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2014 APEC

From 7th November to 12nd November 2014, because of the APEC meeting, Beijing pratise traffic regulation. If you take flights during this period, I suggest you handle the boarding pass on the website or arrival at the airport at least 5 hours before the departure time of the flight. Otherwise perhaps the time not enough to check in the flight.

And also the flights arrival at Beijing perhaps own some delay because of the traffic regulation. The airport will implement the highest standard security check. Please prepare in advance.

Tips:
1. The most busy time in Beijing Capital Airport is 06:00am~08:00am, 10:00am~12:00am, 14:00pm~19:00pm, 23:00pm~01:00am + 1 day. Most of the Air Company stop check in process 45 minutes before the flight departure time. So please arrival at the airport as early as possible to leave enough time for the security check.

2. The airline tickets is also hard to buy during this days, please buy your tickets as early as possible.

3. I suggest you take less luggages to make sure the security check more easier.

4. The luggages with liquid items, electronic product, etc. require special check.

Thank you very much for your consideration and have a nice trip!

Unique Structure of Great Wall

The Nine-eye Tower is located in south of Heituo mountain, 21 kilometers northwest of Chengguan town Huairou District, in the north of Beijing. Located in Huairou county and Yanqing county at the junction of the flame mountain top. Because the 9 arrow windows are built on each side of the watchtowers, hence the name. Because of high and steep mountains, during sunny day visitors can see Beijing City, it is also known as the Wangjing Tower. The Nine-eye Tower is one of the most important structures on Great Wall, which sits 1141 meters above sea level.

Nine-eye Tower of Great Wall

The current building houses rooms and other remains, the racecourse, horse field, camp (camp city) remains. On the north side of the tower sits a stone stele left by the Ming Dynasty official Xu Shen in 13th year of Wanli reign (1585). Nearby the lush vegetation can be found all over the place, as well as wild animal like roe deer, goat, pheasant, hare, squirrels, etc.

According to "Beijing City Yanqing County gazetteer records": "the nine-eye tower was built during the Ming Jiajing reign (1543 AD) by Wang Yijian, the middle built with Red Gate. Nine-eye Tower sits on the side wall of the Sihai Xiang Shi Yao Cun, South of Flaming Mountains, very close to the Juyongguan section." This record tells us, Nine-eye Tower dates back more than 450 years ago. It also tells us, the tower had much military significance back in the day. Nine-eye Tower is two-tier architecture, with nine observation holes built on the tower. Now only one floor is left, the height is 7.8 meters, each side 13 meters, the observation hole is 1.65 meters high, 0.5 meters wide, the inner loop trail 1.2 meters wide. Nine-eye Tower is built with stone, with the upper part built with lime stone and blue bricks, strong and beautiful. Downstairs there on the west side of the small platform, Sergeant centralized site. Platform on the north side is built with the brick stairs, offering steps up along the floor of the South gate. Roof is arch structure, which can provide rooms for soldiers and weapons. North are two windows, each surrounded by a door, the door is two meters high, 1.2 meters wide, access very convenient.

Nine-eye Tower is not only the biggest watch tower on the Great Wall, but also is of great strategic significance in military defense.

What Kind of Equipments Were Used to Build the Great Wall

As we all know the construction of the Great Wall is an enormous engineering feat, therefore it is next to impossible to build the Great Wall all by manpower, then what kind of equipments or tools were used to build the Great Wall in ancient times?

Great Wall in China

According to historical documents, there are some equipments and tools which were used while building the Great Wall. However, they are very simple and crude. The equipments for building the Great Wall are mainly for transportation, like the hand-pushed wagon. The little wagon is made of wood with only one wheel. It is said that the wagon was invented by the famous militarist Zhugeliang. According to legends, Zhu invented a wagon-like transportation to carry the supplies. Some researchers confirmed that what he invented is just the single-wheel wagon. When the Great Wall was built in Ming Dynasty, the single-wheel wagon was only used to carry construction materials on gentle slopes, and when the slopes got steep, the workmen used the so-called Flying Basket and Ropeway. Back then, the workmen would set up some ropeway between two mountains with some baskets hooked on the ropeway (equipped with pulleys) to carry the materials up the hill.

Moreover, when the enormous stone materials were needed to be carried up the hill, the workmen used the rolling logs and crowbar. With the help of the rolling logs and crowbars, the large amounts of stone materials were transported up the hills. In addition, when the slopes got stepper, the workmen would use capstan to carry the heavy materials up the hill, in this way, it was easier and safer and under the circumstance of the time, it was pretty sophisticated. The simple and crude tools aside, there were some animals involved to carry the materials up the hills, like the donkeys and goats alike. According to legends, when Badaling section was built, a large amount of donkeys and goats were driven up the rugged hills, carrying loads of bricks.

All in all, while these simple and crude equipments and tools may seem out of date from architectural perspective of the current time, but they did contributed a whole lot in the construction of the Great Wall. Even for the recent restoration of the Great Wall, there were some donkeys used to carry the construction materials up the hill.

Starting and Ending Points of the Great Wall

The Great Wall is the ancient military construction built to resist invasion of the northern nomadic people in different periods. The Great Wall stretches thousands of miles across northern China, so also known as the Great Wall. Extant ruins of the Great Wall were mainly built in Fourteenth Century on the Great Wall in Ming Dynasty, starting from Jiayuguan in the west, and ending in Liaodong Hushan.

Great Wall of China

According to the 2012 State Cultural Relics Bureau, the Great Wall features a total length of 21196.18 km. And the State Cultural Relics Bureau also released in 2009, according to the Great Wall of Ming Dynasty survey data, the Great Wall of Ming Dynasty features a total length of 8851.8 km. The Great Wall is a great engineering feat created by Chinese people, enjoying a long history and an important influence on Chinese history. Together with Terracotta Army, it is seen as symbol of China. In the December of 1987, the Great Wall was listed as world cultural heritage site. According to historical records, the construction of the Great Wall covers more than 5000 kilometers and started in the three dynasties: one is the Badaling Great Wall built by Qin Shihuang starting from west of Lintao, ending at Liaodong in the east of the Great Wall; second starts from the Hexi Corridor built in West Han dynasty, east to Liaodong with the Great Wall stretching for the 10000 km.

The Great Wall in China today covers a number of areas, including Beijing, Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Hebei, Xinjiang, Tianjin, Liaoning, Heilongjiang, Hubei, Hunan and Shandong - more than 10 provinces, cities and autonomous regions. Only the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has a section that covers more than 1.5 kilometers. Since ancient times, each time the Great Wall was rebuilt and not very complete, now best section to preserve the integrity of the Great Wall was built in the Ming dynasty. So people usually talk about the Great Wall, mainly refers to the Great Wall of Ming dynasty. The length of the Great Wall, also refers to the length of the Great Wall of Ming Dynasty, Ming Dynasty Great Wall starts from West Jiayuguan and ends at east of Yalu River.

Why Jinshanling Great Wall is So Popular

Nowadays, most of tourists swam into Jinshanling Great Wall for hiking and sightseeing. Even though Jinshanling Great Wall is very far from Beijing City, it still becomes more and more popular among the tourists. Why it becomes so popular?

Jinshanling Great Wall

Unique Tranquil Environment
Driving about three hours from Beijing city center, the long distance journey endows the Jinshanling Great Wall tranquil environment and peaceful tastes. For getting rid of the modern bustle city life and noisy city lifestyle, Jinshanling Great Wall is a wonderful place to create a peaceful holiday. At the same time, tourists coming to Jinshanling Great Wall also can enjoy the local deep culture and tasting the local farm life. Booking Jinshanling Great Wall tour, it is equal that you have succeeded conquering your holiday. Get your mind purified, Jinshanling Great Wall is a wonderful place.

Complete Original Features and Wild Appearances
Compared to the most famous Badaling Great Wall and charming Mutianyu Great Wall, Jinshanling Great Wall has the complete wild appearances. It still kept the most original features recording Chinese profound history and deep traditional cultures. It is truly an ideal choice for enjoying ancient buildings and tasting traditional culture. With most of the bricks ruined down, tourists can be easily stuck into profound history. The feeling of tasting the ancient culture can be much clearer. In addition, the delicate building designs and architectures are also deserved deep exploration. Watchtowers, Beacon Towers and the Wall Bricks are all the treasures here. Even though most of them are not well preserved, they can still convey many ancient stories and war scenes.

Treasure Neighbor
Last reason is that Jinshanling Great Wall is near to Simatai Great Wall. After finishing the Jinshanling Great Wall visit, tourists have chance to enjoy the sticky section. Very different from the Jinshanling, The steps at Simatai Great Wall are sticky very hard to climb. This section can be divided into two parts by a lake. It is named as Mandarin Duck Lake which is fed by two springs. One spring is warm and another is cold. Even in the winter, the surface of this lake will never ice up. Not far away, the Gubei Water Town is built underneath the wall. Tourists can experience the beauty of water town closely.

If you are planning your Beijing tour, Jinshanling Great Wall is an important attraction added into your trip!

Total Length of Great Wall

According to historical records, the construction of the Great Wall boasts more than 5000 kilometers and started during the two dynasties: one is the section built by king of Qin Shi Huang starting from the west of Lintao, east to the Liaodong; the other is the section located at Hexi Corridor built in West Han dynasty, ending at Liaodong, with a total of over 10000 miles. These sites housing the Great Wall of China today are located in Beijing, Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Hebei, Xinjiang, Tianjin, Liaoning, Heilongjiang, Hubei, Hunan and Shandong and other 10 provinces, cities and autonomous regions.

Great Wall of China

Due to the time, the Great Wall from different dynasties is not very complete, the relatively complete is the Ming Dynasty Great Wall, so people usually refer to the Great Wall as the Great Wall of Ming Dynasty. Meanwhile, the length of the Great Wall is the length of the Ming Great Wall, starting from west of Jiayuguan, east to the banks of the Yalu river. On April 18, 2009, the State Administration of cultural heritage and the National Mapping Bureau jointly announced the Great Wall east of Liaoning Tiger Hill, West to Gansu Jiayuguan, from east to west through Liaoning, Hebei, Tianjin, Beijing, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Ningxia, Gansu, Qinghai, about ten provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities) and 156 counties, with the total 8851.8 kilometers in length. And it passes through the ditch 359.7 kilometers, the natural barrier 2232.5 kilometers.

On June 5, 2012, State Bureau of cultural relics at the Great Wall of Juyongguan announced that, after nearly 5 years of investigations, Chinese Great Wall boasts a total length of 21196.18 kilometers, located in Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Shandong, Henan, Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai and other 15 provinces and autonomous regions. The Great Wall walls, trenches, single building, Guan Bao and related facilities with a total number of 43721 items. This is the first scientific and systematically gauge to measure the total length of the Great Wall. In 2009 the State Cultural Relics Bureau published the first Great Wall survey data: the Great Wall has a total length of 8851.8 km. The investigation into the Great Wall shows, not only the Great Wall of Ming Dynasty was measured, the experts also carried out a survey of the Great Wall built during Qin and Han Dynasties and other times.

Some Great Wall Sections Cut Off by Mine Companies

As the word heritage sites, Great Wall is facing big danger. With profound history and deep traditional culture, Great Wall is regarded as the treasure of China. However, for the economy developing, many sections are facing cut off by the mine companies.

Great Wall in China

Great Wall in Inner Mongolia
For some extent, Great Wall is always rented as the national symbol of China. Earlier in the Qin Dynasty, magnificent buildings were built up. Located in the north part of China, the Great Wall buildings set up are to be the residence of nomads and many wars happened and many other sections are built as the guard systems. At last, numerous valuable Great Wall sections were left. Built in the Qin, Han and Sui dynasties, Inner Mogolia Great Wall extended as long as roughly 150 thousand kilometers. It is so long that equal to over 30 percent of the total length of Great Wall of China. Although long distance buildings were built, only one third of the walls remained nowadays. According to the local farmers, Wang Dafang section has been disappeared.

Why Damage cannot Stop
The serious damage cannot stop for three reasons: natural force, human being destruction and lack of knowledge. First, the bad environment caused the Great Wall destruction. Most of the sections lied in the desert in Mongolia, so the desert causes big damage. It cannot be changeable for the natural destroy. But the damage created by human can be controlled. Why the human damage the Great Wall so many years without stopping? The big reason is that the punishment is not server. In addition to the upper two reasons, lack of neighborhood knowledge also impacts the protection work. Most of the local farmers have no ideas about the wall in their hometown. So, we should adopt methods to warn the people and let them know what the real wall is and educate them relative laws.

Influence
After this case, more effects were put into the protection of the wall. In the year of 2010, there are 38 farmers contributed into the protection. Their main duty is to inspect the wall sections in remote areas as well as propagandize the protection knowledge of the cultural relics. Now, there are two protection station were established. So, the Great Wall built here can receive good protection.

Let us get together and protect the world heritage!

How to Explore Hutong in Beijing

For most of the tourists, the best way to get a glimpse of life scenes of old Beijing is paying a tour around those splendid Hutongs. Here are some useful tips for first time visitors who want to get a full experience while visiting the Hutong area in Beijing.

Beijing Hutong Rickshaw

Explore the maze of alleys on rickshaw
Tourists can start from Beihai Park and hire a rickshaw before touring around among those winding Hutongs. And then get to the first stop of this tour, the Drum Tower, led by the tourist guide. You can climb up the tower with the guide and listen to the guide telling the history of Hutong, as well as the history of Beijing city. And also you can look further and get a glimpse of those crowded Hutongs along the axis line. This trip will be quite worth your while. Next, you can take a ride on the tricycle and go across a few Hutongs. And then take a tour along Shichahai and get off the ride at Yindian Bridge. And afterwards, under the company of the guide, you can take a long walk among those deep and winding Hutongs. While touring around, you can also listen to the guide telling you about the cultures of Hutong and Siheyuan, as well as the old lifestyles of Hutongs. And if you are curious enough, you can also pay a visit to Siheyuan and talk to those residents or get to know a little bit about their lives.

Pay a visit to the former residence or prince mansion
Afterwards, the tourists can take a ride to the famous Mansion of Prince Gong and take a good rest in there or enjoy an incredible tour. As the most famous Mansion of Prince, this mansion will leave you an impression that it is no less than a palace. A visit to the residence will lead you to many famous former residences which used to be home to a bunch of Chinese celebrities in Beijing. And it is also the most ideal way to know Beijing and the people. Compared with other places of interest in Beijing, the courtyard will offer you an incredible cultural experience and the most intoxicating journey in your lifetime.

Overall, no trip to Beijing would be complete without a tour of Beijing Hutong!

Great Wall in Zhangjiakou City

A we all know, Beijing is a gathering place housing many Great Wall sections. However, located in the Hebei Province, Zhangjiakou is also a terrific city covering thirteen sections of Great Wall measuring totally over 1,470 kilometers. Now, let us walk into them.

Zhangjiakou Great Wall

History of Zhangjiakou Great Wall
With profound history and deep traditional cultural connotation, Zhangjiakou Great Wall was built over eight dynasties including Warring States Period, Qin, Han, Northern Wei, Northern Qi, Tang, Jin and Ming Dynasties. It is said that Zhangjiakou is considered to be the Great Wall Museum of all Dynasties, because various Great Wall buildings can be found here. Apart from the bricks-made Great Wall, like Badaling Great Wall, many earth-piled up and stones buildings also can be found here. Top of these building also have many differences, some are round; some are flat and some are inclined. The thickness of the Great Wall is also different: some certain sections can accommodate eight people standing shoulder to shoulder at the same time, the horses can stand neck to neck. The narrowest section can beyond your imagination that one person could not walk through.

Location of Great Wall in Zhangjiakou
It is always said that different locations lead to different appearance of Great Wall. Located between Mongolian Plateau and North China Plain, Zhangjiakou city connects the offshoot of Yinshan Mountain in the west, Yanshan Mountain in the east and is the border by the northern end of Taihang Mountain in the south. It is natural boundary between the ancient nomads lived in the north and the farmers lived in the central part. The basin in the middle, formed by Sanggan River and Yanghe River, is ideal for large infantry unit to be stationed and moved about. It offers the condition that the emperors in different dynasties agreed to build the Great Wall in Zhangjiakou.

War Influence
Building in the Ming Dynasties, Zhangjiakou Great Wall was built as a defensive line along northern Beijing. In Chinese history, it is said that Zhangjiakou and Datong are the places that the war always take place. According to the history records, there are over 50 famous wars and fights took place in this place. For the reason, elegant buildings and arm headquarters settled up here.

Great Wall in Zhangjiakou is great wonder. Tourists who are interested in can have a special visit in Hebei Province.

Mysterious Xiangshuihu Great Wall in Beijing

Everyone gets very familiar with Beijing Badaling, Mutianyu Great Wall and maybe Jinshanling Great Wall, but do not know Xiangshuihu Ancient Great Wall. For this Great Wall section, it still stored mysterious background and appearance.

Xiangshuihu Great Wall

Typical Layout of Xiangshuihu Great Wall
For tourists in Beijing, Xiangshuihu Great Wall is always appearing as surprise and mysterious. Located in the west side of Huairou District, Beijing Xiangshuihu Ancient Great Wall has a typical location with charming sceneries. As the important part of Xiangshuihu scenic area, the Xiangshuihu Great Wall is undoubtedly the most significant attraction for the tourists here. This Great Wall is located by a dam but it has been dried up for long years. Walking around, you could see the lush dense woods growing in the bottom of this dam. Compared to the surrounded green landscapes, the Great Wall showed more beautiful and fresh. Different season, this section will show different sceneries. In spring, it is best time to enjoy the colorful flowers. In summer, water and air is quite fresh here. When to the autumn, the whole mountain will be full of red leaves, fantastic. For the winter, tourists could enjoy the mountains cladding in silvery white. It is a popular and fantastic enjoyment to appreciate the snow landscape on Xiangshuihu Great Wall.

Legend of Xiangshuihu Great Wall
For visiting Beijing Xiangshuihu Great Wall, getting the background legend will be extremely an interesting thing. It is said that the Moshikou Barrie on the Xiangshuihu Great Wall is an important project in Ming Dynasty. There was a barbican entrance in the barrier and has dual switches. Moshikou Barrie was built in the year of 1404 getting famous for more than 59 years history. It plays a very important role as border fortress nearby Beijing Junction. On the half way of this Great Wall building, there is Lianyuan Cave and Tuteng Pavilion located adding many mysterious tastes to this area. The characters of Lian Yun Cave engraved in front of the hillside are of the supernatural workmanship. For the miracle is that there was a golden dragon engraved in the cave. About this dragon, there is a legend telling that this vigorous dragon protected the Xiangshuihu Lake and local people. So, during the tour, tourists could see the dragon statue to express the local people's worship and best wishes.

If you hold enough interests, you could have a visit, seize great chance!

Reed and Willow Great Wall

It is universally known that the Great Wall of China was built with rammed bricks as well as solid stones. In fact, the sections of the Great Wall located in Gansu were built with reeds and willows rammed with sand. These sections of the Great Wall are mainly located in the desert area in China, like Luobupo area in Xinjiang and Yumenguan in Gansu.

Great Wall in Gansu Province

The construction material of these sections is due to the special climate and natural condition as solid stone is very hard to find and bricks are short of earth. These areas are well known for its lack of rainfall, with an annual rainfall less than scores of millimeters and exposed rocks and sand all over the place. Hardly any plants survive out here. Those which survive in the water-rich areas are nothing but reed and willow. Because the earth out here is not fit for building the wall and it is hard to build the wall with only sand, so the border people cleverly used the natural condition out here and mixed the sand with the reed and willows while building the Great Wall.

According to observation on site, the technique of building the Great Wall with reed and willow involves: first of all, cut abundant amount of reeds and willows from where they grew; then put a layer of the reeds and willows where the Great Wall was located, and on top of the reeds and willows added the mixture of sand and stone, in repeating this way, the Great Wall was erected in the end. Every layer of the reed and willow is about 5cm and sand and stone about 20cm. If the Great Wall needed to be built about 5 meters high, it would take about 20 layers of the mixture of reed and willow as well as sand. The construction of the Great Wall was used to defend the Mongolian rivalry and to build the Great Wall in this way can also achieve the same goal. However, this kind of Great Wall is not fire-free. But fortunately, the Mongolian tribes held very dear of the rule that no one is to set fire on the grassland. According to legends, the one who set fire on the grassland would be sentenced to death in fire. This kind of unique Great Wall built with reed and willow can still be found in the deserts in China.

Great Wall in Jin Dynasty

In Chinese history, Great Wall built in Jin Dynasty was to fight against the neighbors - Mongols. For the world wonder, its history and the building construction are enough to gain high fame. Now, let us walk into Jin Dynasty Great Wall.

Great Wall in China

Great Wall Prior to Jin Dynasty
After the Sui Dynasty collapsed, glorious Tang Dynasty established. In Tang Dynasty, all the people lived happy life and the economy and culture are very prosperous. During this time, there was no war and trouble. After the Tang Dynasty came to the Song Dynasty, Song Dynasty had treat from its neighbors, Liao, Western Xia, but it did not build any fortification walls. Later, according to the history records, there was one section of Great Wall built in Liaoning Province. In the year of 1026, the Nuzhen Nationality occupied the territory and constructed several beacon towers and fortress for defense. Later these constructions became the important part of the defense system. During this period, Great Wall was enlarged reached to the Jilin Province.

Great Wall Construction in Jin Dynasty
In the year of 1115, Nuzhen Nationality formed Jin Dynasty. In order to fight against the invasion of the neighbors, Jin Dynasty built a large scale building construction. However, the Great Wall built in Jin Dynasty is not the same as those previous walls. Some sections of Jin Dynasty Great Wall, ditches and subsidiary walls were built to enhance the defensive function. About experiencing 75 years, Jin Dynasty was finished composed by two major sections including the Mingchang Old Great Wall and the Mingchang New Great Wall. Mingchang Old Great Wall has another name of Border Fortress of the Jin Dynasty. Stretching about 500 kilometers, this Great Wall section is located in the Hilongjiang Province. Mingchang New Great Wall is also called the Inner Wall of Jin. Being built to fight against the invasion of neighbors, the whole section stretched about 1,500 kilometers long. Running from Hetao area of Inner Mongolia at the West, via many provinces, this section showed still vigorous. Now, tourist could appreciate the site of Great Wall in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Entering into Yuan Dynasty, it is no need to construct the defenses on the border, because during that time, the border has reached both Asia and Europe. The new era of Great Wall started a journey from the Ming Dynasty.

Can Great Wall Be Seen From the Space?

For the magnificent Great Wall, everyone hold mysterious feelings and fresh ideas to enjoy its long-distance journey, complex building structure and the background history. It is no doubt that Great Wall is the longest man-made buildings under heaven. For a long time, Great Wall is believed to be seen from the space. Is that true?

Great Wall of China

Topic Views
For the hottest topic, there are many ideas and sayings. It is said in order to find the right result, many astronauts ever flied to the space and verified the saying and took pictures as evidence. The astronauts said that in the space, Great Wall is just like a black worm, zigzagging falling and down. For this proud answer, Chinese people mixed into for many years. Later, for the same question that is the Great Wall visible from the space. The first Chinese astronaut - Yangliwei was lifted into the outer space and gave the definite answer 'no'. For the strong response, Chinese people feel depressed. However, the research corrects the wrong view. Although Great Wall looked very magnificent and elegant, it still could not be seen from the space.

Other Useful Evidence
Besides Chinese astronauts, other evidences could support this idea. The first set foot on the moon in the year of 1969, American aviator - Armstrong said that he only got the continent, lakes and the spots touched with the red but the Great Wall. From the moon, he could capture any man-made project. Later, there are two astronauts also proved the view that Great Wall could not be seen from the space.

Theoretically Speaking
For the theoretically speaking that the Great Wall could be seen from the space, because it is narrow and irregular. In the space, the obstacles showing irregular are hard to see and observe. Measuring about 10 meters wide on average, Great Wall is very easily to be immerged from the surrounding environment. It is said that to see the Great Wall in the space is equal t see the hair from 2,688 meters away. Apart from that, some people introduced the idea to make the Great Wall visible from the space. The condition is we should light the spotlights on the Great Wall. If do that, in the space, it will be possible to see the Great Wall.

