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Prince Gong's Mansion

Prince Gong's Mansion

Prince Gong's Mansion (gōng wángfǔ 恭王府) is Beijing's largest and the best preserved Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) princely mansion and is located at Qianhai (qián hǎi 前海) west street to the north of Shichahai (shíchà hǒi 什刹海). This fine example of ancient Chinese architecture with its cultural connotations is important not only for its aesthetic value but as an asset to those who wish to study the lifestyle of the privileged classes in the feudal society of a bygone era; it also has an interesting history.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 June 2009 15:10
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The Ruins of the Yuanmingyuan

The Ruins of the Yuanmingyuan

Yuanmingyuan (yuán míng yuán 圆明园) (Garden of perfect splendor) is renowned throughout the world for its fabled charms and association with Chinese modern history. Extolled as the "Garden of Gardens" and the "Versailles of the East" during its heyday. It was an imperial summer resort painstakingly built and repeatedly expanded under the personal supervision of five emperors of the Qing Dynasty.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 June 2009 15:46
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The White Cloud Taoist Temple

The White Cloud Taoist TempleThe White Cloud Taoist Temple (bái yún sì 白云寺) is in southwestern Beijing, directly behind the Broadcasting Building. It was called the Temple of Heavenly Eternity during the Tang Dynasty and the Temple of the Great Ultimate during the Jin Dynasty. It is the largest Daoist architectural complex in Beijing and was the headquarters for the Dragon Gate sect. Although historical records indicate that there were Daoist temples in Beijing during the Tang Dynasty, it was not until the early Yuan Dynasty that they came to be built on a large scale.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2009 17:27
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The World Park in Beijing

The World Park in BeijingThe Beijing World Park (běi jīng shìjiè gōng yuán北京世界公园), located in southwestern Fengtai (fēng tái 丰台) District, is 17 kilometers from Tian'anmen and 40 kilometers from the Capital International Airport. The park has 100 world-famous man-made and natural attractions from nearly 50 countries throughout the world.

The park covers an area of 46.7 hectares. The layout is modeled after the five continents and four oceans, incorporating different spectacles and folklore of the world. Most of the architectural structures are built from marble, some with exquisite carvings. These reproductions are vivid.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2009 17:37
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Wofo Temple

Wofo Temple

Wofo Temple (wò fó sì 卧佛寺)(Temple of the Reclining Buddha) is located inside the Beijing Botanical Gardens, almost 1 km east of the Fragrant Hills.

About 20 kilometers from central Beijing proper, the rear of the temple is set against the mountain cliffs, with its front to open fields.

The temple was first built during the Zhenguan period (627-249) of the Tang Dynasty, when it was also known as Shouansi (Temple of Peaceful Longevity).

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 June 2009 16:03
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