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The Central Axis of Beijing

Monday, November 19th, 2018
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Plan your Beijing tour? Maybe you are now looking for top attractions for your short trip to Beijing.  Surely,  you will visit  Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City,  Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace,  Great Wall and the list could be much longer if you are going to stay in Beijing for a longer period.

Now I  just please remind you that the Central Axis of Beijing is worth your exploring for a few hours’  walking if you have strong legs.

Now the Central Axis of Beijing is on the tentative list for UNESCO cultural heritage, which was submitted in Sept 01, 2013 by National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO .

The Central Axis of Beijing is 7.8km long from Yongdingmen Gate  in the south and Bell Tower in the north,  passing through  Qianmen Gates,  Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City,  Jingshan Hill Park, Dianmen Gate ( non-extent ), Drum Tower and Bell Tower.

This central axis is also flanked by many most important pieces of architecture in the city such as Temple of Heaven,  The Temple of Agricultural God,  Imperial Ancestral Temple and  Altar of the Land and Grain.

Beijing central “axis”, which is interpreted  as a royal line. The emperors in ancient China believed that they were the center of the world, so all of their palaces should be built on the axis or along the center from south to north of Beijing.

As the core of old Beijing city, the  Central Axis of Beijing also show us the ingenious urban planning in the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, as well as China today.

The Central Axis of Beijing was first laid out in 1403 in Ming Dynasty that can be traced even further back to the Mongol that Beijing was served as the capital Dadu. Today the Central Axis is still intact though some original buildings and gates are non-existent.

Last week, I had a 3-hour walking tour of the Central Axis of Beijing from Yongdingmen Gate to Bell Tower.  Below are some of the pictures I took  on my walk tour.

Yongdingmen Gate Tower

 Plan your Beijing tour? Maybe you are now looking for top attractions for your short trip to Beijing. Surely, you will visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Great Wall and the list could be much longer if you are going to stay in Beijing for a longer period of time. Now I just kindly remind you that the Central Axis of Beijing is worth your exploring for a few hours' walking if you have strong legs. Now the Central Axis of Beijing is on the tentative list for UNESCO cultural heritage, which was submitted in Sept 01, 2013 by National Commission of the People's Republic of China for UNESCO . The Central Axis of Beijing is 7.8km long from Yongdingmen Gate in the south and Bell Towert in the north, passing through Qianmen Gates, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Hill Park, Dianmen Gate ( non-extent ), Drum Tower and Bell Tower. This central axis is also flanked by numerous most important pieces of architecture in the city such as Temple of Heaven, The Temple of Agricultural God, Imperial Ancestral Temple and Altar of the Land and Grain. Beijing central "axis", which is interpreted as a royal line. The emperors in ancient China believed that they were the center of the world, so all of their palaces should be built on the axis or alongside the center from south to north of Beijing. As the core of old Beijing city, the Central Axis of Beijing also show us the ingenious urban planning in the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, as well as China today. The Central Axis of Beijing was first laid out in 1403 in Ming Dynasty that can be traced even further back to the Mongol that Beijing was served as the capital Dadu. Today the Central Axis is still intact though some original buildings and gates are non-existent. Last week, I had a 3-hour walking tour of the Central Axis of Beijing from Yongdingmen Gate to Bell Tower. Below are some of pictures I took on my walk tour. Dinganmen Gate Tower

Yongdingmen Gate Tower

The Imperial Path north of Yongdingmen Gate Tower

The Imperial Path north of Yongdingmen Gate Tower

The Imperial Path north of Yongdingmen Gate Tower

Immaculate Conception Cathedral (South Church), Beijing along the Central Axis of Beijing

Immaculate Conception Cathedral (South Church), Beijing alongside the Central Axis of Beijing

Immaculate Conception Cathedral (South Church), Beijing along the Central Axis of Beijing

Qianmen Street

Qianmen Street

Qianmen Street

Zhengyangmen Gate ( Arrow Tower )

Zhengyangmen Gate ( Arrow Tower )

Zhengyangmen Gate ( Arrow Tower )

Zhengyang Gate
Zhengyang Gate

Zhengyang Gate

Tiananmen Gate south of Forbidden City
Tiananmen Gate south of Forbidden City

Tiananmen Gate south of Forbidden City

 
Nanchizi, the sideway east of Tiananmen Tower
Nanchizi, the sideway east of Tiananmen Tower

Nanchizi, the sideway east of Tiananmen Tower

The Turret of Forbidden city and the moat

The Turret of Forbidden city and the moat

The Turret of Forbidden city and the moat

The north entrance to Forbidden City on the central axis of Beijing

The north entrance to Forbidden City on the central axis of Beijing

The north entrance to Forbidden City on the central axis of Beijing

The Drum Tower along the central axis of Beijing

The Drum Tower along the central axis of Beijing3

The Drum Tower along the central axis of Beijing

Bell Tower, the northern end of the Central Axis of Beijing

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.

 

Beijing International Sculpture Park

Thursday, November 15th, 2018
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Shijingshan District is one of the six urban districts under the administration of Beijing. As an international traveler first time visiting Beijing, you would rarely think of visiting this unknown district on the west edge of Beijing city proper. Shijingshan District is not a place rich in historical sites or natural landscapes.

But if you are interested in arts and sculpture, Shijingshan is worth visiting, mainly due to the unique Beijing International Sculpture Park in the district. It is a multi-function park focused on arts appreciation, research, travel and entertainment. The natural landscape and man-made arts and sculpture are perfectly merged here in the park.

