This is a detail of the facade of the gigantic Temple of Sumeru, Happiness and Longevity in Chengde.
Chengde is the imperial city in the hills of the northern Hebei. This is where the first Qing dynasty emperors (who came from the north) went to escape the heat of summer in Beijing.
Here the emperors created a more relaxed version of the Forbidden City, with scenic spots for literature and meditation, lakes to go boating and - perhaps more important - lots of hunting grounds.
Surrounding the walled summer retreat are eight politically inspired temples. These impressive buildings were built for diplomatic rather than spiritual reasons, often to host visiting dignitairies.
The Sumeru temple was built in honour of the sixth Panchen Lama who stayed here in 1781 and incorporates elements of Tibetan and Chinese architecture, being an imitation of a temple in Shigatse.
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ruisc_pt (11090) 2008-02-26 7:58
Fantastic shadows and colors with a stunning fenestration.
Well done Benny
mimagica (645) 2008-02-26 8:05
this detail is very nice, the colors also.
Really one good shot.
smarcell (19965) 2008-02-26 8:17
Simple but very clean picture, and the result is very eye catching.
I like you cared about the symmetry of the windows.
Paolo (41230) 2008-02-26 8:23
Hi Benny, amazing image, with excellent quality, colours, light and note too.
and the title was also the name of a fantastic band of the end of the 80's!
chiaretta (2414) 2008-02-26 8:24
really a nice shot!
Good graphic effect, vivid colors... charming symmetry!
Catspjm (153) 2008-02-26 8:43
Stunning pic! Absolutely love it. Very simple and effective, yet tecnically excellent.
Isa-M (4026) 2008-02-26 9:55
very good composition and photo colour :)
Simple photo but interesting !
I like it !
Good shot ! :)
wawa (692) 2008-02-26 10:28
I like the symmetry in your shot. Your photo makes me want to discover the place. Inlaws live near there but I have never taken time to visit Chengde. TFS
Waylim (25436) 2008-02-28 20:07
This is a beautiful photo of the temple wall. Wonderful natural colors you captured, excellent clarity and sharpness. I like your original version than the workshop. It looks fake with too much saturation. Yes, a little to bright it up is great, but too many people on this site make that mistake in my opinion. Very good and informative note. Thank for keeping it real.
jasmis (58489) 2008-03-06 3:02
Superb patterns of windows. Fine red wall.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-11-17 12:02
What a superb picture. Love those windows with nice management of light and shade. Like the colors , sharpness and details.
serp2000 (45856) 2013-04-16 3:15
Good contribution to the windows theme. It reminds me photo of the roofs from Shanghai. Excellent capture, good crop, fine details of the elements.
China is just a Klondike for every photographer )))
Greetings from Russia!
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-04-18 21:49
i really like the graphism in the pic.love the colors and the shadows...
- Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) (20483)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-07-25
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D40
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: China 2007
- Theme(s): RED color [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-02-26 7:55