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The Lively Playground at Temple of Heaven

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
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The Temple of Heaven to the local Beijing people is more than just a religious place or a place for viewing the ancient Chinese architecture.  It is also a huge park complex that comprises an area of hundreds-year-old cypress trees, well-maintained forests and gardens of various sizes.

The Temple of Heaven is a perfect place for locals, especially the retirees to come here for morning exercises, singing and dancing, and other cultural activities. Inside the east gate there is a lively playground equipped with rows of sports facilities.

Now the playground has become  a lively morning hangout for the local Beijing people to do morning exercises, dancing and other activities, an interesting spot for foreigners to explore the routine life in Beijing.

Follow me to have a virtual tour of the lively morning in Temple of Heaven.

Foreigners attracted to the lively playground

 

Amazed by the acts performed by the local seniors

 

A difficult gymnastic movement

 

The temptation to participate in is great

 

Learn to do the local exercise.

 

Modern Dancing

 

Play Jianzi ( Shuttlecock )

 

Playing Yoyo, also known as Chinese Diabolo

 

06611Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

The Long Corridor in Temple of Heaven

Sunday, March 19th, 2017
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When you  are planning your trip to Temple of Heaven in Beijing, basically you are supposed to visit the following three main parts:

The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests: where the emperors sacrificed animals and burned incense sticks to pray for good weather for the crops.

The Imperial Vault of Heaven: A single gabled circular building, built on a single level of marble stone base. It is located south of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest. Inside the compound, a circular wall, an echo wall. where you can whisper something from one end and the voice will transmit to the other end.

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.

In addition to the major three amazing architectural areas, one place you should not miss is the Long Corridor which is situated near the East Gate.

The Temple of Heaven is actually a huge parkland teemed every morning with early risers who come here for morning exercises or recreation. The Long Corridor is a perfect place to see those morning park goers doing their activities, showcasing the rich and authentic daily life of the local people.

The Long Corridor extends 350 meters long and 5 meters wide, connected to the Altar for Grain Prayers on the west, leading up to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.

The Long Corridor is situated at the East Gate

 

The Long Corridor full of people sitting and standing, playing and singing.

 

The Long Corridor is a window for a glimpse of the local people.

 

Play Chess

 

Play Cards

 

Extracurricular Activities at the Long Corridor

 

Knitting and Talking at the Long Corridor

 

Mother and Daughter

06611Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

 

Best Time to See Plum Blossoms in Beijing

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
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The plum blossom, known as the “meihua” (梅花) in Chinese, is on the top of the top 10 list of the most beautiful flowers in China. It is also one of the most favorite flowers in China and has been frequently mentioned and depicted in Chinese art and poetry for centuries. The plum blossom symbolizes hope, beauty, purity and perseverance.

The best time to see the plum blossoms in Beijing ranges from mid-March through mid-April, the later winter season and early spring time.

There are quite a few places to view the plum blossoms in Beijing, such as:  Ming Dynasty Wall Relics Park, Jiufeng National Forest Park, Xishan National Forest Park, Beijing Zhongshan Park, Beijing Botanical Garden, Beijing Fragrant Hill Park, Summer Palace, Zizhuyuan Park, Longtang Park, etc.

Now follow me to have a virtual tour of Ming Dynasty Wall Relics Park where various kinds of plum trees are blooming ( Photos taken on March 12).

Plum Blossom Photography

 

Iphone photography of Plum Blossoms

 

The noble plum blossoms against the ancient city

 

Weeping plum tree cultivar

 

Longyou plum tree cultivar

 

“Hongmei” ( Red Plum ) Plum Blossoms

 

Jumping Plum Blossoms

 

Green Plum

 

Looking for beautiful shapes of plum blossoms

 

Photographing the blooming plum trees

 

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.