How to visit Beijing in One Day

December 7th, 2018
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If you only have one full day in Beijing and would like to feel, touch and see the essential Beijing, you may check out the quick guide to Beijing one-day itinerary below, my suggested self-guide itinerary to plan your own memorable Beijing Day Tours.

This itinerary takes you for a walk along Beijing axis from south to north and appreciate the harmony of the city design which took its form in Yuan (1279-1368) and Ming ( 1368-1644) Dynasties.

For Beijing airport layover day tours or short tours, please check out Beijing layover tours.

Temple of Heaven
Get up early and have a fast breakfast, and get to the south gate to Temple of Heaven by taking Beijing taxi or to the east gate by taking the subway line 5.

Walking from the south gate ( or east gate ) through the north gate, visit the 500-year-old temple ( now actually a huge park).

Temple of Heaven was constructed in 1420 AD during the Ming Dynasty as a site for the emperors to offer sacrifices to heaven.

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven is now actually a park. Early in the morning there are a great number of retired people who come here to hang out with friends and do morning exercises, playing Taichi ball, doing ribbon dancing, ballroom dancing, playing cards and dominoes and writing calligraphy with water brush pens on the ground. There are also music and singing…

Qianmen and Hutongs
Now you exit from the north gate to the Temple of Heaven and turn left (west) for 15 minutes walking, then turn right (north) to Qianmen Walking Street and Dazhalan.

Please notice, to get to Qianmen Walking Street, you have to pass over a flyover to the east side of the Church you will see.

Use some time to explore the time-honored Qianmen Pedestrian Street full of shops and restaurants. You may grab some local food as your lunch. Dazhalan is a must for you to walk for a while exploring the modified ancient street in Beijing.

Walking on the Qianmen Pedestrian Street

Dazhalan is a must for you to walk exploring the modified  ancient street in Beijing.

Tiananmen Square
After finishing your exploration on Qianmen, you head north and pass through Zhengyangmen Tower ( Arrow Tower) and then walk through a Beijing Subway tunnel to Tiananmen Square.

Take a half hour or more time taking pictures and immersing yourself in the center of Beijing or even China.

Walk through an underground tunnel again from Tiananmen Square up to the Gate of Heaven Peace (Tiananmen Tower), where  Chairman Mao declared the People’s Republic On October 01, 1949. You pass under Mao’ Portrait and enter Forbidden City .

Take a half hour or more time taking pictures and immersing yourself in the center of Beijing and China.


Forbidden City
The grandeur imperial palaces for the emperors in Ming and Qing Dynasties. The Forbidden City  is a must see highlight for every first time visitor to Beijing.

Be prepared for crowds of people like you visiting this complex.So you go from the south gate to its north gate. Your visit usually will take 2-3 hours.

The Forbidden City is a must see highlight for every first time visitor to Beijing

Jingshan Park  ( Jingshan Hill,  Coal Hill or prospect Hill).
Jingshan Park  is unmissable for your Beijing Day Tour. Jingshan just sits across the north gate to Forbidden City . After finishing your visit to Forbidden City  from south to north, you exit from Forbidden City’s north gate.

Raising your head, you will find a pavilion with three-layered eaves perched on a hill in Jingshan Park, a perfect place to have a panoramic view of Forbidden City and the city of Beijing.

The main road between the north gate area of Forbidden City and the south gate of Jingshan Park  is full blocked. To get across to the south gate  to Jingshan Park , you just turn left for 20 meters and take the underground pass.

Line up at the ticket window by the gate to Jingshan Park for the tickets: RMB 2 per person. Opening hours: 6am – 8pm all year round.

Jingshan Park is not to be missed a visit during your Beijing Day Tours


Beihai Park

After Jingshan Park , you are supposed to walk west to its neighbor – Beihai Park.  Beihai Park is very often neglected by many visitors.

Often dubbed as Winter Palace by westerners, Beihai Park  is the oldest imperial garden in the world as well as one of the largest in China.

Beihai Park is well-known for its beautiful gardens, the maze in the stone cave, temples and pavilions. Atop the Jade Island in Beihai Park, White Dagoba becomes an important landmark of the city.

Beihai Park is the oldest imperial garden in the world as well as one of the largest in China

Public Bars at Shichahai
Walk through the north gate to Beihai park, you come to the most famous night hangout in Beijing – Shichahai, where a cluster of bars and restaurants are dotted along the banks of the lake.

People mill along the bridge with weeping willows glowing with shining sunset in Shichahai

If you are fed up with the gentrification in Beijing; if you lose interest in modern Beijing; if you feel sad about the fact that Beijing is becoming less like Beijing; if you want to see a traditional Beijing,  and if you try to find a quiet place in the busy Beijing, come to Shichahai! Tired? Have a drink in one of the bars.

Guojie Food Street
Are you hungry? Take a cab to the nearby Guijie, Ghost Street ,  a 1442-meter long gourmet street, located within Dongzhimennei Dongcheng District, running from the east of Dongzhimen Bridge.

Eating seeds outside on benches and waiting for a seat in Ghost Street

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:

For Beijing airport layover tours, please check out Beijing layover tours.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


How to Visit Beijing in Two Days.
How to Visit Beijing in Three Days.
How to Visit Beijing in 8 Days.

Forbidden City Travel Tips – The Palace Museum Travel Tips
Tips for Visiting Tiananmen Square
Tips for Visiting the Temple of Heaven
Tips for visiting Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs in Beijing
How to visit Beihai Park Beijing
How to visit Bird’s Nest and Water Cube
How to visit CCTV Tower in Beijing
How to Visit National Grand Theatre in Beijing
How to visit Shichahai

Any questions, just drop a  line.

