Shop ‘Til You Drop’ at the Beijing Silk Market

On September 5, 2011, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Shopping, by Jack Li

One of the Must See Attractions when you travel to Beijing is the enormous six storey Silk Market. It is very convenient on the subway from most Beijing hotels and taxi prices are reasonable, just be sure to get the chinese name for where you are going as there is a very high chance the driver […]

One of the Must See Attractions when you travel to Beijing is the enormous six storey Silk Market. It is very convenient on the subway from most Beijing hotels and taxi prices are reasonable, just be sure to get the chinese name for where you are going as there is a very high chance the driver will not speak any English.

You will find a huge amount of stalls selling a variety of merchandise, and there is an entrance directly from Yong’anli subway station which brings you into the centre of the action, starting at the lower floors selling mostly handbags and shoes. Goods are mostly imitations of well known designer and high street brands, although non branded items are available alongside this. All the big brands are here including Chanel, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin etc and there is quite a range of high street from Adidas to Zara.


The pedestrian entrance walking from the subway to the market itself is also worth a look, as it sells a range of trinkets, magnets, gadgets and stationary – perfect as a gift for someone back home! There are also unusual inventions here that you would expect to see in Asia, for instance a mini fish tank complete with a built in alarm clock, side light and pen holder!

 

You can catch the lift or take escalators up to the further levels selling clothing, electronics, jewellery, children’s toys and homeware products, you name it and there is a high chance it is probably for sale at the market somewhere! Even newer and less obvious brands are replicated at the Silk Market, for example Cath Kidston’s iconic floral printed accessories and the very popular Lelli Kelly embellished children’s shoes.

 

There are many restaurants and snack stalls around, they appear to be more concentrated on the higher levels and prices are reasonable. The famous Quanjude Peking Duck restaurant has a space on the sixth floor and there are also other food options such as a McDonalds within walking distance.

The market is extremely busy, usually attracting around 50,000 visitors on a daily basis, therefore the sellers are very experienced and will start with extortionate prices. Be prepared to haggle hard as the starting price is likely to be hugely inflated, it is possible for a starting price of 5000 RMB to be haggled down to around 80 RMB. It is easy to spend all day there, exploring the various stalls and different quality of items available.

 

If you are after a slightly easier time with more chance of a bargain or just a tiny bit more space it may be worth visiting in the early morning or evening, as the market is open daily from 9am until 9pm, however due to the guaranteed hoards of potential customers you may still end up paying more than you should be.

 

If you are unsure about navigating the market or the sights and sounds of china, there are many Beijing tours available including specialist shopping tours. There are options for whatever length you require, including multi trip tours that also visit other major Chinese places of interest such as Shanghai and Xian.

Xian Great Mosque

On August 16, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Transportation, Xi'an, by Jack Li

When embarking on China Travels you not only come across a culinary adventure there are also many cultural experiences that are a world apart from what one presumes as being ‘normal’. Hence, it is advised that you book your China Tour and begin exploring new heights. Located near the Drum Tower on Huajue Lane of […]

When embarking on China Travels you not only come across a culinary adventure there are also many cultural experiences that are a world apart from what one presumes as being ‘normal’. Hence, it is advised that you book your China Tour and begin exploring new heights.

Located near the Drum Tower on Huajue Lane of Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China, is the oldest and one of the most renowned mosques in the country founded in the year 742 (according to historical records engraved on a stone tablet inside). The Great Mosque in Xian is one of the largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China.

It was built and renovated in later periods, especially during the reign of Emperor Hongwu of the Ming Dynasty. Even today it remains a popular tourist site of Xi’an, and is still used by Chinese Muslims as a place of worship. Unlike most mosques in Middle Eastern or Arab countries, the Great Mosque of Xi’an is completely Chinese in its construction and architectural style, except for some Arabic lettering and decorations. The mosque does not incorporate the traditional domes or styles of the many other world wide mosques.

The mosque was built as a result of Islam being introduced into Northwest China by Arab merchants and travelers from Persia and Afghanistan during the mid-7th century when some of them settled down in China and married women of Han Nationality. Their descendants are now the Muslim’s of today in that area. The Muslims played an important role in the unifications of China during the Yuan and Ming Dynasties. Hence, other mosques were also built to honor them.

