In the Presence of a Giant at Leshan

On July 26, 2012, in Historical Relics, Must-sees, Sichuan, by Jack Li

When planning your itinerary for traveling to China, the Sichuan Province holds many cultural, architectural, and historical treasures. One of its most well known is the Leshan Giant Buddha. Within every detail of its form, the Giant Buddha makes a profound impression carved into the side of a cliff, overseeing its three surrounding rivers. When […]

When planning your itinerary for traveling to China, the Sichuan Province holds many cultural, architectural, and historical treasures. One of its most well known is the Leshan Giant Buddha. Within every detail of its form, the Giant Buddha makes a profound impression carved into the side of a cliff, overseeing its three surrounding rivers. When I went to visit, I could not help but draw a comparison between this structure and one that is famous in my home country, Mount Rushmore. The main differences between these sites however, besides location, is that the Leshan Giant Buddha far surpasses Mount Rushmore in age and close-up viewing access to the public. The Buddha reaches an immense height of 233 ft. and is one of the world’s largest stone statues of the beloved deity. Construction of the Leshan Buddha dates back to the Tang Dynasty  in 713 AD and took nearly ninety years to complete. The location of this grand statue was defined by the convergence of the three neighboring rivers, the Min, Dadu and Qingyi.

Throughout China’s history, the strong currents of these rivers took many lives of those who worked in this watery locale. Due to these losses, the idea was formed to create a Buddha near the waters in hopes of taming their ferocity. Remarkably enough, however, a complex drainage system was also constructed to redirect water away from the Buddha to preserve its form. To see the Buddha, visitors board tour boats that deliver you to just the right locations in order to get close as well as far away views. You also have the option of viewing the great Buddha by entering the park and scaling up the cliff side. This is the best way to get very up close photographs of the Buddha’s features, but you have to put in the work of the ascending and descending climbs in order to get to these perfect observation points. The Leshan Giant Buddha gazes out to the horizon which spans over the meeting of three rivers in the Sichuan Province. Leshan is a must-see China tour for all travelers.

Beijing Opera

One of the things you should do during your China trip is going to the opera, and if you are travelling to Beijing then it’s a Must, because Beijing’s opera is considered the best Chinese opera style, and it’s also the most popular among Chinese people. Inspired by ancient Chinese legends, these operas normally are […]

One of the things you should do during your China trip is going to the opera, and if you are travelling to Beijing then it’s a Must, because Beijing’s opera is considered the best Chinese opera style, and it’s also the most popular among Chinese people.

Inspired by ancient Chinese legends, these operas normally are about intrigues, disasters or rebellions but they are not big productions or have elaborated scenery and special effects, quite the contrary.

In fact, you have to be very perceptive to know what is happening, for example if the actor holds two silk laces it means that he is riding a horse, if he lifts a foot that he crosses a door, and as they use little props, the facial expressions and their movements are very important.

They wear very colorful clothes and elaborated make-up and they play very loud (so loud that you should consider wearing earplugs) because in the ancient times they played in the middle of the street and they had to catch everyone’s attention so they developed a very loud style of singing and music.

Every opera has a group of music players and they play different instruments, the èrhú and the húqin, a violin and viola but with only two strings, the shēng, a reed flute, and a pípa, a kind of lute. The most important instrument is the ban for it controls the timing for both, the music and the actors.

But besides singing and playing music the Beijing opera is famous for its acrobatics and mime, the battle scenes are very attractive and the warrior women make very elaborate twirls so it’s always good to be paying attention to these scenes.

There are different kinds of characters in these operas but you can divide them in four big types:

  • The Shēng, the main male characters, they can be divided in Laoshēng,  ancient males  that always  have beards, the Shiăoshiēng, young males, the Wénshēng, students and servants and the Wushēng,  soldiers.
  • The dàn are the feminine roles, the Laodàn are elderly ladies, the Qīngyī are aristocrats with elaborate dresses, the Huādàn are female servants, the Dăomădan are  warrior women and the Căidàn are female comedians.
  •  The Jìng are the heroes and demons with painted faces, they are always strong and brave characters and the fújìng are their counterpart, ridiculous and weak figures.
  • The Chou are male comedians, buffoons.

All in all, if you want to have a good time you should go to an opera and, as they are very long, you can look at what other people are doing if you get bored, that is a show in itself because they eat, talk and drink tea, things that are not disrespectful because the music is so loud that you will hear it perfectly.