Tips for Beijing Backpackers

No matter the imperial landmarks and Great Wall buildings as well as the suburb natural scenic spots all attracted large scale tourists and backpackers. For the visitors booking tours, they have their perfect itineraries and arrangements. But for the backpackers, to experience a typical holiday, some tips still need their attention!

Backpackers in Beijing

Enough Preparations
Nowadays, it has become a very popular trend for Beijing tour with backpacker-style. To seize the great chance and realize a perfect free holiday, having enough preparation before departure will be important including the bags, food, drinks, flashlight, money and the camps. On the whole tourism journey, everything needs your own attention, articles for daily use and specialties for personal. Camps conducted an important role for our accommodation at night. Among these articles, the map will be the important, especially for the strangers. A map will tell you all the information about your scenic spots, your favorites and the detail route. It could protect you from the getting lost or being stolen and some other dangerous affairs. So, in your preparations, taking the map will be smarter.

Have Companion
For the backpackers, have companion is very important. During the tour journey, it is very easy to occur to the emergency. No matter during your Beijing downtown area appreciation and Beijing suburb area appreciation, you should have companions to share troubles and happiness. If you climb the Great Wall, you should have companion to help. For the wild area, dropping and getting lost affairs are very easy to appear. If there is no companion, it will be worse. By contrast, the companion could help to resolve this problem. In case to be swindled, companion is also very important.

Pay Attention to the Scenic Spot Protection
No matter where you lingered and stayed, free scenic spots or the feel attractions, environment protection will be the most important points needing your special attention. To be a backpacker, the one thing we have done is that we have protect the environment in some degree, no car smoke. Environment created a nice condition for our lives, so we should protect them back! Carvings and littering should be forbidden.

Backpackers are free and natural. Challenge nature and get fully relaxed. After grasp the upper tips, your nice day is just around corner!

How to Fulfill 72 Hours Visa Free Tour in Beijing

For tourists, 72 hours visa free tour is just like a fairy treatment. By this advanced tour policy, tourists could not only save money and time but also realize their dreams getting close to dreamful attractions. Staying in Beijing, how to fulfill your72 hours visa free tour?

Beijing Great Wall

Seize Beijing Top Attractions
To be a smart traveler, coming to Beijing, arrange your attractions first is a must! Housing so many tourist attractions and deep Chinese culture, you will be mixed into disorder. If you are a fresh Beijing tourist, Great Wall is the first choice. Covering world wonder fame and unexpected project, different sections of the Great Wall are always listed into the tourism order. After that, the top imperial buildings will be a must. Forbidden City, as the imperial palace for 24 emperors, has undergone numerous histories and painstaking. After the two scenic spots, according to your interests, do your plan. However, for regular visitors, you could choose THE PALACE to feel the modern Beijing economy and Beijing Xidan Commercial Street to feel modern shopping condition.

Seize Top Beijing Cuisine
After Beijing attractions sightseeing, you should have a fully enjoyment about Beijing cuisine. As the representative of Beijing cuisine, Peking Roast Duck is the most impressive food. To be same as Beijing culture and history, Beijing Roast Duck also experienced complex history. With well-selected duck materials and different seasonings, Beijing Roast Duck also covered complex eating methods. The most famous Roast Duck Restaurant is Quanjude. Besides the top cuisine, Beijing snacks are the second bait. Visit Wangfujing Snack Street to enjoy various snacks from all over China.

Seize Beijing Night Show
Last of your 72 hours visa free tour, you could see the famous night show in Beijing. Representing Beijing traditional culture and history, Peking Opera Show is the most colorful. Sitting in the large scale square and listen to the delicate performance, you will be mixed into old Beijing. The roles, dressing styles and face-painting are all added with many complex ideas. The most famous Peking Opera Theater in Beijing is Liyuan Theater. Here, sipping a cup of tea and enjoy the typical performance, you could fully feel profound China Performance culture.

After getting attractions, cuisine and performances during 72 hours visa free tour staying in Beijing, you have got Beijing. Your visa free tour is successful!

Legend of Jiayuguan Pass

To be as the important pass at famous ancient Silk Road, Jiayuaguan Pass left tourists the impression of solemn and splendid. In Chinese ancient times, for building the important pass, it costs a great deal in terms of manpower and material resource. What the most interesting is that there are many stories, legends aroused during the building period.

Jiayuguan Great Wall

The Wall Stabilizing Brick
For the story of wall stabilizing brick, it is about Jiayuguan Pass. It tells that during the Ming Dynasty, there was a workman called Yi Kaizhan. He got very famous for his smartness. People always called him as mathematician. Before building Jiayuguan Pass, he calculated that it would take exactly 99,999 bricks to build. At that time, the supervisor did not believe him and said that if calculated wrong, all the workmen will suffer from the heavy labor. After this elegant project is finished, there was one brick left behind the Xiwong city gate. After seeing this, the supervisor got very happy and ready to punish the workmen. But, Yi Kaizhan said that if the brick has a tiny move, it would cause the whole project to collapse. After that, the brick remained in place and was never moved. Until now, tourists could find the brick on the tower of the pass.

Goats Carry the Bricks
Measuring about nine meters high, Jiayuguan Pass is elegant project housing ten towers with different shapes and abundant buttresses. During that time, it was very difficult for the construction workers. Under the poor condition without lifting equipment, the workers had to carry the bricks with hand and shoulder. After firing the bricks, workers used oxcarts to carry them to the pass and then had to pass them up onto the wall by manpower. Although there are many workers were sent out, it was still a hard job. However, one day, there was a shepherd boy brought his goats to feed alongside this construction. After seeing the laborious workers, he suddenly aroused an idea. He took off his girdle, tied a brick on each end and put the girdle over the back of a goat. After that, he patted the goat. The goat went on carried the bricks down the road. After seeing this, all the workers became pleasant. They adopted the ideas and carried large number of bricks onto the Great Wall.

After hearing the two legends, would you like to have a closer experience?

History and Legend of Yumenguan Pass

Everyone is very familiar with the Yumenguan Pass but do not get the detail information of this section of the Great Wall. To get more about the background culture of it, I would like to lead you to walk into its background legend.

Yumenguan Great Wall

Original Transportation in Yumenguan
In China, Yumenguan Great Wall has the first name called Small Square City. Later its name was changed. It is said that in the past years, there are many caravans passed through a post in the west of Small Square City in Gansu Province. During that time, all the caravans are carrying about the precious jades. Adding the variety of terrains and hard locations, it is very hard to have a perfect transportation. What the most dangerous is that there are swamps, valleys, forests and fields of wild grasses growing everywhere. Especially during the hot summer, in order to get rid of the summer heat, these caravans always choose the night to transport. For the horses, they always get lost in the dark terrain. People are also unfamiliar with the dark road. So, the post gets the name of Horse Losing the Way.

Origin of Yumenguan Pass Great Wall
During the transportation journey, it is very easy to get lost. One day, there was a man got lost and he did not know how to get rid of the dark. When he is stuck in the losing, one goose appeared shouting, 'honk, honk, give me food, honk, honk, take me out'. Once heard this, the young man understood its meaning that this goose was hungry. So, he gave food and water to this goose. This goose led him safely to his destination, Small Square City. But, one day, the caravan lost himself again in the same place. The goose dropped on the caravan and said, 'honk, honk, led you out if you inlay jade on the pass'. Only the young man got what the goose said and he told his leader that they should inlay a luminous black green jade on the top of Small Square City. But, the leader refused. So, the very same caravan got lost and died of thirst.

End of the Story
For the black condition of transportation, the same young man has been rescued two times repeated the words of the goose, this time the leader followed and he chose the best and largest luminous black green jade to inlay on the top of the pass. At last, when the night falls, the brilliant rays that the jade sent out could be clearly seen from the far distance. It offered a great chance for the transportation.

Now, you have got why it was called Jade Gate Pass (Yumenguan).

Labor Force of Great Wall

As the world wonder, Great Wall always bring much surprise for the long-distance buildings, large scale and wild locations as well as the heavy materials - Bricks and the Stones. Every time climbed the Great Wall in China, you may ask the same question: how they were built such magnificent project. How many labors contributed on this project? How many materials were used in the Great Wall? Today, I will lead you to know the labor force.

Labor Force of Great Wall

Magnificent Project for Ancient People
As we all know, Great Wall experienced profound history, deep culture and was regarded as the world wonder. Another point is that Great Wall is a wonder that the ancient Chinese laboring people created under the poor-economy condition. All the laboring woks and buildings just depend on the manpower. It is said that the man is the machine during the ancient China. Among the magnificent Great Wall construction, there were millions of people contributed on the deep mountains and steep valleys. What the most important is that there are many and many workers lost their lives facing the dangerous works.

Three Groups Labor Force during Great Wall Construction
It is said that during the Great Wall building construction, the labor force was divided into three main groups including the soldiers, common people and criminals. According to the historical data, the criminals were rented as the slaves to do the serious work. Since the Qin Dynasty, the Great Wall construction has become a very large scale project. The emperor - Qinshihuang ordered millions of soldiers to finish this project. It is of course that the soldiers made up of the main construction. During the Qin Dynasty, over 300,000 soldiers made contribution to the construction. It took about nine years to finish the heavy work. For the millions of common people, they were ordered to build the wall. Just the Northern Qi's wall required over 500,000 common people to contribute. However, the criminals are regarded as the slaves receiving punishment during the construction. They were ordered to take turns patrolling the wall, while at night, building and extending the wall. According to the ancient laws, these criminals were forced to do the work for4 years.

Dangerous Condition
With the Great Wall construction becoming more and more serious, more and more common people were contributed in. Most of these people are man or boys. Even some children were ordered to do this work. Especially during the Wei-jin and Southern and Northern dynasties, there was almost no man engaged in the farming. The women were frightened to have a boy. The widows dared not to marry a woman. Also, the Great Wall led to large number of death and injuries. It is the common phenomenon that the women lost their sons, husbands.

We just appreciate the modern magnificent project and the background should lead our attention. We should protect the treasure housing blood and sweat as well as lives!

Tips for Kids Tour in Beijing

More and more tourists come to Beijing for entertaining and enjoying. Among the tourists, families covered a large part. So, it will be a problem exploring Beijing with little children and heavy luggage. In order to relieve your pressure, ensure you an excellent holiday, I will spare you some tips.

Beijing Kids Tour

Explore the Scenic Spots Opened for Children
If you visit Beijing with your children, it is better to explore some children-themed scenic spots, just like Beijing Be You World, Happy Valley, Beijing Zoo, etc. Each of them could satisfy the children dream for researching the real world. No matter in the knowledge-widen, education and the life-dream, they could conduct a certain effect to their growth. For exploring the Be You World, children could widen vision and grasp the chance to enter into a new world. And they will be the role in this new world. See them how to design their life to analysis their characters and dream. For the Happy Valley, they could research the most interesting activity to leave their best childhood. For exploring Beijing Zoo, they could get closer to the real nature, pandas, golden monkey as well as the ocean world. To stimulate their inner thirst for the world creature, these arrangements will be best destination.

Safety-conscious for Children in Popular Scenic Spots
If you are very interested in the long-journey scenic spots, please take care of your children, such as Great Wall hiking. It is very hard for the children to have the whole hiking journey. During the journey, spilling away or the falling over condition is very easy to occur. You could climb with children in your arms. The most ideal choice for climbing is taking the cable car. With safety designing and perfect arrangement, cable car could offer the ideal condition for the children and the old.

Preparations for Kids Tour
Before starting the tour with your children, having enough preparation is the must. All the commodities children used should be taken including some drugs, clothes and their favorite food. The most important is that do not taking much cash with you. During the whole visiting journey, you will pay much attention on your children. Losing money or children will be the horrible result. So, just taking the card to start a journey, you will save a lot.

Kids tour is sweet and happy. It just depends on your special attention!

Most Basic Concerns of the Great Wall

You will not be the real hero without hiking the Great Wall. This is very popular saying in China to describe the status of the Great Wall. At the same time, many questions aroused, how long is the Great Wall? How many leaders came here for visiting?

Badaling Great Wall

How Long is Chinese Great Wall?
No matter young tourists, the elderly or the children, they always hold curious ideas to the over length of Chinese Great Wall. In fact, it is a very difficult question to answer, because there are many dynasties contributed to the Great Wall. In addition, there are many sections of Great Wall hidden in the mountains; some are located in the remote areas, grasslands, etc. It created difficult condition to counter the real length of Great Wall. In the year of 2009, it is announced that the length of section built in the Ming Dynasty measuring about 8,851.8 kilometers long from Hushan in Liaoning and Jiayuguan Pass in Gausu. Among the long distance, the sections built in Beijing measured about 550 kilometers long. It is no doubt that Great Wall is regarded as the man-made cultural and natural relic retained from ancient Chinese culture. The new data said the Great Wall distance passed about ten cities or provinces including Liaoning, Hebei, Tianjin, Beijing, Shanxi, Inner Mongolian and Shaanxi, etc. Within the long distance building built in Ming Dynasty, there are over 730 beacon towers contained.

How Many Leaders Visited Great Wall?
Among different sections of the Great Wall, the most famous part is Badaling. Every day, it will receive loads of tourists from home and abroad for sightseeing. From this section, tourists could not only appreciate the charming scenery with fresh air but also enjoy the culture and history of China. During the visit in China, many world famous leaders ever came here. In the year of 1957, Badaling Great Wall received the first foreign honored guest - President Voroshilov, then the President of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. In the following years, there are over 400 world leaders visited Badaling Great Wall. Among these leaders, over 80 leaders have left valued pieces of calligraphy and best wishes. It is said that until now, Badaling has receive about 150 million visitors from China and other countries.

It is just like the first brand of Chinese tourism industry. Great Wall of China will continually receive success in the future days!

Why Beijing is Best Explored with a Car

As a sprawling metropolis, Beijing is kind of difficult to navigate around to visit those amazing tourist destinations, especially for those first time visitors. But with a rental car to explore Beijing will be a lot easier and quicker to explore best of Beijing. Here are some reasons why you need a car while exploring Beijing.

Rent a Car for Beijing Tour

Reason 1: Safe and Pleasant Ride
First of all, if you rent a car for your trips in Beijing, you will also have an experienced Chinese driver and a tour guide who speaks fluent English. Plus the ride will take you to all of the wonderful places you want to go. Moreover, the ride will be safer and quicker without sharing the ride with other travels along the way, which will save you a lot of time for your visit to your favorite sights. In addition, with a knowledgeable Chinese tour guide by your side, you will get an essential Chinese experience as well as learn more stories behind every sight while exploring the city of Beijing. Best of all, with a rental car, your itinerary of traveling in Beijing will be flexible and you can explore the city at your own pace. More importantly, if you are traveling with family members, to rent a car for your travel in Beijing cannot be better. It may cost you a lot more to rent a car, but it will be worth it all.

Reason 2: An Essential Peking Experience
The safe and quick ride aside, with a rental car, you will get a chance to explore further outside Beijing to see those off the beaten path destinations Beijing has to offer. It goes without saying that there are a whole bunch of amazing sights in the city area of Beijing, like the Forbidden City and Summer Palace and the like, but the rural Beijing is even more fantastic and worthwhile exploring. Better yet, you can have your itinerary tailored to your own choice, like combining some sights in the city area with those remote destinations outside Beijing. There are a large number of scenic mountains and valleys outside Beijing, which make for perfect hiking destination. At the mention of sights outside Beijing, the Great Wall is a must-visit destination. There are many sections worth exploring outside Beijing. If you want to explore those wild sections, a car ride is perfect.

Overall, there is no better way to explore Beijing than a car ride with a private tour guide included.

Density of Simatai Great Wall

Density is another feature of the Great Wall at Simatai. The nearest watch towers are only 43.8 meters away from each other, the farthest ones about 600 meters, with an average distance of 100-200 meters. According to the provisions of the Ming Dynasty, the watch tower should be built every 500 meters on the Great Wall, so this section of the Great Wall is an exception.

Simatai Great Wall

All refers to the watchtowers and the construction forms peculiar variety. From the exterior view, watchtowers have monocular floor, three-eye tower, four-eye tower and five-eye tower; a single floor, double floor and the three floor. They are hollow fortresses, in different sizes and different form, according to the garrison of the rank level, the number and the terrain the watch towers were respectively built. The internal structure is a brick masonry structure, housing a single room, double room, multi room; the room layout looks like a "field", "well" word; the roof is the most changeful, flat dome roof, octagonal caisson roof, covered bucket top; even the doors and windows are novel and chic with side door, middle door, brick and stone, and exquisite carved granite on the stone gate.

This is rare and precious relics in the Great Wall history. Simatai section of the Great Wall houses fairy tower and Wangjing Watchtower - two representative watch towers. Wangjing Watchtower is the highest point of Great Wall at Simatai with a commanding elevation, 986 meters above sea level, a hollow three-eye tower, two story brick structure. When the day is sunny, Beijing City can be seen from here, hence the name of Wangjing. Wangjing tower offers a panoramic view of the magnificent mountain. The fairy building is the most beautiful structure in the hillside. The inner arch was built with brick, three paths, ten archways gate. The center top is brick octagonal caisson, built with four brick columns. Visitors gently singing inside can hear euphonious echo. The beautiful lotus flower relief on the archway. If it is not defense facilities, it will make for a fairy pavilion. In addition, the wall structure is more exquisite, full of change. Due to the terrain and the military, the wall is divided into the single wall, double wall and the barrier wall, stone and brick mixed masonry, arrow hole.

Did Great Wall Serve as Territory Border

Most of the time, the Great Wall did not serve as the border, especially during Ming Dynasty. In Ming dynasty, the Mongolian people still believed that they are the masters of Chinese people. The main reason for that is because they once ruled the inner land before they were forced back outside the Great Wall. They had ruled the inner land for over a hundred years. They were overthrown by the farmer army led by Zhuyuanzhang and after that they had to get back to their former territory - that is located outside the Great Wall. However, the Mongolian people still did not admit the loss of the rule of China. For quite a long time, they still used the Yuan Dynasty. So if the Mongolian people did not think of them as outlandish people, then the Great Wall was not border at all.

Great Wall of China

From another perspective, the Chinese dynasty also did not deem the Great Wall as a border. The reason lies in the fact that there was a vast land located outside the Great Wall, and the land also belonged to the feudal dynasty. So it is impossible to treat the Great Wall as border. In Ming dynasty, there were a bunch of departments set up for the defense of the Great Wall and there were a few of them situated outside the Great Wall, including Liaoning, Daning and Wanquan sections of the Great Wall. In the beginning of Ming dynasty, the government set up a series of administrative departments in Liaoning and Inner Mongolia to the purpose of the defense of the Great Wall. Those administrative departments were scattered across the northern area of China.

All of the above-mentioned facts lead to a conclusion that the Great Wall did not serve as the border, both in the eyes of the Mongolian people and the Chinese feudal emperors. Most of the time, Ming dynasty held a tight reign over the northern area outside the Great Wall. The Ming government used to take a series of effective measures to enhance its administration for the areas outside the Great Wall. The most famous historic events include negotiation for peace and marriage of peace. Afterwards, the Great Wall was turned into a bustling market for trade between the Mongolian people and inner land people.

Overall, the Great Wall cannot be simply interpreted as a border of China.

Main Structure on Great Wall

Great Wall is the main part of this defense system. It was built in the lofty mountains and steep hills or Plains and obstacles, according to need of terrain and defense function and construction. In the plain or fortified place the wall is built very tall and sturdy, and in the alpine built low and narrow, in order to save manpower and cost. Even some of the steep sections are built in place which is hard to approach, like the Juyongguan, Badaling, Shanxi, Gansu and other areas of the Great Wall, with an average of about seven or eight meters high; from the bottom to the top of the wall thickness of about six or seven meters, a width of four or five meters. At the top of the wall, it is arranged in the inner side, more than one meter high, to prevent the soldiers while patrolling from dropping off the wall. Lateral side is set with crenel wall, 2 meters high. The upper crenel wall set at the mouth, the lower part of a fire hole and grind stone hole, to watch the enemy and shot through, or rolling stones down.

Great Wall

The city pass is very important, located in the favorable defensive terrain with very little force to resist the powerful invaders, vividly explaining the importance of pass city. Along the Great Wall the city is big or small. Near some big pass city are more than ten small pass cities on the mountain near the customs, common components of the Great Wall defense engineering construction system. Some important Pass City has several lines, such as in the area beyond Shanhaiguan Pass. The north of Badaling is the most important defense of Juyongguan sentinel. Beacon Tower is one of the most important parts of the Great Wall defense. Its role is to act as transmitting military facilities. Beacon Tower is used for the transmission of information which has been around for a long time. Transfer method is burning smoke during the day, setting the fire at night (because the daytime sunlight is very strong, the fire is not easy to see), night light visible from far away. This way of transmitting information is very scientific and very rapid method. There are some ways to signal the number of the invaders with smoke and fire, to enhance the alarm effect.

Overall, the Great Wall is more than just a long wall, but a complicated engineering feat.

How to Get Your Blood Pumped in Beijing

If blood-pumping adventure is your thing and you would give anything for an ultimate adventure in Beijing, you will be in for a big surprise while visiting Beijing. There are as many destinations as you can imagine that Beijing has to offer for adventure. Here is one of the most popular locations where you can kick off your adventure in Beijing.

Yougushentan in Beijing

First: Explore Natural Features
After a steep climb up the ladder, you can reach the Shentan Scenic Area, covering an area of about 80 square meters, with the water more than six meters deep, clear and transparent, crystal like silver. Its natural and spectacular beauty along is reason enough for a visit! Yougu Shentan, because of its special geographical location and the peculiar structure, is rich in mineral resources, richly endowed by nature with a wide variety of natural attractions all over the area. Yougu Shentan is located in the territory of Huairou District, 75 km from Beijing which is a popular leisure area, boasting a pleasant climate. The scenic canyon is filled with amazing waterfalls, pools and steep cliffs, visitors can not only enjoy the extraordinary wonders looking like being created by the spirits of nature of the pen, but also enjoy the wonderful waterfalls and pools. The scenic area has Tongtian gate, crouching tiger hill, stone house, thunder-hit stone, Moon Refection Lake, olecranon peaks, rocks and cliffs and waterfalls ten popular sights.

Second: Explore Diverse Activities
When getting away from urban noisy city, tourists come here, not only can walk along the stone path or stroll by the brook, and listen to the stream gurgling, tasting the sweet in the air, but also appreciate the calligraphy, seal cutting and the ancient rock art from masters. There are 300m speed skating which can give you a chance to try a thrilling slide. The spring water boasts high quality - you can drink if you want- containing rich minerals. Natural green food on offer is also very delicious and nutritious. Worth trying includes Iron meat stew with frozen dried turnip, iron pot stewed dried cabbage etc… Secret Roast Lamb Leg is the signature dish of the area. Roast leg of lamb tastes very delicious, featuring crisp outside and tender inside, overflowing with aroma. The restaurant will also launch one or two special dishes every week. The elegant Yougu Shentan restaurant can accommodate 200 people dining at the same time, to a full set of country snacks and mountain banquet for you. You can enjoy your catch of trout fished by yourself and excellent flavor Roasted Whole Lamb and all kinds of game barbecues.

Overall, Yougu Shentan gives you once-in-a-lifetime adventure and essential Chinese outdoor experience while visiting Beijing.

Retreat to Houhai for Fun and Relaxation

If you want to get away from the summer heat and just kick back for a little while when visiting Beijing, nothing beats a retreat to Houhai. There are plenty of fun activities to explore in Houhai. Here are some fun things highly recommended for you!

Boat Cruise on Houhai Lake
Beijing Houhai Area

Though hyped to be the sea, Houhai is actually a huge artificial lake, and used to be a former royal family retreat. Located in downtown Beijing, it is only four or five stops from Tiananmen, next to the famous Jingshan Park, with the Imperial Palace standing not far apart facing each other. With a walk, you will see green glazed tile walls, as well as lush and towering trees. Reportedly, Houhai Lake is connected with the Imperial Palace, since ancient times has been the geomantic treasure ground. Back then, the monks built the temple here, the ministers set home by the shore, celebrities have also moved to the lakeside, making Houhai a gathering place of historic celebrities. Houhai has long enjoyed a good reputation as the summer retreat and a favorite playground of locals. Historical sites, lotus blossoms, teahouse, food vendors, and folk art and other kinds of booths can be found all over the area, attracting official eunuch, literati, and celebrities flood in a throng for fun and relaxation. No wonder the urban people just love hanging out in Houhai. Small bridges, lovely water, a bowl of bean milk all make a retreat to Houhai an essential Chinese experience.

