Summertime at the Summer Palace

On July 9, 2012, in Beijing, Parks & Gardens, Summer Palace, by Brooke

For a newcomer to China travel like me, the Summer Palace was a must-see Beijing hotspot and beautiful example of Chinese architecture set against the tranquil landscape of Kunming Lake. Constructed over 250 years ago, this visual gem is a great place for tourist groups of any size to take some amazing pictures as well […]

For a newcomer to China travel like me, the Summer Palace was a must-see Beijing hotspot and beautiful example of Chinese architecture set against the tranquil landscape of Kunming Lake. Constructed over 250 years ago, this visual gem is a great place for tourist groups of any size to take some amazing pictures as well as enjoy the Chinese culture. It will cost you a mere 30 RMB to experience all the gorgeous surroundings this park has to offer, and for students with a valid ID its half price! For those who enjoy the outdoors and are looking for a great place to just relax by the water or even burn a few calories on Longevity Hill, the Summer Palace is perfect addition to your China Tours. The natural environment of this palace can be attributed to the exquisite garden design and landscaping. It’s unlike anything I have ever seen! No wonder the Chinese name for this attraction literally means “Gardens of Nurtured Harmony.” With scenic views and structures fit for royalty, this palace served as a peaceful residence for many Qing Dynasty ruling family members. As you ascend the hill, you’ll find yourself trekking up some large rocks so make sure to wear comfortable shoes. You can get some good pictures if you are ready and willing to climb up on some of the rocks and look out over the whole hillside.

Dispersed over the hill are a number of stunning buildings such as the Sea of Wisdom Temple, the Cloud Dispelling Hall, and the Temple of Buddhist Virtue, where the Tower of Buddhist Incense takes center stage. This impressive three story tower is the major focal point of the Summer Palace. After coming down the hill’s opposite side, the biggest treat of my day was walking along the lake and watching the boats pass by. Food and souvenir vendors are plentiful. Personally, I purchased a decorated fan and a vanilla ice cream cone to help keep cool in the Beijing summer heat. There were also a handful of skilled performers throughout the grounds ready to entertain passing crowds with Chinese acrobatics or traditional music. At the lake, paddle boats can be rented as well as tickets for boat rides at a reasonable price; I highly recommend these options. Nothing beats getting out on the water on a hot summer day! Closer to the edges outer edges of the lake, the water is covered with the pleasing green hue of massive lily pads. Stretching out across the lake is a multiple arch bridge, where you can join in on some kite flying. The entire park is huge, almost 750 acres, so give yourself plenty of time because a single visit can take up the whole day. There’s so much to see in Beijing, but make sure the Summer Palace is a priority place to visit. Your travel to Beijing won’t be complete without indulging in all this natural elegance.

 

What You Can See Along the Li River

On November 14, 2011, in Cruises, Guilin, Nature Scenery, by Leslie.Mcbride

Your Guilin tour will not be complete unless you travel on the Li River. On the Li River you will be able to see water buffalo swimming. If you look toward the land you can observe peasants reaping the rice paddies. School kids and fishing will float by on bamboo rafts. The most important scenery […]

Your Guilin tour will not be complete unless you travel on the Li River. On the Li River you will be able to see water buffalo swimming. If you look toward the land you can observe peasants reaping the rice paddies. School kids and fishing will float by on bamboo rafts. The most important scenery you will witness is the breath taking beauty of the scenery around. So travel to Guilin and see for yourself the amazing scenery of Li River.     

The 4 hour picturesque Li River cruise from Zhujiang Pier of Guilin downstream to Yangshuo is a must for any tourist when they come to Guilin. The boats are always double deck boats equipped with air-conditioners, tables and chairs and toilets. You may go out to stand on the open deck to enjoy the view along the Li River. Some people still live in their villages surrounded by rice paddies, bamboo forests and green hills along the river, their ducks and water-buffalos swimming in the river and their cormorants sleeping on the fishing bamboo rafts in the day and their orchards and tea plantation spreading all the way up to the mountain top. Thanks to local tourism authorities and tourism industry development in these years, more and more middle generation people are coming back home from the coastal industrial cities and their hard labor jobs as they may provide beds and accommodation, food and travel service to the increasing domestic tourists. Local villages give up building bridges over the rive as they want to protect their environment and they know more than any others what it means to them, they clean the trash after raining season, they maintain the banks in low season, they plant more trees and bamboo to make it more beautiful, and of course local governments invest on villages roads…

The Li River will be worth your time. It will give you memories that you will never want to forget. If you are across the country and decided that you want to go see the Li River for your self then book a Guilin flight it will get you there fast.

