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Confucian Sites at Qufu (Qǔfǔ Sān Kǒng 曲阜三孔)|Qǔfǔ Sān Kǒng 曲阜三孔 (Confucian Sites at Qufu)

Confucian Sites at Qufu (Qǔfǔ Sān Kǒng 曲阜三孔)|Qǔfǔ Sān Kǒng 曲阜三孔 (Confucian Sites at Qufu)

Haiwang YUAN The Kong Family Mansion at Qufu in Shandong Province, also known the Family Mansion of Duke Yansheng. (Yansheng, meaning “overflowing with wisdom,” was the honorary title that successive Chinese rulers and governments gave to the descendants of Confucius from 1055 to 1935.) The mansion, originally built for a fifty-fifth-generation descendant of Confucius 1377, was rebuilt in 1503 and […]

Temple of Heaven (Tiāntán 天坛)|Tiāntán 天坛 (Temple of Heaven)

Temple of Heaven (Tiāntán 天坛)|Tiāntán 天坛 (Temple of Heaven)

Jian-Zhong LIN View of the Temple of Heaven, the imperial site of prayer to Heaven during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The Temple of Heaven was the imperial site of prayer to Heaven during the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1912) dynasties. The Temple’s most spectacular structure is The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest 祈年殿, 38 meters (125 feet) tall, […]

Potala Palace (Bùdálā Gōng 布达拉宫)|Bùdálā Gōng 布达拉宫 (Potala Palace)

Potala Palace (Bùdálā Gōng 布达拉宫)|Bùdálā Gōng 布达拉宫 (Potala Palace)

Michael KOWALEWSKI Distant view of Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet. The palace, now open to tourists, has two thousand rooms, numerous temples and shrines, and the private rooms of the Dalai Lamas. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. Potala Palace, in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, has been the home of Tibet’s Dalai Lamas since 1642. The palace has two thousand rooms. […]

Zuglakang Monastery (Dàzhāo Sì 大昭寺)|Dàzhāo Sì 大昭寺 (Zuglakang Monastery)

Zuglakang Monastery (Dàzhāo Sì 大昭寺)|Dàzhāo Sì 大昭寺 (Zuglakang Monastery)

Nirmal DASS Tibetan monks at morning prayer. PHOTO BY YIXUAN SHUKE. Zuglakang Monastery in Lhasa is the most sacred Buddhist site in Tibet. It houses a statue of the Buddha said to date from his lifetime (c. 566–486 BCE). Regarded as the most sacred Buddhist site in Tibet, Zuglakang Monastery has been closely linked with the historical development of Lhasa […]

Confucian Temples (Kǒngmiào 孔庙)|Kǒngmiào 孔庙 (Confucian Temples)

Confucian Temples (Kǒngmiào 孔庙)|Kǒngmiào 孔庙 (Confucian Temples)

LI Yong Roof eaves at the Temple of Confucius in Beijing, now the Municipal Museum. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. Confucian temples are places to worship Confucius, his students, and other Confucian thinkers. But they also served as arenas for Chinese rulers throughout history to express to their subjects the value of culture and education. Many of these temples in […]

Changling Mausoleum (Chánglǐng Língyuán 长岭陵园)|Chánglǐng Língyuán 长岭陵园 (Changling Mausoleum)

Changling Mausoleum (Chánglǐng Língyuán 长岭陵园)|Chánglǐng Língyuán 长岭陵园 (Changling Mausoleum)

Andrew FIELD Portrait of the Yongle emperor Zhu Di, for whom the Changling Mausoleum was built. Ink and color on silk, by an anonymous painter, Ming dynasty. Zhu Di, who usurped the throne from his nephew, had the Changling Mausoleum built as a way to legitimize his succession to Ming emperorship and Beijing as the true capital of the Ming […]

Daoist Temples (Dàoguàn 道观)|Dàoguàn 道观 (Daoist Temples)

Daoist Temples (Dàoguàn 道观)|Dàoguàn 道观 (Daoist Temples)

LI Yong A Daoist Temple. In the third century Daoist worshippers began to call their temples jing or “peaceful houses.” PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. Daoist Temples have been found throughout China since 25 CE. They provide a place for spiritual improvement and training, as well as a place to take part in Daoist religious activities. Only a handful of […]

Shenyang Imperial Palace (Shěnyáng Gùgōng 沈阳故宫)|Shěnyáng Gùgōng 沈阳故宫 (Shenyang Imperial Palace)

Shenyang Imperial Palace (Shěnyáng Gùgōng 沈阳故宫)|Shěnyáng Gùgōng 沈阳故宫 (Shenyang Imperial Palace)

TzeHuey CHIOU-PENG Detail of a carved column at Shenyang Palace, former capital of China during the Manchu-ruled Qing dynasty. The Shenyang Imperial Palace, located in the capital city of Liaoning Province, was the imperial residence of the Later-Jin kingdom (1616–1644) prior to their founding of the Qing dynasty (1644–1912). Serving as an administrative center for the Manchus, the royal complex’s […]

Tiananmen Square (Tiān’ānmén Guǎngchǎng 天安门广场)|Tiān’ānmén Guǎngchǎng 天安门广场 (Tiananmen Square)

Tiananmen Square (Tiān’ānmén Guǎngchǎng 天安门广场)|Tiān’ānmén Guǎngchǎng 天安门广场 (Tiananmen Square)

Anthony Alexander LOH Soldiers stand before the southern Gate of Tiananmen Square, early in the morning. Each morning, tourists from all over China visit the heart of Beijing to see the national flag raised. Events in Tiananmen Square, at the heart of Beijing, have shaped modern China, and the People’s Republic of China’s sixtieth anniversary celebrations in October 2009 will […]

Chinatowns (Tángrénjiē 唐人街)|Tángrénjiē 唐人街 (Chinatowns)

Chinatowns (Tángrénjiē 唐人街)|Tángrénjiē 唐人街 (Chinatowns)

June GRASSO Scrapbook created by Hattie Pinckard, a school-teacher from Springfield, Illinois, during her vacation to Los Angeles, California, in 1906. While portrayals of Chinatowns in the West were mostly negative, many of today’s Chinatowns have become tourist attractions and valued examples of cultural diversity. BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY, YALE UNIVERSITY. Chinatowns developed worldwide as Chinese immigrants settled […]