Enjoy Night out to Houhai Bar Street
Beijing Houhai Area

It is not the scenic lake, boat cruise and lovely cityscapes Houhai can offer its visitors. There is more to Houhai than meets the eye. While having fun on a boat ride on Houhai Lake, you can also go for a night out to the Houhai Bar Street for fun. The Houhai Bar Street is lined with a wide variety of themed bars and pubs housed in traditional houses in Beijing. The bars and pubs as well as clubs make a night out to Houhai worthwhile and fun. You can enjoy some lovely time retreating to a bar for drinking, sightseeing by the lakeside or just kick back by the shore. Most importantly, the views at Houhai do look its best at night, which makes a night out here even more meaningful.

Overall, retreating to Houhai during summer days is a good bet to kick back and relax!

Water and Great Wall

It is no secret at all that the Great Wall was built upon lofty hills along the northern stretch of China. So it is kind of hard for some to believe that water has something to do with the Great Wall, like the flood and river. However, according to a study related to the Great Wall, there are many sections of the Great Wall which have to cross some lowlands.

Shuiguan Great Wall

Although the Great Wall was equipped with a series of facilities and structures to prevent the water from eroding the wall, it is inevitable to keep the wall away. Aside from the rain water, the maintenance of the Great Wall has much to do with the water. It is said that many sections of the wall which have been penetrated by water. One way of dealing with this issue is to build some towers to distribute the water out of the wall. There is a section of the Great Wall called Liujiakou located in Hebei territory, which has a huge central archway built on the wall to help pass the water. To keep the Great Wall in good condition and keep the enemies away, the Great Wall builders went out of their way to deal with the water erosion which posed a big threat to the defense of the Great Wall.

In addition, there is another structure built on the wall to prevent the water from eroding the wall. It is called Shuiguan. Such structure can still be found at Juyongguan section. The Shuiguan played a key role in keeping the water from penetrating the wall. By the way, the other complex water gates are also equipped with facilities to enhance the protection of the wall. The most famous feature of them is the multiple openings found at the bottom of the wall at some sections. Today, many of the openings have been well restored and repaired to its original glory. Some remains which are well preserved can still be found at some sections of the Great Wall. Moreover, there are still some other facilities used to facilitate the prevention of the Great Wall. there are some pointed buttresses found by the wall, which are believed to be used to break the ice flow and connect the bed of the river. In this way, the Great Wall would be free of the water erosion and flood. Overall, the Great Wall is related to the water.

What Exactly Great Wall Reveals

Hailed as one of the most splendid engineering feat in the world, the Great Wall of China means more than its name tells. There is more to it than meets the eye. Usually, the name of the Great Wall has created much misunderstanding between western and Chinese people. There is plenty more sides about the Great Wall which have not been revealed.

Great Wall of China

To better explain what exactly what the Great Wall stands for, it is best to describe what it does not stand for. Generally, at the mention of the Great Wall, some may mistake it as one Great Wall, but in fact, the Great Wall consists of many different sections spanning across the northern area of China. As it goes without saying, the Great Wall was not built in a single dynasty and built at different areas, so it is next to impossible to connect the wall as a whole. There are a wide variety of sections of the Great Wall snaking across the northern area of China. Moreover, the Great Wall is not all about a pile of bricks and stone, the Great Wall refers to a well advanced defensive system. There are lots of defensive structures built alongside with the wall, like the watch towers, beacon towers and many other kinds of additions. To this day, there are a large number of components of the wall lost along the way, but there are many parts of the structure well preserved on the wall, showing the Great Wall is more than just a pile of bricks and stone.

By the way, the complicated system of the Great Wall is filled with trenches, towers of various shapes and sizes, gates, fortresses and barracks. They are well kept to this day, in quantity, scale, architectural diversity. Sometimes the Great Wall is connected at some sections by the border, other times, the wall is divided apart from each other. Although, the Great Wall is called the Great Wall of Genghis Khan, however, the wall was built mainly at inner land of northern China. There are also some sections of the wall existing in other countries, like in Russia and Korea. Overall, the Great Wall of China runs along the vast northern area of China, overlooking Yellow River and into the edge of the sea. The Chinese people are so proud of the Great Wall, so in the hearts of the Chinese, the Great Wall is called Wan Li Chang Cheng, meaning ten-thousand miles Great Wall.

Weapons Used to Defend the Great Wall

In Chinese history, the weapons used to defend the Great Wall varied greatly throughout the different dynasties. It is mainly divided into cold weapon and powder weapon. Prior to Ming Dynasty, the weapons used on the Great Wall were all about long-range spikes, arrows, archery and the like. When the enemies attacked the Great Wall, the spikes were used to hold back the enemies close and the arrows and archery were used to attack the enemies afar.

Weapons used to Defend Great Wall

In Ming Dynasty, the weapon was improved greatly, and the most recognizable sign is the use of the powder weapon, including Huochong, and Gangpao, which were widely used on the Great Wall while holding back the Mongolian attackers. Chong refers to a kind of pipe-like gun which can be dated back to Song Dynasty and was used to attack with bullet. During Yuan Dynasty, this kind of weapon was improved greatly and built in large scale. In Ming dynasty, all kinds of canyons were called the general. There is a story related to this tradition. At the beginning of Ming dynasty, there was a man called Jiaofang who sent a pipe-shaped weapon to Ming emperor Zhu Yuanzhang. The emperor promised him if the weapon did work, then he would be rewarded handsomely and the weapon would be named after him as well. And as it turned out, the weapon was very helpful in the battles, so the emperor held the end of the bargain and named the weapon the general.

The canyons in Ming Dynasty were all loaded before battles. They were named differently, according to the sizes and shapes of them. There were many canyons imported from Dutch. During the late period of Ming dynasty, the small fiber canyon made its debut which was invented by Portuguese. According to the records written by Qijiguang, there were a wide variety of powder weapons back in the day during Ming dynasty. The weapons were used to deal with different kinds of army, some used to attack the rivalry, some infantry. In Qinhuangdao, there is a different stone canyon found. This kind of weapon was highly praised by Qijiguang and he commented that the weapon is not only cheap but also very powerful. The stone canyon played a key role in defending the Great Wall in history. The weapons used on the Great Wall bear testament to the evolution of Chinese weaponry.

Weather in Beijing is Important for Travel

It will be fun and once in a lifetime experience while traveling in Beijing. However, there is something you really should pay attention to - the weather. No matter when you visit Beijing, the city is amazing and has something for everyone! The weather in Beijing may not vary as greatly as it does in Lhasa, but the temperature within a day is kind of steep, especially during spring and autumn days. So it is highly recommended to prepare more layers of clothes or other gears. It is very easy to get a cold or flu when you are less careful while traveling around the city. Anyway, you would not want a cold or flu to ruin your travel. So it is better to be careful than to be sorry!

Why Zen Tea Culture Festival Worth Exploring

While you may have seen a thousand live music performances, but you will never watch the spectacular Zen Tea Culture Festive like you do in Beijing! With a visit to the Tanzhe Temple, you will get an in-depth insight into the rich tea culture of China.

Where to See Tea Culture Festival
Beijing Tanzhe Temple

As one of the oldest and well known temples in Beijing, the Tanzhesi (or Tanzhe Temple) hosts the Zen Tea Culture Festival every year, lasting from July until early September. Geared at promoting traditional tea culture of China, the Zen Tea Culture Festival allows you to be able to savor the one and only Tanzhesi Zen Tea and Tanzhesi prime cake – it will be an essential experience for you. The Tanzhe Temple is a Buddhist compound located in the Mentougou District in western Beijing (near the China National Highway 108). Once one of the most prestigious temples across China, the temple compound was constructed in the Jin Dynasty (265–420) and has a history of over 1,700 years old. The layout of the temple halls reflects the architectural styles of the Ming and Qing dynasties, and the compound also houses many pagodas that can be dated back to the Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.

What to Explore during the Festival
Beijing Tanzhe Temple Tea Culture Festival

The Art Treasures Cultural Festival is held in Tanzhe Temple every year, displaying an impressive selection of the greatest cultural treasures in China. The festival focuses on spreading the artistry and historical significance of the rare artistic heritage. It is well worth a visit while visiting Beijing, lasting from late August to early September. Last year the festival offered seven exhibitions that contained various themes like Art Treasures of Tibetan Buddhism and Cross–Straits Hongshan Jade. The festival displayed over 1300 ancient jade pieces in total. While the exhibition is reason enough for you to pay a visit to the temple, let alone the profound history, rich tea culture as well as mysterious Zen Buddhism. With a visit to the temple, you will get a chance to be immerse in the evoking atmosphere of the Zen Buddhism. It will be an essential Chinese experience for you!

To sum it up, the Zen Tea Culture Festival is not to be missed while visiting Beijing!

Watch Tower of Great Wall

The Watch Tower of Great Wall is also known as Dilou in Chinese, built higher on the wall. According to studies in Tangshan Province of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall, we found that the enemy has solid and hollow towers. In Qian'an, Qianxi, Zunhua, there are 662 watch towers, with only 3 solid towers, the rest are hollow towers. Base on prefabricated strip stones, the wall is surrounded by rectangular bricks staggered on top, the towers from base have obvious contracture, and the wall is in the shape of a trapezoid on the narrow ridges. On the top of the wall is added with crenels, together with the observation hole. The three solid towers are preserved more complete.

Watch Tower on Great Wall

In the territory of Tangshan, among 559 hollow towers, more complete preservation is only about 20%. Hollow towers is built on the Great Wall, surrounded by windows where the soldiers can live inside, offering storage of the weapons, ammunition to fight the invading enemy. Hollow towers are an important symbol of the gradual strengthening of defense system of the Great Wall. The founder of hollow tower is Ming Dynasty's Qi Jiguang, composed of three parts. The lower base is a large stone, level with the same high walls, the middle part is hollow part, some with brick arched openings, interconnected with rooms, some with wooden pillars and wood plates, outer featuring thick walls, forming a layer or two layers of large space for soldiers, storage, forage and weapons.

The upper top of the majority of the watchtower is reserved for the soldiers to shelter from the wind and rain, but also some space is turned into a platform for smoke, fire alarm, without a watchtower. On top of the hole in the tower, soldiers use the rope ladder, and some set aside in brick wall for a person to pass the brick or stone steps. The central hollow part of arrow windows and doors are open, the number varies with the enemy general size. Each layer of the open arrows windows, around the two arrow window a large enemy units, each equipped with four or five arrows windows. The nearby towers of Great Wall, according to arrow window number, are called as "Three-hole Tower", "four-hole Tower", "five-hole tower". The Great Wall's towers are also independent from the wall - we call the piers of the wall. In the west of Xifengkou, the pier structure of hollow tower is basically the same.

The Earliest Great Wall in China

The Great Wall was built with thousands of years of history, based on the past history, the Great Wall scholars continue to debate about which section is the earliest Great Wall ever built in China. There are mainly two kinds of views: one is the Chu Kingdom Great Wall was built the earliest; another kind of view is, the Spring and Autumn period Great Wall is the first Great Wall in China, some people even think that the Chu Great Wall does not exist at all. Sima Qian's book Shiji is worthy of study, but the record of Great Wall is not written in his book, so it is not sufficient to prove if Qi Great Wall is the earliest.

Great Wall in China

Many Great Wall records can be identified, from the 16th year of Emperor Chu reign (656 years ago), they already began to use records, and has found a large number of well preserved ruins to prove the history of the Great Wall and to clarify the distribution of Chu Great Wall. And it can be said that the Chu Great Wall is the earliest. The Chu Great Wall has left a large number of multilayer fortification sites from the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods. There are some evidences to show that the Great Wall built in later times was all influenced by the Chu Great Wall. For example, the garrison sentinel is necessary for the Great Wall, so the Qin, Han, Ming Dynasty the Great Wall also inherited and used a lot of the same form.

The construction principle of Chu Great Wall is to fully use the local conditions and to obtain raw materials from local surrounds. From the actual situation of the relics, built along the Funiu Mountain, stone wall accounted for the vast majority, and all featuring the stone architecture. Now those several rammed earth wall, because it is not built with stone, only some debris and remains are left. Historical records of the Chu Great Wall show the Chu Great Wall used to be called Square City. It may be related to the people's ideas. As already explained, the overall contour near the Great Wall is square or rectangular, some parts by the terrain constraints are irregular, but the traces show the Great Wall was built with square shape. This is probably because the ancient people firmly believed in Fengshui.

How Many Times the Great Wall Was Restored

The world renowned Great Wall was not built to its current glory in one go, however, it has gone through a couple restorations and renovations in history.

China Great Wall

The first large-scale building: following after the Qin Dynasty, another large-scale to build the Great Wall is in the Han dynasty. The Great Wall was extended back then, with more than twenty thousand li long. During the early Han Dynasty, the Central Plains were always under chaos, so Emperor Wusi of Han repeatedly sent armies to heavily hit north Xiongnu, then gradually built the Great Wall starting from Liaodong East, West to Xinjiang. According to historical records, Emperor Han Wu built the Great Wall four times during his reign.

127BC, the general Wei Qing was sent to Longxi to supervise the large-scale renovation of the Great Wall built by Qin Shihuang building; later, in 121BC, in order to consolidate the Hexi Corridor for the security, the emperor ordered the construction of the Great Wall starting from the modern Gansu province Yongdeng county to Jiuquan; third times larger to build the Great Wall is in 111BC to 110BC between the building from Jiuquan West to Yumen Pass the Great Wall; the last is in the beginning of 104BC to 101 BC built between the Yumen and Xinjiang) by the Lop Nor section of the Great Wall.

The third building: the period of Wei and Jin Dynasties, the Northern Wei, northern Chinese subsequently ruled Eastern Wei, Northern Qi Dynasty and the Northern Zhou Dynasty several Xianbei nobles ruling regime, because by the northern nomadic Turkic, Roen threat, continued to build the Great Wall as line of defense. Especially the Northern Wei and Northern Qi period, the construction of the Great Wall scale is quite large.

Fourth-time building was for the Turkish defense: Northern Sui Dynasty built the Great Wall. The Sui dynasty built the Great Wall of Qin, Han and scale than the later Ming far, many places in the former the Great Wall - all done on the basis of repair.

The fifth building: the last time large-scale building of the Great Wall was in the Ming dynasty according to history. In order to set up in defense of Mongolia the Great Wall was extended from the Yalu River East to West Jiayuguan.

Ideal Tools for Better Visiting Beijing Attractions

Getting a fully exciting tour will be an ideal choice in the tourists visiting Beijing. Have you got ideas about appreciating Beijing attractions? How should you experience complete holiday? Today, let us have a general conclusion!

Forbidden City

Audio Guide Device Exploring Imperial Palace
Every tourist wants to have a leisurely and meaningful visit for every spot they met. This time, the Audio Guide Device will be an ideal choice. As the representative of Beijing, with profound history and incomparable influence, Beijing Forbidden City has become a must-visit destination in the tourists, especially the foreign tourists. Wandering in this mysterious building, there are too much to discover, history, function of each small palace, complex building architecture, emperors lived inside, delicate decorations and the background, etc. Each of them needs detail exploration. Searching a tour guide belonging to you, Audio Guide Device will be an ideal choice. It is cheap to get and easy to operate. Wherever you went, it will express the detail and complete explanation to you, helping you a have a better understanding about this imperial palace and Chinese ancient history. In addition, Summer Palace is also a charming place deserving to rent this kind of device. Coming to Beijing, do not make it become regret!

Cable Car for Great Wall Hiking
For the tourists who are interested in Beijing Great Wall sections, Cable Car will be an ideal choice for the travelers. As new advanced facility equipped with Great Wall, it has become a public tool for hiking, especially for the weak groups, women, disabled, children and old people. Taking it, you could have an overview about the landscapes. The dragons style appearance will truly formed in your eyes. If your time is limited, cable car could help you save time. If you want to have a fly feeling in the fresh urban area, cable car could lead you incomparable feeling. Take your children enjoying the feeling, fast, safety and reliable!

Rickshaw Wandering Hutong
As the representative of Beijing, Beijing Hutong is terrific reflection of old Beijing culture and history. In order to make the feeling more apropos, Rickshaw will be the best choice. Sitting on the typical transportation, appreciating a set of old Hutongs, listening to the driver singing or telling story, you would find you have been mixed into this ancient atmosphere, mysterious and exciting. All the harmonies will surround you, forming a kind of old Beijing feature!

Amusing Center for Beijing Summer Tour

As we all known, when the summer falls, every night, the streets will be full of snacks and delicate stores for drinking and entertaining to enjoy the cool tastes of summer. No doubt that Beijing Sanlitun Village is a popular destination for the tourists for summer night relaxing and entertaining with friends, especially the young.

Bar Street of Sanlitun Village
Sanlitun Bar Street

Located in Chaoyang District, Sanlitun Village is a center for shopping, food and arts. The most famous section here will be the fashionable bar street. Being regarded as the representative of Beijing night life, especially during the summer period, all the bar stores will be full of young people, drinking, singing and chatting. It seemed that everyone of them was familiar with each other. They got here without communicating but for a same goal - enjoyment. Bar Street is located in the east side of North Sanlitun Village. Measuring 260 meters long, it covered an area of 1,648 square meters. It is said that more than 60pecent of Beijing bars are located here. Because of the advanced location of being adjacent to the embassies and foreign offices, there will be many foreign tourists every day. Summer night is coming late, when most of the bars will be opened. Under the lighting of the neon, here showed more glorious and luxurious. Sitting in the outdoor, drinking a cup of iced beer, chatting with your friends, imagine it will be a more wonderful summer enjoyment.

Delicate Food and Shopping in Sanlitun Village
Sanlitun Village

Perhaps, the real appearance of the summer night here has been beyond your imagination. In addition to the bars and beers, food and shopping here will be another two attractions. In this street, there distributed various restaurants ranging from China to American, from tradition to the authentic. Whatever you like, here will be the ideal place to satisfy your stomach. Shopping here is unique different and very enjoyable. Without fixed route, the shopping has become a summer tour destination. Wandering here, tourists will be attracted by the world famous brand flagship stores, Adidas, Nike and Twice, etc.

Beijing Summer, Sanlitun Village will be the main color!

Why Beijing Is Worth a Visit

As the cultural Mecca and capital city of China, Beijing makes for a perfect place to launch your China travel. There are so many delights to explore in Beijing and you can easily spend a few days there without running out of things to see, do and experience! Here are some reasons for you to stop by Beijing for an in-depth visit!

Endless Natural and Historic Delights
Beijing Great Wall

Engineering feat of the Great Wall is rare, making ancient architectural history of mankind a military defensive project, with a longstanding history, vast project, known to the world with its majestic breadth, was included in the World Heritage by UNESCO, known as the eighth wonder of the world. The religious architecture in Beijing also have long enjoyed a good reputation, the famous Buddhist Biyun temple, Taoist White Cloud Temple, Lamaism resort of Lama Temple and Islamic mosques in Niujie; Tiananmen Square in front of the Imperial Palace can accommodate 1000000 people here, is the largest city center square filled with magnificent buildings. Beijing is also home to plenty of well-known natural landscapes, such as the beautiful scenery of the Xiangshan Park, bamboo over the Zizhuyuan, elegant Yuyuantan...... Beijing, famous for its ancient atmosphere, tracing history in the imperial palace court, walking in the alley and courtyard of the community, with the heart to immerse in the historical city, perhaps, you can understand the essence of Beijing culture.

Lively Daily Life Scenes all Over the City
Beijing City Life

As one of the most bustling metropolitan cities in the world, Beijing has a lot to offer its visitors, from the elegant art to the national essence, from fashion to the ancient temple fairs all available in all varieties. Beijing has the highest level of Chinese Drama Troupe, offering China Symphony Orchestra, Central Ballet, opera and dance. Located in the Jianguomen Avenue, Changan Grand Theatre often has a variety of high-level performances. The old Beijing Tianqiao area is Beijing civilian center for culture and entertainment, catering business. The hall in front of the stage is decorated with the black paint hardwood tables and chairs, with a variety of Beijing snacks on offer, waiters dressed in cheongsam pouring tea for you tea, the bill must also use China antique coins - all is completely in the old style. The most unusual is the harmonious atmosphere: two or three good friends sitting around a table to eat, to listen to, to see - wonderful place to have a good time.

Anyway, Beijing is not to be missed while traveling to China!

Why You Should Put Beijing on Your Travel List to China

As a world renowned historical city, Beijing is filled with some of Chinese top tourist sites and interesting culture. You can easily spend a few days in Beijing without running out of things to see, do and experience!

Long-standing Historical Sights Everywhere
Temple of Heaven

Beijing has the most World Heritage sites in the world, including the first World Geological Park. Beijing has a rich collection of tourist sites, opening up tourist attractions up to more than 200, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Beihai royal garden, royal garden, the Summer Palace and the Badaling Great Wall, the Mutianyu Great Wall and Old Summer Palace, as well as the fourth largest courtyard Prince Gong Mansion and other places of historic interest and scenic beauty.

Diverse and Active Cultural Life
Forbidden City

Beijing's cultural life rich and colorful, various types of performances, international exhibition Goods are available in all varieties. Beijing Opera is known as the "quintessence" Chinese, has two hundred years of history, the gorgeous costumes, beautiful singing, facial masks, really impressive. The famous Chinese National Grand Theater, Changan Grand Theatre, Huguang guild hall, the Lao She Teahouse, China Peking Opera, Mei Lanfang theatre, poly theatre offering the traditional opera. Houhai, Nanluogu Lane, Sanlitun bar street are a good bet for night out. Beijing planetarium opened in September 29, 1957, facilities including astronomical phenomena hall, hall, exhibition hall, lecture hall, observatory.

Eclectic Collection of Folk Crafts and Specialties
Beijing is one of the four ancient capitals of China. There are a lot of local characteristics of folk customs: Beijing snacks, Peking Opera, Jingyundagu, crosstalk, drama, iron clapper, cloisonné, ivory, monkeys, lacquer, cricket and katydid cage match, sugar figurine, flour figurine and so on.

Top Shopping Experience in the World
Beijing was selected as one of the 15 largest shopping area in the world, with hundreds of large and medium-sized shopping malls. Wangfujing street, Qianmen Dashilan, Xidan commercial street is the traditional business district of Beijing; China World Trade Center City, Oriental Plaza, Zhongguancun Plaza is a commercial giant emerging in recent years. Liulichang or Panjiayuan Antique City has all kinds of antique. Xiushui Street and Yashow clothing wholesale market sells of various types of clothing. Cloisonne, jade, silk embroidery has a long history; the folk handicrafts, such as clay figurine, Peking Opera mask, kite, paper cutting, high quality and inexpensive, can be shopped as a gift for friends and relatives.

All in all, Beijing is worth exploring while visiting China!

Interesting Gossips about Great Wall

Recently, DPA newspapers reprint an article entitled "a senior American astronaut from outer space said that people can see the Great Wall" report. The article said: America Appollo No. 17 mission commander Cernan, is so far the last one who ever walked on the surface of the moon. The recently held in Singapore Asian Aerospace show said: "at a height of 160 km to 320 km orbit China, the Great Wall is visible to the naked eye."

Great Wall

As we know, the last century 60's human into space, will have to see the Great Wall parlance, this theory had Chinese dance for joy, firmly believed. However, when Chinese first astronaut Yang Liwei after returning to earth, a reporter asked whether he saw the Great Wall, Yang Liwei according to their own personal experience, said he did not see it. A consensus has Chinese been fooled too, with correct that also can hardly be avoided. Now evolved into foreigners space found in the Great Wall, Chinese negation and to amend, foreigners to refute. Therefore, an important topic emerged: who in accordance with science and facts? From 1961 April to 2003 12 at the end of Gagarin God, the whole world into space 942 times, the longest up to 437 days.

Great Wall

In space whether we can see the Great Wall or other buildings is restricted by many subjective and objective conditions: People's vision not lump together, cannot deny the supernormal vision; distance height and track effect observation; sun illumination, light angle is the key; atmospheric perspective cannot be ignored too; the viewer position sometimes play a decisive role, at a specific position, Russia (Soviet) astronauts saw underwater submarine; the shape and color of an object must be taken into account; in addition, monsoon, thermal radiation should also be taken into account. In theory, people cannot see anything 1 km under the sea, but the Russian (Soviet) astronauts see underwater mountains, this cannot be explained in the present theory. In summary, earth observation, space of the myriads of changes, each astronauts are likely to see something other astronauts cannot see, if see the Great Wall in space, it should be said that the theory is not conclusive. Yang Liwei is telling the truth, but foreign astronauts may not lie.

