Cuoqin Palace

On September 6, 2011, in Monasteries, Palaces, Tibet, by Jack Li

Cuoqin Palace is the main architecture of the Drepung Monastery. Cuoqin Palace is in the middle of the Drepung Monastery, covering an area of four thousand, five hundred square meters. In front of the hall, there is a plaza. It takes seventeen wide stone stairs to get to the hall. The hall is held by […]

Cuoqin Palace is the main architecture of the Drepung Monastery. Cuoqin Palace is in the middle of the Drepung Monastery, covering an area of four thousand, five hundred square meters. In front of the hall, there is a plaza. It takes seventeen wide stone stairs to get to the hall. The hall is held by eight pillars. The scripture room of the hall is truely magnificent with gorgeous decorations. The room covers an area of one thousand, eight hundred square meters. There are in all one hundred, eighty-three pillars holding the room. The statues in the hall are very vivid for example; statues called Dawenshu and White Umbrella in the middle of the hall. The main religious symbol, Dextral Discus is worshiped in the Cuoqin Palace. It is sent there when the Drepung Monastery started to be built. The Dextral Discus was cherished by the local people and regarded as an important treasure. The Lingta of the second, third, fourth Dalai Lamas are kept in the Cuoqin Palace. On the walls of the cuoqin Palace, there are hanging paintings. On the east of the palace, there is a very small cave called Rangjiongma. It is the earliest architecture in the Drepung Monastery.

Drepung Monastery (Zhebingsi)

Drepung Monastery (Zhebingsi)

On September 6, 2011, in Lhasa, Monasteries, Temples, Tibet, by Jack Li

Drepung Monastery is on the south slop of Genpeiwuzi Mountain which is ten kilometers away from Lhasa. It is built in 1416 by Jamyang Choge Tashi Palden (1397–1449), one of Tsongkhapa’s main disciples, and it was named after the sacred abode in South India of Shridhanyakataka. Drepung Monastery is one of six Tibetan Buddhism Temples […]

Drepung Monastery is on the south slop of Genpeiwuzi Mountain which is ten kilometers away from Lhasa. It is built in 1416 by Jamyang Choge Tashi Palden (1397–1449), one of Tsongkhapa’s main disciples, and it was named after the sacred abode in South India of Shridhanyakataka. Drepung Monastery is one of six Tibetan Buddhism Temples and the biggest temple in the world. Before 1949, there were over ten thousand lamas there. The Genpeiwuzi Mountain is ten kilometers to the west of Lhasa. It is three thousand, eight hundred meters above sea level. Drepung Monastery covers an area of 200,000 square meters with seven colleges. It was firstly named Baiding Drepung Monastery. Then it changed to just Drepund Monastery. Drepung was divided into seven great colleges: Gomang (sGo-mang), Loseling (Blo-gsal gling), Deyang (bDe-dbyangs), Shagkor (Shag-skor), Gyelwa (rGyal-ba) or Tosamling (Thos-bsam gling), Dulwa (‘Dul-ba), and Ngagpa (sNgags-pa). Since 1464, Buddhist classics have been imparted there. Lamas in the Drepung Monastery are very kind. You can invite some of them to tour around the monastery with you. They can explain a lot of history of the Drepung Monatery. The seven colleges merged into four colleges. Most of the buildings in the Drepung Monastery were built during the Ming Dynasty(1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasty (1636 -1911). The Dajing Hall in the Drepund Monastery is very magnificent. There are one hundred and eighty-three pillars holding the hall. The sculptures on those pillars are exquisite. In the hall, there are Buddhist statues and paintings on the walls.

Drepung Monastery attractions

Cuoqin Palace

Four Zhacang

Gandanpozhang Palace

The Western Hills Forest Park Travel Tips

On September 6, 2011, in More Cities, Parks & Gardens, Tours, Travel Info, Yunnan, by Jack Li

The Western Hills Park is a must-visit of the local people at the beginning of spring. Longmen is the top of the Western Hills and also the best place to view Dianchi Lake. Besides, the famous Chinese musician, Nie Er, is buried here. The plank road leading to Longmen only allows two people walking abreast. […]

The Western Hills Park is a must-visit of the local people at the beginning of spring. Longmen is the top of the Western Hills and also the best place to view Dianchi Lake. Besides, the famous Chinese musician, Nie Er, is buried here. The plank road leading to Longmen only allows two people walking abreast. So be careful when there are too many tourists. You can stay for the night in Taihuashanzhang or Taihuabieshushanzhuang beside Nie Er Tomb.

