A restored section of the Xian City Wall near the main railway station. The blue skies were a pleasant change from the milky white skies of Beijing. Xian is more famous for the Terracotta Warriors. From Wikipedia:
"The fortifications of Xi'an, an ancient capital of China, represent one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. Construction of the first city wall of Chang'an began in 194 BCE and lasted for four years. That wall measured 25.7 km in length, 12-16 m in thickness at the base. The area within the wall was ca. 36 km². The existing wall was started by the Ming Dynasty in 1370. It encircles a much smaller city of 12 km². The wall measures 11.9 km in circumference, 12 m in height, and 15-18 m in thickness at the base."
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snunney (105467) 2007-12-07 0:40
A very good capture of this massive wall stretching into the distance. The people add a nice sense of vitality and bring scale to the scene. Very good colours and clarity.
Gerrit (52283) 2007-12-07 0:46
great POV and perspective. Impressive space. The diagonal wall and the double x are great eyecatches.
siolaw (38292) 2007-12-07 0:56
An impressive piece of architecture with good POV giving strong perspective. Good light control and soft colors looking natural. The people give the scale and show us it is a big thing!
bazal (7900) 2007-12-07 2:07
mpressive piece of civil engeneering that you have captured here. The perspective is very nice and makes the picture extremely dynamic.
Thanks for sharing!
noborders (1010) 2007-12-07 2:21
Even if the wall is new, it is impressive and this wide angle photo is very effective to depict the past grandeur of that city...
TFS, bon "weekend",
PixelTerror (0) 2007-12-07 2:32
Wall perspective on the diagonal is a deep pointer into the depth of the image. Good to see such a nice weather on a China image.
Have a nice WE JY
Gustaw (21670) 2007-12-07 2:32
Hi, my friend!
China, China... I never been in China... I see it must be very interesting lace. Good warm colours, nice composition. Well done.
UnTrained (0) 2007-12-07 3:52
impressing POV presenting us enormous depth and also a good impression of the bridge and its dimensions. Were there gates in former times or are the holes there because of actual traffic reasons?
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
mrcrow (3993) 2007-12-07 4:38
yes!..i remember this but not so huge!
we went into the pagoda at the far end and bought some CD's
the air wasnt so clear as here..it was in april and it seemed smoggy
and a good example of the chinese building epic
carper (96) 2007-12-07 7:36
what a citywall Chris,
imposant wall, well taken and with a nice perspective, interesting note and good photojob, have a nice weekend.
Cormac (26565) 2007-12-07 8:08
I like the really strong angle in this shot, with the bridge running from the upper right to the lower left in a straight line. Great detail too, allowing us to see the texture of the bricks in the wall. Well done!
stego (24132) 2007-12-07 19:13
The wall is truly impressive, specially with you clever POV, that gives the image a lot of depth. Interestingly, that skyscraper on the BG, which is probably an ugly modern construction, looks great compo wise, ending the big diagonal made by the wall. Very nice clarity and colours.
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2007-12-08 0:47
Good angle to showcase the massive walls of this bridge and its length ... inclusion of the people also adds scale of dimension. Well captured and composed. Well done! tfs
jhm (158854) 2007-12-08 1:26
The perspective is very nice and makes the picture extremely dynamic, with the bridge running from the upper right to the lower left in a straight line.
A very good capture of this massive wall make this picture very specially.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend,
danyy (0) 2007-12-09 14:27
Les chinois ne sont vraiment pas en reste avec les grandes constructions. Après la grande Muraille, voici encore une oeuvre très spectaculaire, que ta photo, pas la perspective qu'elle donne, met encore plus en valeur.
macondo (19804) 2007-12-12 2:39
I was just looking at your recent thumbnails when I saw this one. Only this morning I was chatting to the Chinese couple who do the cleaning, and asked them which part of China they came from. Xian city, of course. They told me a little about it (including the terracotta warriors) and I said I could find photos of it on Trekearth. Well, I had forgotten to look, but yours turned up anyway!
In this shot, I like the wide angle view and the strong perspective. The inclusion of the red characters on the right is a highlight, drawing the eye back from the vanishing point. I wonder how much of this bit of the wall is original; it certainly doesn't look anywhere near 600 years old.