Going to an opera in Beijing is an experience that you can’t miss so, during your Beijing trip; make sure to go at least one time to an opera!

Hong Kong, A Very ‘Special’ Place

On July 11, 2012, in Hong Kong, More Cities, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of China in 1997. Due to its unique history, Hong Kong’s population of almost 7 million people is a melting pot of many different cultures and personalities, from Chinese to Canadian to Portuguese to Vietnamese (although Cantonese Chinese and English are the official languages). Although now part of […]

Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of China in 1997. Due to its unique history, Hong Kong’s population of almost 7 million people is a melting pot of many different cultures and personalities, from Chinese to Canadian to Portuguese to Vietnamese (although Cantonese Chinese and English are the official languages). Although now part of China, Hong Kong retains a very high level of autonomy. Hong Kong even has a separate constitution. I had the amazing opportunity of visiting in 2006 and have been dying to return ever since! If you are interested in China travel, Hong Kong provides an amazing experience by allowing a deeper look into not only Orient culture, but  the international values of a global hub. Although there are plenty of buzzing, bustling cities, a majority of Hong Kong’s geographic area is dominated by rural lands, mountains, and rocky islands. Any China tour would be incomplete without seeing this remarkable place.

Its name comes from the main British settlement of Hong Kong Island which means “Fragrant Harbor,” but there is so much more to this region than just the harbor area. The currency is the Hong Dong Dollar; bring plenty of it because this place has some of the most amazing shopping in the world! Because the climate is subtropical, most visitors prefer to avoid the hotter seasons as well as typhoon season, so optimal visiting months range anytime from January to May. Hong Kong Island is a very modern and wealthy area. Also, it’s a great place to experience some of the local fishing culture and view some distinctive waterborne life at the markets. When visiting, you absolutely must make the trip up to “the Peak,” and this is easily done via the Victoria Peak trams.

Other areas of Hong Kong include Kowloon, Lantau, and the New Territories. The New Territories, as they were christened by the British, consist mostly of rural farms and villages. Kowloon is a peninsula and the one of the most densely populated places in the world. The area is dominated by varied markets, malls, and residences. A great place to visit in this area is Temple Street, one of the largest and biggest flea markets you’ll ever experience. At Lantau, the largest outlying island, are some of Hong Kong’s most beautiful landscapes. The biggest place of interest here is the Tian Tan Buddha. There is so much to experience in this very special place called Hong Kong, so it plays an essential role in China travel. Do yourself a favor a go see for yourself!

Mountainous Mutianyu

On April 10, 2012, in Activities, Beijing, Historical Relics, Must-sees, by Jack Li

Only 70km northeast of Beijing (approx. two hours by road), visitors can explore the delights of the most well-preserved part of the Great Wall of China. This section of the Wall is called Mutianyu and snakes around the hillsides overlooking Beijing in the distance. Comprising of twenty-two watch towers, Mutianyu is undoubtedly a ‘must-see’ on […]

Only 70km northeast of Beijing (approx. two hours by road), visitors can explore the delights of the most well-preserved part of the Great Wall of China. This section of the Wall is called Mutianyu and snakes around the hillsides overlooking Beijing in the distance. Comprising of twenty-two watch towers, Mutianyu is undoubtedly a ‘must-see’ on a visitor’s China Tours itinerary. More information about accommodation in the area can be provided at China Hotels.  In terms of fees to enter the wall at Mutianyu, the general admission fee is 45RMB and for children and under 12s the fee is 25RMB.

The section of the Wall at Mutianyu is made of granite and stands at a height of 7–8.5 metres and stretches to a width of 4-5metres. The original purpose of Mutianyu was to act as a barrier in defending the nation’s capital and the imperial tombs. The first construction phrase of Mutianyu began in the time of the Northern Qi Dynasty (550 – 557) and since then, Mutianyu developed under the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Two famous generals, Tan Lun and Qi Jiguang, were noted for expanding this section of the Wall and transforming it into a strategic pass. With some very defining features, Mutianyu can indeed be classed as a very special section of the Wall. For example, one rarity which can be found along Mutianyu includes a defence mechanism on the Wall which allows the enemy to be attacked from both sides. Another relatively uncommon feature of Mutianyu is three connecting watchtowers which can be found at Mutianyu Pass.