Best seasons to visit the Western Hills Forest Park:

Unlike Beijing, Kunming does not have harsh winters or sweltering summers. It is known as “the Spring City”. Kunming belongs to the temperate plateau humid monsoon climate. The annual temperature of the city averages 15 degrees Celsius. It is no more than 22 degrees Celsius even in the hottest months, and no less than 6 in the coldest. The daily temperature gap in Kunming is big during winter and spring, amounting to as much as 12-20 degrees Celsius. The rainy season is from May to October. When it rains the temperature may drop. So do not forget to take your jumper or coat on the trip. Generally, you can come to Kunming at any time of the year, but the best time is from March to October. During these months there are many ethnic festivals of the Yunnan minorities, and the fruit and flowers are in season. It is very good for shopping.

The Western Hills Forest Park Routes:

From the bottom to the top of the hill the tourist spots are: Nie Er Tomb, Huating Temple, Taihua Temple, entrance to the Western Hills Forest Park, cable car, and Longmen.

The Western Hills Forest Park Ticket:

Opening hours: 8:00-18:00

Entrance ticket: RMB 25 per person

Longmen Grottoes: RMB 30 per person

Yulan Garden: RMB 3 per person

Longmen ropeway: RMB 25 per person (one-way)

Cable car: RMB 5 per person (one-way)

Transport in the Western Hills Forest Park:

  1. In the city of Kunming you can easily find bus service directly for the entrance of the Park.

You can take Bus 6 from Liangjiahe station or Bus 51 from Juhuacun Station to get to the entrance of the Park. Bus 6 departs every 8 minutes from 6:30 to 19:00, and Bus 51 departs every 30 minutes from 7:00 to 17:30. For the convenience of the tourists, the city’s taxi company provides special coach service from the downtown Art Theatre to Nie Er Tomb. It departs every 30 minutes from 8:00 to 16:30. There are also cars for the Western Hills Park from Dianchi Cinema, Art Theatre and Jinhua Hotel. If you take a taxi, it costs RMB 30. There are cable cars in Yunnan Minority Village and it takes you from Haigeng and the Western Hills. A one-way ticket costs RMB 30 and a round trip RMB 50.

The Yulan Garden

On September 6, 2011, in Parks & Gardens, Popular Provinces, Temples, Yunnan, by Jack Li

The Yulan Garden is located on the east mountainside of the Huating Hill. Covering an area of 4.4 hectares, it is the largest magnolia flower garden in China. From inside the garden, you can see the downtown of Kunming to the north, and the beautiful overview of the Dianchi Lake to the south. Magnolia, known […]

The Yulan Garden is located on the east mountainside of the Huating Hill. Covering an area of 4.4 hectares, it is the largest magnolia flower garden in China. From inside the garden, you can see the downtown of Kunming to the north, and the beautiful overview of the Dianchi Lake to the south.

Magnolia, known as “Yulan” or “Mulian”, is a kind of plant originally from China. According to the archaeologists, they were widely planted in imperial palaces, monasteries, and famous ancient Chinese gardens in the Tang Dynasty. In the Yuan Dynsaty, a Taoist Temple called “the Taihua Taoist Temple” was built on the Western Hills, and a large number of magnolia trees were planted inside. The magnolia trees there grew very well and became a well-known scenic spot in Yunnan Province for more than 700 years. To honor the beautiful magnolia blossom in the temple, people even gave them a special name, “the Taihua Magnolia”.

The Yulan Garden is built on the basis of the Taihua Temple. There are more than 1100 magnolia trees in the garden, all of which are the famous Taihua Magnolia. A great number of plum trees, cherry trees, peach trees, and camellia trees are planted in the garden to make it more rich and colorful. Some trees in the garden are hundreds of years old. They are so precious that their exact locations and names are recorded in the official documents. Different flowers are present in the garden according to the seasons, so that tourists can enjoy extraordinary flower scenes no matter when they come.

There is a center for entertainment and accommodation, several pavilions for resting, elegant paths, and public lavatories in the garden. In order to meet the needs of tourists, a number of retail sections and chess rooms are newly established. People who have visited it before said it was a wonderful place to enjoy fascinating blossoms and spend leisure times.

