Play Volleyball at Beiwai campus

The Volleyball team of China is very famous and always ranks amoung the top teams. Therefore also a lot of Chinese like to play volleyball. Do you also like to play and don’t want to miss it during your travel in China? Then spend the afternoon on weekends at Beiwai campus and join the people […]

The Volleyball team of China is very famous and always ranks amoung the top teams. Therefore also a lot of Chinese like to play volleyball. Do you also like to play and don’t want to miss it during your travel in China? Then spend the afternoon on weekends at Beiwai campus and join the people there on the volleyball court. You will get to know a lot of locals and it’s a different cultural experience than the one you get while visiting sightseeing places.

Beiwai is the short name for the Beijing Foreign Language University and is located in Haidian district near to the Beijing Zoo. The University is divided into the west campus and the east campus. Sport facilities can be found mainly on the east campus.

There are a sports field with running track, tennis courts and basketball courts, a fully equipped gymnasium and also 4 volleyball courts. Especially the volleyballs courts are well used during the study semesters. Every department of the university has his own team. And these teams practice a lot.

However if you come by during semester vacation there are not many students around. Therefore if you like to play go there on a weekend when it is not raining but also not too hot. You can go there with friends or also individual as you sure will find some other people who you can join for playing. Most of the time this will be Chinese people so it is a good opportunity to get to know them and to practice your Chinese. It doesn’t matter if you are man or woman, they will let you play with them.

During semester vacation there are mostly older men playing there. They play very well so you should bring some knowledge of volleyball with you. You don’t know how to play? Well there are also other people around who are not that good either, so you can join them. I use to go there often and until now there are always around 30 people playing there.

If you prefer to watch them play or you just want enjoy the sun it is also a good place to go. The university is very green with a lot of flowers. Just next to the volleyball court there is a park where you can relax, read a book or watch the other people playing.

Watching volleyball is quite interesting around End of May/June as there will be a tournament of the university departments where all the team participates. It is nice to see who each school cheers their team up. It is really a great atmosphere. The games usually take place during lunch time and in the evening after the lessons.

If you played yourself or watched a game and you get thirsty, check out the bars and coffe shops near the volleyball court. There is a café next to the gymnasium where you can sit and see the people swimming. The atmosphere is quite nice and there is free wifi available.

When you travel in Beijing you should definitely pay a visit to the university and the area around as it is definitely worth it.

 

Tiger Leaping Gorge

If you like the beautiful nature of China then you should not miss to visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge when you travel in China. It doesn’t matter if you like to hike or if you want to have it more convenient. With visiting the Tiger Leaping Gorge, both ways are possible. You can take a […]

If you like the beautiful nature of China then you should not miss to visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge when you travel in China. It doesn’t matter if you like to hike or if you want to have it more convenient. With visiting the Tiger Leaping Gorge, both ways are possible. You can take a flight from Beijing to Lijiang and get from there to the gorge and spend one day or up to one week at this!

The Tiger Leaping Gorge is said to be the deepest river canyon in the world. It lies along the Yangtze River 60 kilometers north of the city Lijiang and is about 15 kilometers long. The Gorge got his name out of a legend. This legend says that a tiger tried to escape from a hunter. Therefore he jumped across the river at the narrowest point (25 meters wide).

The inhabitants of the gorge are mainly the indigenous Naxi people. Their primary subsistence comes from grain production and the tourists (Foreign and Chinese hikers).  The area was officially opened to foreign tourists in 1993. However the first tourist backpackers started to hike the valley in the 1980s. The

There are two ways tourist can chose from to visit the Gorge. The first is to take the lower road. Tourists can tour the gorge area on tour buses along the road at the bottom of the canyon that follows the course of the river. It is also possible to hire a minivan which drives to the ticket office and from there tourists can walk along the river where one can have a strong sense of being in a gorge. This lower road tour is very popular with Chinese tourists.

