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Photo Friday: “Don’t Demolish!!!”

Photo Friday: “Don’t Demolish!!!”

By Marjolijn Kaiser I am not a big fan of either random graffiti tagging or those funny jokes where people change a letter or two of a place-name sign so that it says something different (and usually dirtier). But this one I can appreciate. The red character 拆 chāi, means “to take apart, dismantle” and is written on the walls […]

Photo Friday: 26 Doors

By Marjolijn KAISER Doors are fascinating. Not only are they one of the most fundamental elements of any (functional) architectural structure, they also carry a much more symbolic meaning; one of transition, in- and exclusion, opportunities, and even personal relations. A door can be wide open for you, or slammed in your face; you can get a foot in the […]

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

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

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)

Temple of Heaven (Tiāntán 天坛)

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)

Potala Palace (Bùdálā Gōng 布达拉宫)

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)

Zuglakang Monastery (Dàzhāo Sì 大昭寺)

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)

Confucian Temples (Kǒngmiào 孔庙)

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)

Changling Mausoleum (Chánglǐng Língyuán 长岭陵园)

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)

Daoist Temples (Dàoguàn 道观)

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)

Shenyang Imperial Palace (Shěnyáng Gùgōng 沈阳故宫)

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 […]