Western Hills Forest Park

The Reclining Buddha Mountains

On September 6, 2011, in Mountain Areas, Nature Scenery, Parks & Gardens, Yunnan, by Jack Li

The Reclining Buddha Mountains, known as the Western Hills, form the basis of the Western Hills Forest Park. Because the mountains look like a Buddha who was lying and resting himself from far away, they were named the Reclining Buddha Mountains. People also refer to them as the Western Hills since they are located in […]

The Reclining Buddha Mountains, known as the Western Hills, form the basis of the Western Hills Forest Park. Because the mountains look like a Buddha who was lying and resting himself from far away, they were named the Reclining Buddha Mountains. People also refer to them as the Western Hills since they are located in the west suburban area of Kunming. The mountains are all thickly dotted by various kinds of flowers and trees, constituting the breathtaking landscape there. The Reclining Buddha Mountains are so famous for their extraordinary natural beauty that people regarded them as “the most beautiful place in Yunnan Province” from ancient ages.

The Reclining Buddha Mountains stretch for 40 kilometers along the western edge of Kunming. The sea level elevation of them range from 1,900 meters to 2,350 meters. Looking out the mountains from Kunming, the Reclining Buddha Mountains appear to be a beauty lying beside the Dianchi Lake. The head, the bosom, the legs, the belly, and even the hairs of the lady are very easy to identify. Local legend has it that the mountain was the incarnation of an ancient princess. She disobeyed her father’s will and married to a young man with no title secretly. Her father was furious when he found out. He managed to kill the young man cruelly. The princess was so desperate and heartbroken that she cried for a long time and died. Her tears gathered into the depression beside her and formed the Dianchi Lake, while she herself turned into mountains, which is the Reclining Buddha Mountains today.

The Reclining Buddha Mountains have been developed into a forest park now. Famous attractions like the Longmen Grottoes and the Xiaoshilin Stone Forest dot amongst the mountains. You can visit them during your trip to the mountains since they are all relatively small in size. And if you visit the mountains on March the 3rd, you will catch the opportunity to experience a traditional party, where you can enjoy traditional Chinese music and dances.

Western Hills Forest Park

The Longmen Grottoes

On September 6, 2011, in Historical Relics, Popular Provinces, Towers, Pagodas & Grottoes, Yunnan, by Jack Li

The Longmen Grottoes are located at the southern end of the Western Hills Park, between the Sanqing Taoist Temple and the Datian Pavilion. They are the largest and most exquisite Taoist grottoes in Yunnan Province. It is said that the Yangs, the officials who were in charge of the construction of the park ordered more […]

The Longmen Grottoes are located at the southern end of the Western Hills Park, between the Sanqing Taoist Temple and the Datian Pavilion. They are the largest and most exquisite Taoist grottoes in Yunnan Province. It is said that the Yangs, the officials who were in charge of the construction of the park ordered more than 70 stonemasons to build the grottoes. These stonemasons spent around 22 years to finish the remarkable grottoes. The Longmen Grottoes are famous for their uniqueness and steepness in the world, making them must visit attractions in Kunming for tourists.

The first thing that appears into your eyes when you reach the grottoes is the delicate Longmen Gate. The gate is a true gem of the grottoes because of its exquisite workmanship. There is this stele beside the gate, with the shape of ancient Chinese coins carved on it. Rumor has it that those who touch the stele will make a fortune soon, so almost all the visitors to the grottoes will touch it. There is a little balcony bounded by white marble railings near the entrance of the grottoes. From inside the balcony, you can enjoy the overview of the gorgeous Dianchi Lake. The main chamber of the grottoes is not far away from the balcony. The name of the chamber, “the Datian Chamber” is carved above the entrance, and several words that intend to help people calm down are carved around it. The chamber is built to honor several primary Taoist Gods such as the God of Wisdom, the God of Literature, and the God of War (General Guan Yu). Their shrines are placed at the centre of the chamber. If you are careful enough, you will notice that the brush pen in the God of Wisdom’s hand had been repaired before. There is a sad story behind it. It is said that a stonemason who took part in building the grottoes accidently broke the brush as soon as he finished the statue of the God of Wisdom. He was so self-accused for leaving a flaw on this marvelous statue that later he jumped from a nearby cliff and killed himself. Apart from the statues of Taoist Gods, there are beautiful frescos on the ceiling and the walls of the chamber. On the ceiling of it, there carves a vivid picture of auspicious clouds and crowned cranes, and on the wall, a picture on running horses in the Heavenly Palace. The whole Longmen Grottoes is build inside a piece of giant rock. The unique design and refined craftsmanship of it represent the wisdom and diligence of the ancient Chinese people.

