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Liugou Village

Thursday, October 18th, 2018
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Liugou Village ( Liugou Cun 柳沟村 )is located in Jingzhen Township, 15km southeast of downtown Yanqing County and 92km north of Beijing city proper. “Liugou” literally means “willow ditch”.

Liugou Village lies on a spacious north-south ditch (valley). But unlike the name of Willow Ditch, Liugou Village doesn’t have many willow trees, instead Chinese scholar tree are easily seen growing on both sides of the roads in the village.

In the past 10 years, great efforts have been made by Liugou Village to develop local folk tourism. New courtyard-style farmhouses have been built; old houses revamped. The old town of Liugou Village can still be seen – the old city wall, the old city gate and temples.  Liugou Village was stationed by the soldiers in Ming and Qing Dynasty. It is said that if viewed from a nearby hill, the old part of Liugou Village looks like a flying phoenix, hence the Liugou’s nickname of Phoenix City.

Liugou Village is situated in the north of Juyongguan Pass Great Wall and to the east of Badaling Great Wall. It used to be an important military fort. The Ming Dynasty Great Wall winded past Liugou Village. Most of the sections of the Great Wall at Liugou Village have been demolished and damaged. The bricks of the Great Wall were used to make houses in the village. But the remains of the Great Wall can be still recognized.

There are over 100 households in Liugou Village, a large village in the countryside around Beijing. Liugou Village has been developed into a folk culture village offering the well known “Tofu Feast” or “Bean Curd Banquet” and farmhouse Inn service for urban residents and oversea travelers. Almost all the households in the village are specialised in making Tofu Banquet.

How to get there:
1) Public Bus: Take Bus 877 from Deshengmen and connect Bus Y08 for Liugou Village.
2) Self-drive: Drive on Jingzhang Express (Badaling Great Wall expressway) and exit at Yanqing Exit, drive past the downtown Yanqing; continue to drive in the direction of Yongning Township. On the way, you will see the signboard pointing to Liugou Village.

Follow me to Liugou Village!

These are several rows of newly built farmhouses, white washed walls, roof tiles designed in a courtyard style.

These are several rows of newly built farmhouses,


All the houses are built in the traditional courtyard style.

All the houses are built in the traditional courtyard style

On the other side of the village main road are revamped farmhouses.

On the other side of the village main road are revamped farmhouses.


We are looking for a household to prepare Tofu Feast lunch for us.

We are looking for a household to prepare Tofu Feast lunch for us.

A courtyard in the name of Douxiangge

To our surprise, all the private rooms and tables under shelters in the open area around the courtyards are full. Of course, we have booked 6 tables for our Forty-some group.

all the private rooms and tables under shelters

Walking under the sun shelter formed by vigorous gourd vines.

Walking under the sun shelter formed by vigorous gourd vines.

More than just tofu, the local tofu banquet also includes the local farm dishes.

More than just tofu, the local tofu banquet also include the local farm dishes.

Charcoal stoves are used to cook tofu 

Charcoal stoves are used to cook tofu


Tofu Meal is actually a casserole hotpot atop a burning charcoal stove with different kinds of tofu in the casserole – fresh, frozen and deep fried tofu mixed with  meat, bacon and Chinese cabbage.
A casserole contains fresh, frozen and deep fried tofu mixed with meat, bacon and Chinese cabbage.

A casserole contains fresh, frozen and deep fried tofu mixed with meat, bacon and Chinese cabbage.

Liugou Tofu Feast

 

All of us are enjoying the casserole hotpot tofu very much.

All of us are enjoying the casserole hotpot tofu very much


A village fruit vendor is expecting some business from the eaters inside the courtyard.

A farm boy with a toy. Will he be interested in cooking tofu when grown-up?

A farm boy with a toy.

By the parking lot, there is a small market for local villages to sell the local specialities.

By the parking lot, local villages sell the local specialities.


Liuguo Village Contact Phone Number: 61192032, 61185391

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.

How to visit Beijing Wildlife Park

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
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Traveling with your kids? To plan a Beijing kid tour, one of the children friendly things to do in Beijing is to visit a local zoo. Basically Beijing has three zoos – Beijing Zoo, Badaling Safari World and Beijing Wildlife Park.

Beijing Zoo is the oldest, originally built in 1906 and named Beijing Zoo in 1955. Though smallest in size of the three zoos, Beijing Zoo has the most animal species of over 500 with a total number of animals over 50,00. It is also the nearest to the city center of Beijing, close to Summer Palace. Beijing Zoo is well-known for its Panda House where you can meet giant pandas in a close range.