Whether any astronauts can see the Great Wall, now the best attitude is in doubt and disputes, let us not to jump to conclusions. However, if one day Chinese astronauts saw the Great Wall, would not that be great?

Best Time to Hike on Great Wall near Beijing

The ideal times for visiting Great Wall are on spring, early summer, autumn (later March, April, May, June, September, October and early November). With colder temperature, hike on Great Wall on winter (during the late November to March) is a bit challenging. But during shoulder seasons, visiting Great Wall offer some lovely scenery and less visitors.

More than that, visitors can go early morning or late afternoon to avoid crowds and have great light for photos. Try not to visit the Great Wall when raining / snowing as snow and rain can make the surface of the Great Wall quite slippery. Avoid hike on Wild Great Wall sections like Jinshanling or Jiankou Great Wall after snow. Other well preserved Great Wall such as Badaling and Mutianyu are different which will offer breathtaking scenery blanketed with snow.

Taste Chinese Peking Duck in Beijing

Come to China or Beijing could be more complete if travelers taste Beijing's most famous dish, Peking Duck. With a history of more than 600 years, Peking roast duck is the most famous gourmet cuisine of Beijing and one of the most popular foods in China. Here, before you come to the capital of China, we give you some article about things to do in Beijing. This one is about Peking Duck. Hope by read the article will bring you to not miss this popular dish of China.

History of Peking Duck

Peking Duck has become famous in China for long time ago. A variation of roast duck was prepared for the Emperor of China in the Yuan Dynasty. Later in Ming Dynasty, Peking Roast Duck that came to be associated with the term was fully developed and after than it even became one of the main dishes on imperial court menus. The first restaurant specialising in Peking Duck, Bianyifang, was established in the Xianyukou, Qianmen area of Beijing in 1416. By the mid-20th century, Peking Duck had become a national symbol of China, favored by tourists and diplomats alike.

Overview about Peking Duck

Peking Duck is traditionally served with Mandarin pancakes, and green onions for brushing on the hoisin sauce. It has also received worldwide recognition for its tempting shining color, crispy skin and tender meat. The roast duck will be sliced by the chef in front of the diners and placed beautifully on a plate. The meat is mostly eaten with pancakes, scallion, and hoisin sauce or sweet bean sauce.
Today, this national dish of China can be enjoyed by lots of people, both domestic visitor and foreign travelers.

While explore the downtown of Beijing, you might will find many Peking Duck restaurants along the way. But which are the favorite and famous one? Here our recommendation of famous Peking Duck restaurants. First is Quanqude Restaurant which has eight direct branches in Beijing, Hong Kong and even outside China. Was established during Qing Dynasty, since that time till today, Quanqude has been awarded as the most welcomed Peking Roast Duck Restaurant. Another Peking Duck Restaurant called Da Dong Restaurant which named after its chef and owner, Dong Zhenxiang, is popular among tourists and expats. Besides those two most remarkable restaurants, there are lots of other options for good restaurants serve Peking Duck in Beijing.

Surely Peking duck ranks as one of the masterpieces of Chinese cooking, a dish as renowned for its succulence as for its artful presentation. So, what's a trip to Beijing without eating duck?

Cultural Heritage of China – Peking Opera

Beijing as the capital of China offers various interesting things to do. During the day, visitors can explore countless historical attractions which located spread in town, while at night there is a chance to see night show. Peking Opera is one of most welcomed night shows in Beijing among tourists. Here, we can tell you the information about Peking Opera history, performance and include the show itself which hold every night in Liyuan Theater.

Overview about Peking Opera

Peking Opera was founded in 1790 so till now, in total it has a history of 200 years. Not only popular in China, Peking Opera is also famous till around the world. As the most popular variety of Chinese Opera, it is a treasure of Chinese traditional culture that every Chinese people should proud of. Come to Beijing, it is also worth it for a visit to see Peking Opera.
In ancient times, Peking Opera was performed mostly on stage in the open air, teahouses or temple courtyards. The opera underwent fast development during the reign of Emperor Qianlong and Empress Dowager Cixi.

Peking Opera Night Show in Beijing

Come to Beijing, it would be a waste if you do not enjoy the authentic Peking Opera. Famous Theater which held the opera every day is Liyuan Theater. Located in one of luxury hotel in Beijing, Beijing Qianmen Hotel, Liyuan Theater is an outstanding theater, very suitable for Peking Opera show. The theater is the first teahouse-style theater in Beijing and also provides English subtitles for foreign visitors. Every day, the show begins at 7:30 pm. On the stage, many masters of Beijing Opera as well as famous actors and actresses have given performances; generations of new actors and actresses have been trained. They will performs one of four main roles of Peking Opera including sheng (male), dan (young female), jing (painted face, male) and chou (clown, male or female).

Peking Opera presents audiences with an encyclopedia of Chinese culture including its unfolding stories, beautiful paintings, exquisite costumes, graceful gestures and martial arts. All of the aspects of China could be feel by see this Peking Opera night show.

Peking Opera have various graceful, magnificent, elegant and bright costumes. Its costumes, variety of facial expressions, facial masks and martial arts movements are mostly attract Western audiences. Do you want to taste Chinese traditional opera? Yes, you can come to Liyuan Theater with us!

Where to Appreciate Red Leaves in Beijing (2)

Continue to introduce you many less crowded and beautiful spots in autumn of Beijing.

Mangshan National Forest Park
Red Leaves in Mangshan National Forest Park

If you want to see red leaves and taste fish at same time, Mangshan National Forest Park is ideal choice. Mangshan Mountain has a hillside in 300mu, is covered by red leaves in autumn, is called as Red Leaves Hillside with pretty. Planted various trees in colorful leaves, Mangshan National Forest Park is very beautiful than my imagination. Once arrived at autumn, Mangshan Mountain is popular for tourist fans. Picking and potherbs are the bright point in autumn of Mangshan Mountain. Sharing the beautiful painting with your friends and family, you will be addicted into its charming views.

Miaofengshan Scenic Spot
Red Leaves in Miaofengshan Scenic Spot

With the change of season, various plants evolve with each other. Red leaves of Miaofengshan Mountain are red like fire and cloud, with golden yellow and green, seems like the colorful painting and world out of world. If you are lucky, you can enjoy the grand cloud sea. Various trees turn into red in scenic spots. Under the sunshine, the colorful leaves constitute the golden autumn of Miaofengshan Mountain.

Badachu Park
Red Leaves in Badachu Park

It is so flourishing that you can smell the burn incense. Even if not for red leaves, you can come here to enjoy the atmosphere of temple. After the Frost’s Descent, the red leaves are most beautiful and fit for enjoying. The characteristic of warm in winter and cool in summer makes the leaves in different locations turn red in different times. Until beginning of November, it is best time to enjoy red leaves in Badachu Park.

Peking University
Autumn View in Peking University

Two huge old trees in west door of Peking University have become the symbol of autumn scenery in Peking University. Various branches stretch to four sides and golden leaves distributed all over the crown. In fact, there are 4 gingko trees in front of west door. The front two trees are always attractive, so the back two are unnoticed. In north of library, you can also see some old gingko trees. If you walk deep, you will find a small gingko forest, it is quiet because of less people. Walking in such beautiful campus, you must feel happiness.

Even it is late to see most beautiful red leaves, you can remember these places for next year. They would be still pretty in next year.

Where to Appreciate Red Leaves in Beijing (1)

What is the most beautiful in autumn of Beijing? Everyone would tell you the same answer – leaves. You would continue ask that where the best place to enjoy the leaves. Today, you will plan your tour follow my introduction.

Hongluo Temple
Hongluo Temple Red Leaves

The Hongluo Temple is covered by red leaves anywhere in deep of autumn. Between the hot red leaves, there are yellow white waxes and green Chinese pines, shape a scenery painting with beautiful colors and clear layer. The mountain which Hongluo Temple located is planted with more than 40 kinds of plants, such as ansu apricot, cotinus coggygria, acer monoes, etc. The covering area of colorful leaves is 4,000mu. Climbing to the top of mountain, you can overlook the winding Great Wall and Qinglong Gorge. Hongluo Temple set two amble ways for aged professionally.

Xishan National Forest Park
There are 3 best ways to enjoy red leaves in Xishan, including one way from Bajiao Pavilion to Red Leaves Ridge, one way from Sipingtai to Red Leaves Grand Canyon and Red Leaves Xishan Red Leaves

Avenue. Wandering in the quiet forest park, you will smell the fresh flavor of earth; appreciating in the gorgeous autumn views, you needless to say the elegant environment to fresh air, just the fired leaves, let you addict into it deeply.

Jinhai Lake
Jinhai Lake Red Leaves

Jinhai Lake Tourist Resort is located at Pinggu District and 85 kilometers from Beijing downtown, belongs to suburbs park. Jinhai Lake is surrounded by mountains in three sides, planted various trees in colorful leaves, and is one of the rare good places to enjoy red leaves. Besides enjoy red leaves, you can enjoy the interests of picking near Jinhai Lake.

Mutianyu Great Wall
Red Leaves on Mutianyu Great Wall

If you do not want to visit the Great Wall of primitive simplicity and moving instead of conventional, Mutianyu Great Wall is best choice, and the red leaves are always praised by tourists. Planted with 280,000 colorful trees, Mutianyu is covered by colorful leaves entirely. From pale yellow, golden yellow to deep red and fresh red, it has obvious layering. Mutianyu Great Wall in autumn is most charming. Besides, the falling red leaves are the most attractive painting in Mutianyu. In the end of October, you will feel its unique prospect deeply.

Above are the parts of beautiful places in autumn of Beijing. Next, we will continue to visit other places.

Characteristic Restaurants in Beijing (4)

RUMI - taste the art atmosphere of Iran
It is the only one Iran style restaurant in Beijing, located opposite of Zhaolong Restaurant in Sanlitun, is an Arabic restaurant in the east of Gongti Donglu. RUMI is a successor of famous Sufis poet in Iran in 13 Century. And the owner of restaurant has strong love to his art works, so he named it as RUMI. Please follow me to taste the unique art atmosphere here.

RUMI - Iran Theme Restaurant

Walking in this street, I always cannot help turning round when I passed it. Just because of its name, the piece of white and foreign guests, I am addicted into it. In long time, I always attracted by its mystery, but I do not know how it is and what the best attractive in it. Through window, I find it seems like salon or club, but in it, it seems like exhibition and drawing room. Every careful design and display attracts me deeply, and I cannot pull myself out from its art atmosphere. I discover the mystery of Iran and RUMI slowly, and from that time, the RUMI let me more fall in love with it.

Here managed the most authentic Iran cuisines, is one of the rare foreign styles of cooking. Although Iran belongs to the Middle East Arab region, its cuisines are distinguished from that in Arab. In this art space based in white, it is really exotic to enjoy unique delicious food of Iran.

TORO BAR – Traditional Japanese Bar
TORO BAR - A Traditional Japanese Bar

In this courtyard of 1949-The Hidden City, there is a glass house in four sides. Here is the Japanese wine bar – TORO BAR. In Japan, it is the traditional bistro, also translated to be BAR, offers wine and well-quality dishes. The word of TORO refers to the belly of tuna originally, and named this restaurant as TORO just because of its meaning of value. Here, you can see many artistic decorations themed with fish. The simple white bamboo floorlamp divides into the clean and thorough space masterly. The wall and roof of restaurant are all the modern thorough glass, which made the every scenery in courtyard combined with the indoor space, let you like this house insensibly.

Japanese cuisines always pay attention to the fresh of materials, and the air transported fishes guarantee the picky taste of guests. At same time of enjoying delicious foods, the supplement of wine is much more important. Here, you can taste the authentic Japanese sake and traditional arrack.

All I have introduced to you are the most characteristic restaurants in Beijing. If you have feelings about them, just try it!

Characteristic Restaurants in Beijing (3)

Mini Noodle Bar Hiding in 1949 Restaurant
Hall of 1949 Restaurant

The fashion Sanlitun always gathers delicate cate, so that the guests visiting Sanlitun usually are picky for cuisines mostly. In this international area, just a stretched noodle has special place to taste the best stretched noodle. If you want to eat ordinary stretched noodle, you can also find a delicate restaurant here. And the most delicious stretched noodle restaurant, Noodle Bar, hides in a corner of 1949. This mini noodle bar is so unique that impressive for guests here. Refers to mini, it is so small with a simple door and 12 seats. From any side, this restaurant is an authentic mini restaurant. Just in this mini restaurant, you can taste the most delicious beef noodles, which attracts amounts of fashion young people and foreigners.

Such charming restaurant, how to do it? Some secrets you must know.

Secret one: live show
Noodles

Stretched noodle is the main food for northern people in China, just because of quick and delicious. So it becomes the first choice food of fast-paced life. Of course, many southern people also like this kind of food. In this warm house, 12 seats round a cooking set, and shape like "U". Guests can face to the opened kitchen, smell the tempting taste, hear the shoot of stomach silently and watch the wonderful performance of cook, it is really an attractive feast. It is worth to looking forward it!

Secret two: Secret system braised Beef
Noodle with Beef

When an appetizing beef noodle displayed in front of you, you must praise the well-smelled braised beef. On the bar stage, there are marmites of braised beef. The diffuse fragrance always attracts guests. No matter the set meal or single-point, you will enjoy the weighty beef. Supported some characteristic vegetables, you will enjoy this delicious and enjoyed meal.
Secret three: signboard package

Here value package is worth to recommend, including a bowl of sirloin, tripe, cowhells, pickled vegetabvles and a cup of tea, and only 48 RMB. Still, you have two choices about the degree of thickness of noodle.

Above three secrets are all the attractive places in this restaurant, which are the characteristics of this mini noodle bar. Try it, this Noodle Bar!

Characteristic Restaurants in Beijing (2)

One Thousand One Nights – Middle East Food
In minds of Chinese, Arab is a mysterious foreign world, is the hometown of Arabian Nights. Nowadays, in this oriental city, there is a simon-pure Arabic restaurant, spreading the stories in fairy world in thousands years, which is the most authentic One Thousand One Nights.

Middle East Theme Restaurant

One Thousand One Nights sits at northwest corner of Changhong Bridge in Chaoyang District, located at Sanlitun Bar Street East Street. Arched door and windows with strong Arab cultural elements painted the pictures of fairy tales in Arabian Nights. The inner of the whole restaurant is a huge arched sand sculpture space. The abundant foreign colors full your sights.

There is a low stage in one side, and the background is a picture of singing and dance of Persians. At lunch, guests can enjoy the cuisines in elegant piano music. But when it turns black, here is the songs and dances world full of passionate. The sexy Persian dancer dancing with beat of music and swaying the soft body. They always interact with guests shuttle back and forth in desks.

Of course, the most attractive still are the authentic cuisines. These dishes are a little acid and main managed with meat. And many Chinese people coat here because they are absorbed by the strange foreign atmosphere. The Arabic hookah is another enjoyment in this restaurant, which let the air full of the seductive taste.

Su Zhi – Vegetarian Restaurant
Vegetarian Restaurant

Dongsi Shitiao Xin Nancang was the place for storing imperial-cereals, and there are several well-preserved old granaries, hiding in modern buildings quietly. In the brief but old courtyard, there is a restaurant called as Su Zhi, is an elegant place manages vegetarian diet and tea mainly. Referring to elegance, you must pay attention to the environment of Su Zhi. Stepping into this quiet courtyard from busy environment, you seems let your heart quiet with it. All decorations are the wooden shows simple but old.

The spacious and brief style of restaurant appears the simple but elegant style. The back wall of bar counter, decorated with old timbo, has three holy white lotuses round the name of restaurant in Chinese. Having meals here, you will not disturbed by the busy environment. You have good chance to enjoy the delicious vegetarians and teas with the elegant atmosphere. Such refined place, cannot absent of the color of Chinese old musical instrument. It is really a good place for self-cultivation.

Characteristic Restaurants in Beijing (1)

It is wonderful tour takes you to visit the most characteristic restaurants in Beijing. No matter what kind you like, I will give you best information.

Schindlers Anlegestelle – Germany Atmosphere
Schindlers Anlegestelle in Beijing

Sanlitun gathers many foreign embassies, so it attracts amounts of foreign restaurants offer delicious foods. In the bank of Liang Ma River, there is an authentic Germanic restaurant. Because it is located at wharf of Liang Ma River, it is named as Schindlers Anlegestelle.

It is managed by Germans, and typical Germanic architecture is filled of honest atmosphere of countryside. Sitting in restaurant, you have strong feeling at wharf, and the unique decoration shows the elements of harbor. The wooden decorated style reflects strong village feeling. The roof is hung full of fishing net; bar counter and shelf are full of ship models; wooden floor seems like the board of ship. Most guests here are foreigners, because it full of their atmosphere of their motherland. Here you can not only drink the authentic Germanic beer, but also the local meat. The biggest characteristic of Germanic cuisine is that it regards meat as the main dish. All beers here are air transported from Germany, including beer on draft, stout, whitebeer, etc. At dusk of summer, sitting in outdoor desks, you will love the feelings with delicious foods and beer. At night, there singers sing the Germanic songs, which let you addict into the atmosphere of Germany.

La Dolce Vita – Italian Restaurant
Italian Style Restaurant in Beijing

Sweet life Italian restaurant is one of the earliest of Italian Restaurants in first authentic batch. Here you can not only enjoy the simon-pure Italian cuisines, but also the romantic environment. La Dolce Vita, managed almost 10 years, was regarded as the Most Outstanding Italian Restaurant. And this name always encourages La Dolce Vita. It attracts cate enthusiasts from many countries with its authentic foods and special Italian sentiment.

Sweet Life sits at Xindong Road, and the pure white construction hide in the green leaves, which let people associate the holy land easily. When you push the door to Sweet Life, you will feel the strong Italian sentiment spray into your face. The old but simple wooden roof and floor shows classic romantic feeling. Brief decoration style hides the elegance posture. No matter the art pictures on the wall or displayed art sculptures, you will enjoy the literature atmosphere of petty bourgeoisie. Oven, near bar counter, is also paint with white, mix with the whole restaurant. This oven is the lead of this restaurant. It is a pity to take no Italian pizza. Looking at the motions of cook, you will regard this process as an enjoyment.

Feel the Charm of Old Beijing Hutong in Yandaixiejie

Where is the best place to kill the time in Beijing? May be you could say the Sanlitun, but the Houhai area will be a better place. Different from Sanlitun, Houhai area has some traditional style and atmosphere, here, you can find some characteristics of old Beijing and fresh architecture of Qing Dynasty.

Yandaixiejie

In this area, Yandai Xiejie is one the most worthy place to visit and kill time. Yandai Xiejie, located at northeast of Qianhai in Shi Cha Hai area, is one of the most old business street in Beijing. Yandai Xiejie, a business pedestrian with traditional cultural characteristic, starts from Dianmenwai Dajie in east in 232 meters. Out from the exit of southwest, you can see the famous view of Yingding Guanshan. Yandai Xiejie seems like a real pouch itself. The narrow and long street likes the pole of pouch, and east entry just like the mouth of pouch. It is worth the name of Yandai Xiejie.

Yandaixiejie

Constructions in both sides of Yandai Xiejie are all simple and graceful, and the obvious style of Ming and Qing Dynasties attracts the sights of tourists. The form of shops standing at front of resident shows the heavy amorous feelings of downtown and full characteristic of old Beijing. Seems like a time tunnel, you will see the fashion tourists in different skins and languages when you enter it. Travelers always find the toys and accessories with profound trace of time. Suddenly, you do not know the time and place. Yandai Xiejie always gathers many courtyards, not only the old business street, but also old cultural street.

Shop in Yandaixiejie

According to records, there were many shop selling pouches in Ming Dynasty at Yandai Xiejie. Among them, a shop named as Shuang Sheng Tai set a huge wooden big pipe as the shop sign. For long time, it was famous in all over the city. As time passes, Gulou Street changed to be the Yandai Xiejie.

Now, Yandai Xiejie still gathers various characteristic shops, many of which have strong feelings of traditional culture. Walking in it, you can find what you have lost in modern rhythm.

Sacrifice Alter in Ancient China – Temple of Heaven

First hear the name of Beijing, what do you think of? For different people, the answers are various such as Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, Summer Palace, Beijing cate, etc. For me, I think of Temple of Heaven firstly. Temple of Heaven is the place to sacrifice heaven to pray for harvest and peace for emperors in Ming and Qing Dynasty.

Main Buildings in Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven, located at southeast of Beijing and east of Yongdingmennei Street. Covering an area of 2,700,000 square meters, Temple of Heaven is the existed largest group buildings for sacrifice in ancient time in China, even larger than Forbidden City. In the whole Beijing city, there are 4 altars including Altar of Earth for sacrificing earth in north, Altar of Heaven for sacrificing heaven in south, Altar of Sun for sacrificing sun in east and Altar of Moon for sacrificing moon in west. Among the four altars, Temple of Heaven (Altar of Heaven) is the most magnificent and majestic. Temple of Heaven was built in 1420 and rebuilt in Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest

Temple of Heaven is the floorboard of the Circular Mound Altar and Good Harvest Altar with double layers, shaping the inner altar and our altar. The walls are round in north and square in south represents the heaven and earth. The main constructions are all stand in inner altar. The most famous Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest sits at the most north, which is the most magnificent and grand in Temple of Heaven. Also, it is the closest place to heaven in imagination. The roof of Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest adopted the deep blue glazed tiles, and this color symbolized sky. If you say Tiananmen Rostrum is the symbol of China, I say the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest is the symbol of this immortal city – Beijing.

Echo Wall

Besides Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, there is an interesting place in Temple of Heaven, which is the Echo Wall. Around Imperial Heavenly Vault, there is wall in the width of 0.9 meters, which is the Echo Wall. If you speak to the wall in a whisper, people on the other side will hear you clearly, just need to against to the wall. Shooting in the center of Circular Mound Altar, you will hear the bright and heavy from the deep of earth. The sound seems come from the heart of earth or sky, so people named it as Heavenly Heart Stone. All these proved that the ancient Chinese people can put acoustic principle into practice in 500 years ago.

Go to witness the talent of Chinese people!

Old City, Old Village – Fresh Feeling!

As old capital of China, Beijing owns various resources and historical sites. Besides the developing city, many villages are also developing themselves according to these historical sites.

Changyucheng Village sits at Liucun Town in Changping District, close to Mentougou and Huairou Districts, covers an area of 20,000mu, most of which is mountain and forestry. With Yan Great Wall in Warring State, old city built in Ming Dynasty, etc, Changyucheng Village keeps well-preserved traces of ancient buildings owing to few people tread. Nowadays, depending on these tourist resources including old Great Wall and old villages, Changyucheng Village starts to develop their rural tourist industry focuses on tourism and folk-custom reception.

Old Village - Fresh Feeling in Beijing

Walking on the footpaths of Changyucheng Village in summer, you will not feel the hot any more. What appear in your eyes are the green forest and residences built by stone and villagers sitting under the big tree in entrance of village talking their life and trifles. According to the introduction, Changyucheng Village shaped in Ming Dynasty, is the living place for soldiers who protected our home. The barbican entrance, old houses and temple still keep their original features after several hundred years. Besides these historical sites, the ecology landscape is also the most attractive place for tourists. Huanghuapo Scenic Spot owns wild yellow flowers in 300mu and blossom in July in every year. Yellow flowers cover all over the mountains and plains, flowing brook and faint circle path form the most beautiful scenery in this small village. For years, villagers of Changyucheng Village protecting these wild yellow flowers spontaneously, and there is no body picking.

Better ecology environment and abundant historical sites become the rich resources of villagers. The rich villagers value this land more, and 2 persons in every family protect the green mountains and river in whole year. Next, Changyucheng Village will use 25mu collectively owned land for building 25 standard greenhouses for cultivating lily seedball. In future, Changyucheng Village will become more beautiful and wealthy for every family. Changyucheng Village is only the representative of large amounts of villagers in Beijing, they also build their home more attractive and wealthy depending on themselves.

Historical Mark – Former Residence of Celebrities in Nanluoguxiang

These old and quiet lanes in Nanluoguxiang are the gathering place for pocketful of fashion shops. Hardly imagine, here gathers many former residences of celebrities in old Beijing.