Food at the Mutianyu can be very expensive (do not be surprised that a local pancake could cost over 100 RMB). Besides local food, Mutianyu does offer more western menus such as a Subway sandwich shop and an Italian café. Alternatively, choosing to take a picnic is a great way in which to combine a day out at Mutianyu and enjoy what this part of the Wall has to offer. If you decide to walk up to the walk, the forested route does provide the odd seated location to have a picnic and admire the stunning landscape. This is a very scenic location with woodland encompassing over ninety-six percent of the area around Mutianyu, so a visit here is certainly a welcomed break for urban dwellers.

For those who prefer not to walk to the top, there is always the option of taking the cable car. The cable car stops near a spacious terrace and from there visitors can peer over some stunning views of the Wall. On the terrace you may be able to spot Beijing in the distance and characters written on the hillside which signifies admiration for Chairman Mao. Apart from the cable car and walking, one of the most enjoyable methods to return down from Mutianyu is to take the toboggan. However, note that if you do bring children with you to Mutianyu, there is a fair amount of walking around the Wall and there is a height restriction on the toboggan ride. Nevertheless, Mutianyu is an excellent place for all the family to experience the scenery and history of northern China. Mutianyu can be visited throughout the year with China Flights being a useful source to get your oriental trip started.

 

 

Snow Much Fun!!

On January 17, 2012, in Activities, Adventure Trip, Cool Places, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

If you want to escape the busy sounds and bright lights of Beijing and want to enjoy the outdoors for a long weekend or just for the day one should definitely head to the ski slopes. Especially if you are visiting in the winter, experiencing the snow is a must on your China Tour. The […]

If you want to escape the busy sounds and bright lights of Beijing and want to enjoy the outdoors for a long weekend or just for the day one should definitely head to the ski slopes. Especially if you are visiting in the winter, experiencing the snow is a must on your China Tour. The recommended places which you should check out are Nanshan Ski Village, Duolemeidi Resort and Wanlong Resort. These places are advisable if you just want to add these activities to your Beijing Tour.

 

Firstly if you just want to spend a day or overnight in the snow, Nanshan Ski Village is the best way to go. From Beijing it is located roughly 62 kilometres away which will just take little over an hour to get to Nanshan, you can either hire a car or get a shuttle bus to take you to the Village. Based in the Miyun County, Nanshan provides different activities for all four seasons. Of course skiing is in the winter, hiking in the spring, and swimming in the summer and fruit-picking in autumn, these are just the few recommended activities which can be done throughout the year.  This place always attracts visitors all year round due to its exquisite sight-seeing. In regards to the snow, Nanshan has 12 trails up for offer ranging from advanced to beginners and even the people who do not want to ski can still enjoy their time in the snow. There are also restaurants, coffee places and bars which are located in this area.

 

If you want to spend a weekend or a little bit longer in the snow you can head to the Chongli Village where both Duolemeidi Resort and Wanlong Resort is located. However from Beijing, travel time will be close to 4 hours and there are quite a few options to get to Chongli Village. First option is that you can catch a train which leaves from Beijing and arrives at Zhangjiakou and then for the extra 50km you can catch a taxi. The taxi is quite reasonable considering the distance, then once you have arrived at Chongli there are shuttle buses which takes you to the resort. Alternatively you can hire a van and drive along the highway to the Chongli but it just depends how confident you feel about driving through Beijing traffic.

 

Chongli Village is located in the Heibi province and there are not many foreigners here so you will be able to see more of the traditional China compared to Beijing. Duolemeidi Resort is quite modern and has great long slopes which should be tried out via the five chair lifts provided. It has great elevation and always has excellent snow making conditions and they provide a rental service which is reasonably priced. Also if you want a change of scenery there is a shuttle bus which can take you to Wanlong Resort.

 

Wanlong Resort is the recommended ski resort if you want to stay for quite a few nights. It has a three star hotel which provides all necessary facilities and dining requirements of either Chinese or Western food. Wanlong has the largest ski mountain in China which has a huge variety of slopes. There are six different chair lifts which takes you to different parts of the mountain. From the top of the mountain there are 7 distinct trails which then branches off to 11 more trails and recently 6 more trails have been added. So there are definitely a lot of slopes for you to discover.

 

So get away from Beijing and experience a Winter Wonderland. Depending on the length of your trip in Beijing there are different areas which are available and whether you are an advanced skier or someone like me who hardly ever sees snow and wants to make a snow angel, these recommendations is a must before you board that China flight home.

