A Day at Summer Palace

On December 29, 2010, in Beijing, Featured China Stories, Summer Palace, by Jack Li

During your china travel, don’t forget to Travel to Beijing and check out The Summer Palace for its amazing parks and outstanding view. The Summer Palace is a very popular tourist’s destination but it also serves as a recreational park for everyone. In December 1998, UNESCO has included the Summer Palace on its World Heritage […]

During your china travel, don’t forget to Travel to Beijing and check out The Summer Palace for its amazing parks and outstanding view. The Summer Palace is a very popular tourist’s destination but it also serves as a recreational park for everyone. In December 1998, UNESCO has included the Summer Palace on its World Heritage List. So it is definitely and must-see destination.

The Summer Palace or Yihe Yuan means the “Garden of Nurtured Harmony” and it is a palace in Beijing and it is located in the northwest of Beijing’s centre; it is easily accessible from most parts of the city. It was mainly dominated by Longevity Hill which is 60 meters high and the Kunming Lake. It also covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometres and three quarters of which is water. The central Kunming Lake which covers 2.2 square kilometres was entirely man made and excavated soils were used to build the Longevity Hill. You can find a variety of palaces, gardens and other classical-style architecture structures that will just blow you away. So do wear comfortable shoes and also camera as there are lots to take.

One of the View in Summer Palace

During your visit around Summer Palace, if you are lucky, you would get to see a man doing calligraphy on the pavement just infront of the lake and also if you do visit the Summer Palace during winter season, you would get to ice-skate in the huge lake in front of the Summer Palace. Also, there is not much variety of food that is being sold around the Summer Palace so it is best to eat before you visit.

Calligraphy Work

A Brief History of Summer Palace:

When the Jin Dynasty emperor Wanyan Liang moved his capital to the Beijing area, he had a Gold Mountain Palace built on the site of the hill. In the Yuan Dynasty, the hill was renamed from Gold Mountain to Jug Hill (Weng Shan). The name change is explained by a legend according to which a jar with a treasure inside was once found on the hill. The loss of the jar is said to have coincided with the fall of the Ming Dynasty as had been predicted by its finder.

The Qianlong Emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911), who commissioned work on the imperial gardens on the hill in the 1749, gave Longevity Hills its present-day name in 1752, in celebration of his mothers 60th Birthday. The hill is about 60 meters high and houses many buildings positioned in sequence. The front hill is rich in the splendid halls and pavilions, while at the back hill, in sharp contrast, is quiet with natural beauty.

Things to see in the Summer Palace:

 

 

The Seventeen-Arch Bridge

1)      You can paddle boat across the lake to enjoy amazing views of the Summer Palace and Longevity Hill.

 

2)      Visit the Seventeen-Arch Bridge.

3)      Check out the Marble Boat in the grounds of the Summer Palace.

4)      Check out the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity.

5)      Visit the Tower of Buddhist Incense.

6)      Climb up Longevity Hill to the Summer Palace.

7)      Walk through the Long Corridor.

The Long Corridor

Address: The Summer Palace, Haidian District.

Opening Hours: 7.00am to 5.00pm (Nov 1 to March 31), 6.30am to 6.00pm (April 1 to Oct 31).

So go on and book your Beijing Tours and come experience Beijing for yourself!

Visit to Jingshan Park

On December 27, 2010, in Cool Places, Featured China Stories, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Whenever you Travel to Beijing, don’t forget to check out some of Beijing’s most famous and beautiful Parks. Just choose from any of your China Tours and have an amazing trip to any of the parks around. Last week, I went and visited Jingshan Park with my friends and it was a great day to […]

Whenever you Travel to Beijing, don’t forget to check out some of Beijing’s most famous and beautiful Parks. Just choose from any of your China Tours and have an amazing trip to any of the parks around.

Last week, I went and visited Jingshan Park with my friends and it was a great day to visit the park as the weather was not that cold and the tour groups was just about to leave when we reach so the park was not that crowded. The park is very big so it is best to wear comfortable shoes as there are few hills to climb up. The park is just near the Houhai Park so you can either take a bus there or go by taxi from Houhai Park and the fare will only cost you about 10 yuan.

