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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

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Top 10 Mosques in Beijing

Friday, June 7th, 2013
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Plan your Beijing Muslim tour? The history of the mosques in Beijing dates back to the year 996 when two Arabic elders started the construction of Niu Jie Mosque ( Ox Street Mosque ), the first mosque in Beijing.

The Yuan Dynasty (1279 – 1368 ) saw the fast development of Islamism after the influx into China of a great number of Muslims. The famous Dongsi Mosque was established in Yuan Dynasty. Islamism developed greatly in Ming and Qing dynasties, adding to over 30 mosques in Beijing.

Today there are estimated to be over 200,000 Muslims and 72 mosques in Beijing. We list the best and most popular mosques in Beijing in no particular order. The list is based on their history, facilities, scape and popularity. Leave your comments and share with others.

1. Niujie Mosque 牛街清真寺
The Niujie Mosque is the oldest mosque in Beijing. It was originally built in 996 during the Liao Dynasty and was reconstructed and renovated in successive dynasties. The mosque has had three big renovations since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Niu Jie Mosque is located in the largest muslim community in Beijing. The Niujie Mosque takes an area of approximately 10,000 square meters. Its architecture is a blend of Islamic and Han Chinese cultural and architectural influences.

Add: No.88 Niujie St, Xicheng District, Beijing
Tel: 0086 10 6353 2564

Niujie Mosque

Niujie Mosque

2. Dongsi Mosque 东四清真寺
The Dongsi mosque is one of the oldest mosque in Beijing. It was originally built in 1356 during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). It is located at No.13, the Dongsi South Street, Dongcheng District.

The present mosque is mainly composed of two gates, a minaret, a worship hall and a library. The worship hall can house 500 people praying and there is a separate area in the main hall for women.

It has been restored and renovated many times. The library houses valuable manuscripts of the Quran, the Hadith. The mosque is the headquarters of the Islamic Association of Beijing.
Add: No.13, Dongsi South Street, Dongcheng, Beijing
Tel: 0086 10 65257824

 

Dongsi Mosque

Dongsi Mosque

3. Huashi Mosque 花市清真寺
Huashi Mosque was first built in 1415 during the reign of the emperor Yongle in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). It is located on the west side of the Huashi Street in Dongcheng District.

It underwent several renovations and expansions.The present Worship Hall is the largest architecture in the mosque. The other buildings in the mosque include the Stele Pavilion, the Jingu Hall, Xunyue Platform, the Sermon Room, and bedrooms.

Add: 30 West Huasi Street, Dongcheng, Beijing
Tel: 67120726

Huashi Mosque

Huashi Mosque

4. Nan Douya Mosque 南豆芽清真寺
Nan Douya Mosque was originally constructed during the Qing Dynasty (1644-19111). This mosque mainly serves the Hui community that lives in the area, but it now receives thousands of foreigners each year.

The Nan Douya Mosque has no entrance fee but it encourages donations from visitors. It is located next to the Chaoyangmen subway station of Subway Line 2.

Add: 15 Nandouya Hutong, Dongcheng, Beijing
Tel: 84068225

Nan Douya Mosque

Nan Douya Mosque

5. Haidian Mosque 北京海淀清真寺
Haidian Mosque was originally built in the late Ming Dynasty and the early Qing Dynasty. It is a three-hall courtyard layout. The prayer hall is in the center of the mosque with the kiln hall at its back and the Baishi platform at its front.

A square corners pavilion is atop the prayer hall telling the Islamic architectural style.The teaching rooms are in the south and north of the yard. The north of the mosque houses a vegetable garden and the west has the Yidi place (a cemetery).

Add: West Zhalan Road, Haidian Town, Haidian District, Beijing Tel: 62558296

6. Dewai Mosque 德外清真寺
Dewai Mosque is also known as Beijing Fayuan Mosque. It is located 200-300m to the northeast of Desheng Gate, hence the name of Dewai Mosque, meaning “outside Desheng Gate Mosque”. It was origailly constructed in late Ming and early Qing dynasties.

In 2003, the local Xicheng District government allocated 8 million yuan and collected 2 million yuan for the renovation of the old mosque. Now the upgraded Dewai Mosque coveres an area of 4,000 square meters, 3 sizes of the original mosque.

The mosque entrance faces the street to the west. The Dewai Mosque is a mix of Chinese architecture and Arabic Islamic architectural style. To the southeast corner of the main 200 square meter prayer hall is the smaller prayer hall for female. Every day many Muslims come here to pray and some non-muslim vistors visit th mosque as well.
Add: No.200 Dewai Street, Xicheng District, Beijing Tel: 62016131

Jinshifang Street Mosque

Jinshifang Street Mosque

7. Jinshifang Street Mosque 锦什坊街清真寺
Jinshifang Street Mosque is named after the street in the west of Beijing where the mosque is located. The mosque is also known as “Pushou Mosque”. It was originally built in the year of the 4th year of Xuande in Ming Dynasty ( 1429 ), one of the four major 4 mosques in Beijing. It was rebuilt and renovated several times in the past.

