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Ming City Walls Ruins Park


Ming City Walls Ruins Park (míng chéng qíang yí zhǐ gōng yuán 明城墙遗址公园) is one of the top-quality parks in Beijing. It is located 3 kilometers from the center of the city, between the southeast turret and Chongwen Gate (chóng wén mé崇文门) in the west. It is a scenic spot of ancient architectural relic. It was open to the public in 2002. The Ming City Wall, first built over 580 years ago, in 1419, or the 17th year of Emperor Yongle (yǒng lè 永乐)'s reign in the Ming Dynasty, used to run about 40 kilometers. The remaining relic, which is about 1.5 kilometers long, used to be part of the inner city wall of Beijing. It is the longest section of the city wall remains in the city, and an important symbol of Beijing.
Jiumen Xiaochi

jiumenxiaochiThe story of Jiumen Xiaochi (jiǔ mén xiǎo chī 九门小吃) begins like many other stories of snack sellers in modern Beijing. Menkuang Hutong was a street where families sold traditional snacks using recipes and and skills that got passed down for generations. The hutong demolished some years back, to make room for new developments.

Add: Jiumen Local Snacks, No.1 Xiaoyou Hutong (xiào yǒu hú tòng 孝友胡同), Houhai (hòu hǎi 后海), Shishahai (shí chà hǎi 什刹海)
Tel: 010-64026868 64025858 

Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2009 13:46
The Place (Shimao Tianjie)


The Place (shì mào tiān jiē 世贸天阶) is located at No. 9 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing; east side of No.12 Dongdaqiao Road. It is a new behemoth, marked by a huge outdoor screen playing clips of random fashion shows, sees plenty of fashionista traffic. Spanish retailer Zara chose to set up shop here; their arrival in Beijing was highly anticipated by locals and expats alike. Make-up gurus MAC also chose The place for their flagship store. Other retailers like French Connection, Mango, and Adidas ensure this place is virtually bargain hunter-free. Open daily 10am to 10pm.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 November 2009 09:23
Ye San Po


Ye San Po (yěsānpō 野三坡) is a natural and very beautiful nature reserve, about 75 miles southwest of Beijing, with high mountains, forests and deep valleys. It follows the river (a small brook really, but it is extremely beautiful) by the river valley, and sometimes it can be quite steep and difficult to walk.
There are some Buddhist temples there, and one wonder why they built them in the most inaccessible place. In the forest around, there are several trees that are 1000 years old.

Matteo Ricci's tomb

Matteo Ricci's tombMatteo Ricci's tomb (利玛窦陵墓 Lì Mǎdòulíngmù) is located two miles from the west gate of the Beijing city. Ricci died in Beijing in June 1610 at the age of 58. According to the code of the Ming Dynasty, foreigners who died in China had to be buried in Macao. The Jesuits made a special plea to the court, requesting a burial plot in Beijing in view of Ricci' s contributions to China. Emperor Wanli (wàn lì 万历) of the Ming Dynasty granted his permission and designated a Buddhist temple, which had been appropriated from a court eunuch for the purpose. The tomb is of the shape of a small hill. The title on the tomb reads, '1610, Pioneer of Christian Missionary'. There is a cross carved on the tomb with inscription in both Latin and Chinese. On the two sides are the tombs of Ferdinand Verbiest, and Jojann Adam Scall von Bell. Due to Ricci's achievements in China, Chinese people regard the tomb highly and has been doing a good job in up-keeping it and protecting the tomb from vandalism.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 June 2009 09:42
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