Roast Duck Restaurants in Beijing

On November 17, 2010, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Restaurants, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

There is something that you cannot miss out on while you travel to Beijing – the Beijing Roast Duck. Most visitors who try it believe it to be one of the most delicious dishes in the world. But where should you go to enjoy a nice meal of roasted duck in China Tours? In fact, […]

There is something that you cannot miss out on while you travel to Beijing - the Beijing Roast Duck. Most visitors who try it believe it to be one of the most delicious dishes in the world. But where should you go to enjoy a nice meal of roasted duck in China Tours? In fact, there are four famous restaurants in Beijing and you can choose the one that you like:

1. Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant

Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant has a history of over one hundred years. Since it was established in 1864, it has been regarded as one of the oldest duck restaurants in China. Throughout its long history, Quanjude has made a name for itself. After using a special dressing to spread all over the duck, the cook will hook the duck up in the oven over a flame coming directly from the burning of the fruit-tree wood and it will be cooked for forty minutes. It is said that when roasted and dried, the duck will look a brilliant dark red, shining with oil and have crisp skin and tender meat. Because of its appearance, few people will be able to resist the temptation of it.

Houhai Branch

Address: 57 Di’anmen Xidajie, Xicheng District

Business hours: 11:00am-2:00pm; 4:30pm-8:30pm

Average Cost: RMB 300 per person

Wangjing Branch

Tel: 010-64736466

Address: No.33, Guangshun Street, Chaoyang District

Business hours: 11:00am-2:00pm; 5:00pm-9:00pm

Average Cost: 138 RMB

Qianmen Branch

Tel: 010-65112418 67011379

Address: No.32 Qianmen Street, Chongwen District

Business hours: 11:00am-13:30pm; 4:30pm-8:30pm

Average Cost: RMB 120-150 per person

Wangfujing Branch

Tel: 010-65253310 65228423

Address: No.9, Shuaifuyuan Hutong, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District

Business hours: 11:00am-13:30pm; 4:30pm-8:30pm

Average Cost: RMB 120-150 per person

Guomen Branch

Address: 1st floor, Jingxin Mansion, No.2 Jia, East 3rd Ring Road (North), Chaoyang District

Business hours: 10:00 – 22:00

Average Cost: RMB 120-150 per person

2.       Bianyifang Roast Duck Restaurant

Besides the Quanjude Roast Duck restaurant, there are many other good restaurants which offer crisp, fragrant and delicious duck at a more reasonable price. For example, a whole duck can cost only 168RMB. And there are some other specialties in this restaurant, such as Braised duck, salty duck liver, duck feet with mustard sauce, sea cucumber roasted with scallions, duck hearts cooked in wine, Gongmenxianyu fish etc.

Hademen Branch

Address: 2 Chongwenmenwai Dajie Jia

Business hours: 11am-10pm

By bus: Take lines 39, 39 Special, 43, 803, 807, exit at Luhuashi

Tel: 6712 0505

Average Cost: RMB 80-120 per person

Xingfu Dajie Branch

Address: 36 Xingfu Dajie, Chongwen District

Business hours: 10.30am-2pm, 4pm-10pm

By bus: Take lines 8, exit at Xingfu Dajie Tel: 6711 6545

Average Cost: RMB 80-100 per person

New World Center Branch
Address: 3F, 2nd II, Beijing New World Center, No.5 Chongwai Dajie, Chongwen District

Tel: 86-10-67088069/67120505

Business hours: 11:00am-9:30pm

Average Cost: RMB100 per persn

Anhua Branch

Address: 6 Beisanhuan Zhonglu, Xicheng District

Business hours: 10.30am-2pm, 4.30pm-9pm

Tel: 8208 1019

Yutingqiao Branch

Address: 73 Tiantan Donglu, Chongwen District

Business hours: 11am-9.30pm

Tel: 6702 0904

Average Cost: RMB 85-120 per person

3. Li Qun Peking Roast Duck Restaurant

Compared to other roast duck restaurants, this one is quite special. It is located in a small Hutong in Qianmen, Dongcheng District. It is set in a little courtyard house deep in the Hutong and this is the only branch. It may be a little difficult to find but it is definitely a real Hutong experience in Beijing. However, the “duck” may help you to find it: there are pictures of ducks and arrows on the wall, so all you need to do is “follow the ducks” to get there. The décor inside this restaurant is also special. It is decorated with traditional red lanterns to mark the old Beijing.

