Wenfeng Ta, Anyang

                                                                          ©Edward Burman

                                                                        ©Edward Burman

The 10th century Wenfeng Ta, or ‘Literature Peak Pagoda’, in the grounds of Tianning Temple in Anyang (Henan), a curious inverted pagoda raised on a plinth-like base which grows wider with height. In its present form, a Ming structure. Anyang is off the usual tourist routes, even for the Chinese, although in the 14th century BC the Shang dynasty created the first named Chinese capital here, called Yin.

These photos were taken in early morning winter sunshine, which enhanced the brickwork and rich terracotta-coloured plaster.

                                                                          ©Edward Burman

                                                                        ©Edward Burman