Nanluoguxiang, 786 meters in length, focuses on main street Nanluoguxiang and each symmetrical 8 hutongs in west and east, and here was the city architecture structure in checkboard type in beginning of capital of Yuan Dynasty. From Ming and Qing Dynasties, here was always the living area for wealthy including many high officials and noble lords and social celebrities. With 700 years history, every hutong in Nanluoguxiang was left the trace of history.

Former Residence of Mao Dun
Former Residence of Mao Dun

Refer to literary masters, you might think of Mao Dun who lived at No. 13, Yuanensi Hutong, Nanluoguxiang. Where he lived is the old address of Yuanen Temple in Yuan Dynasty. After so many years, there is no trace of temple, just an ordinary quadrangle courtyard now. Entering Former Residence of Mao Dun, you will be attracted by the cultural atmosphere. The west wing-room is the book room and reception room and east wing-room is the dining room. Now the reception rooms in front-yard are regarded as the display halls, showing some manuscripts, letters, literature publication, etc. Everything here reflects the simplicity and brief life of Mao Dun.

Former Residence of Qi Baishi
Former Residence of Qi Baishi

Pay attention to famous writers in painting and calligraphy in modern China, many people think of Qi Baishi firstly who lived in No. 13, Yuer Hutong, Nanluoguxiang. The No. 11, 13 and 15 in Yuer Hutong was the residence of the fourth son of Hong Taiji, and the Former Residence of Qi Baishi is the part of original residence. No. 13 courtyard has been become the Qi Baishi Memorial Hall and now the one of cultural protection units in Dongcheng District in Beijing. Standing in this former residence and enjoying the paintings and calligraphies by Qi Baishi, you must plaint the elegance and open and clear of this man.

Besides these opened Former Residences of Celebrities, Nanluoguxiang has many courtyards left the traces of famous people. Walking in it, you must enjoy its flourishing time vaguely from some sites. If you have visited just featured shops in Nanluoguxiang, you can travel it again to recall your memory for old China.

Classic Architectures in Beijing Central Axis (2)

There many constructions sit at axle wire of Beijing. Continue to last topic, we introduce you another four famous buildings.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City - Symbol of Imperial Power

Forbidden City, the heart of Beijing axle wire, is the largest and most well-preserved imperial group buildings. It is 750 meters in width and 960 meters in length, covers an area of 720,000 square meters. Forbidden City owns 9,999 rooms totally. It is the original imperial palaces in Ming and Qing Dynasties, and 24 rulers. It is built from 1407 by the third emperor of Ming Dynasty – Yongle Emperor. After 14 years, it accomplished completely. It is said that it used 100,000 talent people and 1,000,000 labors. In terms of architecture art just, if you used to seeing the imitated constructions, you will find the great distinguishes when you see the Forbidden City. In general, Forbidden City can be divided into two parts: south part is the political area and north area is living area. The three halls, the Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserving Harmony, are the most attractive constructions in this huge building.

Jingshan Mountain
Jingshan Park

Jingshan Mountain is the commanding height of axle wire in Beijing. If you say the Zhengyang Gate is the prelude and the Hall of Supreme Harmony is the high tide, then the Jingshan Mountain is the end. Some architects regard the Jingshan Mountain as the summary of all these palaces in Forbidden City. Jingshan Mountain is the barrier of Forbidden City, and it has special geographic location in Beijing. Five peaks stand side by side, and the main peak sits between the south city and north city in Beijing inner city, and becomes the central point of diagonal. There is a Wangchun Pavilion built in Jingshan Mountain, if you stand in this pavilion, you can overlook the whole scenery of Beijing city; to north, you can see the Dianmen Street; to east, you can have good view of Lama Temple, the Imperial College and the Confucian Temple; to west, you can see the White Pagoda and to south, you can overlook the Forbidden City.

Drum Tower
Bell & Drum Tower

Drum Tower, the place gives the correct time in ancient capital, sits at Dianmenwai Street, built in 18th years of Yongle Emperor, and rebuilt in 5th year of Jiaqing Emperor. Drum Tower was the place to drumming to report time to whole city in Ming and Qing Dynasties. Once it was regarded as the display place for showing the material objects when the Eight Countries Allied invasion of Beijing in 1924.

Bell Tower
Bell Tower, the north end point of Beijing axle wire, sits at Dianmenwai Street and north of Drum Tower. First built in 18th year of Yongle Emperor as well as Drum Tower, Bell Tower was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 10th year of Qianlong Emperor, and it accomplished after 12 years. Bell and Drum Towers are the important material for studying the city planning and distribution of Beijing.

All these are most famous attractions of Beijing. Along with the axle wire, you could find more interesting things, and also you can visit the hutongs in Beijing.

Classic Architectures in Beijing Central Axis (1)

Walking along the axle wire of Beijing, you will find various classic constructions. They represent the ancient architecture and they are the outstanding of architecture. No matter what season, you could find the interests of these symbols.

Night View of Yongding GateYongding Gate
From south to north, the first appears to you is the Yongding Gate which is the head of dragon in axle wire. Yongding Gate sits at between Zuoan Gate and Youan Gate, is the biggest among the seven gates of old Beijing outer city, also is the important way come in and go out Beijing from south. In order to rebuild the Yongding Gate Tower, state dismantles many buildings and shows the wall of altar in west and east. The rebuilt space is planted many grasses and become the greenbelt. The moat and new Yongding Gate become the new scenery of south of Beijing.

Zhengyang GateZhengyang Gate
Zhengyang Gate, built in Yongle of Ming Dynasty, continued to use the old Lizheng Gate in Yuan Dynasty firstly. In 1439, all nine gates were rebuilt completely, and the Lizheng Gate was renamed as Zhengyang Gate. The standard of Zhengyang Gate is higher than other eight gates. There is an old say about Zhengyang gate, which is Four Doors, Three Bridges and Five Pailous. Four Doors refer to four door opening, including Chenglou Door, Jianlou Door, and doors in west and east. Three Bridges refer to Zhengyang Bridge, divided into three sections. The middle one direct refer to Jianlou Door, is named as Imperial Way, is the only way for rulers. Five Pailou refer to the Pailou sits at front of Zhengyang Gate. Now, just Zhengyang Gate Pailou was rebuilt.

Chairman Mao Memorial HallChairman Mao Memorial Hall
Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, the modern construction in axle wire, is located at Tiananmen Square and original old address of Zhonghua Gate. Covering an area of 57,000 square meters, Chairman Mao Memorial Hall includes courtyard and memorial two parts mainly. In addition, the open time of Chairman Mao Memorial Hall is limited. Just from 8:00am to 12:00am from Tuesday to Sunday. It is one of the most important buildings in Tiananmen Square.

Tiananmen Tower - Landmark of BeijingTiananmen Tower
Tiananmen Tower, the front door of imperial city in axle wire, was built in 1417. It is the outstanding of ancient architecture art, also is the image reflection of feudal hierarchy: the middle bridge carved with dragon was the only way for emperors, named as Yulu Bridge; both sides bridges carved with lotus were the ways for prince, named as Wanggong Bridge; the outer both sides bridges for officials who sit three-level before, named as Pinji Bridge and the furthest sides bridges were named as Gongsheng Bridge for low-level people. Since 1987, Tiananmen Tower was opened to public formally. It attracts large number of tourists to enjoy its scenery.

Wandering around Forbidden City

Forbidden City, the supreme power center in 5 centuries of China, becomes the invaluable historical witness of Chinese civilization in Ming and Qing Dynasties. The palaces of Forbidden City were arranged along with the axle wire. This axle wire is not only passes through the Forbidden City, but also the whole city. How grand it is! Around Forbidden City, you will find much more funny places.

Donghuamen Night Market

In east of Forbidden City, there is a gate named as Donghua Gate. It is usually used for workers. But at night, it becomes more flourishing just because of Donghuamen Night Market. Various snacks stalls connected as a scenery line, along with the cooking smell, you will find the natural, enthusiasm and simple old amorous feelings of ancient Beijing. No matter what season, you will have chance to taste the local authentic snacks in Donghuamen Night Market. Gathered almost 200 stalls, Donghuamen Night Market has famous and high-quality snacks across the country. Here will give you cool in summer and warm in winter.

Beijing Wangfujing Street

Wangfujing Pedestrian Street is located at east of Tiananmen Square and it is 1,800 meters totally. Today, Wangfujing has been rebuilt to be a flourishing comprehensive business pedestrian street. Rebuilt Wangfujing shapes the structure of golden cross, focus on the crossroads of west exit of Jinyu Hutong, the east street is hotel street, the west is the leisure and snack street, the south street is he flourishing business pedestrian street and the north street is the entertainment and culture street. Wangfujing Street is the gathering place for many famous shops and shopping malls. You can buy anyone you want here without any troubles.

Dongjiaominxiang Hutong

The longest hutong – Dongjiaominxiang, is the embassy area in old Beijing. It is one of the hutongs in Dongcheng District, starts from east road of Tiananmen Square in west to Chongwenmennei Street in east, and total 3 kilometers long. It is the longest hutong of old Beijing. History leaves various western constructions in different styles, and they attract many travelers from home and abroad. The shortest hutong – Yichidajie, is only more than 10 meters, sits at southeast of east exit of Liulichang East Street. From east to west, it is worthy the name of the shortest hutong in Beijing. It has only 6 shops in 10 meters, and it is the epitome of Beijing hutong. Now, this hutong has been merged into Meimeixiejie.

Strolling along Qianmen Commercial Street

Qianmen, in mouth of people, includes Zhengyang Gate, Pearl Market and Dashilan area. Qianmen is the most important place on axle wire of Beijing, also is the core area of protection of ancient capital features. In Ming and Qing Dynasties, Qianmen is the necessary road to Temple of Heaven and Altar of the God of Agriculture. Nowadays, Qianmen Street still keeps the style of history.

Panorama View of Qianmen Street

Eat in Qianmen. Walking in Qianmen Street every time, I have a feeling of pass through. Even through Qianmen Street is crowded with tourists and fashion music, the Dashilan is still old and restores ancient ways. In ancient time, Beijing was called as Peking, the Qianmen is the gathering place of cate including many characteristic restaurants. After hundred years, Quan Ju De shapes its own style of cooking including Quan Ju De Roast Duck and 400 dishes, which was loved by the governments, officials and social celebrities. The past Prime Zhou liked to select the Quanya Banquet as the state banquet.

Go shopping in Qianmen. Qianmen Street is the famous business street and old culture street, located at axle wire of Beijing, and starts from Moon Bay in north to Tianqiao Intersection in south. With 570 years history, Qianmen Street is also known as Heaven Street. It is 845 meters totally, is Pedestrian Business Street. Only both sides of Qianmen Street is covers an area of 66,000 square meters, contains about 180 shops. The long history of Qianmen Street shapes the old famous shops such as Liubiju Paste, Tongrentang Drugstore, Ruifuxiang Silk Store, Neiliansheng Shoes shop, etc.

Tramcar in Qianmen Street

Play in Qianmen. The world famous Laoshe Tea House created in 1988, is located at west of Qianmen Street, and close to Tiananmen Square. It is the representative gathering place of tea house culture of old Beijing, national demonstration base of the cultural industry and AAA tourist scenic spot. Here, you can enjoy the original characteristic performances, taste Chinese famous tea, buy top-level tea and eat the imperial characteristic snacks. Especially, you will see many celebrities in night shows. All these featured national art and programs attract travelersdeeply. Laoshe Tea House is called as the window of showing the essence of Chinese culture art and the bridge connects the friendship of home and abroad, and it is the human landmark of Beijing culture.

Qianmen Street is good place to eat, play and go shopping. Here, you have good chance to appreciate the most characteristics of Beijing.

Jingshan Park near Forbidden City

Beijing, the gather place of various beautiful things, has many famous parks. Among these parks, I will take you to visit the closest park to Forbidden City - Jingshan Park.

Pavilion in Jingshan Park

Jingshan Park sits at Jingshan West Street of Xicheng District, built in Liao & Jin Dynasties, so Jingshan Park has history almost 1,000 years. Jinshan Park is one of the longest and most complete imperial gardens, and once the important part of imperial palace. In 1928, Jingshan was built as park. Now, Jingshan Park has become the AAAA level scenic spot.

Located at center of Beijing, Jingshan Park covers an area of 230,000, and the relative height of Jingshan is 45.7 meters and the altitude is 94.2 meters, it is the highest point of Beijing city. Standing on Jingshan, you can overlook the whole city, including the resplendent and magnificent Forbidden City and modern new Beijing. Jingshan keeps the mountain of Liao Dynasty and wall and door of Jin Dynasty. The old group buildings were kept completely in Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Jingshan Park is situated at north of Forbidden City, and on the middle point of axle wire. It is a beautiful imperial garden for Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties in 800 years.

The middle peak of Jingshan is 44.6 meters, is the center of old Beijing city and the highest place in that time. The pavilion in middle peak is Wanchun Pavilion, is the square pavilion in three eaves. There are 5 pavilions on there, and they compose the pretty picture.

Flower Exhibition in Jingshan Park

In recent years, Jingshan Park has changed greatly. The flower exhibitions, including Peony Exhibition, Lotus Exhibition and Autumn Chrysanthemum Exhibition, attract home and abroad tourists every year with their beautiful colors, warm environment, full-bodied culture and bright characteristics.

Jingshan Park is also the gathering place for people who love singing. What they sing are Chinese national songs, revolutionary songs, foreign songs, Peking opera, popular songs, etc. Jingshan Choir Festival is held by the government of Xicheng District in Beijing, starts from 2004 and held once every year.

Jingshan Park is one of the best relaxing and tourist places in Beijing. The most situated tourist seasons are spring and autumn. That time, there are various flowers blossoming in park and fit for looking far into the distance.

Real Feature of Beijing - Old Hutong

What are the most characteristic and the feature of Beijing? That is the hutongs. It is the ordinary feature of Beijing, but it is also the representative of Beijing. Today, I will take you to enjoy the most famous hutong or old streets in Beijing.

Beijing Nanluoguxiang

Nanluoguxiang, one of the oldest street areas in Beijing, has the most well-preserved quadrangle courtyard, lists in the planning area. From north to south, Nanluoguxiang is 800 meters totally, and longer than Yandai Xiejie. There are 8 hutongs in east and west individually, and they are all symmetrical. Every hutong has the trace of history. Also, Nanluoguxiang is a famous bar street. The bars on this street are courtyard and single-storey house mainly. Every door is hung red lanterns, and their decorated style returns tradition and brief, and obey the atmosphere and style of quadrangle courtyard. Different with Houhai and Sanlitun, the bars in Nanluoguxiang are quiet mostly, show harmony and nature, and away from the noisy of city. Nanluoguxiang is always the hot point of magazine and news, and even the background of TV play.

Scenery along Yandaixiejie

Yandai Xiejie, located at northeast of Qianhai in Shi Cha Hai, is the oldest business in Beijing, and it is the business pedestrian has traditional cultural characteristic. Yandai Xiejie is 232 meters totally, and close to the one of the Eight sights of Yaning – Yingding Guanshan. It is named as Yandai Xiejie just because it is seemed like tobacco pipe from full view. The constructions in both sides of Yandai Xiejie are all elegant and simple, with strong style of Ming and Qing Dynasties. This style is the biggest highlight of this whole street. The resident form of shop in front and live in back shows the heavy town amorous feelings and full-bodied old Beijing characteristic. Seems like a time tunnel, when you walking in it, you will find the fashioned tourists seek various toys or accessories in different skins and languages. Suddenly, you catch the feeling that you do not know where you are and when it is. There are various courtyards sits in Yandai Xiejie. It is not only the business old street, but also the ancient cultural street.

You can find more similar streets and hutongs in Beijing. Would you like them? Just appreciate and enjoy them!

Secrets Hiding behind Summer Palace

Do you have any idea about these famous attractions of Beijing? Before, I have introduced some tourist direction to your. Now, I will continue this work and give some tips to your Beijing tour.

Today, we visit the imperial garden – Summer Palace. Maybe you have visited Summer Palace more than once, but the hided secrets among the constructions you will listen first time. From sky, the Kunming Lake turns to be a peach, Longevity Hill change to be a bat and even the Seventeen-Arch Bridge turns the neck of tortoise. This exquisite design exactly is the ancients to build or kind of coincidence.

Symbol Building in Summer Palace

It is said that the Emperor Qianlong loves the view of Jiang Nan area, especially the West Lake in Hangzhou city. So, he built many gardens imitated the scenes and garden architecture of Jiang Nan area. Do you want to know the views of Jiang Nan area in Qingyi Garden? First, we should have general information about Qingyi Garden. Qingyi Garden includes north mountain (Longevity Hill) and south lake (Kunming Lake), and the west side has several peaks of West Mountain. After the reformation of Qianlong Emperor, the Lake became wider and the mountain turned more majestic. Then, he added a West Causeway as well as Su Causeway, divided the Kunming Lake into inner lake and outer lake. Like this, the Kunming Lake has become same as the West Lake in Hangzhou. This statement of Qingyi Garden is right, but it seems like the Emperor Qianlong was more superficial. There is another effect of dividing the lake into two lakes, that is present the water to the sides and back of mountain and shaped the pattern of surrounded by mountains and girdled by a river.

Scenery along Causeway in Summer Palace

The three islands in Kunming Lake symbolize the three immortal mountains, including Penglai Mountain, Fangzhang Mountain and Yingzhou Mountain, built according to the idea of immortality in Taoism by Emperor Qianlong. If regarded the West Causeway as the necklace, the three islands seem like three gems. At same time, they sit in center of every lake divided by West Causeway. Besides the usual spots, there is a hided spot sits at back of Longevity Hill. It is a fantastic place in Qingyi Garden, and its significance is as well as the Outer Eight Temples out of Chengde Summer Resort.

As one of the must-see attractions of Beijing, Summer Palace receives large number of tourists. So plan the Summer Palace into your Beijing tour is a good choice!

Shopping in Beijing - Modern Shopping Landmarks (2)

No matter living in Beijing or tour in Beijing, these discount stores always become the destinations for people. Careful about the ads on websites and newspapers, you will find information about these discount stores. Gazing the good chances, you will have satisfied harvest, including some famous brands if you are lucky enough.

LCX International Boutique Discount Store
Capital Times Plaza

LCX Boutique Discount Store, located at Capital Times Plaza, carry out the optional type shopping, gathered the international famous brands such as BOSS, GIVEENCHY, DULHILL, CHRISTIANLACOIX, etc. LCX International Boutique Discount Store is ideal place for go shopping the international famous things with high grade and popularity. Most of the goods are only in Beijing, cannot same as others. Because there are many strange brands for Chinese people, you have rare chance to find it in other places. Ordered distributed goods let you have different feelings with traditional discount store. When you enjoy these beautiful and attractive shoes displayed in the goods shelf brought from Germany, you would not control yourself. All of these goods are 50%~90% off.

365 Discount Plaza
Fenglian Plaza in Beijing

365 Discount Plaza, located at Fenglian Plaza in Chaoyangmen, adopts the rule of lowliest place elimination in every end of month, the new brought brands will instead of these brands were eliminated. This way can not only insure the refreshment, but also promote the suppliers offer high-quality goods. At same time, it is good for promoting the brand image. Nowadays, the signed brands include ONLY, GUESS, BOSS, SODA, NIKE, etc. Generally, the shoes would have 50% off, but if you present forwardly, some salesmen are entitle to give 40% off. Although you cannot find any international brands, you always have chance to find some things fit for you. Leave from here, you must be harvest. The most characteristic here is the women dress. Most of these clothes are suited for office ladies. Different with the LCX, 365 Discount Plaza has lower price, fit for the salariat.

Besides above, still there are Yansha Outlets Shopping Center, Wangfujing Shangpin Discount Store, etc. In Beijing, you have good chance to find various discount stores for your shopping, just you are careful!

Shopping in Beijing - Modern Shopping Landmarks (1)

Shopping in Beijing, you will lose yourself in this colorful world. Dazzling brands and shopping malls, always puzzle us and do not what to do. Today, I will introduce you some shopping landmarks, promise you have rich results without any run around here and there.

Shin Kong Place
Night View of Shin Kong Place

Covering an area of 180,000, Shin Kong Place is the largest single shopping store in China. Spacious shopping area, variety service industries and comfortable consumer experience, Shin Kong Place manages the top luxurious brands from Europe and America, and various characteristics consumer goods. Still there is a fashion food market, sales the delicious snacks and foods.

Shin Kong Place has absorbed many international brands of clothes and cosmetic such as Prada, Kenzo, Chanel, etc. Adds some Chinese brands, the entered brands has reached 700. Among these shops, many entered Beijing even China not firstly such as the French Fauchon. According to introduction, Fauchon has 100 years history. Only one shop in Asia nowadays. As the second shop in Asia and first shop in China. The Fauchon Shin Kong Place offers 400 import foods to Beijing consumers. Close to Fauchon, there is a Supermarket in 3,000 square meters offers various things.

Solana
Night View of Solana

Solana seems like a town air transported from Europe, combined with industry civilization and natural view perfectly. Everywhere is full of the innovation and pleasant surprise. In this international city absent water, Solana Blue Harbor owns advantage environment with three-side water. If you are there personally, you cannot believe such beautiful environment in this city center.

Compared with traditional shopping center, Solana Blue Harbor uses the blue sky and white cloud instead of the ceiling, natural wind instead of air-conditioning. Original European constructions, fitful street and less crowded people make a comfortable and charming opened shopping environment in Solana Blue Harbor for consumers. In several minutes, you will get the romantic Europe from crowded Beijing. Solana Blue Harbor has abundant functions such as catering, wine bar, entertainment, etc. This has become a tag of this area. With the development of surroundings, Solana Blue Harbor becomes the representation more and more obviously. So, Solana Blue Harbor will enhance its charming in these sides.

If you want to find a comfortable and modern shopping area, you could refer to these shopping malls.

What to See in Summer Palace

Standing on the Longevity Hill of Summer Palace, I found the Yuquan Hill is close to us. Living in Beijing so many years, I was familiar with the most famous Three Hills and Five Gardens, and the Longevity Hill and Yuquan Hill. I must say, the Summer Palace is a good place, only here I had chance to see the two hill among the three. There is a quiet path to down to the foot of Longevity Hill, along the path we were enjoyable in the beautiful surroundings.

Long Corridor in Summer Palace

When we saw the Long Corridor, we were shocked by the quiet environment. It is said the Long Corridor is always crowded with visitors. Maybe it was earlier. The Long Corridor, also famous for the Painting Walkway, is the longest gallery corridor in the world. Looking up, there are different stories painting on the top, most of them are famous for Chinese, such as the 'A Dream in Red Mansion', 'Pilgrimage to the West', etc. I would say the Long Corridor is one of the most famous and characteristic spots in Summer Palace, as well as the Tower of the Buddhist Incense.

Tower of the Buddhist Incense

End the Long Corridor, it is the Tower of the Buddhist Incense, is the symbol of this imperial garden and the highest building in it. How interesting, it is an eight-façade tower, built imitated from the Six Harmony Tower in Hangzhou, is the center of the whole garden. It is said the Empress Dowager Cixi always pay respect to Buddha. Now, it is an ideal place to overlook beautiful Kunming Lake and the marvelous scenes.

Seventeen Arch Bridge

Not far away from the Tower of the Buddhist Incense, it is the Seventeen Arch Bridge which is the longest bridge in Summer Palace, is 150 meters in length and 8 meters in width. The bridge was built imitated from the Lugou Bridge in Beijing, and the special characteristic of the bridge is the stone lion on every pillar. Every pillar has several lions in different shapes, and the lions of whole bridge are different, and cannot be able to count its number. Anyone interests it all can come here to try to count it, it is very interesting! And the bridge connects to the South Lake Island where is place praying for rain in the arid year for Empress Dowager Cixi.

Yes, the three spots are the most famous and typical in Summer Palace, but always crowded with visitors, and we all like to find a quiet and beautiful place, so we along the bank of Kunming Lake to West Causeway.

Famous Snack Streets in Beijing - (2)

Continue last theme, I give more tourists more choices in Beijing catering industry.

