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Beijing Botanical Garden

Beijing Botanical Garden


Beijing Botanical Garden (Běijīng Zhíwùyuán北京植物园), lying in the foot of the West Hill of Beijing, has by tradition been engaged in the conservation of the native flora, especially plants from northern, northeastern and northwestern China. Its attention is also concentrated on

Last Updated on Friday, 30 October 2009 13:06
Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen SquareTian'anmen Square (tiān ān mén guǎng chǎng 天安门广场) is the heart and symbol of Beijing and is the biggest square in the world. Tiananmen ( Gate of Heaven Peace ), which is on the north of the square, is originally the frontispiece of the imperial city of Ming and Qing Dynasties, constructed in the fifteenth year of Ming Yong Le. The original name of it is the Gate of Heavenly Succession (Chentianmen), which means shouldering the duty from the Heaven. In the eighth year of Emperor Shunzhi (shùn zhì dì 顺治帝) of Qing dynasty it was reconstructed and got its name Tian An Men Rostrum. Tiananmen Rostrum is 33.7 meters high, it is a peak city gate tower with double eaves. The Rostrum is nine Ying wide and five rooms deep. Numbers nine and five symbolize the most superiorily.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2009 09:20
Juyongguan Pass

Juyongguan PassJuyongguan Pass (jū yōng guān 居庸关) is located at 50 kilometers northwest of downtown Beijing.The mountains flanking the valley have many graceful peaks.The slopes on both sides of their narrow passes are covered with dense trees and plants.So it used to be one of the famous“Eight Views of Yanjing”.There was a 20—kilometer—long valley called “Guangou” from south to north with 4 passes along the valley named “Nankou,Juyongguan, Shangguan and Badaling”.They were of great strategic importance in defending the national capital Beijing.Juyongguan Pass is one of them.

The 20—kilometer—long valley flanked by mountains was considered a screen of vital importance in the defense of Beijing in ancient times.Juyongguan Pass was one of the important passes along the valley,and also one of the most famous passes of the Great Wall.It was built in a mountain gap between mountain peaks with only one road leading to the capital Beijing, which determined its military significance in ancient times through many dynasties and it has been a contested point place by military strategists through the ages.In history it witnessed several battles that decided the fate of some dynasties. In 1122,the Jin court empire(1115—1234)1ed the army,took Juyong Pass first,then marched on to Beijing and finally overthrew the Liao Dynasty(907—1125).The troops of the Ming also first took the Pass before they attacked Beijing,the capital of the Yuan Dynasty(1206—1368).Some 277 years later,the peasants’ uprising troops led by Li Zicheng did the same thing in 1644 and overthrew the Ming Dynasty.From these we can see how important role that Juyong Pass played in the history.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2009 18:09
Jingshan Park


Jingshan Park (jǐng shān gōng yuán 景山公园), the highest point in Beijing City was built in 1179 during the Jin Dynasty and has a history of more than 800 years. This Park is located directly to the north of the Forbidden City's Shenwu Gate. Visitors will discover that Beihai Park is located directly to the west of Jingshan Park. Further north again from Jingshan Park, the Bell and Drum Towers are located at the top of Di An Men Da Jie.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 June 2009 17:06
National Aquatics Center (Water Cube)

National Aquatics Center

The National Swimming Center (guó jiā yóu yǒng zhōng xīn 国家游泳中心), one of the three landmark buildings for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, is located inside the Beijing Olympic Park (Guójiā ào lín pǐkè gōng yuán 国家奥林匹克公园). A semi-transparent "cube", with "bubbles" spread out all over its surface, is a shape very similar to the structure of "H2O", the outlook for the National Swimming Center at the 2008 Olympic Games. In Chinese culture, water is an important natural element. It creates a calming atmosphere and inspires happiness. Taking full consideration of the functions of water in recreation and bodybuilding, designers have explored many ways for people of different age groups to appreciate its function. The design is called "Water Cube".

Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2009 10:23
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