Touring the Church

On April 20, 2012, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, by Jack Li

As a contrast to the many temples in Beijing the Xishiku Cathedral, usually referred to as Beitang (North Cathedral), located in Xicheng district, stands out as a landmark of the Christian religion. It is the largest and one of the most magnificent catholic churches in Beijing with an impressive architecture and an interesting history. Many […]

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The Olympic Spirit

On April 20, 2012, in Beijing, Modern Architecture, More Places of Interest, by Jack Li

In a few months’ time the 2012 London Olympics will be in motion. To get into the Olympic spirit, why not travel to Beijing and venture to the city’s National Stadium which hosted the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Nowadays, the stadium is a must-see tourist attraction and has some 20,000 visitors stepping through the entrance […]

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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Relaxing Sightseeing

On April 17, 2012, in Beijing, More Places of Interest, Parks & Gardens, by Jack Li

Travelling is always a great experience and a great opportunity to gain insight into the culture and traditions of the country you are visiting. So apart from the tourist attractions it’s interesting to see the different aspects a place has to offer. Therefore it’s nice to see the crowded and the quiet places, the tourist […]

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Welcome to Wangfujing

On April 9, 2012, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, More Places of Interest, Shopping, by Jack Li

Wangfujing is situated in the centre of Beijing which makes it a perfect location for people to visit from anywhere in the city. To reach Wangfujing, visitors can take the line one of the subway and get off at Wangfujing station, exit A. Despite the bustling roads around Wanfujing, the pedestrianized layout of the area […]

Soups and Stadiums

On September 23, 2011, in Beijing, Modern Architecture, More Places of Interest, by Jack Li

When people think of “Birds nest” , you would come to 2 conclusions: Birds Nest soup and the Birds Nest Stadium. I will be reviewing one these great Chinese classics, the Birds Nest Stadium, or the Beijing National Stadium as it is officially known as. A tour of Beijing is not complete without viewing this […]

Tiananmen Square Travel Tips

On September 2, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Tiananmen Square marks the exact centre of Beijing. The grand construction consists of a gate tower and a platform built in Yong Le period in Ming dynasty (1368—1644 ). Formerly called Chengtian Square, it was constructed to show the civilians that the emperor was appointed by Heaven to govern the nation.  After refurbishment during the […]

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Tiananmen Square

On September 2, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Must-sees, by Jack Li

Tiananmen Square was built in the 15th year of Yong Le period in Ming dynasty (1368—1644).  Serving as the main entrance of the Forbidden City, it was initially named “Chengtian Square”.  “Chengtian” meant the emperor was appointed to govern the nation by Heaven. However, at that time, it was just a three—storey wooden pailou (traditional […]

Yonghegong Lama Temple Travel Tips

On August 31, 2011, in Beijing, More Places of Interest, Temples, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Walking past Guozijian East Gate, you will see a simple and classical temple. This is Lama Temple, the largest and most well-preserved Lama temple in Beijing. Lama Temple was officially open to public since 1981 as a place for religious activities. Everyday numerous people come to the temple and offer incense, and you may smell […]

The Wanfu Hall

On August 31, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Temples, by Jack Li

The Wanfu Hall (literally “the hall of ten thousand buddhas”) is situated behind the Falun Hall in the Lama Temple. It is the most magnificent hall in the temple, consisting of three seperated parts linked by corridors. The middle part of Wanfu Hall is a three floor main hall, with the two floor Yansui Hall […]

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