Wednesday, May 26, 2010

" Summer Palace "

One of the main highlights when you visit China is this very scenic and idyllic place called Summer Palace and inside the long corridors, the temples and its faux rock formations is this boat that has been neglected for some time, but still is a major tourist spot for those who wants to take a peak at a glimpse of history.


In 1860, during the opium war, a lot of infrastructures have been damaged.
18 yrs. later, the Empress Dowager Cixi began a refit and spent a large chunk of money on a huge "Marble Boat".
Why? It was because this structure was indeed made of Marble.
Its ornate detailed inspired by European design and stained glass effect was made
to be a masterpiece.


Unfortunately, it has been also criticized as a tasteless, over lavish boat.
It was neglected a few more times, prompting a string of further restorations.


This is overlooking the Kunming lake.


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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

" Qin dynasty "


The "Qin" Dynasty was the ruling Chinese dynasty between 221 and 206 BC.
It derived its name from Qin, which in modern-day is called Shaanxi or better known as
Xian province.
Emperor Qin Shi Huang (秦始皇帝) meaning "First Emperor of the Qin" was the ruler during this era. He was considered to be a ruthless, selfish, devious and paranoid king, but eventually made a lot of contribution to Chinese history.
It was in this dynasty that the Great wall of China was built and the Terracotta Army
was made to protect the emperor from harm.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

" ZzzZzzZ "


...even animals need rest. ^0^
seen inside Beijing Zoo, it was drizzling and cold that day.
Pandas tend to be lazy in this kind of weather.

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