No.6 Xiaoyun Road
Xiaoyun Road, gather place for petty bourgeoisie, located at between Sanyuan East Bridge and Xiaoyun Bridge. It is a long street from southwest to northeast, a important transportation between East 3rd Ring and East 4th Ring. Like such slanting street, it is rare in Beijing. Crowded by various high-level building, Xiaoyun Road has many restaurants including different levels and tastes, manages foreign taste mainly. Owing to these foreign restaurants, Xiaoyun Road is made to be full of petty bourgeoisie with the characteristic elegance and charm of foreign taste. Bus 104, 801, 671, 416, 403, 421, 405 arrived.

Delicate Snacks

No.7 Asian Sports Village
Asian Sports Village is the catering chief from Huizhou Road to north of Datun Road, also the catering industry of Asian Sports Village is the most developed in northern of Beijing. At night, here is very hot, not only the ordinary restaurants, but also the top-level restaurants. Heavy selectivity is the most obvious characteristic in this area, from swallow-wing to Northeastern Chinese cuisines, cover every restaurant. The rate of update is very high because of the rat race. Bus 417, 858, 387, 464, 702 arrived.

No.8 Qicai North Road
From Yanshan Bridge to East Liangma Bridge, turn left at first intersection, opposite Woman Street, you will find the Qicai North Road, the famous food street in recent years. Surrounded by the Third Embassy, Laitai Flower Market and Pengrun Mansion, Qicai North Road is more unobstructed. Gathered more than 20 restaurants including Sichuan Cuisine, Guangdong Cuisine, Hunan Cuisine, Korea Cuisine, Tea House, Coffee House, etc, Qicai North Road is the ideal choice for guests from all over China and the world. Usually, every restaurant is decorated very well and characteristic, belong to the middle level in consumption level. Bus 1, 4, 985, 620, 851 arrived.

Restaurant in Fucheng Road

No.9 Fucheng Road
Fucheng Road, super restaurants street, starts from Hangtian Bridge to Dinghui Bridge. Gathers various famous catering industries, Fucheng Road is the noted top-level catering area in Beijing. Here, every catering industry has its characteristic in decoration, style and taste including traditional oriental simple and western elegance. Tianxia Yijia, located at east enter, is the perfect combination of traditional culture and modern culture. Fucheng Road has become the first choice for business catering. Bus 26, 849, 653, 103, 205, 105 arrived.

 No.10 Suzhou Street
Suzhou Street, a food street has unlimited potential, is located at Zhongguancun area. May be close to the gathered place of IT, Suzhou Street has strong cultural deposits. Of course, the price and decoration are all very high. It is a good place has taste.

Totally 10 food streets, give you full choices to find a street belong to you!

Famous Snack Streets in Beijing - (1)

Traveling in Beijing, please do not miss the famous and characteristic snacks. Now, I introduce you some places gathered the famous Beijing foods.
Beijing Qianmen Street

No.1 Qianmen
Assembled with various old and famous restaurants, QInamen Street has become the one of the hot place in Beijing for tourists. As well as the Zhengyangmen, these famous and old restaurants experienced disturbances. Their signboards confirmed their long history. Although it not fired as other food street, Qianmen Street represents the catering culture of Beijing, also it is the must-visited place for tourists. Walking in this street, you could find the Quan Ju De Roast Duck, Dou YI Chu, Kaifeng Soup Dumplings, etc. They all have authentic tastes and long history. Bus 20, 203, 59, 66, 5, 120 arrive at Qianmen Street.

No.2 Guanganmen
Guanganmen Food Street starts from Liuliqiao Bridge to Hufangqiao Bridge. This area, famous along with the rebuilt of southern of Beijing, is a cate business street. Visited these restaurants in this street, you could find they are all famous for the spicy flavor, such as the Mala Youhuo, Li Father, etc. Close to Niujie Street, some Muslim restaurants also attract large number of guests. In addition, still there are some old and famous restaurants can be found easily in this street. Bus 620, 617, 19, 381, 390 arrived.

Pingan Avenue

No.3 Pingan Avenue
Pingan Avenue, a food street, witnesses the history. The business of transformed Pingan Avenue is not very flourishing as imaged. But the restaurants, along the Dongsi Shitiao Bridge, are lively usually. Owing to close the Lotus Market, many people like to have dinner in Pingan Avenue at night. After dinner, choose a bar in Houhai area by the way is an enjoyment. Built on the old address of imperial house, some restaurants in Pingan Avenue has some taste of history. With strong history color and cultural deposits, Pingan Avenue is fitful tourists who like the local Beijing foods and imperial dishes. Bus 13, 810, 68, 111, 701 arrived.

No.4 Fangzhaung
Fangzhuang Food Street becomes hot in recent years, because of the surroundings. With complete equipments and wide street, Fangzhuang Food Street gathered various dishes including Chinese restaurants and western restaurants. Bus 973, 434, 51, 627, 655 arrived.

No.5 Gui Street
Located at Dongzhimen area, Gui Street is the earliest hot food street in Beijing, also it is the best place for guests at deep night. The old Gui Street was famous all over the Beijing. Everybody wants to try it. But with the development of old city, many famous restaurants moved to other places. Although it is not flourishing as that time, the existed restaurants have strong popularity. Bus 106, 674, 24, 406, 635 arrived.

Still many hot places for catering, coming soon!

Visit Symbol Museums of Beijing in Summer Holiday

Beijing, as the capital of China, owns various kinds of museums. In the summer holidays, take your kids to visit Beijing to increase their knowledge, and the varied museums would not be missed. Xicheng District is the gathering place of museums, everyone have chance to arrange the tour route for kids to enjoy the boundless knowledge in museums.
Paleozoological Museum of China Paleozoological Museum of China: know about the changes of life
This museum displays the many paleontological fossils from Cambrian period to the time of 10,000 years ago, the valuable exhibits include the Lufenggosaurus Huenei which is called the First Dragon in China, skeleton of Huanghe River Stegodon and the simulation model of skull of Pekingman. The club held in summer vacation takes students to dig the dinosaur fossil personally to experience the interest of outdoor exploration.
Beijing Planetarium Beijing Planetarium: look up at miraculous starry sky
Would you like to step to the ridges of lunar, witness the life of stellar, save the last male tyrannosaurus following the earth science team and see the biological evolution on earth with your eyes? Come to Beijing Planetarium! Beijing Planetarium has four theaters lead you to know the real starry sky, travel in universe, experience the created miracles on sense organs and enjoy the real pictures. The seats of theaters are designed to be the deck chair in order to let you look up at the sky freely.
Beijing Zoo Beijing Zoo: learn to be breeder
Everyone had visited zoo, but have you visited the breeding backstage in zoo? In summer holiday, Beijing Zoo holds the summer camp which teaches kids how to be a small breeder. Through various kinds of games and links, to increase the close feeling between kids and animals; through knowing the protective color and mimesis, to let kids to feel the miraculous places of animals; through visiting the breeding rooms, to let kids know the hard woks as breeder and observe in short distance some rare animals.
Capital Museum Capital Museum: know about the folk custom
How many hutongs in Beijing? No one knows the specific number, but it is hard to visit all of them in one week. The theme display of Hutong and Courtyard in Beijing in Capital Museum takes you to visit thousand hutongs with long history of 800 years in only one hour. The exhibits of Capital Museum focus on the cultural relics discovered in Beijing local place, show the continuous developing history of Beijing culture, through the old pictures and old things to reappear the vanished folk custom in Beijing. Taking kinds to Capital Museum in summer holiday, through the advanced reservation, you have chance to join in the excellent activities to let kids experience the wonderful Beijing culture.

Let your kids have a special summer holiday, take them to Beijing to visit the museums!

8 Places for Appreciating Louts Bloom in Beijing

Spring has come, summer is on the way. Entering the summer, Beijing has various places near water become the ideal choices for cool and avoiding the heat. The widows slightly touch faces on the bank, the chirps continuous on trees, the dragonflies dancing on water and butterflies dancing on flowers. Summer is the season for reciting poems, painting and enjoying the lotus. Lotus, also known as Hehua in Chinese, is the most popular flower in Beijing in summer. Its flowering phase starts from June to the beginning of September, is the best time to enjoy the beautiful lotus. In Beijing, the gardens in summer are crowded with people to enjoy the lotus, and now I will tell you some good places.
Louts Bloom in Summer Lianhuachi Park
Lianhuachi Park is named as the lotus with long history of more than 3,000 years. There is an old saying that the Lianhuachi Park is older than Beijing city. The green water floats the pink lotus, let visitors seem like hugged by lotus in the charming view.

Beihai Park
Lotus Festival in Beihai Park has become one of the traditional activities for local Beijing people to kill the summer heat, hundred kinds of potting lotuses are paved to be the huge flower terrace, let visitors pass through in it freely. Bending to smell its fragrance, light and elegant, refreshing!

Summer Palace
Summer Palace in summer rain is misty, the Zhijing Pavilion and the Zaojiantang Lake are enveloped in the large-scale of misty fairyland besides West Dyke. The poem praising lotus lingering on the lake which is paved by lotus leaves, the rainfall on leaves is crystal clear, until it turns fin, the famous view - Lianhong Zhuiyu appears into sights.

Yuanmingyuan
The areas for enjoying lotus include the Changchunyuan and Qichunyuan, there is a visiting line along the four sides of small island. Visitors also have great chance to closely enjoy the beautiful and elegant lotus by boating. With the sounds of music and the fragrance of lotus, let everyone here addict into it.

Zizhuyuan Park
Famous for the bamboo, Zizhuyuan Park has lotus-plant history of 40 years. After June, the almost 30 mu lotuses are blooming in the lakes of north and south of park. Boating in it, mandarin ducks and wild ducks play water, the bamboo leaves cover the banks, the lotus in water is coquettish, really a natural Chinese monochromes.

Beijing Botanical Garden
Beijing Botanical Garden has various kinds of flowers, every season has its flower theme. After the Summer Solstice, the blooming lotuses in garden attract large number of tourists. The thousands basins of lotus constitute the lotus corridor.

Shichahai
The night view of Shichahai becomes colorful owing to the bars. Lights reflect on water, the sculls of wooden ships let the colorful light mix. Enjoying the lotuses on water and drinking happily, everyone likes to stay here to kill the summer night.

Yuyuantan Park
Yuyuantan Park is famous for the sakura in spring, let people addict in. The summer is on the way, vast lake is covered by the green waves and the lotus leaves, lotus blooming slim and graceful, lovingly pathetic.

Would you like to enjoy the lovely lotus? Beijing has many places for you to taste the special summer full of lotus.

History and Appearance of Hutong in Beijing

Hutong is one of the culture marks of Beijing and I was interested in it. This time I got the chance to walk through the narrow hutongs (with long history) to experience the real local life in Beijing. My tour began at Old Drum Tower Street and ended to Prince Gong's Mansion (via many historical sites and old hutongs including Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Yandaixiejie, Yinding Bridge).

Bell and Drum Tower in Beijing

Bell and Drum Tower are the two landmarks of old Beijing located in the city center. There are only about 100 meters distance the two towers. The Drum Tower is more beautiful than the Bell Tower. I did not pay 20 yuan for the entrance tickets instead just stand at the foot of the towers and took some panoramic photos. Walk along the street, within 10 minutes, I got to the famous hutong – Yandaixiejie.

Yandaixiejie - Old Hutong with Long History

Yandaixiejie also named as Tobacco Pipe Lane, is one of the oldest streets in Beijing. Ethnic shops and various bars and cafes are opened here which attract lots of tourists from in and abroad. In the past, in this hutong there were only tobacco pouches and smoking sets were sold and nowadays, it has been rebuilt as a commercial street where there are more than 60 stores specializing in the sale of tobacco pipes, lanterns, kites, tea sets, curios, national costumes, folk craftwork and traditional needlework.

Are you fond of the origin of its name Yandaixiejie? Here are two reasons. During the Qing Dynasty, people lived in Beijing liked tobaccos very much, which caused the increasing demand of tobacco pipe. Therefore, more and more tobacco pipe shops were opened in the street. Another reason is that it is said the Yandaixiejie looks like a tobacco pipe in its shape - its gracile street is the tobacco pipe while the entrance in the east end is its mouth and the west entrance is the hollow. Therefore, Yandaixiejie got its name.

At the end of Yandaixiejie there is standing another historical site called Yinding Bridge. In the history, it was very much like a silver ingot upside down, so hence the name. Now it is a narrow channel joining Qianhai Lake and the Houhai Lake, the hub of Shichhai area with surrounding quiet hutongs. Standing on the bridge and viewing the lotus in summer has now become one of the most beautiful scenery in downtown Beijing.

Went on along Qianhai Lake with gentle breeze and wander through hutongs, we got the destination of Prince Gong's Mansion. Along the street, there are a lot of rickshaws for hutong tour. And the drivers will tell you much about the history of the old hutongs.

The Attractive West Lake and Its Specialty

There is an old saying in China: there is a paradise in heaven, while there are Suzhou and Hangzhou on earth. The beauty of Hangzhou is shown as not only the charming natural landscape, but also the abundant tangible cultural heritage. 
 
West Lake

Speaking of Hangzhou, the West Lake is a place must be mentioned. West Lake locates in western Hangzhou, which is the downtown of this city. Because of the glamorous landscape and many historic interests, Hangzhou is renowned as “Paradise on Earth”. The famous poet Su Shi of Song Dynasty wrote a line about this city: 天下西湖三十六,就中最美是杭州 (among the 36 West Lake in the country, Hangzhou West Lake is most beautiful one). Hangzhou West Lake has ten famous scenic spots, known as “Ten Scenes of West Lake”. Every spot of them is attractive and beautiful.

Another famous scenery, Lingyin Temple, lies on the north of West Lake. It is one of the ten most famous ancient Buddhist temples in China, also regarded as a part of West Lake scenery. If you are taking a trip to West Lake, it is strongly recommended to visit this quiet and pleasant temple.

Besides of West Lake, Hangzhou is also famed for Xihu Longjing green tea all over the world. Xihu Longjing is one of the ten most famous Chinese teas, owns a history over 1200 years. Longjing green tea, also called Dragon Well green tea, is mainly produced in Xihu Village in Hangzhou City. Major tea gardens locate in the southwest around the village. Due to the mild climate, abundant raindrops, and the advantaged natural condition, the Longjing tea produced here is delicate and fragrant, and taste more brisk and mellow. Longjing green tea from West Lake is classified into five types according to the origin place, including Shifeng, Longjing, Yunqi, Hupao, and Meijiawu. Among them Shifeng Longjing is the best. Analysis from researches shows a result that Longjing tea contains a larger amount than other teas of amino acid, catechinic acid, chlorophyll and Vitamin C and so on. Therefore it has more health benefits for human body.

Longjing Tea

Except visiting West Lake and drinking Xihu Longjing tea, a trip in Hangzhou shall not miss the delicious local foods, such as West Lake Fish in Sweet Sour Source (西湖醋鱼), Beggar's Chicken (叫化童鸡), Dongpo Pork (东坡肉), Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea (龙井虾仁), all of which are the traditional dishes of Hangzhou. Feel curious about Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea? Yes, you must be. Using Longjing tea as the material of making the dish, this idea could only be originated in Hangzhou. Being made of fresh shrimps and Longjing green tea picked around Qing Ming, this dish is delicate, tender and delicious. You will definitely be impressed.

Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea

You cannot enjoy the beauty of West Lake until you see it by yourself. To have a cup of Xihu Longjing, taste some local flavors, and experience the culture and custom of this city, can also be a pleasure.

Essence Tour of Beijing - Follow the Steps of Hutong (2)

Continue last tour guide, we will go on our ancient Beijing tour for this time.

Beijing Dashilan

Line 2: Xijiaominxiang – Dashilan Street – Zhushikou – Liulichang Street
Xijiaominxiang, located at south of Xicheng District in Beijing, starts from Tiananmen Square in east to Qianmen in west, turn south, you will get to the Dashilan Street. After rebuilt, Dashilan has no old-fashioned place, but some small hutongs, located west of Dashilan Street, keep many the original feelings of Dashilan.

Along with Qianmen Street to south, you will arrive at Zhushikou West Street. Passed the Catholic Church, Fengze Garden, Former Residence of Ji Xiaolan, Huguang Guild Hall, etc, turn north, and you arrive at Xinhua Street. After walking distance in 700 meters, you can find the Liulichang Street, which is a famous cultural street. Many shops here sell the four stationery treasures of the Chinese study. Constructions on each side are all the Chinese classic construction with obvious features of time. Walking along this old street, you have chance to talk with the shop owners and hear some old stories about this street.

Beijing Nanluoguxiang

Line 3: Juer Hutong – Nanluoguxiang
Located at Jiaodaokou South Street, Juer Hutong has a mansion of Rong Lu, who was the governor university in Qing Dynasty. With white wall and black tiles, the courtyard has the feelings of perfect combination of southern and northern. Out of the west of Juer Hutong, you will arrive at Nanluoguxiang, which has 8 hutongs in west and east arranged tidily. In recent years, more and more bars and creative shops appeared in Nanluoguxiang. After Salitun and Shi Cha Hai, Nanluoguxiang has become the third famous bar street in Beijing. Riding from south to north, you can explore the history and flourishing of Nanluoguxiang.

Beijing Longfu Temple

Line 4: Donghuamen – Nanchizi – Pudu Temple – Huangchenggen Street – Dengshikou – Fuqiang Hutong – Dongchang Hutong – Longfu Temple – Dongsi – Neiwubu Street – Lumicang Hutong
It is worth to visit the hutongs in Dongcheng District. There are various rich family in ancient times, so some courtyards has kept the ancient style, even though many of them has been used as the residences of ordinary people. Without the glory of ancient times, these courtyards still have some feelings of rich people and celebrities from the stone lions in front of gate. May be just the old tree in yard has memory about this courtyard in ancient times. The Imperial Palace Wall Relics Park, rebuilt by government, has comfortable environment. At weekend, you will find many people take exercise or playing here.

The essence tour of ancient Beijing is suspended now, but the cultural and historical deposits of ancient Beijing have been continued from generation to generation.

Essence Tour of Beijing - Follow the Steps of Hutong

When the traffic jam, vehicle exhaust and no parking lot affect the convenient and mood of driving, bike, the once outdated transportation media, nobly become the favorite choice of trip and leisure under the call of low-carbon lifestyle.

Low-carbon times, riding bike for trip is an ideal choice. No matter the locals or guests, prepare or rent a bike to visit the hutong in inner of Beijing in leisurely time, you will have better feelings. Parking in the front of some interesting shops, choosing the wonderful goods or taste the local snacks, you are harvest enough in this special Beijing tour. Follow us quickly!

Essence of Beijing - Hutong

Beijing, the gathering place of hutong, has various famous and non-famous hutongs. The composition of chess game and the laugh of aunts are the sceneries in hutongs forever. In the courtyards of hutongs, always there are old trees and do not know how old they are, may be the jujube tree, cypress or Chinese scholar tree. When the sun is shining brightly, aged people talked with each other and kids playing around this tree. I guess, it is happiness for most of ordinary people.

Start from North Street of Dianmenwai, you can visit the Drum and Bell Tower first. Walking south along with the Drum and Bell Tower, you will find the Yandaixiejie, the oldest oblique street in Beijing, located at north of Dianmen, about 230 meters in length. You could not belittle the short street, it gathers various characteristic shops, restaurants and wine bars. They decorate this street livelier.

Yinding Bridge

Out of Yandaixiejie, it is the famous Yindingqiao Bridge. It is said that you can see the distance Xishan Mountain in fine day. That is one of the Yanjing Eight Scenes. Pass the Yindingqiao Bridge, you should have good time among hutongs in Shi Cha Hai area. Built depend on the terrain, these hutong is natural. Anyone courtyard here, you could find the historical site easily.

Riding the bike, you are leisurely in lively hutongs, to enjoy the sunshine and strong Beijing culture in the air, and surrounding your soul.

Wandering in these hutongs, you are lucky to find many interesting things and delicious tastes. Just walking and wandering, you have good time in afternoon of Beijing…

Beijing Leisure Tour - Walking Around Shichahai Area

Shi Cha Hai, a lake in Beijing center, is also a beautiful place in Beijing. Live around Shi Cha Hai, you may have visited it several times, and no feeling about it. But today, I will take you to rediscover the Shi Cha Hai. Different times in one day, we have various ways playing around Shi Cha Hai.

Beautiful Shichahai Lake

Morning Walking, from 7:00 to 9:00
With melodious morning bell, people take morning exercise around Shi Cha Hai. They talk about the news or interesting things happened in someone’s home with smile. Everyone discloses the leisure and free of local Beijingers. After exercise, have breakfast in Huguosi Snack Bar is a good gift in this morning.

Corner Tour, from 9:00 to 11:00
The authentic rickshaw takes you to wander in the various hutongs in Shi Cha Hai. Visiting Prince Gong's Mansion, enjoying the former residences of celebrities, traveling the old temples and listening the stories and cultural deposits of sihe courtyard, you will know the local Beijing culture. Walking into Sihe Courtyard, you have good chance to know about the ordinary life of Beijing.

Shichahai Lake Rickshaw

Noon Rest, from 11:00 to 13:00
Various restaurants, stand closely, are the destinations in noon. You can find the hide small restaurant to taste the authentic private dishes. Close to the shore of Shi Cha Hai, there is a quiet courtyard with grey tiles and wall. That was the London Home in Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, received the Beckham, Blair and many foreign celebrities. Lotus Market is the famous catering street in Shi Cha Hai area, view the scenery of Shi Cha Hai, gathers lots of lotus, showing the flourishing view.

Afternoon, from 15:00 to 17:00
Lots of tourists has gone, this is good time to visit Prince Gong’s Mansion. Many views and allusions are the attractions in this ancient architecture. Out of mansion, you can visit the Drum and Bell Tower. In the setting sun, facing the black Bell Tower and watching the sun set, you will have special feelings about this old city.

Evening Maeket, from 17:00 to 19:00
History scouring the time, left amounts of storie in Yan Dai Xie Jie. Under the light of sun, you can enjoy the lasting appeal of city axle wire. The Chinese gifts sold in nearby shops give you big surprise. Send a postcard to your relatives, give your sincere blessing.

Night Activity, from 19:00 to 21:00
They are the person write the memory, the classic lists performed by them. Among these lists, you will know about the Chinese history and culture. No matter where you go, you will remember it forever.

It is time to go to sleep, have good dream in Shi Cha Hai!

Forbidden City - Feudal Society of Ancient China

Beijing, experienced the vicissitudes, has long history and rich culture. Historic sites distributed all of Beijing. Walking casually, you have many chances pass these famous sites. The foot of Beijing history has continued thousand years including old, traditional, modern, etc. You can follow any point to explore the ancient but modern Beijing. But I want to say, from history if you want to find the most alright part.

Bronze Lion in Forbidden Ciyt

Former is old, where is the new? If you pay attention to the news, Forbidden City has been maintained from 2001. Nowadays, Forbidden City is not only the ancient construction group, but also a modern museum. From the most famous Cartier Exhibition to the Ming Yongle Xuande Cultural Relic Exhibition, Forbidden City is always changed. Even though you always visit Forbidden City, because of these exhibitions, you will find new foothold for sight.

Yellow Roof, Red Wall

If you visit Forbidden City in May day, you may catch the chance entering Forbidden City from East Huamen. Usually, it is not opened to public, only the pass way for workers. Different the magnificent Meridian Gate, East Huamen has another feeling with soft wind and trees. Through the thick gateway, you will have a wide sight. A river flow before your sight, the bridge on river records the vicissitudes. Passing the bridge and walking forward, you arrive at Wenhua Palace, opened to public after 2008. Because of remote location, Wenhua Palace has less people, is the rare quiet place in Forbidden City. Wenhua Palace, the Ceramics Hall, display the ceramics in different times. From ancient times to Ming and Qing Dynasties, many ceramics boutiques can be found at this palace.

If you think the Forbidden City is just the caky constructions, you are wrong. The soul of Forbidden City thrust deep into the pieces of historical performances. No matter you are seeking novelty or exploring the mysteries, we just look at them and plaint when the particles of history have dissipated. The usual exhibition halls in Forbidden City includes the exhibition of wedding celebration for emperors in Qing Dynasty, the exhibition of concubines life in Qing Dynasty, the exhibition of Henery Pu Yi, exhibition of weapons in Qing Dynasty, the exhibition of treasures, etc. All these exhibitions attract you stay in Forbidden City for full day, and enjoy the imperial culture of Qing Dynasty.