Pandas a Must See

On November 2, 2011, in China Travel Gossip, Must-sees, by Leslie.Mcbride

You must not leave China without seeing a Giant Panda. The Giant Pandas are only found in three provinces in China Shaanxi, Sichuan, and Gansu. The best place to see them is in Sichuan in a city called Chengdu. Therefore make sure you schedule Chengdu Panda Breeding/ Research Center in your China Tour. Chengdu Panda […]

You must not leave China without seeing a Giant Panda. The Giant Pandas are only found in three provinces in China Shaanxi, Sichuan, and Gansu. The best place to see them is in Sichuan in a city called Chengdu. Therefore make sure you schedule Chengdu Panda Breeding/ Research Center in your China Tour. Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center is located six miles from town. As a result it will only be a bus ride away from your China hotel to the Research Center.

People adventure to China to see the Giant Pandas. Sadly only 1000 are left. Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center wants to educate the public on how to protect the wild creatures and their environment. The Research Center opened its door in 1993. The Research Center created a natural habit so that they can breed the pandas. They did this by creating a natural scenery and landscapes. They wanted to create a wonderful and humane living environment so that the panda could grow. The main objective of the Giant Panda research is to help prepare the pandas for their release in the wild.

The Research Center also cares for other rare and endangered wild life such as the red pandas, black necked cranes, white storks  plus much more. The center covers 92 acres. You will be able to see bright flowers, verdant bamboo, and breathe flesh air. You can visit the different facilities for the giant pandas-fodder room, sleeping quarters, and medical station.

Plus you can also visit the Panda Museum. Here you can interactive and have a learning experience. The Researchers created the interactive learning experience for the fact that they wanted the visitors to understand the depth of research they are doing and help them understand that they can also help with endangered species survival.

Pandas Facts

The Panda has a bear like body, the panda as black fur on its shoulders, eyes, ears and muzzle the rest of the body fur is snowy white. The fur provides camouflage in the snowy and rocky habitats. Pandas have a short tail, round shape ears, heavy physique and a big head. In China the panda is called Da Xiong Mon- meaning ‘giant bear cat’ because the panda eyes have cat like vertical slits as pupils. When the panda eat it sits upright so that its paws are free to eat their food. The Panda height is only 2-3 feet. The male weighs 250 pounds and the female weighs 220 pounds. The panda diet is entirely of two types of bamboo the umbrella and arrow bamboo. They also eat grass and small rodents. A neat fact about pandas is that they do not hibernate since they can get their food all year long. Females only gives birth to two offspring generally one will survive. Baby cubs remain with their mother for 1 ½ to 3 years.

To visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center will cost you 58RMBs. The Research center is open from 8am to 6pm daily. If you want to see the panda being active then you need to plan on going in the morning. The pandas are more active at breakfast then at any other time. If you want to travel to Chengdu the best way to get there is by a China Flight.

Make the ‘Great Wall’ your Goal

On October 26, 2011, in Cool Places, Great Wall, Must-sees, Nature Scenery, by Leslie.Mcbride

There are three things that you need to see while you’re on your China tour the first is a Panda, the second ‘The Great Wall’ and the third is the Terracotta Warriors (I will write about the warriors in another blog).  Hiking the Great Wall might not be easy but it will be worth the […]

There are three things that you need to see while you’re on your China tour the first is a Panda, the second ‘The Great Wall’ and the third is the Terracotta Warriors (I will write about the warriors in another blog).  Hiking the Great Wall might not be easy but it will be worth the time during your China travels. Many people visit China and many people miss the opportunity to climb the ‘Great Wall of China’. Don’t be one of those people.

Short History-

Throughout the Spring and Autumn period, there was seven states that fought with one another. To protect themselves they started to build walls and put troop around these wall watch for invaders. In 221 BC a man by the name of Qin defeated the other six states, and set up the first kingdom in China. While he was emperor he had the wall connected to protect against Huns. In the Ming Dynasty the emperors had the walls enlarged and fortresses and watch towers built, to stop minority tribes from invading. Even though the Qing Dynasty started off fixing the wall by the middle of the dynasty all engineering work stopped.  Today the all the parts that the visitor can visit where mended to ensure the safety of the sightseers.

