Similarities - Xinjin

SHARE OUR SIMILARITIES, CELEBRATE OUR DIFFERENCES


“Much of the study of history is a matter of comparison, of relating what was happening in one area to what was happening elsewhere, and what had happened in the past. To view a period in isolation is to miss whatever message it has to offer.” ― Louis L'Amour

"We are drawn to each other because of our similarities, but it is our differences we must learn to respect."    ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


China

Bird's Nest, Beijing National Stadium

鸟巢

Beijing National Stadium, officially the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, is a stadium in Beijing, China. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.

Greece

Panathinaikon stadium, Athens, Greece

希腊奥林匹克场

The Panathenaic Stadium is an athletic stadium in Athens that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Reconstructed from the remains of an ancient Greek stadium, the Panathenaic is the only major stadium in the world built entirely of white marble. The 2004 Olympic games was opened here.

United States

Vietnam Women's Memorial

越战女兵纪念雕塑

The Vietnam Women's Memorial is a memorial dedicated to the women of the United States who served in the Vietnam War. It depicts three uniformed women with a wounded soldier. The woman looking up is named Hope, the woman praying is named Faith (not seen in this angle) and the woman tending to a wounded soldier is named Charity. It is part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and is located on National Mall in Washington DC.

United Kindom

The Women of World War II, London

英国二战女兵纪念碑

The Monument to the Women of World War II is a British national war memorial situated on Whitehall in London. It was sculpted by John W. Mills, unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II and dedicated by Baroness Boothroyd in July 2005. There are 17 individual sets of clothing and uniforms around the sides, symbolising the hundreds of different jobs women undertook in World War II


Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

扎耶德大清真寺,阿布扎比

Russia

The Cathedral of the Annunciation, Kremlin Palace, Moscow

克里姆林宫

The Cathedral of the Annunciation was originally built as the domestic church of the Grand Dukes and tsars and was connected (along with the Cathedral of the Archangel) by passages to the private quarters of the royal family. The cathedral was used to celebrate name-days, weddings, baptisms and so forth. The Cathedral of the Annunciation was badly damaged during the Revolution, when the Kremlin came under attack from artillery fire. In 1918, the cathedral was closed as a place of worship and now it operates officially as a museum.

Turkey

Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul, Turkey

横跨博斯普鲁斯海峡的欧亚大桥

The First Bosphorus Bridge is one of the two suspension bridges spanning the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul; thus connecting Europe and Asia. The bridge is 1,560m long, and was the 4th longest suspension bridge in the world when it was completed in 1973.

China

Marco Polo Bridge, Beijing

卢沟桥

Construction of the original bridge on this site commenced in 1189 and completed in 1192. Following damage from the flooding, the bridge was reconstructed under the Kangxi Emperor of the Qing dynasty in 1698. The Marco Polo Bridge is well-known in the western world because it was highly praised by Marco Polo during his visit to China in the 13th century.


China

Old Cart vs. New Bike

Old Cart vs. New Bike

古与今

Greece

Roman Columns vs. Crane

Roman Columns vs. Crane

古与今

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Three Sisters, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

三姐妹,扎耶德大清真寺,阿布扎比

Russia

Street Fashion Show, Red Square, Moscow

莫斯科红场街头模特

I am not sure they were tourists or locals, but these ladies were showing off right at the red square of Moscow. I took this photo with a 200m lens.


China

United States

United States

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, San Diego

圣诞彩灯照耀下的摩门教堂

The San Diego Temple was announced on April 7, 1984, and dedicated on April 30, 1993. The temple was built on a 7.2-acre plot, has 4 ordinance rooms and 8 sealing rooms, and has a total floor area of 72,000 square feet (6,700 m2). This photo was taken during holiday vacation when the church was decorated with Christmas lights.