The second way is to take the upper road which is said to be one of the finest treks through some of the most naturally beautiful and diverse landscapes China has to offer. This trail runs high on the northern side of the gorge and is with about 22 kilometers length longer than the lower road. On the way the road passes various beautiful sights such as quiet villages and forests. Moreover hikers can find a lot of guesthouses especially for trekkers. Mainly foreigners walk the upper road and one can find some solitude because the place is not crowed like the lower road tends to be. Local Naxi people also use this trail. Normally the hike is spread over two days to three days but slowing down is worth it as you will have enough time to enjoy the natural surroundings. There is a point where the high road descends to meet the lower road. There hikers can climb down to the river near the Tiger Leaping Stone, where the Legend says the tiger leaped.

Several ecological zones meet in the region and it is called an ecological hotspot with an unusual large number of different kinds of plants and animal species living in the same region. The area therefore is ecologically important for wildlife preservation. Moreover in 2003 the Gorge was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Whether you visit the area on a tour bus or hike, you will be able to see some spectacular sights. Don’t miss out to visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge when you travel to China.

 

Why China

On July 24, 2013, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Featured China Stories, by Jack Li

  Why China? That’s a common question everyone asked me when I first decided to travel to china for a semester abroad in Beijing. They still ask me that same question now that I’m here and every time I meet new people. This doesn’t bother me at all because I am always curious, as well, […]

 

Why China? That’s a common question everyone asked me when I first decided to travel to china for a semester abroad in Beijing. They still ask me that same question now that I’m here and every time I meet new people. This doesn’t bother me at all because I am always curious, as well, of knowing why and how people make these kind of decisions. For me it was not easy at all and if I may be completely honest I’ve always been very undecided concerning my future. But I knew this was the time to start making real choices and big decisions towards having the future I dreamt about, with realistic goals; and Traveling to China was the start of it.

The semester in my university was about to finish and I hadn’t made the decision of where I wanted to make my semester abroad. I remember walking through the cafeteria and I saw a poster that was about learning mandarin and studying some business courses in Beijing. In that moment it all clicked. It made perfect sense to me; it was the perfect opportunity for me to experience a whole new culture, which I have been always eager to learn about, a new language, meet new people, be in the center of one of the fastest growing economies while learning from it; also perfect for me since I’m majoring in business administration, the perfect chance to start the path towards becoming a global citizen. So, the decision was taken. I started gathering information about my future destination and felt ready, anxious and motivated to start this experience.

Five months have passed since I first arrived. I have been through situations that had been very different from what I had expected, but all of these had helped me grow as a person. While Touring China you’ll realize is so different and diverse that it makes you live the experience through all your senses. So,whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, let’s change for a bit the initial question and instead of asking why? Let’s better think of why not?

 

 

 

Get to know Beijing Opera with Journey to the West

Have you ever been to an Opera? If yes or not the Opera in China is different from the western Opera. Especially the Beijing Opera is know in the Foreign Countries and is considered as one of the four “musts” to see when travelling to Beijing. It is a special and unique experience that will […]

Have you ever been to an Opera? If yes or not the Opera in China is different from the western Opera. Especially the Beijing Opera is know in the Foreign Countries and is considered as one of the four “musts” to see when travelling to Beijing. It is a special and unique experience that will provide you an insight into Chinese Culture.

Beijing Opera (chin. Jīngjù) is a sort of traditional Chinese theatre which combines music, singing, miming, dancing and acrobatics. It is said that it had its birth in 1790, when four opera troupes of the Anhui province came to Beijing to perform on the occasion of the 80th birthday of the Emperor. Soon some other theater companies from the region of Hubei followed and over the years, Beijing Opera was formed by a combination of various music and performing techniques. It was watched by a wide range of audiences from all social classes from the beginning on. Where at the beginning only male performers were allowed to play, in 1870 also women were allowed to participate.

There are four fixed types of characters in Beijing Opera. Sheng(male role), dan (female role), jing(painted face) and chou (male clowns). The roles can be played by women or men as long as they can manage to learn the specific singing style.