The Great Wall is a hike since it crosses the tops of the mountains. There are two ways to get up to the top the first you can hike to the top and the second you can take a cable car. If you so choose to hike up to the ‘Great Wall’ make sure you are ready to walk up 1,000s of stairs. Even though there are 1,000s of stairs it won’t take long for you to hike them. The cable car does cost 60RMBs to ride.

When you get to the top you will see an unbelievable view of the Great Wall. You will be able to see the Great Wall for miles surrounded by trees. During the summer months the trees will be green. In October the colors of the trees will start to change to yellows, reds and orange making it look enchanted.

The length of the Great Wall is 5,500 miles. It took 2000 years to build starting in the Warring State period to the Ming Dynasty (476 BC-1644). There are six sections you can visit some of these sections might be easier to hike then others. Some sections of the wall have only stairs and these stairs do not match up. Some are bigger, some are tall, some are long and some are short and small. So it is hard to get a pattern down when you are walking up them. So these Stairs go either straight up or straight down. Other sections have smooth walking paths and some stairs, these sections are easier to hike.

If you want to go to the Great Wall you can book your tour through chinaTravelDepot.com. The price includes a private car that will pick you up in front of your Beijing hotel, entrance fees and a local travel guide. Just remember that you need to make it your goal to visit the Great Wall of China.

White Jade in Shanghai

On October 19, 2011, in Shanghai, Temples, by Leslie.Mcbride

Located in the Shanghai area there is a Buddha temple that has white jade Buddha statues. This temple is called the ‘Jade Buddha Temple- Yufo Fo Si’. These Buddha’s are magnificent, thus making the temple a popular destination. The temple is in a great location, seeing as you can find a Shanghai hotel close by […]

Located in the Shanghai area there is a Buddha temple that has white jade Buddha statues. This temple is called the ‘Jade Buddha Temple- Yufo Fo Si’. These Buddha’s are magnificent, thus making the temple a popular destination. The temple is in a great location, seeing as you can find a Shanghai hotel close by it. The Jade Buddha temple would be a great attraction to see on your Shanghai tour since it will only last you a couple of hours and only 20RMBs.

 The Story:

A monk named Putoshan travelled to Burma in 1882, so that he could have a white Buddha made. For the purpose of bringing it back to China with him. The one he brought back was the ‘Reclining Buddha’. It was a long journey since he had to cart the Buddha back. When Putoshan brought it back he set it down so he could built a temple around it. Then he went off again to search of alms so he would have the means to build a temple for it. The ‘Seated Buddha’ which is also made from white jade was brought back from Singapore by Zhenshan in 1990. Zhenshan was the tenth master of the temple. Thousands of believers pilgrimage here each year.

In the 1880’s an old temple was built to house the Buddha statues. The temple only lasted until the 1900s when it was destroyed in the revolutions at overthrew the Qing Dynasty. Gratefully the Buddha statue was not harmed, sadly the temple was. In 1928 a new temple was built. This is the same temple visitors see today.

What you see

When you are walking around you will be able to see two white Buddha statues. Each one is different, the first is the ‘Seated Buddha’ it is 6 feet and 5 inches tall weighting 205 pounds. This Buddha is decorated with semi precious stones. The ‘Seated Buddha’ shows the viewer that he is in his moment of mediation and enlightenment. The second Buddha is ‘Reclining Buddha’ he is 3 feet and 4 inches long. The ‘Reclining Buddha’ is lying on its right side with its right hand supporting its head and left hand on its left leg. This shape is called the ‘luck repose’ where the Buddha is in a peaceful mood. These two Buddha are both carved from white jade, making them look more vibrant. 

The Jade temple is the most visited temple in Shanghai. It is situated in the busy city, but is a great place to go for someone who is looking for peace and quiet. The temple has seven structures which are: Devajara Hall, the Mahavira Hall, the Jade Buddha Tower, and Kwan-yin Hall, and Amitabha Hall, and the Tang Hall, and lastly the dining-room and Recumbent Buddha Hall. So when you travel to Shanghai make sure you stop in and see the White Buddha statues at the Jude Buddha temples.

The Center of Beijing – Forbidden City

On October 12, 2011, in Beijing, Forbidden City, Must-sees, by Leslie.Mcbride

The Forbidden City is a must see if you are going on a Beijing Tour. It is located in the heart of Beijing with Tiananmen Square on the south side. The Forbidden City is in a great location since it might be down the road from your Beijing hotel. History behind the Forbidden City Emperor […]

The Forbidden City is a must see if you are going on a Beijing Tour. It is located in the heart of Beijing with Tiananmen Square on the south side. The Forbidden City is in a great location since it might be down the road from your Beijing hotel.

