Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in Xian

The pagoda was built in 652 in the Tang Dynasty.

Additional stories were added on later but the pagoda suffered from a massive earthquake in 1556, reducing the number of stories to the present  seven.

It must be one of the tallest structures in the world when it was first built.

An engineering feat and achievement at its time.

Like the Pisa tower, it is leaning slightly to one side, although not as noticeable.

The Impressions of Autumn (16)

Two years ago, I have a series known as The Impressions of Autumn.

I don’t think I have showcased all the photos.

This is a continuation of the series.15252516_1515478315135970_2205992313512337280_o

The picture was taken in a temple on the Eastern side of Kyoto during Autumn.

The pagoda rises gracefully above the color foliage.

The picture was taken by my classmate YM Chan to which credit is due.

Autumn was everywhere.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette (Hangzhou, China)

In the last two times I visited West Lake (Hangzhou), it was deep Autumn and rainy.

So, my pictures all have a very bluish tint and didn’t look too interesting.4290189150_20965bd575_o

Here is a photo supplied by my friend CP Chan, showing the silhouette of a pagoda, in the water.

This image illustrates Hangzhou at its best, when everything seems to be an impression, rather than real.