Dec 06, 2014 at 05:31 AM
Beijing, the capital of China, beautifully blends ancient and modern Chinese cultures. A cosmopolitan metropolis combining both the history and modernity is what you can expect to experience on Beijing tours. Beijing local's live an interesting life that combines these two elements. They go about their lives while being surrounded by some of the most spectacular historical places in the world. Beijing's Hutongs are a twisting labyrinth of alleyways and courtyard homes. People in Beijing traditionally lived in Hutongs. The Hutong communities are very special. Since most people have lived in the Hutongs for generations, they all know each other and each Hutong is like a mini community inside the bustling metropolis. Many visitors choose to hire a pedicab or rent a bicycle to visit Beijing's Hutongs. Riding through the ancient alleyways and peeking at ancient courtyard homes takes visitors back to a more slow paced life. In China it is typical for grandparents to take care of their grandchildren and grandfathers can be seen walking their grandchildren down the alley to a little shop to buy some sweets and get a bit of gossip. BEIJING is a city conspicuously unfriendly to pedestrians. Six-lane ring highways cut through old neighborhoods, making places that are rather close as the crow flies very far apart if you walk, since you’ve often got to navigate long cloverleaf intersections and widely spaced overpasses simply to cross the street.
Jan 12, 2015 at 07:04 PM
Although there are a variety of products on the market, the most attractive products are silk. Even a silk museum was built on the third floor. 18 traders have been offering high quality silk for many years are there, including some consecrated Chinese brands as Ruifuxiang, Shengxifu and Neiliansheng. Ruifuxiang specializes in manufacturing high quality silk. Making predominantly caps, Shengxifu shop ninety years old, is famous for its selection of craft materials and labor. And Neiliansheng, set in the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), is famous for its Chinese cloth shoes. On the third floor, you can buy authentic Chinese silk clothing such as suits and cheongsams Tang suit. Or you can have the tailor to do something to you or someone in your family in no time. You can also enjoy the traditional methods of making silk in the Silk Museum, and learn about this ancient Chinese art. So as silk, other traditional Chinese items such as tea, porcelain, Chinese paintings and calligraphy, Chinese jade, etc. are available on the fourth floor. Some specialties Chinese skills can be found in this plant, like painting palm.
Jan 10, 2015 at 09:54 AM
Jade has a unique place in Chinese culture.  The museum collection, mostly from the imperial collection includes 30,000 pieces. Prior to the Yuan Dynasty part of the collection includes several famous pieces throughout history and artifacts of the most recent archaeological discoveries. The first pieces dating from the Neolithic. Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty pieces, moreover, include both items for the use of the palace as well as tribute items from around the Empire and beyond.  In addition to works of art, much of the museum's collection includes artifacts from the imperial court. This includes items used by the imperial family and the palace in daily life as well as various ceremonial and bureaucratic items important to government administration. This comprehensive collection preserves protocols daily life and ceremonial of the imperial era. Although not widely known in the West, Jade is a very popular jewelry among the Chinese culture, especially women. Jade is known for its elegant color and elaborately carved patterns and mythical powers to ward off bad luck
Dec 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Being the modern Chinese capital, Beijing presents a plethora of things which ensures its modernity while keeping its traditionalism intact. The people of Beijing are forward moving and advance along with being intelligent and hardworking. However, they are very particular about their traditions and customs. Moreover, most of them are very religious as well. Despite being the modern Chinese capital, Beijing has still hold on to its history and traditions very well. China has a huge fashion industry and Beijing is the hub of that industry as this is the capital of the country. Chinese models have done quite well in the world fashion platform and has achieved much. While in Beijing, you are sure to come across ads and graphics portraying beautiful Chinese models. These fashionable posters and graphics will make you realize the kind of modernity and freshness that Beijing boasts of. Overall, your Beijing tour will be a mix bag of different things that you can learn and experience here. However, the fact is you will never have any dull moment during your trip to this amazing land.
Feb 21, 2015 at 10:58 AM
In the Palace Museum, most collections are unearthed after the founding of the People's Republic of China. Some cultural relics even to the Neolithic period. In total, there are 5,622 pieces of cultural relics on display in the main exhibition hall and exhibition hall oval. The Emperor Qian Long Trail is a treasure in itself. This stele with a height of 6.7 meters (22 feet) and weighing more than 40 tons is built of white marble and is well preserved. Qianlong Stela is composed of the stele body, two tapas and two wake wake bases. The inscription on the stele is in both Manchu and Han languages and in the (regular script) Kai characters. It contains two passages, which share the idea of demonstrating the importance of capital. These two passages are also the largest value between the wakes of this emperor. It also has many other valuable cultural relics. His presentation can be divided into three parts - the temporary exhibition, the main screen, and display good collection. Each Exhibiton show the culture of Beijing. Occupies two floors of the main exhibition hall in the lower low and land plants. The exhibits are constantly renewed. The culture of Beijing and elsewhere in China and the world can be all topics temporary exhibitions.
