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

Bridge, Chengde Mountain Resort - China

Reflection, Chengde Mountain Resort - China

Reflection, Chengde Mountain Resort - China

Temple Roofs, Chengde - China

Temple Roofs, Chengde - 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.

Foggy Bridge, Wudang Mountains - China

Foggy Bridge, Wudang Mountains - China

Cliff Temple, Wudang Mountains - China

Cliff Temple, Wudang Mountains - China

Lover’s Locks, Wudang Mountains - China

Lover’s Locks, Wudang Mountains - China

Roofs, Wudang Mountains - China

Roofs, Wudang Mountains - China

Winter at Wudang Mountain - China

Winter at Wudang Mountain - China

Purple Cloud Palace, Wudang Mountains - China

Purple Cloud Palace, Wudang Mountains - China

Wudang Mountains Sunrise - China

Wudang Mountains Sunrise - China

The palaces and temples which form the nucleus of this group of secular and religious buildings exemplify the architectural and artistic achievements of China’s Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Situated in the scenic valleys and on the slopes of the Wudang mountains in Hubei Province, the site, which was built as an organized complex during the Ming dynasty (14th–17th centuries), contains Taoist buildings from as early as the 7th century. It represents the highest standards of Chinese art and architecture over a period of nearly 1,000 years.

Buddha Statue - Yungang Grottoes - China

Buddha Statue - Yungang Grottoes - China

Yungang Grottoes - China

Yungang Grottoes - China