Tuesday, June 29, 2010

China Moon

Moongates have always looked to me like a large ball or a very fat, very round person has crashed through a wall, ala Tom and Jerry cartoons.
This one in the Tongzhou temple complex allows for plenty of elbow room on your way to the pagoda.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Chine Ease

This temple complex was a place of great terror - Confucian scholars would come here to take their examinations. It is next to Randeng Pagoda, a 50 meter high stone pagoda that doubled as a lighthouse for the beginning of the Grand Canal.
Today there is no test required, just enjoyment.

Friday, June 18, 2010

5 Traverse Gallery

A teeny building (350 sf) that had had many incarnations, this one a very nice gallery that unfortunately had only a two year cycle of life.
May it be reborn in even greater brilliance.