When is the best time to visit Zhangjiajie?

December 6th, 2018
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Are you are going to have a Zhangjiajie Tour? Zhangjiajie City is located on the northwestern border of Hunan Province. The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, a famous tourist spot in China, is a unique national forest park located in Zhangjiajie City.

Zhangjiajie belongs to subtropical humid monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. It’s neither cold in winter nor hot in summer.

When planning a trip to Zhangjiajie, one of the often asked questions likely to torment you is “When is the best time to visit Zhangjiajie?” Generally speaking, the scenery of Zhangjiajie varies from season to season.

Good Time to Visit Zhangjiajie
Generally April through Mid-November is a good time to visit Zhangjiajie. April and October are the two best months to visit Zhangjiajie.

Best Time for Fall Foliage in Zhangjiajie
The best time to view the red leaves and fall foliage in Zhangjiajie ranges from later October to Mid-November.

So you are expected to enjoy different scenery in different seasons. Check out below to have some information on each season:

Zhangjiajie in Spring (March to May)
The weather in spring of Zhangjiajie is pleasant. In spring, all the flowers on mountains blossom and mountains are luxuriantly green. The voices of kingfishers accompanied with the tinges of mountain make you feel relaxed.

The average temperature in Zhangjiajie in March ranges between 5℃ and 15℃.So it is still a bit chilly. You still need to wear a sweater and a warm jacket.

The average temperature in Zhangjiajie in April ranges between 14℃ and 20℃. So it is getting warmer. You may wear a long-sleeve shirt during the day and a thin jacket in the evening.

The average temperature in Zhangjiajie in May ranges between 16℃ and 26℃. So it is getting much warmer.  You may wear a T-shirt during the day and a thin jacket in the evening.

Temperature on mountains (above 1200 meters) will be about 3-5℃ lower than the mountain foot areas. Tourists should take a coat along when climbing mountains.

Zhangjiajie in Spring

Zhangjiajie in Spring

Zhangjiajie in Summer ( June to August )
In summer, the temperature in Zhuangjiajie is comfortable. It is an ideal summer resort for you.
It usually rains in June and July, but Zhangjiajie is more beautiful after rain and you can enjoy the cloud and fog spectacle in Tianmen Mountain, West Sea and other parts of Wulingyuan.

The average temperature in Zhangjiajie in June ranges between 18℃ and 30℃. So it is getting hotter. You may wear a T-shirt during the day and a long-sleeve shirt in the evening.The average temperature in Zhangjiajie in July ranges between 26℃ and 36℃.

So it is the hottest month in Zhangjiajie.You may wear a T-shirt for the day.The average temperature in Zhangjiajie in August ranges between 24℃ and 34℃. So it is still very hot in August. You may wear a T-shirt for the day and a long-sleeve shirt in the evening.Temperature on mountains (above 1200 meters) will be about 3-5℃ lower than the mountain foot areas. Tourists should take a coat along when climbing mountains.

Zhangjiajie in Summer

Zhangjiajie in Summer

Zhangjiajie in Autumn (September to Early November)
Most people think October in autumn are one of the best months to go traveling in Zhangjiajie. At that time, you can enjoy the most beautiful natural sites of Zhangjiajie. Visitors can have a drift in the splendid season.

There will be many visitors during the National Day between Oct. 1st to Oct. 7th every year.

If you go to Zhangjiajie in this time, you’d better reserve a room in advance, or Just avoid going to Zhangjiajie during China National Holiday.

Temperature on mountains (above 1200 meters) will be about 3-5℃ lower than the mountain foot areas. Tourists should take a coat along when climbing mountains.

Best Time for Fall Foliage in Zhangjiajie
The best time to view the red leaves and fall foliage in Zhangjiajie ranges from later October to Mid-November.

 

Zhangjiajie in Autumn

Zhangjiajie in Autumn

Zhangjiajie in Winter ( Later November to February )
Winter in Zhangjiajie is not cold with the average temperature of 13℃. In winter, if you are fortunate enough to come across the snow, you will see the different beauty of Zhangjiajie.

All the mountains, trees, roads are covered by snow, and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park turns into a pure white world. The far away mountains bring you a feeling of mystery.

Zhangjiajie in Winter

Zhangjiajie in Winter

Tip : Hassle-free Zhangjiajie 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 Zhangjiajie:

Zhangjiajie 3 Day Tour  from US$320 p/p
Zhangjiajie 4 Day Tour  from US$390 p/p
Zhangjiajie Fenghuang 5 Day Tour  from US$417 p/p

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Zhangjiajie.
How to Get to Zhangjiajie.
Top 10 Attractions in Zhangjiajie.
Top 10 Attractions in Changsha.
Top 10 Attractions in Hunan.
Zhangjiajie Tour.

Any questions, just drop a line.

Beijing Baigongfang

December 6th, 2018
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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 crafts, 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 classroom, 120 square meters, 40 double desks and 80 chairs. The classroom is brightly lit,air-conditioned, equipped 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 figurines, 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: Yi12, Guangming Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing (北京市东城区光明路乙12号)
( 1km to the east of the east gate of Temple of Heaven)
Tel: 010 67111381, 67112480
Telfax: 010 67140179

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

Making an inlaid snuff

Having a on-site lesson on arts and handicrafts

Having a on-site lesson on arts and handicrafts

Further Readings


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

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

 

Any questions, just drop a line.