One of the Peaks in Jingshan Park

Jingshan Park is situated north of the Palace museum. From the Yuan Dynasty onwards, this area was a “forbidden garden”. It was opened to the public in 1928, it then formally became a park after 1949.  It has a 45.7 metre high artificial hill that was constructed on the Yongle era of the Ming Dynasty. The park is situated just north of the Forbidden City on the central axis of Beijing and the park consists of five individual peaks. On the top of each peak lies an elaborate pavilion and it was used by officials for gathering and leisure purposes. These five peaks also draw the approximate historical axis of the central Beijing so the views from all the five peaks are very beautiful

The Park is especially popular for the elderly people and they would socialise and gather amongst their friends. They would also do some exercise and Tai Chi in the park during the day. One can also often find elderly folks dancing and singing opera. During the weekends, you can also find groups of middle-aged and elderly people performing kuai ban on the south side of the hill and you can also join in the fun with them. Kuai ban is an oral storytelling performance that is popular in the northern China.

View of the Forbidden City from one of the Peak

Address: Jingshan Qianjie, Xicheng District.

Entry Ticket: 2 Yuan.

So whenever you want to relax and go for a hike or walk during your Beijing Tours, come and visit Jingshan Park and be blown away by the beautiful sceneries around the park.

Night club listings for Beijing

On December 22, 2010, in Beijing, Nightlife, Shopping, by Jack Li

When on your china travel get ready for club festivities with a list of clubs in Beijing easily accessible from your Beijing Hotels. This list includes club name, location and time of entry:       The Beach Address: Block 8,West Gate of Chaoyang Park, 朝阳公园西门8号公馆内 Opening times: 9pm-Late, Daily Entrance: Wednesday and Thursday 50RMB […]

When on your china travel get ready for club festivities with a list of clubs in Beijing easily accessible from your Beijing Hotels. This list includes club name, location and time of entry:

 

 

The Beach

 

The Beach

Address: Block 8,West Gate of Chaoyang Park,
朝阳公园西8号公

Opening times: 9pm-Late, Daily

Entrance: Wednesday and Thursday 50RMB Friday and Saturday 100rmb.

The beds are 2,000RMB which includes the entrance fee for 10 people and two bottles of Greygoose vodka. Cabanas are 3,000RMB including 3 bottles of Greygoose.

Most cocktails are between 55-100RMB

Bar Blue

Bar Blu

Address: No.8 Chaoyang Park Road (South Gate of Chaoyang Park), ChaoyangQu, Beijing, China

( 北京市朝阳区朝阳公园路8号(朝阳公园南门) )

Phone: +86 (0)10 6416 7567, 13522268845·  6417 4124

Opening times: Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-6am

Entrance: Free on listed nights for females

 

Lan Club

 

LAN Club兰会

Address: 4/F Twin Tower, B12 Jianguomen Waidajie,
建国门外大街B12双子座大厦4层

Directions: LAN is located in the LG towers across from Silk Market

Contact: 5109-6012/13

Opening times: 11am-late
 

White Rabbit

 

White Rabbit

 

Address: F/2, Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Back Street,
三里屯后街同里2层

Directions:

Contact: 133-2112-3678

Opening times: 8pm-late, Wednesday-Sunday

 

 

Chocolate Club

Address: 朝阳区日坛北路19号19 Ritan Bei Lu (just south of Alien Street Market), Chaoyang district

Type: Night clubs

Mobile: 8561 3988

If this account has inspired you to want to come to China book your travels now and click China Hotels.

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Touring around Ming Tombs

On December 22, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Featured China Stories, by Jack Li

During your china travel, don’t forget to include your visit to the Ming Tombs as part of your Beijing Tours as it is a place where history is written and stored. I was on tour to Ming Tombs during the weekend and the place just blew me away. So many stories to read and so […]

During your china travel, don’t forget to include your visit to the Ming Tombs as part of your Beijing Tours as it is a place where history is written and stored. I was on tour to Ming Tombs during the weekend and the place just blew me away. So many stories to read and so many sites to see that you will need an energise brain and comfortable walking shoes when walking around Ming Tombs as the area is very big. The view at the place is also very beautiful so I suggest that you would bring your camera as well.

Picture of Ming Tombs

Slight information about the Ming Tombs:

The Ming Tombs is located in a broad valley to the south of Tianshou (Longevity of Heaven) Mountain in Changping County, about 50 kilometres northwest of Beijing proper. To the southwest of this valley, a branch of the Yanshan Range suddenly breaks off and forms a natural gateway to the 40-square kilometre basin in which the tombs were built. This gateway is “defended” on each side by the Dragon and Tiger hills, which are said to protect this sacred area from winds carrying evil influences. Thirteen out of the 16 Ming emperors are buried in this peaceful valley.