Address: 11 Beixiangfeng, Zhengyi Lu, Northeast of Qianmen, Dongcheng District.

Business hours: 10:00 – 22:00

Average Cost: RMB 130 to 150 RMB per person

I hope you enjoy your trip in Beijing. Please check china travel for more information.

The Tube Station —- Tasty Pizza in Beijing

On November 17, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Cool Places, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

Are you planning your China Tours in Beijing? Do you miss the taste of pizza when you are surrounded by Chinese food? Do not worry; you have lots of choice for food in this modern city. I will tell you about a restaurant in Beijing which is famous for its pizza… I hope you have […]

Are you planning your China Tours in Beijing? Do you miss the taste of pizza when you are surrounded by Chinese food? Do not worry; you have lots of choice for food in this modern city. I will tell you about a restaurant in Beijing which is famous for its pizza… I hope you have an enjoyable china travel.

The Tube station has two floors decorated with wooden paneling. You can find this building easily with its sign outside saying “The Tube Station”. It is located in Fu Yuan Men, Summer Palace road, Haidian District (just beside the No.101 middle school in Beijing.) The tube station used to be called “The Crow’s Nest” because its mascot was a happy crow. The restaurant’s well-known symbol was an image of a crow holding a piece of pizza in its “hand” with a happy smile. In order to make it more popular, it has pictures painted and pasted all over the walls.

The restaurant serves 16 flavors of pizza in total. For example, there is the Kro’s special, smoked salmon, BBQ chicken, Plain Jane, Vegetarian, Mighty meat, Spinach Mushroom, Garbage Pail etc. I bet you want to know what a garbage pail is… Despite its strange name it is actually very tasty! It got this name because it includes almost all the ingredients that the other pizzas have (except the salmon fish!) So it has a very rich flavor and is usually bigger and much more expensive than the other pizzas. If you want to make your own pizza, you can choose the DO IT YOURSELF option. As you can see on the menu, the pizzas come in three sizes, (S, M, L stands for small, medium and large) and so you can choose the size you want. Please note that the pizzas in The Tube Station are usually much larger than in other restaurants. The prices of the food are clearly listed on the menu and I can guarantee that you are getting great quality pizzas at an affordable price.

Apart from the pizza, the restaurant also serves roast chicken wings, French fries, salads, mango juice, lemonade etc.

In general, it is a great place to hang out with friends or to go on a date. It has an outdoor seating area, a take-out service and you can pay by credit card

OPENING TIMES: 10:00 to 22:00, Monday to Thursday,10:00 to 23:00, Monday to Sunday.

Tel: 010-62528057

Travel Information: You can take buses 320, 319、331、333、718、801、808、690、332、375 etc.

Average price for a meal: 58 RMB.

I hope you have a nice time when you Travel to Beijing.