History behind the Forbidden City

Emperor Chengzu built the city during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The construction of the palace started in 1407 and finished fourteen years later in 1420. It was believed by the Chinese Astronomers that the Purple Star (Polaris) is located in the center of the heavens. Since the Emperor was a Heavenly Emperor he lived in a purple palace called the “Purple Forbidden City”.  The reason why it was called Forbidden was because the only way to get in was by being invited by the Emperor.

What you can see while you are there:

There are thousands of buildings you can see while you are visiting the City not including the many beautiful courtyards. A 52-meter wide moat and 10-meter high wall was built around the City. The city has over 8,700 rooms. While you are visiting the City you should count how many rooms you can see. The City is very big so you might get lost but isn’t that the fun of going to new places is by getting lost and finding your way back.

The grandest hall is the Hall of Supreme Harmony. This is where the emperor would ascend to visit with officials. Important events were also celebrated there. On the right side is where the princes would study. Off to the north lies the imperial library where the world largest encyclopedia (Sikuquanshu) was house.

To get to where the royal family resided you need to go under the Gate of Heavenly Purity. During the Qing Dynasty, Emperor Kangxi would meet high officials to give them his orders. The emperors also had a hall for the concubines so they had a resident. There is also imperial garden. It is a small garden but it has many beautiful effects.  It has towers that over looks it, pavilions, and artificial hills. They also created springs throughout it. The best part is that old tress can still be found there. Some of these trees are over 1,000 years old. These are only a couple of things you can see while you are walking around the Forbidden City, there is much more, so go and experience it for your self.

Just a reminder that the Forbidden City might restrain the number of passengers into the park, on such days as May Day, China National Day, and some summer holidays. The admission fee is 60RMBS and it opens at 8:30 o’clock AM and closes at 6 o-clock PM. Plan on staying for three to four hours since there is a lots to see and do. The best way to get there is by taking the Subway, on Line 1 get off at Tiananmen West or East Station. Go north through Tiananmen Tower. If you take Line 2 make sure you get off at the Qianmen Station and you will also want to walk north to the Tiananmen Tower.

So when you go on your China Tour make sure you have planned on seeing the Forbidden City. It is in the heart of Beijing, and will be the heart of your trip.

Buddhist Lama Temple- Yonghe Lamasery

On October 11, 2011, in Beijing, China Attractions, Cultural Experience, Temples, by Leslie.Mcbride

When people think of the Buddhist they think of Asia. Since Buddhism is a popular religion in China it would be unwise to take a China Tour without visiting a Buddhist Temple. One of the oldest Buddhist temples is the Lama Temple and it is located in Beijing. The Lama Temple might be far from […]

When people think of the Buddhist they think of Asia. Since Buddhism is a popular religion in China it would be unwise to take a China Tour without visiting a Buddhist Temple. One of the oldest Buddhist temples is the Lama Temple and it is located in Beijing. The Lama Temple might be far from your Beijing hotel, but just remember you can take the subway there. The Lama Temple is the only temple in Beijing to have its own stop, so make sure you take line 2 and get off at Yonghegong/Lama Temple.

Buddhism was introduce to China in the 6th century, from India. Many of the Chinese Emperors were Buddhist so they built monasteries and temple to promote the religion throughout China. Buddhism have many aspects, first it guilds the people to behave, and to be honest and to be responsible. Second it helps people to create harmony and have a peaceful mind. Thirdly it focuses on sharing and having compassion toward other people. Fourthly is emphasizes in awakening the mind, people can do this by learning. Once someone has developed intellectual capacity then they understand how to love and be kind to other beings.

 The Lama Temple (Yonghe Temple) was built in the Qing Dynasty. It was first used has Emperor Yongzheng place of a residence. Then in 1744 it was converted into a lamasery.   The Lamasery is described as a mini-palace that occupies an area 16 acres (66,400 sq ft).  There are six parts to the temple-

South courtyard- as visitors enter the courtyard a bell tower and drum tower greet them.

Hall of the Heavenly Kings- has four Heavenly Kings enshrined in the hall. The middle one is Maitreya he is glowing with a smile and has his legs crossed.

Hall of Harmony and Peace- has three Buddha’s that represent the Past, present and future. Hall of Harmony and Peace also holds four wings. In the fourth wing is where the lamas study Tibetan medicine, astronomy and geography.

Hall of Everlasting Blessings- holds the Medicine Buddha, and Lion Buddha.

