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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.

Qianmen Area Beijing

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
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Plan your Beijing trip? Beijing Qianmen Area is a nostalgic place to visit, which immerses you in the long history of Beijing in its Ming and Qing dynasties (about 500 years). Qianmen area has been under the protection of Dongcheng District Government aimed at 100% keeping and restoring its culture and history, a kind of rebirth of Old Beijing. You couldn’t miss it if you want to learn more about Beijing’s past.
Situated in the south of Tiananmen Square, Qianmen Area mainly comprises Qianmen Street, Dashilan Street, Xianyukou Street, Taiwan Street, Guanyinsi Street and many more. On Jan 21, two days before Chinese lunar new year, I took a fast stroll around Qianmen area to experience the festive atmosphere in Beijing’s most nostalgic place.
Qianmen Street

Qianmen Street is 845 meters long, running south from Tiananmen Square, just along the Beijing central axis. It has been transformed into a pedestrian street, the second walking street after Wangfujiang Street in the downtown shopping ditrict Beijing. Qianmen Area reproduces old Beijing’s look and feel.

Qianmen Street was initially formed in Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911). By the time of Emperor Jiajing, the 12th Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) emperor, the street was dotted with guild halls built by different localities, to provide housing to citizens intending to take the imperial exams.

The Ming and Qing Dynasties’sQianmen Street was burnt down to ashes in 1900 when the Allied Forces of the Eight Powers ransacked Beijing. Physically, there is nothing left for us to retrieve. The present Qianmen Street has been rebuilt on the historical photos and the mould of the 1920s to 1930s. 
Qianmen Walking Street’s north entrance starts with this decorated archway south of Zhengyang Tower south of Tiananmen Square.

 

Qianmen Walking Street’s north entrance starts with this decorated archway

 

By the decorated archway is a starbucks with old design

 

By the decorated archway is a starbucks with old design

 

The rebuilt Qiananmen Street reproduces the look and layout of old Beijing, lined by famous Beijing time honored shops and restaurants as well as international brands.

 

On both sides of Dashilan Street are teemd with famous Beijing time honored stores and restaurants

 

Bird cage lights are old symbols of Beijing.

 

Bird cage lights are old symbols of Beijing.

 

Xianyukou Street
Xianyukou Street literally means “fresh fish mouth”, an old street with a history of 572 years. Xianyukou is linked to Qianmen shopping street running from west to east, opposite Dashilan and houses many of Beijing’s time honored shops and restaurants.
Xianyukou Street’s west archway entrance connecting Qianmen Street.

 

Xianyukou Street’s west archway entrance connecting Qianmen Street.

 

Wandering along the street, paved with bricks instead of asphalt, people can have a bite in the variety of local restaurants and unique shops. People also have a taste of history from the plaques reminding you of the history of various buildings in the area.

 

The fish style streetlights take you to the past of Xianyukou Street.

 

The fish style streetlights take you to the past of Xianyukou Street.

 

Taiwan Street (Imagine Taiwan)
Located on Dajiang Hutong, Taiwan Street or Imagine Taiwan is actually a Taiwan culture and business district in Qianmen area set up by the Taiwan government. Its presence will further enhance the culture and economic exchange and understanding between China mainland and Taiwan.
The Taiwan Street is linked to Xianyukou Street on the north and Qianmen Walking Street on the west. The most atttraction is Taiwan Guild Hall in Qianmen with a history of over 110 years.

 

Taiwan Guild Hall in Qianmen

 

Museum of Deng Lijun’s (Teresa Deng’s Chinese name) Life and Music where her videos and songs play on a loop.

 

Museum of Deng Lijun’s (Teresa Deng’s Chinese name)

 

A giant cement tree, a replica of a “famous” tree from the Alishan mountains in Taiwan and Alishan old train car.

