National Geographic : 1920 Nov
338 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE One writer discovered - that the beauty of Fifth Avenue lay in its skyline of • magnificent cornices. The - streets of Peking have neither skyline nor cornices. Were it not for the multi tudinous traffic upon them, they would remind the trav ca. eler of the sprawling, God S2 forsaken streets of an 0o American mining town, in o finitely extended. The trees which line the central road - ways are all of such recent planting that this city of the centuries suggests the latest " offspring of an energetic real-estate agent. .or BUILDINGS THAT SHOUT WITH BARBARIC COLOR SAs soon, however, as the S~ traveler enters a gateway, , o through one of the gray or dingy brick-red walls, he comes suddenly and unex S pectedly upon a palace, S' silent in the sun, yet shout ing aloud in the barbaric S i brilliance of its color-crim son columns, friezes of flashing gold on green, ~ wide-flaring roofs of re o splendent yellow, all above rso a triple-terraced platform of marble, white like snow. ,,w ooOr it may be a many = courted temple, where a hundred lamas drone chants . before an inscrutable Bud © dha; or a wooded park, - 1 where emperors once took So their pleasure, where cen o tury-old cedars shade path ways and pleasant lakes. o Shrines nestle in mulberry groves and hillocks are crowned by Buddhist topes, from whose marble bases one looks out over the roofs of the city-miles and miles, it seems, of gray roofs-and in the center of all a great splotch of imperial yellow, the once "forbidden city," where dwelt the emperor.