Ming Tombs Memorial Archway

When touring in the Ming tombs, we first passed by an elegant, five-arched white marble memorial archway. It was built in 1540 and it is 29 meters wide and 14 meters high. Attached to it has a delicate carvings of lions, dragons, and lotuses, and it is still in near-perfect condition. About one kilometre to the northeast of this archway stands the Great Red Gate (Dahongmen), which is the outermost gate of the entire mortuary complex.

The largest and best preserved tomb is the Changling. It is built on a south-facing slope and the Changling’s three courtyards are entirely surrounded by walls. The first courtyard extends from the massive three-arched entrance gate to the Gate of Eminent Favor (Long’ enmen); on the east of this courtyard stands a pavilion, which contains a stone tablet, a stone camel and a stone dragon.

There are lots to see besides the Tombs, for example, you can check out the Ding Ling treasures and other artefacts from the Ming Dynasty and the Wanli Emperors. There are also a lot of things that were made of gold and different types of emperor’s crown that are displayed there.

Crown of Empress

So Travel to Beijing now and have a tour to Ming Tombs and be amaze at this must-see destination!

Great Wall of China

On December 21, 2010, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, by Jack Li

On your next Beijing Tours the or on even as part of your China Tours the Great Wall is a trip that will leave your breathless and awestruck. Having just visited the site of one of the Modern Wonders of the World, its immensity leaves you with no doubt that it should be so called. […]

On your next Beijing Tours the or on even as part of your China Tours the Great Wall is a trip that will leave your breathless and awestruck. Having just visited the site of one of the Modern Wonders of the World, its immensity leaves you with no doubt that it should be so called. The Great Wall of China was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. Just like a chinese dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across the landscape, traversing deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 5,500 miles from east to west of China. With a history of more than 2000 years, some of the sections are now in ruins or have disappeared. However, it is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance and around 1.5 million people flock here every year to marvel in its splendour.

The Great Wall has three main sections that you can visit from Beijing, the Badaling, Mutianyu and Jinshanling and Simatai sections.

Badaling

The most popular section of the Great Wall that gets visited year after year is 50 miles northwest of Beijing. This area has seen a large increase in development, including hotels, restaurants and a cable car; this is most likely why it is the most visited section of the wall. This part of the wall has undergone the heaviest restoration and has only been open to tourists for the last 53 years, the first section of the wall to do so. The easiest way to get here is either to hire a taxi for the day, which if you have some good bargaining skills can cost 400RMB whilst on the meter it would be around 800RMB. Or if your personal bargaining skills are not so good I would recommend the Badaling Expressway which connects Badaling with central Beijing.

Mutianyu

The second section of the wall is not as popular as the Badaling section but it is the best quality and has the largest construction scale of any section of the wall.  Like the Badaling section, Mutianyu has a cable car for those who are not able to walk the Great Wall section, which takes about 2hrs depending on your fitness. However, unlike the Badaling, Jinshanling and Simatai sections, Mutianyu contains a metal toboggan ride that you can ride down from the wall.

Jinshanling and Simatai

Even though this is not the most visited section of the Great Wall, the Jinshanling and Simatai is the most authentic of the available sections near Beijing. However, this is a day hike from one section of the wall to the other, so if your unfit I wouldn’t recommend this. It boasts the most breathtaking scenery of the three sections and is more isolated. So if you do not like crowds this part of the wall is for you.

So when you are on your Beijing Tours, take the day to visit this amazing piece of architecture and culture that has survived the test of time.

Xiu Bar

On December 20, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, Nightlife, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Now many of my articles have been about place to go out, to eat or to drink. So you would think that I would want to write about something else, this is true, but I wanted to tell you about a place that I had one of the most memorable nights since whilst visiting Beijing. […]

Now many of my articles have been about place to go out, to eat or to drink. So you would think that I would want to write about something else, this is true, but I wanted to tell you about a place that I had one of the most memorable nights since whilst visiting Beijing. Next time you are on your China tours XIU Bar is a venue that you do not want to miss. Located on the 6th floor of the Yintai Centre, this garden terrace bar is a must visit whilst on Beijing Tours.  Being one of Beijing’s hot spots this bar is an elegant venue, blending traditional Chinese architecture with modern elements making the bar very chic.