 

China Business Travel Information

On November 17, 2010, in Accomodation, Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, Transportation, by Jack Li

Doing business in the metropolis of China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Shenzhen can be really expensive.However, if you visit our websites China Hotels and China Flights for tips, you will find the best options. Urban Communications Nowadays the transport links in most big cities in China are good. If you are travelling on business in these cities, I suggest using the subway instead of taking a taxi, since the traffic jams here will make your trip very expensive. All signs and buttons in the subway are bilingual, so you do not have to worry about the language barrier. Fast Food or Cheap Snacks Mcdonalds, KFC, Yoshinoya, Kung fu restaurant, Big Pizza, and Yonghe Soybean Milk are very common fastfood restaurants in Beijing, Shanghai and other major cities in China. If you are looking for something clean, convenient and most importantly very cheap, these are all good options. And remember to practice using chopsticks before you come to China. Living in luxury hotels like The Westin or The Hilton Hotel can be very extravagant. So why not stay in express inns instead. These hotels are very common in today’s China, such as HOME INN, HANTING INNS, and JINGJIANG INN. Normally, you can have a comfortable, standard room for USD50. Domestic Airlines China domestic airline companies often promote cheap, discounted tickets. Sometimes the discount may be as high as 90% off, which means it will only cost you 20-30 dollars to travel from one big city to another. Go to China Airline’s website for more information. Good luck!

Doing business in the metropolis of China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Shenzhen can be

really expensive.However, if you visit our websites China Hotels and China Flights for tips, you will

find the best options.

Urban Communications

Nowadays the transport links in most big cities in China are good. If you are travelling on business in

these cities, I suggest using the subway instead of taking a taxi, since the traffic jams here will make

your trip very expensive. All signs and buttons in the subway are bilingual, so you do not have to

worry about the language barrier.

Fast Food or Cheap Snacks

Mcdonalds, KFC, Yoshinoya, Kung fu restaurant, Big Pizza, and Yonghe Soybean Milk are very common

fastfood restaurants in Beijing, Shanghai and other major cities in China. If you are looking for something

clean, convenient and most importantly very cheap, these are all good options. And remember to practice

using chopsticks before you come to China.

Living in luxury hotels like The Westin or The Hilton Hotel can be very extravagant. So why not stay in

express inns instead. These hotels are very common in today’s China, such as

HOME INN, HANTING INNS, and JINGJIANG INN. Normally, you can have a comfortable, standard
room for USD50.

Domestic Airlines

China domestic airline companies often promote cheap, discounted tickets. Sometimes the discount may

be as high as 90% off, which means it will only cost you

20-30 dollars to travel from one big city to another. Go to China Airline’s website for more information.

Good luck!

Ming Tombs

On November 17, 2010, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Historical Relics, Tombs, by Jack Li

The Ming Tombs are the final resting place for 13 of the 16 Ming Emperors. These Tombs really show off exquisite Chinese architecture which has been well looked after for many years. The site where the Tombs sit was especially selected because of its auspicious feng shui alignment, it is cradled between the ridges of […]

The Ming Tombs are the final resting place for 13 of the 16 Ming Emperors. These Tombs really show off exquisite Chinese architecture which has been well looked after for many years. The site where the Tombs sit was especially selected because of its auspicious feng shui alignment, it is cradled between the ridges of two mountains protecting the dead and letting the evil spirits be carried by the north wind.

Beautiful Pathway

The most impressive Tombs by far are that of the Yongle emperor  and Chang Li these two were the first two to be built and are the most ornate. In recent times they have been tastefully restored to show their true previous beauty, however there are parts of the burial chamber that have never been excavated. There is a lot of speculation about  what may be underneath it’s thought that 16 concubines are buried there.

Amazingly Vivid Colours

The  Burial park is very big, with 13 tombs which are spread across a 15 square mile area which is very far to walk if you want to see it all in one day. I would suggest if you want to visit them all they should be visited by a taxi. There is so much more to see besides the Tombs foe example the Ding Ling treasures, which are the artifacts from Wanli Empores mostly are made of gold and have a priceless value. My favourite was the threaded-gold-crown it is beautifully bright and golden it has two dragons carved into it.

