Saturday, November 28, 2009

Columns

56 newly erected columns in Tiananmen Square marked the 60th anniversary founding of the People's Republic of China celebrated October 1st of this year.
As you can see, the day I visited was quite overcast.


Each of the 26 ton columns represents an ethnic group living in China and is said to symbolize their unity, harmony and equality.


On the back of each column inscribes the name of each of the ethnic groups.


- Karen

9 comments:

roentarre said...

Wonderful images of china and good to travel with you along the trip!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Gorgeous columns and great shots. That's one thing I loved about China while there last year is that everything they do, display and exhibit has meaning. There is always tradition and culture in everything you experience.

lina said...

the columns really stand out even in the overcast sky. Amazing.

betchai said...

wonderful column photos Karen. they are such amazing structures, wonderful to look at.

rainfield61 said...

When I see Red, I know I am seeing something related to China.

Gorgeous columns.

Alice said...

Huge columns!
Beautiful photos and informative post :)

jam said...

Oh, I got to visit Tiananmen Square in the future!

Jim K said...

They look huge and very colorful. I bet they are impressive up close.

AVCr8teur said...

Thanks everyone for visiting and commenting. The columns were quite impressive and hard to miss due to their bright red & gold colors, but since our tour was on a tight schedule, I didn't get a chance to get up for a closer look. I would've loved to touch them to see how one felt.