Posted by: danielfee | May 8, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above – China 05-08-2013

For this weeks photo challenge “from above”,  I have so many great photos, I decided to make it a running theme for the entire week. China “from above” is the fifth entry for this week’s challenge.

The Great Wall

The Great Wall

The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is located 59 miles northeast of Beijing. The wall is over 4,000 miles long, although it is not one continuous wall, but rather many segments from the sea in the east to the Gobi desert in the west. Mutianyu is a fragment of the wall that was rescued from oblivion and restored in an effort to divert some of the crowds away from Badaling section, which is the section closest to Beijing and the most visited. The day we visited the sun was out and the sky was a beautiful blue thanks to the rain the day before which washed all the smog out of the sky. From the top of this section you get a great view “from above”.

Climbing to the top of the Great Wall

Climbing to the top of the Great Wall


Buddhist Carvings at Baodingshan 

The Buddhist carvings in Dazu County at Baodingshan are some of the most important monuments to Buddhist art in China. At this location are 10,000 figures carved into the cliffs under a massive project initiated in the Southern Song dynasty by Zhao Zhifeng, a monk of the Tantric or esoteric school of Buddhism. The Baodingshan carvings were completed in one continuous project from 1174 to 1252.


Terra-cotta Warriors

Terra-cotta Warriors

The terra-cotta army is a grandiose expression of imperial power by Emperor Qinshi Huangdi, who united China for the first time under the Qin dynasty. He embarked on a series of huge construction projects which also included the great wall. The army of terra-cotta warriors is contained within the outer wall of the emperor’s mausoleum. In pit number one is the main army of 6,000 soldiers. Each terra-cotta warrior represents an individual man with distinct features, weaponry and clothing. The tallest warrior stands over 6 feet tall and each was equipped with a bronze weapon that is still sharp today. Originally each of the warriors was colorfully painted although the paint has faded from most of the warriors. A few still show traces of the original colors.

Xi'an Han Tomb

Hanyangling Museum

Hanyangling Museum is the joint tomb of the fourth Emperor Jing (Liu Qi) and his queen in Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-24 AD). It is the most intact royal mausoleum and the most important tangible document in the research of burial customs and civilization from this dynasty ever discovered. Tens of thousands of terra-cotta nude figurines and a variety of animals have been unearthed in the area.


Shanghai  Museum

Shanghai Museum

The Shanghai Museum has its own unique and inspiring architecture, but the real attraction is the magnificent collection of Chinese Art and antiquities. This is a photo of the staircase and lobby of the museum taken from the top floor.

Wild Goose Pagoda

Wild Goose Pagoda

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was originally built by the Emperor Gao Zong in 648 A.D. in honor of his mother Empress Wende. This was the most famous temple in Chang’an during the Tang Dynasty. The original pagoda stood at a height of 177 feet; however, the construction made of rammed earth with a stone exterior facade collapsed just five decades later. The ruling Empress had the pagoda rebuilt and added five new stories. In 1556 a massive earthquake heavily damaged the pagoda and reduced it by three stories, to its current height of seven stories. The pagoda currently stands at a height of 210 feet tall and from the top it offers great views of the city of Xi’an. This is a view of the gardens adjacent to the pagoda taken from the top.





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