S: Beijing and Xi'an China September 2-10 2012
BC: © 2012 Jane E. McGinnis
1: September 2-10, 2012
2: Tian'anmen Square | September 4, 2012
3: Sitting in the center of the city and on the intersection where the longitudinal and latitudinal axes of Beijing cross over each other, Tian'anmen Square is the largest urban square in the world today, with an area of up to 440,000 square meters, which can accommodate one million people for holding a grand gathering
4: The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. | Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 7,800,000 sq ft. | The Forbidden City
5: It is the largest and best preserved ancient palace complex in the world. In 1987, UNESCO listed it on the "World Heritage List" | The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture,[ and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere.
6: The Great Wall of China was built mainly during the three dynasties – Qin Dynasty (221 B.C to 206 B.C), Han Dynasty (206 B.C.–220 A.D) and Ming Dynasty (1368 A.D -1644 A.D). The most powerful Yuan Dynasty and the last Dynasty – Qing Dynasty did nothing about the building of the Wall since they were “barbarians” against whom the Wall of China was supposed to have been built. | The Great Wall of China | September 5, 2012
7: Actually the history tells us the Wall played no role in preventing the “barbarians”. Never did the Wall stop any invasions, large or small. | But the Wall did do many things: it proclaimed the frontier, it employed thousands, it prevented defections, it displayed the might of the emperor.
8: Perform on the Great Wall September 5, 2012
11: Climbing the Great Wall Sept. 5, 2012
12: The name of theTemple of Heaven is a little misleading. It is more than just a temple, it is a huge park as well. Inside the huge park, there is a lovely temple complex, which is composed of three main parts – Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests,the Imperial Vault of Heaven and Circular Mound Altar | Temple of Heaven is called “Tiantan ParK” in Chinese, literally meaning “Temple of Heaven Park”. It was first constructed in 1420, the 18th year of the reign of Ming emperor Yongle. It was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would worship the god of heaven and pray for good harvest.
13: Temple of Heaven
18: Summer Palace was a royal palace in later Qing Dynasty, only secondary to the Forbidden City ( now the Palace Museum).Summer Palace is actually not just a royal palace where once Princess Dowager Cixi and the emperor lived and handled court affairs, accepted laudations and received foreign diplomats during their stay in the Summer Palace. It also epitomizes classical Chinese architecture, in terms of both garden design and construction.It is the largest royal garden in Beijing.
19: The Summer Palace | The Summer Palace
20: The temple is said to have survived the Cultural Revolution due to the intervention of Prime Minister Zhou Enlai. It was reopened to the public in 1981
21: The Lama Temple | The Yonghe Temple, also known as the "Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple", the "Yonghe Lamasery", is a temple and monastery of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism located in the northeastern part of Beijing, China. It is one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. The building and the artworks of the temple is a combination of Han Chinese and Tibetan styles.
23: Huntong - the Historic Hutong | The Amazing gray brick courtyard residence is Beijing's oldest and remains infused with timeless culture and history
26: Xi'an Ancient Historic City
29: Terra Cotta Warriors