2008-09-06

Chinese Amorous Feelings

"National Geographic": China Today Pictures

Rental Rowboats Crowd A Shoreline Of BeiJing's KunMing Lake. The Temple Of Buddhist Incense, With Its Multi-Tiered Roof, Rises From The Famed Summer Palace On Longevity Hill In The Background. The Opulent Summer Palace Complex, Located On The Western Edge Of BeiJing, Was Built In The Mid-1700s As A Retreat For Qing Dynasty Imperial Rulers.



Buddhist Temple, Lhasa, Tibet, 2003Photograph By Galen RowellPedestrians Walk Near A Temple On The Famed Barkhor Promenade In Lhasa, Tibet, With The Grandiose Potala Palace Sprawled Atop Nearby Red Mountain. Once A Spiritual Epicenter, The Barkhor Is In The Midst Of A Chinese Government-Led Modernization Effort That Many Believe Has Stripped The Ancient Neighborhood Of Much Of Its Unique Tibetan Culture.

Photo Gallery: ShangHai Life And Style
Symbol Of ShangHai's International Heritage, The River-Skirting Bund Area Has Been A Popular Site For European And U.S. Businesses Since The Late 19th Century, When It Grew Into A Major Asian Financial Center.


Photo Gallery: ShangHai Life And Style
ShangHai Moment: A Dog And His Pajama-Clad Master Watch Bicycles Pedal By Their Longtan, Or Communal Housing Area. Casual Clothes Have Been Common Daytime Attire For Older ShangHaiers, Though The Custom Is Fading In Favor Of Western Suits.


Photo Gallery: ShangHai Life And Style
Open-Air Dance Lessons—Here Along ShangHai's Bund—Have Proven Popular In China Since The Lifting In 1976 Of A Cultural Revolution Ban On Public Displays Of Personal Emotion.


Photo Gallery: ShangHai Life And Style
Silhouettes In Motion, Tai Chi Practitioners Greet A Shanghai Sunrise Framed By The Needle-Topped Oriental Pearl Tower (Left) And Pudong's Burgeoning Phalanx Of Skyscrapers.


Photo Gallery: ShangHai Life And Style
ShangHai's New Skyline, A Point Of Civic Pride, Inspires Depictions Everywhere, From Souvenirs To This Bicycle-Cart Mural Promoting Safety.


Photo Gallery: ShangHai Life And Style
A Tangle Of Corkscrewing Ramps Worthy Of Star Wars Funnel Traffic On And Off Nanpu Bridge, Completed In 1991 To Connect Old Shanghai With The Rapidly Developing Pudong New Area.


Photo Gallery: ShangHai Life And Style
Colorfully Mismatched Socks Make A Striking Fashion Statement On A Modern-Day ShangHai Street, A Sight Unthinkable During China Conformity-Driven Cultural Revolution.


Photo Gallery: ShangHai Life And Style
Decked Out With Paper Banners And Lanterns For The Chinese Lunar New Year, Or Spring Festival, The Yu Yuan District In ShangHai's Old Town Surges With Celebrants Of China’s Biggest Holiday.
Photo Gallery: ShangHai Life And Style
Festive Food Bouquet: Candied Apples Stay Rosy In A Warmer At A ShangHai Vendor's Stand.


Photo Gallery: ShangHai Life And Style
It's All About The Dumplings—Crab, Pork, Shrimp, Chicken—At The NanXiang Steamed Buns Restaurant, A ShangHai Institution In The YuYuan Bazaar In The City's Old Town.


Photo Gallery: HongKong Sights
Tallest Building In A Forest Of Skyscrapers, The 78-Story Central Plaza On The Wan Chai Waterfront Glows Bright Turquoise.



Photo Gallery: HongKong Sights
Taoist Priests Ride HongKong's System Of Escalators And Moving Walkways, The World's Longest, En Route To A Temple Fair.


Photo Gallery: HongKong Sights
During A New Year's Celebration, A Lion Dance Is Performed In A KowLoon Hotel Parking Garage To Bring Good Luck.


Photo Gallery: HongKong Sights
Seated Atop An Altar On HongKong's Lantau Island Is The Tian Tan Buddha, The Largest Of Its Type In The World.


Photo Gallery: HongKong Sights
Every Spring On The Island Of CheungChau, South Of HongKong, Revelers Celebrate The Bun Festival With Parades And Costumes.

Photo Gallery: HongKong Sights
Trams Negotiate Heavy Traffic In The Busy WanChai Commercial District, Which Still Has Aging Residential Areas Within It.


Photo Gallery: HongKong Sights
Performers Prepare For The Dragon Dance During The Chinese New Year, Which Is A Major Holiday Festival In HongKong.

Photo Gallery: HongKong Sights
Shoppers Crowd The Popular Wet Market—An Open Market Full Of Freshly Washed Food—In The Central Business District.

Photo Gallery: HongKong Sights
Late Afternoon Sun Lights A Bay On The Relatively Quiet Southern Shore Of HongKong Island.


Photo Gallery: HongKong Sights
In The Shadows Of A Skyscraper Canyon, A Young Boy Walks Along A Busy Street In HongKong's Central Business District.


Photo Gallery: HongKong Sights
The Flag Of China, Here Being Unfurled Atop The Mandarin Oriental Hotel,
Replaced Britain's Union Jack In 1997.

Photo Gallery: HongKong Sights
An Actress At The Chinese Opera Readies Her Heavy, Stylized Makeup Before A Performance.


Photo Gallery: HongKong Sights
Nathan Road In KowLoon Is A Spectacle Of Gaudy Stores, Bars, Hotels, And Vendors, Which Thrive On Tourist Dollars.


Photo Gallery: HongKong Sights
HongKong Park, Covering 20 Acres In The Central Business District, Is Popular For Wedding Photographs.