It has won numerous awards during 2010, including The Bar with the most beautiful people award and the Best place for singles award, which it definitely deserves, so if you are looking for companionship this would be a recommended bar to go to.

XIU Bar contains five separate bars and lounges including a cigar room for those who wish to relax from the hustle and bustle that is found in most bars, a wine bar, a bar that specializes in vodka and martinis and the main bar which contains a funky live band and a dance floor for anyone who desires to strut their stuff.

The outside area is particularly impressive with wide terraces that allow you to enjoy drinks and freshly barbecued food whilst surrounded by the neon-lit, high-rise cityscape of booming Beijing.

However, do be warned, XIU Bar is expensive as bars go in Beijing. Entry is 100RMB though this does also include a complimentary glass of champagne. Drinks are on the higher price range with martinis around 70RMB, mojitos costing 65RMB and many different wines varying between 60-140RMB a glass. But considering XIU has a daily happy hour from 5-8pm it is relatively easy to avoid spending too much of your wages here. Ladies night is on Thursday’s allowing women to receive free vodka drinks from 10pm until 1am and for the other half of us 30% off Grey Goose Vodka. But for all those Latin lovers out there then Tuesday is the evening to hit this bar as its Mundo Latino x Magic Tequila night where it is 20% of a bottle of tequila, buy 5 Coronas for 180RMB and enjoy some Latin music.

So next time you are on your Beijing Tours, give this bar a visit. I promise it is definitely worth the effort and the money.

Address:

XIU Bar: 6F, Park Life, Beijing Yintai Centre, 2 Jianguomenwai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100022

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Local Snacks in Beijing

On December 20, 2010, in Beijing, Featured China Stories, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

When you Travel to Beijing, the one thing you must do is to try their local snacks as there are some of the most unique and delicious food that you can only find in Beijing. During your China Tours, make sure to go to some of the street stalls or restaurant to try out the […]

When you Travel to Beijing, the one thing you must do is to try their local snacks as there are some of the most unique and delicious food that you can only find in Beijing. During your China Tours, make sure to go to some of the street stalls or restaurant to try out the snacks. You won’t miss any of them as they are located everywhere in the streets and restaurants in Beijing.

Here are some famous local snacks and where you can get them:

Soybean-flour Cake (Lv Da Gun)

Soybean-flour Cake (Lv Da Gun)

This bean-flour cake, or Lv Da Gun in Chinese, is one of the longest-established snacks in Beijing. It is mainly made up of soybean flour and at the end of the preparation, the bean-flour cake rolls in the soybean flour, which in turn will look like a donkey rolling over in dust. Its features are smelly, glutinous and it has a thick smell of soybean flour. Most of the local people remember its nickname instead. Bean-flour cakes are available in snack restaurants in Beijing.

Address: No.12. Nancaiyuan, Xuanwu District.

Open Time: Daily 10.00am to 10.00pm

Phone: 86-10-63547846

Average cost: RMB 30-80 per person.

Wonton (Huntun)

Wonton (Huntun)

Most of you would already know what wonton is, but if you don’t then this is brief information about these famous wontons. Wontons which are also called Huntun in the Mandarin pronunciation, is a type of dumpling commonly found in a number of Chinese cuisines. Each region of China has its own variations of wonton, examples include Beijing, Sichuan, Hubei, Jiangnan, Jiangxi, Guangdong (Cantonese), Fijian etc. Like any other form of wrap, wonton wrappers can be made at home from fresh dough and the fillings are typically made up of mince pork, coarsely diced or whole shrimp, finely minced ginger and onions, sesame oil and soy sauce. These wontons are very delicious and once you tried it, there is no turning back as it does get very addictive.

Address:  No. 1, Lungfusi Fore Street, Dongcheng District.

