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Researches on Beijing

The 2016 Westminster in China Summer Trip Research Presentations

Below Are the Research Presentations Created by Our 2016 Summer Study Trip Group

The Great wall

The Summer Palace

The Temple of Heaven

The Wang Fu Jing Shopping District

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The 2015 Westminster in China Summer Trip Research Presentations

Below Are the Research Presentations Created by Our 2015 Summer Study Trip Group

The Forbidden City

The Great Wall of China

The Houhai District of Beijing

The Old Summer Palace

The Summer Place

The 2014 Westminster in China Summer Trip Researches

Research on the Imperial Palace by Maya

The Chinese Imperial Palace was the palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.

The Forbidden City/Imperial Palace

The Forbidden City/Imperial Palace

Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 180 acres. The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

Since 1925, the Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum, whose extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Part of the museum’s former collection is now located in the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Both museums descend from the same institution, but were split after the Chinese Civil War.

Research on the Beijing Olympic Park – The Bird Nest and Water Cube by Ayodeji


The Beijing Olympic Park

The bird’s nest, also known as the national stadium is in the center of the Olympic green. The project to build it began in 2003 as preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. During the 2008 Olympic games this stadium served as the main house for track and field events as well as major team sport events like soccer and basketball. Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Mueron designed the Stadium; it covers an area of about 258 thousand square meters and contains 80,000 fixed seats and 11,000 temporary seats. The nest is 1090 feet long and 225 tall at its highest point. A translucent air bubble film that lets enough light through for it to be well light inside the stadium during the day covers the Bird’s nest roof. The inside of the stadium is very amorphous and can be changed to fit the needs of the spectators. The bowl shape of the stadium allows for the event to be seen from every seat. The architectural genius displayed in the development of the birds nest set a precedent that has not since been replicated and is a standard to which multipurpose stadium builders think stadiums should be held in the future.


The Water Cube in the Olympic Park

The water cube, also known, as the national aquatics center was the venue for all of the swimming events of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It was designed by Chinese and Australian architects to represent traditional Chinese concepts of a round heaven and square Earth. It is the 177 meters long and 30 meters tall. It has four floors the first floor is for tourists, the second floor main auditorium where the games were viewed from it has 6000 permanent seats and 11,000 temporary seats, the third floor is strictly for business and the basement floor was the main service area during the Olympic games. The building combines modern technology with superior architecture. The exterior of the building is covered with a ethylene-tetrafluorthylene copolymer membrane that insulates it and is supported by polyhedral steel framed structure. The membrane is formed by bubble like pneumatic cushions that number 3,065, which makes the water; cube the largest building and first building to deploy that membrane. It was made blue in order to reflect light and was designed to shine like a pearl. From the inside looking out the pneumatic cushions make it seem as if the spectator is looking through a bubble. During the year 2006 the water cube won popular science magazine’s best of what’s new award.

Research on the Summer Palace by Jennifer


The Kunming Lake in the Summer Palace

Located in Beijing, China, the Summer Palace is 720 acres of land that consists of lakes, gardens, and palaces. It’s mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake. Longevity Hill is about 200 feet high and is a series of buildings. The front of the hill contains many halls and pavilions, and towards the back of the hill more of a quiet natural beauty is displayed. Kunming Lake is about 540 acres, and it was entirely man-made. The excavated soil was used to make Longevity Hill.

The first picture is a broad picture of the Summer Palace. The second picture is the Tower of Buddhist Incense atop Longevity Hill. The third is a bronze Qilin statue, which is a mystical creature. The last picture is the Long Corridor, which is in Summer Palace and is 728 meters long with over 14,000 paintings decorating it.


The Tower of Buddhist Incenses


The bronze Qilin statue in the Summer Palace – symbol of the royal throne


The 728 meter Long Corridor in the Summer Palace


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