When visiting Xian, it is definitely well worth a trip to see the Great Mosque, not only for its centuries-old history but also for its particular design of mixed architecture, traditional Muslim and Chinese styles. 

Occupying an area of over 12,000 square meters, the Great Mosque is divided into four courtyards, 250 meters long and 47 meters wide. Landscaped gardens give the mosque a scenic setting and ads tranquility into the surroundings.

The first courtyard contains an decorative wooden arch nine meters high covered with glazed tiles which dates back to the 17th century. In the center of the second courtyard, a stone arch stands with two steels on both sides. One steel is the encrypted with the calligraphy of Mi Fu of the Song Dynasty; whilst the second one is scripted with the words from Dong Qichang, a calligrapher of the Ming Dynasty. Their elegant yet powerful selections of Chinese characters are considered to be a great treasure to the locals.

In the entrance to the third courtyard is a corridor that contains many steles from ancient times. As this courtyard is one of the main entrances, visitors will see the Xingxin Tower, a place where Muslims come to attend prayer services. A ‘Phoenix’ placed in the fourth courtyard, the principal pavilion of this great mosque complex, contains the Prayer Hall, the surrounding walls of which are covered with colored designs. The Prayer Hall can easily hold up to 1,000 people at a time and according to traditional custom, prayer services are held five times everyday respectively at dawn, noon, afternoon, dusk and night.

This Great Mosque is the only one open to visitors from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Non-Muslims, however, are not allowed to be admitted to the main prayer hall or allowed in during times of prayer.

To gain further cultural knowledge and see the diverse range of cultures in china today, book your China Flights and be amazed.

 

Relax in Beijing’s tranquil hot springs

On July 12, 2011, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, by Jack Li

After rushing around Beijing seeing many tourists attractions I am sure that you would like to treat yourself to a well earnt soak in a hot spring. The spring resorts provide mineral-rich clean water where you can lie back and relax. Get Beijing Flights with Air China who charge fantastic prices. Combine the hustle and […]

After rushing around Beijing seeing many tourists attractions I am sure that you would like to treat yourself to a well earnt soak in a hot spring. The spring resorts provide mineral-rich clean water where you can lie back and relax. Get Beijing Flights with Air China who charge fantastic prices. Combine the hustle and bustle of the city with a relaxing day at a hot spring resort.

Many of the resorts are located 60 kilometres north of Beijing and are easily acccessible. The hot springs provide private or public services that both tourists and Beijingers enjoy. The private services are sometimes in private villas with a hot spring specifically for the relaxation of your gorup.

The average cost of a day at the hot spring resorts is about 100 Yuan per person per day. This is a bargain as it includes a sauna; bathing, hot spring and traditional Chinese buffet meal. Additional services are available such as accommodation and body and foot massages.

Jiuhua Spa and Resort

 

This one of the most famous hot springs in Beijing as it had the longest history, dating back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368.) During this period in time imperial families used the spas, but today it is noted for their top quality hot springs. They are set in beautifully elegant scenery with Chinese style architecture. The cost of the Jiuhua Spa and Resort is 68 Yuan per person. The best way to get there is on the number 984 bus as the last bus stop is right outside the hotel.

Tianlongyuan Hot Spring Resorts

 

This is Bejing’s newest hot spring and comes equipped with advanced facilities. It owns the biggest indoor public hot spring in the whole of China, which can accommodate 3,000 people at one given time. As well as the incredible hot spring facilities, Tianlongyuan is proud to hold water entertainment and has teahouses, bars, a massage centre, mobile casino performance stage and much more. It is located in the Changping district, which is east of the Badaling Great Wall and west of the Ming Tombs. Tianlongyuan Hot Spring Resort is more expensive at 158 Yuan. However, it is a day you will never forget, as it is a beautiful place with a wonderful atmosphere and something for everyone!

