National Geographic : 1936 Dec
A PEIPING PANORAMA IN VIVID PIGMENTS ( National Geographic Society Lamera painting oy rI. L . ana J. rn . vv roe ana nwang x ao-iso "TIME FOR MORNING PRAYERS!" BOOMS THE BIG BRONZE GONG Striking it with a hammer, a young priest summons devotees at the " Monastery of the Ordaining Terrace " (Plate V). Each spring, thousands of pilgrims, or " incense-burning guests," flock to this and other famous shrines in the Western Hills. Upcurved roof corners, characteristic of Chinese architecture, may have been adapted from the tent or primitive thatched hut; and the guardian dogs of yellow porcelain may have originated in the weights placed on tent tops to keep them from blowing.