 

Xi’an- Pottery Experience

A must do when in China is to go out to Xi’an which is in the Shaanxi province and be blown away by the sight of the Terracotta Soldiers. At the moment China Tours are doing great deals on a one day tour to see this fascinating piece of history which you shouldn’t miss in […]

A must do when in China is to go out to Xi’an which is in the Shaanxi province and be blown away by the sight of the Terracotta Soldiers. At the moment China Tours are doing great deals on a one day tour to see this fascinating piece of history which you shouldn’t miss in your trip to China. There is so much to see and so much to learn in regards to this location that one has to see it for themselves rather than looking up pictures in textbooks and the internet.  You can easily access Xi’an flights from Beijing at great prices or even catch a train to get to this exquisite location.

For years there were always rumours about there being terracotta figurines of some sort as tiles and pottery have been dugged up but it wasn’t until 1974 when some local farmers discovered this rumour to be true. It was found approximately 1.6 kilometres away from the Qin Emperors tomb which is located at Lintong. With this find, archaeologists flocked to this site to see what else could be discovered. In 1975 the museum opened up for all to see the biggest terracotta find in China, which covers the size of 16,300 square metres. The site is made up of three sections which are known as pits, they are made up of different soldiers and horses in each one. All up there are up to 7,000 terracotta figurines to see and be amazed by.

What you will see will be life sized soldiers assembled in battle formations and every soldier is unique and has their very own facial characteristics, which is amazing. Each arm and leg, torso and head were made separately and then assembled together. Also with the discovery of the soldiers, horses and chariots, bronze weaponry was also discovered which are made up of swords, spears, arrow heads, crossbows and dagger-axes. Considering these weapons were buried for roughly 2,000 years they are still in perfect condition, even the edges are still sharp.

 

This area is now a major tourist destination and is very accessible from the airport. There are also shuttles from Lishan Garden to the Terracotta Warriors, which are in fact for free. In 2010 it was declared the site to be known as Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum Site Park which also includes smaller areas being discovered in relation to the pottery figurines. Lishan Garden should also be a part of the list to see whilst you are there. One can see the grave mound of the Qin Tomb, subordinate tombs and two museums at the same time. It is predicted that one can see the Terracotta site within four hours but it would be better off to spend the whole day and definitely include Lishan Gardens, would hate to think of missing out on anything.

The Terracotta Soldiers should definitely be in the top five sights to see and experience when planning a trip to China. This is one of the greatest discoveries in the 20th century and everyone should go experience this great location. Enriched with so much history of the Qin Dynasty and the fascinating individualistic soldiers one cannot say no. Xi’an Tours would be the best way to go to plan this great adventure, so do it NOW!!

Why Sichuan is a Vital Ingredient for any China Tour

On December 30, 2011, in Must-sees, Restaurants & Food, Sichuan, by Jack Li

Chengdu the capital of Sichuan is easily accessible form a wide array of domestic and international destinations; there are numerous Chengdu Flights which arrive daily to its impressively large airport visit China Flights for more details. Moreover if you have the time and the desire for an authentic ride amongst locals and other domestic travellers, […]

Chengdu the capital of Sichuan is easily accessible form a wide array of domestic and international destinations; there are numerous Chengdu Flights which arrive daily to its impressively large airport visit China Flights for more details. Moreover if you have the time and the desire for an authentic ride amongst locals and other domestic travellers, then China’s extensive rail network and bus tours are easily manageable. China’s train and bus schedules are fairly regular which connect this bustling city to the rest of the country.  Sichuan cuisine is famous for its delicious bold flavors’ and aromas which will have you yearning for assortment of spicy food including the well-known local Hotpot dishes (火锅; Huoguo) or Kung Pao Chicken (宮保雞丁).

 

With a mild climate year round, there is always much to see and do whether it be exploring Chengdu’s 2000 year old history, leisurely taking in the local sights and shops, or traveling further out to visit the Panda sanctuary, the biggest Buddha in the world or Jiuzhaigou Nature Park.  Since the disastrous earthquake on May 12, 2008 in Wenchuan County, a large number of Pandas living in Wolong National Natural Reserve became homeless and had to be relocated. The new Panda reserve Bifeng Gorge is located in Ya’an City which is one hour’s traveling from Chengdu. The Panda reserve offers a wide assortment of information on the specialized breeding programs within the picturesque park. It is an enjoyable day trip for those wishing to learn more about the gentle giants, the breeding programs or simply relax and enjoy the sightseeing.