Longmai Hot Springs Resort

 

Longmai means ‘dragon’s pulse’ which highlights its traditional Chinese values.  Like most of the hot springs, this one is in the north of Beijing. Within the spring resort there are tropical rainforest style public areas. Alternatively, the private part of the resort includes 39 villas that can each hold 20-30 people. It is the first imperial villa village in China and the biggest entertainment palace, offering indoor hot springs, in Asia. This entertainment palace can host 2,000 people. Other facilities that they offer include a swimming pool complete with a diving platform, bar, steam bath, mist bath, rain bath and massage room. It is also located in the Changping District of Beijing and is a wonderful example of mysterious Chinese culture. The average temperatures of the pools at Longmai range from 28 to 32 degrees Celsius. Hot Springs resort costs 100 Yuan per person.

These are the top three spa resorts that we would recommend. Tourists travel all over Beijing to the wonderful Chinese attractions that they have to offer; however the city can be smoggy and hectic. We all need time to recuperate so Travel to Beijing and sink into a warm hot spring.

The Top Ten Tips for Haggling in the Beijing Markets

On July 11, 2011, in Beijing, Must-sees, Shopping, by Jack Li

  Throughout the city of Beijing there are many indoor markets that are bursting with clothes, electrical items and souvenirs. For Tourists these are hotspots for buying ‘branded’ clothing and gifts. Get Beijing Flights with China Airlines to take advantage of a shopping spree you will never forget! Prices can be cheap however you need […]

 

Throughout the city of Beijing there are many indoor markets that are bursting with clothes, electrical items and souvenirs. For Tourists these are hotspots for buying ‘branded’ clothing and gifts. Get Beijing Flights with China Airlines to take advantage of a shopping spree you will never forget!

Prices can be cheap however you need to be prepared to fight for them with some bartering. Have no fear we have the top ten tips.

  

1)      Remember that you are shopping in China. Items in China are very inexpensive. They are particularly cheap in Beijing’s markets because there is a lot of competition for the stall owners, who will do anything to make a sale.

2)      Plan a time that you are going to go. The best time to go shopping in markets is later on in the day. Usually early evening is best because when it is nearly closing time the vendors desperately want to shift their stock and lower their prices.

3)      Remember to bring small change with you and do not take debit or credit cards. Even if you are planning to spend a lot always take plenty of change with you. When you are bartering with a stall owner you cannot claim that you are poor and then pull out a best online casino wad of 100 Yuan notes when you are about to pay.

4)      Don’t ask how much something is unless you are interested and prepared to barter for it. Otherwise you will find it difficult to fend them off. They will often call after you shouting prices. Don’t be intimidated by this, they aren’t being aggressive; they are just simply wanting to sell.

5)  Before haggling for an item decide what you are prepared to pay for it and stick to it. In the unlikely event that the seller will not agree to this price then walk away.

 

6)   Suggest a price that is lower than the price you’re willing to pay. This is a basic principle that if you want to pay 50 yuan, for instance, starts at 20 Yuan. In negotiations you will meet somewhere in middle. Therefore you will end up paying lower than you anticipated. The retailers will automatically state you an extortionate price. With the right bargaining skills you can get the item you want for 75% less than their original price.

7)      Do not show too much of an interest or get attached to a product as you may be willing to pay anything for it. Do some browsing around to see what items appear to be sold by lots of stalls, this way you will know how much bargaining power you have. If one seller is charging too much, go elsewhere.

8)      If you are not getting the price that you want walk away. The vender will more often than not give in and agree to your price.

9)      Don’t be rude to the stall owners when bargaining gets a bit heated. Remember that it is a game and what the seller often says is just for effect.

10)  Finally enjoy yourself! Joke with the vendor; it is all about being dramatic. Say things like ‘aww I go home soon and don’t have much money.’

Shopping in the markets is a wonderful experience and a lot of fun. Now that you have these ten priceless tips Travel to Beijing and try them for yourself!