Russia

Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

圣巴西尔大教堂,红场,莫斯科

St. Basil's marks the geometric center of Moscow. It was erected on Czar Ivan the Terrible's order in 1555-1561 to commemorate the taking of Kazan and the conquest of the Astrakhan Khanate. It has been the hub of the city's growth since the 14th century and was the city's tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600.


Brazil

Rio 2016 Olympic is Coming!

里约热内卢奥运会要来了!

This sand castle was spotted at Copacabana, often referred to as the world's most famous beach, which runs for 3 miles in front the densely populated residential area of Rio de Janeiro.

China

2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Ping-Pong Game

2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Ping-Pong Game

北京奥运会

Fans at a Ping-pong game
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

The Netherlands

I amsterdam

阿姆斯特丹人

Located at the back of the Rijksmuseum on Museumplein, the large I amsterdam slogan quickly became a city icon and a much sought-after photo opportunity. Visitors photograph themselves, in, around and on top of the slogan. Here is a group of performers in front of the sign.

United States

Street Performers, New York

纽约街头表演


Greece

Evzónes, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Athens, Greece

Evzónes, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Athens, Greece

希腊无名英雄墓换岗

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is permanently guarded by Evzones, members of the presidential guard in traditional attire, foustanella. The foustanella was worn by the Greek revolutionaries who fought the independence war against the Turkish between 1821 and 1830. It consists of a white skirt with 400 pleats (the number of years of Turkish rule), white shirts with long sleeves, red pointed shoes with large pompons and an embroidered vest.

Turkey

Belly Dancer, Turkey

土耳其舞蹈

United States

Luau Dancer, Big Island

夏威夷舞蹈


Abu Dhabi, UAE

United States

United States

China


Abu Dhabi, UAE

Camel Photobomb

喧宾夺主

Turkey

Blue Mosque, Turkey

蓝色清真寺

At its lower levels and at every pier, the interior of the mosque is lined with more than 20,000 handmade ceramic tiles, made at Iznik (the ancient Nicaea) in more than fifty different tulip designs. The tiles at lower levels are traditional in design, while at gallery level their design becomes flamboyant with representations of flowers, fruit and cypresses. More than 20,000 tiles were made under the supervision of the Iznik master potter Kasap Haci and Baris Efendi from Avanos (Cappadocia). The upper levels of the interior are dominated by blue paint. More than 200 stained glass windows with intricate designs admit natural light, today assisted by chandeliers.

United States

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

圣母神社大殿

It is a Catholic Church, but there are numerous chapels that support the Byzantine and other rites of the church. The shrine is the largest Catholic church in the United States, the eighth largest church building in the world.


Canada

World Largest Fiddle, Sydney, Canada

世界上最大的提琴 (20米高)

Cape Breton Island is home to the world's largest fiddle! Located at the Port of Sydney, the iconic fiddle and bow reach 60 feet in height.

United States

China

The Great Hall of the People, Beijing

人民大会堂

The Great Hall of the People is located at the western edge of Tiananmen Square, Beijing. It is used for legislative and ceremonial activities by the PRC and the Communist Party of China. It functions as the meeting place of the full sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC), the Chinese parliament, which occurs every year during March. The Great Hall is also used for many special events, including national level meetings of various social and political organizations, large anniversary celebrations, as well as the memorial services for former leaders.

United States

President Washington, Capitol Rotunda, Washington DC

美国国会大厦

The U.S. Capitol Rotunda is a large, domed, circular room 96 feet in diameter and 180 feet in height located in the center of the United States Capitol on the second floor. The Rotunda is used for important ceremonial events as authorized by concurrent resolution, such as the lying in state of eminent citizens and the dedication of works of art.


Russia

Window Cleaner, Kremlin Palace

克里姆林宫窗户清洁工
The State Kremlin Palace, Moscow

Japan

Sake Barrels, Meiji Temple, Japan

酒樽, 明治神宮

A wall of sake barrels stand at the entrance to Meiji Shrine. It is used in many Shinto ceremonies. Barrels of sake are donated to the shrine.

