Ancient city of Gaochang, near Turpan in China. The city was initially built as a garrison town in the first century B.C., called Gaochang Wall. As one of the key points along the Silk Road, the ancient city of Gaochang was also a sanctuary of world religious culture. Xuanzhuang, a well-known Buddhist monk in the Tang Dynasty stopped here and delivered lectures on his way to India. Today, the remains standing here remind us of the grandeur and prosperity of the ancient city.
Grand Canal This photo was taken in Riva Ferro right next to the bridge Ponte di Rialto. The Rialto Bridge is one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice Italy. It is the oldest bridge across the canal and was the dividing line for the districts of San Marco and San Polo. The first dry crossing of the Grand Canal was a pontoon bridge built in 1181 by Nicolò Barattieri. It was called the Ponte della Moneta presumably because of the mint that stood near its eastern entrance.