Archive for the ‘Beijing Travel’ Category

Forbidden City Pictures – Forbidden City Photo Gallery

Saturday, September 15th, 2018
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

The Forbidden City is one of the must see attractions during your Beijing tour. Forbidden City was the imperial palace both for Ming and Qing dynasties. It served as the home of the successive emperors and their households, and the place for th

eir governance as well. Forbidden City is also named “The Palace Musuem” or “The Imperial Palace”.Constructed for 14 years or so from 1406 to 1420, the palace complex was composed of 999 buildings with an area of 720,000 m2.

The palace complex buildings features the traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and have great impact on cultural and architectural developments both in China and the world. The Forbidden City was crowned a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 as the largest cluster of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

For more information on how to visit the Forbidden City, you may check the Forbidden City Travel Tips.

You must enter the Forbidden City from its south entrance (Meridian Gate – Wumen) and out from its northern gate (Gate of Divine – Shenwu Men). You may move on from Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City.

The South Entrance (Meridian Gate or Wumen in Chinese)
The South Entrance (Meridian Gate or Wumen in Chinese)

The South Entrance (Meridian Gate or Wumen in Chinese)

On the right side the south entrance, you buy your entrance tickets at the ticketing offices. In the tourist peak season, the queue can be very long and you have to patiently line up to buy your tickets. In the tourist high season (spring, autumn and national holidays) scalpers are rampant around the entrance. Just ignore them!
you buy your entrance tikets at the ticketing offices

you buy your entrance tickets at the ticketing offices

Entering through the Meridian Gate, you will see a large square that is crossed by five bridges and the Gate of Supreme Harmony in the north area. The Gate of Supreme Harmony is the ceremonial centre of imperial power.
The Gate of Supreme Harmony is the ceremonial centre of imperial power.

The Gate of Supreme Harmony is the ceremonial centre of imperial power.

Approaching the Gate of Supreme Harmony, look back at the inside part of the south entrance gate – Meridian Gate)
Look back at the inside part of the south entrance gate - Meridian Gate)

Look back at the inside part of the south entrance gate – Meridian Gate)

A close look at the Gate of Supreme Harmony
A close look at the Gate of Supreme Harmony

A close look at the Gate of Supreme Harmony

Going through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will see the Hall of Supreme Harmony
Going through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will see the Palace of Supreme Harmony

Going through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will see the Palace of Supreme Harmony

The southern ramp in front of the Hall of Supreme Harmony has bas-relief carvings
The southern ramp in front of the Hall of Supreme Harmony has bas-relief carvings

The southern ramp in front of the Hall of Supreme Harmony has bas-relief carvings

The Sundial is made of marble stone
The Sundial is made of marble stone

The Sundial is made of marble stone

A huge mythical animal perched on the platform in front of the Hall of Supreme Harmony
A huge mythical animal perched on the platform in front of Supreme Harmony

A huge mythical animal perched on the platform in front of Supreme Harmony

The eave corners are decorated with 10 kinds of animals
the eave corners are decorated with 10 kinds of animals

the eave corners are decorated with 10 kinds of animals

After the Hall of Supreme Harmony, you enter the courtyard where both the Hall of Central Harmony and the Hall of Preserving Harmony are located.

The Hall of Central Peace is a smaller and square hall that was used by the Emperors to prepare and rest before and during ceremonies.

After the Palace of Supreme Harmony, you enter the courtyard where the Hall of Central Harmony and the Hall of Preserving Harmony.

After the Palace of Supreme Harmony, you enter the courtyard where the Hall of Central Harmony and the Hall of Preserving Harmony.

Behind the Hall of Central Harmony is the Hall of Preserving Harmony, which was used for rehearsing ceremonies, and it also used be the site of the final stage of the Imperial examination.

Behind the Hall of Preserving Harmony is the ramp – the largest stone carvin, the large bas-relief carvings in Forbiddenn City.

Behind the Hall of Preserving Harmony is the ramp - the largest stone carving.

Behind the Hall of Preserving Harmony is the ramp – the largest stone carving.

Now you enter the inner court and see the Palace of Heavenly Court
Now you enter the inner court and see the Palace of Heavenly Court

Now you enter the inner court and see the Palace of Heavenly Court

The Imperial Garden in the north tip of the Forbidden City.
The Imperial Garden in the north tip of the Forbidden City.

The Imperial Garden in the north tip of the Forbidden City.

The north gate – Gate of Divine ( Shenwu Men in Chinese )
The north gate - Gate of Divine ( Shenwu Men in Chinese )

The north gate – Gate of Divine ( Shenwu Men in Chinese )

The Jingshan Patk to the north of the Fobidden City.
The Jingshan Patk to the north of the Fobidden City.

The Jingshan Park to the north of the Forbidden City.

A bird’s-eye view of the Forbidden City from the top of the Jingshan Park.
A bird's-eye view of the Forbidden City from the top of the Jingshan Park.

A bird’s-eye view of the Forbidden City from the top of the Jingshan Park.

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.

Summer Palace Pictures – Summer Palace Photo Gallery

Saturday, September 15th, 2018
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Plan your Beijing tour on your first trip to Beijing? The Summer Palace is worth your visit that you cannot afford to miss.  The Summer Palace is located about 19km to the northwest of Beijing city center (Tiananmen Square). It is easily accessed by subway line 4 and a few bus lines. ||

The Summer Palace was listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in December 1998. It was crowned as “a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design”. The whole palace is designed and spreaded as a huge Chinese garden dominated by the Kunming Lake and the Longevity Hill.

