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故宫 (紫禁城)图片Gugong Palace (The Forbidden City) Pictures

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  • Picture of 故宫-午门 Gugong(The Palace Museum)

    The 午门Wumen(Meridian Gate) is the main south gate to the palace.

  • Picture of 故宫--太庙 Gugong(The Palace Museum)

    太庙 Taimiao is the royal temple for making offerings to ancestors. Located to the east of 端门 Duanmen, the gate after Tiananmen.

  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 天安门 Tiananmen

    North side of 天安门Tiananmen viewed from atop the 端门Duan Gate.

  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫--狮子 Gugong(The Palace Museum)-- Bronze Lion
  • Picture of 故宫--万春亭 Gugong(The Palace Museum)-- Longevity Pavillion

    The brilliant dome-shaped interior of the pavillion.

  • Picture of 端门 Duanmen (Duan Gate)

    端门Duan Gate is the gate after 天安门Tiananmen and before the 午门Wumen(The Meridian Gate). What you see here is the freshly repainted colorful decorations on its hallway.

  • Picture of 端门 Duan Gate

    The gate tower's hall.

  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫--万春亭 Gugong(The Palace Museum)--Longevity Pavillion
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )

    One of the pavillions over the stream.

  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫--太和门 Gugong(The Palace Museum)

    As the name implies, 太和门 Taihemen is the gate to the 太和殿 Hall of Supreme Harmony.

  • Picture of 故宫--太和门 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )
  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )

    The royal throne in the court hall

  • Picture of 故宫 (紫禁城) Gugong ( Palace Museum )

    The north entrance of the Gugong.

  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫--太和殿 Gugong(The Palace Museum)

    The palace was under major renovation while I was there. And this building, which is the 太和殿 Hall of Supreme Harmony(the largest and most important of the three main halls of architectural complex), was screened with a life-size image of itself.

  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
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image of Great Wallimage of Great Wall

The 万里长城Great Wall from the shining 渤海Bohai sea to the Gobi desert west — 山海关Shanhaiguan (Shanhai Pass) to 嘉峪关Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass).

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).

trucks on the desert road

Pictures I took while on a bus traveling through the sandy deserts of 甘肃Gansu on my way to 嘉峪关Jiayuguan.

clay figure of 钟馗 Zhong Kui

Arts and Crafts that I bought along my travels.

image of Tiananmen gateimage of the seventeen arch bridge in Yiheyuan

Walk through Beijing's great attractions -- 故宫Gugong (The Palace Museum), 天坛Tiantan (Temple of Heaven), 天坛天安门广场Tiananmen Square, 颐和园Yiheyuan (Summer Palace).

Travelogues and travel notes.

My translations of some Chinese poems.

image of Jiayuguan fort

嘉峪关Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass) - the lone fort at the edges of the desolate and bare Gobi desert. It is at once both a timeless symbol of human's uncompromising reach and an otherworldly mirage.

image of Wudangshan temple

The extraordinary temple complex in 湖北Hubei's legendary Daoist mountains - the source of much of China's famed 功夫Gongfu tradition.