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A Good Place to See Beijing’s Changing Skyline

Sunday, May 21st, 2017
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If you are interested in Beijing’s changing skyline or its amazing cityscape on your Beijing tour, you shouldn’t  miss the opportunity to have a glimpse of or take pictures of Rem Koolhass’s CCTV Headquarters ( China Central Television Headquarters) and its new neighbor – China Zun ( still under construction ), the 118-storey, 528 m building which will be the tallest in Beijing.

Both the CCTV building and China Zun are visible from most of Beijing. The CCTV Headquarter is designed by OMA as a weird reinvention of the skyscraper as a loop instead of a typical skyscraper’s demand for height.

Designed by architecture firm Farrells, China Zun is still under construction and after completion it will  surpass the height of the China World Trade Center Tower III by 190 metres and become Beijing’s tallest building.

China Zun literally means “ancient China wine vessel”, which ignites the imagination for the building design.

There are quite some good places in Beijing to view the CCTV Headquarters and China Zun in different angles at a closer distance. But Blue Frog ( Gumao ), a popular restaurant chain with American style food, is an ideal place to see the CCTV Headquarters and China Zun.

Blue Frog ( Gumao ) is on the 6th floor of the North Section China World Mall, Beijing. The restaurant has an open terrace where customers can dine and drink while viewing the magnificent CCTV building and its new tallest neighbor – China Zun at a closer distance with a good angle.

Blue Frog (Guomao)
NL6005 6/F, North Section China World Mall, No.1 Jianguomen Wai Street, Beijing
+86 10 8535 1186
Business Hours: 10:00-23:00 ( Mon – Sun ).

Come to Blue Frog for brunch or dinner if you are intrigued by the bright CCTV Building, China Zun and neon-lit CBD ( Central Business District ). They have many food and drinks choices on the menu – burgers, beer, wine and  their steaks and salads are also very good.

Try to get there early for a table on the open terrace where you can look out  at the CCTV Building and China Zun across the third ring road.

Blue Frog (Guomao) with a view of the CCTV Building and China Zun

 

Drinking on the terrace while looking out at the two landmarks in Beijing

 

The CCTV Building and China Zun – the Tallest Buidling in Beijing

 

Beijing’s new Skyline

 

The CBD (Central Business District)

 

Look out at the CBD ( Central Business District ) from the Terrace.

 

Sunset Glow over the CCTV Building

 

The Lit-up CCTV Building

 

The Lit-up CBD

 

The Night View of the CCTV Headquarter

 

They have many food and drinks choices on the menu – burgers, beer, wine,steaks, salads and more.

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 by Night Illuminations Tour     from US$ 33

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 Spot for Night Photography Beijing

Sunday, May 14th, 2017
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Of the Top 10 Photo Spots in Beijing,  Jingshang Park is always my favorite, where you have  some great photo opportunities – shooting sunrise and sunset; having a panoramic view of Beijing as well as snapping the incredible night scenes  in Beijing.

Jingshan Park is just located across the north gate to Forbidden City. Basically you will visit Forbidden City by entering its south gate and exit from its north gate, an official obligatory south-north visit line.

From the north gate to Forbidden City, you can easily walk to the south gate to Jingshan Park. Beside the south gate,  Jingshan Park has two more entrance gates – East Gate and West Gate.

Jingshan Park is dominated by Jingshan Hill after which the park is named. Jingshan Hill is 94.2 meters at sea level with the actual drop height at 45.7 meters, the highest viewing spot in the heart of Beijing along the historical Beijing central axis.

Jingshan Park, or Jingshan Hill in particular, is the best spot to have panoramic views of Beijing at all the time frame in a day – sunrise and sunset; day and night. For me, Jingshan Park is  the Best Spot for Night Photography in Beijing.

No matter you are a photography enthusiast or just an urban tourist, when you are planning your Beijing tour, a short trip to Jingshan Park is a good choice to see Beijing at night when it sparkles.

There are several hill road leading up to the top.  It takes you about 5-10 minutes’s walk along zigzag stone steps up to the hilltop topped by a pavilion known as Wanchun Pavilion.

Wanchun Pavilion is circled by three different levels of stone walkways which are very often full of visitors during the golden time standing in all the directions to have a bird’s-eye view of the amazing Beijing.

What a beautiful day today! Azure sky and white clouds, a great scarcity for the smog-frequented Beijing.  The tempertation is so great that I take my camera backpack and tripod, driving to the east gate to Jingshan Park and climb up to the hilltop for shooting the magnificent night views of Beijing.

