Shanghai. The Jade Buddha temple. As usual, no photography inside.
This and following: Yu Gardens.
A bell orchestra.
The third tallest building in the world: Hyatt Hotel, scraping the sky.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Not seen: the third, smaller, sphere even higher up.
View from the second sphere.
View from the lowest sphere.
View from the opposite side.
These lions protect many temples. This is the male one; the female protects a cub.
One of the many examples of “Chinglish”.
This and following: the Summer Palace in Beijing
A walkway for the emperor. An eunuch would accompany him to explain the pictures to him (see following).
This and following: Temple of Buddhist Incense
A small (inaccessible) side temple.
Another example of “chinglish” from the hotel.
Navigation made easy.
This and following: the Great Wall at Badaling.
This and following: the only Ming tomb where one can visit the actual underground tomb.
Phoenix and Dragon, representing Empress and Emperor.
The Door to the Underworld.
A scale model of the tomb.
Exit from the (extremely barren) tomb.
The Emperor's name.
This and following: Tiananmen Square. Watch tower for the Forbidden City.
Great Hall of the People.
Monument to the People's Heroes.
Approaching the Forbidden City.
This and following: Forbidden City.
Hall of Supreme Harmony.
Hall of Central Harmony.
Hall of Preserving Harmony.
Courtyard separating the inner and outer parts of the city.
Hall of Clocks and Watches.
Palace of Heavenly Purity.
Palace of Earthly Harmony.
View of the White Dagobah from the Round City.
Kublai Khan's drinking vessel.
This and following: the White Dagobah.
View of Beijing.
This and following: Temple of Heaven.
This walkway was used as an airport during the war.
This and following: Imperial Rose Garden.
Dragon's Foot Tree.
Luoyang. Gate to the Shaolin Temple.
A trash can.
Two of the four Temple Guardians seen in many temples.
Incense: the bigger, the better.
The Buddhas of Past, Present, and Future.
This and following: the Pagoda “forest”.
The newer pagodas have modern things on them.
Small monastery near the Longmen grottoes.
This and following: Ten Thousand Buddha Cave.
This huge Buddha is styled after the only Chinese Empress.
Crossing the bridge for a more impressive view of that Buddha...
This and following: the small monastery mentioned previously.
The drum tower.
The bell tower.
Again: the guardians.
Xi'an: Great Wild Goose Pagoda.
Elaborate panels tell the history of Buddhism in China.
This and following: views of Xi'an from various heights
Entrance to Hall 2 of the Terracotta Army.
This and following: Terracotta Army.
These warriors were not yet excavated to prevent their paint from immediately being destroyed.
Map of the hall, with army formations.
This and following: Kumbum Monastery (Ta'er Si), Xining
The seven stupas tell of Buddha's life.
This and following: train journey to Lhasa.
The highest stop, except one can't actually disembark.
Lhasa. This and following: Jokang monastery.
Views of the Potala Palace.
Notice the white prayer flags on the mountainside and -top.
Close-up of some of the prayer flags.
The Potala palace.
These steps are not actually in use. Fortunately.
A TV tower destroys the landscape.
A small monastery.
View of Lhasa from above.
The yellow balcony was the Dalai Lama's seat.
Another view of Lhasa.
The Potala from the other side.
This and following: Drepung monastery.
The oldest hall.
The largest hall.
Yet another view of Lhasa. At the very back: the railway station.
This and following: Sera monastery.
Small houses for monks to meditate in alone.
Chongqing, China's most rapidly developing (and ugly) city.
Chongqing's Great Hall of the People is a copy of Beijing's Temple of Heaven. Also the only attraction.
This and following: the harbor by day.
This and following: the harbor by night.
This and following: Fengdu, the Ghost City.
View of the Yangtse.
These statues show what happens to various sinners.
This was going to be a hotel until the entrepeneur died. It will be completed from 2009 and use the entire hill.
Temple of Rebirth, where one drinks white tea to forget the previous life.
The temple guardians again.
Another view of that hotel.
The way up and down. There is a chairlift.
Best brand name ever.
A small pagoda in the Yangtse. A protective wall is being erected for when the water level rises.
Into the first of the Three Gorges: Qutang Gorge.
The white markings on the rock are from a three-month test of higher water levels.
Exiting the first gorge.
This is how high the water will be at most.
Entering Wuxia Gorge.
Leaving Wuxia Gorge.
Badong, gateway to the three small gorges.
The previous picture's coffin in context.
One of the newly-built towns.
Spot the temple...
...there it is.
A rather large cave.
Another air-burial coffin.
And another one.
Again, the white marker shows the maximum water level.
Right to left: Fore captain, fore oarsmen, tourists, aft oarsman, aft captain.
To navigate rapids, they get out and haul.
The vegetation was severely damaged by the test fill.
The cave again on the way back.
The Three Gorges Dam from above by day...
...and by night.
Into the five-step lock (of which only four steps are active right now).
The Three Gorges Dam from below.
It's 2.7 kilometers long, but there is nothing to scale it to -- so it doesn't look impressive.
There is a park with a viewing platform and a model of the dam nearby.
View into the locks from above.
The dam disappearing into the distance.
The local forest.
The dam's foundation stone. No idea what's in its place.
The viewing platform.
The dam model.
On to the third gorge: Xiling Gorge.
More Spot the Temple.
Local houses and a tiny local dam.
And another tiny temple. This one has its own chairlift.
A fish eagle.