Corner towers on the four coigns of lofty walls of the Forbidden City were established in 1420, rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). As one part of the Forbidden City, they served as the defense facility just as the lofty walls, the gate towers and the moat. The corner towers rest on the base with Buddist-style building surrounded with stone columns.
Canon50D;EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS;F10;S60;ISO200;Manual;Handheld
Location:Beijing, China.


corner tower, forbidden city, river, reflection

I’ve been taken photos for many years,but only when I visited places once or twice a year. I started digital in 2007 with two bridge cameras and changed to DSLR in 2010.

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  • Christina Brundage
    Christina Brun...over 2 years ago

    Jasmine, this is one of my all time favorites! It is so still and serene – it seems to be floating in the air. Beautifully composed – you have The Touch!

  • Thank you,Christina. This is one of my favourite place in Beijing. I knew this place well.. had a lot momories here..But I had never taken any photos before. I saw some photos on web, and decided to try my own,it’s pity that the light wasn’t good that day. The best time was sunset, the river would cover with a layer of ‘gold’ from the west( right side).

    – jasminewang

  • Christina Brundage
    Christina Brun...over 2 years ago

    The “golden” water would have been lovely too but, Jasmine, this is so magical and perfect I wouldn’t want it changed in any way.

  • :-), thank you again, Christina…This ‘river’ is rather dangerous actually, it meant to ‘kill’.. I heard that one of a famous writer, Lao she, who jumped into this ‘river’ and dead during ‘culture revolution’. The wall is so steep, there is no way one can get out…I used to skate on the lake in Bei Hai park , the ones so called “sea” opposite Bei Hai Park and Summer Palace, but never on here:-D
    Glad that you like it.

    – jasminewang

  • Rivendell7
    Rivendell7over 2 years ago

    Love this one, Jasmine, the reflections are awesome. Terrific image, and thanks for the fascinating history write-up. Wonderful!

  • Thank you, Dave. This is not a cosy place, full of sad and miserable stories… I didn’t like it when I went there with school as a child.. I thought that there was no tree, actually there were some in some part of the courtyard, but mostly it’s very bare…Your world is much better…full of happy ones:-)

    – jasminewang

  • Maria1606
    Maria1606over 2 years ago

    Wonderful image!!!

  • Thank you, Maria.

    – jasminewang

  • james smith
    james smithover 2 years ago

  • Oh.. thanks so much, James. I’m honoured..

    – jasminewang

  • Mike Shell
    Mike Shellalmost 2 years ago


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