United States

Drunken Armadillo

醉酒犰狳


China

Plants or animals?

上海世博会
World Expo Entrance, Shanghai, 2010

United States

Natural Tree Bridge

树桥

The famous "Elvis Presley Tree" is a palm tree, where Elvis supposedly shot a scene singing in Blue Hawaii. Many of the scenes from Paradise, Hawaiian Style were also shot inside the Polynesian Cultural Center.

United States

Canada


Canada

Peggys Cove, Halifax, Nova Scotia

日落西山红霞飞

United States

Grand Canyon National Park

晚霞映红半边天,大峡谷国家公园

Sunset at Desert View Point

Russia

Bolshoi Theater, Moscow

莫斯科大剧院芭蕾舞剧院

Bolshoi is one of the greatest theaters in the world, with its own proud traditions and unforgettable atmosphere. An evening at the Bolshoi really is an essential part of a visit to Moscow. The building itself is one of Moscow's most symbolic sites, a truly impressive example of Russian Classical architecture that faces the Kremlin walls. I had a chance to see a beautiful three act ballet "Le Corsaire" on April 21, 2016.

United States

Lincoln Center, New York

林肯表演艺术中心

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a 16.3-acre complex of buildings in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It hosts many notable performing arts organizations, which are nationally and internationally renowned, including the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, and the New York City Ballet.


Croatia

China

Russia

The Tsar Cannon

沙俄加能炮

The Tsar Cannon is a large, 5.94 meters (19.5 ft) long cannon on display on the grounds of the Moscow Kremlin. It was cast in 1586 in Moscow, by the Russian master bronze caster Andrey Chokhov. Mostly of symbolic impact, it was never used in a war. Per the Guinness Book of Records it is the largest bombard by caliber in the world.

France

Musée de l'Armée, National Military Museum of France, Paris

法国国家军事博物馆

You never aim a gun at anyone, but I guess big gun is not included.


Germany

China

Zhouzhuang Water Town, China

江南水乡 - 周庄

Japan

Rickshaw on Azuma Bridge, Tokyo

吾妻橋车夫
The Red Bridge with The Matching Blanket

Tokyo

United States

Central Park, New York

纽约中心公园

Horse-Drawn Carriages are a unique way to experience the beauty of the Central Park. They can be found all year round lined up along Central Park South between 5th and 6th Avenues.


India

United States

Martin Luther King, Jr.

美国民权领袖马丁路德金

Russia

Soldier Guarding the Kremlin

克里姆林宫卫兵


United States

California Tower, San Diego, 1915 Panama-California Exposition

1915 巴拿马-加利福尼亚博览会

France

The Eiffel Tower

埃菲尔铁塔,巴黎

Petition written in 1887 by prominent architects and some of the most important figures of the French arts establishment when Eiffel tower was proposed:

"We, writers, painters, sculptors, architects and passionate devotees of the hitherto untouched beauty of Paris, protest with all our strength, with all our indignation in the name of slighted French taste, against the erection…of this useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower … To bring our arguments home, imagine for a moment a giddy, ridiculous tower dominating Paris like a gigantic black smokestack, crushing under its barbaric bulk Notre Dame, the Tour Saint-Jacques, the Louvre, the Dome of les Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe, all of our humiliated monuments will disappear in this ghastly dream. And for twenty years … we shall see stretching like a blot of ink the hateful shadow of the hateful column of bolted sheet metal"

United States

The Statue of Liberty, New York

自由女神像

The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924.


China

Jinmao Tower, Shanghai

金茂大厦

An 88-story landmark skyscraper in shanghai. It contains offices and the Shanghai Grand Hyatt hotel. Until 2007 it was the tallest building in the China, the fifth tallest in the world by roof height and the seventh tallest by pinnacle height.

