The Second Bathing Beach

On September 2, 2011, in Activities, Beaches, More Cities, Qingdao, by Jack Li

The Second Bathing Beach, also known as “the Taiping Bay Beach”, is located next to the Huashi Villa in the Badaguan Convalescence Area, along the Taiping Bay. The bathing beach was developed by the German governor of Qingdao in the Republican period of China, when Qingdao was a colony of Germany. After the People’s Republic […]

The Second Bathing Beach, also known as “the Taiping Bay Beach”, is located next to the Huashi Villa in the Badaguan Convalescence Area, along the Taiping Bay. The bathing beach was developed by the German governor of Qingdao in the Republican period of China, when Qingdao was a colony of Germany. After the People’s Republic of China is founded in 1949, Qingdao was taken back, so was the bathing beach. The beach is most famous for its fine sand, clear water, and gentle wave. Many famous Chinese and foreign political leaders have been there before.

On the east side of the bathing beach, you can see several shabby small pergolas. These pergolas seem to be in disharmony with their surroundings. They are well preserved because of their profound historical values. In 1957, Chairman Mao came to Qingdao to attend the meeting of the Political Bureau. Before the meeting, he paid a visit to the bathing beach and discovered the pergolas. He thought that the pergolas would be a nice place to hold the meeting since they could enjoy the beautiful ocean along with the meeting. Other political advisors agreed with his idea. So several days later, they had the meeting in the pergolas. That perhaps was the most romantic political meeting in Chinese history. The small pergolas gained great fames because of this historical event.

The Second Bathing Beach only opens to tourists in summer. In other seasons, you are allowed to visit the beach, but not allowed to bath in the ocean. The magnificent view there makes the beach an ideal place to take wedding pictures. In sunny days, hundreds of couples will take photos on the beach together. If you are lucky enough, you can experience this rare sight too.

The Badaguan Convalescence Area

The Badaguan Convalescence Area

On September 2, 2011, in Historical Relics, More Cities, Parks & Gardens, Qingdao, by Jack Li

The Badaguan Convalescence Area is located in the eastern Huiquan District of Qingdao in Shandong Province. It is one of the most renowned convalescence areas of China. The region consists of ten beautiful avenue and the buildings alongside. Each avenue is named after a famous Chinese pass. That is why the area is called “Badaguan” […]

The Badaguan Convalescence Area is located in the eastern Huiquan District of Qingdao in Shandong Province. It is one of the most renowned convalescence areas of China. The region consists of ten beautiful avenue and the buildings alongside. Each avenue is named after a famous Chinese pass. That is why the area is called “Badaguan” literally means “eight great passes”). It used to be a villa zone where many bureaucrat capitalists lived during the Republican period of China. After the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949, government renovated it and changed it into a convalescence area. Many Chinese and foreign political leaders have visited here before.

The Badaguan Convalescence Area is like a large garden. You can see trees and flowers everywhere. Elegant villas are dotted among them. The border trees planted along each avenue in the area are different. The Shaoguan Avenue is decorated by Peach trees, while the Zhengyangguan Avenue is a paradise of Crape Myrtle Trees. Because different border trees have different flower seasons, visitors can enjoy beautiful sceneries no matter when they visit the area. Recently, a great many peach trees are planted in the northeast corner of the area, and form a small forest. It is a very nice place for jogging and having picnics. Since many lovers chose it as their rendezvous, the peach forest is also known as “the Corner of Love”.

All the buildings in the Badaguan Convalescene are one of a kind. You can find buildings with the architectural style of Russia, Great Britain, France, German, Denmark, Spain, Greece, Japan, Sweden, and America in the area. No wonder local people regard it a display of buildings all over the world. In the west part of it, there is a simple but elegant American style building, the Haidong Restaurant. Next to the Second Bathing Beach, you can see a typical Chinese style building, the Huiquan Hall. Because the architectures there are very unique and delicate, many directors choose this place as settings for their movie. Many Chinese singers shoot their MTV there, too. The quiet and fancy Badaguan Convalescence Area is a must visit attraction in Qingdao.

