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Saturday, September 25, 2010

PALACE GARDENS

China is the land of the future, the business world says. But in this post, I'm just a tourist, traveling with hubby and son. Since Beijing is the capitol, there is much to see.
One "must see" is the Forbidden City, containing the palaces of the royal families of the past.
It is like the Louvre in Paris. There is so much to see that one can go there a number of times without having seen it all.These are some pics of the palace garden.



Love these gnarly tree trunks -
you know I'm thinking of a painting:)




almost looking like imaginary trees


 You can begin to write a fairy tale, 
Once upon a time there was a forest....




 Is this a peacock?




A close up of the marble pillar next to the peacock. 
The pillar seemed to be a common theme throughout the garden



The decorative pillars of the balcony on the left pic are the same
as on the right  (just taken from another angle)



more statues. As you can see most tourists are Asian.


After so much walking you deserve a cup of fine oolong tea. Delicious!
Served in a western way (at the airport though). 
Chinese drink their tea in a little cup that looks more like a bowl.


16 comments:

Zuzana said...

This must have been a fascinating visit on so many levels.
Beautiful images. I really love the trees, they are incredible...
xoxo

Twain12 said...

beautiful place, especially love the trees

Nora said...

That must have been a wonderful place to visit. The trees are beautiful. They look especially Oriental.

FoodFunFarmLife said...

A fascinating insight into another country & culture ... and that Oolong tea looks tasty !

Stephanie V said...

Those trees are amazing. I'm imagining them as animated trees with faces that talk and linbs that clutch. Ooh! Scary. But also very beautiful lines and textures.

That peacock is very stately. Perfect for royalty. Even though his legs are a bit long and spindly...perhaps he's a kind of heron?

Reader Wil said...

Wow! What an impressive forest! Thanks for sharing this fairy tale wood! China is a very interesting country with a very old culture.

Beth Niquette said...

THese trees are magnificent. They're magical. Thank you for sharing them!

jeannette said...

Zuzana,
you are right -on so many levels- too much to process it all at once!

Twain,
Was just thinking, beauty has many faces!

Irene,
It's a big area with many buildings - wished we had more days to visit again!

FoodFunFarmlife,
Yes, fascinating because it's so different seen from a western perspective! I don't know how the Chinese themselves see it...

Stephanie,
I don't know which bird it portrays, since they didn't have signs (maybe that's too Western?)
I was glad that it was broad daylight when we saw these trees:)

Reader Wil,
China is such a place of contrasts. The old is glorious but does not seem to fit with the bare minimum the people live with now.

Beth,
You're welcome Beth! There was so much to see that people hardly took notice of the trees!

Maria said...

A very impressive series of pictures! The trees look magical! Thank you for showing us the Forbidden City!

rainfield61 said...

You might think of a painting, I should write the stories it had seen for centuries.

Vagabonde said...

Beautiful pictures – I love the trunk of the trees. They would look good painted and I hope you will place them in one of your paintings.

Jo said...

As soon as I looked at those exquisite tree trunks, I thought, "There is a painting there..." :-)

Cezar and Léia said...

Fantastic post.China is a place with so different culture, very beautiful images!
Léia

knittingdragonflies said...

The photos are lovely! Thanks for sharing them. I would love to visit there!
I can see some painting inspiration for you in these!
Take care and enjoy
Vicki

jeannette said...

Maria,
This is just a glimpse - I think we took a few hundred of 'em when we were there 3 years ago. Sadly, it's a glory of the past.

Rainfield,
Ah, stories...I like to hear them (meaning, see them written on your blog:) )

Vagabonde,
Thank you! Wish I could "buy" time - I don't have enough days in a week for all my painting projects:)

Jo,
Yes, you have an artist' eye, Jo - looking for inspiration!

Leia,
Thank you friend:) Can't wait till you show some pics of your country Brazil!

Vicki,
You are right on! I already painted 4 paintings of China and would love to do more, but I have too many projects going, LOL

SKIZO said...

Thank you for sharing
This fabulous work with us
Good creations