Monday 15 November 2010

 Tiananmen Square

The huge expanse of Tiananmen Square.

Monument to the Peoples Heroes.

Imposing statue of the workers and soldiers.

The far end of the square - Chairman Mao's Mausoleum and the entrance to the Forbidden City.

The Gate of Supreme Harmony.

Descending into the square in front of the Hall of Supreme Harmony.

Ornate dragon carvings on the gables.

Inside the Hall.

One of the Lions guarding the Hall.

Bronze Turtle.

Sundial - keeping the time for millenia.

The Gate of Divine Might - the South gate.

Summer Palace

Arched bridge in the Summer Palace.

The Marble Boat.

The Long Corridor.

Looking out across the lake.

Ornamental Statues near the exit........

.... and a fierce lion.

Temple of Heaven

Entrance arch into the Temple of Heaven.

The late afternoon sun casts long shadows onto the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.

The Circular Mound Altar.

The Imperial Vault of Heaven.

View inside the Imperial Vault of Heaven.