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Night View of Beihai Park

Saturday, July 21st, 2018
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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 – find 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 winter 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

 

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 Dinner & Night Boat Tour. from US$ 59P/P

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

For any questions, just drop a line.

Top 10 Free Things to Do in Beijing

Monday, June 11th, 2018
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Plan your Beijing tour on a budget? Visitors may be a little bit worried that Beijing is an expensive city, but you must know that there are loads of free things to do in Beijing. If you want to know more about these ideas, please check below my version of the top 10 free things to do in Beijing:

1. Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square is located in the center of Beijing, 880 meters from north to south, 500 meters from east to west, covering an area of 44,0000 square meters. It can accommodate one million people for a grand assembly. Now it is the world’s largest city square of this kind.

October 1, 1949, Chairman Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square proclaimed the founding of the PRC, and personally hoisted the first flag. From then on, Tiananmen Square has become a symbol of new China. It it is the solemn image of an important part of our national emblem.

Check out the link for information: How to Visit Tiananmen Square.

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Tower

After the founding of new China, Tiananmen Square has been expanded with the People’s Heroes Monument built on the central square, then on the west side of the square were built the Great Hall, on the east China National Museum  and on the south Chairman Memorial Hall.

2. Chairman Memorial Hall
Chairman Mao Memorial Hall is to the south of the People’s Heroes Monument in Tiananmen Square. Its construction began in 1976 and was completed in May 1977. It is 280 meters from north to south, 220 meters from east to west, over 57,000 square meters, total construction area of 28,000 square meters.

The main building is square in shape with exterior 44 Ming Fujian yellow granite columns, and between columns with floral ceramic plate made from Shi Wan, covered with Qingdao quintana granite veneer.

The roof has two layers of glass, with sunflower relief inlaid in between. Its base has two platforms made from red granite bricks, surrounded by evergreen ornamental railings from Fangshan marble.

Its North and South have two white marble steps down the middle zone, carved with sunflower, evergreen, bloom, pine pattern. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 8:00-12:00 am

 

Chairman Memorial Hall

3. Qianmen Street
Qianmen Street in Beijing is a showcase of Beijing’s condensed culture and custom. It has also witnessed the old Beijing’s profound change in various historical periods. Qianmen Street each year attracts a large numbers of tourists from home and abroad, and plays an important role in sino- foreign economic and cultural exchanges.

Qianmen is also one of the places which have a fairly complete protection of the relics. Since the Ming and Qing Dynasties, experts say, Qianmen Street has become a unique street of architectural culture, merchants culture, folk culture, opera and cultural characteristics of the most developed and prosperous neighborhood.

It is a lively folk customs Museum of Ancient and Modern in Beijing. Qianmen Street is a broad and deep cultural area,  it has become the most live cultural memory for Beijingers.Qianmen Street is located to the south of Tiananmen Square.

Check out the link for information: Qianmen Street

 

Qianmen Street

Qianmen Street

4. Wangfujing Street
Wangfujing is nicknamed “China’s first Street”.  Wangfujing Street is just more than 1,000 meters starting from the northern Xisi Street to the southern Chang’an Street, but it is the famous “First Street of China”, also a must see visit place for tourists coming to  Beijing.

In 1999, one part of Wangfujing Street ( from Goldfish Lane to Satiao of Dongdan) was rebuilt into a pedestrian street, and also has established sister street with the famous Champs Elysees in Paris France. Now In summer time, there are open-air cafes, beer festivals.  The pedestrian is a kind of simulation of Europe with much imagination.Check out the link for more information: Wangfujing Street 

Wangfujing Street

 

Like the Bund in Shanghai exhibiting Shanghai,  Wangfujing Street bring together all kinds of department stores, showing the consumption of different times in Beijing.

Whether it is spiritual food or appetite food, Wangfujing has everything.

5. Shichahai ( Houhai – Back Lake )
Shichahai refers to the Shichahai Lake Area which is composed of three lakes – Qianhai, Houhai and Xihai.

To be different from the Beihai, Zhonghai and Nanhai, Shichahai is also called housanhai.”hai” means “lake”; “Hou” means “back”; “qian” means “front”; “Xi” means “west; “bei” means “north”; “zhong” means “middle” and “nan” means “south”. Shichahai is often referred as “Houhai”, or “Back Lake”  by foreign visitors who kill time in its bar area in the evening.