Photo Gallery: HongKong Sights
Gamblers Play The Horses At Sha Tin In The New Territories. It's One Of Two Main Race Tracks In HongKong.


Photo Gallery: HongKong Sights
Markets And Small Shops, Such As This One Selling Meats, Make The WanChai District Fascinating To Explore.


Arch Bridge, BeiJing, China, 1982
A Setting Sun Silhouettes Two Pedestrians As They Descend Kunming Lake's Seventeen Arch Bridge. The Footbridge Leads From The Pavilion Of Broad View, Visible At Left, To South Lake Isle. All Are Part Of The Opulent Summer Palace In Western BeiJing, A Summer Retreat Built In The Mid-1700s For Qing Dynasty Imperial Rulers.


Photo Gallery: BeiJing Sights
A Cyclist Passes Memorabilia Celebrating The Late Chairman Mao On Liulichang Street, A Popular Shopping Area.


Photo Gallery: BeiJing Sights
A Child Peeks Out Of A Cart At The Newly Opened Tesco Supermarket, Part Of A British-Owned Supermarket Chain.


Photo Gallery: BeiJing Sights
A Man Prepares A Dragon Boat For The DuanWu Festival Races, Held Each Year To Honor The Ancient Poet QuYuan.




Photo Gallery: BeiJing Sights
Framed By An Intricate Screen, The Forbidden City's Grand Hall Of Supreme Harmony Sits Across A Broad Courtyard.


Photo Gallery: BeiJing Sights
Customers At An Outdoor Market Look Over A Vendor's Red Lanterns, A Symbol Of Prosperity To Celebrate The New Year.


Photo Gallery: BeiJing Sights
One Man Wears A Logo For The 2008 BeiJing Olympics As He Takes Part In 29th BeiJing Ice Swimming Competition.


Photo Gallery: BeiJing Sights
Drive-Through Service Is Available At This BeiJing McDonald's, One Of Nearly 800 McDonald's Franchises In China.


Photo Gallery: BeiJing Sights
Work Proceeds On The National Stadium, Where Ceremonies And Events Will Take Place In The 2008 Summer Olympics.


Photo Gallery: BeiJing Sights
To Celebrate The New Year, Thousands Of People Climb Restored Sections Of The Great Wall Not Far From BeiJing.


Photo Gallery: ShangHai, City Of Contrast
Easy Rider ShangHai-style, A Motorbike-taxi Driver Awaits Customers In Parked Comfort.


Photo Gallery: ShangHai, City Of Contrast
Classic ShangHai Scene: Misty Drizzle Lends A Lustrous Sheen To The Neon Lights And Colonial Facades Of NanJing Road, One Of The World's Busiest Shopping Streets.


Photo Gallery: ShangHai, City Of Contrast
Locals Burn Incense At LongHua Buddhist Temple, ShangHai's Largest And Most Complete, Offering Homage To Their Ancestors, The Gods, Or Sending A Wish To Heaven.


Photo Gallery: ShangHai, City Of Contrast
Young Acrobats Perform At The ShangHai Centre Theatre, On NanJing Road West, One Of The Many Performing Venues In The City.


Photo Gallery: ShangHai, City Of Contrast
Fragile Artifact, A Decades-Old Apartment Building Defies—For Now—The Inexorable Development That Is Transforming Today's Go-Go-Go ShangHai.


Photo Gallery: ShangHai, City Of Contrast
The Galvanic Energy Of ShangHai's NanJing Road Lights Up The Windows Of An Ice-Cream Parlor, Itself A Fairly New Phenomenon In This Land Where Dairy Foods Aren't Traditional Fare.


Photo Gallery: ShangHai, City Of Contrast
Not Their Fathers' China: Young ShangHainese Move To The Rhythm Of The Night In One Of The Edgy New Dance Clubs That Pepper 21st-Century ShangHai.


Photo Gallery: ShangHai, City Of Contrast
A Mural Of Pastoral Woodland Gives Migrant Workers From China's Countrysides A Touch Of Home At A ShangHai Construction Site.


Photo Gallery: ShangHai, City Of Contrast
Advertising Takes To The Huangpo River In Buy-Buy ShangHai, Where Boats Outfitted With Large Screens Float Out Product Pitches Along The Bund.


Photo Gallery: ShangHai, City Of Contrast
A Scene Straight Out Of New York Finds A Wine Server Making The Rounds At An Art-Gallery Opening Along ShangHai's Fashionable Bund.


Photo Gallery: Jurassic Period
Four Women At The Institute Of Vertebrate Paleontology And Paleoanthropology In BeiJing, China, Underscore A 19-Foot (5.7-Meter), 200-Million-Year-Old Ichthyosaur Fossil From Southern China. Although Its Name Is Greek For "Fish Lizard," Ichthyosaurus Was No Fish—It Was A Reptile That Swam The Mesozoic Oceans.


Li River, China, 1974
Photograph By Luis Marden
Jagged Tower Karst Formations Rise In The Distance As The Li River Flows Past A Quiet Landscape Near GuiLin, China.
These Karst Mountains Are What Remain Of An Ancient Seabed That Was Lifted And Subsequently Eroded Away. The Formations Line Much Of The Li River And Have Inspired Chinese Poets And Artists For Centuries. They're Also A Source Of National Pride, Earning An Appearance On The Back Of China's 20 Yuan Note.

Beer Factory, Qingdao, China, 1980
Photograph by Emory Kristof
Workers at the Tsingtao Brewery bottle beer for export. The brewery was founded in 1903 by German settlers in Qingdao, China, and since then it has become the most popular Chinese brew in the United States. Every August, Qingdao hosts the International Beer Festival, a two-week-long party which features parades, fireworks, and, of course, a lot of beer drinking.

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