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Night View of Beihai Park

Sunday, November 9th, 2014
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Visiting Beijing for the first time? Spare some time for the sightseeing in Beijing at night.  You have multiple places to choose from for your Beijing night tour – maybe  a pleasant stroll in an elegant, romantic, tranquil site.  The time-honored former imperial winter palace – Beihai Park is a nice place to stretch your legs and rekindle a romance with traditional beauty of Chinese landscape.

Beihai Park is just located to the northeast of Forbidden City.  Beihai Park was once the imperial winter palace opposite to Summer Palace.  The former imperial park is mainly composed of five parts – Qiongdao ( Jade Isle ), East Shore and North Shore, Circular City and Arboretum. It has 4 main gates – the south gate, west gate, east gate and north gate ( or back gate).

For more information on Beijhai Park, and  check out the link – How to visit Beihai Park  and Photos of Beihai Park at Dusk .

Well, follow me to have a virtual tour of Beihai Park at night.

This is the ticketing office by the south gate to Beihai Park. The entrance fee: RMB 5

Beihai Park's South Gate Ticketing Office

Beihai Park’s South Gate Ticketing Office

The South Gate is connected to the Circular City which also serves as the southern wall of the park.

The South Gate is connected to the Circular City

The South Gate is connected to the Circular City

The circular City which is also the southern wall of the park

The circular City

The circular City

The pagoda atop the hill on the Jade Island is one of the landmarks in Beijing

The pagoda atop the hill on the Jade Island

The pagoda atop the hill on the Jade Island

Zoom in the White Pagoda

Zoom in the White Pagoda

Zoom in the White Pagoda

The lit Yong’an Bridge with waving willow trees.

The lit Yong'an Bridge

The lit Yong’an Bridge

The teahouse by the lake bank is a quite and mesmerizing place.

The teahouse by the lake bank is a quite and mesmerizing place.

The teahouse by the lake bank is a quite and mesmerizing place.

Chinese typical arch bridge and pavilion

Chinese typical arch bridge and pavilion

Chinese typical arch bridge and pavilion

Bridge under dancing willow trees

Bridge under dancing willow trees

Bridge under dancing willow trees

Beihai Imperial Food Restaurant

Beihai Imperial Food Restaurant

Beihai Imperial Food Restaurant

The Circular City seen from inside the park.

The Yongan Brideg leaging to Circular City

The Yongan Brideg leaging to Circular City

The circular city

The circular city and his people

The circular city and his people

Any questions, just drop us a line.

Gaolianghe Painted Ceramic and Porcelain Factory

Monday, July 30th, 2012
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Thinking of Beijing shoping? “China Red” is a high-end gift with Chinese traditional culture. “China Red” chinawares are mainly  made by Gaolianghe Painted Ceramic and Porcelain Factory,  named after the village known as Gaolianghe ( Gao Liang He) where Galianghe Factory is located. Gaolianghe Village is under the jurisdiction of of Miaocheng Town of Huairou District in the north of Beijing.

Huaihe River, the mother river of Miaocheng Town, runs through Gao Liang He Village. A green and beautiful river park has been built along Huaihe River. The Gaolianghe Village’s beautiful enviroment has attracted several big enterprises to settle down here, adding great development for the local economy.

Gao Liang He Painted Chinaware Factory is one of the successful enterprises in Gaolianghe Village. The factory is located to the south of Huaihe River with quite and green environment. In 2004, the factory introduced “China Red” porcelain techniques from Changsha Bright REd Porcelain Co.,LTD. and at the same time became the production base for making of China Red Porcelain. In the past 6 years, Gaolianghe Painted Ceramic and Porcelain Factory has tackled the difficutites pertaining porcelain material, painting and weather. Now they have successfully made a group of bright China red porcelains, suitable for the weather in the northen China – Beijing.

Gaolianghe Painted Ceramic and Porcelain Factory makes more than China red porcelains, it also produces all kinds of art ceramics and paorcelains. “China Red” has become an outstanding brand of China in the aspects of adhering to China’ traditional culture and sprites. The factory is targeted at upscale market.

Add: 861 Gaolianghe Village, Miaocheng Towm, Huairou District, Beijing
Tel: 89609489, 13910621850
The entrance to Gaolianghe Factory

The entrance to Gaolianghe Factory

Painting a China vase ( painted in red)

Painting a China vase ( painted in red)

Painting a China Red (Vase). China Red Exhibition Hall

China Red Exhibition Hall

A beautiful tea set

A beautiful tea set

Looking for a bowl or plates

Looking for a bowl or plates

Wearing a Chinese qipao in porcelain

Wearing a Chinese qipao in porcelain

Any questions, just drop a line.

Beijing Baigongfang

Sunday, July 29th, 2012
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“Baigongfang or Bai Gong Fang” literally means “100 Handicraftsmen Workshop”. It was set up by Beijing Municipal and Chongwen District (now merged into Dongcheng District), and opened to the public in 2003 aimed at preserving and developing Chinese traditional handicrafts.

 “Baigong, or Bai Gong” originated from the book named “Kaogongji”, an official record of the State of Qi during the Spring and Autumn Period ( 722-481 BC ) and the Warring States Period (403-221 BC). “Baigong”literally means “one hundred craftsmen”, a general expression for all the craftmen who made imperial arts and crafts for emperors and noblemen in ancient times. “Fang” means “workshop” in Chinese. “Baigongfang” (One Hundred Craftsmen Workshop) is such named in order to show that it is the place where masters of numerous handicrafts meet and research for inheriting the ancient arts and crafts.

Baigongfang (100 Handicraftsmen Workshop) is composed of 30 studios including Cloisonne Studio, Carved Lacquer Studio, Inside-Bottle Painting Studio, Pearl Studio and Clay Studio etc. It is now a place both for making palace arts and crasfts, but also producing common handicrafts popular in ordinary life.

In these handicraftsmen studios, you are able to experience the most famous “Eight Unique Skills of Yanjing (Today’s Beijing)”, the palace handicrafts including Engraved Lacquer, Ivory Carving, Cloisonne, Jade Sculpture, inlaid filigree, inlaid gold lacuqer, palace hand made carpets and palace embroidery. Besides, there are major studios making the ordinary Chinese including paper-cutting, glassware, dough figurine, clay figurine and more.

On the third floor there is a DIY clasroom, 120 square metere, 40 double desks and 80 chairs. The classroom is brightly lit,air-conditioned, equippped with a wide range of audio visual equipment including projector Screens. On the four walls of the classroom are hung up with the photos of the visitors practicing to make handicrafts and the over-100 masters of handicrafts at work, making it an ideal place to be immersed in Chinese traditional handicrafts.

In the classroom, you are taught by the masters how to make paper-cut, learn to write Chinese brush writing, make paper flowers, make clay figurines, paint facial masks, make dough figureines, Chinese knots and more.

Beijing Baigongfang is a living museum of the Chinese traditional handicrafts. On your short Beijing tour, just spare some and come here to see and feel the China traditional culture flowing under this fast developing and restless world.

Opening hours: 9:00 – 17:00 everyday
Add: B12, Guangming Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing
( 1km to the east of the east gate of Temple of Heaven)
Tel: 67111381, 67112480, 67140179
Email: jcbaigongfang@126.com

Attend a DIY class for learning the ABC of Chinese traditional handicrafts . Make an inlaid snuff

Making an inlaid snuff

Having a on-site lession on arts and handicrafts

Having a on-site lession on arts and handicrafts

Any questions, just drop a line.