Forbidden City ♦ Beijing, China I went here so long ago. The Chinese had just opened up there country to outsiders and the forbidden city was wide open and not yet protected with lots of ropes and guards. You could basically just walk around in and out of all the rooms. Sit in the thrones, get up close to it all. Amazing. Tough trip though. nothing to buy, and horrible food.
Here’s another Koolhaas, the CCTV Building in Beijing. 2008. I’m pretty sure this is not how it actually looks at night, but it was the clearest picture I could find. What a gorgeous transformation of the basic skyscraper:’)
A display at the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai purports to compare the size of ships used by Zheng He and by Christopher Columbus.(Zheng He - the Chinese Muslim Admiral ) give a clear idea of the relative size of these two ships. Columbus's ship St. Maria was only 85 feet long whilst Zheng He's flag ship was an astonishing 400 feet.
7. The Olympics were your favorite. There was not an event you didn't enjoy watching. The Beijing Olympics were about 2 weeks before you passed away and during the opening ceremonies you were waving your hands to the music. Beijing olympics -2008.jpg