Russia

Marriott Hotel Lobby, Moscow

莫斯科万豪酒店大厅

India

Bell Boy, ITC Hotel Lobby, Mumbai, India

酒店门卫,孟买,印度

United States

Royal Ceremony, Hawaii

夏威夷国王


China

The Great Wall of China

万里长城

The official motto for the 2008 Olympics, "One World, One Dream" (同一个世界 同一个梦想), is seen on the Great Wall.

Greece

The Acropolis

雅典卫城

A stunning view of the Acropolis from the Panathenaic olympic stadium in the foreground.

China

United States

Bryce Canyon National Park

布拉斯国家公园


France

Street Musicians, Paris

街头音乐家,巴黎

United States

Russia

Russian Red Army Hat, Moscow Square

苏联红军帽 --- 绚丽取代了庄严

United States

Civil War Reenactment at Colonial Wlliamsburg

美国内战重演 — 为的是纪念


Turkey

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Antalya

现代土耳其共和国的奠基人
Founder of Modern Turkey, (May 19, 1881 - November 10, 1938)

United States

Sun Yat-Sen Statue at Honolulu International Airport

孙逸仙

Sun Yat-sen (12 November 1866 – 12 March 1925) was a Chinese revolutionary and first president and founding father of the Republic of China. Sun played an instrumental role in the overthrow of the Qing dynasty during the Xinhai Revolution.

France

Notre Dame de Paris

巴黎圣母院

Cornerstone was laid for Notre Dame de Paris in 1163 and the cathedral was essentially complete by 1345. The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and it is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world.

United States


Turkey

Morning Scene, Ayvalik, Turkey

晨雾朦胧,轻舟碧水

United States

Bar Harbor, Maine

晃桥浮舟,人间仙境

Turkey

Roman Ruins, Hierapolis-Pamukkale, Turkey

残垣断壁,夕阳西下

Hierapolis was an ancient city located on hot springs in classical Phrygia in southwestern Anatolia. Its ruins are adjacent to modern Pamukkale in Turkey and currently comprise an archaeological museum designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Greece

Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens, Greece

奥林匹亚宙斯神庙,雅典


The Temple of Olympian Zeus is a colossal ruined temple in the centre of the Greek capital Athens that was dedicated to Zeus, king of the Olympian gods. Construction began in the 6th century BC during the rule of the Atheniantyrants, who envisaged building the greatest temple in the ancient world, but it was not completed until the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD some 638 years after the project had begun. During the Roman periods it was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world.


The Netherlands

Magna Plaza

马格纳商场

Magna Plaza’s building has been designed in the Neo-Gothic style by a Dutch architect of the end of the 19th century P.C.Peters. Today, it is one of the few shopping malls in Amsterdam.

Russia

Russia

Moscow Spring Festival

莫斯科春光

United States

Washington Fall Color

华盛顿秋色

China

Dubai, UAE

Burj Khalifa - World Tallest Building

世界最高大楼

Burj Khalifa known as Burj Dubai before its inauguration, is a mega tall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the tallest structure in the world, standing at 829.8 m (2,722 ft)

Greece

The Bank of Greece

希腊国家银行

United States

United States

Glenelg High School Marching Band

格林耐尔高中乐队

United States

The Netherlands

Tulips, State Flower of the Netherlands

郁金香 — 荷兰国花

The Netherlands

The Caress of a Bird

荷兰艺术馆

By Joan Miro (1893-1983)

United States

Street Sculpture, Baltimore, Maryland

巴尔的摩街头艺术

Czech

Strahov Library, Prague

布拉格斯佳和伏图书馆

The magnificent library inside the Strahov Monastery is more than 800 years old and is the largest monastic library in Czech with more than 200000 volumes including 1500 books published before 1500. The oldest book is the 9th century Strahov Gospel.

Unites States

Library of Congress, Washington DC

美国国会图书馆
The Library of Congress, instituted in 1800, is the research library of the United States Congress, de facto national library of the United States of America, and the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States. It is the largest library in the world by shelf space and number of books.


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