Places to visit in China

On June 17, 2011, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, Shanghai, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Are wondering where to go or what you can do on your trip to China? China has a vast boundary that features a beautiful landscape and cultural sites. China being the largest country in population has ninety-nine historical and cultural cities, seven hundred and fifty cultural relics and places of historical interest under governmental protection. […]

Are wondering where to go or what you can do on your trip to China? China has a vast boundary that features a beautiful landscape and cultural sites. China being the largest country in population has ninety-nine historical and cultural cities, seven hundred and fifty cultural relics and places of historical interest under governmental protection. Nineteen of the scenic spots are listed as world Natural and cultural Heritages. Get a cheap China flight through one of the available flights on air China. There are different places to visit, from Shanghai to Beijing to Xi’an, see all the historical sites.

Shanghai is known as the most popular city in China. Located in the eastern region of China, it sits at the edge of the Yangtze River. Places to visit in Shanghai include The bund City, God Temple, The Museum, Yuyuan Garden and many more. The bund is a location with a lot of historical buildings. It is ranked as one of the most famous tourist spots in Shanghai. Buildings in this location include the Romanesque, Gothic Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical, Beaux-arts and Art Deco. In shanghai, you will also have the opportunity to see the City god Temple, which is a landmark of the old Shanghai city.

For those of you who like historical artifacts, shanghai has the best collection. The museum is a large natural history museum, holding a collection of two hundred and forty pieces of animal specimen. There you will get the chance to see the skeleton of a dinosaur that is as tall as a four-story building.  Shanghai’s unique sense of fashion is a mixture of traditional and western design, making the city the best in the fashion world of china. In shanghai, you will find the best bars, pubs and nightclubs.

Beijing, the capital of China is a popular city ranked after shanghai. This city has the most memorable historical location. The Forbidden City, The Great Wall, Temple of Heaven and The Summer Palace are all in Beijing.  The Forbidden City is the largest palace in the world; it was built between the periods of 1406 to 1420. Located around the Forbidden City is the famous Tiananmen Square. Tiananmen square is also the largest square in the world. Several cultural events took place in the Square.

The Great Wall is the longest wall in the world. It was initially built to prevent the invasion of the Xiongnu tribe. The Great Wall has become a symbol of China’s ancient civilization. It starts from Bohai Sea and extends to Jiayuguan in the west. Beijing is the most representative part of the wall.  The summer palace on the other hand is the manmade lake that was developed. It is pleasant place for walking; ten thousand amazing paintings are displayed all around the palace. The Temple of Heaven was built in the fourteen hundreds for the purpose of honoring both heaven and earth.  The emperor reigning at the time was in charge if carrying out matters on earth on behalf of the powers above.

Xi’an houses the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. The terracotta army are life sized clay warriors and horses molded to guard the dead emperor’s tomb in other to provide protection for him in the afterlife. Each warrior has its individual feature. The buried warriors and horses were found in 1974.

Take a chance! Do not miss your chance at seeing all the historical locations in China. I did it! So you can do it too. Make your your China travel reservations today.

Dàzú Shíkè = Dazu Rock Carvings

Dazu is an area containing steep hillsides of an extraordinary series of rock carvings dating from the 9th to the 13th century. They are extraordinary for their artistic quality, their rich diversity of subject matter, both secular and religious, and the light that they shed on everyday life in China during this period. They provide […]

Dazu is an area containing steep hillsides of an extraordinary series of rock carvings dating from the 9th to the 13th century. They are extraordinary for their artistic quality, their rich diversity of subject matter, both secular and religious, and the light that they shed on everyday life in China during this period. They provide spectacular evidence of the harmonious combination of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Interested in seeing this see what’s offered at China Travels and book your China Tours to witness this amazing part of China’s history.

The Dazu rock carvings are located in Dazu County, about 120 km from Chongqing, is the general term for the 76 carved statues located there, and there are a total of 60,000 carvings there in all the grottoes, situated on Beishan Hill and Baoding Hill are the largest in size, richest in worth and most refined in terms of artistic skill. The site made the World Cultural Heritage list in 1961.The carving of Dazu Grottoes started in the beginning of the Tang Dynasty, reaching its peak at Song Dynasty, and continued until Ming and Qing dynasties. Now, it enjoys equal fame with the Yungang Grottoes in Shanxi Province and Longmen Grottoes in Henan province.

The carvings are split into three sections, The Dazu carvings are said to represent the pinnacle of Chinese rock art for their high aesthetic quality and their diversity of style and subject matter. Tantric Buddhism is said to have stemmed from India and Chinese Taoist’s and Confucian beliefs which came together at the Dazu to create a highly original and influential manifestation of spiritual harmony. Finally the eclectic nature of religious belief in later Imperial China was given material expression in the exceptional artistic heritage in the Dazu rock art.

Some of the amazing carvings are midway around the site; you will come upon a 20 meter long, Reclining Buddha inset into the cliff face, fronted by realistic portraits of important donors. The next two panels are the Parental Kindness and Sakyamuni’s Filial Piety; fascinatingly use Buddhist themes to illustrate Confucian morals. Next is the Eighteen Layers of Hell, a horrific scene filled with amusing images like the Hen Wife and the Drunkard and His Mother. The final section illustrates the life of Liu Benzun, a Tang-dynasty ascetic from Leshan showing strong Tantric influence.

What definitely makes the Dazu carvings so special and worth while, is not their scale but the fact that it covers small areas compared to those at Datong, Luoyang and Dunhuang.  Also the way the carvings quality and state of preservation has been kept so well and with each variety of subjects and styles. Some sculptures are small, some are huge; many are brightly painted and tell religious, moral and historical stories. To visit this remarkable place, and make it something to talk about with friends and colleagues just take a look at what is offered at China Tours and plan a visit to this once in a lifetime place called China.

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Exciting activities in Beijing!!!

On June 15, 2011, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Travel to Beijing and do not miss the chance of seeing the capital of China. Beijing tours will take you to other popular cities like Shanghai and Xi’an. Located in northern China, Beijing is governed as a municipality under the central government administration. All around Beijing are major transportation hubs, railways, roads and motorways as […]

Travel to Beijing and do not miss the chance of seeing the capital of China. Beijing tours will take you to other popular cities like Shanghai and Xi’an. Located in northern China, Beijing is governed as a municipality under the central government administration. All around Beijing are major transportation hubs, railways, roads and motorways as well as a destination for international flights arriving in China. Next to Hong Kong and Shanghai, Beijing is recognized as a political, educational and cultural center in China.  The Great wall, Forbidden City, Temple of heaven and other historical buildings are in the heart of Beijing.

Forbidden city is an important site in Beijing. Located on the south of the palace is Tiananmen Square, the ceremonial centre of the people’s republic of China. Tiananmen Square is also the largest square in the world.  Several cultural events were held in this Square, this makes it known for its great cultural significance.  Tiananmen gate leading to the Forbidden City was also built in 1415 during the Ming dynasty era.

The Chinese community refers to Temple of heaven as the Altar of heaven. It is a complex Taoist building located in the southeastern part of central Beijing.  Emperors of both the Ming and Qing dynasty regularly visited the temple for prayers. The temple was built between the periods of 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle emperor. In 1998, the temple was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site and was described as a masterpiece that denotes the evolution of civilization.

The Great Wall is the longest wall in the world. It consists of series of stones in northern China built initially to prevent the intrusions of other groups from the northern borders. The wall is divided into section, Mutianyu is fully restored and known as an overlapping mountain range by many. For those of you considering hiking the wall, Mutianyu is the perfect spot. Badaling is the best-preserved section of the wall. It is the most favored location on the wall for tourists. The Simitai section is the un-restored original wall, properly preserved and steep enough for hiking. Shanhaiguan is the part of the wall that meets the sea. Jiayuguan served as a gateway of the Silk Road, much of this section of the wall has been buried by sandstorm.

The Summer Palace is the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China. Yihe Yuan the Chinese name for the palace means Health and harmony. It is a museum of tradition al Chinese garden arts. The palace is divided in to sections known as Hall of Jade Billows, The Garden of Virtue and Harmony, The Hall of Joyful longevity. The scenery area is made up of Kunming Lake and longevity Hill.

Other tourist attractions in Beijing include the national Olympic stadium, Beijing zoo, lama temple and many more. Sanlitun is an area for nightlife and relaxation. There you will have shopping centers, markets, movie theatres, lounges and bars. Many Beijing Hotels are located in the heart of Beijing making all the historical locations easily accessible. Visit Beijing today, you will not regret it.