Hall of the Dharma Wheel- this is where the lamas read sutra and hold ceremonies. On one of the wall there is a mural it shows the viewer of the life of Sakyamuni, and it also displayed some Buddhist scriptures.

Pavilion of Infinite Happiness- in the middle of the hall there is a statue of Maitreya, he is 85 feet in height and is 26 feet in diameter and with 26 feet buried under the ground.

If you are asking your self why you should visit the Lama Temple, you should tell your self I want to visit it because it will introduce me to China culture and religion. Many monks still live on the temple grounds. So many lucky visitors are able to get a glimpse of the monks chanting sutras in the morning and during certain periods, while they are wondering around the grounds. They might also get a change to see the Buddhist carryout the Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies.

There is an admission fee of 25RMBs. The Lama Temple is open at 9:00 AM and closes at 5:00PM daily.  So after you get off your China Flight make sure you have planned to visit the Buddhist Lama Temple.

Beijing on a Budget

On October 10, 2011, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, by Leslie.Mcbride

If you want to travel to Beijing and you enjoy saving money, then Beijing is right place for you. There are multiple of places to visit. Some of these sites should be close to your Beijing hotel. The first place you should see is the National Museum of China. You can get there by taking […]

If you want to travel to Beijing and you enjoy saving money, then Beijing is right place for you. There are multiple of places to visit. Some of these sites should be close to your Beijing hotel. The first place you should see is the National Museum of China. You can get there by taking Subway line 1, but please make sure you get out at the Tiananmen East stop. 

The National Museum of China is the largest history museum in China. It opened in 2003. In the museum there is Chinese ancient history Section. The ancient history sections dates back to 1,700,000 years ago and ends in 1921. This section holds the most amazing historical objects, such as the Terracotta Warriors. Another section of the museum is the Revolutionary section this section holds a great deal of material such as pictures, books, and models, these materials represent the development of modern day China.

The second place you need to visit is Tiananmen Square. You can also get there by taking line 1 of the subway and stopping at either Tiananmen West or East stops. Tiananmen Square is a historical place; it is where Chairman Mao Zedong proclaimed China to be the “People’s Republic of China” on October 1, 1941. There are also many sites to see while you are visiting Tiananmen Square like, Monument to People’s Heroes, Tiananmen Tower, Great Hall of the People, and Memorial Hall Of Chairman Mao. The admission is free; unless you want to explode Tiananmen Tower then it will cost you 15RMB. If you take the subway make sure you are on line 1 and get off on Tiananmen West or East.

Another great place to visit while you are in Beijing is the Olympic Green. There is so much to see here. During the day you can walk around the Forest Park. The park is a great place to go since it makes you feel like you left the busy life of Beijing to walk through a forest. There are many different paths you can take and each one is peaceful. While you are walking you can hear birds singing and see different types of flowers and trees.

When it gets dark you can walk around the Olympic Green. It’s better to walk the Olympic green in the dark since everything light up. On the Olympic Green you can see the Olympic Torch and the Birds Nest that is where they held the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. While you are on the Olympic Green you can see the night life. Sometimes there are groups of people dancing and some people playing instruments and other flying kites. Going to the Olympic Green and the Forest Park is a pleasant way to spend a day.

So if you are on a budget and you want to travel to Beijing makes sure you plan on seeing The National Museum of China, Tiananmen Square, and the Olympic Green, given that all three of these places has free admissions. So it is a great way to send your day and stay debt free. So plan on starting your China tours soon.

Iconic Architecture in China

On August 11, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Beijing, Restaurants & Food, Tours, by Tanvir Bansal

When you’ve booked your China Flights and are looking to Travel to Beijing the architecture of the city will undoubtedly leave you with an ever-lasting memory.The capital city of Beijing hosts many varieties of buildings ranging from modern skyscrapers to more traditional Chinese structures. One particular building that will leave a lasting impression on you […]

When you’ve booked your China Flights and are looking to Travel to Beijing the architecture of the city will undoubtedly leave you with an ever-lasting memory.The capital city of Beijing hosts many varieties of buildings ranging from modern skyscrapers to more traditional Chinese structures.

One particular building that will leave a lasting impression on you is the CCTV Headquarters building in Beijing. Created by the famous architect Rem Koolhas the building stands at 234m high with 49 floors and a total of 550000 square feet. Its intelligent and bold design makes this building a prominent feature of the Central Business District skyline.

