Sigiriya, City on a Rock - Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, City on a Rock - Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, Frescoes - Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, Frescoes - Sri Lanka

Sigiriya,Lion Mountain - Sri Lanka

Sigiriya,Lion Mountain - Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Terraces - Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Terraces - Sri Lanka

Sigiriya - Sri Lanka

Sigiriya - Sri Lanka

The ruins of the capital built by the parricidal King Kassapa I (477–95) lie on the steep slopes and at the summit of a granite peak standing some 370 m high (the ‘Lion’s Rock’, which dominates the jungle from all sides). A series of galleries and staircases emerging from the mouth of a gigantic lion constructed of bricks and plaster provide access to the site.

Old Town Lijiang - China
Bridge, Chengde Mountain Resort - China

Bridge, Chengde Mountain Resort - China

The Mountain Resort (the Qing dynasty’s summer palace), in Hebei Province, was built between 1703 and 1792. It is a vast complex of palaces and administrative and ceremonial buildings. Temples of various architectural styles and imperial gardens blend harmoniously into a landscape of lakes, pastureland and forests. In addition to its aesthetic interest, the Mountain Resort is a rare historic vestige of the final development of feudal society in China.

Tower and Statue, Ayutthaya - Thailand

Tower and Statue, Ayutthaya - Thailand

Reclining Buddha, Ayutthaya - Thailand

Reclining Buddha, Ayutthaya - Thailand

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet at night, Ayutthaya - Thailand

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet at night, Ayutthaya - Thailand

Tree Buddha, Ayutthaya - Thailand

Tree Buddha, Ayutthaya - Thailand

Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya - Thailand

Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya - Thailand

Founded c. 1350, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. It was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. Its remains, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendour.