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Travel in Beijing
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Beihai Park

altWith the Forbidden City (gù gōng 故宫 ) and Jingshan (jǐngshān 景山) Park to its east, Zhong Nan Hai (Central and South Seas) to its south, Beihai (North Sea) Park (béihǎi gōng yuán 北海公园) is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved ancient imperial gardens in China located in the center of Beijing. This ancient garden, with over 1,000 years' history, is not only a classic combination of the grandiosity of the northern gardens and the refinement of the southern gardens in China, but also a perfect integration of magnificent imperial palaces and solemn religious constructions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2009 19:37
Beijing Hutong

Beijing HutongA hutong (hú tong 胡同) is an ancient city alley or lane typical in Beijing, where hutongs run into the several thousand. Surrounding the Forbidden City (gù gōng 故宫 ), many were built during the Yuan (1206-1341), Ming(1368-1628) and Qing(1644-1908) dynasties. In the prime of these dynasties the emperors, in order to establish supreme power for themselves, planned the city and arranged the residential areas according to the etiquette systems of the Zhou Dynasty. The center of the city of Beijing was the royal palace -- the Forbidden City.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2009 19:39
Yonghegong Lamasery (Lama Temple)

Yonghegong LamaseryYonghegong (雍和宫 the Palace of Harmony and Peace),popularly known as the” Lama Temple” , is a famous lamasery in the northeastern part of Beijing.It is located next to the northern side of the Second Ring Road,with Bai Lin Si ( Normal 0 7.8 磅 0 2 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 the Cypress Grove Temple)to its east and the Temple of Confucius and the Imperial Academy to the west.Yonghegong Lamasery is the largest lamasery and one of the best preserved lama temples at the present time in Beijing with a total area of 66,400 square meters,480 meters long from north to south and 120 meters wide from east to west.Yonghegong Lamasery is also a well—known monastery of the Gelugpa,the Yellow Sect of Tibetan Buddhism in Mainland China.In 1961,it was listed as one of China’s major national treasures under state protection.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2009 15:00
Beijing Zoo

Beijing Zoo

Beijing Zoo (Běijīngdòng wùyuán 北京动物园), situated in the west part of Beijing. It was built in 1908, known as the Garden of Ten Thousand Animals. In 1955 it was formally named Beijing Zoo.

It covered an area of over 40,000 square meters. Bears, elephants, pandas, lions, tigers, songbirds, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, antelopes and giraffes were brought in the late 1950s, and a gorilla cage, leaf-monkey cage and aquarium house, was opened, containing specimens of over 100 species of reptiles from all over the world, including crocodiles and pythons.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2009 17:08
The Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven (tiān tán天坛) was the place where the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would worship Heaven and pray for bumper crops.The Temple of Heaven
The northern part of the outer surrounding wall is semi-circular in shape while the southern part square, a pattern symbolic of the ancient belief that Heaven was round and the earth square. The double surrounding wall separates the temple into two parts—the inner and outer temples with the main structures in the inner one, covering a space of 273 hectares in all.
The inner temple is also partitioned by a wall into two groups of buildings. The north structure is the Altar of Praying for Bumper Crops with the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests as the principal building used to pray in spring for a bumper harvest in the year. The south structure is the Circular Mound Altar used to worship Heaven at the winter solstice where the principal construction is a large round marble terrace named the Circular Mound.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2009 18:50
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