Gold Threaded Crown

Info on The Great Wall of China

On November 17, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

The Great Wall of China is one of the main attractions for tourists who Travel to Beijing for the first time. Even for people who have been there before they still find many new and surprising places to explore. Today I will give you some information on this wonderful location that should definitely be a […]

The Great Wall of China is one of the main attractions for tourists who Travel to Beijing for the first time. Even for people who have been there before they still find many new and surprising places to explore. Today I will give you some information on this wonderful location that should definitely be a part of you itinerary during your China Tours.

Overview of the Great Wall

The Great Wall of China has thousands of famous passes. One of the most famous is Badalin which is located in the outer town of Juyong Pass. This is has been named as one of the top nine passes in the world. This is because it boasts a strategically important position which has gained it long history and rich culture. It also has spectacular architecture and inspiring Views for these reasons, Badaling Great Wall is an outstanding representative of the Great Wall of China. It is the best part of Ming Dynasty Great Wall.

Climate Features

The Badaling section of the Great Wall has pleasant climates all year, featuring four distinctive seasons. Located at the arched area in the southern end of the Yanshan Mountain subsidence zone, Badaling Great Wall rolls over green mountains adjacent to ravines and gullies. More than 96 % of this area is covered with trees and greenery. The wall is built upon mountain ridges, which range from 600M to a whopping 1,000m above the sea level. Thus giving this section of the wall unique geographical and climate conditions, Badaling Great Wall is  always on average  6~8℃ lower than downtown Beijing.

Tourist service centre.

The Staff are very keen to not harm the land too much and to let it develop naturally, However they want to keep it save assessable for tourists who visit. They make a whole heartedly effort in looking after and promoting the spirits and cultures of the Great Wall.

Located 200 meters to the north of the Pass, the center has an information desk that supplies panoramic guide maps, tourism route maps and electronic tour guide services in to the scenic spot. It also supplies electrically powered wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, baby strollers and walking sticks. The staff will provide accurate information and warm services to tourists on the scenic spot. Such as which parts are most the best to visit, which parts are most spectacular, and which parts are fit for a rest. They will also answer and questions or queries.

 Some useful Numbers:

Hotline service: (010)69121383
Service telephone
Tourism consultation: (010)69122222
Tourism complaints: (010)69121235
Medical service: (010)69121209
Broadcasting service: (010)69121617
Police service: (010)69121477

 For more information,Please check our websiteBeijing Tours.

Wish you a pleasant Journey, good luck!

Hot Spring Spa in Beijing

On November 16, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Beijing, Cool Places, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Beijing is a place with a lot of wonderful things to see and do. Not many people know but Beijing is a place with a rich geothermal resource. This means that Beijing is abundant with hot springs. If you want to Travel to Beijing and have a hot spring spa break here are some tips […]

Beijing is a place with a lot of wonderful things to see and do. Not many people know but Beijing is a place with a rich geothermal resource. This means that Beijing is abundant with hot springs. If you want to Travel to Beijing and have a hot spring spa break here are some tips and information about it.

 

1. Shunjing Hot Spring Hotel

This is a hotel with nice hot spring and delicious buffet. After relaxing yourself in the pleasant hot spring, you can enjoy a buffet in the same hotel. What is more, you can have free fruit and fruit juice whilst you relax. Also if you buy the tickets in large numbers at one time, it will be cheaper than 200 RMB a ticket!

 

Features: buffet & hot spring

Location: the first floor of Marriott hotel in Dongcheng District., Beijing.

Opening time: 6:00-24:00

Tel: 010-58118200

Average spend:200 RMB

2.       Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort

Chunhuiyuan Warm Spring Resorts is one of the best hot spring resorts in Beijing offering the largest water and cleanest water. Also you can enjoy 20 types of spa services for no additional cost. There is hot spring with open-air garden view, lake-view hot spring pool, private open-air hot spring bath etc.

Features: 20 types of spa services

Location: Shunyi District., Beijing.

Opening time: 24 hours

Tel: 010-69454433

Average spend: 300 RMB

3.       Jiuhua Spa & Resort

Jiuhua spa & resort is a classical resort, which is famous for its medical pools. Although it’s not been proven whether or not the pools have magic functions, people still love to go to the medicine pools. In addition, there are many different types of these pools in Jiuhua. It is said that you can even find the more than 2000 varieties of the medical dishes which have been listed by the cooks  records of Qing Dynasty emperor dishes. You can completely relax here and you can also bring your own food.

Features: medical pools

 Location: Changping District in the north of Beijing, next to the Six Ring Road, one hour’ drive from the downtown Beijing

Opening time: 8:30am-2:00am

Tel: 010-61782288

Average spend: RMB 200/person.

4.       Fengshan Hot Spring Resort 

Fengshan Hot Spring Resort is a four-star resort hotel which has become well known to the public for its hot-stone steaming bath. Under a specially-made marble board, it is installed with pipes heating circular geothermal water so that the marble board is heated. When you lie down on the board, you will feel a warm and comfortable temperature spreading over your body. It is that good that many find it even comfortable enough to sleep on the hot stone. In addition, women can have rose bath and milk bath here.

5. Beijing Longmai hot spring

Xiaotangshan has been famous for its hot springs for more than 300 years. It ranks the first among the ten famous hot springs in China. It is said that the emperor Qianlong went there to relax and unwind.

Features: The imperial hot spring in Qing Dysnaty

Location: The town of Xiaotangshan, Changping District (which is situated in the Palace axial line, 20 kilometers from the city center and very close to the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs, Mangshan Mountain Forest Park).

Opening time: 24 hours

Tel: 010-58459002

Average spend: 140RMB

Hope you have a nice journey in Beijing. For more information, please check China Tours.

Great Buffets in Beijing

On November 16, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Beijing, Restaurants, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

If you want to Travel to Beijing and have a nice meal there, the buffets in Beijing may be a very good choice as there are lots of different foods to try. But which kind of buffets would you like to have? Here are some examples of different kinds of buffets for you to choose […]

If you want to Travel to Beijing and have a nice meal there, the buffets in Beijing may be a very good choice as there are lots of different foods to try. But which kind of buffets would you like to have? Here are some examples of different kinds of buffets for you to choose from during your time doing China Tours.

1.       Soilder Barbecue

In fact, this restaurant serves very good Japanese cuisine. The food here is well known because of its great variety of delicious dishes. Such as baked potato, mashed potatoes, puddings, pastries, pickled vegetables, kamahi, crab meat, prawn, conch, escargots, braised beef, bacon, poached egg, scramble eggs, boiled egg, stone fire pot, sushi, sake, roast meat and sashimi etc.

Features: Japanese cuisine

Location: The second floor of the Multinational Company Building in No.15 Xidawang Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.

Opening time: 11:00 to 21:30

Tel: 010-57171999

Average consumption: 108 RMB

2.       City Wall Bistro

Phoenix tail prawns, grilled lobster, sea slugs with chicken cream, fried rice with shrimps, mixed sea slugs, sea slugs with brown sauce, sea slugs with chicken cream, sea slugs with crisp rice, mixed sea slugs, shrimp eggs & sea slugs, fried prawns with brown sauce, boiled Prawns with chili sauce, prawns with spiced salt etc. The list could go on as there are more than hundreds of dishes for you to enjoy!

 

Features: Seafood

Location: Marriott hotel in Dongcheng District.

Opening time: 6:00-24:00

Tel: 010-58118255  

Average consumption: 125 RMB

Ps: If you book your seat in advance of time, you can enjoy the discount of 50 percent. The prime cost is 268 RMB for one person.

 3.       Golden Jaguar

It is said that the Golden Jaguar serves the buffet experience on an enormous scale! For only 198RMB at lunch and 238RMB at dinner. You get a choice of over 400 separate dishes including Thai, Indian, Korean, Taiwanese, Cantonese, Chinese, Western and Japanese. A lot of the food is prepared to order and is renowned for being very good quality.