Check out the link for more information:  The Night View of Shichahai

Shichashai

Actually Houhai (back lake) is just part of Shichahai. Shichahai is composed of three lakes – Qianhai (front lake), Houhai (back lake) and Xihai (west lake). Sometime local people also use “Houhai” to refer to Shichahai.

Shichhai literally means “Ten Temple Lake”, indicating there used to be ten temples around Shichahai. Today some of the temples are still there, including Guangji Temple, Huitong Temple, Huoshen Temple, Guangfu Guan ( a taoist temple )…

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; if you try to find a quiet place in the busy Beijing, come to Shichahai!

6. Sanlitun Bar Street
Sanlitun Bar Street is one of the most “prosperous” entertainment street in Beijing nightlife. Foreigners living in Beijing as well as local big shots often frequent the bar street.Every glowing night, the street is teemed with people bustling, bright colors against the background of city noise and luxury.

Sanlitun Bar Street has been always given a “smoke and mirrors” feeling. Nobody can see the true face of it, and nobody can give the street a clear commercial position.

The Bar Street is south of the embassy district. Because of the great reputation of this street, and some foreign embassies will change the house number from the Sanlitun Road to “Sanlihe Bar Street”. The Bar Street is open every afternoon from to 2am everyday.

 

 

Sanlitun Bar Street

Sanlitun Bar Street

7. Hutong (narrow lanes)
Tourists in Beijing often ask a question “where are Beijing’s hutongs? Beijing’s Hutongs originated in the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) with more than 6,000 at the peak time. The word “hutong” is Mongolian in origin, meaning a “water well”.

In the old-time with the digging of new wells, came the new communities. Later it was referred to as narrow streets or lanes formed by quadrangles.

What’s the number of Beijing’s hutongs”?  According to historical records,  there were several thousand hutongs in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), of which more than 900 in the inner city, 300 in the outer city.

The Qing Dynasty 91644-1911) reached 1800 hutongs while the Republic of China ( 1912-1949) more than 1,900. Statistics shows that when the New China was founded, there were over 2,550 hutongs.

Check out the link for more information:  Hutong tour.

 

Walking along hutongs

Later due to the hutong name change as well as the economic and urban development, there has been much demolition and renovation of the existing hutongs, now Beijing has more than 4,000 hutongs.

8. 798 Space, 798 Art Zone
798 Art Space , or 798 Art Zone, or Factory 798, is the Beijing “Greenwich Village” or “SoHo”, a part of Dashanzi in the Chaoyang District of Beijing that house a rich artist community. It is nestled in a 50-year old out of service military factory complex with a functional Bauhaus-influenced design.

While many people all day thinking about how to live in a house with a viewing balcony, another group of people whose arrange their own home in the city’s wasted plant in the suburbs.

Check out the link for more information:  798 Art Zone.

 

798 Space, 798 Art Zone

These are special people who work for the arts, so they have more reasons than the average person to show their personality. In terms of timing, they are free people, they do not work nine to five stuck in an office.

What they need is the space. Now they own the space in groups.The “798 Factory” is now the most famous art community of Beijing. Quite different from Real estate companies using the same “SOHO” concept,  the 798 factory is the real “SOHO district.

9. Silk Market
The only world-renowned market, clearly marked on the world’s top tourist map;  in the eyes of foreign tourists, on a par with the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Beijing roast duck – she is the Silk Street!

20 years ago, a group of young people hoping for the future, set up shabby open-air stores from a simple pavement by the use of this prime location adjacent to the embassy district. They mainly sold silk clothing.

The old market has been demolished. The new market is now open to the public. The new building has an area of 30,000 square meters, known as the New Silk Alley Market. There are 1,600 booths in the new building.

Address:North of Dong Chang An Avenue, Jianguimenwai Street, Chaoyang DistrictBus:Bus No.1,9,28,37,43,120,126,403,639,640,668,728,and 729, take arrival at Yonganli Station

Check out the link for more information:  Silk Market

 

 Silk Market

Silk Market

10. Panjiayuan Market
Panjiayuan Flea Market, or Panjiayuan Market, or Panjiayuan Antique Market, or whatever names you use, is a must for those who like something really Chinese.Beijing Panjiayuan Flea Market is located in the southeast corner of Third Ring Road Beijing.It is the largest flea market opening from Monday to Friday for fixed shops and open Districts No.01 and 02. On Saturday and Sunday all the shops.Check out the link for more information:  Panjiayuan Market

798 Space, 798 Art Zone

Panjiayuan Flea Market has an area of 48,500 square meters. Market is divided into the stall area, ancient room area, classical furniture, area, modern collection area, stone carving area, food service areas of six business areas.