The manifoldness of colors and patterns of the makeup and costumes is probably one of the most astonishing features of Beijing Opera. Each role has its meaningful makeup and each costume gives fundamental information about the nature of the characters.

A lot of imagination is needed as Beijing Opera uses only little visual assistance. An item like a table can be used in various ways such as a bed, a bridge, a mountain or sometimes even a horse. Items can also be indicated by gestures.

There are theaters where the Beijing Opera has been adapted for travelers which mean there are some explanations at the beginning and English subtitles during the play. The play “White Bone Spirit” can be recommended. It is adapted from the tale “Journey to the West”, which belongs to one of the four great classic Chinese novels. The story is about the Monk Xuan Zang and his three disciples Sunwukong, Sandy and Pigsy who made a journey to the west to get the Buddhist scriptures. On their way they have to overcome a lot of danger and demons.

The actual hero of the story is the “Monkey King” Sunwukong who has a lot of magic skills and is extremely smart. Moreover he has the power to see through any disguise and therefore is able to find evil demons. These skills can be seen in the Beijing Opera play “White Bone Spirit” in which a demon desires to eat the flesh of the Monk Xuan Zang. The demon transforms into a beautiful girl and offers the Monk poisoned fruit. But Sunwukong sees through it and kills the demon. The others don’t believe him and scold him for killing the girl. However the demon was not death and returns a second time as an old woman and also a third time as an old man after got killed again by Sunwukong. After having killed the old man, the Monk is very angry and sends Sunwukong away. After Sunwukong left, the demon returns and captures the Monk. But Sunwukong returns and kills the demon finally.

Additional information about Beijing Opera

There has been one foreigner named Ghaffar Pourazar who mastered the difficult training program at The National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing. At the time he entered the Academy he was already 32 years old. He especially mastered the role of the Monkey King. Today he is 50 and still lives for Beijing Opera and tries to promote it in the western world and to hold it as a very important part of Chinese culture upright in order to protect it from being forgotten.

In 2010 Beijing Opera was declared “Intangible Cultural Heritage” by the UNESCO. So it is definitely worth do see it and a special part of Chinese culture. Therefore don’t miss to see a play of Beijing opera while travelling to Beijing.

 

Dragon and Tiger Mountain in Jiangxi Province

Are you interested in Taoism? Or do you simply want to see fantastic sceneries and experience a little bit of Chinese culture? Then don’t miss out to visit Longhu shan in Jiangxi Province during your travel in China.   Longhu shan which means Dragon and Tiger Mountain is located in Jiangxi province and has a […]

Are you interested in Taoism? Or do you simply want to see fantastic sceneries and experience a little bit of Chinese culture? Then don’t miss out to visit Longhu shan in Jiangxi Province during your travel in China.

 

Longhu shan which means Dragon and Tiger Mountain is located in Jiangxi province and has a long history. Originally the mountain was named “Mount of Splendid Clouds”. According to the record of Taoism the mountain was renamed after a Taoist priest who distilled elixirs at the mountain. After the elixirs were made, a dragon and tiger would appear. That is how the mountain got his new name and also became a birthplace of Taoism. Many Taoist temples were built upon the mountainside. The mountain is known as one of the Four Sacred Mountains of Taoism. Therefore a lot of pilgrims come to the mountain every year as they regard it as a Holy Land.

Apart from that the scenery is very beautiful and special. The landform is characterizes by red terrestrial rocks and its cliffy scarps. You can take a ride on a small wooden boat and drift along the Luxi River which flows westwards through the mountain area. You will be able to see all the beautiful scenes, green water, red mountains and moreover you can enjoy a blue sky and white clouds.

There is another interesting fact about the Dragon and Tiger Mountain. The mountain has a historical burial site of the Guyue people. So you are able to see the ancient Cliff Tombs. Most of the tombs are about 50 meters above the water and others are more than 300 meter high. If you drive on the Lu Xi river you will also be able to see the Cliff Tombs. Because of its expansive area, dangerous location, large quantity and unique shape, the tombs got the title “the best natural archeological museum of China”. Until today no one is sure why and how the ancient site was built. There are several shows each they which show the visitors how the coffins have been brought to the cliff tombs. It is very interesting to see. You can watch the show out a ferry, so you have a direct view to the show. All the boats at that time on the river as well as the show which brings a coffin up to the cliff tombs is a wonderful view itself and you sure can take a lot of nice picture.

