The Great Wall of China
Photograph of the Great Wall of China
First built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, the great walls main construction was during the Ming Dynasty. Stretching across China for over 8,851.8 km ( or 5,500.3 miles) the Great Wall was used as defensive tool.
A popular myth is that the great wall is visible from the moon, it is not. From low orbit it is, barely visible, as are many other man made objects.
Bronze statue in the Forbidden city
Bronze statue in the Forbidden city China
Bronze Imperial guardian lions guard entrance ways into the Forbidden city in Beijing China. Based on myth these creatures are said to have powers of protection.
Terracotta Army in Xian
Travel Photography from China
The terracotta army is based in Xi’an. Discovered in 1974 over 7,000 solders have been uncovered. Each solider has their own unique face making the Terracotta army one of the worlds most valuable & historical works of art. While most of the arm is on show there are still vast areas in the complex still not uncovered.
Acrobat from Beijing State Circus China
Travel Photography from China:
The Beijing state circus is well worth a visit to in the evening. Try to arrange seats to the front even if the do cost a little more, the show is quite spectacular.
Featuring a cast of incredibly flexible acrobats, you’ll witness people bending their bodies in incredible directions. Jumping through rings of fire. Somersaulting through loops high in the air. And, balancing all manner of things.
In the photograph above the acrobat is balancing empty glasses while spinning around, and then moving into different positions. Later the top glasses will be filled with water, and not a drop will be spilled.
Courtyard of the Forbidden city China
Photograph of the main courtyard in the Forbidden City
Built in 1406 Yongle Emperor Zhu Di it became the seat of the Ming Dynasty until 1644. These days it’s no more than a tourist attraction. With scandals such as Starbucks opening inside it, and foreigner only stalls with outlandish prices. Hopefully it’s historical value will come about one day again.