Aug 11, 2008

City Icons: Beijing China

Beijing’s icons have stood for centuries.

The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests is the center of attention in the Temple of Heaven complex. Built in the 1400s it burned to the ground in the 1880s and was rebuilt soon after.

Not touted in local tourist literature like the Temple of Heaven but perhaps most recognizable to people around the world is Tiananmen Gate, with its portrait of Chairman Mao. Located at the north end of the massive Tiananmen Square the Forbidden City lies just beyond it on the other side.

The Beijing Summer Olympics has created a new crop of icons. Most notable is the ultra modern National Stadium, fondly referred to as the Bird’s Nest. I wonder if it will endure the centuries as well as its elder counterparts.

8 comments:

~vagabond~ said...

You have a very interesting blog. It was so nice to travel the world through your eyes. :)

HOBO said...

Enjoy !

HOBO said...

Sad news...
My camera is spoiled due to sea-water
I wish to put more photographs but how only God knows...
:.(

Cuckoo said...

Is there any specific reason why you don't give full feeds ?

I generally read all blogs thru reader & I find it very easy.

Lakshmi said...

icons keep changing..but they are sometimes the flavour of the season and like you said, they need to stand the test of time..lovely pics as usual

Wendy said...

Vagabond-Glad you enjoyed the journey

Hobo-So sorry to hear of the demise of your camera.

Cuckoo--I don't give full feeds because there are many in cyberspace who do not respect copyright and I sell my photos, it's not a hobby.

Lakshmi-Would love to see the new stadium. It is a unique masterpiece.

Cuckoo said...

Oh, now I understand. :-)

Glad to know that. Your photos deserve much more than being copied by some creature in cyberspace.

Wendy said...

Cuckoo,
I appreciate you clicking through even though you prefer readers.