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Today first snowfall of 2014 hits Beijing

Friday, February 7th, 2014
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Untill Feb 6,  2014, there had been no significant rain drop nor snowfall in the past consective 107 days for most of Beijing area (downtown Beijing in particular). Though there was scattered snow in some regions on Jan 04,2014, the snow was too small to be felt by people.

Today  Beijing sees its first significant snowfall starting at March 07, 2014. It is a long expected snowfall though the snow fall comes too late, which will cause much trouble to holiday makers on their routes who are heading back to their working units and farewell to their family reunions.

No rain nor snow for the past 107 days,  the  dry city of Beijing has serously affected the local people’ life:  more  dry weather related diseases,  dry face  and more.  Of course, the snow will add much difficulty to those on their return journey after Spring Festival.

Today the weathermen predict that the snow will come down around 2:00am. So now I’m excited to wait for the first snowflakes falling in Beijing.

Around 2:00am,  I put on my down jacket, leaving my warm appartment and go  down using the elevator, trying to catch  the snowflakes flying and dancing in the air.  But I fail to find any snow.  Disappointed, I have to go to bed for the possible early morning snow.

Wake up at 5:45, I quickly get up and put on my winter down jacket and go down by elevator with my iphone. Wow! What a white snow world! It is still snowing, as if white sands pouring from the sky to the ground, blanketing the dirty with facinating white thin silk.

The pictures below shot with my iphones of the surrounding area in my community between 5:54am and 6:11am.

Photos taken time:  5:54am and 6:11am.

Firs snowfall Beijing on Feb ,07,2014

Firs snowfall Beijing on Feb ,07,2014

 

My handprint left on the first snow on February 7, 2014

My handprint left on the first snow on February 7, 2014

 

Footprints and bike tire prints left by early risers.

Footprints and bike tire prints left by early risers.

 

It is still snowing at the time of pictures taking.

It is still snowing at the time of pictures taking.

 

Tiananmen Square in the snow

Tiananmen Square in the snow

 

The snow covered Forbidden City

The snow covered Forbidden City

 

Driving in defiance of snowing

Driving in defiance of snowing

 

Stroll along Nanluoguxiang Hutong in Winter

Saturday, December 14th, 2013
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Turning over the thick cover of Beijing’s mordenity, you will see the old and authentic Beijing with a rich cultural and historical history.   A trip to Nanluogixiang Hutong  brings you back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368)  when the earliest hutongs and courtyard houses along Nanluoguxiang started to be built.

Now almost every Beijing first-time visitor wants be lost in the maze of Nanluoguxiang hutong teemed with side lanes.  People want to be lost in the past, in the tradition, in the passing  passengers, in a fad and in the future. Time is flying here and getting older.

Plan your Beijing winter tour? A walking tour of Nanluoguxiang is definitely recommended.  Nanluoguxiang Hutong looks quiet and peaceful under the cold temperature and numbing wind.  The hot summer is gone; the hordes of tourist have disappeared, who have packed the total length of the hutong and filled all the side lanes for the just passed tourist season.  Now You have the whole Nanluoguxiang on your own to explore and digest.

The 800-meter long south-north Nanluoguxiang Hutong is lined with numerous trendy bars, yummy restaurants,  unique hostels, lively themed stores and itierant vendors. If you are interested in Beijing’s traditional architures, Nanluoguxiang won’t let you down. Its vernacular courtyard houses, grey-colored, accompanied by old trees, showcase the solid books of Beijing’s traditional architecture.

Nanluoguxiang is easily accessible by Subway Line 6 and get off at the station of Nanluoguxiang. Then enter the south entrance to Nanluoguxiang and exit from its north.

Well, please follow my photos taken on Dec 12, 2013

Clear

Temperature: -5℃ – 5℃
PM-10: 32
Humidity:
36%
Wind:   Light Breeze
Sunrise: 07:27am
Sunset: 04:50pm
Historical
Data:  Historical
Climate Data for December  in Beijing

The southern entrance has over dozens of placards to illustrate the past and present of Nanluoguxiang.

One storey grey building and brick paved road

One storey grey building and brick paved road

One storey grey building and brick paved road

Special andyummy restaurants

Special andyummy restaurants

Special andyummy restaurants

Fashionable girls and cool red lanterns

Traditional grey-colored builings lined along the lane

Traditional grey-colored builings lined along the lane

Traditional grey-colored builings lined along the lane

 

Nangu Renjia Snack Restaurant

 Nanluo Renjia Snack


Nanluo Renjia Snack

A fashion store

A fashion store

A fashion store

Say Goodby to Nanluoguxiang

Say goodbye to Nanluoguxiang

Say goodbye to Nanluoguxiang

 

Peking Downtown backpcker Hostel

Peking Downtown backpcker Hostel

Peking Downtown backpcker Hostel

 

A back lane

A back lane

A back lane

Carpenter Shop

Carpenter Shop

Carpenter Shop

A rickshaw

A rickshaw

A rickshaw

 

A happy chat

A happy chat

A happy chat

 

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Wanlong Ski Resort Photos

Thursday, December 12th, 2013
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Plan your Beijing winter tour?  Going to a ski resort is something interesting both to skiers or non-skiers.  Entertain or challenge yourself skiing on a snow trail in defiance of numbling cold or just sit for a cup of coffee in a cozy house in a ski resort.

There are over a dozen of ski resorts in the outskirts of Beijing. Most of them are only 1-2 hours away from your downtown hotel in Beijing,  a delight for  daytripers to visit his or her favoritte ski resort.  For more information on Beijing ski resort, you may check the top 1o Beijing Ski Resorts.

If you have more leisure time for Beijing winter tour,  you may consider going to Wanlong Ski Resort, especially you are a skiing lover.  Wanlong Ski Resort is located 260km northwest of Beijing. It is within Chongli County in Zhangjiakou City.  To get to Wanlong Ski Resort, you may take the train from Beijing West Railway Station to Zhangjiakou South Railway Station, where you hire a local van or car for your final destination. Or you may hire a varn or car going directly to a ski resort from your hotel downtown Beijing.  For private transfer, please check Wanlong Ski Resort Transfer.

For your glimps of Wanlong Ski Resort, we offer some of the photos taken on the Wanlong Ski Resort.

Service Building

Service Building Photo

The service hall seen from the high cableway

The service hall seen from the high cableway

Enjoy leisure time at the service building

Enjoy leisure time at the service building Photo

 

Salomon ski shoes

Salomon ski shoes

Going up

Going up

Mor chairlifts

Mor chairlifts

 

Iron poles for the cable car

Iron poles for the cable car

back from skiing

back from skiing

a brave young skier

a brave young skier

Fall down and stand up

Fall down and stand up

Going down the snow trail

Going down the snow trail

Wanlong Ski Resort is now equipped with 5 chairlifts

Wanlong Ski Resort is now equipped with 5 chairlifts

Two iron poles supporting the cable car service

Two iron poles supporting the cable car service

Is the dog going to ski

Is the dog going to ski Photo

 

the wooden house on the top of the mountain

the wooden house on the top of the mountain  Photo

 

a cone-shaped solid tower of stons atop the hill

a cone-shaped solid tower of stons atop the hill Photo

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