Mainly focusing on old items, crafts, collectibles, decorations. It has the annual turnover of several million dollars. Market has more than 4,000 operating business units with  business people nearly ten thousand people, including sixty percent of the operators from outside Beijing from Twenty-eight provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, involving Han, Hui, Manchu, Miao, Dong…

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 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.

Top 10 Equestrian Clubs in Beijing

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
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Thinking of planning an Equestrian Vacation on your short Beijing Tour? If you are a horse enthusiast and looking for a place to go horseback riding in Beijing, you won’t be disappointed since Beijing is bestowed with 80 equestrian clubs with over 10,000 registered club members, and over 3,000 club staff.

Many of the equine clubs have qualified, bilingual instructors, indoor or outdoor arenas, training areas and club houses and saddlery stores.

Horseback riding is a sport that people of any age can participate in. Horse riding could balance your body and mind, a relaxing and exhilarating experience.

The “Top 10 Horse Clubs in Beijing” list will be useful for you locate an ideal horse organization that is suitable for you no matter your are a novice, intermediate or advanced rider.So everyone is sure to find a suitable option for equestrian travel in Beijing.

1. Beijing International Equestrian Club  京城马汇国际马术俱乐部
Horses: 60 Horses ( European Warm-blood, Thoroughbred and local bred)
Market Target: IT persons, Financial Businessmen…

Brief Introduction: Beijing International Equestrian Club (BIEC) is located in Caiyu County, Daxing District of Beijing, where the Beijing-Tianjin-Tanggu expressways meets. This horse club owns an international standard course for eventing, two outdoor arenas, one indoor arena for jumping, one indoor arena for dressage and a horse free-roaming area.

BIEC also has a stable with over 60 rooms, which is operated by European professional team aimed at training and teaching. The horse back riding training is suitable for novice, intermediate and advanced riders.

Add: 99 Cailang Road, Caiyu Town, Daxing District, Beijing 大兴区采育镇采廊路99号
Tel: 01058797805
www.iecbj.com/ .

Beijing International Equestrian Club

Beijing International Equestrian Club

2. Equuleus International Riding Club 天星调良国际马术俱乐部
Horses: Approx.90 horses (European Warm-blood, Australian Thoroughbred, Local Bred)
General Impression: Good reputation within the equestrian circle. It has over 2000 registered members both from home and abroad.The horse club is accredited as the 4-star horse club in China by UK, China Equestrian Association, Beijing Turf and Equestrian Association. The horse back riding training is suitable for novice, intermediate and advanced riders.Add: 91 Shunbai Rd, Chaoyang, Beijing (北京朝阳区顺白路91号)

Tel:010-84590236, 64324947 fax: 010-84590133
Web: www.equriding.com
Equuleus International Riding Club

Equuleus International Riding Club

3. Beijing Xiwu International Horse Club 北京西坞乡村马术俱乐部
Horses: 110 horses (European Warm-blood, Thoroughbred and local bred)
Brief Introduction: The club is accredited as a four-star equestrian club, with a total area of 28 hectares, including 3 standard racecourse, 1 steeplechase course and 1 indoor training arena.You can practice indoors or go riding along the Wenyu River at your own pace. There are a dozen of horse riding coaches in the club.Add: North of Picun Village, Chaoyang District, Beijing 朝阳区金盏乡皮村北

Tel: 010 – 51884137
Public Bus: take bus 916 from Dongzhimen Bus Terminal and get off at Mapo Lukou, the walk to the east for 1000m (东直门乘916路车到马坡路口站下车,向东行1000米)
Beijing Xiwu International Horse Club

Beijing Xiwu International Horse Club

4. 风度马汇马术俱乐部
Horses: over 100 (European Warm blood, Thoroughbred and local bred)
Brief Introduction: Demeanor Equestrian is a professional horsemanship training organization.The horse club has a horse farm of over 10 hectares including two 60 x 90 international steeplechase arenas, a 1000m American style club, a huge indoor horse arena, 130 standard stables.The horse back riding training is suitable for novice, intermediate and advanced riders.

