Dec 05, 2014 at 09:58 AM
HouHai ('Hou lake') is situated between QianHai and XiHai, just north of QianHai. HouHai is in the center of the tradional hutong area of central Beijing.The area of Houhai, QianHai and XiHai collectively is often referred to as ShiChaHai. The water for these lakes comes via canal past the north of BeijingZoo from KunMing lake at the Summer Palace. In turn, the water in KunMing lake comes from rainfall in the Western Fragrant Hills. Follow the lake southwards on the west (right) side to reach the popular area where QianHai joins HouHai and Lotus Lane beyond.HouHai is popular all day with small shops in hidden alleys and lots of rickshaws passing by. In the evening, trendy lighting and neon mixes with traditional red lanterns to create a lively yet relaxing atmosphere.If you take a rickshaw tour around the HouHai area, there are two historical spots that you are very likely to visit. China's last emperor, Puyi, was born in a mansion near HouHai. Another courtyard house (SiHeYuan), in this case a very large one, was the longtime residence of Song QingLing, the wife of Sun YatSen. Both these mansions are now museums. The expansive gardens and ponds provide a glimpse of what life was like for the privileged before the Communists, who officially frowned on such extravagance.
Jan 27, 2015 at 10:11 AM
Globalization has made it easier to stay true to your style and loyal to your brands, even if you move half-way around the world. No matter if mainstream or higher end brands, almost all the big International clothing chains have stores in Beijing. You can find GAP, H&M, Zara, Vero Moda, Mango, Guess, Esprit, Uniqlo, Promod, Calvin Klein, and many more, in most big shopping malls all over the city. You have many options for clothes shopping as a Westerner in Beijing, from foreign brands to domestic labels and specialty clothes.Flagship stores are often located on Wangfujing Street in the downtown area. But even the big malls on the outskirts often have a couple foreign brand stores. Department stores also usually carry many different brands.Chinese consumers seem very interested in the sport and outdoor segment. Besides the usual foreign sport brands, like Nike and Adidas, you find a great selection of sport clothes and shoes of Chinese brands, for example Li-Ning and 361°. Markets like the zoo market (read more about the zoo market and other markets ), Yashao, many smaller stores, as well as street markets sell clothing at bargain prices.9. Qianmen Street Located at the center of Beijing near Tiananmen Square, has been a prosperous area for more than 600 years and has accumulated some long-standing stores. There is a popular clothing market in Beijing, not only for Chinese teenagers, but also for foreign people visiting or studying in the capital. This place is located near Wudaokou and took its name after its situation: Wudaokou Clothing Market Beijing.Xidan, located in west of Tiananmen, mirroring the location of Wangfujing Mall which is on the east of Tiananmen, is one of the biggest business districts in Beijing. Xidan is more popular among local youth people, because it’s cheap, compared with Wangfujing Mall which is considered as a more expensive international shopping street.Besides the Chinese traditonal clothes, you can find the high-fashion brand clothes in Beijing , such as, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Adidas, Nike , etc.
Jan 27, 2015 at 04:55 PM
"Buddha needs to be decorated with gold, whereas human beings need to be decorated with clothes". For Chinese, clothing is no longer just a necessity to keep warm. It represents a person's economical status and symbolizes an individual's role in the society. In the ancient capital of Beijing, costumes are more representative, reflecting the different societal custom and living habits throughout the different phases of Chinese history.The traditional costumes in Beijing are mainly legacies from the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and the Republic of China(1911-1949), adopting both Han and Manchu styles.Chang Pao was originally the typical Manchu costume with horseshoe-shaped sleeves and slits on the four lower sides of the gown.The Manchus were known as people on the ride;hence their gown had four slits, with one on the left, right, front and back, which reached the knees. It was fitted to the body and rather warm. Fastened with waistband, the long gown could hold solid food and utensils when people went out hunting.
Dec 29, 2014 at 03:36 PM
For local transport in Beijing there are many options. The locals use bicycles and rickshaws along with buses, subways and taxis. For tourists using subways and buses is a good option. Besides they can also use bicycles and rickshaws for short distances. Beijing has introduced the public bicycle rental service in 2012, which is a popular option for tourists, especially backpackers and others traveling without kids. By using rented bicycles you can explore the beautiful places within the city on your own taking your own time. Moreover, they are cheap too and offers good way for tourists to enjoy short trips. Another popular mode of transport in Beijing is the rickshaw, which is again used for short distances. Rickshaws are used for exploring hutongs and for transfers from one pace of attraction to another in case of short distances. Locals also use bikes and motorcycles for commuting within the city. Additionally, the city bus transit system is also well organized in Beijing. Not only it is one of the busiest, it also carries most number of passengers in the world. Buses cover more areas in the city including many suburban areas. Then the option of using subways and taxis is also there. Taxi being a flexible mode of transport in Beijing carries maximum tourists as it is easy and comfortable too. Over the years, subways have become the fastest means of local transport system in Beijing. Subway lines present good connectivity along with being quick and cost effective means of transport. Moreover, when it comes to traveling outside the city, there are equally good options of transport in Beijing. Be it air transport, rail or road system, the city is well connected with other cities in China and across border. There are two airports in Beijing including the Beijing Capital International Airport and the Nanyuan Airport. In addition, the capital city has four railway stations and dozens of bus stations for boarding long distance buses. If you travel across the country by means of road and railway transport, you would get the opportunity to explore the fascinating views of Chinese countryside.
