I really haven’t had the time (too much work), nor the inclination (it’s getting too bloody cold) to go out and take pictures kaya I’ll just share more of the photos I took in China. I have heaps, remember? 1800 images in 8 days – that’s a record, even for me. So, sorry at puro china photos ang aking lahok sa Litratong Pinoy, it’s just that at the moment, I have no choice.
Ang tema ng LP ngayong linggo ay “Tulay” at nais kong ibahagi ang dalawa sa napakaraming tulay na maaring matagpuan sa Summer Palace sa Beijing. Siguro, sa kalahating araw na inilagi ko dun (paalala sa mga nagbabasa: kulang na kulang ang kalahating araw), mga 6 na tulay o higit pa ang aking nakita at tinawid at ang aking pinaka paborito ay ang Jade Belt Bridge (nasa ibaba) at ang 17-arch bridge (nasa mas baba).
This week’s Litratong Pinoy theme is “Bridges” and I would like to share two of the many bridges that can be seen at the Summer Palace in Beijing. Perhaps, in the half day I spent there (note to readers: half a day is not enough to explore the Summer Palace), I saw and crossed at least 6 bridges and of these bridges my favourite ones were the Jade Belt Bridge (below), and the 17-arch bridge (further down).
The image above is that of the Jade Belt Bridge – named as such because this thin and high bridge was designed to resemble … well … a jade belt. The bridge, made of white and gray marble, was built during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795).
The 17-Arch Bridge was obviously named after its many many arches. Also built during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1750), this bridge, the longest in any Chinese Imperial Garden, links the east bank to the South Lake Island. Its length is 150 meters, and its posts and railings are adorned by 500 lions, all carved from stone. Four stone-carved strange animals stand guard at both ends of the bridge.
Above is another photo of the 17-arch bridge, this time the decorative lions and the strange bridge guardians (as well as the heads of a few tourists) can now be clearly seen. When I went to Datong, my tour guide told me that those were not actually lions, but dragons. She said that according to legend, there were 9 dragon brothers and each one was supposed to guard something specific, and the dragon brother assigned to watch over bridges was the eldest of them all (don’t quote me on this, I have yet to conduct more research to verify its accuracy).
Have a good weekend!