The project was started in September 2004 and was part of a plan to rejuvenate the area of Beijing as part of the Governments plan to improve central Beijing with “innovative and functional architecture, whilst preserving historic buildings at the same time”. The structure was scheduled to be completed in time to broadcast the Beijing 2008 Olympics in 2008. However, the plans for the structure caused much discomfort with the locals who opposed to the construction of the build due to the costs that would be incurred. The overall building cost was estimated to be around $750million (€ 600). Nevertheless, the building was in coherence with the vision for a more modern Beijing, therefore the plans were approved and the construction of the building went ahead as planned.

The creator of the building, Rem Koolhas, is a Dutch based architect who graduated from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, USA. In his time as an architect he has ventured out into different fields and also collated many awards and lifetime achievement awards, for example, the Pritzker Prize (2000), Royal Gold Medal (2004), and the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale of Architecture for lifetime achievement (2010).

By combining two ‘L’ shaped blocks the form of the building forms a continuous loop. Unlike any other building in the world the design of the building was heavily criticized by locals and fellow architects. The shape, construction methods, and final concept of the building caused many disputes as they felt that the building was too futuristic for the cityscape and would not fall directly in line with the more conventional steel framed skyscrapers that were being planned for the future.

As the headquarters for Chinas central Television the building employs over 10,000 people and is a great ammunition for the economy. Inside the building you are greeted by an open plan lobby, which amazes you in itself through its grandeur.

Even though this iconic building caused many disputes it has an undeniable elegance amongst the Central Business District and is a truly magical sight. The opportunity to see it or tour within it is one not to be missed as it offers spectacular and breathtaking views across Beijing. So don’t delay and book your Beijing Tours today to capitalize on a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Qin Shi Huang and his Terracotta warriors

On June 13, 2011, in Must-sees, Terracotta Warriors, Travel Info, Xi'an, by Jodie S.

Beijing is a city filled with lots of fascinating sites, many being traditional and historical. Visitors do their Beijing Travel and book their China Flights without knowing the history of China’s second largest city. It was during the QinDynasty (221 BC) Beijing established Qin Shi Huang, as their first emperor of the Qin Dynasty. Formerly […]

Beijing is a city filled with lots of fascinating sites, many being traditional and historical. Visitors do their Beijing Travel and book their China Flights without knowing the history of China’s second largest city. It was during the QinDynasty (221 BC) Beijing established Qin Shi Huang, as their first emperor of the Qin Dynasty. Formerly named Ying Zheng then later on Qin Shi Huang, went on to rule for 35years. Qin Shi was known for his magnificent and intelligent projects.

Legend has it that Qin Shi was not birthed from a prince but was already conceived by a merchant and his wife. It was then said that a merchant named Lu Buwei arranged for his already pregnant wife Zhao Ji to meet the then prince of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770-256 B.C.). The prince met Zhao Ji and made her his concubine, she then gave birth to Lu Buwei’s child in 259 B.C.  The price believed the child was his, thirteen years later the prince died which made his supposed child the King of the Qin state. The young king ruled at the tender age of thirteen with the prime minister at his side who was said to be his actual father “Lu Buwei”. Lu Buwei also acted as the regent for the first eight years of Qin Shi Huang ruling.

Lu Buwei tried to seize power by planning a coup while Qin Shi Huang was out of the area. A failed attempt ended up with Lu Buwei being banished and his associate and associate’s family being executed. Lu Buwei then committed suicide in 235 B.C. by drinking poison. After the death of Lu Buwei, Qin Shi Huang was taken over by a case of paranoia with that he banished all foreign scholars from his court.  After numerous attempts for his death Qin Shi Huang made it through.

The next on coming years Qin Shi Huang dealt with battling through the neighboring states, unifying China and starting the Great Wall and Ling Canal. As Qin Shi Huang began to hit his middle ages, he grew more and more afraid of death. Qin Shi became obsessed with finding a way to preserve his life. Qin Shi thought he could some how create something that would make him live forever. Many doctors and alchemists invented a number of potions, many of the potions contained mercury which probably quicken his death rather then lengthen his life. The Emperor requested that the construction of a gargantuan tomb would be made.

Qin Shi Huang wanted to have soldiers in the afterworld to protect him, and maybe allow him to conquer heaven as he had in China. Qin Shi also asked that a Terracotta army of at least 8,000 clay soldiers be placed in the tomb. The army must also included terracotta horses, along with real chariots and weapons. The warriors were created; each soldier had an individual and unique facial feature. The bodies and limbs were mass-produced from molds. If you would like to visit the Terracotta warriors you can by just visiting China Travel and taking a look trough the offered tours.

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