Beijing, April 2005 - The garden of the Shangri La Hotel room


View from Shangri La, looking Northeast


View from Shangri La, looking Northwest


Beijing University Library


Beijing University F.L. Wright Influence?


Work: What we are here for. David teach at Jadebird


The class at work on evercises at Jade Bird -- Carol Zhang in red in the middle


More class scenes


A good group, half Jadebird, half IBM China


Beijing Silk Store


Tian an men Square looking West: Great Hall of the People


Tian an men Square, looking Northwest


Tian an men Square looking North


Larry and Chairman Mao in front of the Tian an min Gate to the Forbidden City


Tian an men


View of the square from the top of Tian an men


Looking Southeast from Tian an men: The Museum of the Revolution


Looking Southwest from Tian an men


The Path of the Emperor, entering the Forbidden City


Nice Chinese Bronze


Photogenic door - That's David Hwang on the right


Architectural details


And more


The dragon motif is repeated throughout the Forbidden City


Crane


Turtle (of sorts)


View north from the high point of the Forbidden City


Ready for your audience with the Emperor?


Largest single stone carving


Wow!


The Female royal lion, with permed mane


the Emperor would not be pleased with all these commoners in his palace


Dragon, in case you didn't recognize it


And Phoenix


Advice


The character on the left is an evil prince, riding a chicken, being chased out of town


Fewer chasers, not as important a building. Note the monster who is always at the rear


Ceiling decoration. See the Dragon?


People throw money in fountains everywhere -- even if coins are not in circulation


Rock Garden


More of the rock garden


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Top of the hill


Side of the hill


Another view of the hill


Entrance to the garden of the hill


Above the Forbidden City


Dragons on the ceiling


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Ceiling of the pavillion


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That's David again


Architectural detail of the pavillion


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Rock detail


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The Emperor loved rocks


A quiet courtyard - The palace is full of them


Another courtyard with well


YAC


Passageway


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Can you picture Judge Dee in this office?


Lonesome passage


Ming phone booth?


Architectural detail, Dowager Empress Cixi's Quarters


Empress Cixi's quarters


These long passageways make great photos


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People being consoled


Quartzite, what a hunk!


Cixi's bed


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Emperor's office (you can tell from the yellow)


Ceiling detail of office


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That's 3 cranes, each on one leg


Can't get away from it, the world over


Just to impress


Parade ground?


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Moat on the North side of the Forbidden City


Needs no caption


Busy shopping street near the Forbidden City


1st stop on a trip to the Great Wall, a Jade store


Pricetag for the Jade Panther


Ming Tomb Incense Burner


Ming tomb of Yongle


Tombs were as impressive as palaces


Objects from the tomb - Yongle's robe


And another robe


Interior of the tomb


Made it to the Wall - this is the “pulley” that saves walking to the wall


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Over my shoulder


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Wall, approaching from the pulley


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Almost there!


Made it!


Yes, we're goung all the way to that tower in the top center!


Quite a hike


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Taking a breather


Still a ways to go


View from the top


A tower along the way


Still climbing


Steep!


And still more


Looking back along the track


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Almost there!


Made it!


Proof!


Now back down


And the return pulley


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Farewell!


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Weeeee!


Poor bears!


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Welcome to the Summer Palace


Proof


He's writing ephemeral poetry


Interior of the emperor's house


Buddist temple from across the lake


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Closer view


What a nice place to spend a summer


Octahedral pavillion near the 17 arch bridge


Kite flown from the bridge


Dragon boat on the lake-view from the bridge


Recursion


Throne


Cixi's bed


Frank LLoyd Wright?


The Emporer's favorite rock


and tree


The long corridor


Detail of one of the pavilions on the long corridor


Detail in the long corridor


Unrestored battle scene


Probably restored


Hobbits in Qing Dynasty China? Who knew!


A Stone Boat


More of the critters


Roof detail


View from the Buddist temple, looking away from the Summer Palace


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Detail on the Buddist temple


Who mutilated the Buddhas?


Notice they are only mutilated where they can be reached from the ground


Rooftops of the Summer Palace compound


Roof view at the Summer Palace


Resident of the Summer Palace


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Traditional Chinese garden in the Palace


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Nestling in one of the garden pavillions


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On to the Temple of Heaven


One of the 3 entrance archways


Trio in the park


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East building of the temple compound


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Sun worshippers?


The temple, as it would be seen by the approaching Emperor


Long way up!


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Purple Bamboo Park


At the Zoo


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Natural History museum in the zoo


Pandas, as expected in a zoo in China


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