Location: 4/F The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu,CBD/Guomao

Tel: 6553-8888

Opening time:  Mon-Fri 11am-10:30pm, Weekends 10:30am-10:30pm

Average consumption: 300-399 RMB

4.       Peral

People in Guangdong are very particular about the food they eat. So the Guangdong cuisine is famous for its expensive ingredients and excellent cooking skills. Here are some famous ones: Fried Muscle with Fruit Juice, Dragon-King Appetizer Plate, Sweet & Sour Pork, Stewed Pig Tripe with Chamomile, Fried Crab Meat with Shredded Ginger, Steamed Live Garoupa, Fish-Flavored Scallops, Vegetables with White Fungus, Swimming Bladder Stuffed with Minced Shrimp, “Snow Flake” Shark’s Fins, Beef Fillet with Black Pepper, Boiled Fish Balls, Fried Crab with Egg-White.

Features: Guangdong food

Location: Oppose of the IKEA in Chaoyang District., Beijing.

Opening time: 24 Hours

Tel: 010-58271888 58653888 

Average consumption:102 RMB

5.       Shunjing Hot Spring Hotel

This is a hotel with hot spring and buffet. After relaxing yourself in the pleasant hot spring, you can enjoy a buffet in the same hotel. What’s more they will give you free fruit and fruit juice. A quick tip: If you buy the tickets in large numbers at one time, it will be cheaper than 200 RMB per person.

Features: buffet & hot spring

Location: the first floor of Marriott hotel in Dongcheng District., Beijing.

Opening time: 6:00-24:00

Tel: 010-58118200

Average cost : 200 RMB

Hope that these buffet restaurants wet your appetite and made you want to visit. Wish you have a nice time in China and for more information, please check china travel.

 

Handbook for International Travel Tours to China

On November 16, 2010, in Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

International travel is always complicated, especially if your destination is China. First, you need to apply for an entry VISA for mainland tour and another special entry permit to Travel to Tibet. Secondly, you may be refused by some low-cost China Hotels if you just show up at the counter, because several hotels are not […]

International travel is always complicated, especially if your destination is China. First, you need to apply for an entry VISA for mainland tour and another special entry permit to Travel to Tibet. Secondly, you may be refused by some low-cost China Hotels if you just show up at the counter, because several hotels are not available for foreigners. Thirdly, most of the time you need to join a travel agency that provides services for international travelers, as people are speaking Chinese rather than English. So this article is going to introduce some information about these concerns.

Apply for the VISA. The exceptions are Hong Kong and Macao, otherwise you need to apply for the entry VISA before entering China. You can apply for the VISA in local Chinese consulates and your passport should be valid for at least 6 months. The type of VISA is usually L, the travel VISA, which is valid for 3 months. The process duration is usually a week. Moreover, you need to get Tibet Travel Permit, or Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) for entering Tibet area. You will need an additional transit permit to go to certain cities in Tibet, such as Mt. Everest Base camp. These two permits can only be applied through travel agencies, excluding the government officers, diplomats and journalists. It generally takes 1-10 business days. If you travel to Tibet by air, you need to show these document when check in.

Hotels. Some of the hotels are not available for foreigners. One of the reasons is that they do not have the system to check your passport information. There are many motels or express hotels popular among

Chinese and their prices are relatively low. However, some branches in sensitive areas cannot accept foreigners. Such as Shanghai Home Inn in Railway station is not available for foreigners, while other branches in Shanghai can accept foreigners. This is because the railway station is sensitive and restricted by the government. My suggestion is to book your reservation through the online agencies. For example, you can go to tripadviser.com and search the hotel information, reviews, and the online providers. Chinatraveldepot.com is run by China Youth Travel Service company, and this website provides service mainly for foreigners. Therefore, they have already screened those improper hotels and information for you.