Opening Time: Daily 10.00am to 9.00pm

Phone: 86-10-64060668

Zhajiang Mian (Fried Sauce Noodles)

Zhajiang Mian

Zhajiang Mian or fried sauce noodles is a northern Chinese dish consisting of thick wheat noodles topped with a mixture of ground pork stir-fried with fermented soybean paste. In Beijing cuisine, yellow soybean paste is used, while in Tianjin and other parts of China, sweet noodle sauce, hoisin sauce, or doubanjiang may be used to place the yellow soybean paste. Some Chinese restaurant may refer to Zhajiang Mian as “brown meat sauce noodles” or “noodles with fried bean and meat sauce”. It is sometimes referred to as the “Chinese spaghetti” in the west, which is symmetrical to the Chinese calling spaghetti Bolognese “western Zhajiang Mian”.

Address: No. 29, Chong Wen Men Wai Street.

Opening Time: Daily 10.00am to 9.00pm

Phone: 86-10-67056705

Baked Bean Cake (Ha Ma Tu Mi)

Baked Bean Cake

Baked Bean Cake or Hu Ma Tu Mi in Chinese is a well-known local snack in Beijing and it is very delicious. It is named after its bean filling and in the process of preparation; the cake is split on top of the bun for the bean filling to pop out.

Address: No.1, Lungfusi Fore Street, Dongcheng District.

Opening Time: Daily 10.00am to 9.00pm

Phone: 86-10-64060668

Average Cost: RMB 10-30 per person.

Jiao Quan (Fried Ring)

Jiao Quan

Jiao Quan (Fried Ring) is also a household snack in Beijing. It is a snack that is commonly had with baked cake or soybean milk. In Beijing, there was a Jiao Quan King, a former cook in Nanlaishun Restaurant. He is so talented and his skills was just amazing that each Jiao Quan that he made was the same shape and has a perfectly golden skin.

Address: No.1, Lungfusi Fore Street, Dongcheng District.

Opening Time: Daily 10.00am to 9.00pm

Phone: 86-10-64060668

Average Cost: RMB 10-30 per person.

So if this has inspired you to go to Beijing and fill you stomach with all these delicious snacks, then book your China Flights now and enjoy!

Shopping Centres Around Beijing

On December 17, 2010, in Cool Places, Must-sees, Shopping, by Jack Li

There are lots to do during your china travel and shopping is one of them.  Travel to Beijing as there are more than 13,000 retail stores in the city and it is scattered in every corner. The goods that are sold in Beijing markets are branded stuff, special and new products and from various parts […]

There are lots to do during your china travel and shopping is one of them.  Travel to Beijing as there are more than 13,000 retail stores in the city and it is scattered in every corner. The goods that are sold in Beijing markets are branded stuff, special and new products and from various parts of the country.

Today, Beijing has 10 famous shopping streets and some of the more famous stores and bazaar are described here. The famous shopping street includes the Wangfujing, Dongdanbei, Longfusi, Xidanbei, Qianmen and Xiusuhi streets, and Liulichang Cultural Street. These streets boast modern malls and boutiques or special articles shops and they also provide various kinds of services.

Wangfujing Street:

This is the most famous shopping centre in Beijing as it boasts many reputed shops such as New Dong’an Bazaar, Department Store, Arts and Crafts Mansion, Foreign Language Bookstore, Shengxifu Hat Store, Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant and Vegetarian Restaurant. Wangfujin is a fairly long street, so do wear comfortable shoes as it does get tiring. A walk to the end would take you about 30 minutes and that’s only if you don’t look at any shops.

Address: Dongcheng District, Wangfujing Avenue (Wang Fu Jing Da Jie).

Wangfujing Street

Qianmen Shopping Street:

This is an ancient shopping street outside Qianmen Gate. It is sided by various shops and restaurants so you wouldn’t feel bored when walking around the streets.  The Dashilar Tourist and Pedestrian Street have many old shops such as Tongrentang Pharmacy, Neilanshang Shoe Shop, Ruifuxiang Silk and Cotton Fabrics Shop, Quanyechang, Zhang Yiyuan Tea Store and Majuyuan Hat Store.

Address: Qianmen Street, Chongwen District, Beijing.

Qianmen Shopping Street

Liulichang Cultural Street:

This street is lined by shops including Rongbaozhai Studio, Cultural Relics Shop, Yanjiang Calligraphic Work and Painting Studio, Zhenyun Building for selling jewellery, Yide Building for selling ink sticks and red in paste used for seals, Four Treasure of the Study for selling writing brushes, Jigu Building for Duplicating cultural relics and Cuiwen Building for selling seals.

Address: Sou Xin Hua, Beijing, 10051.   Tel: 010-81191011.

