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NEW -- July 21, 2010

The beautiful city of Suzhou crisscrossed with narrow water canals

明清室内建设图片Ming and Qing dynasty Interiors Pictures

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  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    The stone base of the pillars and wood walls.

  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    Woodcarving decorations on one of the doorways in a large room.

  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    Interior of 承志堂 Chengzhitan., On these main beams are exquisite carvings, usually of important gatherings, moral illustrations, or historical legends, such as those of the 三国 Three Kingdoms.

  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    Close-up of the previous beam with the carvings. The carvings are gold painted. The hooks are used for hanging lanterns.

  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village
  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village
  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village
  • Picture of 关麓 Guanlu village
  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    Detail of a wood screen door with lock. Included in the screen pattern are carved forms of bats, a symbol of good luck.

  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
  • Picture of 关麓 Guanlu village
  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    Detail of a wood screen door. Included in the screen pattern are carved scenes taken from novels or history; also popular are carved objects of things representing wealth, luck, education, or longevity.

  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    Among the objects are Qilins (unicorns). Qilins are mythological animals of the first order. Their appearances foresee significant events or persons to come. A qilin was said to appear at the birth of Confucius.

  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
  • Picture of 西递 Xidi

    Details of carving on a door panel.

  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    Swallows are common in villages. If they like your place and decided to stay by building their nests, then you are in good fortune. the nest are usually built underneath eaves or the above an entrance doorway. One I saw above a doorway; the owner installed a metal cover above the nest to shield it from rain. Here it perches on a ceiling hook.

  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    A family of five bats. Bats represents good fortune because the 蝠(bat) is pronounced the same as 福(fortune). There may be other reasons.

  • Picture of 关麓 Guanlu village
  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
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image of an old man looking toward Shanghai\'s 浦东 Pudong skylineShanghai\'s 浦东 Pudong skyline

上海Shanghai: Today, the financial center of China as well as one of its cultural centers. Fashion lovers, misfits, intelectuals, dreamers, refugees, outcasts, and outlaws alike rush to Shanghai for its haven and riches. You come to Shanghai not for any historical attractions, but rather for the city itself -- its interactions of all things good and bad that generate hot gossips.

image of a group of Mongolian gersimage of dunes near Baotou city

Enjoy the wide 希拉穆仁草原Xilamuren grassland, the huge dunes of 响沙湾Xiangshawan, and the ancient Wall of the Qin state in 内蒙古Neimenggu (Inner Mongolia).

image of people on a boat in the Three Gorges area of the Changjiang river area

See the 三峡Three Gorges of the 长江Changjiang (Yangzi River) between 重庆市Chongqing city and 宜昌Yichang.