Overline Bridge (Tianqiao)

On August 26, 2011, in Beijing, Getting Around, More Places of Interest, by Jack Li

Constructed over the Longxu ditch, the original OverlineBridge was located in the northwest of the Temple of Heaven. In the ancient times only the Emperor was allowed to cross this bridge, symbolizing the son of Heaven entering to the Temple of Heaven. It was therefore called the “Tianqiao” (Overline) Bridge.  In the past, the Overline […]

The Monastery of the Tanzhe Temple

On August 26, 2011, in Beijing, More Places of Interest, Temples, by Jack Li

The Monastery of the Tanzhe Temple is situated on the north-south axis. Its main constructions can be divided into three sets: the middle set, the east set and the west set. The middle set consists of Mountain Gate, Tianwang Hall (the Hall of the Heavenly Kings), Daxiong Hall (the Hall of Sakyamuni), Zhai Tang (the […]

The Two Treasures of the Tanzhe Temple

On August 26, 2011, in Beijing, More Places of Interest, Temples, by Jack Li

Baoguo Baoguo (literally “the precious pot”) is placed in front of the Tianwang Hall. It is 1.85 m in diameter and 1.1 m in depth, and is used by the monks to make porridge. It used to be in the western side room of the northern chamber in the east yard. After its removal to […]

The Ancient Road of Lutan

On August 26, 2011, in Beijing, More Places of Interest, Temples, by Jack Li

The Ancient Road of Lutan served as a traffic artery from the ancient city site to the Tanzhe Temple. It used to be a countryside dirt road in poor condition. Because it is part of the road to the imperial mausoleum of the Qing Dynasty, the Qianlong administration financed its expansion and reparation and arranged […]

The Tanzhe Temple

On August 26, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Temples, by Jack Li

The Tanzhe Temple (literally ”temple of pool and Cudrania”) is located in Mount Tanzhe in the western suburb of Beijing. It was built in AD 307, the first year of Yongjia in the Western Jin Dynasty, right after the introduction of Buddhism in Beijing. It was named the Temple of Bliss then. Because Buddhism was […]

Shihua Limestone Cave Travel Tips

On August 26, 2011, in Beijing, Caves & Canyons, More Places of Interest, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Shihua Limestone Cave has a strong setting and a smooth bottom. Inside the cave different layers a distinct and the air is clean. Given to the buried river at the bottom of the cave, it constitutes a self-adjusting ecological system which can process 99.9% of the CO2 of the visitors. Thus the cave is valueble […]

Shihua Limestone Cave

On August 26, 2011, in Activities, Beijing, Caves & Canyons, More Places of Interest, by Jack Li

Shihua Limestone Cave situated at Nancheying Village, Fangshan District, 15km away from downtown Beijing. It is also known as Qianzhen Cave (meaning the place where truth is hidden) for the cave is deep and long await for further explorations. Shihua means stone flower given to various cauliflower-shaped crystal-clear stalactites. The number of the stalactites in […]

Ming Dynasty Tombs Travel Tips

On August 26, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Tombs, Tours, by Jack Li

Located in the foot of the Tianshou Mountain, the Ming Dynasty Tombs are mausoleums of the Ming emperors. The Tianshou Mountain belongs to the Yanshan Mount Chains in Changping District, northwest of Beijing. The first tomb is the Changling Tomb built from the 7th year (1409) during the Yongle Era while the last one is […]

Zhaoling Tomb (Zhaoling)

On August 26, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Tombs, by Jack Li

Zhaoling Tomb is located in the east of Dayu Mountain and is the tomb of the twelfth Emperor Muzong and his three wives. Zhaoling is the largest repaired tomb and also one of the officially open tombs. Zhaoling Tomb’s building area is 35 thousand square kilometers. The Ling’en Gate, Ling’en Palace and the East and […]

Changling Tomb (Changling)

On August 26, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Tombs, by Jack Li

Located in the southern foot of the main peak of Tianshou Mountain, Changling Tomb is the mausoleum for the Emperor Yongle Zhudi the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and his empress Xushi. The Changling Tomb is the largest and earliest tomb to be built during the Ming Dynasty. As the most important tourist […]

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