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Night View of Gui Jie in Beijing

Saturday, November 8th, 2014
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Plan your Beijing night tour? If you can spare some time for the sightseeing at night, you are recommended to stroll Gui Jie ( Ghost Street 簋街), an almost 24-hour food street with numerous eateries on both sides. It is quite popular with local Beijing people, expats, tourists, etc .

Almost all the restaurants here are decorated in red – red store-front plaques, red lanterns and red lights with great vibe, a great place for  friends, families and couples all to meet for dinner here.

Many  of the local restaurants offer Sichuan food (spicy and greasy) and Beijing food which are  represented by crayfish,frogs, hotpots, Beijing ducks,etc. Some restaurants have luxury appearances while others very basic. You may also find seafood,  renovative foods  and foreign brand restaurants like Subway.

The over-1000 meter Guijie ( Gui Jie) is located between Dongzhimen Subway Station of Line 2 and Bexinqiao Subway Station of Line 5. So  you may walk from Dongzhimen Station or Beixinqiao Station to the brilliant food street with Beixinqiao being closer.

You may choose a restaurant and sit down for a bite of the local Beijing food. Generally prices here are reasonable though some people complain about the overpriced food offered by some restaurants.  Or, you may just have a walk along the colorful and vibrant gourmet street in Beijing.

Follow me to see the night view of Guijie ( Ghost Street).

Brilliant restaurants are lined up on both sides

Brilliant restaurants are lined up on both sides

Brilliant restaurants are lined up on both sides

Restaurants are clustered along Guijie Street brightly decorated.

Guijie Street brightly decorated

Guijie Street brightly decorated

Huda (胡大) and Huajia Yiyuan (花家怡园)are two popular  and a bit high-end restaurants where people are often seen waiting outside and eating pumpkin seeds while waiting.

Eating seeds outside on benches and waiting for a seat at another Huda Restaurant with bellowing red lanterns hanging

Eating seeds outside on benches and waiting for a seat

Eating seeds outside on benches and waiting for a seat

Sichuan Spicy Food

Sichuan Spicy Food

Sichuan Spicy Food

Barbecue and Skewers

Barbecue and Skewers

Barbecue and Skewers

Spicy crabs, spicy snares and more

Spicy crabs, spicy snares and more

Spicy crabs, spicy snares and more

Night snacks,tea and more

Night snacks,tea and more

Night snacks,tea and more

Hot Pots

Hot Pots

Hot Pots

 

A trendy and chic Sichuan Barbecue Restaurant

A trendy and chic Sichuan Barbecue Restaurant

A trendy and chic Sichuan Barbecue Restaurant

Workers are revamping a shrimp hot pot restaurant.

revamping a shrimp hot pot restaurant.

revamping a shrimp hot pot restaurant.

Chongqing Hot Pot

Chongqing Hot Pot

Chongqing Hot Pot

Another Huda (胡大) restaurant at the western end of Gui Jie

Subway

Subway

Subway

The western end of Guijie Street

The western end of Guijie Street

The western end of Guijie Street

Tip:  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 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

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.

Night View of Tiananmen Square

Friday, November 7th, 2014
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Tiananmen Square is oft-lauded as the largest public square of this kind in the world, a geological center of Beijing as well as a  political barometer of China. Apart from the historical events and myths related to the square, Tiananmen Square has much to offer in terms of the significant buildings and solemn red flag raising and lowering ceremonies.

Visiting Tiananmen Square at different times of a day, you get  different views of the square  – Sunrise View of Tiananmen Square, Sunset View of Tiananmen Square. Today I’d like to present you the night view of Tiananmen Square.

Shortly after the sun is setting over Tiananmen Square,  most of the buildings in or surrounding Tiananmen Square will be lit up, turning the square a multi-colored wonderland. Plan your Beijing night tour? Tiananmen Square is an ideal place for a pleasant stroll.

North of Tiananmen Square is Beijing Tiananmen Tower ( Gate of Heavenly Peace ) . The tower sits on the platform which is a building with double-eaved roof and yellow-glazed tiles. It has five archways with the middle gate used as the passage for Ming and Qing emperors.

