Black and white photograph showing a view taken of the valley towards the Western Hills (Xishan). Cultivated fields can be seen in the foreground. A pagoda and tombs surrounded by a wall are in the middleground. In the distance, hills and plantations can be seen.
From a high vantage point at Tuancheng Yanwuting, Hedda looks down on a tomb belonging to a member of one of the Ming imperial families. Traditionally Chinese tomb sites are chosen according to principles of geomancy (fengshui), which holds that the location and positioning of a tomb affects the afterlife and fortune of the family.
This is one of a large number of photographs documenting historic sites outside Peking that were taken by Hedda Morrison (1908-1991) during her years of residence in Peking (Beijing), China 1933-1946.
Exhibited in 'Peking: 1933-1946 - A photographic impression', Menzies Library, Australian National University, 17-30 June 1967. Exhibited in 'In her view: the photographs of Hedda Morrison in China and Sarawak 1933-1967', Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 11 June - 10 October 1993.
Gift of Mr Alastair Morrison, 1992