Western Hills Forest Park

Western Hills Forest Park

On September 5, 2011, in Parks & Gardens, Tips & Ideas, Tours, Yunnan, by Jack Li

Western Hills Forest Park is beside the Dianchi Lake in the western suburbs of Kunming about 15 km away from the city, covering an area of 889 hectares. It consists of a number of mountains increasing in altitude from the north to the south. The highest mountain is Luohan Mountain, about 2,507 metres above sea […]

Western Hills Forest Park is beside the Dianchi Lake in the western suburbs of Kunming about 15 km away from the city, covering an area of 889 hectares. It consists of a number of mountains increasing in altitude from the north to the south. The highest mountain is Luohan Mountain, about 2,507 metres above sea level and 620 metres above Dianchi Lake. The Western Hills are famous for their verdant landscape, lush vegetation, and clear mountain streams. Viewed from afar, the Western Hills look like a giant sleeping Buddha or a girl lying on her back, so there are also called “Reclining Buddha Mountains” or “Sleeping Beauty”.

From the 11th to the 20th century, a series of palaces, temples and pavilions were built in the Western Hills area. Some of them fell into ruin and were never rebuilt. By 2000, some ancient constructions, such as Huating Temple, Taihua Temple, Sanqing Taoist Temple, have survived the time hidden in the depths of the forests or on the top of cliffs. Since 1980, the government has increased its investment in the reconstruction of the Western Hills Park and the renovation of the buildings. Highways have been built upon the mountains. In 1984, a rocky mountain path was built between Longmen to Xiaoshilin Forest, which made the Xiaoshilin Forest accessible to tourists. In 1986, Taihuazhuang Service Centre was established. Now Western Hills Forest Park has become a great scenic attraction and provides comprehensive service for tourists.

From the park, Anshi Highway, Mingbo Highway, Gaohai Highway and Dianmian Road lead to the city of Kunming; from the city, there are six buses or shuttle buses for the Western Hills. You can get to Yunnan Ethnic Village by Haigeng Ropeway across Dianchi Lake. In the scenic zone there are tarred roads leading to all the scenic spots. Shuttle battery cars will take you from Taihuashanzhuang to Sanqing Taoist Temple, and Longmen Ropeway will take you from Taihuashanzhuang to Xiaoshilin Forest. There are parking lots for large-sized cars and small cars in Taihuashanzhuang. In the Western Hills Park you can choose from a number of tourist routes including the mountain-climbing route, Taihuagudao route, the roundabout route and the ropeway route. These many routes have made sight-seeing easier for tourists especially in the Sanqing Taoist Temple scenic spot.

The Western Hills Forest Park Attractions:

The Reclining Buddha Mountains

Longmen Grottoes

Yulan Garden

The Western Hills Forest Park Stories:

Longmen Grottoes

There is a woeful story about the sculptor of Longmen Grottoes:

At the bottom of Western Hills there lived a poor yet talented young sculptor. He could turn an ordinary rock into a lively work of art. The sculptures he made, such as lions, dragons and birds, seemed to be alive; and the flowers and grass seemed to be giving off a fragrant scent. A girl in the village appreciated his work and they soon fell in love. Love had given him many inspirations and he made great progress in his skills.

One day a local lord took the girl by force and the young lovers could not see each other anymore. The girl kept crying everyday. Her tears gathered in a pool to form Dianchi Lake. Not long afterwards she died and her body became the Western Hills. Her death was such a heavy blow to the young sculptor that he could no longer continue with the sculptures with enthusiasm as before.

When the construction of Longmen Grottoes began, the heartbroken sculptor joined the other sculptors in the project. He proposed that they build the grottoes in the highest and steepest place in the mountain. The supervisors agreed to his suggestion and he quickly set about making the sculptures. Into his work he poured all his misfortunes, his sorrows and his feelings for the girl. He wanted to keep they love alive in his sculptures so that it could last for generations.

Time ticked away, and the young sculptor had turned into an old man. The grand grotto project was finished except for the final touch—the brush in the hand of Kuixing. The sculptor started working on the tip of the brush with great concentration. Because of excitement or old age, the tip broke under his hands. He could not bear to think that the work on which he had spent all his life and feelings was faulty. Extremely frustrated, he decided that he would be with his love after death. He jumped off the cliff and drowned himself in Dianchi Lake. Several hundreds of years later, when people marvel at the exquisite Longmen Gottoes, they also witness the devotion and dedication of the sculptor.

