National Geographic : 1936 Dec
A PEIPING PANORAMA IN VIVID PIGMENTS © National Geographic Society Camera Painting by H. C. and J. H. White and Hwang Yao-tso EMPERORS PRAYED FOR PROSPERITY IN THE AZURE-TILED TEMPLE OF THE HAPPY YEAR Annually at spring plowing time, China's rulers begged God for good harvests. Often called " Temple of Heaven " by foreigners, the circular, triple-roofed building, rising from a white marble terrace, is only a part of the vast walled shrine devoted to " Old Grandfather Heaven" (Plate IV). Huge Oregon pine logs were imported when the temple was rebuilt after a fire in 1889. These photo graphs of Peiping and vicinity were taken by the White Brothers and specially painted by the Chinese artists Deng Bao-ling and Hwang Yao-tso.