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Get Your Mind Purified in Beijing East Church

If you have already appreciated the Great Wall, Forbidden City and other highlights, researching another kind of place to purify mind and spirit will be better idea. For this kind of place, Beijing East Church is a good attraction.

Beijing East Church

General Information of Beijing East Church
Just located at Wangfujing Street in Beijing, East Church is the most conspicuous cathedral in Beijing. It was the second Catholic Church which was built only after the South Church. In the early time, it was named as Joseph. After experiencing reconstruction and restoration, it has become not only an important venue of Catholics but also a cultural site with typical features in the Wangfujing Area. Just built in the year of 1655, East Church holds the history mystery and deep traditional cultural connotation. It is typical for Chinese people at that time. It is always regarded as representative of holiness. Nowadays, many lovers held their wedding ceremonies here. They want to stand here to let this church witness their sincere love.

Building Construction of Beijing East Church
The building architecture of Beijing East Church is Romanesque with Chinese architectural features. The whole building is of gray brick and wood structure adding more sacred feeling and atmosphere to the whole building. As a typical model of the fusion of Chinese and western architectural style, Beijing East Church is regarded as the best place to cob mind and soul. If you are under pressure or suffering from boring, coming to the churches will be more satisfactory.

Catholic Church
Facing the west, this church is sitting on a bluestone base. There are three crosses on the top. Among these crosses, the middle one is bigger than the side ones. The hall is supported by 18 round brick columns. The diameter of each column is measuring about 65cm and the base of each column is square. What the most attractive are the oil paintings of Crucifixion of Jesus or Passion of the Christ. In front of this church, there is a square covering a large area about 8,000 square meters. Surrounded by trees, this square houses tranquil environment.

Nowadays, the church in Beijing attracts more and more tourists from all over the world. They not only enjoy the special buildings, typical atmosphere but also the mysterious culture it houses!

Shopping in Panjiayuan Flea Market

In addition to appreciate the top attractions of Beijing, you could also enjoy shopping during Beijing tour. Of course, it is not referring to the large market and stores but a multi-culture flea market. Now, I will lead you walk into this interesting Panjiayuan Flea Market.

Panjiayuan
Appearance of Panjiayuan Flea Market
Located in the southeast corner of Beijing city, with the coverage area of about 48,500 square meters, Panjiayuan Flea Market enjoys a high fame as the largest, most complete, cheapest and the most popular antique market. Here are the many types of goods which are mainly the second-hand goods and curios of China. It is just like a large scale museum. Tourists always come here to buy and appreciate the antiques, crafts, collectibles and decorations. Besides, you also can find calligraphy, Chinese painting, writing brushes and traditional Chinese instruments, etc. No matter which corner you lingered, the delicate articles and works will attract your special attention.

Panjiayuan
Diversity Treasures
For Flea Market shopping, the diversity treasures here are the most popular. First one is Porcelain. It is truly the most typical of Chinese craftworks showing eastern cultural features. Especially the foreigners, they paid special attention on the porcelain wares. If you are lucky, you can meet the porcelain wares made in the ancient times. The value hidden in them has beyond your imagination. Second treasure is the jewels and jades. In this market, you can find them in many shops. You can meet the precious treasures, Hetian Jades and amber, etc. For the tourists who are interested in Chinese calligraphy and Paintings, Panjiayun is still an ideal place. This market possesses rich resources of antique paintings and calligraphies, oil painting, water color painting and print-making, etc. Last but not the least is the stamps. The stamp collections can be found here to lure all the tourists with history memory.

Tips for Shopping in Panjiayuan Flea Market
If you want to select the treasures, taking a magnifying glass is important to have a careful look at goods and curios. For the stores, you should have a careful selection. Special stores always sell the goods with high quality and high price. The individual stores always sell the goods mixing bad ones.

Panjiayuan Flea Market is a heaven for the shopping fans. But it needs your special attention!

Take in Old Trees in Lama Temple

In the eyes of those who have paid a visit to Lama Temple, the most incredible sight is no other than those old locust trees. Nowadays, these old trees in Lama Temple have become one of the most popular attractions in Beijing.

Old Tree
Time-honored Locust Trees Everywhere
As soon as you enter Lama Temple, you may easily see a couple of old locust trees scattered around the courtyard. Within the open wide courtyard, these old trees are no less than a bunch of sky scrapers. During blossom time, you may immerse yourself in the light scent given off by the flowers of these old trees. At that time, these old trees are all covered with light green blossoms. During your tour in Lama Temple, those impenetrable leaves offer you a huge canopy. In the meantime, you may take a rest under the tree, chitchatting or reading. This is quite an enjoyment. During summertime, these blossoms start to fall down from the trees and cover all over the place, with a few sparrows and magpies playing around. When autumn comes, the blowing wind and the dancing branches, the hopping squirrels and touring people combine to offer you an incredible painting. At the same time, as you tour around Lama Temple, you should take a walk on the flower-covered ground and enjoy the vibe of the fall. Maybe you may come across a pair of monks playing chess under the tree, which is another enjoyment for you.

Old Tree in Lama Temple
Best Time to See the Trees
The leaves fall down not until December comes. After a heavy snow, the bronze trunks are all dressed in white, which makes these old trees look even older. These superb views are too much for those photographers busying taking pictures.

These old locust trees and the buildings in Lama Temple are no less than a perfect combination. Looking closely, the thickest one stands beside Lama Gate, with an age of 300 years. This old tree was honored as the first-class old tree and still thrives to this day. Those scales in the trunk seem to tell a series of historic events and changes. Nowadays, this tree has become a must-see spot for the tourists in Lama Temple. The best time to see the locust trees in Lama Temple is during the autumn or winter months.

Overall, the old locust trees in Lama Temple are well worth a visit while in Beijing.

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