a river in Liaoning Province, China, and one of the tributaries of the Liao River. The Hun river was formerly known as Shen River (瀋水). Several major cities are located on the Hun He (which translates as "the muddy river"), including the provincial capital Shenyang and Fushun.
Shenyang is located to the north of Hun River (named Shen Shui River in the ancient time), and the ancient Chinese traditionally called the north of a river "yang". So the city got its name as Shenyang. Shenyang is an ancient city with a long history. Back to more than 7,200 years ago, ancestors of the mankind lived and multiplied on this beautiful land.
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Old July 6th, 2009, 01:02 AM   #1002
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Hac Sa Beach, Coloane Island, Macau

2009.07.06









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Made up of three islands, Macau is blessed with a selection of beaches. One of the best, on the furthest Island of Coloane, is Hac Sa Beach, meaning black sand beach.
The beach itself is around four kilometres long, meaning you won’t find your nose in someone else’s swimsuit, and also has a convincing selection of amenities. Beach bars, picnic places, as well as hire facilities for water-skis and other water-bound activities make Hac Sa a popular location for sun-seekers.
Another reason for the beaches popularity is the location of the famous Fernando’s restaurant, which spills onto the beach. Arguably, serving the best Portuguese food outside of the home-country, Fernando’s has garnered an excellent reputation for its laidback nature, friendliness and outstanding food.
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Old July 6th, 2009, 06:46 PM   #1003
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beautiful pictures and a wonderful country. thanks so much for sharing, please don't stop. keep up the good work!
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Old July 7th, 2009, 12:54 AM   #1004
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Tengger Desert, near Shapotou, Ningxia

2009.07.07



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The Tengger Desert (腾格里沙漠) covers about 42,000 square kilometers. It's the fourth largest desert in china. Located mostly at Alashan plain in Inner Mongolia, it joins the border of Ningxia at Zhongwei county. The narrowest part of the desert is only a little over 20 kilometers, making it possible for a hike across the desert.
Ningxia is a relatively dry, desert-like region. There is significant irrigation in order to support the growing of wolfberries (a commonly consumed fruit throughout the region).
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Old July 7th, 2009, 07:58 PM   #1005
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Amazing.........thanks for sharing n keep posting!!!
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Old July 8th, 2009, 01:43 AM   #1006
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Jigzhi Town, Qinghai

2009.07.08



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Jigzhi is the name of a town and county located in Guoluo Tibetan Autonomous prefecture, Qinghai province.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 02:29 PM   #1007
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Old July 9th, 2009, 02:01 AM   #1008
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Confucian pagoda in Dangjia village, Hancheng, Shaanxi

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The Yellow river, the second longest in China, billows through the Shanxi-Shaanxi canyons. On its west bank in Shaanxi is an historical city, Hancheng, birthplace of Sima Qian, inaugurator of Chinese biography. Within the city limits is a village with a 670-year history, Dangjia.
Dangjia Village is located in a long, narrow gourd-shaped valley. Viewed from aloft, it appears as a vista of 120 quadrangles built with celadon brick walls and black tile roofs. The Bishui River south of the village flows leisurely towards the Yellow River just 3.5 kilometers east. Bounded by the Liangshan Mountains to the west and the Yellow River to the east, the village sits on a high terrace in the valley that faces the sun but is sheltered from wind, so is virtually dustless. The valley beneath it makes for easy draining. There have been no floods in Dangjia for hundreds of years.
It was in 1331 that the Dang clan ancestors first claimed sanctuary from famine in the valley. They dug out cave dwellings and farmed for living. After 100 years, the Jia clan ancestors came to the village to do business and married into the Dang clan, bringing a second surname to the vicinity. The two clans ran businesses together right through to the Qing Dynasty, when Dangjia entered its “golden age” and villagers embarked on large-scale building for more than 100 years. During its period of prosperity, Dangjia had hundreds of quadrangles and 11 ancestral temples and Bodhisattva shrines. Today, the village has 320 households and a population of over 1,400. In recent years, it has been named an Historical and Cultural Relic and placed within the provincial protection program. Dangjia has also been included in an international traditional dwelling research project.
The Qing Dynasty-built Wenxing Pavilion in the southeast part of the village is the most obvious landmark in Dangjia. Since the village rises higher to the northwest, the pavilion was built as a geomantic omen to balance the terrain.
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Old July 9th, 2009, 10:07 AM   #1009
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tanks for sharing those interesting places!
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Old July 10th, 2009, 02:03 AM   #1010
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Liugong Island, Weihai Bay, Shandong

2009.07.10



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Liugong Island (刘公岛) is a small island located on the northeastern edge of Shandong Peninsula, at the mouth of Weihai Bay. It is known as the "birthplace of China's first navy".
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Liugong Island is located about 4 kilometers from the city of Weihai. It has an area 3.15 square kilometers, with a maximum length of 4.08 kilometers (in east-western direction) and a maximum width of 1.5 kilometers. The coastline has a total length of 14.93 kilometers. In general, the terrain of the island slopes down from the north to the south. With an altitude of 153 meters, Qiding Mountain, is the highest point of the island. Its northern slope is made up of cliffs, whereas the southern side of the hill slopes down more gently. More than half the of island's area (about 1.8 square kilometers) is covered by forest, predominantly consisting of black pine trees. The forest is protected by a national forestry park.
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Old July 10th, 2009, 07:18 AM   #1011
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Amazing Hun River banks. Regards.
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Old July 11th, 2009, 01:30 AM   #1012
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Yangshan Deep-water Harbour, Shanghai