Tiananmen Tower

Tiananmen Tower

The busy traffic before  Tiananmen Tower

The busy traffic before Tiananmen Tower

The busy traffic before Tiananmen Tower

A closer look at Tiananmen Tower

A closer look at Tiananmen Tower

A closer look at Tiananmen Tower

Standing in front of the Tiananmen Tower facing the south,  look at the center piece of Tiananmen Square – The Monument to a huge basket of flowers, People’s Heroes and Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum on the south.

The center of Tiananmen Square

The center of Tiananmen Square

National Museum of China sits on the east of Tiananmen Square

National Museum

National Museum

The Great Hall of the People sits on the west of Tiananmen Square, the meeting place of national people’s congress of the People’s Republic of China, a Chinese style of parliament.

The Great Hall of the People

The Great Hall of the People

Tiananmen Square is decorated with a huge basket of flowers and torch-like flowers

Monument to the People’s Heroes – There are eight white marble sculptures on the monument seat: including a series of important history events, Such as Opium burning in Humen, Jintian Uprising. Wuchang uprising, etc.

Monument to the People's Heroes

Monument to the People’s Heroes

Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum on the south. Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum started to construct in November 1976 and completed in May 1977.

Chairman Mao's Mausoleum

Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum

The old building of Bank of China sits on the west of Tiananmen Square, a western style architecture.

The old building of Bank of China

The old building of Bank of China

Zhengyangmen Tower (Facing the Sun Gate), together with Arrow Tower is collectively called “Qianmen” (Front Gate), one of nine inner gates in the city wall built in Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is located south of Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum.

Zhengyangmen Tower

Zhengyangmen Tower

Arrow Tower, together with Zhengyangmen Tower is collectively known as “Qianmen”,  one of the nine gates in the city wall of Ming and Qing dynasties.

Arrow Tower

Arrow Tower

On the southeast corner of Tiananmen Square sits the old train station which has been turned into China Railway Museum.

 China Railway Museum.

China Railway Museum.

Add on
How to visit Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Sunrise View
Tiananmen Sunset View

 

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.

Night View of Forbidden City

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
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Plan your Beijing tour? If you are lucky to have a clear night with good visibility in Beijing, having a few hours’ Beijing night tour is a smart choice. So where to see at night in Beijing? Beijing has much to offer after nightfall with numerous buildings and roads  lit up in a blaze of multicolors, making Beijing a place of surreal atmosphere.

Well, let’s start with Forbidden City. Though not allowed to enter Forbidden City for a night view,  people still have the opportunity to see Forbidden City’s night beauty. Climbing up to the top of Jingshan Park (just 180 meter stone steps) and have a panorama of Forbidden City. Or you may walk to the moat along on the northern wall of Forbidden City. The night view of the turrets of Forbidden City is stunning with traditional buildings coated with lights.

Standing on the terrace in the front of Wanchun Pavilion atop the hill north of Forbidden City,  take a clear picture of Forbidden City at night with the south backdrop of lit Tiananmen Square.

Forbidden City Panorama at night

Forbidden City Panorama at night

Move your camera from the middle to the right side ( northwest corner of Forbidden City) for a good shot.

The Northwest Corner of Forbidden City

The Northwest Corner of Forbidden City

Point your camera to the left side ( the northeast corner of Forbidden City).

The northeast corner of Forbidden City)

The northeast corner of Forbidden City)

Walk to the northwest corner of Forbidden City and take the exhilarating picture of the turret and moat with the backdrop of the bright moon.

The Northwest Turret of Forbidden City

The Northwest Turret of Forbidden City

A different angle of the Northeastern Turret of Forbidden City.

 different angle of the Northeastern Turret of Forbidden City

different angle of the Northeastern Turret of Forbidden City

Stroll along the moat outside the northern wall of Forbidden City.

Stroll along the moat north of Forbidden Cit

Stroll along the moat north of Forbidden City

 

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How to Take the Best Photos of Forbidden City Turret and Moat

Forbidden City Travel Tips

Any questions, just drop a line.