Splendour Beyond The Great Wall Of China – Part III

Asia | | August 8, 2009 at 5:10 am


shanghaiBund, an emblematic quintessence of Shanghai’s past got christened from a deserted beach located outside old Shanghai city. Sauntering through Shanghai is like penetrating a maze of varied world structural design that echo the insight and effort of its developers.

The tree lining walkway of Bund alongside the west bank of the Huang Pu River was in the past the significantly famed street in Asia with key Far East firms having their head offices in the sea- facing buildings. One is enthralled by the plethora of sights on the Bund like the splendid Pudong skyline located on the east and several quaint buildings tracing back to the colonial times. The sights of Bund at night is a feast to all senses with buildings on either side being illuminated, rendering a spectacular sight.

The indubitably novel icon of Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is presently the highest building in Shanghai and Asia with its unique design of sequence of orbs in varied sizes cascade from the sky to the green ground. The TV tower is a great place to enjoy a panoramic view of Shanghai inclusive of views of Snake Mount, Chongmin Island and the intersection of the Yangtze River.

potala palaceOther significant sights include the Dongfeng Restaurant that was the famed congregation location for the British, The No.12 buiding with its steel outline, square shaped structure and Greek styled round top considered as a marvellous building by British designers, the Chicago styled 19-meter high ‘A’ shaped metallic framed Shaxum Mansion, the Customs Building and the oldest hotel – the Peace Hotel amongst several significant sights.

Situated atop the Red Mountain in Lhasa at a height of 3,700 metres, the magnificence and novelty of the Potala Palace is unsurpassed worldwide. Built during the seventh century by Songtsen Gampo it spans 10,000 square meters and was the main dwelling of Dalai Lama who is the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism.  The Potala Palace chiefly is made up of two key sections namely the White Palace and inner placed Red Palace that got their names due to the colour of their outside walls. The Red Palace is used to make offerings and paying homage to the antecedents. Shushengsanjie is the highest location in the Red Palace where the Dalai Lama at one time often offered prayers. A splendid piece of architecture comprising of nearly one thousand rooms with a fine past.

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