Travel Agencies. If you are not a backpacker type of traveler, then the quality of your vacation in China largely depends on the travel agency you have chosen. The professional level of guide, the arrangement of tour

packages, the vehicles and restaurants provided are all essential part of choosing a travel agency. On chinatraveldepot.com, you can get these things customized. You can just pick the general 7-day or 2-week tour package, then replace some of the items with your own interests. You can also rent cars on this website like you do in your own place. The difference is that renting a car through this website, you will get a driver and translator as well. So it is more like a private tour. If you decide to follow a travel agency, you do not need to worry about the domestic flights, the hotels, places, schedules. But you still need to get your VISA to enter China at first.

International travel needs much more preparation than domestic travels, especially the china travel where you speak completely different language, and you need VISA to get in. Despite some sensitive issues, it is still worthy once you start your journey in this ancient cultural land. If you are interested, please go to the travel section for more details.

Beijing Opera

On November 16, 2010, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Entertainment, by Jack Li

If you want to really be introduced into Chinese ancient history and culture a trip to the opera is a must. There are hundreds of them spread all around China so it shouldn’t be to hard for you to find one close by. Beijing opera dates back to the Qing Dynasty however they weren’t that […]

If you want to really be introduced into Chinese ancient history and culture a trip to the opera is a must. There are hundreds of them spread all around China so it shouldn’t be to hard for you to find one close by. Beijing opera dates back to the Qing Dynasty however they weren’t that popular until the emperor at the time Qianlong became a big fan and started visit often . Although this art form was banned for some time due to the Chinese revolution it has proved to stand the test of time with hundreds of different traditional opera’s being performed everyday.

Stunning Costumes

The actual performances are a bright and vibrant affair visually there is so much color coming from the costumes and the masks and also the set on stage its all very luxurious. The tradditional plays are based usually on Chinese culture and history, which will be perfomed using many different methods; mosly singing but also acrobatics, mime, speech and special effects.

Breath taking acrobatics

The Opera still uses the same traditional instruments which typically are only 6 pieces a gong, Suona,Pipa,sanxian,drums and an Erhu the music is usually used as an accompaniment to the singing or a lot of the time the percussion instruments are used to punctuate movement. My favourite part was the fight scene which used spectacular acrobatics and sounds to make it exciting the movements were so graceful the actors must have had great discipline.

Beautifully hand-crafted Masks

If this account has inspired you to want to travel Beijing but don’t know where to start for some great low cost travel idea’s go to China Tours. Or if you need advice on hotels go to China Hotels.

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Purple Haze

On November 16, 2010, in Accomodation, Beijing, Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

While exploring Beijing around the Salitun area, I stumbled across a wonderful little Thai restaurant that serves authentic Thai food every day of the week. It is located in the Salitun area, the nearest subway stop being Dongzhmen which is on line two there are also many buses that go pass this street, If you […]

While exploring Beijing around the Salitun area, I stumbled across a wonderful little Thai restaurant that serves authentic Thai food every day of the week. It is located in the Salitun area, the nearest subway stop being Dongzhmen which is on line two there are also many buses that go pass this street, If you want some travel tips check out china travel . From the outside this place looks like nothing but a mere purple shack, but once inside you can see the Asian inspired purple decor with low tables and dim lighting- is very relaxing.

Purple Haze

When I went here I just turned up however, I would recommend booking in advance as it can get very busy especially on a Saturday night. This restaurant is very reasonably- priced, with a great atmosphere to chill and have a nice meal. My favourite was the Thai green curry which came in a massive pot with enough for 2 to easily share, it was just the right amount of spice and sweetness from the coconut. All main meals come with steamed white rice.

Inside Purple Haze

I would definitely suggest trying at least one of the many cocktails they have, I opted for the ginger and Gin which was divine. They also have many non-alcoholic cocktails and beverages which are packed with fruit and are very delicious. Everyday they have a special cocktail of the day which is available at half the price it usually costs.

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