A world wonder worth seeing!

On September 5, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Great Wall, Must-sees, by Jack Li

    With the Great Wall of China being one of the Seven Wonders of the World, I had very high expectations of my trip to the Muitianyu section. With the help of China Tours, I was able to book a day visit which picked me up directly from my Beijing Hotel and took me the 70km journey to the wall […]

 

 

With the Great Wall of China being one of the Seven Wonders of the World, I had very high expectations of my trip to the Muitianyu section. With the help of China Tours, I was able to book a day visit which picked me up directly from my Beijing Hotel and took me the 70km journey to the wall by airconditioned coach. Muitianyu is considered the most preserved section of the Great Wall of China and is less crammed with tourists compared to Badaling.

 

 

 

 

About the Muitianyu Great Wall

The Mutitianyu Great Wall was first built in the 6th Century AD, making it the oldest part of the Wall. It was later rebuilt in 1569 to which most parts are still in excellent condition, making it the best quality of all the sections of the Great Wall of China. US President Bill Clinton visited this part of the wall in 1998, stating “The Great Wall here is very beautiful, very grand, more beautiful and grander than what I imagined”. So it that is anything to go by, it makes it a must see for Chinese culture enthusiasts.

Getting up and down the Great Wall

You can get up to the wall by either cable car or by walking. If you intend to walk, there a lots of steep stairs to climb which can get very tiring and require several breaks inbetween to take in the views and catch your breath.

The wall itself is 3km long, consisting of 22 watchtowers which you can climb to the top of to get a better view. The wall is surrounded by forests and streams with views of distant mountains.

Once you get up to the top of the wall, you can either walk, take the cable car, or use the novelty toboggan slide down.

 

 

Things worth noting

If you intend on walking up or down the wall, wearing comfortable shoes is a must. The last thing you want is to be preoccupied with plasters whilst trying to enjoy your day.

Bring some spending money. Getting onto the wall requires a small fee (45RMB for adults and 25RMB for students who produce a valid Student ID) and the cable cars and toboggan slide require a little bit more. There are many street stalls selling a wide variety of traditional chinese goods and fruit and is a perfect way to test your haggling technique in preparation for the silk market.

Charge your camera up the night before. On visiting the wall myself, I took around 200 photographs so be prepared to get some beautiful scenic photographs. You can also spot the Chinese men dressed in tradition Chinese armour and get a photograph with them for a small donation.

 

So if you plan on taking a Beijing tour, the Mutitianyu Great Wall is a must see. It is an experience that I will always remember thanks to my excellent photographs, Chinese memorabilia and the blisters on my feet due to my lack of preparation!

Victoria Harbour Travel Tips

On September 5, 2011, in Activities, Hong Kong, Modern Architecture, More Cities, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

The Victoria Harbour is the first harbour in China and the third in the world. Rank after to American’s San Francisco and Brazilian’s Rio de Janeiro. The Victoria Harbour is a natural landform harbor situated between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. The name of the harbour comes from the queen’s name of British. […]

The Victoria Harbour is the first harbour in China and the third in the world. Rank after to American’s San Francisco and Brazilian’s Rio de Janeiro. The Victoria Harbour is a natural landform harbor situated between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. The name of the harbour comes from the queen’s name of British. People can get in or out anytime during a year.

Best Time to Visit Victoria Harbour

The best time to visit Hong Kong is from the October to the March next year (the autumn and the winter). Hong Kong is subtropical climate. The average temperature is about 22.8℃ during the year. The climate influenced by monsoon and has clear seasons. Visitors can put on coat or sweater when visit here. The umbrella also needed because of it is very hot in the summer, sometimes even have heavy rains. The temperature is moderate in autumn and the shirts, sweater and little coat are appropriate. All the commodities are on sale in this season and Hong Kong becomes the “shopping paradise.” People who love shopping will have a good time here.

Visitors should especially notes from the end of May to the middle of September is the typhoon season. In the general condition, people should stay at home in the 3 grade typhoon and all the shopping malls and banks will closed door in the 8 grade typhoon. You can consult the weather condition and the telephone number of theater, hotel and shopping malls with telephone number 1081(English), 1083(Chinese).