The Badaguan Convalescene Area Attraction

The Huashi Villa

The Second Bathing Beach

The Princess’ House and the Songs’ Garden

The Diaoyutai Villa of Qingdao

The Badaguan Convalescene Area Story

The Slabs in front of the Huashi Villa

There are two different slabs in front of the Huashi Villa. One of them is a granite stone slab set by the Administration of Cultural Heritage of Qingdao on July the 27th, 1984. It says that the Huashi Villa was built by Germen in 1903, and rates it as municipal cultural relic’s protection units. But the other slab tells a different story. The slab was made of stainless steel, and placed there by the Tourist Administration of Qingdao in June, 1997. The slab says that the Huashi Villa is built between 1930 and 1931 by a Russian nobleman. Archaeologist and historians today are still arguing about the exact date and builder of the villa.

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 […]

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 eighth year of Shun Zhi period in Ming dynasty (1368—1644), its name was changed to Tiananmen Square.  Besides honoring the Emperor, “Tianan” also meant the best wish of peaceful coexistence and stable situation.  During Ming and Qing dynasties, Tiananmen Square was the main entrance to the Imperial City. The magnificent building with 5 gates and 9 pillars was 34.7m high after reconstruction in 1970. Because of its elegant design, Tiananmen Square became the representative work of our national traditional architecture.

Best Time to Visit Tiananmen Square

All the year round.

Tiananmen Square Best Routes(no)

Tiananmen Square Tickets

Free

How to get to Tiananmen Square

Take Beijing subway line1 or bus line 1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 20, 22, 37, 52, 728→Get off at Tiananmen east station.

Take Beijing subway line2 or bus line 9, 17, 22, 44, 48, 59, 66, 67, 69, 71, 120, 673, 690, 692, 729, 808, 826, 901, special line2, 4 →Get off at Qian Men bus station.

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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 […]

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 Chinese-style gate), not as magnificent as at present.  After being destroyed by the Big Fire in 1451, the square was rebuilt in 1465. However, the turbulent period of wars during the Ming dynasty caused the Square be reconstructed again. In the eighth year of Shun Zhi period in Ming dynasty (1368—1644), its name was changed to Tiananmen Square.

The 33.7m high building was erected on a white marble diamond block. A red 10m platform was set on the block. Each of the platform’s brick weights 43kg.  To show the emperor‘s supreme power, five rooms were built in the western part of the gate tower (stretching to its eastern side) and nine rooms from south to north. The numbers nine and five symbolized the emperor in ancient China.  Tiananmen Square’s designer is Kuai Xiang; he was called “Lu Ban Kuai” at that time.

During the late years of the Qing dynasty, Tiananmen Square was devastated by the feudalist rule and the eight-power allied forces. However, on 1st October 1949, Tiananmen Square gained on a new image as Chairman Mao announced the world that the People’s Republic of China had been founded.  After that day, Tiananmen Square has been seen as the Holy Land in the eyes of the tens of thousands of Chinese. Today, Tiananmen Square has become the symbol of China; it was designed into Chinese national emblem. Because of its 500—year history from ancient to modern civilizations, Tiananmen Square remains an internationally recognized spot.

Tiananmen Square travel tips

Bell Tower Travel Tips

On September 2, 2011, in Historical Relics, Other Places of Interest, Tours, Travel Info, Xi'an, by Jack Li

Bell Tower is the most magnificent and complete construction of Ming dynasty at present.  As the symbol construction of Xi’an, located on the junction of four streets stretching to four different directions, the splendid and magnificent building is called as “bright pearl of the ancient city”. Best time to Visit Bell Tower Belonging to warm […]

Bell Tower is the most magnificent and complete construction of Ming dynasty at present.  As the symbol construction of Xi’an, located on the junction of four streets stretching to four different directions, the splendid and magnificent building is called as “bright pearl of the ancient city”.

Best time to Visit Bell Tower

Belonging to warm temperate semi-humid continental monsoon climate, Xi’an is a city which has four distinct seasons.  Climate in spring is changeable; summer is hot and rainy; autumn is wet and cool; while because of the shortages of rain and snow, winter is dry and cold.  The average temperature is 13℃.  So the best time to visit Bell Tower is from April to May; from September to October.  In the crossover points of spring, summer and autumn, sunshine is bright and beautiful; weather is warm and pleasant.  The two periods are perfect for the visitors to have a taste of Xi’an.

Bell Tower Tickets

The performance of Bell Tower will be put on six times every day.

Start time of the performances: 9:00am; 10:30am; 11:30am; 15:00pm; 16:00pm; 17:00pm.

