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Datong(大同),Shanxi(山西),China, Jun 2011
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The Nine-Dragon Screen in Datong, Shanxi province, is reputed to be the largest of its kind in China with a long history of over 600 years (The others are to be found in The Forbidden City and Beihai Park in Beijing). Originally built in 1392, it was the screening wall for a prince's mansion during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). The grand screen stands eight meters high (26 feet) and about 45 meters (148 feet) in length. Nine colour-glazed flying dragons on the screen are composed of over 400 pieces of bright-coloured glazed tiles in red, yellow, peacock blue, purple, and other overtones.


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