Pavilion of Prince Teng and the Roof

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While in Nanchang, we have the chance of visiting the Pavilion of Prince Teng.

We were fascinated by the architecture, the art and the calligraphy writings for the pavilion.DSCF1183

What I found most interesting was the roof.DSCF1159

It was multi-colored, circular and adorned by lanterns.DSCF1186

Here are a few pictures showing the pavilion itself and the roof at different angles.

While the original building was not the original one, I was pleased thast in fact it reflects the architecture of the time.DSCF1188

According to Wikipedia:

The Pavilion of Prince Teng (滕王閣) or Tengwang Pavilion is a building in the north west of the city of Nanchang, in JiangXi province, China, on the east bank of the Gan River and is one of the Three Great Towers of southern China.

The other two are the Yueyang Tower and the Yellow Crane Pavilion. It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times over its history. The present building was rebuilt in 1989 on the original site. The rebuilding plan was devised by the famous architect Liang Sicheng,and now the Pavilion of Prince Teng is the landmark of Nanchang. There are nine floors in total. The main architectural structure is in Song dynasty wooden style, showing the magnificence of the Pavilion.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular (Baltic)

This weeks’ WPC Challenge of the Daily Post is Angular.

This photo was taken in the Baltic, possibly in the city of Riga.DSC_0192A

It is angular not matter how you look at it – angular roofs and window apexes.

I like the color and composition too.

Please enjoy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top ( of Roofs)

Still fascinated by what I saw on roof tops, be it in the West or in the East.

Time is running out for this week’s WPC challenge, but at least, I would like to share the follow examples.CIMG2799

Lions and dragons stand at the top of Chinese style pagoda roof in Xian Shan garden in Beijing.DSCF6306

A ship juts out from the top of the building in Chong Qing, overlooking the Yangtze River, with a mix of old and new underneath – old houses with tiles, contemporary bridge across the river and further away, high rises.

Statues and stained glass on top of churches in Dubrovnik.DSCF0767


A black cat on top of the conical roof in the Baltics.DSC_0194

Are they just fascinating?


A Word A Week: Roof

The Word this week is Roof.

I like viewing  large areas extensively covered by roofs of uniform color and style:

Terracotta roofs in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Bright color roofs everywhere, as far as your eyes can see. DSCF0832


Roofs and spire at Tallinn, Baltic.Baltic Capitals  15-Aug-09 018

Light color tiled roofs in Yunnan, China.DSC_0159

More roofs on a closer look in Yunnan, China.DSC_0044

I also like looking at individual roofs with different styles and architecture:

Unforgettable union dome-shaped roofs to church in Tallinn, Estonia.Baltic Capitals  15-Aug-09 015

Stepped roofs in the Baltic.DSC_0055

Roof at LiJiang, Yunnan.DSC_0154

Distinctively styled roofs at FengHuang, China.DSC_0002

Tiled temple roof at HongLuo Temple near Beijing, China.CIMG2570

Roof at Shirakawa-go, Japan. These are thatched roofs with an A frame structure so that heavy snow would not accumulate on them.DSC_0174

Roof to an ancient palace in Okinawa, Japan.DSC_0054

Roofs to yurts in Inner Mongolia, China.DSCF2282

Roof of Genghis Khan’s mausoleum at Inner Mongolian; a mix of dome and tiled Chinese roof.DSCF2294

Roofs to temples at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.DSC_0105

Multi-tiered dooms in Istanbul, Turkey.CIMG0448

Aren’t roofs fascinating ?

Orange Thursday (1)

Thai’s Thursday is Orange.

If I have to assign the orange color to one of my more recent trips, it has to be Dubrovnik in Croatia.

While standing on top of the Dubrovnik wall and overlooking to the seaside, we found two seas. Near to us was a sea of bright orange-colored roofs, some of which were reconstructed after the war of 1991. DSCF0846

Beyond the sea of orange roofs, we have the blue Adriatic sea which never failed to entice us. The green island yonder was where Richard the Lion Heart landed and later took residence.

A trip to the mountain behind the city further confirms that the city is an orange city even from  a high altitude!