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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Songtangzhai Folk Carving Museum
Located on Liulichang, Beijing's antique street is the architecturally important Songtangzhai Folk Carving Museum. Privately owned by manager Li Songtang's family, this gallery is a two-story building from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and is the best-preserved architecture in the Liulichang area.

The museum's Jiangxi-style stone-carved gate tower dating from the Ming Dynasty, Qing Beijing-style wood-carved tower gate and Shanxi-style brick-carved gate tower, are all considered to be among the most famous carved art of Chinese history. Because Li collects from around the country, his gate towers represent architectural styles of many Chinese regions.

Cultural and historical traditions and folklore is omnipresent throughout the gallery. The Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) stone block door is carved with pictures of the Hu people -- Mongolians who ruled China at that time, feeding and training the mythical Qilin, Chinese folklore beast. Images clearly indicate that the Mongolians were the ruling class of the time. Another stone carving in the museum depicts a military and civil officer presenting an official hat to their master in recognition of his promotion. Another item, a Qing Dynasty wood carving of the River God, was used as a sacrificial object when praying for a good year.

"The Emperor Strolling About," a stone-carved roof beam, is the most precious piece in the museum. Some 60 figures are carved in the stone, including imperial officers, drummers, guardians, animals and plant designs. It is said that the craftsmen spent at least three years creating these carved images.

Address: No. 14, East Liulichang Road, 100050
Open: 9:00 - 18:00
Tel: 8610-83164662

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