Add: Houqiaoduan 31, Liqiao Town, Shunyi District, Beijing 北京市顺义区李桥镇后桥段31号

Tel: 010-57015526,57018256

Web: www.qishifengdu.com/index.asp

5. Beijing Horse Farm & Wrangler Club 北京乡村牧人马术俱乐部
Horses: 35 Horses (European Warm-blood, Thoroughbred and local bred)
General Impression: China’s earliest equestrian club. Its boss’s name is Wang Jiyu, dubbed as “黑子” which means “Black Man”,a man with strong personality, a descendant of a high-ranking official. The horse club has become a hangout for young people from a wealthy or high-ranking families.

Add: Wenbei Road, Sujiatuo Town, Haidian District, Beijing 海淀区苏家坨镇温北路
Tel: 010-62455876

6. Yingshi Mahui International Equestrian  英仕马汇马术俱乐部
Horses: 60 (Eurpean Warm-blood, Thoroughbred and local bred)
Yingshi Mahui International Equestrian is one of the largest professional horse clubs in closest proximity to the city center of Beijing. The horse club is located on the largest wetland park with stunning views and east access.

It has 60×90 international standard sand steeplechase arena, 30×70 international standard sand dressage arena, 60×90 international Show jumping grassland arena and 5 training areas.

In addition, there are camping     sites, places for  horse free-roaming, outdoor barbecue and family gatherings. The horse back riding training is suitable for novice, intermediate and advanced riders.

Add: Beiqijia, North 5th Ring, Beijing 北京市北五环北七家

Tel: 010-57265225  010-57265221
Email: yingshimahui@163.com
www.yingshimahui.com
7. Great Wall Sunshine Valley Horse Club 长城阳光山谷马术俱乐部
Horses: over 100 horses (European Warm-blood, Thoroughbred and local bred)
Brief introduction: This club is located at the foot of Badaling Great Wall. The horse club is composed of several independent sports and leisure arenas including horse riding, fitness and leisure and resort facilities, a modern horde club city.It possesses the largest indoor horse riding arena, 3 outdoor riding training arenas, 200 professional stables, one horse hospital.Add:Sunny Road 8, Badaling Town, Yanqing County, Beijing 延庆八达岭镇阳光路8号

Tel: 010-81182890

8. Jinsha International Equestrian Club 金沙国际马术俱乐部
Horses: 60 horses  (European Warm-blood, Thoroughbred and local bred)
Brief Introduction: Beijing Jinsha International Equestrian Club is a professional club registered at the Chinese Equestrian Association and Beijing Turf and Equestrian Association.

There are full-time equestrian coaches available who can offer professional equestrian courses. Beside a horse club, it is also a fitness center providing members with leisure, comfortable and professional services. The horse club provides Chinese and Western restaurants, bars, bathing, massage, fishing and other service.

Add: No.1, Hebin Road of Moon River, Tongzhou District, Beijing

Tel: 89576868, 89576668
Public Bus: Take No. 322 Bus at Sihui to Dongguan Bridge Stop in Tongzhou District
Self-driving: Go along the Beijing-Tongzhou Expressway (to Sanhe) and get off the Tongzhou-Yanjiao Highway at Gengzhuang Exit, then turn right

 

insha International Equestrian Club

Jinsha International Equestrian Club

 

9. Bole Equestrian Club 伯乐园马汇
Bole Equestrian Club is with the closest approxiity to the city center of Beijing, perched on the orchards of Shunyi with stunning views and easy access.The horse club has an 600m ring-race course, 60 x 60 international standard dressage arena, and 60 x 90 international standard steeplechase arena.Beside the equestrian training, you can enjoy the local farmhouse food, barbecue and family get together. The horse back riding training is suitable for novice, intermediate and advanced riders.Add:in Shunyi District, Beijing

Tel: 010-64946537
10. Beijing Green Equestrian Club 北京格林兄弟马术俱乐部
Horses: 40 horses  (Eurpean Warm-blood, Thoroughbred and local bred)
General Impression: This club is sponsored by Wang Zhongjun, the Chairman and CEO of Huayi Borthers Media Corporation. The horse club is located along the bank of Wenyu River with fresh air and a quiete and lelegant layout.

It takes up an area of over 13 hectares and 70 stables.Add: Section 1 of Wenyu River, Loutai Village, Tianzhu Town, Beijing Capital Airport, Beijing 首都机场辅路天竺镇楼台村温榆河段1号

Tel: 010-64577166
Any questions, just drop a line.