Giant Incense Burner MG_2326

Bronze Lion in front of Imperial Palace and other government buildings are common representation of strength as they were believed to have powerful protective benefits. The male in this photo with his paw upon a ball depicts supremacy over the world and the female, not photographed here, but at a different venue, restraining a cub on his back represents nurture.

Chinese Garden Lion- Forbidden City, Beijing MG_2310

This large Copper Bowl was used to fill up with water for conservation and other usage.

Copper Bowl- Forbidden City, Beijing MG_2342

Giant Incense Burner

Giant Incense Burner Forbidden City, Beijing MG_2326

Sundial used in Pre-modern China to tell the time by measuring the shadow cast by the sun.

Sundial- Forbidden City, Beijing MG_2332

Monument to the People’s Heroes, Tiananmen Square Beijing

The Monument to the People’s Heroes is a ten-story obelisk that was erected as a national monument of the People’s Republic of China to the martyrs of revolutionary struggle during the 19th and 20th centuries. It is located in the southern part of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, to the north of Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.

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Light Fixture, Tiananmen Square Beijing

The square is normally open to the public, but remains under heavy security. Before entry, visitors and their belongings are searched, a common practice at many Chinese tourist sites, although the square is somewhat unique in that domestic visitors often have their identification documents checked and the purpose of their visit questioned. Both plain-clothes and uniformed police officers patrol the area. There are numerous fire extinguishers and security cameras (more obvious in the past)placed in the area to put out flames should a protester attempts self-immolation.

Light Fixture, Tiananmen Square Beijing

Traditional Costa Rican Ox Cart

La Carreta, “The oxcart” in English, was designated National Labor Symbol on March 22nd, 1988. During the nineteenth century, with extensive coffee plantations around the country, it was necessary to have a vehicle that could actually pass through muddy places, beaches, hills, curves, rocky mountains and deep small rivers. That’s when this rustic, wooden, strong cart was created.

Traditional Costa Rican Ox Cart