Ticket price: 20RMB/person.

Student ticket: 30RMB/coupon ticket.  There is not preferential single ticket.

Warm Tips: 1. Pay attention to your valuables, such as purse, mobile phone and camera.

2. Take legal taxi when you visit Xi’an.  Taxi in Xi’an has the cheapest price in China.

3. The Wild Goose North Square is a distributing centre of Xi’an.  Connect local travel agency and pay 30RMB for the bus and tour guide.  Then you can visit Xi’an in a routine line.  On the way, you can visit the attractions which you prefer.

How to get to Bell Tower

By bus: take bus line603, line 43, line611 and line 205, get off at Bell Tower Station.  Moreover, there are many bus lines going across Bell Tower:

Line300           Line600               Line205           Line46

Express Line605         Express line 600             Express line 606

Express Line630                   Express Line618

Line29               Travel Line7                  Line 236

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Bell Tower

 Bell Tower in Xian, built in 17th year during the reign of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang in Ming Dynasty (AD 1384), is situated in the center of Xian City. There is a big bell hung in it, therefore it is named as ‘Bell Tower’. It is the biggest and most complete one of Chinese ancient bell […]

 Bell Tower in Xian, built in 17th year during the reign of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang in Ming Dynasty (AD 1384), is situated in the center of Xian City. There is a big bell hung in it, therefore it is named as ‘Bell Tower’. It is the biggest and most complete one of Chinese ancient bell towers. Xian is the most important military city in Ming Dynasty. In terms of scale, historical value and artistic value, Xian Bell Tower is the champion of similar buildings. Bell Tower is a three-floor building, built on a square base with bricks and woods. It is 36 meters high. The base is 8.6 meters high. Each side of the base is 35.5 meters long. Its total area is 1377.4 square meters. The overall style of Bell Tower is typical Ming architecture. There is a spiral staircase leading to the top of Bell Tower. The roof is covered with bottle-green glazed tiles and the wall is painted with golden pictures. The rooms of the Bell Tower are decorated with painted pillars and carved beams. And each door of the tower was carved with eight embossments. Each embossment represents an ancient story. The copper-gilt pinnacle is shining under the sunray. From the Bell Tower stretch out four roads in the east, west, north and south. The four roads separately connected with the eastern, western, northern and southern gates of the Ming City Wall. The original site of the Bell Tower was at Guangji Street. In the middle of each side of the base, there is a cave about 6 meters high. It used to be the pass way, as the four roads crossed there. But now it can’t meet the need of traffic flow, so it was closed. Instead of it, around the Bell Tower built highway turntable and under the Bell Tower built souterrain. The Bell Tower in ancient China was used to tell the time, now it becomes one of the symbols of Xian. The bell in the tower, named ‘Jing Yun’, was built in the second year of Jingyun during the reign of Emperor Taizhong in Tang Dynasty. The bell is 2 meters high and 1.5 meters in diameter. It is over five thousand kilograms. The bell was carved with flying cranes and dragons. You could hear the ring of the bell from ten miles. It was first set in the Bell Tower at Guangji Street, afterwards it following the Bell Tower moved to the recent site. The bell we saw is a copy. The real one is in the Shanxi Historical Museum. The ring of the bell was recorded and broadcasted everyday in the Xian Baohua Building.

Bell Tower Story

1.   Why the Bell Tower Moved

It was moved in the 9th year during the reign of Emperor Wangli. In that year, a great earthquake happened in Xian, the Taoist priest Gao Chengzhi said that the earthquake was caused by a ten thousand years old turtle under the earth. So the local government moved the Bell Tower to the entrance of the turtle’s cave in order to threat the turtle. Afterwards earthquake never happened in Xian. The antithetical couplets in the front of the Bell Tower recorded the story.

2. Blow Xiao (a vertical bamboo flute) to attract phoenix: one of the stories on the carved doors

It is a love story about Xiao Shi and Nong Yu. As the story has a mysterious relationship with music, it is very special in the love history of China. It was said that Xiao Shi was a person in the reign of Qin Mugong during Spring and Autumn Period, and he was very good at blowing Xiao. The beautiful sounds can attract the cranes. The loved daughter of Qin Mugong, named Nongyu, was zealous about the music Xiao Shi blew. So she married Xiao Shi, and learned how to blow Xiao like the sounds of phoenix from her husband. Several years later, the sounds she blew really attracted phoenix coming to their house. Qin Mugong heard of that, built a tall building named ‘Phoenix Platform’ for them. In a morning the couple ridded a phoenix and flied away. In memory of the unique couple, people built a temple, named ‘Feng Nv temple’. It was said that sometimes you could hear the sound of blowing Xiao from the temple.