 

Continuing north is the scenic town of Leshan, home of the world’s largest stone Buddha.  The Buddha casts a striking pose carved into the side of a mountain at the convergence of three rivers, known as the Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River. Those visiting Leshan will be mesmerized by the sheer size and history of this famous landmark.  The best time of year to explore the northern parts of Sichuan and the incredible Min mountain range and Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve is in autumn. Arriving before the cold frozen winter weather allows you to experience the wide assortment crystalline lakes and rivers which are surrounded by an abundance of bright colors and astonishing beauty.  The history of Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve has been greatly influenced by local minorities and is entwined with legends and myths which cast a mystical atmosphere over the picturesque park.

 

When you begin your China Travel trip to Sichuan be prepared for a laid back leisurely atmosphere and amazing culinary experiences. Moreover be prepared to become trigger happy with your camera, the astonishing abundance of sights available ranging from Chengdu’s Panda Reserve, to the great Buddah and Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve will make a happy snapper out of you.

The Ancient Warriors -Terra Cotta Warriors and Horse

On October 27, 2011, in Must-sees, Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an, by Jack Li

The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horse is one of the three attractions you should see on your China tour. The other two attractions you should see are Pandas and the Great Wall of China. When you travel to Xian make sure that you plan on visiting the Terra Cotta Warriors for four hours, since there […]

The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horse is one of the three attractions you should see on your China tour. The other two attractions you should see are Pandas and the Great Wall of China. When you travel to Xian make sure that you plan on visiting the Terra Cotta Warriors for four hours, since there is a lot to see. There are three pits, a Museum and a shopping street.

The Terra Cotta Warriors where found by peasants who were digging a well in 1973. When they were digging they started to find pieces of pottery. These pieces looked like body parts. So they call in the Archeologists to come see what they found. Many archeologists came, but they didn’t imagine on finding thousands of Terra Cotta Warriors.

The archeologists dated the Terra Cotta Warriors back to the Qin Dynasty. Emperor Qin built himself a mausoleum so his body had a place to rest when he died. It is also said that Emperor Qin had each one of this warriors go to an artist to get a clay life size model made after them. So if you look closely each one is different. He also had treasures and sacrificial objects buried so that he could have them in the after life.

There are three sections of the Terra Cotta Warriors. No. 1 is the largest it has columns of soldiers in front and war chariots at the back. No 2 was founded in 1976, there are thousands of warriors and 90 Chariots of wood. No 3 is the command center of the armed forces it has 68 warriors, a war chariot and four horses. Seven thousand pottery soldiers, horses, chariots, weapons have been unearthed. Most of them have been restored to look like they did in the Qin dynasty.

In the museum you will find two Bronze Chariots and Horses. They were unearthed in December 1980. Both needed extensive restorations that took two and half years. They are half the size scale-model of the real chariots and horses, but they still have so much detail. No 1 Chariot is a two wheel vehicle and is drawn by a team of four horses. A driver is sitting in the driver seat. He is looking ahead, he is lucky to be able to have an umbrella. No 2 Chariot is the lead chariot and larger then no. 1. The horses have gold and silver gears. The chariot has three windows one in front and two on each side and door opens from the back. The purpose of the Bronze Chariots and Horses was to serve as a vehicle for the emperors inspections tours in his after life.

The Terra Cotta Warriors will not be close to your Xian hotel. To travel there you first need to go to the Xian Railway Station and take tourism bus no. 5 from the east square. Or you can take the public bus. If you take the public bus, make sure you go to the south gate of Tang Paradise and get off at Bing Ma Young (Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses) station. Make sure you plan for an hour drive both ways. Seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors is worth your time.

The Beautiful Scenery of Yangshuo

On October 24, 2011, in Must-sees, Nature Scenery, Shopping, by Jack Li

If you like fresh air and beautiful scenery then make sure on your next China travels you visit Yangshuo. In Yangshuo you can get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Yangshuo is located in southern part of China in the Guangxi province. The nice part of Yangshuo is that most of the sightseeing […]

If you like fresh air and beautiful scenery then make sure on your next China travels you visit Yangshuo. In Yangshuo you can get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Yangshuo is located in southern part of China in the Guangxi province. The nice part of Yangshuo is that most of the sightseeing attractions will be in walking or biking distance from your China hotel.

On of the best ways to send your day in Yangshuo is by biking and climbing through one of the many Mud Caves. In these caves you will be able to climb through the mountain to where the mud is and then if you so choose you can take a mud bath. A fun fact about mud is that you can float. When you are finished playing in the mud you can hike a little more to a stream that is also in the  mountain and wash off. If you are worried that you will get lost in the mountain, then don’t since there will be a tour guild with you the whole way.

