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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.

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