Beijing Zoo & its Pandas!!

On June 15, 2011, in Cool Places, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

When you think about animals in China do you automatically think fluffy black and white Pandas? Well if you plan on using China Travels as your getaway pass then you must visit the Beijing Zoo. After booking your Beijing Flights you should check out all that China has to offer as well as the world […]

When you think about animals in China do you automatically think fluffy black and white Pandas? Well if you plan on using China Travels as your getaway pass then you must visit the Beijing Zoo. After booking your Beijing Flights you should check out all that China has to offer as well as the world famous panda house and aquarium, there are lots of different species of animals to check out as well as natural scenery and the beautiful gardens.

If you would like to visit these exotic animals, you can find the zoo located in the Xicheng District. The zoo’s total area is 89 hectares which includes lakes and ponds, sneakers are a must in order to cover that lot of land! The zoo would be considered a visit to remember, as it is one of the oldest zoos in China. The Beijing zoo also has one of the largest and most diverse animal collections in the country. Also at the zoo, you will find 14,500 animals there, I cannot promise that you would be able to see all of these lovely animals but it is worth a try.

Giant Pandas are the zoo’s most popular attraction and of course a widely respected species of animal in China. Until recently the Pandas have become a national emblem for the country. The zoo offers access to a Panda house where you can be face to face with these majestic creatures. Entry to the Panda House is allowed at a set price, it is well worth the money to see the pandas roaming outside in their enclosures and playing on their man-made playgrounds. If you are lighthearted feeling sorry for these animals being in captivity is very normal but do know that they are given plenty of space in their indoor and outdoor enclosures. The zoo is helping to prevent their extinction by keeping them out of harms way.

While at the Zoo definitely take some time to visit the Beijing Aquarium it is a must for anyone visiting the zoo. The aquarium became apart of the zoo in 1999 it is widely-recognized by tourist as being one of the country’s top attractions. The aquarium is actually the largest inland aquarium in the world. The aquarium carries thousands of different aquatic species. The aquarium includes man eating fishes, precious Chinese sturgeons, huge sea elephants and fierce sharks are among some of the tourist attractions. Tourists can also enjoy shows at the aquarium’s Ocean Theater, which are performed by dolphins, sea lions and whales. Walking through the tanks one can enjoy a variety of aquatic life from around the world. Another great feature allows patrons to touch some of the sea animals such as starfish. Beijing Tours has a lot of different packages, check out the amazing sites that China has to offer and on your relaxing down time stop by to see the Beijing Zoo. This would be the perfect trip for family and friends with all the cultural, and activities China has to offer, your dream trip awaits you.

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The White Cloud Temple

On June 14, 2011, in Cultural Experience, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Tian Chang Temple was built in the 8th century, in Beijing to house a statue of Lao Tzu.  After a fire in 1202, the temple was burnt down but the statue was saved.  In 1224, Genghis Khan ordered the reconstruction of the temple. It gradually became known as the White Cloud Temple.  This Temple is one […]

Tian Chang Temple was built in the 8th century, in Beijing to house a statue of Lao Tzu.  After a fire in 1202, the temple was burnt down but the statue was saved.  In 1224, Genghis Khan ordered the reconstruction of the temple. It gradually became known as the White Cloud Temple.  This Temple is one of China’s oldest and largest Taoist temples; it houses the office of Taoist Association of China. To visit this spiritual site take a look the flights offered at China Travels and book them with anyone of Air China flights.

In Chinese, Taoist temples are not actually called temples, but they are called Guan. Guan translates -too  look at or observe. This meaning mirrors the exact expectations of the Taoist beliefs. This is the understanding that Tao comes from a direct observation of nature, rather than scholastic theological studies.

The architecture of the White Cloud Temple has a variety of halls which house the gods of Taoism. The buildings surrounding the White Cloud Temple has a very complex design. Generally arranged in a straight line, it can be divided into three groups, the middle section, the east section and the west section. At the very back you will find a beautiful garden.

