Isla de las Munecas. The trees of this island near Mexico City are strung with hundreds of dolls. The island’s only inhabitant, Don Julian Santana, discovered the body of a girl in one of its canals more than 50 years ago. He found a doll floating in the same water and, in tribute, hung it on a tree—the first of thousands he would string up until 2001, when he drowned in the same canal. Some believe the dolls, are evil; others believe they safeguard the island.
The Nine Dragon Screen, The Forbidden City, Beijing.The Nine Dragon Screen, or Wall, was built to provide privacy by blocking the view through the Gate of Imperial Supremacy (Huangji men) into the Palace of Tranquil Longevity (Ningshou gong). The screen is 96.5 feet long and 11.5 feet tall (6 meters high and 31 meters long). Such walls also denied access to evil spirits, which must travel in straight lines.