Saturday, April 19, 2008
Due to what is happening in China and of the Chinese, I came across this image from Cute Hisotry. Olympics turns to Olympolitics, and now Patriotertainment. Where is the splendid? There is also another counterpart of Splendid China in the same city Shenzhen, the Window of the World.
"Splendid China (Chinese: 锦绣中华, Pinyin: Jinxiu Zhonghua) is a comprehensive miniature park reflecting the history, culture, art, ancient architecture, and customs and habits of various nationalities in China. It is one of the world's largest scenery parks in the amount of scenarios reproduced. The park is developed and managed by the major travel and tourist corporation, China Travel Services.
Over 100 major tourist attractions have been miniaturized and laid out according to the map of China. Most attractions have been reduced on a scale of 1:15. It is divided into Scenic Spot Area and Comprehensive Service Area. The entire park covers 30 hectares.
There are cars and trains to transport visitors around the park, making it possible to visit the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Temple of heaven, Three Gorges Dam, Potala Palace and the Terracotta Army in one day.
The park also hosts several shows depicting various events in Chinese History (e.g. a horse riding show depicting a battle led by Genghis Khan), Chinese Cultural Show, etc. Some of the shows are only performed on weekends.
A Splendid China was also built in Orlando, Florida in 1993. It featured similar models of The Great Wall of China, Terra Cotta Warriors, The Forbidden City and Potala Palace. The park closed in 2003."
[image via cute history]
Sunday, April 6, 2008
[images via 163 & xinhuanet]
The lights on the plaza around the Bird's Nest, Beijing Olympics Stadium, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, are like mini Nests. According to Xinhua Net, they are amazingly showing up and corresponding to the big Nest. But the material of all the small Nests is just showing the exterior appearance of the imitation of the big one, and the section of the small lamps are with the same proportion as the big one. I am interested in who is the architect or landscape architect of all these mini nestles, and I don't think they are designed by H&deM.
It reminds me Galileo's discussion in his final treatise Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences (Discorsi e dimostrazioni matematiche, intorno a due nuove scienze, 1638).
from Galileo Galilei, Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences (The Discourses and Mathematical Demonstrations Relating to Two New Sciences, Discorsi e dimostrazioni matematiche, intorno à due nuove scienze, 1638)