Showing posts with label Ancient Cities of China. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ancient Cities of China. Show all posts

Friday, November 26, 2010

Han Great Wall Ruins Found in West China's Gansu

A new section of the ancient Great Wall built in the early Han Dynasty has just been found at Jinta County, in northwest China's Gansu Province.


A new section of the ancient Great Wall built in the early Han Dynasty has just been found at Jinta County, in northwest China's Gansu Province.

The finding comes from a field research program on the pre-Ming Dynasty Great Wall. So far, the Han Great Wall ruins discovered in the remote western parts of the country span 320 kilometers.

The section was found in a desert in Jinta, near Yumen City, said Tao Yule, deputy curator of the Jinta Museum. Judging from the ruins, the fortification was built of pounded sand and desert shrub branches. A clear shape and winding direction are still visible after more than 2,000 years. Half of the section is in fair condition.

Jinta County is located in the mid section of the Hexi corridor in western Gansu Province. Hexi refers to the region west of the Yellow River to the West Lake in Dunhuang, over 500 km from the Jiayuguan Pass. 

Field research on the early Great Wall kicked off this March and recently concluded. In addition to the 24-km Han Great Wall, new findings also include 18 balefire stages and 4 military defenses.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ming Qu - re-live the Ming Dynasty


This city in central China is being rebuilt from scratch, a mammoth project on all levels.
All old buildings - mainly built during the Mao area are being razed to the ground, and replaced by new, modern buildings.
The city has embarked on a ten year campaign to complete modernization.


A historic place since thousands years, the city carries its heritage to a new modern futuristic design, where old and new is blended in harmony.


Here we see the replica of the Temple in Kaifeng being rebuilt, along with several other Ming style buildings. I watched carpenters trim and plane wood logs to join them in the traditional way.


No nail is found in ancient chinese buildings, and so it is kept till today. Planks, trusses are joined with wooden pegs into a harmonious design of pure wood art craftsmanship.


A scent of pine and fir can be found all over the new buildings. Apart from the fact that fir trees are used for construction, nothing but sheer beauty and architectural ancient chinese delights.


Will venture to another marvel to report here with more pictures soon.


from China


Heinz

Saturday, September 25, 2010

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Imperial City of Kaifeng






Visit to the Imperial City Kaifeng Henan.
Our friend Norbert went to Henan only 10 days before us, 
we missed each other on inches.


Great display of traditional skills, the city was rebuilt from blueprints
and paintings available from 1000 years ago. 
Skills displayed are indescribable.


Everything created was done so in painstaking details, the Imperial palace,
the the pavilions, streets, restaurants and shops.


Vendors, Attendants wear traditional clothing. 


Traditional games, Female Polo players, swings, and lots of Acrobatics are
also part of the display.


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