Beijing Badaling Safari World is the largest mountainous eco-zoo in China with a total area of 400 acres. It is located at the foot of Badaling Great Wall, about 90km northeast of Beijing. Beijing Badaling Safari World is divided into 5 parts – Wild Animal Viewing Area, Mountain and Forest Sightseeing Area, Eco-Protection Area, Ancient Cultural Area and Leisure Area. Among other animals, you can also see giant pandas here, the African lions, American white tigers, brown bears and more.

Beijing Wildlife Park is located in Daxing District, about 50km north of Beijing city center. Of the three zoos in Beijing, only Beijing Wildlife Park offers the safari ride in a safari-park area of the park. The park has over 200 animal species with a total number of over 10,000 animals.

Now follow me into Beijing Wildlife Park.

How to get there
For self-drive, you may drive from Yuquanying on to Jingkai Expressway and exit at the Exit of Yufa (榆垡), then driver another 40,00 meters southward, you will get to Beijing Wildlife Park on your right hand ( east side of the road). For taking public buses going there, you may have following three choices:

Opening Hours: 8:30 – 17:30 ( all year round)

Park Entrance Fee: CNY 80 (adult), CNY 50 (Students), CNY 55 (Senior, 65) and Free for Kids under 1.2 meters high

Bus 943: Starting from Yongdingmen (永定门), through Yuquanying and Huangcun to Beijing Wildlife Park.

Bus 842: Starting Baiyun Road (白云路), through Yuquanying and Daxing Huandao to Beijing Wildlife Park.

Daxing Bus 28: Starting from the subway stop of Tiangongyuan (天宫院) of Subway Line 4, directly to Beijing Wildlife Park.

Beijing Wildlife Park Contact information:
Tel: 010 96285360 (enquiry), 010-89216666 (ticketing)
Fax: 010 89290661

At 7:30am Now we are driving on Jingkai Expressway starting from Yuquanying. There is a signboard pointing to the direction to Beijing Wildlife Park.

We are getting off the expressway at the Toll Gate of Yufa.

We are getting off the expressway at the Toll Gate of Yufa

This is the entrance gate to Beijing Wildlife Park. The ticketing office is on the left side of the gate. 

This is the entrance gate to Beijing Wildlife Park.

The entrance gate faces west, when you enter the gate, on your right hand, you will see a huge park map signboard which tells visitors how to visit the park.

It introduces three ways of visiting Beijing Wildlife Park – South Route Area, North Route  Area and Middle Route Area. Most people would choose to walk from south and up to the north in a loop.

And seldom visitors will choose th middle way. There are some sightseeing trolleys available for those who are slow walkers.

a huge park map signboard which tells visitors how to visit the park

To begin your visit starting from the south way, you just walk on your right hand and follow the Sign.

South Route
Area
The South Route includes Golden Monkey House, Rare Animal House, Lion & bamboo House, Bird Lane, Ostrich Park, Animal Performance Area and Trucks for safari rides.

People are watching several jumping golden monkeys at the Golden Monkey Cage House

People are watching several jumping golden monkeys at the Golden Monkey Cage House

A mandrill inside the Rare Animal House. A chimpanzee is looking at us.

A chimpanzee is looking at us.

Patas Monkeys. Theses are lively animals. They look clever and kind to each others.

Patas Monkeys

A white cheeked gibbon

A white cheeked gibbon

Now let’s walk into Lion & Baboon House. A group of baboons living together, old and young, a happy family.

A group of baboons living together,

What are the lion couple thinking of? Want to return to the wild world.

What are the lion couple thinking of ?

A real tiger is looking at a man born in the year of tiger, feeling the mutual souls?

A real tiger is looking at a man born in the year of tiger

Ostrich Area is one of the highlights in the park. It is in a wide fenced area teemed with a quite few ostriches. You can buy the food to feed them.  It is first time for me to have a close look at ostriches. 

It is first time for me to have a close look at ostriches.

By the side of the open air animal performance theatre, there is a leisure place to for you take a break, eating fast food or have some drinks. 

there is a leisure place to for you take a break, eating fast food or have some drinks

The animal show stats 10:30 am and 2:30pm everyday or you’d better check the actual time for performance. The show is rather circus-oriented. A monkey is pedaling a little bike across a high bridge; bears keep balance; lions are jumping through hoops and elephants act in a smart way. We also see the bears walking about on their hind legs in a human fashion.

