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 VENERABLE PINE BOUGHS VEIL A BUDDHIST MONASTERY'S DRUM TOWER At midnight, when boys take their vows at the seventh-century " Monastery of the Ordaining Terrace," in the Western Hills near Peiping, a priest's assistant beats the huge drum inside this red pillared building. " He taps the ancient face and it sobs . . . it moans like the wind in a forest of pines. Again it roars . . . alternately crashing like thunder . . .or whispering like throbbing heart-beats." Two monks with rosaries chat beneath the eaves, whose upturned ends bear dragons and tinkling bells.