The color and patterns in the Forbidden City and garden next to it were so amazing I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the details. Look at the straightness of the lines and the perfect symmetry of the pattern. They didn’t use tape to keep these lines straight – this was all done with a free hand.
The one bummer about looking at the pictures a week after the fact is that I’m not totally sure which way is up in this photo – so I don’t know if it’s on it’s side or as it should be. No matter – gorgeous pattern, isn’t it?
When you see these colors in a Chinese restaurant, it looks kitsch. When you see it in person in the Forbidden City – you are in absolute awe.
I’m keeping the descriptions to a minimum on this post – the pictures speak for themselves. All of the above photos are from the Forbidden City in Beijing and the garden across the street from it (which is also part of the city, I think – but you have to pay seperately to enter.)
This was the wall of a Temple (Buddhist) in Shanghai.
Stunning, stunning prayer thingies in the temple. The color, the embroidery – wow. I think I’m now in love with cobalt blue and orange.
Note that I don’t know a thing about the religion (I don’t really do religion to be honest), nor do I know the architectural history of it. I’m looking purely at pattern, color, texture. The mix of it all. It may be the lazy ignorant way – but it works for me. I don’t think one has to know all of the history of something to appreciate the beauty or significance of it.
And because I always love to save the weirdest for last – the 70’s grandma bathing cap. This massive (several stories high) bouquet of flowers is somewhere off the freeway in Shanghai. I have no idea what it’s there for or what purpose it serves, but I loved it.
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