Thursday, May 11, 2006
The Summer Palaces of tdaxp and PRC
Coming Anarchy covered my journey to Tiananmen and the surrounding neighborhood. The next days travel was more humble: the Imperial Summer Palace. Signs throughout the palace discuss how nearly every building was burnt by the Anglo-French Allied Forces in 1860, and rebuilt shortly afterwards. No reference to what prompted the intervention. In posters for later on, the Boxer Terrorists are described as a "Reform Movement."
On another blog, Bob shares his pictures and notes that one could walk for two days and not see everything. That's definitely true.
And now, without further ado, beginning with the drive...
A Lot of Buses (Near the Imperial Summer Palace)
Even More Buses (Nearer the Summer Palace)
Ruins (The Non-Cool Kind) Immediately Outside the Summer Palace
Dragon and Babies
The Old and the Ancient
Watching an Opera
An Almost Empty Courtyard (There's Lots of These)
There Are Many Chinese People
Utility v. Aesthetics
A Lake, Some Boats, A Bridge, An Island
Across the Lake
Another Imposing Palatial Building
Arches, but not McDonald's
Marching Across the Bridge to the Island
A Cow Enjoys the View. A Statue of a Farm Animal is Also Visible.
Boats were Available for a Reasonable Fee
Framing that would make the AMDB Proud
YAIP (Yet An Another Imposing Palatial Building)
The Thing About Chinese: There's A Lot of Them
"Maybe the Boxer Reformers were just scared and had no other choice. Maybe that makes them more of a political group than violent murderer."
Posted by: Catholicgauze | Friday, May 12, 2006
For our readers, Catholicgauze's comment is a reference to perhaps the most idiotic statement we have ever heard. During an impromptu lecture about a group of Armenian terrorists who took over the Ottoman central bank and proceeding to kill hostages, that phrase was uttered.
Of course, in the same setting we heard about (hypothetical) concentration camps at Ellsworth AFB...
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Friday, May 12, 2006