Notes on the Geography of China: Beijing: Temple of Heaven : Photo 20
Hallowed by tradition as the building may seem, it was most recently rebuilt in 1890, after the previous structure burned a year earlier. Jarringly, the timbers are from Oregon and were a gift from Robert Dollar, a Scot who had become a lumberman in the United States and who then had become a shipping magnate, with interests in China. Globalization, it seems, has tentacles reaching down to what tourists might judge the most pristine layers of Chinese civilization.
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