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Niujie Mosque

altThe Niujie Mosque (niú jiē qīng zhēn sì 牛街清真寺), the largest of all the mosques in Beijing, was first built in 996 by two Arabs during the Liao Dynasty (liáo guó 辽国). The local Muslim community was forbidden from constructing the mosque in a style other than traditional Chinese architecture, with the exception that the use of Arabic calligraphy was allowed. It was rebuilt in 1442 in the Ming Dynasty and expanded in 1696 under the Qing Dynasty (qīng cháo 清朝). It is now one of the major mosques in north China. It underwent several alterations and since 1949 it has been repeatedly restored.

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 May 2009 16:23
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Temple of Confucius

Temple of Confucius

History
The largest and oldest Temple of Confucius is found in Confucius's hometown, present-day Qufu (qǚ fǔ 曲阜) in Shandong Province. It was established in 478 BC, one year after Confucius's death, at the order of the Duke Ai of the State of Lu, who commanded that the Confucian residence should be used to worship and offer sacrifice to Confucius. The temple was expanded repeatedly over a period of more than 2,000 years until it became the huge complex currently standing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 14:38
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Chaoyang Park

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Beijing Chaoyang Park (cháo yáng gōng yuán 朝阳公园) is a park located on the site of the former Prince's Palace in Beijing's Chaoyang District. ChaoYang Park first opened in 1984 and covering an area of some 320 hectares (3km by 1.5km) between the east third and fourth Ring Roads, it is larger than the Summer Palace and, indeed, is the largest park in the city.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2009 10:55
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Di Tan Park

History
altThe Temple of Earth (dì tán 地坛) was constructed in 1530 by Emperor Jia Jing (jiā jìng 嘉靖) during the Ming Dynasty (míng cháo 明朝). The park covers a 40 hectares space outside of Beijing's second ring road (èr huán lù 二环路). This places the park in the middle of a heavily populated area. The park features lush gardens and tree lined paths. During the Cultural Revolution of China, the temple was damaged; however, the site has been restored and renovated since then.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2009 11:02
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Purple Bamboo Garden

Purple Bamboo Garden

Located at the south end of Bai Shi Qiao (bái shí qiáo 白石桥) Road and near the west of the Capital Gymnasium in Hai Dian District, the Purple Bamboo Garden is a mountain-water landscaped garden. As the name suggests, the garden has a large variety of bamboos, more than 50 species, with the most prominent being the black bamboo. It covers an area of 14 hectares (gōng qǐng 公顷), including three lakes and two small islands on the lakes. Five arched bridges connect the lakes, isles and main garden area and there are scattered corridors and pavilions throughout. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2009 16:37
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