Suzhou Gardens

Suzhou - Lingering Garden

The Suzhou Gardens represent the most creative gardening masterpieces of ancient China Suzhou is a major Chinese city of more than 4 million inhabitants situated by the lakes in the Yangzte River Delta in the Jiangsu Province, some 100 km/65 miles west of Shanghai. Dating back more than 2,500 years, Suzhou (pronounced Soochow) is one of […]


The Vizcaya Transporter Bridge in Bilbao

The Vizcaya Bridge

The Vizcaya Bridge (Puente Bizkaia) was inaugurated on 28 July 1893, becoming the first transporter bridge in the world built of metal. Its main purpose is to link the two banks of the Nervión Estuary, occupied respectively by the towns of Portugalete and Getxo (neighbourhood of Las Arenas), where the machinery is installed. Reminiscent of the elegant […]


Temples and Gardens of Hiraizumi

Hiraizumi - Motsu-ji (Photo: Kato Seiichi)

“Three generations of glory vanished in the space of a dream…” Hiraizumi in Iwate in the north of Japan was the domain of the Fujiwara family and important spiritual home of the Pure Land branch of Buddhism during a short but illustrious period spanning the 11th and 12th century. At its height of political power it rivaled Kyoto in the […]