A beautiful handcrafted
Chinese butterfly kite
Temple of Heaven
The Great Wall of China
Chinese ceramic handicafts
Owners bring their birds
A Brief Pictorial of China
Take a look at the beauty that awaits you in China. It may inspire you to join the China Study Group!
The Little Goose Pagoda on the grounds of the Jianfu Temple is called that because it is smaller, although it has more stories. It was completed in 709 A.D. when Buddhism was firmly established in China. The influence of Buddhism was so strong that Daoism, based on the teaching of Lao Zi, gradually adopted many of their rituals to maintain popularity among the people. We were told that the Little Goose Pagoda had lost several stories during an earthquake in the 1500's. It is difficult to tell, it looks complete. It is more delicate looking than the Big Goose with finer detailing in the brickwork. It, like the Big Goose Pagoda, housed Buddhist manuscripts and is a part of a temple complex and monastery.
Chinese silk embroidery, a small rug such as this one can take over a year to make. The skill and speed of the embroidery needle is something you have to see to believe. These skills are only a small part of the economy.
Tim Sum - Steamed Chinese meat dumplings
Intricate Chinese Carvings
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