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Guangzhou, China 

It is an incredible city in the south of China with ca. 11.1 million inhabitants. You could spend several days just with exploring all the buildings and their architecture. 

Already in ancient times, around the 9th century, the territory was populated.

For a long time, Guangzhou was the starting point of the Silk Road on the sea.

Today you can find more than 30 public museums, an opera designed by Zaha Hadid, and several skyscrapers. 

 

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Olimpic Bejing, China 

For the Olympic Games in 2008 Beijing used a huge area and many famous architects designed their buildings. The icon of Beijings´olympic area is the Birds nest, designed by Herzog and de Meuron. It is a very successful architecture office from Switzerland.  

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Bejing, Forbidden City, China 

The Forbidden City was until the Revolution in 1911 the imperial palace for the Chinese emperor, the Ming and Qing dynasties. For the common people it was forbidden to enter.

It is a masterpiece of Chinese architecture and since 1987 on the list of UNESCO heritages.

The layout is almost a square and is a symbol for the yin- and- yang principle. The buildings of the Forbidden City were the highest in Beijing and it was forbidden to build higher than the palace of the emperor.

The Square of Heavenly Peace is the largest square on earth with an area of 39.6 ha. Since 1911 it is a public square and was used for several demonstrations. The most famous demonstration was at the 4th July of 1989 where many people were killed by the military.

 

Bejing Skyscrapers, China

 

Even if you are not interested in architecture, many of you will know the CCTV building from OMA. In its neighborhood, you´ll find the Yintai Centre Towers, .........

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Lijiang, China 

This (for china small) city is located at the foot of the Himalaya close to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and it is very famous for its old town and the very old houses, which were built in the traditional Chinese style.

This architecture is a heritage from the Naxi dynasty and it is perfectly adapted to the conditions of this region. After a very large earthquake in 1996, where many people died and many buildings of the new town were destroyed, the old town remained, like nothing has happened.

 

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Zhuhai, China 

This city was my first impression, when I arrived for the first time in china. It is located in the south of china next to Macau and close to Hong Kong. There live about 1.6 million people and it developed into an economy and tourism location. From Zhuhai you´ve got a great view over all the skyscrapers of the Casino city of Macau.

 

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Armenia

This country between Turkey and Iran is located at the foot of the mountain Ararat. About half an hour away from the capital Jerewan the Temple Garni was cunstructed on a hill. The building of basalt and wood was constructed around 115 A.D. in the roman style. The convent Geghard was built in the 4th century A.D. into a rock and has fantastic spaces with a great acoustic. Also in modern times this country has amazing examples of architecture.

Hong Kong Mainland, Hong Kong

This fascinating chinese city which is so different to china has a unique atmosphere and charme. The mainland is well known for the grey facades because of all the air pollution and the photogene patterns of airconditionings at every window, all the advertising in lightning chinese symbols and the perfect view over the skyline of Hong Kong Island.

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Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

This island is full of banks, financial services and great office buildings. From the Victoria Peak you have the perfect view over the centre and the mainland. The most important High Rise buildings are the Bank of China by I.M. Pei, the Lippo Centre, the Shanghai Bank by Norman Foster and the International Commerce Centre is the highest building in Hong Kong.

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