Shanghai, Tokyo & Tapai
Asia has the ... greatest population among all populations ... largest size of all continents on earth ... largest variety of climates and landscapes ... largest number of language families ... greatest variety of cultures and natural wonders ... tallest buildings on earth. The Far East is fascinating!
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Bridge over the Tong - Qibao Water Village China
Located in the Jiang Nan region southwest Shanghai, about eighteen kilometers from downtown, Qibao (7 Treasures) Water Village is a typical waterfront ancient town with the style of the Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) Dynasties.
One of Qibao's three arched stone bridges crossing the river Tong is a good starting point to explore Qibao Ancient Town, its Jiangnan architecture (white houses with dark gray roofs) and small bridges and rivers.
Gugong - Forbidden City Red - Chinese Pavilion Shanghai
The Chinese national pavilion for the Shanghai Expo 2010, was designed with the concept of "Oriental Crown", a distinctive roof, standing 63 meters in height, made of traditional dougong brackets, which has a history dating back more than 2,000 years. Its main color is "Gugong (Forbidden City) Red" which represents the taste and spirit of Chinese culture.
The "Crown of the Orient" is a complex structure that celebrates a diverse range of traditional Chinese elements, including architecture, calligraphy, gardening and urban planning.The China Pavilion shows how amazing and modern China has become.
Geisha - Combining innocence and Sophistication
Welcome to the world of the geisha. It's a secretive and competitive world full of rules and traditions.
The image Westerners typically associate with the geisha is actually the traditional image of the maiko or 'apprentice geisha'. But much of expensive training is needed and only few maikos go on to become geisha or geiko, as the women themselves usually like to be called. Combining innocence with sophistication, the geisha represents the sensuality coupled with modesty that Japanese women reflect.
The geisha and her world continue to fascinate people around the globe as part of their image of a mysterious and timeless Japan.
Japanese want to keep their heritage alive, especially with all of the influences of the outside world now thrust upon Japan.
The Japanese doll illustrates many aspects of these heritage. It embodies the folklore and culture of Japan. It is revered as a mesmerizing deity to inspire the young boy to honor the samurai morals of the past. Knowing the history and importance of the samurai dolls, we can begin to understand that these dolls are not just decorative art objects, but important symbols of the Japanese samurai of the past and the code of ethics by which he lived.
Slices of Chinese Life
Bamboo is a bountiful grass used throughout China.
Relying mainly on simple, traditional means for transportation over short distances, people in Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, one of China's old and very famous water towns, one hour away from ultra modern, booming Shanghai, still carry their heavy loads on bamboo sticks balanced across their shoulders.
But no matter how heavy the load is ... the friendly smile on their faces cannot be missed.
Asakusa Kannon Temple Pagoda and Lanterns at Night
Sensoji (also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Japan. It was built for the goddess of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, and is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo with the five-storied pagoda standing near.
Near are also thousands of lanterns. Ever since a Korean Buddhist monk brought the idea of the lamp and Buddhism from China the Japanese paper lantern is a cultural icon. Starting with use in temples and marking holy grounds, the paper lantern became a household and business utility.
Laughing Buddha - A symbol of joy and wealth
The Smiling Buddha, also known as the Laughing Buddha, Happy Buddha or Fat Buddha, is the common English description of the Buddhist deity identified as Budai to the Chinese, and Hotei to the Japanese. This deity is in turn a derivation of the Bodhisattva Maitreya.
The Smiling Buddha has been embraced by many Buddhist and Taoist practitioners, and the Buddha statues feature in many homes and places of worship. Believers associate the Smiling Buddha with positive characteristics such as happiness, prosperity, luck, wealth and contentment. As a result, you will find many of these Smiling Buddha statues and sculptures of Maitreya all over the world.
Shanghai PUDONG - Today denser than yesterday but less than tomorrow
Located in the east of Shanghai, Pudong New Area lies at the mid-point of China's coastline where the Yangtze River intersects with the sea.
It is a land of concrete, steel and glass, where skyscrapers and cargo cranes and the green netting of construction dominate the skyline.
Pudong is a new animal, a metropolis in the making, from scratch, with temples of finance, five-star hotels and upscale office buildings.
Pudong New District Shanghai - Bigger Higher Faster
For years Pudong New District, Shanghai, China, was little more than muddy sites and pie-in-the-sky dreams. But in the early 90s Chinese planners started to mold the first metropolis of the new millennium, one that may ultimately eclipse Hong Kong.
Bigger, higher, faster, those have been the buzzwords at Pudong ever since the Chinese leadership announced its intention two decades ago to transform this nondescript stretch of land into a city for the next millennium. Everything in Pudong moves faster than you believe could be possible.
Roof National Palace Museum Taiwan City - Taipei
Taipei's National Palace Museum is the pride of Taiwan, an island in the Pacific Ocean, 150 km from the eastern coast of mainland China. It ranks as one of the four best museums in the world, in a class with the Louvre, the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its huge priceless collection of crafts covers 5000 years of Chinese history.
Cityscape Tokyo Japan
The metropolis of Tokyo, the capital of Japan, consists of 23 city wards, 26 cities, 5 towns and 8 villages.
Tokyo, which means 'Eastern Capital', is a city that blends Japan's religious and feudal past and the outgrowths of modern life seamlessly. It definitely has a shock value to western visitors, as they finally understand the true meaning of the word 'foreign'.
The Tokyo Sky Tree - also called the New Tokyo Tower - is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower under construction. When completed, the tower will have a height of 634.00 m (2,080 ft).
Wall Mural in Qibao - Shanghai - China
Wall mural paintings, based on the theme of Chinese history and traditional plays, have a long history in dynastic China. The earliest tomb frescos are from the Western Zhou period (11th century-771 BC). The art form advanced remarkably in the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220).
Many show honor guards, maidservants, and scenes of chinese feasts and hunts. The art of wall mural paintings, artistic panoramas of Chinese culture, reached its first peak in terms of style, technique and subject matter in the Tang Dynasty, when China enjoyed national unity, economic prosperity, cultural advancement and increased exposure to foreign cultures.