Also the rest of the area is worth to see as the natural scenery is very beautiful. Afterwards you can also drive to the TianShi Fu temple which is the largest and best-preserved temple in the area.

The Province Jiangxi doesn’t appear on the must-see list of many travelers. This is actually a pity as the province has its surprises. Especially for hikers this it’s a good place to go as almost all of the major attractions are off in the mountains. Moreover it is very easy to get to this province with several high-speed train connections from Shanghai and Hangzhou.

So don’t miss out to visit this beautiful province and especially the Dragon and Tiger Mountain when you travel in China.

 

The Great Mosque in Xining

Do you know the Qinghai Province? It is a province near to Tibet. When travel in China or make a tour to Tibet by train you should not miss out the city Xining in Qinghai province as you can find here a mix of population between Muslims, Tibetans and Han Chinese. Xining is the capital […]

Do you know the Qinghai Province? It is a province near to Tibet. When travel in China or make a tour to Tibet by train you should not miss out the city Xining in Qinghai province as you can find here a mix of population between Muslims, Tibetans and Han Chinese.

Xining is the capital of Qinghai province and the largest city on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The city was a commercial center point along the Northern Silk Road for over 2000 years and was also a stronghold of the Han, Sui, Tang and Song dynasties resistance against nomadic attacks from the west. Today the city is connected by rail to Lanzhou and Lhasa and therefore a start point for many tourists travelling to Tibet by train.

About one third of Xining’s population is Muslim. Therefore there are a lot of mosques across the city, actually more than 80. Among them is one of the four largest mosques in China -the Great Mosque- also called Dongguan Masjid. In the province Qinghai it is the largest and most important Mosque. It is located in the eastern side of the city alongside the Muslim Hui neighborhood.

The Mosque was built in 1380, and now has a history of more than 600 years. It is build on a grand scale covering an area of around 30’000 square meters. The prayer hall is the main building and covers an area of 1’136 square meters. The hall is magnificent and can hold more than 3’000 people at the same time. However non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the prayer hall.

Very special is the Mosque’s architecture. It is not of particularly Muslim architecture, but more a combination of typical Chinese folk style and Islamic architectural features. For example each base is divided into four horizontal segments filled with grass, flower and book motifs. This style of brick carving is a common feature of Hui mosques and is also found on the screen walls, steps and archways of Chinese temples.

But the Mosque is not only famous for its magnificent architecture but also as a religious education center and as the highest learning institution of Islam.

One of the best times to visit the Great Mosque is at night when the whole building is lift up with neon lights. Another time is when Islam’s important festivals come round. Tens of thousands of the Prophet’s followers from every quarter come to participate in ceremonies and religious activities. On such occasions, the Mosque wears a festival mood. During Ramadan around 300’000 people come here to pray. If you can’t make it for a festival you can come over on a Friday during lunchtime. Then around 50’000 worshippers spill out onto the streets before and after the prayers.

Should you travel in Qinghai Province, don’t miss to pay the Great Mosque a visit. Otherwise plan your own trip now and come to visit Xining and the Great Mosque.

 

The Legend of Kung Fu

On July 16, 2013, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, by Jack Li

China has a huge range of places for you to choose from and visit. Great places with amazing scenery that will make your China Tour a delightful experience.  Now, I’m going to introduce a show that will make your experience even richer in history and culture during your China Travel. “The Legend of Kung Fu […]

China has a huge range of places for you to choose from and visit. Great places with amazing scenery that will make your China Tour a delightful experience.

 Now, I’m going to introduce a show that will make your experience even richer in history and culture during your China Travel. “The Legend of Kung Fu Show” is a performance that includes real kung fu scenes along with a story layout about the history of kung fu past and present. You don’t have to worry about not understanding because the narration of the story is in english, with chinese subtitles.

