Mutianyu - Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is comprised of many different sections reconstructed over many years. Mùtiányù 慕田峪 is a section of the Great Wall of China located in Huairou County 70 km northeast of central Beijing. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is connected with Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi in the east. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs.
First built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi, Mutianyu Great Wall is older than the Badaling section of the Great Wall. In the Ming dynasty, under the supervision of General Xu Da, construction of the present wall began on the foundation of the wall of Northern Qi. In 1404, a pass was built in the wall. In 1569, the Mutianyu Great Wall was rebuilt and till today most parts of it are well preserved. The Mutianyu Great Wall has the largest construction scale and best quality among all sections of Great Wall.
Built mainly with granite, the wall is 7–8.5 metres high and the top is 4–5 metres wide. Compared with other sections of Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall possesses unique characteristics in its construction. Mutianyu has 22 watchtowers on this 2,250-metre-long stretch. Both the outer and inner parapets are crenelated with merlons, so that shots could be fired at the enemy on both sides - a feature very rare on other parts of the Great Wall.
'Forbidden Details' Photo Exhibit by Antonio Lastoria
Finally made our way to Beijing today after a rather unadventurous journey. Red eye flights always make me a bit dazed afterwards since I rarely sleep on the plane. I usually combat the boredom by watching 5 to 6 films. It sounds like torture to most people but it works great for me. It sure beats listening to crying kids and snoring adults.
Checked into a nice hutong boutique hotel in an interesting residential neighbourhood. Lots of genuine bustling local scenes. The stone right outside our room dated back from the 16th century. Things like that usually make me pause and appreciate life just a bit more. So I snapped the image above with a 2-second exposure. It looks pretty tranquil in this busy town of over 12 million.
f11project is proud to present 'Forbidden Details' by Antonio Lastoria at The Rivoli Lounge.
September 1st - November 9th, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: September 5th, 2013. 7 - 10 PM.
Business travel has been a fact of life for Antonio Lastoria during which he has experienced Asia on several occasions. After his first few trips with no visual record of theses 24,000 km journeys, he decided, whenever feasible, to photographically study some element of these exotic lands. In 2012, he visited the Forbidden City in Beijing, China.
In 1406, over one million workers including one hundred thousand artisans toiled fourteen years to construct what is known as the Forbidden City. They worked with a variety of materials such as wood, clay, marble, bronze and other precious materials to construct the Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Over 980 buildings are abundant with evidence of intricate workmanship, skill, dedication and attention to detail in this architectural marvel. This exhibit’s focal point is the craftsmanship of these individuals concentrating on their artistry and creativity in every aspect of the architecture.
A Slice of China: Leisure
Located 7 kilometres north of Dunhuang city, Mingsha Shan (Echoing-Sand Mountain) is part of the Gobi Desert region with an area spanning 200 square kilometres. The highest peak is 1715 metres above sea level. Mingsha Shan gets its name from the singing sound of people treading or slide on the surface of the sand. The sand mountains are formed by drifting dunes and the sands have five different colors of red, yellow, green, white and black.
There are various theories about the singing sand mechanism. It has been proposed that the sound frequency is controlled by the shear rate. Others have suggested that the frequency of vibration is related to the thickness of the dry surface layer of sand. The sound waves bounce back and forth between the surface of the dune and the surface of the moist layer, creating a resonance that increases the sound’s volume. The noise may be generated by friction between the grains or by the compression of air between them. (Wiki)
It is not uncommon to see an entire neighbourhood in modern day Chinese cities and villages torn down to make way for new urban developments. Once an old historic neighbourhood with ancestral homes can vanish in the blink of an eye in the name of progress.
For some residents, this might be welcoming news provided they do get benefits out of the upheaval. Unfortunately more often than not, the common people which the state is suppose to look after are not getting what they deserve. A lot of them asked the same question: Is this the price of progress?
Concentration: Chess game observer.
Sign: No dangerous goods allowed onboard.
24-hour westbound train to Dunhuang, China.
A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.