Category Archives: Beijing

Jingshan Park @ Beijing China

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The Jingshan Park (景山公園) is just across the road from Forbidden City as you exit the North Gate of the Divine Might (神午門).  The Pavilion of Royal Longevity (壽皇殿牌樓) that sits atop the hill is really worth the climb because it is a superb view-point that allows you to see all of Forbidden City under your eyes. You are most likely tired after exploring the enormous Forbidden City but bear with the tiredness and the view will be rewarding.   Continue reading

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Summer Palace 101 @ Beijing China

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The Summer Palace (頤和園 Yihe Yuan) in Beijing is one magnificent compound that was once the royalties’ holiday place.  With an astonishing 720 acres of land, it is the world’s largest imperial landscape palace.  Back in 1750, when Emperor Qianlong built the Summer Palace for his mother as an act of filial piety, the palace was known as the Garden of Clear Ripples (清漪園 Qingqi Yuan).   Continue reading

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Zai Zai Crayfish @ Ghost Street, Beijing, China

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“Mala” Crayfish is the signature dish on “Ghost Street” (Gui Jie 簋街) in Beijing.  Almost every restaurant that we pass by is selling this delicacy! Some of the restaurants even have three or branches on the same street.  We picked Zai Zai restaurant (簋街仔仔) because there is at least 8 branches of them along the street so I thought they gotta be good right?   Continue reading

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The Tower of Buddhist Incense @ Summer Palace, Beijing

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The Tower of Buddhist Incense (佛香閣 Foxiang Ge) sits atop Longevity hill in the Summer Palace, overlooking Kunming Lake.   Like a lot of historical sites in China, it went through cycles of construction and destruction.  It was first built by Emperor Qianlong during the 1700’s, destroyed by the Anglo-French allied Forces in 1860 and rebuilt again during Emperor Guangxu’s reign (1875 – 1908).   Continue reading

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The Garden of Virtue & Harmony @ Summer Palace , Beijing

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The Garden of Virtue & Harmony (德和園 Deheyuan) in the Summer Palace was where Empress Dowager Cixi watched Beijing opera shows.  Empress Dowager had high demands for the shows and like everything else in the Summer Palace, an elaborate, majestic three-level stage known as The Great Stage (大戲樓 Daxilou) was built to perfection and it is the largest imperial stage in China.   Continue reading

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Suzhou Street @ Summer Palace, Beijing China

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The Suzhou Street (蘇州街) in the Summer Palace (頤和園) was built to resemble the water towns in Suzhou with traditional shoplots along the (man-made) riverbank.  Back in the olden days, during the emperor’s visit to the Summer Palace, the street “opens for business” with eunuchs and maids from the imperial palace playing vendors to entertain the emperor.   Continue reading

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Trip to Great Wall of China @ Badaling

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The Great Wall of China is such a magnificent sight where thousands of kilometers of endless wall span through different terrains on the northern China border. What’s even more incredible is that all was done by man power more than 2000 years ago. The earliest wall was built as early as 7th century BC though most of it that we see today was built during the Ming Dynasty (14th century).  We visited the Great Wall at Badaling as it is the closest one for us to get to from Beijing by train.   Continue reading

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