Martial arts are a very important part of Chinese culture, it has a really deep and profound understanding of technical and artistic connotation. The theory of this art is based on the idea of self-cultivation encouraging virtue, artistry, self-healing, physical fitness,  self-defense and health maintenance.

Nowadays, there is a huge diversity of styles that come as a result of the mixture of those that already existed. We can now appreciate 400 styles with great variety and diversity of movements of great strenght such as the Shaolin Hung-Gar, Loong Chuan, Wing Chuan, Pa Chi Chuan, Tang Lang Chuan and soft and therapeutic styles like Tai Chi Chuan, Pa-Kua Chang and Pak Mei.

I went to this show during my first week in China and I felt like having a small introduction of what some of China’s traditions and thoughts are. It’s the perfect way to learn about their backgrounds and origins. The whole show was amazing; a mixture of good music, great scenery and amazing performers. Once the show is finished, you would want to learn more about everything China has to offer.

Beijing Red Theatre (Chinese name : 红剧场) and also originally known as Chongwen Worker’s Cultural Palace Theatre, helds the show every night from 7:30-8:45pm. The adress is 44 Xingfu Street, Chongwen District, Beijing and is really easy getting there. By taxi you shouldn’t have any problema, or just like I did, take the subway line 5, and get off the Tiantan east stop exit C, then you can walking to east 500 meters (Tiyuguan Rd.).

So, while traveling to China don’t miss the opportunity to explore the world of Chinese martial arts with real kung fu stunts. And maybe, even taking some classes of your own.

 

Watch a Football game at Beijing Workers Stadium

Do you like to watch football? Have you watched a football match in China? If you plan to travel in Beijing and you like to watch football, you should not miss a match of Beijing’s football team, Beijing Guoan, at the Workers Stadium. It’s a good cultural experience as you will be among a lot […]

Do you like to watch football? Have you watched a football match in China? If you plan to travel in Beijing and you like to watch football, you should not miss a match of Beijing’s football team, Beijing Guoan, at the Workers Stadium. It’s a good cultural experience as you will be among a lot of locals.

To go to the Workers Stadium you can get off at Exit C if Subway station Dongsi shitiao Line 2. You should go early as there will be a lot of people. If you don’t have a ticket yet, there are a lot of possibilities to buy one there on the streets. But it will sure cost more than the regular tickets.

There’s no need to know the way to the stadium. Just follow all the people dressed in green tricots of Beijings team Guoan. Along the street there are various stands where you can buy merchandise articles of the team such as tricots, scarves, hats and a lot more. If you start seeing a lot of police you are near the stadium. Outside the stadium you can buy drinks in plastic cups as it is not allowed to bring PET or glass bottles into the stadium. However, you can also buy your drinks inside the stadium. For entering the stadium there will be 2 entrance checks. One for getting into the area of the stadium and the other for the sector you are sitting. Also there are several bag checks on the way. Finally when you are in the correct sector, you can search for your seat and wait until the game starts.

Workers Stadium

Beijings worker stadium has been constructed in 1959 as one of the Ten Great Buildings for the 10th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and is a multi-purpose stadium located in Chaoyang District. The stadium which is often called “Gong Ti” by locals was the main venue for the 1990 Asian Games, where the opening and closing ceremonies were held. In 1993 various records have been set by the world-leading group of Chinese distance runners at the Chinese National Games. Moreover the stadium holds claim to the fastest women’s 1500 m time ever recorded, the fastest women’s 3000m and 10’000 m. These world records still stand today and are arguably the stadium’s biggest claim to fame.

However, the stadium is mostly used for football matches. For the 2008 Summer Olympics it hosted the football quarter-finals and semi-finals and the women’s gold medal final. In 2009 it was host for the Barclays Asia Trophy featuring Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Hull City and of course Beijing Guoan.

