Flowers of ZhongShan Park, Beijing

Flowers of ZhongShan Park, Beijing

Location: ZhongShan Park (Also known as Sun Yat-Sen Park)

I had an opporunity to shoot with Chrysanthemums Show at ZhongShan Park last September 2009. These are the huge Chrysanthemums in different colors I’d ever seen. Beautiful flowers indeed!

Zhongshan Park is located to the west of Tian’AnMen Gate in the heart of the Inner City. It is the site of the former Altar of Land and Harvest (from 1421, emperor YongLe, Ming dynasty). The emperor would visit twice yearly – in the springtime to bring a good harvest and in the autumn for thanksgiving. Five different colours of earth are still kept at this altar, representing land from throughout the nation.

After 1911 the site became a park and was renamed in 1928 in honour of Sun Yat-sen, better-known in Chinese as Sun ZhongShan, who is considered to be the father of modern China. Sun ZhongShan was a key figure in the 1911 revolution which brought down the Qing dynasty and ended imperial rule in China and became the first president of the new republic. He is so popular that there are currently more than 40 ZhongShan Parks in China.

ZhongShan Park covers an area of 24 hectares (60 acres) and is a grand example of classical Chinese landscape gardening. It is also famous for many old cypress trees, some of which are over 1,000 years old.
The park also features a concert hall, a large pond, peonies (late spring and early summer), rock gardens, pavilions and colorful long corridors.

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

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The Great Wall of China is a series of stone and earthen fortifications in , built, rebuilt, and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire during the rule of successive dynasties. Several walls, referred to as the Great Wall of China , were built since the 5th century BC. The most famous is the wall built between 220 BC and 200 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang; little of it remains; it was much farther north than the current wall, which was built during the Ming Dynasty.

The Great Wall is the world’s longest human-made structure, stretching over approximately 6,400 km (4,000 miles) from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Nur in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia, but stretches to over 6,700 km (4,160 miles) in total. It is also the largest human-made structure ever built in terms of surface area and mass. At its peak the Ming Wall was guarded by more than one million men. It has been estimated that somewhere in the range of 2 to 3 million Chinese died as part of the centuries-long project of building the wall.

The first major wall was built during the reign of the First Emperor, the main emperor of the short-lived Qin dynasty. This wall was not constructed as a single endeavor, but rather was created by the joining of several regional walls built by the Warring States. It was located much further north than the current Great Wall, and very little remains of it. A defensive wall on the northern border was built and maintained by several dynasties at different times in Chinese history. The Great Wall that can still be seen today was built during the Ming Dynasty, on a much larger scale and with longer lasting materials (solid stone used for the sides and the top of the Wall) than any wall that had been built before. The primary purpose of the wall was not to keep out people, who could scale the wall, but to insure that semi-nomadic people on the outside of the wall could not cross with their horses or return easily with stolen property.

There have been four major walls:

208 BC (the Qin Dynasty)

1st century BC (the Han Dynasty)

1138 – 1198 (the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period)

1368-1620 (from Hongwu Emperor until Wanli Emperor of the Ming Dynasty)

(More info at www.greatwall-of-china.com)

Beijing, The Capital

Beijing, The Capital

A Sneak Peek of my recent travel to Beijing China.

Location:

Forbidden City, Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, The Egg – National Chinese Performance Center, The Bird’s Nest, Panjiayuan Flea Market, The Opposite House, Chaoyang District, Dadong Roast Duck, Hotel Hilton

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Beijing Stats:

17.4 Million people, 10 million bicycles, 91,000 seats in the Olympic Stadium, 8 subway lines, 1 big clod of smog

A 2000-year-old civilization thriving in modern times. From Peking duck to jiaozi (dumplings). Cheap and safe taxis to get around. And Designer knock-offs that make fashion fantasies come true for those who cant afford the real deal.

A very modern city and the seat of Chinese government. Beijing, the capital- a place everyone must see!

Watch out for more pics soon as I reveal Fantastic Beijing!

My Life Best Shots,

Rman