Victoria Harbour Tickets

The Victoria Harbour is free of charge and the Avenue of Stars besides the harbour. You can play there for free. Along the Avenue of Stars will arrive at the Golden Bauhinia Square by ferryboat and it will charge you 2.2 Hong Kong Dollar. There is a special boat for visitors, but a little expensive. It is almost same with ferryboat.

How to Get to Victoria Harbour

By the railway tunnel in seabed:

The first line: Quanwan Line (from the Admiralty Station of Bogang Island to the Tsim Sha Tsui Station of Jiulong)

The second Line: Jiangjun Ao Line (from the Quarry Bay Station of Bogang Islan to the Chaguo Ridge of Jiulong)

The third Line: Dongyong Line and Airport Express Line (the two lines use the same tunnel and from the Hong Kong Station of Bogang Island to the Jiulong Station of Jiulong)

By ferryboat:

The Star Ferry Line include: Zhonghuan ßà Tsim Sha Tsui, Zhonghuan ßà Hongkan, Wanzai ßà Wanzai air line.

The new ferry (in the Victoric Harbour): Zhonghuan ßà Changzhou, Zhonghuan ßà Pingzhou, Beijiao ßà Hongkan, Beijiao ßà Jiulong City airline

Little ferry of Gangjiu has three lines to serve the Nanya Island. Two of the three lines from the Center of Hong Kong: Zhonghuan ßà Nanya Island (Rongshu Wan), Zhonghuan ßà Nanya Island (Sok Kwu Wan) line.

Victoria Harbour(Weiduoliya Gang)

On September 5, 2011, in Hong Kong, Modern Architecture, More Cities, by Jack Li

Before Victoria Harbour was named ‘Victoria Harbour’, it was called Harbour of Hongkong or Hongkong Harbour. Victoria Harbour is a natural landform harbour situated between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong. It is hailed as Pearl of Orient, one of three most famous natural harbours, and one of the most stunning […]

Before Victoria Harbour was named ‘Victoria Harbour’, it was called Harbour of Hongkong or Hongkong Harbour. Victoria Harbour is a natural landform harbour situated between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong. It is hailed as Pearl of Orient, one of three most famous natural harbours, and one of the most stunning night scenes. The eastern boundary of the Victoria Harbour is Lei Yue Mun. In the middle it is quite narrow between Tsim Sha Tsui and Chung Wan. The Victoria Harbour was named after the Queen of Great Britain. The harbour is in the north of the Victoria City of Hongkong. Victoria Harbour is the biggest harbour in China and the third in the world, just a little smaller than San Francisco of the US and Rio de Janeiro of Brazil. The Victoria Harbour is world-famous for its stunning night view and water in the harbour is very broad. In the northwest of the harbour is Kwai Chung Container Terminal. The terminal is very busy. For over one hundred years, Victoria Harour has played a role much more important than just an ordinary harbour. It is the real center of Hongkong, not only in location, but also in people daily life. It is an very important natural resource and a part of Hongkong people’s life. Every day over a million people cross the bridge and go to another side of the harbour. The Victoria Harbour witnessed a century of change and development of trade, economy and tourism in Hongkong. As a host to so many shows, Victoria Harbour adds a great fabulous page to Hongkong’s history and culture.

Victoria Harbour Story

Built in 1925, Queen’s Pier was a public pier for small boats in front of City Hall inEdinburgh Place. The whole construction cost 200,000 HKD. The pier at that time had an arched door and a cylinder. They are concrete. During the Colonial Period, it was special used for government officials and royal family members of Great Britain. It was then rebuilt in 1953. It was the landing pier when Queen Elizabeth Il visited Hongkong in 1975, and Princess Diana visited Hongkong in 1997. Queen’s Pier is the place for the inaugurations and cessations of Governors in Hongkong.  It is also where Prince Charles and Christopher Francis Patten left Hongkong in July 1st, 1997. Queen’s Pier often appears in Hongkong movies and soup operas. It is where men and women start to know each other, have a happy chat, fall in love and separate. In the government design and plan of Hongkong in 2000, Queen’s Pier and Tianxing Pier were going to tear down. This plan was disagreed with many Hongkong People. Many civil organizations and groups gathered together for a hunger strike to show there disagreement. Many Hongkong people say they had a group memory about the Queen’s Pier. At last Queen’s Pier was torn down anyway. It was replaced by No.9 Pier in Chung Wan.

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