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Friday, 15-Jul-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Shanghai, July 2005

Me with Oriental TV Tower across Huangpu River
the Panorama in the afternoon
the Panorama in the afternoon
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Pudong New Area, Shanghai

On the modern Pudong side of the river, the futuristic Oriental Pearl TV Tower, with a giddy height of 468 meters, stands as the world's third tallest TV tower, after the 553-meter CN Tower in Toronto and the 535-meter Moscow TV Tower. It has already come to symbolize Shanghai and is honored as one of the ten best views in the city. The Jin Mao Mansion is another famous building in the Pudong New Area. Because of its brightly illuminated skyscrapers, Shanghai enjoys international fame as the "Pearl of the Orient".


Thursday, 14-Jul-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Hangzhou, July 2005

at the restaurant with my group
West Lake
at the restaurant with my group
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The West Lake

Originally a shallow sea inlet, due to the laying down of silt this six square kilometres (1483 acres) of water became the famous West Lake. With an average depth of just five feet the lake comprises five distinct sections. The largest part is known as the Outer Lake and it is bounded by the North Inner Lake, Yuehu Lake, West Inner Lake and Lesser South Lake. Held in the embrace of hilly peaks on three sides, this water wonderland has been an attraction for centuries and it is small wonder that it was a favourite imperial retreat.

The Lingyin Temple

The presence of a temple on this site can be traced back to the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317 - 420AD) when, according to local legend, Huili an Indian monk came to the area where he was inspired by the spiritual nature of the scenery to be found here. To his mind this had to be a dwelling of the Immortals and so he gave the temple a name "Ling Yin (Temple of the Soul's Retreat). The Chinese name is translated into English as either "Temple of the Soul's Retreat' or 'Temple of Inspired Seclusion' for the setting has a quiet and beautiful grandeur that encourages a feeling of peace and for contemplation.


Wednesday, 13-Jul-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Suzhou, July 2005

at the Tiger Hill Pagoda's Park
the Tiger Hill Pagoda
at the Tiger Hill Pagoda's Park
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Tiger Hill Pagoda

The pagoda stands on the hill's summit and is the Pagoda of the Yunyan Temple. As the oldest pagoda in the vicinity of Suzhou it has come to be a symbol of the city and has the distinction of being China's Leaning Tower. Built during the Northern Song Dynasty (959-961) it is a seven-storey octahedron after the style of the timber pagodas built during the early Tang period. It is 48 metres high (158 feet) and for the past four hundred years has leant 359' to the northwest.

The Master of the Nets Garden

This exquisite garden was first designed during the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279) as part of a residence that was used until the Taiping Rebellion in the 1860's. It was later restored and became the residence of a government official from whom the garden gets its name.


Tuesday, 12-Jul-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Wuxi, July 2005

Me with my group
The Li Lake
Me with my group
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The Li Garden/ Liyuan Garden

The Liyuan Garden, situated on the northern shore of the Lihu Lake in southwest Wuxi, is another famous garden in the lower Yangtze valley.

The garden derived its name from the Lihu Lake, also known as the Wuli Lake. Legend has it that 2,400 years ago, after Grand Master Fan Li helped Goo Jian, the duke of Yue, eliminate the state of Wu, he took the wise move of stepping down and returning to the seclusion of the Wuli Lake together with Xi Shi. a stunning beauty. People of later generations changed the name of the lake to Lihu in memory of the grand master. The Lihu Lake is a narrow strip of water of 9.5 square kilometers, looking beautiful with its placid and limpid face.

Liyuan is a private garden built in the early 20th century. Classical Chinese garden layout and architecture have been inherited in this garden which merges with the landscape of the Lihu Lake to become the most beautiful spot on the entire lake.


Monday, 11-Jul-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Beijing, July 2005

Summer Palace, built in 1889
Summer Palace
Summer Palace
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Summer Palace

After I arrived in Beijing, the Summer Palace was the first place that I visited. There are a large lake and some gardens in the inside of this palace. In history, Kublai Khan, the Emperor of Mongol, built canals to supply water from Western Hills to the lake in Beijing, named Summer Palace's Kunming Lake. After five hundred years, Emperor Qianlong (1736 - 1756) added gardens and a temple.

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is near Tianamen Square. I and my group entered the Forbidden City through Tianamen Gate. This city is surrounded by high and thick wall. In history, the third Ming Emperor, Yong Le (1402-1424) moved the capital of China back to Beijing to fortify Northen China against Mongols. Emperor Yongle had a vision to build a place that it would become a center of the world. The Forbidden City was built in 1406 until 1420. There were approximately 1,000,000 workers and 100,000 skilled artisans to create that cityThe emperror and their families lived in this city and this city was totally closed from outside world for 500 years.

[color=blue]The Great Wall

The construction of Great Wall was begun in 221 BC by Emperor Ming T'ien's order of the Qin Dynasty.
Because of treats and wars from the barbarians to the north, the emperor gave an order to construct that wall to protect the newly unified China. Meng T'ien employed 300,000 men to creat the original section of the wall. The last section of the wall was finished during the Ming Dynasty (AD 1500). The Great Wall extends around 1500 miles from Hebei province and ending in Gansu province.

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