In 1982, the old mosque was reconstructed with a construction area of 1373 square meter. The main prayer hall covers an area of 200 square meters in the style of Chinese classical palace architecture. The buildings inside the mosque is spectacular with its shape and colorful design in the Ming style.

There are over 2500 muslim households of over 11,000 muslims using the mosque. There are over 150 rolls of Arabic classics and over 100 Persian rolls of classics. The Xicheng Muslim Association is located inside the Mosque.
Add: No.63, Jinshifang Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
Tel: 66036165

Changying Mosque

Changying Mosque

8. Changying Mosque 常营清真寺
Changying Mosque is named after the same name village where the mosque is located. Changying Mosques was originally constructed in the Zhenge period in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) and was largely reconstructed in the Jiaqing period in Qing Dynasty (1644 -1911). It was the largest mosque in the suburbs of Beijing. Today it is still an important religious site for nearby muslims to pray.

In the years of in 1983, 1993 and 1998, the Changying Mosque was renovated and repaired for several times. Built on an axis from east to west, Changying Mosque faces the east and it is a three-hall courtyard with Chinese characteristics of black bricks and green tiles.

In recent years there newly constructed a separate hall of women, designed for female Muslim to pray.
Add: Changying Minzu Village, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 65484914

9. Madian Mosque 马甸清真寺
Beijing Madian Mosque takes an area of over 3,800 square meters. It has the style of a traditional Chinese courtyard. The main structures include the prayer hall, teaching rooms and the hall for female muslims. Historically, the Madian area has been inhabited by numerous muslims, another big muslim community after Niujie community.

Beside the local muslims, there are many muslims coming from the universities and expats and muslims from all parts of the world, especially from Arabic countries and people from the Southeast countries in Asia。
Add: Madian South Village, Haidian District, Beijing
Tel: 62019208

 

Madian Mosque

Madian Mosque

10. Dongzhimen Mosque 东直门清真寺
Dongzhimen was originally constructed during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). but the present building was reconstructed in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Now, the mosque is laid out the shape of a traditional quadrangle courtyard of Chinese characteristics.

The mosque includes such buildings as the prayer hall, and other houses and the wing-room and other facilities.
Add: No.6, Waichaci, Dongzhimenwai, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel: 64638195

 

Dongzhimen Mosque

Dongzhimen Mosque

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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

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Top 10 Most Popular Halal Restaurants in Beijing

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
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If you are a Muslim visitor on a Beijing tour, you need to find halal food restaurants in Beijing. There are said to be over 2,000 halal options in small eateries, mid-range and upmarket halal restaurants as well in Beijing. These Muslim restaurants adhere to a full halal menu that does not serve pork and does not serve alcohol.

After doing research, and checking the polls from internet, we have made this list based on what we feel represent the best halal restaurants in Beijing for 2013.  This “Best Halal Restaurants list” is in no particular order — they have unique features that have satisfied people in one way or another.

By the “most popular halal food restaurants”, we refer to those halal food restaurants that don’t just offer good halal food, but also have the good atmosphere, affordable prices and good customer service as well. In Beijing and elsewhere in China, halal food is also known as Hui cuisine and Xinjiang food.

1. Jubaoyuan 聚宝源
Add: 5-2 Commerce Building 1, Niujie Xili, Xicheng District, Beijing

(西城区牛街西里商业1号楼5-2号)
Tel: 83545602
Opening hours: Daily 11:00am -09:50pm.
Brief Introduction:
Jubaoyuan is one of the oldest halal restaurants on Niujie Street, the biggest muslim community in Beijing. Jubaoyuan is well known for its fresh beef, hand-cut mutton slices, baked sesame seed coated cakes and delicious sesame dipping sauce, as well as its affordable prices.
Remark: You have to book your seats in advance.

2. Xinjiang Restaurant 新疆饭庄

Add: Urumqi Beijing Office at 1 Beili, Chegongzhuang Dajie, Xicheng, Beijing
(西城区车公庄大街北里1号乌鲁木齐驻京办) 
Tel: 68362795
Opening hours: Daily 9:00am -09:00pm.
Brief Introduction:
Xinjiang Restaurant is known for its lamb barbecue, skewered  roasted  lamb legs, spiced skewered lamb and self-made yogurt.
Remark: You need to book your seats in advance, especially on weekends.

