Chinese Architecture / Marble boat at Summer Palace. Beijing, China. The origins of the Summer Palace date back to the Jurchen-led Jin dynasty in 1153, when the fourth ruler, Wanyan Liang (r. 1150–1161), moved the Jin capital to Yanjing (present-day Beijing). To day's Summer Palace built in 1750, largely destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored on its original foundations in 1886.

Chinese Architecture / Marble boat at Summer Palace. Beijing, China. The origins of the Summer Palace date back to the Jurchen-led Jin dynasty in 1153, when the fourth ruler, Wanyan Liang (r. 1150–1161), moved the Jin capital to Yanjing (present-day Beijing). To day's Summer Palace built in 1750, largely destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored on its original foundations in 1886.

Chinese Architecture / Market tower (14th century), Pingyao, Shanxi Province,

Chinese Architecture / Market tower (14th century), Pingyao, Shanxi Province,

High-Platform architecture / Song-Jin Palace, Kaifeng, Henan Province, China. built on a 13-meter high pedestal. Dragon Pavilion Park was first the former mansion of a mission of the Tang Dynasty.

High-Platform architecture / Song-Jin Palace, Kaifeng, Henan Province, China. built on a 13-meter high pedestal. Dragon Pavilion Park was first the former mansion of a mission of the Tang Dynasty.

Mogao Caves (begun fourth century AD). also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes, form a system of 492 temples 25 km southeast of the center of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, in Gansu province, China.

Mogao Caves (begun fourth century AD). also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes, form a system of 492 temples 25 km southeast of the center of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, in Gansu province, China.

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 720,000 m2 (7,800,000 sq ft).

5 Ways of Looking at China's Forbidden City

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 720,000 m2 (7,800,000 sq ft).

Chinese Architecture / The Forbidden City. Beijing, China. It was built between 1406 and 1420 during the Ming Dynasty. It had been the imperial home of 24 emperors of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. From their throne in the Forbidden City, they governed the country by holding court sessions with their ministers, issuing imperial edicts and initiating military expeditions.

Chinese Architecture / The Forbidden City. Beijing, China. It was built between 1406 and 1420 during the Ming Dynasty. It had been the imperial home of 24 emperors of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. From their throne in the Forbidden City, they governed the country by holding court sessions with their ministers, issuing imperial edicts and initiating military expeditions.

Chinese Architecture / pagoda of cishou (1576), Beijing, China. The pagoda at Cishou Temple at Balizhuang in Beijing was originally named Yong'anwanshou Pagoda (Pagoda of Lasting Peace and Longevity). Cishou Temple was built in 1576 during the Ming Dynasty by decree of Empress Dowager Li, mother of Emperor Zhuyi. The temple buildings were destroyed during the Qing Dynasty, but the pagoda remains

Chinese Architecture / pagoda of cishou (1576), Beijing, China. The pagoda at Cishou Temple at Balizhuang in Beijing was originally named Yong'anwanshou Pagoda (Pagoda of Lasting Peace and Longevity). Cishou Temple was built in 1576 during the Ming Dynasty by decree of Empress Dowager Li, mother of Emperor Zhuyi. The temple buildings were destroyed during the Qing Dynasty, but the pagoda remains

The Ming tombs located 50 km north of Beijing; the site was chosen by the Yongle Emperor.

The Ming tombs located 50 km north of Beijing; the site was chosen by the Yongle Emperor.

Chinese Architecture / Bamboo building: Tropical loft in the rainforests. The bamboo building of the Dai ethnic group is the stilt style building that takes bamboo as the main construction material. The buildings of this kind are mainly distributed in Yunnan province. The stilt style building is conducive for avoiding insects, snakes and beasts; they are also damp-proof and well ventilated. Besides, the empty room below can be used as a store house or for poultry homes.

Chinese Architecture / Bamboo building: Tropical loft in the rainforests. The bamboo building of the Dai ethnic group is the stilt style building that takes bamboo as the main construction material. The buildings of this kind are mainly distributed in Yunnan province. The stilt style building is conducive for avoiding insects, snakes and beasts; they are also damp-proof and well ventilated. Besides, the empty room below can be used as a store house or for poultry homes.

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