Xiushui Silk Street:

Xiushui Silk Street is one of the famous clothing markets in Beijing. It attracts domestic and foreign tourists with various styles, colours and materials and most of the stuffs are cheap in prices. Be ready to bargain too as some vendors might increase the prices of the clothes. Commodities mainly sold in Silk Street are shoes, bags and cases, leather, famous brand, casual wear, fashion clothing, cowboy series, sports leisure attire, knitted dresses and many more. There are also various snacks that are sold there and even Beijing Roast duck can be found there.

Address: No.8, Xiushui Dongjie Chaoyang, Beijing.

The Insides of Beijing Xiushui Silk Street

Ruifuxiang Silk and Cotton Fabrics Shop:

This shop was open in the first year of the reign of the Qing Emperor Tongzhi and has a history of more than 120 years. It has branches in Beijing and Tianjin and the shops handles 10,000 kinds of silk, woollen and cotton textiles. If you are thinking of making and designing your own clothes then there are also tailors in the shop that can make items such as cheongsams and padded silk jackets.

Address: 190 Wangfujinh Dajie Just north of Gongmei Dasha.   Tel: 86-10-63032880

Ruifuxiang Silk Market

Friendship Store:

This store provides services mainly for foreign visitors. It handles silk fabrics, gold and silver jewelry, jade, carved ivory goods, embroidery and cloisonné. Also it has a cafe room, a flower and pot plant selection, a tailor’s shop, a clock and watch repair shop and a shipment consigning and collection section for providing such services as packing, shipping, mall orders, customs declaration and appreciating cultural relics.

Address: No.17, Jianguomenwai Ave.   Tel: 86-10-65003311.

Cultural Relics Shop:

This has 11 selling stores including Baoshizhai, Yunguzhai, Yueyatang and Qingyuntaing studios. It deals with pottery and porcelain from different historical periods, gold and silver jewellery, ancient coins, bamboo, wood and ivory carvings, hard wood furniture, painting and calligraphic works, rubbing from stone inscriptions and seals. Yueyatang Studio sells ancient arts and crafts.

Address: 64 Liulichang E. St.   Tel: 86-10-63017433.

If this has made you excited to shop in Beijing then Check out China Tours and book your flight and start shopping!

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Travel Guide and Ideas for Hohhot

On December 17, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Featured China Stories, by Jack Li

When you’re on your china travel Hohhot is definitely a must see city in China.  Hohhot has much to offer through its cultural background.  If you’re travelling or looking in from your China Hotels don’t forget to explore this beautiful destination which is a city in north-central China set in the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, […]

When you’re on your china travel Hohhot is definitely a must see city in China.  Hohhot has much to offer through its cultural background.  If you’re travelling or looking in from your China Hotels don’t forget to explore this beautiful destination which is a city in north-central China set in the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, serving as the region’s administrative, economic, and cultural centre.

North city Hohhot

Hohhot is a city with a rich cultural background and is known for its historical sites and temples and is one of the major tourist destinations of Inner Mongolia.  It is also nationally known as the home of China’s dairy giants Mengniu and Yili, and was declared “Dairy Capital of China” by the China Dairy Association and the Dairy Association of China in 2005”.  The name given to the city in Mongolia means “Blue City”.  The color blue city in Mongolian culture is associated with the sky, eternity and purity; in Chinese, the name can be translated as Qing Cheng literally “Blue/Green City”.

Because Hohhot is renowned for sightseeing, in this article I will give you some Tips & Ideas on things to do in Hohhot.  Hohhot is a famous historical and cultural city along the north boundary. Hohhot is home to more than 50 temples.  Also, as a pearl of grassland, the natural surrounding of Hohhot is particularly amazing.  Firstly you can visit;

Dazhao Temple: This place is in the old city of Hohhot.  This is the earliest temple in Hohhot with a history of over 400 years.  The temple is entirely patterned after Chinese temples except for the main hall, which is patterned after a Tibetan Lama temple.  In the middle of the Buddha hall sits a silver Buddha statue, this provides Dazhao Temple an alternative from the Silver Buddha Temple.

