Diversity in History

On April 23, 2012, in Beijing, Historical Relics, Museums, by Jack Li

To escape the springtime heat and falling pollen (for hay fever sufferers) on your travel to Beijing, there is always the National Museum of China to try out. This building is directly opposite The Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square and houses some of the best artwork and historical relics the country has […]

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 […]

Beijing: Home Away from Home

On April 19, 2012, in Beijing, Nightlife, Nightlife, by Jack Li

This article is intended for anyone who will travel to Beijing and stay long enough to feel they miss some comforts from their western homeland. Sure, the malls in Beijing offer plenty of outlets which you can find back home such as McDonalds, Zara and Starbucks; but outlined below are some venues where you can […]

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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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‘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 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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The Inspirational 798

On April 13, 2012, in Beijing, Modern Architecture, Must-sees, by Jack Li

Established over ten years ago, 798 Art Zone lured much of China’s and even the international art community to travel to Beijing. Set in the Dashanzi District, 798 sprang up from the remnants of a 50 year old factory complex. Originally, most of the buildings were used for the production of military electronics. In contrast, […]

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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 […]

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