Below are some of the photos I take tonight, recording the wonderful night in Beijing.

Forbidden City under sunset glow

 

Looking at the west of Beijing – West Hill, CCTV Tower and White Pagoda

 

Looking at the southwest of Beijing – An illuminated Pavilion and neon-lit Buildings in the distance.

 

The White Pagoda in Beihai Park

 

CCTV Tower and West Hill

 

Lit-up Pavilions in Beihai Park

 

Looking at the North of Beijing – Drum Tower and Olympic Park

 

Looking at the east – Beijing CBD

 

Looking at the east – Beijing CBD

 

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.

 

The Best Place to View Peach Flowers in Beijing

Friday, April 28th, 2017
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Approx. 80 km northeast of Beijing city center, Pinggu District is home to the world’s largest peach orchard with about 11,000 hectares of peach trees. Pinggu features totally 218 kinds of peach trees with 4 species of yellow peach, white peach, nectarine and peento.

Pinggu peaches are big in size, sweet in taste and brilliant in color. The local peaches are exported to over 10 countries with a total annual production of 1300 thousand kilograms. The harvest time falls on autumn – September and October when Pinggu will hold a festival known as “The Feast of Immortal Peaches” to celebrate the happy time for peach picking and tasting.

Another moment, no less important is Pinggu Peach Festival – the viewing of the magnificent sea of peach flowers in spring starting Mid-April through May. If you happen to visit Beijing in spring, a side trip to Pinggu for a glimpse of the “Sea of Peach Flower” is an amazing addition to your Beijing trip.

The best spot in Pinggu to see peach blossoms is Dahua Town ( 大华镇) which is home to the peach orchard dubbed as “Sea of Peach Blossoms”.  Of course, there are many separated peach orchards of big or small, sponsored by individual villagers. For entry into some of their peach orchards, you either need to pay a small sum of money or buy some of their peach products.

Many of the peach orchards are fenced, you are only allowed to see from their outside fences. In Dahua Town, the major peach orchard is fenced and circled with a long wooden walkway where you can easily have a glimpse of the peach flowers inside the fences. For small and privately owned peach orchards, you can enter either paying or buying to snap the pictures of the blooming peach flowers.

How to get to Pinggu or Dahua Town in particular?
For self-driving, just set your GPS at Dahua Town and drive along g the famous peach blossom sea road (highway No.330) and skip over the downtown Pinggu.

For public bus users, you may take the public bus 852 or 918 from Dongzhimen Transportation Hub for Pinggu District. The Bus 852 is faster than Bus 918. Arriving at Pinggu District Bus Terminal, then you change for the local small bus Dahua Town or the famous peach blossom sea road (highway No.330).

Once you are in Pinggu, you will have more interesting local attractions that bestow on you, such as Pinggu Glass Sightseeing Platform, Jingdong Krast Cave, Jinhai Lake and more.

Follow me to have a virtual tour of viewing the “Sea of Peach Blossoms” in Pinggu.

Pinggu Orchard – the largest of this kind in the world

 

Selfie in front of blooming peach flowers

 

Peach blossom selfie

 

Kissing in the sea of peach blossoms

 

Senior Peach Flower Enthusiast

 

Peach flowers against sunlights

 

Peach Flower Photography

 

Flowering Peach Trees

 

Blooming Peach branches

 

Peach blossoms

 

Old branch and new flowers

 

The major Attractions in Pinggu, Beijing
Diaowo Village is an interesting place to explore the suburban life in Beijing, having a bite of the local village food, drinking, barbecuing, fishing and more. The village is located about 35km to the southwest of the Peach Orchard in Pinggu.

More major attractions in Pinggu:

1) Flying Dragon Valley
2) Bolitai Great Wall
3) Jinhai Lake 2222
4) Pinggu Glass Sightseeing Platform
5) Jingdong Karst Cave
6) Huangsongyu Reservior
7) Diaowo Village

 

Hassle-Free Private Tour to Visit the Glass Sightseeing Platform
If you don’t want go the daunting do-it-yourself-route and prefer an organized hassle-free private tour to visit the glass sightseeing platform, no worry and we have the following options:

Beijing Family Visit Springtime Day Tour
Beijing Family Visit Summer Day Tour
Beijing Family Visit Autumn Day Tour

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.