Jan 18, 2015 at 12:10 AM
For easy commute in Beijing, especially to reach the city centre just after landing in the capital, you could use taxi or airport bus. The International Airport of Beijing is at a distance of about 30 km northeast of the city center. And it takes about 45 minute by car in a less traffic road to reach the city centre. Talking about trains to commute in Beijing, the city has two main train stations including the Beijing Railway Station known as Beijing Zhan and Beijing West Station known as Beijing Xi Zhan. It is important to always cross check your ticket to ensure that you reach the correct departure station. Beijing Railway Station serves chief destinations such as Shanghai, Guangzhou and Harbin. On the other hand, the Beijing West Station connects to long-distance destinations such as Vietnam and Hong Kong. Moreover, there are six smaller stations which provide additional regional service. Tourists can purchase tickets at the foreign passenger ticket office in the main station or ask your hotel authority or travel agent to arrange them for you. When it comes to buses for commuting in Beijing, there are over 12 long-distance bus stations in the city providing numerous options for travelling around China. However without the knowledge of the local language, your bus travel can become risky. Major bus stations in Beijing are namely Xizhimen, Dongzhimen and Zhaogongkou. Talking about local buses, they are cheap but slow and crowded in most cases. If you want you can ask your travel agent and hotel official to arrange tour buses for you. For local sightseeing, travelers can use pedicabs, rickshaws, bicycles and taxis too. Bicycle is the cheap ad pleasant mode of transport, which presents wonderful perspective of the city. If you travel through the narrow alleys or hutongs in Beijing in your bicycle, you will get to see the real Beijing. Renting a bike is possible at any of hotels or hostels in the city that you choose to stay in. As such Beijing suffers greatly due to heavy traffic issues in the city, which leads to air pollution. That is why people prefer to use bikes to travel for short distances.
Dec 11, 2014 at 06:42 AM
Talking about Beijing in general, the city was instituted and urbanized with the joint efforts of all the Chinese nationalities from generations. The city serves as a melting pot of long-established Oriental Civilization and the heritage of Chinese culture. The city witnessed prosperity throughout centuries as a capital during various dynasties such as Liao, Jin Yuan, Ming and Qing in the past. The city also witnessed many major historical events and national achievements and together aimed at a peaceful and happy existence. Being an ancient cultural city, Beijing saw the rise of many eminent personalities in its land whose achievement’s contributed splendidly to the national history. Moreover, there were many eminent figures across world who travelled to Beijing and lived here for many years. Marco Polo was one such personality who came to China in 1275 during the Yuan Dynasty. His travels offered one of the initial glimpses into China to the West. Then there was Matteo Ricci who came to China in 1582 and reached Beijing in 1601. He was the one who introduced the Western natural sciences to China. Another thing about Beijing in general is that the city has very early and good relations with foreign countries on principle leading to mutual benefit. However, if you talk about coming into full contact with the outside world, it happened only in the late 70s of this century. This was mainly due to the reforms and open policy approved throughout the country. And this has pushed economic development of the city vigorously. Today, Beijing is rising as a modern city, where ancient civilization meets and mingles with modern achievements thereby creating a new spirit. The city has seen remarkable level of modernization both in terms of urban and rural areas. Off late Beijing invested hugely in infrastructure, which has resulted in improvement in terms of living by improving transportation, communications, environmental protection, and much more. As a whole, Beijing in general is a thriving city with innumerable prospects. The city and its people are lively and energetic and so tourists across the world love to explore the city. Many expats like Beijing so much that they have been staying in the city since years and have made Beijing their second home.