The middle section consists of the main building which includes over 50 halls, covering an area of about 2 hectares. To enter the grounds you would enter through a gate on the outside wall. Then walk through the large gateway which will lead you to the temples gate. Afar from the gate are Wofeng Bridge, Lingguan Hall, Yuhuang Hall, Qiuzu Hall, and other buildings.

The west section has a statue of the divine animal Te. This will greet you when you enter. Te has a donkey’s face, a mule’s body, the ears of a horse and the hooves of a cow. There is a legend here that states, Te can cure any illness. If a person is unwell, he could touch his own body where he feels discomfort or sickness and then touch the same part of Te, and he will recover from the disease and be cured.

The east side contains halls such as the Sanxing Hall, Cihang Hall, Zhenwu Hall and Leizu Hall in. Sanxing Hall is dedicated to the great doctor Hua Tuo who lived during the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220); Cihang Hall is the place of worship for the God of Fire; Zhenwu Hall is where God Zhenwu is housed; and Leizu Hall is where the gods who master the changing of the weather are worshiped.

The Yunji Garden is the final installment which is located at the back of the White Cloud Temple. In the backyard the center of the garden holds the altar where the commandments and rules are taught, and the Yunji Hall is where Taoist sutras preach. To actually be apart of such a place check out what tours you can create on Beijing Tours. You can actually build you own trip, and make your China destination dreams come true.

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The Forbidden City

On my trip to Beijing, I visited the best and largest ancient imperial palace in the world. Beijing Tours include a trip to the Forbidden City, imperial palace located in the center of Beijing.  For five hundred years, emperors and their family members have lived in this palace. It has provided a place called home […]

On my trip to Beijing, I visited the best and largest ancient imperial palace in the world. Beijing Tours include a trip to the Forbidden City, imperial palace located in the center of Beijing.  For five hundred years, emperors and their family members have lived in this palace. It has provided a place called home from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. The Forbidden City is one of the most popular tourist spots to visit in Beijing next to the Great Wall. Try China travel today, and do not miss the chance at seeing the biggest palace in the world.

The palace was constructed from 1406 to 1420. It consists of nine hundred and eighty buildings with eight thousand seven hundred and seven bays of rooms. It serves as a representation of traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has been an influence of cultural and architectural development in Asia. In 1987, it was pronounced the World Heritage Site, and classified as the largest collection of ancient wooden structure in the world.

The name Forbidden City, originated from the Chinese translation Zijin Cheng. Zi, means North Star and Jin means Forbidden. Cheng means a walled city. It was the residence for terrestrial emperors. The term “Forbidden” explained why no one was allowed to either enter or leave the palace without the emperor’s consent.

Forbidden city is an important site in Beijing. Located on the south of the palace is Tiananmen Square, the ceremonial centre of the people’s republic of China. Tiananmen Square is also the largest square in the world.  Several cultural events were held in this Square, this makes it known for its great cultural significance.  Tiananmen gate leading to the Forbidden City was also built in 1415 during the Ming dynasty era.

Forbidden City is divided in two sections known as the Inner Court and the Outer Court. The Outer Court is the front section of the palace, which was used for ceremonial purposes. The Inner Court is the back section, used for daily activities of the state.  The Outer consists of the Meridian Gate, Gate of Divine Might, West Glorious Gate, East Glorious Gate, Corner Towers, gate of supreme Harmony and Hall of Supreme Harmony. The Inner Court on the other hand includes the Hall of Military Eminence, The Hall of Literary Glory, Southern Three Places, Palace of Heavenly Purity, Imperial Garden, Hall of Mental Cultivation and Palace of Tranquil Longevity.

Taking a trip to visit the popular Forbidden City is one of the most exciting things I have ever done. I am happy to know that I have visited the oldest, largest Palace still in existence in the world today. My favorite part was being at the top of the palace and seeing the beautiful view of the entire Palace. Next to visiting the Great wall, I will highly recommend any one taking a trip to China to visit the Forbidden City, as well as other historical locations like the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. If you are considering traveling to China, try Beijing Tours and get the best experience you deserve on your trip.

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