About the aim of building this street, there is an interesting story. One day during the Emperor Qianlong's visit to Suzhou, he dressed up as a pilgrim and came to a Buddhist nunnery where he met a beautiful nun. Deeply attracted by her charming beauty, the emperor wanted to take her back to his palace. But it would break the Buddhist regulations to publicly choose a nun as a concubine. After came back to Beijing, the Emperor finally got a good way to solve this headache problem. He ordered to build a "Quanzong Temple" for the nun. The place was secluded with a beautiful view. Every time when Qianlong visited the temple, it served as his temporary palace and that beautiful nun was his favorite concubine.
One day, as usual, Qianlong came to Quanzong Temple, but he was told that the beauty was sick. "What's wrong with you?" he asked her with deep concern. "Nothing's wrong. It has been several years since I left home, and I'm homesick now. I want to go back to have a see." the beauty answered with tears in her eyes. "It's very easy. I'll come with you to Suzhou in half a year."
Suzhou Market StreetHalf a year later, the Emperor came to the temple and asked the beauty to go to Suzhou with him. Incredulously, the beauty got in the carriage. But an hour later, the carriage stopped suddenly. One maiden asked her to get off, "Here it is Suzhou". "It is impossible. How could we get to Suzhou in one hour?" the beauty poked her head out. She could hardly believe the sight before her eyes. A little river wound through the middle of the street. Along the two sides of the street, there were many shops selling the goods from Suzhou. The passers-by and shop owners all spoke Suzhou dialect. The whole scene before her eyes made her feel staying in Suzhou.
It turned out that the Emperor ordered to build a commercial street near Quanzong Temple. Also, a large number of merchants and shops were moved here to add more Suzhou's flavor. From then on, Emperor Qianlong could often take the beautiful nun here to admire the charming Suzhou view. And because of this, the street has become known as Suzhou Market Street.
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jurek1951 (42198) 2014-01-08 10:08
piekny fragmet egzotycznego dla nas regionu,pieknie prezetuje sie ta wodna dorozka,ciekawa architektura mostu,pozdrawiam
siudzi (34141) 2014-01-08 11:20
Super wypatrzona oraz skomponowana scena pełna interesujących detali. Na szczególną uwagę zasługuje most oraz jego odbicie w wodzie fantastycznie zrealizowane. Brawo!
chrislo (4097) 2014-01-08 12:28
A nicely composed shot with beautiful colours and lots of detail to be seen. I like the reflection of the bridge in the peaceful water combined with the lovely play of light and shadow. The boats are inviting, it makes you want to climb in and have a boat ride on the river. I really enjoyed the story of the Emperor and the nun. Very good work.
carlo62 (55660) 2014-01-08 16:02
una foto che ne vale due, a destra il ponte e il suo riflesso, quasi un b&w naturale, mentre a sinistra la parte molto colorata.
Ottima composizione, un bel contrasto di soggetti e colori.
emka (107671) 2014-01-08 23:46
Jak ja lubie takie chińskie mosty! Fajne zdjecie, tyle sie tu dzieje, most, odbicia, łódki, super.
dkmurphys (65112) 2014-01-09 0:08
Very attractive composition of colors and traditional elements. I like the result very much. Well done.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-01-09 0:08
troche inne ujecie niz poprzednio,ale i tutaj mozemy wyraznie poczuc magie tego miejsca.
Mozna odniesc wrazenie jakbysmy byli w azjatyckim odpowiedniku Wenecji.
Podoba mi sie twoj kadr oraz te odbicia w wodzie-teorza fajny klimat ujecia.
Noel_Byrne (33714) 2014-01-09 1:02
That is a fantastic story and note, and makes me develop and even greater appreciation for this place. So many places we see were built as places of war or commerce, so it is touching to read of a place built from devotion and love as you detail so well in this. And I can understand why this nun was happy to stay, this is a beautiful place and one you have given me a new found appreciation and knowledge of. The narrow streets running alongside the river, the boats stopped at the indentations in the walls, the bridge with its excellent reflection, and the wonderful light and colors. All combined into a fascinating image to portray your story. Beautiful work, thanks for sharing.
All the best
holmertz (59740) 2014-01-09 2:08
Another very nice composition.The elegantly curving bridge is very beautifully reflected in the water, whereas in the left part of the photo there is an abundance of mild colours. This has become like a combination of two photos, quite different in character but matching each other very well.
mesutilgim (97712) 2014-01-09 2:21
Another topclass capture from Beijing with amazing mirroring effect.
Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job. Nice framed.
TFS and best regards
danos (103212) 2014-01-09 2:44
very nice the view as the presentation of this street at Suzhou with one of the 104 bridges to can be seen on the backdrop of the scene.
The yellow boat as the hanging clothes completes perfect the whole scenery.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-09 3:05
I really like this. It is such a well chosen POV with a tantalising feel about it. Wonderful colours and light with so much to look at, and a real sense of the tranquillity and beauty of this place. Exquisite!
cornejo (47242) 2014-01-09 4:26
Hi Kamila, excellent photograph of this interesting composition, very well captured in this interesting and beautiful image, very good sharpness and quality. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy rest of the week.
All the best from southern Spain.
