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

Jun 15 2018

China 2018

I’ve 8 hours layover in Hong Kong, am able to visit the Maritime Museum on Pier 8 in the Central. Got to visit many sites but also missed a few.


Apr 22 2018

Huoshan huangya 霍山黄芽

According to the can, this Anhui green tea can trace back to Tang Dynasty (years 618 to 907). It grows on Dabie Mountain (大别山) with an elevation of 1,774 meters in the western part of Anhui province. HuoShan is part of Babie Mountain. The tea tastes yummy,

 


Apr 22 2018

Liu’an Guapian 六安瓜片

A great green tea, my dear friend brought from Beijing to Shanghai.

   


Apr 22 2018

The Westlake 西湖 in the morning


Hangzhou’s Westlake is beautiful, every day of the year.

It’s more enchanting when it’s quite. My first photo is taken at 5:29 am. Sofitel cross street is a huge motivation to get up early. A mere hour later the crowds arrive and the intimate ambiance is gone. So am I.


Apr 21 2018

Mingxuan 名轩餐厅 @ Raddison Blu


88 Nanjing Lu West, 3rd floor
上海新世界丽笙酒店
上海南京西路88号

Will return.

White glove service, literally. Delicious food, quite. The main dinning area is small – most area is private rooms. Clean bathroom and above average utensils.


Apr 21 2018

Sofitel Westlake


333 West Lake Avenue
Hangzhou, 310002
Zhejiang Province, China

Will return.

An excellent location – cross street from the Westlake. It’s not new but they try to make most out of it.

A couple of little situations – they’re cross board in China: long check in and out line; check in time the room isn’t ready; thick smoke in the public bathroom (lobby, etc.).

We got to the hotel at 1:15 for 2 pm check in; and our room is not ready when we returned at 2:39. I wasn’t pleased and ask them to serve us champagne while waiting. The joke is on me because we’re on the 5th floor with executive lounge privilege. They ended up giving me a bottle. Oh well.

The staff is helpful and pleasant. The 5th floor executive lounge is a perfect place to watch the sunset, without crowds. One of the red wines Perle is pretty good.

   


Apr 20 2018

Tongli 同里

Another ancient town. ¥100 admission, even for the overnight guests. But they’re free after 5pm, so some smart Travellers would get in after 5pm.