China 2012 - Unsorted - vkelim
20120513_1127_0270 one of the original bridges at 圆明园, '残桥 canqiao' (ruined bridge)

"In its heyday YuanMingYuan had nearly 200 bridges. This bridge was a stone arch and bridge over a stream outside the west palace gate of Fuchun Hall. What has been left over is a single arch, the only preserved old stone bridge after Yuanmingyuan was destroyed [by European forces in the 1865 Second Opium war and 1900 Boxer Rebellion]."

(Beijing time 0927)

20120513_1127_0270 one of the original bridges at 圆明园, '残桥 canqiao' (ruined bridge)

"In its heyday YuanMingYuan had nearly 200 bridges. This bridge was a stone arch and bridge over a stream outside the west palace gate of Fuchun Hall. What has been left over is a single arch, the only preserved old stone bridge after Yuanmingyuan was destroyed [by European forces in the 1865 Second Opium war and 1900 Boxer Rebellion]."

(Beijing time 0927)