Written in the Stars

On April 18, 2012, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, by Jack Li

Just off Exit C at Jianguomen Station is Beijing’s Ancient Observatory. The observatory was built in 1442 under the Ming Dynasty and by then it was given the name, ‘Platform of Star-Watching’. Only until the Qing Dynasty was it called an ‘observatory’. The observatory is a very significant landmark in the city as it represents […]

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‘Timing is Everything’

On April 17, 2012, in Ancient Houses & Courtyards, Beijing, Historical Relics, by Jack Li

Travel to Beijing and you will notice looming over the hutongs are the ancient Bell Tower (Zhōnglóu) and Drum Tower (Gǔlóu) which were used for timekeeping in the city. The towers are conveniently located a small distance between each other with a courtyard separating them in the middle. This close proximity means that tourists can readily […]

A Confucian Education

On April 16, 2012, in China Attractions, Historical Relics, Temples, by Jack Li

When you travel to Beijing, you may be familiar with The Lama Temple due to its sounds and smells of incense. However, not to be overlooked and perfectly situated opposite the Lama Temple, you can find the country’s historic centres of educational excellence. Specifically, these are called The Temple of Confucius (The Temple) and the […]

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A Quiet Spot in Busy Beijing

On April 16, 2012, in Beijing, Temples, Towers, Pagodas & Grottoes, by Jack Li

Everybody who stops by in Beijing on a China tour might only have time to see the main tourist attractions. But if you have enough time for more, you should take a closer look at the less crowded and maybe even hidden places and there are many of those throughout the city. Of course, you […]

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China – a Paradise for Nature Lovers

On April 13, 2012, in Festivals, Nature Scenery, Temples, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Given the size of the country it’s only natural that China offers a wide variety of landscapes and climate zones (18 different ones in total), reaching from deserts in the northwest of the country to tropical climate zones in the southeastern parts. In general, from the western to the northeastern areas the seasons are quite […]

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring… and The Palace

On April 12, 2012, in Historical Relics, Temples, Tours, Towers, Pagodas & Grottoes, by Jack Li

There are some highlights on your travel to Beijing which should not be missed. ‘Yiheyuan’ or The Summer Palace (The Palace) is no exception. In order to truly appreciate what The Palace has to offer, be prepared to allocate a large proportion of your day there. This becomes evident when considering that the grounds of […]

Echoes from the Temple

On April 11, 2012, in Beijing, Must-sees, Temples, by Jack Li

Why not indulge your spiritual side for a few hours at the Temple of Heaven (‘tiantan’). The Temple of Heaven (the Temple) claims to possess both the most famous temple (The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests) and the largest heaven worship architectural complex in the world. Initially constructed under the reign of Emperor Yongle […]

Mountainous Mutianyu

On April 10, 2012, in Activities, Beijing, Historical Relics, Must-sees, by Jack Li

Only 70km northeast of Beijing (approx. two hours by road), visitors can explore the delights of the most well-preserved part of the Great Wall of China. This section of the Wall is called Mutianyu and snakes around the hillsides overlooking Beijing in the distance. Comprising of twenty-two watch towers, Mutianyu is undoubtedly a ‘must-see’ on […]

The Smell of Incenses

On April 6, 2012, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Temples, by Jack Li

You can’t travel to Beijing without seeing and visiting one of the many Buddhist temples which can be found in the city and all over the country. They are an important element of many Beijing tours. Many of them are not only architectural masterpieces but also an important part of China’s history and culture. With about 50 – […]

Go for a Spring Break in Wuhan

On March 29, 2012, in Festivals, Lakes, Towers, Pagodas & Grottoes, Travel Info, by Jack Li

It comes to a high time to plan your China tour in the beautiful springtime and open the arms to brace the God’s gifts of nature. Think about going on a nice journey during the Qingming Festival? Don’t you ever forget to put Wuhan into your destination list. Book your China flights to Wuhan now, […]

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