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Explore Hongluo Temple in Beijing

Hailed as one of the most prestigious Buddhist temples in Beijing, Hongluo Temple is well worth a visit while traveling in Beijing. The temple makes for a perfect getaway for visitors to Beijing. It is a great way to take in the Buddhist culture and natural beauty outside Beijing.

Long-standing History of Hongluo Temple
Beijing Hongluo Temple

Fotu Cheng is believed to be the monk who built the temple. According to the biography of eminent monks records, he was a proficient monk who had deep understanding of Zen and insight into the Buddhism. Legend has it that he had great magic power. In the Jin Dynasty, he tied to find the right place as China Northern Buddhism birthplace, but he never found one. Later when he traveled to north section to Yuyang city (now Huairou), he suddenly found the upper wings dancing on Hongluo mountain seen as auspicious statue. So in the same year he supervised the construction of this temple, named Daming Temple, which is now the Hongluo Temple. In Yuan Dynasty, for the protection of Hongluo Temple, Gen Gi Khan ordered to put a sign board placed near the Temple Mountain Gate on the wall. It says Hongluo Temple is the royal temple, reserved for the royal family and a longevity blessing place, all kinds of people should not trespass the temple boundaries and no trees are to be cut. Because Hongluo Temple is the birthplace of Northern Buddhism, so the temple was used for wandering monks to learn knowledge of Buddhism.

Features of Scenic Area
Beijing Hongluo Temple

Hongluo Temple was built on the mountain, featuring rigorous layout. It is backed by the Hongluo Mountain, next to Hongluo Lake, surrounded by water and mountains, lush trees, towering old trees. The temple covers a vast area, housing 244 rooms. The compound consists of King Hall, Main Hall, Three Saints Hall, Buddism Godness Guanyin Hall, Jixing Zushi Hall, Yinguang Zushi Hall and chanting chambers. Eastern room is for reception. Hongluo Temple is also home to acres of lush ancient pines, forming a blue Tibetan temple beautiful picture. Hidden by the trees, there are more than 600 species of plants, as well as a wide variety of birds and wild animals. According to the forestry sector estimates, in Hongluo Temple area there are more than one million trees, the forest coverage rate of more than 90%. The East Pine forest garden grows 1000 acres of lush pine trees, more than a hundred years old trees are over 10000.

Overall, Hongluo Temple is not to be missed!

Roaming in Muslim Culture

Beijing is not only a traditional city housing profound history and deep cultural connotation but also a flourishing stage covering different cultures and appearances. Today, I will like to lead you walk into the Niujie Mosque to have a deep taste to authentic Muslim culture.

Niujie Mosque

Typical Layout of Niujie Mosque
Having been regarded as the representative of Muslim culture, Niujie Mosque receives loads of tourists. Located in Xuanwu District, this mosque is the historical and majestic mosque. Its profound history could be traced back to thousands years ago. After numerous restoration and changes, it greeted Muslims from all over the world to worship. With a large scale area, the whole structure is based on Chinese traditional wooden palaces. At the same time, it also adopted a typical Arabic-style of decoration. Once enter the mosque, you will find there are no human or animal figures among these decorations. It is said these are the taboo in the Islam. Wherever you went, a kind of typical holy atmosphere will pour into your mind.

Inner Arrangement
The entrance gate will greet to you first. Fronted by a large wall with a white marble pedestal, this wall undertook a series of relief of sculptures. From each of them, you could guess the typical happiness and fortune. Walking on passing through the entrance gate, you will see the Watching Moon Tower. For the name, it is so called because it is used by the imam to observe the position of the moon to determine times for fasting. Walking on, you will miss the important building called Prayer Hall. What to mention is that this hall is the only one building opened to the Muslim people. Covering an area of 600 square meters, it could accommodate about a few thousand Muslims for worshiping.

Tips for Niujie Mosque Visiting
Before your entry, you should get familiar with the visiting notice. Slippers and short clothes are forbidden to enter. Many palaces are only opened for the Muslim worshipers. You should visit according to the information.

Niujie Mosque is a holy land from where you could not only have the chance to admire the truly building, but also the chance to broaden knowledge about Islam and its place in Chinese cultural history.

Explore History of Great Wall

Hailed as one of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Wall enjoys a high prestige and a profound history. For those history buffs, the history of the Great Wall is not to be missed while visiting Beijing. There is no better way to get to know the history of the Great Wall than a visit to Chinese Great Wall Museum.

Great Wall Museum

Overview of Great Wall Museum
Chinese Great Wall Museum is located at the foot of the Badaling Great Wall in Beijing, using the Great Wall as the theme, the museum reflects the history and current situation of the Great Wall, modeled after antique style Beacon Tower. The appearance of the museum resembles the solemn Great Wall, and all blend into one harmonious whole and add radiance and beauty to each other. The unique design of exhibition space is in line with the meandering Great Wall, just like placed on Jiayuguan or Shanhaiguan. Basic display includes the Great Wall from all dynasties, the Ming Great Wall, construction equipment, the Great Wall battles, the economic and cultural communication, national art treasure, love China repair the Great Wall - a total of seven parts, to show the basic context of the Great Wall and the development, structure and layout of the Great Wall building, history of major battles inside and outside the Great Wall. The exhibition is based on the Great Wall cultural relics unearthed, specimen essence, historical documents, photos and models. Meanwhile, part of the high-tech exhibition means is used to simulate the Great Wall battle scene and atmosphere, which makes it different from similar museums of the Great Wall.

History of the Great Wall
During the Warring States period, the Qin, Zhao, Yan were located on the north of the country, the construction of the Great Wall was to defend the Huns. The Great Wall is a fortification, fortress and pass. As a military defense project of the inner land, it was built as early as in the primitive times. Because it could play a defensive role effectively, it was used and expended by later dynasties. The Great Wall first appeared in the spring and Autumn period, such as the Fangcheng (in Henan Nanyang area). The northern nomads moved fast as cavalry, very unfathomable, inner countries could not stop them from attacking and plundering. Only the construction of the Great Wall as the military defense could stop their invading southward.

Overall, the museum is well worth a visit!

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