Category Archives: China

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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Clocks & Watches Gallery @ Forbidden City, Beijing, China

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The Clocks & Watches Gallery in the Forbidden City (故宮鐘錶館) houses more than 200 pieces of antique clocks from all over the world.  Clocks are western inventions which were first brought into China by a priest from Italy in 1601.  The emperors were extremely fascinated by the intricate details and intrigued by the way the clocks work.   Continue reading

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Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel @ Beijing, China

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We stayed in Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel in Beijing for one night because I am fascinated by the historical “Siheyuan” (四合院) or quandragle architecture – meaning that the complex consists of 4 buildings with 1 courtyard, and also to experience the old Bejinger’s way of life in the hutong.   The quiet hutong is away from the noisy main street yet close enough to a supermarket nearby.  The nearest MTR station is the Dongsi station that’s a 10-15 minutes walk away. Continue reading

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