Big plate chicken: big chunks of chicken and potatoes cooked in a beer-based sauce and garnished with colorful bell peppers

Big plate chicken at Xinjiang Restaurant

Big plate chicken at Xinjiang Restaurant

 3.Bayilaoye at Zhonguancun 巴依老爷新疆美食(中关村店)分店
Add:No.118, Zhongguancun East Road, Haidian District, Beijing
(海淀区中关村东路118号北三环联想桥金五星服装市场东北角)
Tel: 82111181
Opening hours: Daily 11:00am -11:00pm.
Brief Introduction:
It offers Xinjiang Uyghur Cuisine, best known for its yogurt and Mongolian Boiled Lamb

4. Kaorouji Restaurant 聚德华天烤肉季(什刹海总店)分店
Add: No.14, Dongyan, Qianhai, Dianmen Waidajie, Xicheng District, Beijing
(西城区地安门外大街前海东沿14号)
Tel: 64042554
Opening hours: Daily 6:00am -11:00pm.
Brief Introduction:
Kaorouji Restaurant is superbly located in the famous Shichahai area by the Yinding Bridge. It is a time-honored restaurant. It is best known for its specialities of barbecued lamb and steamed sesame buns.

Roasted Lamb at Kaorouji

Roasted Lamb at Kaorouji

5. Xinjiang Islam Restaurant 新疆伊斯兰饭庄
Add: Xinjiang Beijing Office at 7, Sanlihe Road, Haidian, Beijing
(海淀区三里河路7号新疆驻京办事处院内)
Tel: 88365363 
Opening hours: Daily 7:00am -10:30pm.
Brief Introduction:
As you know, the halal restaurant is located inside the compound of the Xinjuiang Office in Beijing, and it offers the authentic Muslim food, well known for its yogurt, roasted lamb, Mongolian Boiled Lamb and many more.
Hands pilaf at Xinjiang Islam Restaurant

Hands pilaf at Xinjiang Islam Restaurant

6. Yanlanlou at Cangjiadao 燕兰楼(仓夹道店)分店
Add: 7,Cangjiadao, Dongshi Shitiao, Dongcheng, Beijing
(东城区东四十条仓夹道7号)
Tel: 84075779
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am -9:00pm.
Brief Introduction:
Yan Lan Lou Restaurant offers Finger Mutton, Beef Flavour Noodle, Mutton String, Muslim Cuisine and more.
Mongolian Boiled Lamb at Yanlanlou

Mongolian Boiled Lamb at Yanlanlou

7. Silk Road Impression Xinjiang Restaurant at Hepingli 丝路印象新疆餐厅(和平里店)分店
Add:: No. 1 Heping Commercial Building, No. 01 Mid-street, Hepingli, Dongcheng District
东城区和平里中街17号天元和平商业大厦1楼 
Tel: 84228548 
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am -9:00pm.
Brief Introduction:
This halal restaurant offers Xinjiang-style braised chicken, yogurt, mutton kebab, grilled naan, dry fried noodles, grilled mutton with rose willows, Xinjiang-style braised lamb chops with naan and grilled bun.
mutton kebab at Silk Road Impression

mutton kebab at Silk Road Impression


8. Hongbinlou Restaurant 鸿宾楼

Add: No.11, Zhanlanguan Road, Xicheng District

(西城区展览馆路11号)

Tel:  68994560

Opening hours: Daily 11:00am -9:00pm.
Brief Introduction:
A time-honored halal restaurant. Its menu still boasts some of the standards of halal Beijing cuisine, including halal Peking duck (prepared according to Muslim dietary law).

9. Ziguangyuan at Jingsong 紫光园(劲松店)分店

Add: No.907 Building, the 9th Block of Jingsong Community, Chaoyang, Beijing
(朝阳区劲松九区907号楼 
Tel: 87713470 
Opening hours: Daily 11:00am -9:00pm.
Brief Introduction:
A time-honored halal restaurant. The food here keeps in tradition: Baodu, a classic Hui tripe dish, chunks of sweetmeat with yam…
Halal Roasted Duck at Ziguangyuan

Halal Roasted Duck at Ziguangyuan

10. Yijinyuan Restaurant 伊锦园
Add: By the east entrance to the Yuan Dynasty Site Park, Chaoyang, Beijing
(朝阳区北土城东路元大都城垣遗址公园东门) 
Tel: 84652288
Opening hours: Daily 11:00am -9:00pm.
Brief Introduction:
It is the most deluxe halal restaurant in Beijing.
Lamb Soup at Yijinyuan Restaurant

Lamb Soup at Yijinyuan Restaurant

 

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