The Summer Palace features a rich variety of Chinese gardens, corridors, palaces, pavilions, other classical-style architectural buildings. Now it has become a popular tourist attraction and a recreational park as well.

There are a few walking routes to visit the Summer Palace since it has four entrance gates. For more information on how to visit the Summer Palace, please visit the page of Tips for visiting Summer Palace.

Well, follow me to visit the Summer Palace through the New Palace Gate (south gate), then back to the  New Palace Gate, a loop tour of the Summer Palace. Check the Summer Palace Map while sitting on a bench for a good view of the lake and the longevity hill.

Walk along the East Dyke of Kunming Lake and move on to the core of the Summer Palace. 

Walk along the East Dyke of Kunming Lake and move on to the core of the Summer Palace.

Walk along the East Dyke of Kunming Lake and move on to the core of the Summer Palace.

On the route, visit the Wenchang Gallery that is the largest gallery of its kind in the Chinese classical gardens.
On the route, visit the Wenchang Gallery that is the largest gallery of its kind in the Chinese classical gardens.

On the route, visit the Wenchang Gallery that is the largest gallery of its kind in the Chinese classical gardens.

The green lotus leaves hold the Tower of Buddhist Incense.
The green lotus leaves hold the Tower of Buddhist Incense

The green lotus leaves hold the Tower of Buddhist Incense

View the Wenchang Gallery in a distance sandwiched by willows and pines
View the Wenchang Gallery in a distance sandwiched by willows and pines

View the Wenchang Gallery in a distance sandwiched by willows and pines

The former Court Area (the East Palace Gate, the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity…)
The former Court Area (the East Palace Gate, the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity

The former Court Area (the East Palace Gate, the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity

A good spot to take a photo of the Summer Palace
A good spot to take a photo of the Summer Palace

A good spot to take a photo of the Summer Palace

Amazed by the mesmerizing Kunming Lake
Amazed by the mesmerizing Kunming Lake

Amazed by the mesmerizing Kunming Lake

The total length of the Long Corridor is 728 meters, the longest corridor in the world.
The total length of the Long Corridor is 728 meters, the longest corridor in the world.

The total length of the Long Corridor is 728 meters, the longest corridor in the world.

Decorated Paifang in Summer Palace
Decorated Paifang in Summer Palace

Decorated Paifang in Summer Palace

The Tower of Buddhist Incense atop the Longevity Hill, is the highest building in the Summer Palace.
The Tower of Buddhist Incense atop the Longevity Hill, is the highest building in the Summer Palace.

The Tower of Buddhist Incense atop the Longevity Hill, is the highest building in the Summer Palace.

The Cloud-Dispelling Hall on the slope of the Longevity Hill
The Cloud-Dispelling Hall on the slope of the Longevity Hill

The Cloud-Dispelling Hall on the slope of the Longevity Hill

The 7 animals on the eaves of the The Cloud-Dispelling Hall
The 7 animals on the eaves of the The Cloud-Dispelling Hall

The 7 animals on the eaves of the The Cloud-Dispelling Hall

A panoramic view of the Summer Palace on the platform below the Tower of Buddhist Incense.
A panoramic view of the Summer Palace on the platform below the Tower of Buddhist Incense

A panoramic view of the Summer Palace on the platform below the Tower of Buddhist Incense

Longevity Hill is accompanied by a group of buildings
Longevity Hill is accompanied by a group of buildings

Longevity Hill is accompanied by a group of buildings

Boats are dotted on the Kunming Lake against the backdrop of the CCTV Tower.
Boats are dotted on the Kunming Lake against the backdrop of the CCTV Tower.

Boats are dotted on the Kunming Lake against the backdrop of the CCTV Tower.

The Summer Palace is an oasis in the cement jungle of Beijing.
The Summer Palace is an oasis in the cement jungle of Beijing.

The Summer Palace is an oasis in the cement jungle of Beijing.

The Marble Boat “docked” at the end of the Long Corridor in the Summer Palace.
The Marble Boat docked at the end of the Long Corridor in the Summer Palace.

The Marble Boat docked at the end of the Long Corridor in the Summer Palace.

The ferry boat leaves from the pier at the Marble Boat in Summer Palace
The ferry boat leaves from the pier at the Marble Boat in Summe Palace

The ferry boat leaves from the pier at the Marble Boat in Summe Palace

Inside the sightseeing ferry boat
Inside the sightseeing ferry boat

Inside the sightseeing ferry boat

The ferry boats shuttle between the piers at the Marble Boat and the 17-Arch Bridge. A close look at the Cloud-Dispelling Hall and the Tower of Buddhist Incense on the slope of the Longevity Hill
A close look at the Cloud-Dispelling Hall and the Tower of Buddhist Incense

A close look at the Cloud-Dispelling Hall and the Tower of Buddhist Incense

Look at Kunming Lake towards Yuquan Hill with Yu Feng Pagoda
Look at Kunming Lake towards Yuquan Hill with Yu Feng Pagoda

Look at Kunming Lake towards Yuquan Hill with Yu Feng Pagoda

An ancient bronze ox is said to help prevent flooding. Back to the starting point
Back to the starting point

Back to the starting point

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.

Top 10 Mosques in Beijing

Saturday, September 15th, 2018
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

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

Add-on
Top 10 Buddhist Temples in Beijing

 

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.