The Hanging Temple Monastery of Hengshan literally hangs on the side of Hengshan Mountain, China sustained by only a few wooden poles. Built in 491, Hanging Monastery is an architectural wonder because it hangs on the west cliff of Jinxia Gorge more than 50 meters above the ground. Hanging Monastery has survived more than 1400 years. The extant monastery was largely rebuilt and maintained in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Bank of China Tower -In a city full of fancy skyscrapers this one, the 369 meter high Bank of China Tower, stands out. It's the headquarters for the Bank of China and was built in 1989, at which time it was the tallest building in the city (it's now the 3rd tallest). It was designed by some Chinese American architect called I. M. Pei, a guy who has taken a lot of stick over the years from practitioners of Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese practice of placement and arrangement of space to achieve...
Just blocks away from the Forbidden City and Tien An Men Square, the National Grand Theater rises in the middle of a lake, a glass-tiled titanium structure with a surface area of 150,000 square meters. The building houses three auditoriums totaling 5,473 seats, with music and theater from the traditional to the modern and international alike. Architect Paul Andreu has added the next element to the face of Chinese architecture, likely for centuries to come.
Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple Potala Palace [wiki], built on top of the Red Mountain in Lhasa, Tibet, China was built by the first emperor of Tibet in 637 CE. The current palace was re-constructed in the mid-1600s by the fifth Dalai Lama. The Palace consists of two main buildings, the Potrang Karpo (White Palace) and Portrang Marpo (Red Palace). It was the chief home of the fourteenth and current Dalai Lama until he was forced to flee to India when China invaded Tibet in 1959.
Shanghai World Financial Center - located in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China. It towers over all other structures in Eastern China, dominating the skyline. It was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by Mori Building. It is a mixed-use skyscraper, consisting of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and ground-floor shopping malls.