Located in the downtown of Shijingshan District, Beijing International Sculpture Park is composed of two theme parts – East Urban Zone, West Rural Zone with the middle art gallery bridging the area from the urban to the rural.

There are over 200 sculptures from over 40 countries, dotted in the park create a paradise for people seeking the mixture of arts and natural beauty.

In the middle of the park, there is a Yulan Magnolia Garden planted with hundreds of Yulan Magnolia trees of 9 species, a highlight during the spring time when all the Yulan Magnolia trees are in full bloom.

Now follow us into the arts and sculpture park with lots of photos to show you the charm of the unique park in Shijingshan Beijing.

How to get there:

Yulan Magnolia Garden at Beijing International Sculpture Park
Entrance Fee: RMB 5 p/p
Tel: 010-68650422
Add: No. 2, Shijingshan Road, Shijingshan District, Beijing
How to arrive there: by Subway Line 1 to the Southwestern Exit of Yuquanlu Station

The West Gate of Beijing International Sculpture Park

 

 

 

Sculpture 2 at Beijing International Sculpture Park

Sculpture 4 at Beijing International Sculpture Park

Sculpture 5 at Beijing International Sculpture Park

Sculpture 6 at Beijing International Sculpture Park

Sculpture 7 at Beijing International Sculpture Park

Sculpture 8 at Beijing International Sculpture Park

Sculpture 9 at Beijing International Sculpture Park

Sculpture 10 at Beijing International Sculpture Park

Sculpture 12 at Beijing International Sculpture Park

Sculpture 13 at Beijing International Sculpture Park

Sculpture 14 at Beijing International Sculpture Park

Sculpture 15 at Beijing International Sculpture Park

Sculpture 17 at Beijing International Sculpture Park

Sculpture 18 at Beijing International Sculpture Park

Tip: Hassle-free Great Wall Guided Tours
Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route? No worries, We at Tour Beijing have some options for guided tours to Great wall Tours:

Mutianyu Great Wall Group Day Tour
Mutianyu Great Wall Half  Day Private Tour
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Tour
Hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Tour
Hike from Jinshanling to Simatai Great Wall West Tour
Badaling Great Wall + Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour
Badaling Great Wall and Underground Palace Day Tour
Badaling Great Wall + Forbidden City + Tiananmen Square Day Tour


Add on
Yanhecheng Village
Shuangshitou Village
Cuandixia Village
Mentougou Vernacular Dwellings Day Trip

Further Readings

Any questions, just drop a line.

Dazhenyu Great Wall and Dazhenyu Village

Thursday, November 15th, 2018
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Dazhenyu Great Wall is located above Dazhenyu Village, about 80km north of center Beijing, hence the name Dazhenyu Great Wall. “Dazhenyu” literally means “Big Nut-tree Valley”. 

Dazhenyu Village is nestled on a small basin in the valley surrounded by the mountains. The whole village is made of 5 natural villages with 450 households and 850 villagers.

The village has an area of 15.6 square kilometers, 89% forest coverage, with the unique natural environment, rich in tourism resources, distinct seasons.

In spring flowers are blooming; in summer, here is a good place to enjoy the cool air; in autumn, everywhere is bore with fruits, the most well-known chestnuts, almonds, walnuts, but also fresh apple, pear, persimmon, red fruit; in winter, the snow forms a good view of scenery.

 

The entrance to Dazhenyu Village

 

Passing through Dazhenyu Great Wall with a distant view of the Great Wall snaking on the ridges.


The 9-kilometer Ming Dynasty Great Wall meanders on the mountain above the village. The Dazhenyu Great Wall is mainly composed of the three bits of the Wall – 
Luanling Great Wall, Lianyunling Great Wall, and Xiangshuihu Great Wall. 

Now the west section of Luanling Great Wall is not allowed to hike for the  wild Great Wall protection. The small east section has been renovated  and opend to the public. Lianyunling Great Wall is totally forbidden for hiking.But you can walk close to the Wall for a close look. Xiangshuihu Great Wall ( or Moshikou Pass Great Wall ) is open to the hikers.


The most popular and legal hiking trail is walking from Yangshen Grand Valley up to Luanling Great Wall
, clamber up to Lianyunling Great Wall for a look, then climb down to the Moshikou Pass. At the Moshikou Pass, you either choose to leave or continue to hike Xiangshuihu Great Wall since Moshikou Pass is also the entrance to Xiangshuihu Great Wall.
 

 

Moshikou Pass Great Wall

 

Xiangshuihu Great Wall

 

West Section of Luanling Great Wall

 

Luanling Great Wall ( or Lu An Ling Great Wall)

On the Luanling Great Wall

Tip: Hassle-free Great Wall Guided Tours
Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route? No worries, We at Tour Beijing have some options for guided tours to Great wall Tours:

Mutianyu Great Wall Group Day Tour
Mutianyu Great Wall Half  Day Private Tour
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Tour
Hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Tour
Hike from Jinshanling to Simatai Great Wall West Tour
Badaling Great Wall + Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour
Badaling Great Wall and Underground Palace Day Tour
Badaling Great Wall + Forbidden City + Tiananmen Square Day Tour


Add on
Yanhecheng Village
Shuangshitou Village
Cuandixia Village
Mentougou Vernacular Dwellings Day Trip

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.