Wednesday, April 28, 2010

" Olympics in China "

Beijing National Stadium or better known as the Bird's Nest was used during
the Summer Olympics of 2008.
Located around the Olympic Green in Pekin, China.
It is dubbed as "bird's nest" because of its innovative grid formation.
The twig-like structural elements and the bowl-shaped roof are the masterpiece of the project.


The design was awarded to a submission from the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron.
But originated from the study of Chinese ceramics by Artist Ai Weiwei.
The roof itself is retractable and lots of steel structures were used in this stadium.
The stadium appears to be quite profitable, drawing some 20,000 to 30,000 people a day at the price
of a 50 yuan admission.

We were lucky to have a closer look at this place even if the weather's foggy and there's not enough time.
I think the interior is even more awe-inspiring, which I'll try to post next time.

Wordless wednesday entry
Watery Wednesday entry
ABC wednesday entry

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

" night falls at Guilin "


a view of the Li river (漓 江) or Li Jiang at night in Guilin China.
the structure you see on the left is Guilin Hotel.

watery wedenesday entry
wordless wedenesday entry

Sunday, April 18, 2010

" Guilin Boats "


While waiting for our boat ride to see the scenic sights of Guilin,
I chance upon this view of the river.
A makeshift raft for tourists, a cheaper ride than the ones you see on the back.

shutterday entry...

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sunday, April 11, 2010

" Badaling Wall "


The upmost part of this structure is called Badaling wall, better known as The great wall of China.
It's read "長城" Chángchéng which literally means "long city/fortress".

Far off the outskirts on the south area, almost near Mongolia, you'd find this imposing structure built by mankind for generations, ordered by (秦始皇) Emperor Qin Shi Huang during the Ming dynasty.
This structure was made out of hard labour and because of this, thousands of workers died in this place, there wasn't even a proper burial for them.
It's believed that in these walls were remains of those people.

The walls are divided into three parts, the first one which is the main entrance is the most visited and crowded, the second one is a rather steep area, usually recommended for those who seek adventure, like walking or hiking and then the third one which requires you to ride on a cable car, also the one i'm showing you right now, this view is the highest area of the wall, almost the aerial view of it.

The third one is not for the faint heart esp. those who're afraid of heights.
When i went there, i remember seeing hordes of people climbing, young and old,
the grounds were pretty steep, the railings not so much of a help as everyone is holding to it, for a moment, i feel like i was catching my breath bec. of its imposing height, so it's best to just enjoy the view as it is.

This is my share for scenic sunday. . ^0^