2009.07.11



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The Yangshan deep-water port (洋山深水港) is a new port in Hangzhou Bay south of Shanghai. Built to circumvent growth limitations for the Port of Shanghai as a result of shallow waters, it allows berths with depths of up to 15 metres to be built, and is capable of handling the largest container ships today. The port achieves this by building on the offshore islands of Greater and Lesser Yangshan (part of the Zhoushan archipelago), which have been amalgamated by land reclamation and connected to the mainland via the Donghai Bridge, the latter of which was opened on 1 December 2005 as the third-longest bridge in the world at 32.5 km in length.
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Old July 12th, 2009, 11:54 PM   #1013
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Duobao Buddhist Pagoda at Wangu Temple, Luyu Village, Yongji District, Yuncheng, Shanxi

2009.07.12









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This pagoda, located on a slope of Zhongtiao Mountains some ten kilometers southwest of the county town of Yongii, is said to have been constructed in 1586 during the reign of Emperor Wanli of the Ming Dynasty.
The pagoda is octagonal, each side on the ground floor is 4.41 meters long. The room on the first storey has a dome ceiling with a small hole opening to the upper floor, but most of the time the hole was covered by a board and there were no stairs or ladder for people to ascend. Along the inside walls winding staircases were installed to connect the rooms on each storey. There probably used to be floor slabs for placing statues of Buddha and other objects, but they are not there anymore.
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Old July 13th, 2009, 12:11 AM   #1014
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Litang, Sichuan

2009.07.13






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Litang, also Lithang, (理塘), is the county seat of Litang County, in western Sichuan Province, south-west China. It is also part of the ancient and historic Tibetan province of Kham. The town has a population of about 50,000 and is a major center of Tibetan culture in Kham and at an elevation of 4000m (13,123 ft) is one of the highest in the world. Several Dalai Lamas where born here and lived in the local monastery located just outside the town on a hillside. Litang is a bustling little place with colorful street life thanks to the nomadic shepherds and Tibetan people coming here to sell and buy their products. The older parts are situated on the hill slopes to the east, while busy construction work is extending the place into the surrounding grassy plains. The vast majority of the population is ethnically Tibetan and bi-lingual but most signage is in Mandarin. The closest thing to big city ementities is Kangding 8-9 hours to the east over several breathtaking and dangerous passes.
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Old July 13th, 2009, 01:28 AM   #1015
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Impressive country!
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Old July 13th, 2009, 01:34 AM   #1016
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Nice thread. Cool!
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Old July 13th, 2009, 03:09 PM   #1017
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Great pics!! I spent a few days in Litang in 07, it was awesome, and really hard to make myself get on the bus and leave!
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Old July 14th, 2009, 02:31 AM   #1018
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Amazing Yangshan Deep-water Harbour. Good photos. Regards.
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Old July 14th, 2009, 02:39 AM   #1019
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Mt. Panshan Scenic Area, Tianjin

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Covering an area of 106 square kilometers (about 26193 acres), Mt. Panshan Scenic Area is located in Jixian County, 110 kilometers (68.4 miles) away from Tianjin, 88 kilometers (54.7 miles) away from Beijing. As the name suggests, the scenic area is mainly Mt Panshan–oriented. Endowed with natural beauty and a historical heritage, Mt Panshan is known as 'The First Mountain East of Beijing' and is listed as one of the top fifteen mountains in China.
The mountain acquired its present name, early in the Eastern Han (25-220). Taizong , the second emperor of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), was prodigal of his praise of its scenery on his chance visit when he led the army in a campaign. Seventy-two temples, thirteen pagodas and numerous Xanadus and towers were built on the mountain in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Qianlong, a brilliant and wise Qing Dynasty emperor was so impressed that he made thirty or so visits and wrote 1366 poems to express his admiration of the area. In the first half of the twentieth century, the whole resort all fell to ruin due to hostilities and neglect. It has undergone a process of restoration since the 1990s and is now regaining its fame.
It is famous for jade pine trees, strange and astonishing peaks, clear waters, grotesquely shaped rocks and clusters of ancient temples. On the mountaintop, numerous pines hide the sky from view and block out the sunshine. Rugged rocks in a variety of shapes, some of which resemble a toad, a general or a boa, will greet you in the middle of the mountain. At its foot, clear water splashes on the rocks. The mountain consists of five peaks, with the main one, Guayue (Moon Hanging) Peak. Although Guayue Peak is only 857 meters (2811.7 feet) above sea level, to the north it is possible to see a section of the Great Wall while to the west Mt Taihang can be seen.
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Zhangmu, China-Nepal Border, Tibet

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Zhangmu Town lies in the southern piedmont of the median Himalayas, about 776 km. (482 mi.) away from the capital of Tibet, Lhasa. It also borders Nepal to the south. Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge is only 10 more km. (6 miles) away and another 100 km. (62 miles)'s drive will lead you into the capital of Nepal, Katmandu. After the drudgery of the Sino-Nepal Road, Zhangmu Town is a most welcome sight both for tourists and traders alike. Much is supposedly owed to nearby Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world. Travelers come mainly for climbing up the lofty mountain, appreciating the heavenly sights, or pilgrimage at its holiness. However, for the particular location, Zhangmu Town itself can form an interesting array of scenery for the visitors.
At the altitude of about 2300 m. (7,546ft.) and with the subtropical climate, Zhangmu Town is mild and humid, which can be an extravagant hope for the common dry and cold Tibetan area. The natural scenery there is very charming. It is absolutely embraced by wondrous mountains, flexural rivers, lush pines and flourishing flowers almost all the year round. Along the winding road in the middle of peaks and gorges, you will be unconsciously assailed by the fulgurous waterfalls, enjoying another tasty variety from the eternally snow-covered Himalayas.
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