Jan 07, 2015 at 06:12 PM
Cuisines from many different cultures permeate the Beijing dining scene. With literally thousands of restaurants available, dining choices are practically unlimited. And the best part is that you can splurge at a fancy restaurant or dine supremely well (any much more cheaply) at any of the smaller family-run operations located all over the city.It is said that there are two things that you must do when visiting Beijing: One is to enjoy the roast duck and the other is to take a stroll on the Great Wall. There is simply quite nothing like a perfectly roasted duck with bronzed crispy skin and tender, succulent meat. There are literally dozens of restaurants that serve this famous dish, but perhaps the best known are Quanjude and Bianyifang. Fancy Beijing snack is a must in tasting the authentic Beijing flavor. These dishes emanate from many different cuisines, but the Chinese Muslim influenceis the most apparent. There are probably 200 varieties of snacks in Beijing. Most of the snacks can be found at snack restaurants throughout the city. In addition to the thousands of Chinese restaurants, thereare also lots of places serving foods from all over the world.If tired of big dishes all the time, small restaurants offering desserts, milk tea, ice cream and takeaway coffee are comfortable choice. One can sit and enjoy in the small but delicately decorated shops or buy some drinks and candies by the way while roaming about.Some Special Flavor restaurants are enveloped in romantic atmosphere and they are ideal places for appointment between lovers.Imperial Cuisine has evolved over time to be enjoyed by all of the country's people, characterized by complex preparation techniques, the freshest ingredients and elaborate presentation including colorful vegetable carvings. It is the foundation of Beijing cuisine. Probably the finest expression of classic imperial cooking is the Tan Jia cuisine served at the Beijing Hotel.Apart from KFC, McDonald's and other well-known western fastfood shops, there is no lack of Chinese, Japanese and special flavor (such as curry) fastfood restaurants in Beijing, some of which are chain shops.
Feb 15, 2015 at 04:39 AM
Since imperial times, Beijing has drawn citizens from all corners of China, and the country's economic boom has only accelerated the culinary diversity of the capital. These days, diners can find food from the myriad cuisines of far-flung regions of China, as well as just about every kind of international food. Highlights include rare fungi and flowers from Yunnan, chili- strewn Hunan cooking from Mao’s home province, Tibetan yak and tsampa (barley flour), mutton kebabs and grilled flatbreads from Xinjiang, numbingly spicy Sichuan cuisine, and chewy noodles from Shaanxi. And then there are ethnic foods from all over, with some—notably Italian, Japanese and Korean—in abundance.Quanjude roast duck is featured by its unique culinary procedure, enchanting look, and superior taste. Each duck sold has a certificate accordingly. Quanjude's hundreds of years of prosperities owe a lot to its great service, good taste, and reasonable price.Today having the Quanjude roast duck is recognized as a must for visitors to Beijing.Din Tai Fung is part of a world wide chain specializing in dumplings. The quality of the service and food is high and its Taiwan origins ensure that it is foreigner friendly and the prices reasonable.Located near the Mutianyu Great Wall, Xiaolongpu Resort is established in a traditional Chinese Quadrangles serves a great variety of Chinese delicacy. Seating in the Chinese Quadrangles, one can enjoy a eye pleasing and wonderful view of Mountains from outdoor dining terrace.Courtyard 7 is located in central area of Nan Luo Guo where you can not only taste delicious gourmet food, but also can enjoy a piece of pure land and heaven in such a busy city. Shan Shui Jian Yang Jie Zi Restaurant(longtan Park Branch) creates an elegant dining environment to customers. The hotpot soup cooked with nutritional ingredients is one of the most famous dishes popularizes in locality.Baihe (Lily) Vegetarian Restaurant is a great place to enjoy vegetarian cuisine. Beside this there are plenty of Western restaurants in Beijing, which are enjoyed by locals, expats, and tourists alike.
Feb 03, 2015 at 12:50 PM
All the big name brands are charging in to open their own stores and cash in on the boom, so Beijingers now have almost as good a choice of international luxury items as their New York or London counterparts. There are many markets in Beijing -HongQiao is situated close to the Temple of Heaven. It boasts three floors with pearls and jewellery, but also quite a lot of clothing, accessories, electronics, watches, art, toys, red lanterns.The most talked-about market among tourists in Beijing, Silk Market, is located a little east of the Second Ring Road. Name brand and designer handbags and clothing are the bulk of what is sold here, but of course they also sell silk items, electronics.The Xidan area is located a bit west of the Tiananmen Square. There are many markets and malls in this area, and the selection of clothes is enormous.Yandai Xiejie is a short hutong street with a vast range of products like tea, silk products, clothes, jewellery and other souvenirs located in central Beijing next to the Houhai lake.