Whenever you visit the Forbidden City, you always find new interesting points easily. Quiet to enjoy the fine and smooth of Forbidden City, you will find more attractive places.

A Bite of Beijing (3) - Quan Ju De Roast Duck

Beijing traditional cate is one of the marks of Beijing traditional culture. This kind of glory roots in the respect it pays to history and the inappropriate it pays to times. Under the life style of high speed today, the craftsmanship of Beijing traditional cate like a historical museum, almost every procedure is accomplished by people personally and experienced cooks. Fussy procedure can make sure the integrity of the whole taste. One of the most representative cates is Peking Roast Duck.

Peking Roast Duck

As the first taste in China, Peking Roast Duck has famous all over the world. Built in 1864, Quan Ju De almost has become the pronoun of Peking Roast Duck. Among various roast duck shops, without any doubt, the Quan Ju De Roast Duck the boutique in boutique. The reason why the Quan Ju De Roast Duck is so delicious is the cook skills like sorting, process, etc.

Quan Ju De Roast Duck

The sorting of Quan Ju De Roast Duck is very careful and strict. The feeding time is 40 days exactly, because the taste of duck meat is best at this time. The skin of duck cannot fracture, must be complete. Even the immersion time must be kept in fixed time. After these sections, the ducks is more delicious and tender.

After hundreds of years, Quan Ju De (Qianmen) always insists the traditional craftsmanship – Roasted Duck in stove. Before grill, these ducks should deal in 28 careful processes. Cooks hang the sucks into the stove, slowly turn by fruit wood in half an hour, then the roast duck is successful. In tens of square meters, the air is fulfilled with the attractive smell.

Moved from the stove, Peking Roast Duck is purplish red in color and good smell. Before you enjoy the duck, you must appreciate the last unique technique of cooks – slice duck. Just the whole process of slice duck will let audiences praise greatly. In 5 minutes, this whole duck is sliced in 100 ~ 120 pieces, even every piece is connected. Eating the Peking Roast Duck is the most enjoyed time, lotus leaf pancakes, as thin as a cicada’s wings, is wiped tailor-made sweet sauce, mingled some golden duck meat. Looks so beautiful and delicious, can let you forget every problems.

Just see my introduction, you cannot enjoy the real Peking Roast Duck. Have a try in Quan Ju De, you are worth the Beijing tour.

A Bite of Beijing (2) - Instant-Boiled Mutton

History of the famous ancient Beijing instant-boiled mutton can be dated back to the Kublai, the fifth emperor in Yuan Dynasty. That time, the emperor expedited in southern. In winter, cooks have no time to make the traditional haricot during intense wars. In order to let soldiers have full power before fight, the cooks boiled water and put mutton into boiled water. The done mutton has good taste with seasoning. This dish got the heart of Kublai, so he popularized the instant-boiled mutton in the whole army. In 13 Century, Kublai entered and hosted Central Plains, then built capital in Beijing. He established the first minority regime in Chinese history – Yuan Dynasty. At same time, he brought the delicious foods to Beijing from grassland. Instant-boiled Mutton is one of them. During 100 years ruled by the Mongoloid, the gene of Mongoloid delicious foods plant into the Beijing catering culture deeply.

Instant-Boiled Mutton

After 100 years, the Zhu Yuanzhang, an ordinary people, established the Ming Dynasty instead of Yuan Dynasty. The power of Mongoloid built in cutlery and perished in cutlery. Only the cate of Mongoloid was kept in Beijing. After 300 years, the Ming Dynasty also was destroyed in wars, and the Manchu in northeastern came to Beijing, even built the second minority regime – Qing Dynasty. Same as Mongoloid, the fight motored by Manchu brought the large number of people in Manchu. At same time, they also added new elements to Beijing catering culture. The Kublai brought the mutton cuisines, and the Hong Taiji riched the recipe of ordinary people in Beijing. Manchu is one of the minorities rise the pig. May be the influence of pork is less than mutton, but the snacks of Manchu changed and refigured the structure of snack of Beijing thoroughly.

Today, if you are familiar with the Beijing snacks, you would know that they were brought to Beijing by Manchu, such as pea cake, snowballing usury, bean juice, etc. Taste these snacks and characteristic cate, Wangfujing Snack Street and Donghuamen Night Market are ideal places for tourists. In fact, not every kinds of cate produced in fight, some born in love.

A Bite of Beijing (1) – Background of Beijing Food

In these ideas of local Beijingers, whatever you eat, Manchu Han Imperial Feast or Fermented Soya-bean Milk, they live equally without envy and contempt. However, it is not much strange because the people always discuss the breakfast of the emperor in Forbidden City when they had these traditional breakfast out of the Forbidden City.

Usually, ecdemic friends like to know the meals of capital people. Of course, capital people always have meals. Consider what Beijingers eat on earth carefully, the question really puzzled me in long terms. No one clear this question.

Owing to the history reason, Beijing cuisine gathers the every success of Chinese cuisines, has its own characteristic but no style of cooking. The most characteristic of Beijing cuisine is it divided into court catering culture, literati and officialdom catering culture and ordinary catering culture. Every stratum has their catering culture, no mix, no disordered. The distinguishing feature of hundred years ago always can be found easily in today. No matter the most luxurious catering culture or most democratic catering culture, you will have chance to taste Beijing. The flourish of luxurious food is as well as the ordinary. Beijing, a complex city to taste the various delicious foods, is ideal place to spend much more money on luxury cater and less money on snacks with unique style.

As well as the cate, Beijingers have fortissimo containment which was cultivated by history. They have no discrimination to ecdemic and ecdemic foods, because of their strong confidence. In fact, now Beijing people are more opened than others in dietary ways. Besides traditional Beijing cuisine, they change their taste between Suchuan Cuisine, Yunnan Cuisine, etc. They never insist their catering culture sedulously.

For tourists in Beijing, the Beijing restaurants are strange much, without any reason. Gormandize travelers always find these restaurants with unique style, delicious foods or characteristics before tour; less cultured people just want to find a restaurant to fulfill their stomach. This kind of action is very adventurous for less cultured tourists. For example, same price, Beijing has two kinds of restaurants. One you want to pack another for next meal, and the other you doubt that what bad things happened between the cook and you. Even people has stayed in Beijing for a long time, they are always carful for every meal in case of becoming an adventure.

Get ready of cuisines for your Beijing tour!

Beautiful Shichahai & Bustling Wangfujing Commercial Street

Do not know if the profound Chinese Complex or others emotion, seems every Chinese who never have chance to Beijing has a small wish to look at the imperial city with reverence. Beijing, the old city with long history, leaves us many sincerity, sacred, solemn, familiar, leisurely, or helpless. What do you think of Beijing?
Old people said reading history let people wise. The Beijing in my sight is sagacious, and lively. Shuttling back and forth in the old hutongs, always pieces of historical pictures flash before me. The places known in book still silently guards Beijing after so many years.

Beautiful Shichahai
Beautiful Shichahai

I like Shichahai, because it has rich culture and history, it was the place gathering temples in history, famous as the Nine Nunneries and One Temple, so named Shichahai. In Yuan Dynasty, it was the start of North-south Great Canal, with wide water area and beautiful views. At that time, the shipping industry was flourishing, which drove the area of Gulou Street to the bustling business area. The Yinding Bridge stretching across lake, built at the connection of Qianhai and Houhai. Standing on bridge, it is easily to enjoy the magnificent views of Houhai and Xishan Mountain, so it was reputed to the Yindingguanshan which is one of the Yanjing Small Eight Views. Shichahai area is also a traditional scenic spot keeps the original folk customs and the characteristics of old Beijing. And now Shichaihai has become the best place to boating in summer and skating in winter.

Bustling Wangfujing Street
Bustling Wangfujing Street

I also like Wangfujing area as vigor as Beijingers. Beijing culture reveals in everywhere, including this street. In Liao and Jin Dynasties, Wangfujing was just an unknown village, became more crowded in Yuan Dynasty, and it was built with ten prince mansions in Ming Dynasty, the Wangfujing began to task shape. The busy people get rid of burden at night, to enjoy the leisure culture at Wangfujing. Various kinds of delicious smells spread all over the street, stimulate the taste bud of people, it is a place bearing the history and full of vitality.

The winter of Beijing has less bustling and irritable, more quiet and light. After the article about Beijing culture, have already to trip in Beijing?

Traditional Activities on Chinese Lantern Festival - Beijing Travel Guide

As widely known, the Spring Festival is the most important festival in China and it lasts until the Lantern Festival – on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. What do you know about the Lantern Festival in China? Are you interested in how Chinese people celebrate this traditional festival? Let me show you:

Sweet Dumplings for Lantern Festival

First of all, on the day of Lantern Festival, all Chinese people eat sweet dumplings. Sweet dumplings are made of glutinous rice flour packet into round shape. Usually people filling them with sugar, rose, sesame, bean soup, walnuts, nuts, jujube, etc. The cooking methods are also different according to different customs, such as boiled, fried and steam. And no matter which way you cook, or which flavor you prefer, eating sweet dumplings mean the good luck in New Year.

The next, during the period of Lantern Festival, Chinese people usually hold the traditional activities such as Chinese lantern riddles, enjoy the festive lanterns and the take part in the excellent dragon dance.

Lantern Riddles

Lantern riddles is a unique civic form of ethnic style in China and this traditional activity began to spread since the ancient times. During the Lantern Festival, on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month, each household hang the lanterns, setting off fireworks. Later, there was someone wrote the riddles on slips of paper, paste in the bright lights of the lanterns for people to guess. Since the riddles could enlighten wisdom and cater to the festive atmosphere, so the large number of people took part in the activity and response, and then this gradually became the indispensable program of the Lantern Festival.

Enjoy the lanterns is another traditional activity for the festival. This custom began from the Han Dynasty and lasts for thousand years until now. Lantern festival unprecedented developed in Tang Dynasty. At that time, the capital city Chang'an has a population of one million and it reached the world's largest urban affluent society. Under the personal initiative of the emperor, lantern festival became more and more luxurious. In the middle period of the Tang Dynasty, it has developed into a universal carnival. Nowadays, in the evening of the Lantern Festival, you will find bright lanterns shining along every street in China. And there usually hold large scale of lantern exhibitions in the big park for citizens to enjoy the unique shaped and colorful lanterns.

Professional Service in Lianhuashan Ski Resort

Lianhuashan Ski Resort is a large and inexpensive ski park that is located in Shunyi District, only about 30 kilometers away from Beijing Capital Airport. With convenient transportation, here usually gather a lot of ski lovers during the weekends. Even in weekdays, you can still find many tourists skiing here.

This is my second time skiing and I like the feeling down the slopes very much. Look at my equipments, you must think I am a professional skier, however actually I am a beginner. Now let me introduce the surroundings of the snow world. As one of the most popular ski resorts in Beijing, Lianhuashan Ski Resort provides a variety of entertainment facilities such as Snow Circle, Motorcycle on Snow Land, Sleigh Drawn by Dogs, Football on Snow Land, etc. Besides these entertainment facilities, there also have Russian-villa style guestrooms and a green ecological restaurant which offer chafing dish and Korea Cuisine. The newly decorated ecological restaurant and Korea Barbecue restaurant can accommodate 800 persons simultaneously. It is really a good relaxing place of Beijing in-season.

Light fog on top of the mountain

The weather today is not very good, with light fog, so that standing at the foot, I could not see the top of the mountain clearly. It's time for lunch, but on the snow land there are still a lot of people. Everyone here enjoy a happy skiing time with sweet smile on the face, even though uncollected fall.

Skillful coach teaching skiing

Not all tourists here are good at skiing, most of them are like me, just the beginner. In order to ensure the safety and meet the needs for beginners, in Lianhuashan Ski Resort, you could find many professional coaches. Usually they are standing on the snow land dress in coach suits. Seeing you standing on the ground or with poor ski stills, they may come and ask you whether you need to learn from them. If this is your first time for skiing and fear for tumble, then hire a coach to teach you will be a better and ideal way. The fee for the coach is 180yuan per person per hour. Although a little expensive, after an hour learning, you could understand the basic skills for skiing and could try to ski in the primary and the secondary ski routes, worthwhile.

Happy Skiing Time in Lianhuashan Ski Resort

During winter seasons skiing is one of the most popular sports and theme tours in Beijing. Also in Beijing there are a lot of ski resorts with advanced facilities and comfortable environment. According to the limit time, we choose Beijing Lianhuashan Ski Resort, which is nearest to Beijing downtown.

Take bus No.918, after about 2 hours driving, get off at Liangshanzhuang Station, we go to the destination – Lianhuashan Ski Resort. Walking along the road lead to the snow world, we saw some pedlars selling gloves, hats and glasses for skiers to keep warm. In order to keep warm while skiing, I also spent 20 Yuan to buy a hat.

Main Gate of Lianhuashan Ski Resort

Lianhuashan Ski Resort was opened to the public in 2003 and it is one of the biggest ski resorts in Beijing. To accommodate the crowds, here built a large parking lot, almost 6000 square meters. It is said that during the weekends and the holidays, here usually full of cars.

Entering the main entrance, looking around the white mountain and the pure white snow, I felt excited. I cannot wait to change my clothes and enjoy the skiing time. At 10:00am, here has already gathered some ski lovers. Some of them are very good at skiing. The excellent skills and the fast speed really impressed me. How I wish I could ski freely like them!

Panoramic View of Lianhuashan Ski Resort

All the ski equipments were offered in Ski Service Center. It is big enough to accommodate nearly hundreds of people changing at the same time. Here you could find the ticket office, boots rental area, snowboards rental area, ski suits rental area, changing area and one ski equipment shop. The entrance ticket includes the fees for snowboards, ski sticks, ski boots, conveyor and the cable car. And also each person should pay 300 yuan as the deposit in security before getting the ski equipments. If needed, you could pay 30 yuan for ski suits and 10 yuan for the locker. As the beginners, it took us nearly half an hour to change our suits and put on the ski boots. Well, got all the ski equipments ready in the changing area, I found myself too fat to move. However, this did not reduce my enthusiastic of skiing. Carry the ski sticks and the heavy snowboards, come to the real snow world now!

Merry Christmas (2)

Share the spirit of peace and joy on this occasion of Merry Christmas with your acquaintances and loved ones. Christmas Day is celebrated as a major festival and public holiday in countries around the world, including many whose populations are mostly non-Christian. Among countries with a strong Christian tradition, a variety of Christmas celebrations have developed that incorporate regional and local cultures. For Christians, participating in a religious service plays an important part in the recognition of the season. Christmas, along with Easter, is the period of highest annual church attendance.

Merry Christmas

On Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, people often prepare a sumptuous Christmas dinner to enjoy the traditional dishes. Around the world, according to the different background, there are different customs for the Christmas. In many regions, particularly in Eastern Europe, before the family Christmas dinner, people will be fasting for a period. Among some countries, candy and Christmas dinner are also the important part of the celebration. Well, in some other countries, business establishments, schools and organizations will hold parties and dances before or in the weeks Christmas. During the party, the organizations also have Christmas parade, performances and sometimes include the story of the birth of Christ. Other groups have open-air choir activities, such as access to the neighbor singing Christmas songs, etc.

Christmas has inspired many fictional Christmas story trying performance with myths in the form of Christmas spirit and the miracle stories on Christmas usually touch your soul. Some of them have become the part of popular culture and have been spread so far as a Christmas tradition. Among these popular miracle stories, the most famous one is the "Nutcracker Ballet" created by Tchaikovsky. The story is about a young Russian girl found all the Christmas ornaments have a story of life in the dream after the Christmas Eve.

About the Christmas, almost everyone has his own story and unique way of celebration. No matter where you come from, who you are, join the big party!

Merry Christmas (1)

Christmas is a religious festival. On this day, all the Christian world will hold special liturgy. Westerners choose red, green and white colors represent the Christmas colors. When Christmas comes, every household will decorate with the Christmas colors: red Christmas flowers and candles; green Christmas tree.

Father Christmas

Well, talking about the Christmas, there are some key points. It is said that the Father Christmas was once a bishop of the city and was honored as the sainthood after his death. He is the old man wearing a red robe, hat, white-bearded. Every year at Christmas, he drove the deer sleigh from the North, entering each house by the chimney, loaded Christmas gifts in a sock hanging in the children's bedside or in front of the fire.

Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree is the main Christmas decorations, hanging the colorful lanterns, gifts and paper flowers, and an angel or star on top of the tree. On Christmas Eve, people sing and dance around the beautifully decorated Christmas tree happily.

The earliest Christmas stocking is a pair of red socks. Since it is said that the Christmas stocking is used to hold the gifts, it is the favorite thing for kids during the festival. On Christmas Eve they will hang their socks in bed, waiting for the gifts in the next morning.

Christmas Hat

The Christmas hat is a red hat and it is said that in addition to keep warm during the night, wear it sleep on the next day you will also find a lot of gifts in the hat. At the carnival night, the Christmas hat is the protagonist, wherever you go, you will see all kinds of them.

The popular Christmas song "Christmas carols" has the history of 65 years. You may not know that this song which brings cozy warmth to the Northern Hemisphere winter was first composed in a hot summer. This song enjoys melodic and lyrics that create the warm atmosphere of a winter family reunion to celebrate of the festive season.

About the Christmas, there are a lot of things to say and the aim is that Merry Christmas and enjoy the excellent activities!

Red Leaves Festival in Fragrant Hills Park (2)

It is said that there are three stages enjoying the red leaves in Fragrant Hills Park. The first stage is from mid October to late October. All garden covers with green, yellow and red leaves, which seemed as if a colorful mountains picture. Wandering along the path, tourists will feel the magnificent natural scenery personally. The second stage is from late October to early November.

Red Leaves

If your aim here is only to enjoy the beautiful view of red leaves all around mountain, then you will feel disappointed. While entering the main entrance, you will find two frondent maple trees and they are the best ones in the whole park. Along the mountains there are some other varieties of trees with red leaves and climbing up, having a panoramic view, there appears red, yellow, green and grey, but non match up with them. So take full use of your camera here at the beginning to record the beautiful moment. Along the path to the Xianlu Peak, there are some vendors selling red leaves specimen which are much cheaper than the stores on the top of the hill. If interested in it, why not buy some home? Just the souvenirs!

Xianglu Peak

Of course for everyone, Xianglu Peak is the final destination which has an elevation of 557 meters. Clouds and mist often engulf its precipitously angled cliffs, which give the two large stone excrescences of the peak a resemblance to incense burners. Deep breath of fresh air for a while, just enjoy the brand view of the whole Beijing City.

Of course the best time to visit the park is late fall, when the smoke tree leaves turn red.  It consists of a natural pine-cypress forest, hills with maple trees, smoke trees and persimmon trees, as well as landscaped areas with traditional architecture and cultural relics however Fragrant Hills Park is popular for tourists not only for the Red Leaves Festival, but also because of its comfortable environment. All the year round, here attracts a lot of local citizens hiking and entertainment.
 

Red Leaves Festival in Fragrant Hills Park (1)

Have you ever heard of the Red Leaves Festival in Beijing? It is very popular among local citizens and holds in Fragrant Hills Park every late autumn. This year, the festival begins from Oct.12th and ends at Nov.11th. Today, we came here to enjoy the beautiful view.

In the early morning, through very heavy traffic, here has already gathered large numbers of tourists. In front of the ticket center there stand the long queue and it took us nearly 40 minutes to get the entrance tickets. Today is Wednesday, I could not imagine the situation here on weekends.

Fragrant Hills Park - Red Leaves Festival

Before getting into the park, we came to the sign board showing the map of the whole park to design our route. It also shows the good points to view the red leaves in the park. Then we entered and first in sight the Qinzheng Palace. It is the working place for Qianlong Emperor during his stay in Fragrant Hills. In front of the palace there planted two frondent maple trees. While gentle wind blowing, the yellow and red leaves flying and drop into the small pool. Many professional photography lovers came here to grasp the classic moment. Would you like to be a member of them?

Walking pass the Tranqulity Green Lake (Jingcui Lake), we went on through a small path. It is not crowded but really a good point to see the red leaves on the mountain. Red, yellow, green, brown, colorful and beautiful! With bright sunshine, blue sky and white clouds, sitting on the grass here to have a short rest and enjoy the view will be really nice! Our final destination is the top point – Xianglu Peak, so come on!

Bird Eye View of Beijing City

Considering our physical strength, we chose the route with fewer steps, however the steep slopes are also hard for walking. Walking left then turning right, not very long time my legs were trembling. Every ten minutes, I have to stop and take short rest. Thank god, after 2 hours hard working, we finally got to the Xianglu Peak. The temperature is only about 5 degrees Celsius but I was still drenched in sweat. While got to the top, I had no desire for the view but rest. Deep breath of fresh air for a while, I put my focus on the view around. In the middle there stands the stone tablet of Xianglu Peak. So many tourists there waiting to take pictures that I could not find the chance to take picture for the stone alone. Looking around, in the middle is the panoramic view of Beijing city. With the bright weather, I could see the CCTV Tower clearly, grand and impressive! The mountains around covering with red, green and yellow leaves, they are so colorful and stratified!

The scenery on Xianglu Peak deserves long time climbing. Also it is healthy climbing the hills in free time.

Prince Gong's Mansion Day Tour

Once heard that Prince Gong's Mansion is the back garden of the Forbidden City, the history of Qing Dynasty, today I came to enjoy the view of it. The scale is smaller than Summer Palace and the other to destinations, but it is still worth a visit and wander, if you have done all the other stuff. The tour here will be last about 2 hours.

Prince Gong's Mansion

The dwelling is a traditional courtyard mansion of a style that was so attractive to me. Two stone lions guard the main gate, and magnificent buildings stand to the fore of the mansion, with an elegant garden at the rear. It could be divided into two main parts – the residence and the garden. The living quarters stand within three sets of courtyards occupying a central, eastern and western situation and the construction and materials used are similar to those in the Forbidden City while the garden, surrounded by artificial mountains, known as Jincui Yuan, is of high standing on account of its layout and distinct design.

Artificial Lake

In the living quarters, there now display some precious antiques. Also there are some stores selling souvenirs, if you like, you could buy some home like I was. Arriving in the garden, a big lake caught me sight at first. In the middle of the lake there stands a pavilion. Wandering in the green path or sitting in the pavilion view the harmonious scenery, you will feel relax and comfortable. In the center of the garden, you will be absorbed by the artificial hills. Though not large, the garden contains more than 15 spots and the most popular one is the Fu Stele which is placed in a cave. The Chinese character 'fu' carved on the about 8-meter-long stele is a copy of the Emperor Kangxi's handwriting.

To help visitors gain a better understanding of the culture attaching to the mansion, the administration of Prince Gong's Mansion has converted Bat Hall into a teahouse. 70 RMB for the full tickets, visitors' program includes a full tour of the mansion, tea drinking, observing the exquisite art of the tea ceremony, sampling Beijing style titbits, and enjoying folklore performances, all of which evoke an enthusiastic response. But with limit travel time, we did not join this part.

It is a place really worthy of a visit and I can assure that every aspect puts the culture and life style of the Imperial China's elite into perspective. Really beautiful and delicate!

Panda House and Olympic Stadium Day Trip

Pandas in Beijing Zoo

One of the animals that have been linked with China, probably the most important one, is the panda. So during the tours in Beijing, everyone should not miss the chance to see this world animal. Today I visited Beijing Zoo to see the pandas in the afternoon however generally speaking I was very disappointed. From TV shows, the pandas look fat and cute. Sometimes the small ones are very naughty to climb up and down. In Beijing Zoo the Panda House is divided into two parts – the Asia Games Panda House and the Olympic Panda House. However today I saw, there are only 5 pandas living in the big house and they look lonely. Two of them were sleeping and the other three were sitting lazily. Is it because they have just having lunch? I don't know. Also one of them looks very weak and its feather fell off (especially the black feather around the eyes) which looks very horrible! May it got ill. During about 30 minutes tour in Panda House, I did not feel happy at all, on the other hand, I felt sad about the pandas although their living conditions are very good. Maybe it is better to let them back to nature at least the environment similar to the nature not like here just for tourists to take photos.