Hohhot Temple

Because Hohhot is on the edge of Mongolian district to the country side there are many Grass land areas near Hohhot which tourists can visit:

Gegentala Grassland: Gegentala Grassland is 145 kilometers (90 miles) from Hohhot.  Gegentala Grassland means summer camp or a resort from the heat in Mongolian.  The travel resort is near where princes used to live.  Here, tourists can enjoy beautiful scenery of grassland, the hospitality of herdsmen and the experience of camel riding, horse racing, archery, wrestling etc.  As a 4A class tourism spot, Gegentala Grassland tourism centre had been well developed with accommodation gers, restaurants and entertainment centres.

Xilamuren Grassland: A typical altiplano praire, with exuberant grass and vigorous wildflowers in summer and autumn.  Situated 100 kilometers from Hohhot, there is a grassland known as Zhaoho because of it Lama Temple-Puhui Temple.  Behind Puhu Temple flows Xilamuren River, yellow river in Mongolian.  Tourists can go across the bridge to Abinlebao Hill to admire the boundless praire.

Aobao: A stone pile, was originally a land mark in the boundless grassland.  As the grassland was far away from mountains, people gradually began to regard Aobao as a mountain where they could worship gods.  Such worship ceremonies can last several days and are also used as an opportunity for young people to date.   The famous folk song Date at Aobao may be a product of this custom.  It is also said that if you pick up a stone and walk around Aobao three times in a clockwise direction, make a wish, and then put the stone back at Aobao, your wish will be fulfilled.

Zhaojun Tomb: is one of the eight major sights in Hohhot.  It is located near Hei He River, 9km from Hohhot.  Zhaojun was one of the four ancient belles.  She was married to the King of Hun by the Han Emperor for political reasons.   Zhaojun Tomb is also known as Green Tomb since story has it that every autumn the grass on the tomb remains lush while all the rest dies with the season.  The scenery surrounding the tomb varies from morning to evening, adding a touch of mystery to its beauty.

Lastly but not least those interested in history, the Inner Mongolia Museum would be a good place to visit and Wandu Huayanjing Pagoda, one of Chinas Five – Pagoda Temples in Hohhot also known as Wuta Si Jingang Zuo Sheli Baota and Xilituzhao Palace which is the largest Lama temple, these are also the most popular Buddhism resorts in Hohhot.

Hohhot is a destination that can fulfil you with joy so click China Tours now and see what’s over the horizon.

Five-Pagoda Temple (Wutasi)

On December 16, 2010, in Cool Places, Featured China Stories, Must-sees, by Jack Li

During your china travel, it is most likely that you would visit different types of Temples and it is not a surprise as Beijing has a lot of beautiful and amazing temples around. China Tours would also have different types of tours that take you to all these temples and it is no doubt that […]

During your china travel, it is most likely that you would visit different types of Temples and it is not a surprise as Beijing has a lot of beautiful and amazing temples around. China Tours would also have different types of tours that take you to all these temples and it is no doubt that you will feel amaze on how well the temples are structured and built.

The Five-Pagoda Temple is a must-see destination as it is a very popular temple in Beijing and the architectural style of the temple is just breathtaking. The temple is situated about 200 meters to the northwest of Beijing Zoo. Its original name, the Temple of True Awakening (Zhenjuesi), was later changed to the Temple of Great Righteous Awakening (Dazhengjuesi). Today, however, it is popularly referred to as the Five-Pagoda Temple.

Five-Pagoda Temple

The structure of the Five Pagodas is known in Buddhist terminology as the “diamond throne pagoda” style, wherein five small pagodas stand on a large square foundation known as the “throne”.  The architectural style of the temple is no mere imitation of its Indian prototype, but displays bold innovation: the height of the throne foundation was raised, the height of the pagodas was reduced, and typical Chinese glazes tiles were added.

The square throne foundation is 17 meters high and the five pagodas rise from their rectangular bases on top of this foundation where one in each of the four corners and the fifth in the center. The four walls of the foundation are carved with rows of Buddhas (the One Thousand Sagacious Buddhas) as well as bas-reliefs of Buddhists symbols, floral design and Sanskrit letters. The five pagodas are also covered with similar carvings on a small scale.

Address: No. 24, Wutaisi Cun, Baishiqiao, Haidan District.

Entry Ticket: 20 Yuan

Opening Hours: 9:00 Am to 4:00 Pm

Tel: 86-10-62173543

It is no wonder that a lot of people come to visit this temple everyday. So if this temple catches your interest, then Travel to Beijing and experience it for yourself!

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