The Temple of Azure Clouds

On August 3, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Temples, by Jack Li

The Temple of Azure Clouds is one of the most delicate temples in the Fragrant Hills Park. Built around 1331 in the Yuan Dynasty, it has a history of more than 600 years. This complex used to be a nunnery. It was not until 1514 during which eunuch Yu Jing renovated and expanded the temple […]

The Yanjing Lake

On August 3, 2011, in Beijing, Lakes, More Places of Interest, by Jack Li

The Yanjing Lake (literally “the lake that looks like eye-glasses”) lies beside the north gate of the Fragrant Hills Park. It consists of two separated pools connected by a white stone bridge, forming a pair of eye-glasses, hence its name Yanjing. If you walk along the avenue from the Jianxin Pavilion Garden, you can hear […]

Taoran-Pavilion Park Travel Tips

On August 3, 2011, in Beijing, More Places of Interest, Parks & Gardens, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Taoran Pavilion is a famous pavilion of the Qing Dynasty. It is one of the most famous pavilions of historical values in China. Best Time to Visit Taoran-Pavilion Park You can come and visit Taoran-Pavilion Park at any time of the year. Taoran-Pavilion Park Tickets 1.   Entrance ticket: RMB 2 per person 2.  Free of Charge […]

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The Yunhui Tower

On August 3, 2011, in Beijing, More Places of Interest, Towers, Pagodas & Grottoes, by Jack Li

The Yunhui Tower was built in the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty. It used to be in the imperial garden to the east of Zhongnanhai(the central government of China). The emperors in the Qing Dynasty often visited the tower and composed poems and drew paintings or enjoy the wonderful scene of the […]

The Taoran Pavilion

On August 3, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, by Jack Li

The Taoran Pavilion (literally “the pavilion of happiness and carefreeness”) is one of the four most famouse pavilions of historical values in China. In AD 1695, a minister named Jiang Zao took charge of a pottery factory nearby under the order of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty. Since he had to handle official affairs […]

Water Cube Travel Tips

On August 2, 2011, in Beijing, Modern Architecture, More Places of Interest, Travel Info, by Jack Li

The National Swimming Center is also called the Water Cube, which is in the Beijing Olympic Park. It is the main swimming pool for the 2008 Summer Olympics and has become one of the famous landmarks in Beijing. The design plan of using water molecules was the fruitful result of global designing competition. The construction […]

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The Cloud Dispelling Hall

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

The Cloud Dispelling Hall (simplified Chinese:排云殿; traditional Chinese: 排雲殿; pinyin: Pái Yún Diàn; literally “the Hall where the cloud is dispelled”) is at the centre in front of the Longevity Hill. It was built by Qianlong for his mother’s 60th birthday. It was burnt down by the British and French joint troops in 1860. In […]

The Long Gallery

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

The Long Gallery(simplified Chinese: 长廊; traditional Chinese: 長廊; pinyin: Cháng Láng; literally “the Long Gallery”) is located between the Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. The total length of the gallery is 728 meters, making it the longest gallery in the world. It is most famous for the colorful paintings on the roof of the […]

The Bird’s Nest National Stadium Travel Tips

On July 25, 2011, in Beijing, Modern Architecture, More Places of Interest, Travel Info, by Jack Li

The Bird’s Nest National Stadium is the main venue for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. It was nicknamed the “Bird’s Nest” because of its grid-like structure. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics. It hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athletic events, and football final, providing 100,000 seats for the […]

The Bird’s Nest National Stadium (Niaochao)

On July 25, 2011, in Beijing, Modern Architecture, More Places of Interest, Must-sees, by Jack Li

The Bird’s Nest National Stadium (Niaochao) served as the major stadium in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Architects Xinggang Li, Jacques Herzog, and Pierre de Meuron (who won the Pritzker Prize in 2001) collaborated to design this giant stadium with Weiwei Ai as the artistic consultant. The Stadium’s exterior can be likened to a life-giving […]

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