3. Diao Chang: one of the stories on the carved doors

Diao Chang is one of the Four Great Beauties in Chinese ancient time. She was a servant of Wang Yun, who is an officer loyal to the emperor in East Han Dynasty. But the emperor was under the control of a bad officer, named Dong Zhuo. Wang Yun was very worried about that Dong Zhuo will take the throne. Diao Chang told him that she want to share his worries. As Diao Chang was unbelievably beautiful, Wang Yun asked her to seduce Dong Zhuo and his adopted son, Lv Bu, and sow dissension between them. As a result, Lv Bu killed Dong Zhuo in order to get Diao Chang.

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Mount Moon Travel Tips

On September 2, 2011, in Activities, Chinese Towns & Villages, Guilin, Mountain Areas, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Mount Moon is a perfect place for mountain-climbing. The Hole in Mount Moon, the Horn-like Hill, the Rock Hill, the Cat Emerging Hill, and the Butterfly Spring compose a classical route for mountain-climbing. The Hole in Mount Moon is a 20-meter-high and 30-meter-long natural arch bridge. Many good climbers have visited there. If you want […]

Mount Moon is a perfect place for mountain-climbing. The Hole in Mount Moon, the Horn-like Hill, the Rock Hill, the Cat Emerging Hill, and the Butterfly Spring compose a classical route for mountain-climbing. The Hole in Mount Moon is a 20-meter-high and 30-meter-long natural arch bridge. Many good climbers have visited there. If you want to challenge yourself, Mount Moon is definitely one of the best choices.

The Best Time to Visit Mount Moon

The weather in the Yangshuo County is relatively stable throughout the year, so does the scenery there. Because it rains a lot in spring, you may not want to visit Mount Moon in March, April and May. Besides mountain-climbing can be very dangerous when it rains. Summer is not an ideal season to visit Mount Moon either because it can grow very hot during the day. So it is best to schedule your trip for autumn. But if you just want to stop by Mount Moon when you visit other tourist spots in the Yangshuo County, then summer is a better choice.

Best Routes to Visit Mount Moon(no information available)

Tickets to Mount Moon

Ticket Price: RMB 15 per person

Notice: Free of charge for children under 1 meter, half price for children under 1.4 meters.

Opening Hours: 8:00~17:30 everyday

(It takes you 15 minute to reach the end of the Moon Admiring Pass, and 1 hour to reach the summit.)

How to get to Mount Moon

Mount Moon is only 8 kilometers away from the Yangshuo Township. You can choose one of the following options to reach there:

  1. By motor-tricycle

Fare: RMB 4 per person (This is the cheapest way to reach Mount Moon)

  1. By taxi (You can find a taxi anywhere in the Yangshuo Township)
  2. By bicycle

Fare: RMB 10~40 for one bike one day (The price changes with the tourist seasons. It is the best way to enjoy the beautiful landscape of Mount Moon. Ride along the 321 National Highway, and it will take you one hour to reach the mountain. )

Notice: If you stay in a hotel in Guilin, you need to take a tourist bus to reach the Yangshuo Township first. There is a tourist bus leaving for Yangshuo at Guilin Bus Station every 15 minutes.

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The Cultural Relics in Mount Moon

On September 2, 2011, in Guilin, Historical Relics, More Cities, Mountain Areas, by Jack Li

The cultural relic of Three Drops of Water is at the foot of Mount Moon. The site of the relic stretches along the southwest side of the Mountain, and covers an area of 1 square kilometers. The relic had been hidden in earth for a long time and was not discovered by local residents until […]

The cultural relic of Three Drops of Water is at the foot of Mount Moon. The site of the relic stretches along the southwest side of the Mountain, and covers an area of 1 square kilometers. The relic had been hidden in earth for a long time and was not discovered by local residents until 1984 when they were laying the foundations to build a new school there. The builders were surprised when a terracotta jar and a zax appeared under their shovels. They dug on and found out that in the 30-cm-thick ash layer below the ground surface there was a large amount of pottery shards. The news got out and many archaeologists came to have a look. They soon defined the site and put it in the Neolithic Stone Age. It was named “Three Drops of Water” after the village where it is. Now the Three Drops of Water Cultural Relic has been listed as county-level-class heritage.