 

Alishan mountains in Taiwan

 

Taiwan Food Street, a food court in the basement

Taiwan Food Street, a food court in the basement

Dashilan Street
Dashilan Street is located from east to west linked to Qianmen Street and opposite to Xianyukou Street, also a walking street. Dashilan is an old commercial street, first built in Yuan Dynasty and further deveopled in Ming and Qing dynasties. Dashiland literally means the street wooden fences which were used to protect the street on both of two ends, hence the name.
Its east entrance to Dashilan Street

Its east entrance to Dashilan Street

On both sides of Dashilan Street are teemd with famous Beijing time honored stores and restaurants.

 

On both sides of Dashilan Street are teemd with famous Beijing time honored stores and restaurants

 

Ths street managment staff were putting up the banner to welcome the dragon new year 2012.

 

Ths street managment staff were putting up the banner to welcome the dragon new year 2012

 

Guanyinsi Street
Guanyinsi Street is also known as Dashilan West Street, since it is situated to the west of Dashilan  Street, running east to west. If you walk from Dashilan Street from east to west, then you continue to walk to Guanyinsi Street. From Guanyisi Street, you walk to the west and soon you will join in Nan Xinhua Street and Liulichang Street, which is often regarded as one of best walking trails in Beijing.
Its east entrance to Guanyinsi Street

 

Guanyinsi Street

 

Walking on Guanyinsi Street, bringing you back to Beijing’s past.

 

Walking on Guanyinsi Street, bringing you back to Beijing’s past.

 

Vegetable prices in Beijing

Monday, January 16th, 2012
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Plan your Beijing tours? You may enquire about the present vegetable prices if you are interested in the price comparison of vegetables between Beijing and your resident country. The vegetable prices in Beijing like anywhere else fluctuate with the market demand and the weather concerned.
 
With the Chinese new year 2012 approaching, traditional retail commnity markets or grocerries are swarmed with shoppers eager to buy vegetables, fruits and daily necessities, forcing them to queue up for the highly priced vegetables.
 
Every year no matter whatever the cuases for the soaring vegetable prices, local governments would double their efforts to curb price hikes. But very often they would be in a dilemma – Low vegetable prices hurt farmers, but high vegetable prices hurt shoppers. It is not easy to find a point for the balanced prices. Each market has its winners and losers.
 
This morning I buy some vegetables at our local community vegetable market named “Lejia Vegetable Market”. The indoor market has been festively decorated with red lanterns and dragons, symbolic of the coming new year of Dragon. I have collected the following prices for the major vegetables Jan 16, 2012:
 
Tomatos: RMB6.2 for one kg
Cucumber: RMB4.8 for one kg
Celery: RMB1.2 for one kg
Spinach: RMB4.7 for one kg
Broccoli: RMB5.1 for one kg 
Lettuce: RMB5.9 for one kg
Eggpant: RMB5.1 for one kg
Garlic: RMB3.3 for one kg
Chinese cabbages: RMB.55 for one kg
Scallion: RMB1.95 for one kg
Sweet broad pea: RMB15 for one kg
Carrot: RMB1.1 for one kg
Leek: RMB6.2 for one kg
Lotus: RMB4 for one kg
Gourd: RMB2.5 for one kg
Green pepper: RMB11.5 for one kg
Ginger: RMB2.7 for one kg
Towel gourd: RMB12.8 for one kg
Potato:RMB1.46 for one kg
 
One vendor says the prices will go higher in a few days due to the strong market demand for the coming Chinese new year.
 
I’m entering Lejia Vegetable Market, an indoor grocerry in our Donghuashi Nanli Commnity.
 

I'm entering Lejia Vegetable Market, an indoor grocerry in our Donghuashi Nanli Commnity.

The whole market is piled up with various kinds of vegetable and fruits. 

The whole market is piled up with various kinds of vegetable and fruits

Bamboos shoots, celery, scallion and more
 

Bamboos shoots, celery, scallion and more

 

My favorite vendor who sells vegetables targeted at the southerners. 

My favorite vendor who sells vegetables targeted at the southerners.

 
Some vendors who have no marketing license, have to sell their stuff outside the offcially run vegetable maket.
 

Some vendors who have no marketing license, have to sell their stuff outside the offcially run vegetable maket.