Nov 26 2018

Jade Belt Bridge & Marble Boat


Stephan Loewentheil of Brooklyn is a rare book/photo collector who’s a lot of 19th century photos of China. They’re having one right now, 120 original photos at Qinghua University, till March 2019.

These photos are taken at Summer Palace by Thomas Child who in May 1870,”was hired by the Imperial Maritime Customs Service to be a gas engineer in Peking (Beijing). The 29-year-old Englishman left behind his wife and three children to become one of roughly 100 foreigners living in the late Qing dynasty’s capital, taking his camera along with him. Over the course of the next 20 years, he took some 200 photographs, capturing the earliest comprehensive catalog of the customs, architecture, and people during China’s last dynasty. ”


This is an early photograph of Jade Belt Bridge, or Moon Bridge, LOCated on the grounds of the Summer Palace in Beijing on the western shore of Kunming Lake. The elegant high arch bridge is a traditional Chinese design. The arch was constructed high enough to allow passage of the Emperor’s dragon boat. On special occasions the Emperor and Empress travelled on Kunming Lake passing under this bridge.”


Child took this photograph of the Marble Boat, or the Boat of Purity and Ease, in the 1870s, after it suffered damage from the Second Opium War. Child noted: “At one time there was a summer house on it, but it has entirely disappeared.” The base of the boat is made of solid stone. It originally supported a traditional Chinese wooden pavilion that was burned down during the conflict in 1860. The pavilion was rebuilt in 1893, decades after this photograph was taken.”

The following two are taken by Qin Qiang on 2018.11.21

 

Btw, some the photos are at LOC – Library of Congress in DC. If you visit their site recently, you’ll see the Statement to commemorate the 13th Librarian, Dr. James Billington who passed away on November 21, 2018. He’d been with the LOC for 28 years and raised half a billion dollars in private support – he must be a charmer as well as an able administrator. The statement credited him with

  • doubled the size of the Library’s traditional analog collections, from 85.5 million items in 1987 to more than 160 million items
  • acquired the only copy of the 1507 Waldseemüller world map (“America’s birth certificate”) in 2003
  • reconstructed Thomas Jefferson’s original library
  • obtained a complete copy of Lafayette’s previously inaccessible papers from the Lafayette family’s castle at LaGrange, France
  • advocated for an underground connection between the Library and the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center

RIP Dr. and thank you!


Nov 11 2018

Beijing 北京

No set schedule but many sites are on my mind.


Oct 12 2018

Ming tombs 十三陵

The compound has 13 Ming (1368-1644) emperors’ mausoleums, locates in Changping, 26 miles northwest from the center of Beijing. We call it shisan ling, thirteen tombs. The photos of the statues are on the Sacred Way leading up to Changling 长陵, the mausoleum of the 3rd emperor Yongle (永乐, 1360-1424; r. 1402-24). The color photos are taken on 2018.10.10 by my high school classmates Xu Tong and Tang Zheng – thanks sweeties. The black and white, first two are from Presbyterian Archives Research Centre, in 1911. #79736

 

 

The following three black and white are from China marine, undated. Not quite sure of the first and the third.

 

 

 

The 13 mausoleums are:

  1. Chang Ling Mausoleum 长陵
  2. Xian Ling Mausoleum
  3. Jing Ling Mausoleum
  4. Yu Ling Mausoleum
  5. Mao Ling Mausoleum
  6. Tai Ling Mausoleum
  7. Kang Ling Mausoleum
  8. Yong Ling Mausoleum
  9. Zhao Ling Mausoleum
  10. Qing Ling Mausoleum
  11. Ding Ling Mausoleum 定陵
  12. De Ling Mausoleum
  13. Si Ling Mausoleum

Apr 17 2018

Guozijian Museum 国子监 in Beijing


13 Guozijian St, Dongcheng Qu,
Beijing, China, 100007

Other names for it were, 国子学, 国子寺 or 太学 could translate to, Imperial National Academy, Imperial College, Imperial Academy, Imperial University, Imperial Central School, National School, National Academy, National University … It’s now combined with Kong’s Temple.


On my last visit there in spring 2018, the place is filled with tour groups and a Coming of Age party (chengrenli 成人礼) for a high school (Beijing tuanjiehu #3 School 北京团结湖第三中学). The tour guides teach the tourists how to salute (xingli 行礼) to Kongzi and the good karma will help their kids in gaokao. Really? Give me a break.

     

Glazed Memorial Arch (liuli pailou 琉璃牌楼) was built in 1784. The stone steles engraved with the list of jinshi from the Qing dynasty (Qingdai jinshi timingbei 清代进士题名碑).


Apr 15 2018

Zizhuyuan Park 紫竹院公园

   


Apr 15 2018

Tap Water Museum


3 XiangheYuan Road 香河园街
Beijing

This museum is all about water, tap water in Beijing.

We got there one minute late, at 3:31. They close at 4 pm but stop selling ticket at 3:30. I begged and it worked. The lady even let us in without buying tickets. 蓝天白云 浓厚情谊 … 勇闯博物馆: 迟到… 求… 然后撒丫子狂奔 闯进博物馆.

     

 


Apr 12 2018

Beef pancakes 牛肉饼

With home grow chives!


Apr 12 2018

Niujie Muslin Supermarket

5 Niu Jie 牛街清真超市 美食城
Beijing

I’ve been here a few times. There are many individual vendors on the street level and supermarket in the basement, plus a bakery.


Oct 5 2016

99Dingzhanfang 顶毡房

9 Yongtaizhuang N Road
Haidian Qu, Beijing, 100192 China

It’s in a park with a beer garden, which is very pleasant. We are too early due to my train @ 8:05pm, unable to have their famous roasted goat in whole, in a private hut. The main dinning hut is comfortable. The foods are delicious, include this debatable thing – totally to your imagination.

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Oct 5 2016

Farmer’s restaurant 农家饭

Cuandixia 爨底下村, Beijing

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… and the other eateries and hotels

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