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National Grand Theater
National Grand Theater
 
According to French architect Paul Andrew, National Centre for the performing arts looks like a huge green park with an oval and silver grand theater encircled by green water. The shell, made of titanium metal and glass together with day and night lights adds radiance and beauty to each other, and has fast-changing colors. The surroundings of the Grand Theater are semi-transparent, golden netted glass walls. People can see the sky inside the building through its dome. Some people describe the complete Grand Theater as "a crystal drop of water", other people call it a "big egg shell" or "boiled egg".
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2009 14:38
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Beijing 798 Art District (798 艺术区)

Introduction
798 art district"798 " (798 yì shù qǖ 798 艺术区) is located in the Dashanzi (dà shān zi 大山子) area, to the northeast of central Beijing.It is the site of state-owned factories including Factory 798, which originally produced electronics. Beginning in 2002, artists and cultural organizations began to divide, rent out, and re-make the factory spaces, gradually developing them into galleries, art centers, artists' studios, design companies, restaurants, and bars.It became a "Soho-esque" area of international character, replete with "loft living," attracting attention from all around. Bringing together contemporary art, architecture, and culture with a historically interesting location and an urban lifestyle, "798" has evolved into a cultural concept, of interest to experts and normal folk alike, influential on our concepts of both urban culture and living space.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2009 14:06
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The Ancient Bell Museum of Great Bell Temple

altThe Ancient Bell Museum of Great Bell Temple (Dà zhōng sì 大钟寺) is situated in the Northern Sanhuan Road West, Haidian District, Beijing. It was originally the Temple of Awakening which was built in the 11th year of the reign of Emperor Yongzheng (yōngzhèng 雍正) in the Qing Dynasty(1733). Beijing Municipal Government approved the establishment of the Ancient Bell Museum of Great Bell Temple in November 1984. It is the only museum specialized in tourism, collection, study and exhibition in China.

Standing from south to north were the principal buildings like the Main Gate, the Deva-King Hall, the Hall of Mahavira, the Hall of Avalokitesvara, the Tower of Scriputures and the Big Bell Tower. It takes an area of 30,000 square meters. The national treasure Yongle Bell is housed in the most featured Big Bell Tower. It is 675 centimeters in height, 330 centimeters in rim diameter and 46,500 kilograms in weight. The bell was covered entirely with Buddhist sutras and incantations in Han and Sanskrit languages, totaling more than 230,000 characters.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 June 2009 14:33
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Beijing Art Museum

Beijing Art MuseumBeijing Art Museum (běi jīng yì shù bó wù guǎn 北京艺术博物馆) is located in Wanshou Temple(the Temple of Longevity). Wanshou Temple (wàn shòu sì 万寿寺) was built in 1577 under the reign of Wanli (wàn lǐ 万历) Emperor of the Ming dynasty to store Buddhist scriptures in Chinese. It gradually became a temporary imperial dweling and a place of birthday celebration for the imperial family during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

The People's Government of Beijing Municipal City declared Wanshou Temple one of the city's "Key Cultural Heritage of Preservation" in August 1979. Having a reputation for "Mini-Forbidden-City in West Beijing", the construction of Temple consists of eastern, middle and western sections. Up till now, only the middle and the western sections remain well preserved.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2009 19:26
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Beijing Stone Carving Art Museum

Zhenjue Temple Beijing Stone Carving Art Museum (běi jīng shí kè bó wù guǎn北京石刻博物馆) specializeds museum in collecting, preserving, researching and displaying stone carving artifacts founded in the Beijing area. The museum is located at the site of Zhenjue Temple(Five Pagodas Temple), 24 Wutasi, Baishiqiao Road, Haidian District, Beijing.

The red walls, grey tiles, old trees, and ancient pagodas are set off in peaceful and seclusion. The new display has two parts, Outdoor Stone Carving Showcase and Indoor Galleries of Beijing Stone Carving Culture Exhibition, Stone Carving Gems in Beijing, Beijing Stone Carving Investigation&Conservation Achievements, and Vajrasana Exhibition at Zhenjue Temple. The museum can be called Beijing's Stone Carving Forest. These stone artifacts outline the stone carving cultural history of Beijing.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 September 2010 10:37
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