Beijing Coal Hill

Beijing Coal Hill

Beijing Coal Hill

Beijing Forbidden City

Beijing Forbidden City

Beijing Forbidden City

Beijing Great Wall

Beijing Great Wall

Mutianyu is a section of the Great Wall located 70 km NE of Beijing. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, this section used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs.

Beijing Hutongs Tian An Men Square

Beijing Hutongs Tian An Men Square

Hutongs and Tian An Men Square views

Beijing Ming Tombs

Beijing Ming Tombs

The Ming tombs are a collection of imperial mausoleums built by the Chinese Ming dynasty emperors. The majority of the Ming tombs are located near Beijing and collectively known as the Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Dynasty.

Beijing Temple of Heaven

Beijing Temple of Heaven

Beijing Temple of Heaven

Luoyang Longmen Grottoes

Luoyang Longmen Grottoes

Longmen Caves are one of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. Housing tens of thousands of statues of Buddha and his disciples, they are located 12 kilometres S of Luòyáng in Hénán province.

Shanghai - Jade Buddha Temple

Shanghai - Jade Buddha Temple

The Jade Buddha Temple is a Buddhist temple. As with many modern Chinese Buddhist temples, the current temple draws from both the Pure Land and Chan traditions of Mahayana Buddhism. It was founded in 1882 with two jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Burma. These were a sitting Buddha (1.95 metres tall, 3 tonnes), and a smaller reclining Buddha representing Buddha's death.

Shanghai Bund

Shanghai Bund

The Bund is a waterfront area in central Shanghai. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai.

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum

The museum has a collection of over 120,000 pieces, including bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture, jades, ancient coins, paintings, seals, sculptures, minority art and foreign art. It houses several items of national importance, including one of three extant specimens of a "transparent" bronze mirror from the Han Dynasty.

Shanghai Yu Garden

Shanghai Yu Garden

Yu Garden was first conceived in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty by Pan Yunduan as a comfort for his father, the minister Pan En, in his old age. Pan Yunduan began the project after failing one of the imperial exams, but his appointment as governor of Sichuan postponed construction for nearly twenty years until 1577.

Shaolin Monastery

Shaolin Monastery

Luoyang, Shaolin Monastery and Pagoda Forest

Street scenes

Street scenes

Street scenes, various cities

Xian City

Xian City

Xi'an is the capital of Shaanxi province, one of the oldest cities in China, with more than 6,000 years of history. Xi'an is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history,incl. Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui and Tang. Xi'an is the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang.

Xian Museum

Xian Museum

The museum houses over 370,000 items, incl. murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects. The modern museum was built between 1983 and 2001 and its appearance recalls the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty.

Xian Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Xian Small Wild Goose Pagoda

The Small Wild Goose Pagoda was built between 707–709, during the Tang Dynasty under Emperor Zhongzong of Tang (705–710). The pagoda stood 45 m until the 1556 Shaanxi earthquake. The earthquake shook the pagoda and damaged it so that it now stands at a height of 43 m.

Xian Tang Dances

Xian Tang Dances

Tang Dances

Xian Terracotta Army

Xian Terracotta Army

The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife. The figures, dating from appro. the late third century BCE, were discovered in 1974 by local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an.