Olympic Stadiums

Luckily the next destination – Olympic Park make me feel relaxed and comfortable. I enjoyed my time here. The song "You and I" brought me back to the excellent open ceremony of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The park is vast so allow plenty of time to walk. It is an ideal place for wandering around, watching Chinese, and appreciating the amazing architecture of the Bird's Nest stadium and the Water Cube. Bird Nest enjoys a good to look around although it was a bit of a misty in the late afternoon. Large numbers of tourists walking on the square, taking photos and there are also some people flying beautiful kites. Of course I would not miss the chance to take beautiful photos in front of the Bird Nest and the Water Cube (the two symbol modern buildings of Beijing). For limit travel time, I did not visit the Forest Park.

If time allows, I advise you to visit the Olympic Park in the evening. With all lights on, red Bird Nest and blue Water Cube, there will appear the dreamlike scenery!

Lama Temple - Perfectly Preserved Lamasery in Beijing

Located in the city center, we arrived at this popular attraction at 9:00am easily by subway Line 2. While getting out of the subway station, standing on the street to the entrance of Lama Temple, we felt strong religious atmosphere. On both sides there are full of stores selling incense and amulet. The first day and the fifteenth day of a month are the best days for praying so on those days there must be full of tourists.

Lama Temple is open at 9:00am and today is Thursday, so it was not crowded in the early morning. The entrance fee is 25 RMB for adult and it is really worth the price. The entrance ticket even comes with a small CD which introduce about Lama Temple. I simply enjoy myself sightseeing as I am not there for praying and the architecture here is simply impressive. One word to summarize my feeling here is that "Fascinating insight into a Buddhist temple today".

Lama Temple in Beijing

Lama Temple is not very large which features five large halls and five courtyards (Hall of the Heavenly Kings, Hall of Harmony and Peace, Hall of Everlasting Blessings, Hall of the Dharma Wheel and Pavilion of Infinite Happiness) with beautifully decorative archways, upturned eaves and carved details. It also houses a treasury of Buddhist arts including sculptured images of gods, demons and Buddhas, as well as Tibetan-style murals. Hall of the Dharma Wheel and Pavilion of Infinite Happiness gave me a deep impression. With 5 gilded pagodas, Hall of the Dharma Wheel functions as a place for reading scriptures and conducting religious ceremonies. Every morning between 5:00am ~7:00am is the time for lamas reading. In the middle there stands a large, 6m high, gilded bronze statue of Tsong Khapa. Besides, the hall also contains a Five Hundred Arhat Hill, a carving made of red sandalwood with statues of the arhats made from five different metals - gold, silver, copper, iron and tin. The Pavilion of Infinite Happiness, the last main hall, is the highest hall of this temple. The large statue caught me eyes while entered the hall. The entire statue which is carved from a rare sandal tree is 26 meters (85 feet) in height, with eight meters (26 feet) buried under the ground. It is so huge that I have to look up to his face!

After visiting the 5 main halls, we go back the same way to the exit. Now 11:00am already and many religious come here to pray. For praying, in front of each hall, you had better light up 3 incenses but I do not know why. Tibetan chanting, incense, horns and drums and if you are so inclined, a marvelously spiritual experience.

In-depth Tour in Forbidden City

Forbidden City, the most famous and the representative attraction of Beijing deserves the high reputation, and it is really worth visiting for several times.

At 9:00 am we got to Tiananmen Square, early in the morning, here is already full of tourists in different colors. Through Tiananmen Tower, we got to the entrance of the Forbidden City. Although this is not the first time visiting Forbidden City, I was still attracted by its grand atmosphere. And thanks for the electronic guide device, I learnt much more about the history and the story about the Palace Museum.

Copper Lions

Through the entrance - Meridian Gate, we arrived at Taihe Gate. In front of the gate stand two copper lions. These two are the largest lions in Forbidden City. Through this gate, we arrived at the main subjects of Forbidden City - Hall of Supreme Harmony. It is the largest wooden structure palace in the Palace Museum which symbolizes the supreme sovereignty. In the sunny day, with resplendent and magnificent view, it is really spectacular. 18 bronze tripods surround the palace, 11 god animals on each corners of the roof top, all these implies the highest status of this palace. Here is the place for hold court by the emperors in ancient times and now you can still feel its power outside the palace. In front of the palace there are full of tourists. If you want to have a close look at the inner decorations and take some photos for remind, then you have to take some physical energy.

Behind the Hall of Supreme Harmony stand Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserving Harmony, other two subject buildings in Forbidden City. Have you found anything interesting? Why in the big square, around the three palaces, there is not any tree here. This is because the emperors wanted to show the royal majesty and its power.

Palace of Heavenly Purity

Behind the three main palaces, on the axle wire is Palace of Heavenly Purity – the boundary of the outer court and inner court. Palace of Heavenly Purity is the living place for the emperors and during the daytime, the emperors of Qing Dynasty deal with the day-to-day conduct of public affairs. Above the throne hall is the most eye-catching plaque hanging "fair and square" written by the Qing Dynasty Emperor Shunzhi and behind the plaque is the possession of the densely built Crown Prince. At the time, the infighting of the throne between the Princes is quite intense. In order to alleviate this contradiction, since the Yongzheng reign he started to take a secret way to establish the Crown Prince - during his lifetime the emperor did not publicly establish crown prince instead secretly write the selected heir, one on the emperor's side; the other seal in the box and put it behind the plaque "fair and square". However, with the lack of the late Qing Dynasty royal heirs the secret built storage system was in name only.

With the limit travel time, we have to say goodbye to the magnificent Forbidden City. Thanks to the sunny weather, I took a lot beautiful photos here. And looking at the photos I have taken, I feel very proud. I am interested in Chinese history and I love here very much. Forbidden City is just like a history book telling me the detail information about the ancient China. I really enjoy myself here. Nice trip again in Beijing!

Beihai Park - Great Place for Leisure in Downtown Beijing

I like natural scenery much better so the tour to Beihai Park made me feel pleased and comfortable. Once I thought it was only a big park and will not cost much time traveling around it, however I was completely wrong. Walking around the Jade Flowery Islet, it was already cost me 2 hours. Together with Jingshan, very near to the Forbidden City, Beihai Park is one of the imperial gardens during Qing Dynasty.

Outside the park, the White Pagoda is eye appeal so my first destination is it. On the way to the White Pagoda, I arrived at Temple of Eternal Peace. The temples in Beihai Park have all become the tourist attractions, so there is no incense. On the first and fifth day of a month, the incense given by the tourists unified burned. From the Temple of Eternal Peace, the branches are hanging the visible brand for blessing. The Bell Tower in the temple costs extra three yuan, ring the bell three symbolizing peace auspicious.

Forbidden City View from Beihai Park

Boarded the White Tower is not easy. Tourists had to climb the 70 wooden steps. Additional three Yuan get to the top of the tower overlooking the scenery of the central zone of Beijing. Where vision is extremely open, panoramic views of the Forbidden City, the highest point of Jingshan Park, Tiananmen Square and the National Grand Theater, how spectacular!

Stepped down from the White Tower, around Jade Flowery Islet, I met the Yuexin Palace, Yuegu Tower, Long Gallery, Qiongdao Chunyin and other attractions. The worth mentioning attraction is the Fangshan Restaurant, which is a famous restaurant franchise court of authentic flavor. Since 1911 the Qing Dynasty was overthrown, the former Qing imperial kitchen cooks lost their jobs. In 1925, a former practitioners in the Qing imperial kitchen Zhaos Renzhai, inviting Sun Shaoran and other "imperial kitchen" workers opened a restaurant, modeled on the practices of the Qing "Imperial", making a variety of dishes, and take the name of "Fangshan". 1959, the "Fangshan" moved to the present site by the North Shore of Beihai, not only to expand the business area, but also add variety dishes. Fangshan produced exquisite dishes, paid attention to the appearance of color shape and the taste, inherited the Qing "Imperial" clean, fresh, crisp, and tender. If you want to experience the authentic Palace Food, here will be the best place.

Long Gallery, although not famous as the one in Summer Palace, it is very beautiful. A large number of tourists came here to have a short rest enjoying the scenery on the lake. I took the sightseeing cruise to the other side of the park. Overlooking, the gallery around the White Pagoda, surrounds the Jade Flowery Islet, so beautiful!

Travel Tips on Badaling Great Wall

However wonderful you expect the Great Wall of China to be, nothing prepares you for its majesty and the stunning scenery when you first step foot on this Wonder of the World. There is no visiting Beijing without seeing the Great Wall of China. Woke up early in the morning, after an hour driving, we got to our first destination of Beijing tour – Badaling Great Wall. Very exciting! For a distant view, it looks like a dragon snakes along the hills, so magnificent! 

Badaling Great Wall

At 10:30, we formally started our trip on Badaling Great Wall. It was bright sunny day but breath-taking hot. 30 degree is too high for climbing the great wall. How I wish the weather could be full of clouds. The majority of the tourists here are Chinese. I couldn't imagine how crowed here will be on weekends. Not all the paths to the watchtowers are steps, some took a 75-degree climb that I had to crawl, tightly grasp the baluster by the side of the wall. The worst part was that these climbs weren't short or few. Go ups and downs, my legs feel very tired, they started trembling without control. Just one hour hiking, I had to have a rest on the stairs with deep breathing.

Great Wall Carved with Names

The Great Wall is well protected however a fly in the ointment is that on the bricks there are fully carved with names by the tourists! A bit touristy attraction but we enjoyed our adventure through by without any disturbance. Also we took a lot of pictures to record our great trip and feelings on the Great Wall (the background of close shot is unique – full of people). One amazing thing is that for Chinese tourists, wherever full of people, they went there to take photos. Even more than 30 people line up for taking pictures at "Brave Man Stone". Trek for hours, standing on the top of the watchtowers and looking around, you will feel very proud, amazing at the magnificent scenery. This is truly one of man's greatest engineering feats when you consider the equipments they would have had to use. Great Experience!

Travel tips: Despite being high up on the top of a mountain ridge, the air is thinner and the sun strong and you will benefit by taking a hat and sunscreen. Comfortable shoes or trainers will be necessary. Take plenty of water with you. Bottles which will cost you 2 to 3RMB in Beijing are sold triple prices on the wall! And the most important one is that on rainy days, never been to the Great Wall, more dangerous.

Let's Enjoy the Beautiful Scenery of Badaling Great Wall

A highlight of our trip was visiting the Great Wall in Beijing - a section called Badaling. It is not far from Beijing downtown and only 1 hour driving. It is truly a major landmark of China. On the bus for afar view, it gives us some great views of the wall as it snakes its way through the hills - majesty and stunning.

Grand View of Badaling Great Wall

For the Great Wall tour, you have three ways to go up: first, use the cable car (round trip or one way) to get to the north 7 towers and then climbing; second, take the sliding car (round trip or one way) to get to the 4th tower and then hiking; third, just hiking from the 1st watchtower and then came back in the same way! We choose the last way – just climbing! Once on the great wall, there are two directions for tourists to choose. One part (the north part) is flatter and is more open to hike but is packed with tourists. The other part (the south part) is steeper, but with a fraction of the tourists, and from the high point, you can see the wall stretching for miles and miles!

We chose the north part with more watchtowers and tourists. Not all the roads lead to watchtowers are steps. Some parts were so steep you had to leak forward to keep from falling down the incline (much more difficult for climbing down). There is no "easy" portion of the wall.  It is either going up or going down. The view makes up for it.

About 2 hours hiking, we finally reached the top - 12 towers, however full of tourists that we could only take photos with people as the background. Went downstairs, I found it much harder than climbing up. My little legs are trembling out of control! Oh no, just stop for a short rest, my legs went on strike. Standing by the wall, deep breath the cool and fresh air, afar view of the green mountains and sinuous great wall, perfect feeling!

What an amazing feat it was for this wall to be built. I really enjoyed the experience and would do it again in a heartbeat. Despite the increased amount of tourists especially tour groups, it was still beautiful. You may see it in the history books or in documentaries many times, but the sheer size is awe inspiring up close and personal. It is a must see place in Beijing, China!

Summer Vacation on Mutianyu Great Wall

Without visiting the Great Wall is as if you were not visit China. Tours usually get to go to the Badaling section of the Great Wall and they even take you to the Ming Tombs on the way so kind of understand the package deal people take. However we prefer to the private tour to Mutianyu Great Wall far away from the downtown with less tourists. Yes, we made a right choice. Here we did not see any groups of tourists organized by the travel agencies. Though nearly 3 hours driving, it worthwhile!

Cable Car on Mutianyu

We took the cable car to the Great Wall and started out at around watchtower 14 and our goal was to get to the tower 1, as these Watchtowers are high up the mountain that will give us the best view.  We walked and walked and walked, amazed by the scenery. We made tons of jokes, and took some fun pictures as well. Tons and tons and tons of steep steps to climb… what a challenge! Breathing extremely hard, in and out, I almost didn't make it to the terminal. Getting up from Tower 2 to 1 in 1 shot with no break was a huge accomplishment in my eyes, as I really had to push myself. By the time we got to Tower 2, I was really struggling and completely cursing my skinny little legs! We had to stop every 10 steps to catch our breath, but we eventually made it up. We had to physically crawl up the final 10 steps which were huge and almost vertical. It was comforting seeing the other people around us struggling as much! Standing on the top of Tower 1, we took in the amazing 360 degree view, caught our breath and patted ourselves on the backs for making it. This had been a dream of mine for several years...and I had made it come true now. So inspired to live my best life I cannot really convey the excellent feelings accurately in words. Only my heart knew, glowed warmly within me. I tried to be in the moment as much as I could...just living now and savoring the excellent experience.

Grand View on Mutianyu

You can imagine smiles at our faces as we walked the 3 km up and down the wall, admiring views on the way and generally enjoying this masterpiece of defense architecture. We aimed to stay till the sun set to get the real feel of it.

Summer View on Mutianyu Great Wall

No trip to Beijing is complete without visiting the iconic – the Great Wall. Instead of the nearer but crowed Badaling Great Wall, we choose another famous section, Mutianyu. The bus ride to the Great Wall of Mutianyu was almost 3 hours long, but most definitely worth it. The base of the wall was of course exclusively touristy. And of course the wonderful experience did leave me an unforgettable memory.

Mutianyu Great Wall

This section of the Great Wall was opened to the public stretches for approximately 4 km with towers positioned at frequent intervals as the Wall dipped and dived along the contours and hugged the ridgeline. The trek up to the Great Wall was along stairs up the side of a hill. It was a bit tiring but more or less the same as walking along the wall anyways. The wall itself was a few meters wide with fairly low parapets and small holes dug out at the bottom partly to let rain water out and partly as a place to jab a spear in ancient time for protecting. The pathway was fully tiled with square stones carefully laid down. Stairs were common. You could see the wall snaking along the top of the mountain ridge going for quite a distant view. With the temperature hitting around the high 28's, I and everyone else was slogging up the wall, sweating along the way. With each successive watchtower on the way up, there was a better view of the valley below. Beautiful, magnificent, great!

Almost on every watchtower there was a vendor selling chocolate, cool drinks, beers and small souvenirs, they are all very enthusiastic with fluent English, however the prices are two or three times expensive than at the foot of the Great Wall. That’s worth it. Everyday carry these goods climbing the Great Wall is really a great job!

Totally there are 23 watchtowers on Mutianyu Great Wall. Since only has three hours hiking on the Great Wall, we could only visit parts of it and we walked through 1 to 14 of them, the part with more tourists. Here we didn’t see large group of tourists organized by the travel agencies, and the majority of the hikers were the foreign tourists.

After 2 hours hiking up and downs, my legs were shaking. The better way to went down is to take the cable car or the slide rail. Obviously the slide rail is much more popular. And I enjoyed the fast speed experience.

Temple of Heaven - A must see in Beijing

I am very interested in the traditional culture of China. Temple of Heaven is the symbol of Beijing but with limit time, I only traveled to the main attractions of it. Although less than half day, the tour did impressive to me.

Temple of Heaven

Circular Mound Altar, Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest are three main buildings on the central axis of the Temple of Heaven. These three main buildings are connected by a long north-south platform road, called the Danbi Bridge, which is the road for the emperor and the courtiers walk during the ceremony of prayer. It a wide road with the north higher than the south, symbolizing this road is the step to heaven. About this road it is very particular. We must believe the middle of the widest Road is for the emperor to go, in fact, the middle is the Sacred Road, the left is Okimichi and the right is for the ministers. The emperor went through the Okimichi, and the officials and ministers through the Benevolent. Under the bridge there is something to the tunnel, where is the sacrificial cattle sent to slaughter.

Circular Mound Altar

The Circular Mound Altar is the place for emperor to worship the heaven founded in 9th year of Jiajing reign (1530). The altar plane was circular, divided into three levels, located to white marble fence. The railings head on each engraved with cloud dragon and dragons head protruding from a stone in each railing for the drainage. The Circular Mound Altar has inner and outer double circle low walls, symbolizing the hemispherical dome. On the center of it there is a boulder and standing on it speaking, the sound extremely louder. This is because the altar surface is smooth, the sound waves to quickly spread in all directions, met around the stone fence, reflected back confluence, the sound doubling. Travelers scrambling to stand on the heart of stone on the center dome, posed for pictures.

Imperial Vault of Heaven

Imperial Vault of Heaven located in the north of the Circular Mound Altar is dedicated to the place of the sacrificial tablets of the emperors, founded in the 9th year of Jiajing region (1530). The main hall and the veranda around a smooth circular wall, people speak at different locations of the wall, standing on the other side you can hear it very clearly, so this is called the Whispering Gallery. Under the steps of Imperial Vault of Heaven there have three stones called echo stone. Standing on the first stone of the stairs, clapping, you will hear a loud echo; standing on the second stone clapping, you will hear two echoes and standing on the third one, you can hear three acoustic echoes. Don't believe it? Just try!

Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest

The most famous hall in the Temple of Heaven will be the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest. Very ambitious and it has been hailed as a symbol building of Beijing. With a distant view, it looks beautiful with blue roof, while having a close look at, it is so huge and magnificent. The hall is supported by 28 large supporting pillars. The middle four Longjing columns support the upper roof; the middle of 12 golden columns support the second eaves; the other 12 support the external layer of the roof. The white marble in the center of the hall carved with dragon and phoenix, symbolizing good luck. However not allowed to enter the hall, all the visitors cannot have a closer look at the luxurious decoration of the internal, only to take some pictures outside.

Attractive Scenic Spots in Summer Palace

There are more than 100 scenic spots in the Summer Palace and nearly each of them has a story. While during the tour of Summer Palace, "Wisdom Sea", "Buddhist Gragrance Pavilion", "Long Gallery", "17 Arch Bridge", "Suzhoujie" (business street) are the most representative attractions with high reputation around the world.

Wisdom Sea

"Wisdom Sea" also called Vaulthall since all the building was built with stone not even one piece of wood. It is also known as "Qianfodian" because in the wall there embedded 1110 colored glaze Buddha statues. It was said that this palace was one of the only three palaces in the Summer Palace escaped from the fate of burned down in 1860 since it was built all by stone without any piece of wood.

Buddhist Gragrance Pavilion

"Buddhist Gragrance Pavilion" is the highest point of the Summer Palace, which is a magnificent religious building located in the center of Longevity Hill facing the Kunming Lake. Standing on the top, having the panoramic view of the whole garden - Kunming Lake, sightseeing cruises, Arch Bridge, Garcetti, yellow colored palace roofs and exciting tourists… what a beautiful picture! Enjoying the charming scenery, tourists could have to pay 10 RMB for the entrance ticket and some energy to climb to the top. Never stingy for only 10 RMB while miss the priceless scenery.

Long Gallery

"Long Gallery" is 782 meters long with totally 14000 beautiful pictures including natural landscape, birds, fish, flowers and famous people with non reiteration. Located in the south side of Longevity Hill, facing Kunming Lake, east from Yaoyue Gate, west to Shizhang Pavilion, it is the longest tour gallery in Chinese gardens and listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest gallery in the world. Sitting in the gallery for short rest, with the gentle breezing, enjoying the view of Kunming Lake, the cruise ship and leisurely boats, how beautiful picture!

17 Arches Bridge

About 17 Arches Bridge, there is an old saying. "9" was the lucky number in ancient China and the emperors liked it very much. So built 17 Arches Bridge because from left to right, the middle is the 9th hole. It symbolized the power of emperor. 17 Arches Bridge is 150 meters long and 8 meters wide, which is the longest bridge in the Summer Palace. Totally there are 544 stone lions on the bridge. West connect with the island, east to Langru Pavilion, it is the only way to get to the island in the middle of Kunming Lake.

Suzhou Street

Suzhou Street, formerly known as Trading Street and during the Qing Dynasty there were restaurants, wine shops, Banks, the paintings, four treasures, shoes, hats, cloth and other industries in the market. During the festivals, the eunuchs play businessmen and gungnyeos play the consumers. There are also eunuchs play thieves, if not be caught, then he would get praise by the emperor, if caught, then punished. Now here is still the trading street for tourists to buy some souvenirs. The sellers in this street all wear the Qing Dynasty dress. If you like, here offers the chance to wear Chinese traditional clothing look like an empress or emperor when you take photo there.

Every small scenic spot in the Summer Palace has its own story and characteristics, so during the tour of the Summer Palace, as well as enjoying the charming garden scenery, all the visitors could also learn more about the history of ancient China.

Imperial Garden - Summer Palace

For Beijing tour, Summer Palace is the place worthwhile visiting. The day with bright sunshine, blue sky, white clouds and gentle breezing is the best time here. If you are interested in natural landscape, never miss the Summer Palace during your tour of Beijing.

The Summer Palace is the imperial garden during Qing Dynasty with more than 100 scenic spots. Travel around the whole garden may cost you at least 8 hours. The opening time is 6:30 am to 20:00 pm, so if you have enough time and full of energy, travel around the whole garden and you will never feel disappointed. If with limit travel time, the best route is to enter from the East Gate (the main gate of Summer Palace) and visit the main scenic spots situated in the front hill.

Kunming Lake in Summer Palace

Entering from the East Gate, all the visitors will be lost in the picturesque scenery. Large Kunming Lake in the middle of the garden covering three quarters; facing the lake, Longevity Hill is on the right side and 17 Arch Bridge on the left hand.

On the lake shore green willows are waving to you. Charming scenery!

Entering through the East Gate, the first destination will be the living palaces for Empress Dowager Cixi and Emperor Guangxu and the place for them to meet the minister. Hall of Happiness and Longevity is the palace built for celebrate the birthday of Empress Dowager Cixi and in front of the palace there situated the statues of red-crowned crane, deer and flower vase meaning "long time peaceful". It is said that all the decorations in the palaces remained the original shape of Qing Dynasty, but there were not allow inside visiting. All the visitors look inside the palaces through the windows.

 

Walking along the lake shore, very soon tourists will arrive at one of the most famous scenic spots in the Summer Palace – Long Gallery. It will be impressive to all the visitors not only because the beautiful shape, the elegant pictures, the carefully decorations, but also so many groups of tourists, large or small. The Long Gallery is 728 meters long (the longest tour gallery in the world) with 14000 pictures totally. The beautiful pictures include natural landscapes, birds, fish, flowers and famous people.

So many scenic spots in the Summer Palace worthwhile visiting and each of them have its own attractive stories. "Wisdom Sea", "Buddhist Gragrance Pavilion", "Long Gallery", "17 Arch Bridge", "Hall of Happiness and Longevity" are the most representative attractions should not miss during the tour of Summer Palace.

Nanluoguxiang - Famous Hutong in Beijing

Nanluoguxiang is an 800 years history street in the hutong area. It is about a mile east of the Houhai area. Walking along the hutong, you will see many bars and specialty shops in this street, full of characters and uniquely decorated. The drinks are not cheap but not as pricy as Houhai, and the bars are very small in size. One of the most famous bar is the Guoke (Passerby) Bar.

Formerly be a ancient culture street, now it is a bustling street full of bars, cafes, small shops of clothing and crafts, and restaurants in Old Beijing. It attracts many foreigners with its unique culture, you can also see foreign street pedlar sell national style accessories, when I want to take a photo for him, he said "No", he also talked with me in Chinese very fluently. They enjoy their life in this hutong and China!

An old man is sitting on his rickshaw and playing bamboo to attract customers. Take a rickshaw to visit the hutong area will be a great choice!

Beautiful national style handicrafts for sale! Cheap and unique, best for souvenirs.

Cheongsam store, you will find one really suitable for you!

A very famous cheese store with a long row of people!

Cotton candy, one of the favorite candy in China, you can have a taste, you will really love it!

This hutong is really fantastic and colorful, you couldn't attend to them all if you are first time to visit there!