If you go to the Moon Water Cave, you can play in a swimming pool after you hike out of the mountain. This is a great idea since you will probably have mud on you. The best time to go is in the summer months, where the weather is nice and hot so you will want to  get wet and dirty.                                                                              

Another fun way to send your day is going on a boat ride on the Li River. The boat ride will cost you 80RMBs. On the boat ride you will be able to see locals fishing for food. You will also see water oxen playing in the water. And the best part is the unbelievable scenery. The scenery is breath taking. On the Li River you will also see thousand of hills that surround Yangshuo and Li River. These hills have their own poses and expressions. Some of these hills look like people or things. One is named School Hill or Shutong Hill if you get close enough you will be able to make out a boy. 

If you want to go shopping or to get something to eat then you need to visit West Street aka Global Village. Foreigners come from all over the world to manage cafes and restaurants so there are plenty of food choices to choose from. The street is also good place to buy souvenirs. Some of the souvenirs you can buy are: Green Jade, a gain of rice with your name written on it plus your name in Chinese, pearls, purple Jade eternality balls, Chinese dresses, purses, wallets, silk and shirts plus much more. Just remember never buy anything without haggling for it.

Yangshuo is a beautiful place to visit. The best way to get here is by going on a China flight. When you visit you will see for your self that it is a gorgeous place. It is a great place to go if you want some flesh air. So when you plan your trip make sure you have time to visit Yangshuo.

The Largest Royal Park in China- Summer Palace- Yiheyuan

On October 13, 2011, in Beijing, Summer Palace, by Jack Li

China travels can lead you to great places. These great places will show you created looking gardens, corridors, towers and pavilions that date back 1,000 or more years ago. China will also show you very old structures that Emperors and Empress used to reside in. One of these great places is the Summer Palace. So […]

China travels can lead you to great places. These great places will show you created looking gardens, corridors, towers and pavilions that date back 1,000 or more years ago. China will also show you very old structures that Emperors and Empress used to reside in. One of these great places is the Summer Palace. So after you check into your China Hotel make sure you plan on seeing Beijing Summer Palace.

Some of the Summer Palace Attractions include the Court Area, Front-Hill Area, Lake Area and the Rear-Hill area. Did you know that the Summer Palace is the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. It has the most famous natural views. Chinese horticulture and landscape were greatly influenced by the Summer Palace. Another name of the Summer Palace is the “The Museum of Royal Gardens”.

History Lesson-

In 1750 construction on the Summer Palace started. It was created so that the royal families had a place to rest. Then in the Qing dynasty it became the royal residences.  Later on the Anglo-French allied force destroyed it by fire.  It was reconstructed in 1888. It is said that Empress Dowager Cixi used the Summer Palace to embezzle navy funds to reconstruct it into a resort, so she would be able to spend her life there. Sadly in 1900 the Summer Palace was attacked again, by the Eight-Power Allied Force. It only took China two years to recreate the Summer Palace.

The Summer Palace of today-

The Summer Palace occupies an area of 742.8 acres.  When you travel there you can see over 3,000 man made ancient structures, each one is remarkable. These structures include corridors, pavilions, towers and bridges. Empress Dowager Cixi and Emperor Guangzu used the Court Area to meet with officials and conducted states affairs. The Court Area was broken into two sections one for the court affairs and the other one for living. The Court Area is the first stop for visitors to enjoy the view of Kunming Lake.

The most outstanding area is the Front-Hill Area, since it has delicate buildings and excellent gardens. While you are in this area you can walk up the hilltop and see important building for example Hall of Sea Wisdom, Revolving Archives. The Largest part of the Summer Palace is the Lake Area. Its open ups to Kunming Lake, you can also see Houxi River. When you walk though this area you will walk by pavilions, wharfs and over bridges. There are some famous attractions some include the Seventeen-Arch Bridge and Bronze Ox. The best part of being in the Lake Area is seeing the waves gleam, and the beautiful colors.

The Rear Area is the last area in the Summer Palace. This area is very quiet compared to the other areas. One of the reasons is that some of the constructions were never repaired after the attacks. So when you are walking around you should notice the ruins. So while you are strolling around take your time to feel peaceful and tranquility that the Summer Palace as to offer.

So after you book your Beijing Flight make sure you plan on seeing the Summer Palace. It will cost 60RMBs to get in. The best way to get there is by taking the subway. Make sure you are on line 4 and get off at Beigongmen Station, or you could get off at Xiyuan Station, if you take this way take exit C2 then walk west.

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