Elephants act in a smart way.

Elephants act in a smart way.

A bear is walking on two ropes in suspension.

A bear is walking on two ropes.

A monkey is riding a bike.

A monkey is riding a bike.

Lions are jumping through hoops

Lions are jumping through hoops

What are they doing? Fishing? No!

What are they doing. Fishing, No!

They are feeding the fish in the pond the same way as a baby is sucking a breast for milk, a kind of fish sucking food like a human baby sucking breasts for milk.

a kind of fish sucking food like a human baby sucking breasts for milk.

The final thing to do on the South Route  Area is Safari Ride, a mesh-enclosed truck ride for an extra RMB 20. The ride makes visitors to see the animals at a close range.
We are boarding a mesh-enclosed truck holding 20 people for a 15-minute drive. 

We are boarding a mesh-enclosed truck holding 20 people for 15-minute drive.

So we have to be caged in order to get a close look at the animals in the roaming area.

So we have to be caged in order to get a close look at the animals in the roaming area.

We are driven through the different spaces separated by double gates. We are also given a bucket of carrots to feed to some of the animals, The onboard tour guide is giving us a brief introduction to the animals in different sections.

A bear is eating a carrot offered by one of the visitors onboard.

A bear is eating a carrot offered by one of the vistors onboard.

Feeding a deer.

Feeding a deer.

Feeding wildebeests

Feeding wildebeests

A smiling wolf

A smiling wolf

A wild boar

A wild boar

At the end of the South Route Area, you will find very clean 3-star toilet.

At the end of the South Route Area, you will find very clean 3-star toilet.

North Route Area
The North Route Area include Waterfowl Lake, North Bird Woods, Kangaroo Park, Tropical Birds House, Pet Paradise for kids, toilet, clinic and police station.
A pintail couple

A pintail couple

A pair of white-fronted geese.  A black swan islet.

A black swan islet.

A couple of black swans

A couple of black swans

 

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.

Luanling Great Wall

Friday, September 28th, 2018
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Plan your Great Wall Tour? Currently the Great Wall of China is actually not a continuous wall unlike many people think. The Great Wall now exists in bits. For historical or tourism promotion reasons, these bits of the Great Wall are given numerous names.

For the Great Wall around Beijing, people are most familiar with Juyongguan Great Wall, Badaling Great Wall, Huanghuacheng Great Wall, Juyongguan Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall, Simatai Great Wall, Jinshanling Great Wall, Jiankou Great Wall and Gubeikou Great Wall.

The fact is there are more sections of the Great Wall of China in Beijing than the above mentioned. These less popular bits of the Wall are either opened or closed to the public visitors. These bits of the Wall are less touristy also with stunning views!

This morning we succeeded in hiking across the Luanling Great Wall ( Or Lu An ling Great Wall). Luanling literally means” Donkey Saddle’s Mountain”. Luanling Great Wall has two sections – east and west. Its west section is forbidden for hiking due to treacherousness and wildness.

Standing on the east section of Luanling Great Wall, we have better views of its west section, as well as two more sections in the east  – Lianyunling Great Wall and Xuangshuihu Great Wall.

Xianghshuihu Great Wall, Lianyunling Great Wall and Luanling Great Wall are located from east to west. All the three bits of the Wall stand between Jiankou Great Wall to their east and Huanghuacheng Great Wall to their west.

Below are some of the Great Wall pictures I have shot this morning. Hopefully these picturesque pictures will give you some impression of the three bits of the Wall. 

Walk along the zigzag mountain road up to the Wall

 

Luanling Great Wall ( or Lu An Ling Great Wall)

Luanling Great Wall ( or Lu An Ling Great Wall)

Luanling Great Wall ( or Lu An Ling Great Wall)

 

West section of Lu An Ling Great Wall

Lianyunling Great Wall ( Lianyunling literally means “Linking to the sky Mountain ) 
 

Xiangshuihu Great wall 2

Plunge into Yangshen Ravine and Trudge up to the Wall

Before you trudge up to the Luanling Great Wall, you will plunge into the Yangshen Ravine with stunning views! After hiking across the valley, you will walk up along the zigzag mountain road up to the Luanling Great Wall.

Yangshen Ravine

Lian Yun Ling Great Wall

Lianyunling Great Wall ( forbidden for hiking )

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:
Visit Badaling Great Wall by Train
Visit Mutianyu Great Wall by Bus

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.