Another cultural relic, the White City Cultural Relic, is not far from Three Drops of Water. It is to the east of a highway that runs past Mount Moon. It is the remains of an ancient city built in 1106 in the Song Dynasty. At that time the city was named “the City of Peace”. Compared to Three Drops of Water, the White City Cultural Relic is much larger in size, covering an area of a total of 6.4 square kilometers.

Mount Moon

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Yulong River Travel Tips

On September 1, 2011, in Activities, Guilin, Rivers & Gorges, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

It is a pity that you have been to Guilin but did’t visit the Lijiang River. However, it is a greater pity that you have been to Yangshuo but din’t visit the Yulong River. Activities such as bamboo raft and drifting began on Yulong River since January, 2001. In fact, it was several photographers who […]

It is a pity that you have been to Guilin but did’t visit the Lijiang River. However, it is a greater pity that you have been to Yangshuo but din’t visit the Yulong River. Activities such as bamboo raft and drifting began on Yulong River since January, 2001. In fact, it was several photographers who suggested local fishermen to manage these activities. During holidays like May Day and National Day, over 100 bamboo rafts are extremely busy from morning to night and are booked up soon everyday. Drifting begins at 6am and then ends at 8pm.

Best time to visit Yulong River

The best time to visit Yulong River is from April to November, which is also the peak season of Guilin’s tourism industry. In March and April, water is quite clear and grasses are verdant. Fields on the two sides of Yulong River are filled with colorful wide flowers. What comes into your eyes is charming vividness, pure and fresh, gladden the heart and please the eye. At the moment, water of Yulong River looks particularly limpid and verdurous, which owes to the deposition of the whole winter and the fresh spring rain. The peculiar litte bitty stinging rain in spring makes the mountain peak be permeated with thick fog and smoke, looks as if a fairyland. In June and July, Yulong River becomes dynamic and vigorous. Water fighting with several friends and swimming in the river can give you a refreshing experience.

Yulong River Tickets

Location: Yangshuo County in Guilin.

Tickets: walking tours and bike tours along Yulong River are free of charge.

Drifting: charge based on the mileage, ranging from 120 yuan to 240 yuan.

Opening time: 8:30 to 18:00

How to get to Yulong River

By bus

  1. Take the bus at Yangshuo Station (3 yuan/person), get off at Jinbao crossing of Basha Town. Then you can take motorcycle to Yulong Village, which takes 20 minutes.
  2. Take midibus at Yangshuo Station (5 yuan/person), get off at the entrance of Yulong Village or Jinlong Bridge.

By taxi: 40 yuan

By bike: 70 minutes

By car (self-driving): Enter from Hezhou or Guilin, go along the G65 Baomao Express, then turn right at the exit of Jinbao Road, driving forward one kilometer to Yulong Bridge. (you can see a direction board of Yulong Village here).

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Jiuxian Village

Jiuxian Village is a famous attraction alongside the Yulong River which was built 1400 years ago. During the period of the forth year of Tang Wude to the first year of Zhenguan (621A.D.-627A.D.), this place was called Guiyi County. The most interesting and attractive view of Jiuxian Village is the ancient hamlets and folk houses, […]

Jiuxian Village is a famous attraction alongside the Yulong River which was built 1400 years ago. During the period of the forth year of Tang Wude to the first year of Zhenguan (621A.D.-627A.D.), this place was called Guiyi County. The most interesting and attractive view of Jiuxian Village is the ancient hamlets and folk houses, which is also the soul of the whole Yulong River scenic spot. The hamlets and folk houses are of antique beauty and on twisted paths trough twilight shades. Most of the buildings are made of blue bricks and green tiles. We should pay more attention to the entrance, for the door heads, door cases, thresholds and stepping-stones are all made of wide, thick and smooth marbles, which are of extraordinary magnificence and texture. In front of the folk houses are several pairs of stone carvings, with the auspicious design of propitious cloud, dragons and phoenixes, lions and fishes. Additionally, there are also memorial arch with the letters “Yu Gate”.

Yulong River

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