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For most of the tourists in Beijing, landmark buildings like Great Wall, Forbidden City as well as other imperial buildings are the must-enjoy places. However, in addition to these dazzling attractions, there is another place will lure your interests. Roaming in this place, you will get more about Chinese military developing condition. Things to do in Beijing is just to roam in the Military Museum.

Chinese Military Museum

Grand Layout of Military Museum
Built in the year of 1959, Chinese Military Museum was established to celebrate the foundation of People's Republic of China. It is the only military museum in China with large scale area of 93,700 square meters. Upon entry into this museum, you will be impressed by the history and culture of China army first. Solemn atmosphere and grand building will add more interests to your visit here. Measuring about 94.7 meters tall, the main building of this museum is divided into 7 floors. The design is typical with the main building equipped four-storey two wings. It is very clear to see the gild Badge of Chinese Army. What the most important is that the name for this one is give by the great Chinese leader - Chairman Mao Zedong.

Delicate Inner Arrangements
To fully feel the ancient war and various aircrafts, enter into for detail appreciation is must. The how museum is composed by 22 halls and 2 squares. There are 9 basic halls and each of them has their own function and typical feature. For the tourists who are very interested in the revolution war, the first floor will satisfy your sentiment. The Hall of the Agrarian Revolutionary War is on the left side. From this hall, you will receive deep influence about the history of revolutionary wars against feudal land system. The feeling to the past year will be stronger. If you are very keen on the weapons, the Hall of the Weapons in the center will arouse your strong interests. For most of the tourists coming here, they always come to the third floor, because in this floor, tourists could get closer to Chinese war history from the early Qin Dynasty to Qing Dynasty. The splendid Chinese military culture of more than five thousand years is well-displayed in the line of history.

Admission to this military museum is free only by your identification card or the passport. It is really a nice place to get more about Chinese military industry!

Enjoy Traditional Tea Ceremony in Beijing

Hailed as cultural Mecca of China, Beijing has a rich tea culture of offer its visitors, aside from those ancient sights, great shopping and gourmet Chinese food. A glimpse of the traditional tea ceremony in Beijing will be fun and a whole new experience for tea lovers!

Traditional Tea Ceremony

Top Destination to Go for Fascinating Tea Ceremony
The best place to enjoy traditional tea ceremony in Beijing is available in Lingdang Hutong jam-packed with a bunch of teahouse and shops selling teas, where tea lovers can take time to enjoy the traditional Chinese tea ceremony. As a big tea drinker, the tea ceremony will be a particularly fascinating experience. All the teas were planted at famous tea plantations all over country and well selected for visitors to Beijing. With a visit to the teahouse, you can not only get to taste delicious tea but also buy your favorite one, the cheapest may cost $60 for a small tin. A visit to the teahouse is a great opportunity to taste some really fine Chinese tea and take in the meticulous yet fascinating Chinese tea ceremony performance. The teahouse or shop also has exquisite tea sets and all sorts of tea paraphernalia. Over there you may find a spectacular tea pot made of jade which costs only $3,000. By the way, the tea pot is said to cost much more if you want to buy the matching cups to go with it!

What to Expect during the Tea Ceremony
During the tea ceremony - more like a performance - a girl will show you how to properly prepare the different types of teas. For example, you will learn to use hotter water (90 degrees C) to prepare black teas, and only 70-80 degrees for green and flower teas – in so doing, it is believed to best bring out the bitterness of the different type of teas. In the tea ceremony, you will also learn to use two tiny cups, one for smelling and the other for tasting. For those tea lovers the tea ceremony is more like a fancy wine tasting. There are a wide variety of Chinese teas to taste over there, such as Oolong with ginseng, a Beiing local jasmine tea, Puer tea from the south of China, a black tea with lychee juice and date juice mixed with rose tea, and a fruit tea made with flowers and fruit.

Overall, a traditional Chinese tea ceremony is to die for while visiting Beijing!

History Memory - Marco Polo Bridge

For the ancient history, we could have a good memory from Beijing imperial highlights, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven as well as Great Wall. However, for the tourists who are interested in Chinese revolutionary period, Beijing Marco Polo Bridge will be a right place.

Marco Polo Bridge

Feature of Marco Polo Bridge
It is always said that there are countless lions on Marco Polo Bridge, also called Lugou Bridge. Crossing the Yongding River, located about 15 kilometers southwest of Tiananmen Square, Lugou Bridge is experienced about 3 years to build. Measuring about 266.5 meters long and 9.3 meters wide, Lugou Bridge is supported by 281 pillars, strong and magnificent. Once walk on this building, what appeared to your vision will be the stone lions and profound memory to Beijing revolutionary history. According to the later data, it is aid that there are over 627 lions built here. Most interesting is that each lion holds typical posture and appearance, very lovely and lifelike.

Delicate Construction
Different lions are dated from different times. Some are from the Ming and Qing dynasties, some are from the earlier Yuan Dynasty and few of them are from as long as the Jin Dynasty. It is very rare carving in Chinese history. Four ornamental columns each 4.65 meters high and a white marble stele stand at the ends of the bridge. One stele records the reconstruction is the bridge by Emperor Kangxi of Qing Dynasty. The other stele bears the calligraphy by Emperor Qianlong. It read the morning moon in the Lugou Bridge. Since that time, this fantastic bridge has become a very famous scenic spot. It is not only being famous for the aesthetic features but also considered to be an architectural masterpiece. Being built of solid granite, it housed a large central arch flanked by en smaller ones.

History Influence
Until today, Lugou Bridge aroused profound influence in Chinese history not only because its earliest building history but also it commemorate painful memories. It is a representative of the eight-year-long War of Resistance against the Imperial Japanese Army. It aroused a remarkable history memory and important history event.

If you are on your Beijing tour, spare your treasure time visiting Lugou Bridge. It will be a special chance to purity your mind!

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