Beijing Guoan

Beijing Guoan Football Club is a professional football club and participates currently in the Chinese Super League.  The Workers Stadium is its home stadium. The club was formed in 1992 and produced a number of notable Chinese footballers such as former 1860 Munich and Energe Cottbus midfielder Shao Jiayi and former Eintracht Frankfurt striker Yang Chen.

In 2006 the club sold a part of its ownership to Real Madrid, hoping to achieve better popularity and results. The club made good start to the 2009 season. They won their first ever Chinese Super League title. However they crashed out of the AFC Champions League at the group stage. In recent years, the club has successful seasons with being second place in 2011 and third place in the season 2013. The team’s head coach is Aleksandar Stanojević and there are currently 5 foreign players participating in the team including Frédéric Kanouté who transferred in 2012.

 

There are a lot of bars and club nearby the Workers stadium. After the game is finished you can go there for a drink maybe with some new friends you met at the game. This will make your travel in China unforgettable.

 

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Explore Shandong on High-speed Rail

On July 15, 2013, in Ancient Houses & Courtyards, Must-sees, Shandong, Tours, by Jack Li

Are you still anxious about how to spend the weekend? You should not miss the travel to Shandong on high-speed rail, relaxing comfortably on your seat and enjoying the magnificent scenery outside the window. With traveling up to 300 km per hour, the high-speed train passes through eight cities in Shandong, including Jinan, Tai’an, Qufu […]

Are you still anxious about how to spend the weekend? You should not miss the travel to Shandong on high-speed rail, relaxing comfortably on your seat and enjoying the magnificent scenery outside the window. With traveling up to 300 km per hour, the high-speed train passes through eight cities in Shandong, including Jinan, Tai’an, Qufu and Qingdao, offering multiple options for China tours.

If you set off in Beijing, take the high-speed train G113 9:05/10:44 to Jinan, the “capital of springs” in no more than two hours. Here, delight yourself either by sauntering around the Spouting Spring and tastinga cup of tea made by sweet and clear spring water, or by appreciating the lotuses all over the Daming Lake with weeping willows, flowers and trees on the bank. At dusk, as you walk through the street and experience the vitality of this modern city, the smell of delicious foods will attract you to one of the restaurants where Shandong Cuisine is served. Discover the Shandong Cuisine and take some favorites home to share with your family.

 

After dinner, reset out on your journey with the train G155 19:00/ 19:17. It only takes you 17 minutes to arrive Tai’an. Have a good rest in the hotel near Mount Taishan and build up energy to climb the UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want to witness the first light of day, start climbing at midnight. As one of the China’s most sacred mountains, Mount Taishan is regarded as a holy and sacred place worshiped by both emperors and folks in ancient time. Standing at the foot of Mount Taishan, you can not be more impressed by the imposing and remarkable magnificence and grandness of the mountain. When reaching the top and watching rising sun, all the exhaustion will be wiped out.

 

Cha Chunk! Cha Chunk! The bullet train continues to travel. At around 10 o’clock, the train D365 takes you to the famous historic city–Qufu. The whole drive will not take you more than half an hour! As the majestic Mount Taishan fades in the distance and the historic stoned walls come closer into view, the train smoothly snakes into Qufu, where Confucius was born more than 2,500 years ago. By wandering in those magnificent houses with upturned eaves, protruding corners and carved pillars, you may feel like traveling through time. You can take a rickshaw or carriage to travel leisurely in this historical city, getting an intimate contact with ancient China. The main tourist attractions here are San Kong (Three Confucian): the Confucian temple, the Confucian mansions, and the Confucian forest.

 

Here I think you should go back home with G140 17:09/19:21 to take a rest in order to make preparation for your work in next week, and also to plan another China tour in Qingdao, Shandong province, which is a must-go place for those preferring a fresh weekend. It is a perfect place to enjoy the mild waves and gentle wind on the seaside after having a relaxing swim near the coast or to drink your fill with the world-famous Qingdao Beer.

 

Biggest ever promotion for China Tours: 10% OFF

On July 12, 2013, in China Travel Gossip, by Sandy Li

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