Photo: Summer Palace, Beijing
Photo: 17 Arches Bridge - Summer Palace, Beijing - April 2009
Photo: Beijing Temple

A temple sits on a hill as you exit the Forbidden City on the opposite side from the Tien An Men Square entrance - Beijing - April 2009.

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Photo: The Emperor's Happy Place
A quiet walk in the private garden could be . . . er, romantic?

Forbidden City, Beijing - April 2009.
Near the end of a long afternoon touring the Forbidden City, one of the final areas you will pass through is the Emperor's private gardens. It is not uncommon to find man-made 'rocks' in Chinese gardens, but not all of them (no others that I saw) have such obvious characteristics. One can easily imagine the significance of this item standing amongst the trees as the Emperor escorts  his wife or one of his concubines on a pleasant afternoon stroll. Ah nature. It's so, uh, stimulating, isn't it?

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There wasn't room to stand back from this sight, so I took photos of the top and bottom sections and combined them with Photoshop's photomerge. There is also some HDR toning and a couple of other adjustment layers to separate the subject from the background.

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Photo: "The Bird Nest" - Olympic Stadium - Beijing - April 2009
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John B Tefertiller
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Beijing Temple

A temple sits on a hill as you exit the Forbidden City on the opposite side from the Tien An Men Square entrance - Beijing - April 2009.

#Travel   #China   #Beijing   #ForbiddenCity   #Temple

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