Feb 10, 2015 at 09:36 PM
Despite the fact that the number of automobiles in Beijing is increasing rapidly, including the rising number of privately owned cars. And the fact that Beijing presents very good means of local transport facilities, you can see many Beijingers commuting on foot, especially to cover short distances. Locals in Beijing love to explore markets on foot, which is why you can see large number of Pedestrians in Beijing since the locals try to avoid the congestion in roads and the heavy traffic jams. You will find Pedestrians in Beijing roaming across markets and streets in the city. Along with locals, tourists also love to explore the city on foot. There are many shopping junctions in the city which you must explore on foot. One such interesting market is the Qianmen market, which is located towards the south of the Tiananmen Square. This is commercial center of Beijing, which has been standing proud since more than 500 years. This market is a good place to purchase interesting Chinese traditional products. This market has been constructed as per the architecture style of ancient emperors who ruled during the Ming and Qing Dynasty. The market hosts many old and famous shops, which represent the Chinese tradition and culture. The Silk Market is another popular market, where you can see large number of Pedestrians in Beijing. Tourists also flock in large numbers here. This is a seven story building, which is full of beautiful silk products including robes, scarves, tops and much more. Moreover, you will also get enough variety of textiles here including cashmere scarves, attires and other useful articles of daily use. Not only this, traditional Chinese handicrafts are also readily available here. This makes the Silk Street much more than mere silk. Other articles like antiques, carpets, paintings, calligraphy, hand-knit outfits, dolls, trinkets, and fine jewelry are also available here. Moreover, the fact that most of the things available here is cheap than that is available at any of the stores in other markets. However, you must remember to bargain for articles here. Pedestrian in Beijing, especially tourists like to explore the different markets in the city and purchase souvenirs to take back home.
Feb 16, 2015 at 10:04 PM
The sight of small kids in Beijing playing and having fun all over the city is very pleasing. You will see beautiful children all over the places; in hutongs, in parks, temples, malls and so on. Most of them will be accompanied by their parents or elders. Beijingers love to enjoy family time and you can see them strolling through gardens and other interesting places in the city with their families. Or you can also see them having shopping around with their dear ones. Beijing is a lovely city and it also receives thousands of travelers every month, many of whom travel with their families and children. The city has many historical places, gardens and other destinations where along with elders kids can also play and have great fun. If you talk about kids in Beijing and their activities the city offers plenty of open spaces for kids to play. On one hand, parents and elders can discover the historical attractions in the city and the children can be delightfully enjoy in the open spaces in most in the parks and monuments in Beijing. Whether you are in the Forbidden City, the temple of heaven or any of the large gardens in Beijing, the children can have equal fun and enjoyment as that of the elders. Moreover, many kids also get fascinated to know about the history and facts associated with the places in the city. In addition, there are many places in the city such as amusement parks, Beijing zoo, Indoor skating rink and Beijing Aquarium among others where kids in Beijing can have great time. Besides, there are many indoor playgrounds where children can play games. Beijing World Park is another good place for kids to have fun in Beijing. Besides, Beihai Park and Jingshan Park are some of the beautiful parks where children can have great fun and enjoyment. These along with many other beautiful parks and gardens in the city also host as places for children in Beijing to play and enjoy amidst nature. The Beihai Park is a historical park built by erstwhile emperors for the royal family to relax and have pleasure while surrounded by lush green trees and a huge lake.
Feb 11, 2015 at 12:33 AM
Beijing has a large number of temples including some which are very popular. These temples in Beijing are frequently visited by local people as well as tourists. Not just the history associated with these temples but the typical Chinese architecture and the folklore related to them make you fall in love with these beautiful landmarks. Among the most popular temples visited by tourists include the White Cloud Temple, the Yonghegong Lama Temple, and the Tan Zhe Temple. These are some of the oldest and most significant temples in Beijing. Talking about the Yonghegong Lama Temple, it is one of the popular temples located in the northeastern part of Beijing. Built in 1694, this temple initially served as the mansion of Prince Yinzhen who later succeeded to the throne and became Emperor Yongzheng. Later, the palace was converted into a lamaist temple in 1744. This temple also serves as the administrative center of Buddhist affairs. This temples opens from 9 am to 4:30 pm and has several highlights which can be explored within the premises. There is a rich collection of cultural relics to look out for along with several sculptured Buddhist statues among other things. There are many good restaurants located nearby this temple and there are few hotels too located in the vicinity for accommodation. The next is the White Cloud Temple known as Baiyunguan in local language. This temple is located in southwest of Beijing and is one of "The Three Great Ancestral Courts" of Taoism school. This temple is also the largest Daoist architectural complex in Beijing. It opens from 8:30 am to 16:30 pm and the primary highlight of this temple is the Chinese Taoism Culture which you can experience here. Located in Xicheng District, there are many restaurants nearby as well as many hotels too. The next is the Tan Zhe Temple, which is the most ancient temple in Beijing. This temple is located in Mentouguou District at a distance of about 30 kilometers from Beijing. This temple opens from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and is highlighted by splendid structures, purple magnolia, and courtyards. There are beautiful archways, mountain gates, altars and Buddhist Halls that you can explore here.