Nicou (151958) 2014-01-09 5:23
fantastique captage de ce pont avec les reflets quelle vue et iamge et ce tissus de couleurs à gauche quelle vue quels reflet et formes sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
abmdsudi (58218) 2014-01-09 5:51
Good composition with the extra touches bringing out those lovely colours alive, equally stunning is the bright water reflection which complements the shot so superbly The stone bridge stretches the depth while the boat adds perspective and, again you have timely shot this when the light quality is at its premium. Brilliant capture and tfs
Oceania (5202) 2014-01-09 7:12
This picture is perfectly composed. The gorgeous shaped stone bridge and its reflection is amazing. Luckily, you didn't hit by recent smog in Beijing. The image is very clear and sharp.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-09 8:43
un'altra pagina del tuo albumn dedicato alla Cina con una foto che dettaglia in misura maggiore della precedente un angolo caratteristico di Pechino, sempre ripreso con eccellente nitidezza e colori molto gradevoli inseriti in una composizione ben fatta.
Ciao e buona serata
williewhistler (16496) 2014-01-09 13:28
such a lovely note to accompany this thoughtfully composed photograph with the brightly coloured FG nicely counterbalanced by the very attractive bridge and its reflections.
So oriental,so lovely.
Kind regards Les.
divail (8334) 2014-01-09 19:03
C'est une très belle composition, colorée, et bien balancée. Le pont avec son reflet sont vraiment magnifiques.
fabbs99 (17179) 2014-01-09 21:57
Fascinating composition of the Suzhou Street and the canal.Great POV and good composition.Excellent composition,good presentation too. Very well done, TFS.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-01-10 2:56
what a view. I like the composition. I like how you got the reflection. Very good colours and apt light. Excellent one. Tfs.
ikeharel (79099) 2014-01-10 7:35
fabulous photo on a very intriguing corner along the river. Perferct "eye-glasses" reflection of the bridge, and beautiful surrounding in vivid colors - all culminate to a wonderful scene.
Superb picture, fine technical details.
claudeD (41844) 2014-01-10 9:04
wow! what an excellent contribution to TE. Perfect clarity, colors and sharpness. Really a wonderful reflection shot.I like the view very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Fis2 (107346) 2014-01-10 9:38
Ciekawe miejsce, piekny most.
Znakomita kompozycja z odbiciem.
Cricri (126666) 2014-01-10 9:56
Un autre POV, superbe avec l'effet de miroir du pont, les détails et les couleurs, magnifique présentation
dta (82914) 2014-01-10 10:02
Hello KAmila ,
What and beautiful composition ! Rich in colors and elements , each of them at the right place . The left half part and the right one could have done great pictures , too .
photoray (13981) 2014-01-10 14:09
Eye catching river front scene, anchored guide boats, block docks, flowing fabrics, and the classical arched bridge mirrored perfectly. And a bonus with your story of the love-struck emperor.
Have an excellent weekend,
jcpix (13950) 2014-01-10 19:40
What a wonderful story to accompany this image, a real lesson in true love I suppose that one would go to those lengths. :) This is an irresistible photo, the reflection just leaps off the screen, but it's the many smaller and colorful details that have captured my imagination. There are so many neat little aspects here, and even without any human presence it feels lively...and yet also quite serene. A well planned and conscious composition with a note to enhance the entire setting. Simply beautiful! Enjoy your weekend. Take care.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-01-11 9:52
Very nice capture of this scene but where are the people? I can only see a few on the bridge. Good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
mkamionka (40079) 2014-01-11 13:35
wspaniala kompozycja. Swietnie wykorzystalas odbicie zeby podwoic most to zaowocowalo bardzo przyjemna geometria. Wszystko starannie przemyslane. Ladna lodeczka na pierwszym planie. Bardzo atrakcyjna fotografia.
Silvio1953 (154001) 2014-01-12 13:01
Ciao Kamila, great view of lovely street, fascinating reflections, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
sandpiper (6788) 2014-01-13 1:54
Great story, great reflection, really good composition, a lot of nice details to look at and admire.
adidas5nb (5743) 2014-01-15 4:13
thats a fantastic shot showing us so many elements of the oriental.i really like the fact that the pic doesnt actually pivot on any 1 particular object,but seems like a collage.very nicely thought out and framed.
Angshu (56760) 2014-01-19 22:55
A beautiful view of the street taken from a POV from the shore with the hanging clothes & yet the eye gets dragged to the lovely bridge in the BG, the paddle boats and the neat reflections in the wtaer. A fine note to boot
COSTANTINO (70166) 2014-01-20 7:17
shot with originality and beautiful details
very well composed your notes are very
useful and about the aim of building
the street I liked the intersting story
thanks for sharing with us such a photo
have a nice evening
ourania (51103) 2014-01-20 13:13
a beautiful picture that describes a fine and exotic setting in an original way. I like very much this rich and well balanced composition in which the characteristics of the setting have been used skillfully to a graphical effect. Observation is pleasant and rewarding and it's easy to get carried away by the serene and lovely morning atmosphere. I enjoy very much the reflections and the view under the bridge, the colours are superb. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,
adramad (49946) 2014-01-21 8:25
A fabulous image of this city to be amazing ... POV with a sensational part of the bridge and its reflections, colorful hangings and these typical boats, they put a special touch of oriental charm.
Very good brightness and sharpness, with beautiful colors, in beautiful soft tones ..
Well done. I Like
Have a good evening.
tatadalou (7459) 2014-01-22 11:57
This place looks so peaceful ! Interesting framing, the pieces of fabric on the left part add some colours and joy.
Special thanks for telling us this nice story in your note.
Thanfs for sharing,
- Copyright: Kamila Zadora (Kamilutka) (8107)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-11-21
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): China [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-08 9:39