Feb 18, 2015 at 03:41 PM
Over the past two decades, China has seen the downfall of the bicycle and a boom in the car ownership. And now after 20 years, much of China is experiencing the rebirth of bike culture in China. China was termed as the bicycle kingdom once, which has seen steep decline in the recent times. With the increase in the economic growth as well as per capita income at amazing rates, Beijing and other cities in China saw the increase in the private ownership of cars too at the cost of the doom of the bicycle. Overall, China’s bike fleet came down by 35% from 1995 to 2005. On the other hand, the use of private cars touched the sky keeping in view that Beijing and China as a whole continues to westernize. Though the city progressed and modernized in terms of latest models of cars on roads, the troubles related to air pollution has dramatically aggravated due to the use of mass automobiles. This has had its own damages in terms of shorting life span of people and lots of other issues like illness and so on. Along with health issues, the increased congestion has also impacted the economic productivity of the city negatively because people now have started wasting more time in traffic jams. All this is probably reviving the bicycle trend in china and might be the reason behind the rebirth of bike culture in the country. This is also the reason why many cities in China are turning to bikes so as to help solve the problems being induced by heavy use of automobiles. Beijing is one of the prime cities in China that has faced severe air-pollution issues over the last decade. And so Beijing is desperate for the rebirth of bike culture in the city. In the past, Beijing took to many preventive methods to reduce the pollution level in its air. For instance, Beijing instituted policies to restrict cars from being on the road based on the license plate of the car and these measures were put into effect on high-pollution days. Moreover, Beijing has also rapidly expanded its subway system so as to bring about somewhat restrain in the use of road transport.
Jan 15, 2015 at 02:38 PM
The many attractions and activities in Beijing for people of all backgrounds embodies the fact that it is a friendly city full of history and culture. As one of the major metropolitan centers of the world, however, the levels of pollution in Beijing are also characteristic and, in many cases, expatriates have trouble adapting to pollution and dirt. Those who overcome the challenges of pollution and overcrowding is that Beijing offers great opportunities for shopping in malls and markets, vibrant nightlife and its highly anticipated annual events in a number of exciting entertainment. It also offers delicious local and international dining, world-class sports facilities and even natural beauty. Highlights of imperial Beijing, including the Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, with its landscaped gardens are in stark contrast to recent buildings of communist China, as the "Great Hall of the People" and the Mausoleum of President Mao. Several places of worship are reminders of ancient religious diversity of the city. While living in Beijing, you will find countless temples: mostly Buddhist, some Taoist, and dedicated to Confucianism. You can also visit the oldest Catholic church in Beijing and the largest mosque in the city.
Jan 05, 2015 at 06:21 AM
The hutongs came into being during China’s dynastic period when emperors planned the city of Beijing. They arranged the residential areas according to the social classes. Later, during the Ming Dynasty the center of the capital became the Forbidden City, where the royals used to live. So residences were created surrounding the palace. People of higher social status were permitted to live closer to the palace whereas commoners lived little further from the palace. So aristocrats lived to the east and west sides of the imperial palace in their large siheyuans or courtyard houses. The hutongs and siheyuans formed by the wealthy class of the society were large and spacious, whereas that of the commoners were smaller, narrower and simpler. The hutong culture in Beijing has been going on since the ancient time of the imperial palace. Even today, people living in the hutongs in Beijing follows their traditions and cultures. Like in the ancient times, the siheyuans in the hutongs in Beijing have a main building and gates facing south for better lighting. Even in the main hutongs, there can be many tiny lanes running north and south for convenient passage. People living in the hutongs use these lanes to reach their neighbors easily and conveniently. The interesting hutong culture in Beijing is such that tourists love to explore it and get an insight into it during their travel to Beijing. Along with many other things the hutongs also suffered at the start of the 20th century when the rule of the emperor was disintegrated in China with the end of the dynastic era. As compared to the traditional arrangement, there were new hutongs constructed on the outskirts of the old city in haphazard manner without any plan. On the other hand the old hutongs also lost their former neat appearance. During this time many hutong areas were demolished. This way the hutong culture has also come down to a great extent. But still, you can see people communicating, playing and chatting together in groups with their neighbors in the hutongs in Beijing. Overall the hutongs and the hutong culture maintained by the people living here presents great pride among Beijingers.
Feb 05, 2015 at 11:40 PM
Beijing, as it develops gradually defined by a lot of tall buildings, large mansions and shopping streets. Porcelain is absolutely the most typical Chinese handicrafts show oriental cultural traits. Porcelain wares are highly appreciated by foreign visitors for its exquisite design and special styles. There are some old porcelain products from hundreds of years ago and cheaper imitations sold in the market. Other crafts such as paper cuts, gold or silver, bamboo carvings, stone carvings, woven fabric, dyed fabric, embroidery, lacquer ware and tea, can be seen on the market, giving an overview of the Chinese folk life in the old days. There are plenty of shops selling jewelry and jades, where you can find precious treasures such as Hetian jade and nephrite, agate, amber, pearls, coral, turquoise, diamonds, ornamental stones, glass, etc. There are many stalls selling old books and propaganda images. The pictures describe the cultural life of the founding of the PRC and reflects the friendly spirit of the time. Liu Zhanquan is a famous collector of hundreds of old paintings of propaganda. The images enjoyed by visitors and show the characteristics of the times.
Dec 15, 2014 at 04:45 AM
Modern Beijing thrives today as the political and cultural capital of China as well as a center of international activity and an important socialist base. Great changes have taken place since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. The city walls were demolished to facilitate transportation and allow for general expansion. By 2004, the population exceeded 14.9 million, and the total municipal area was increased to over 16,800 square kilometers. The city is presently divided into 16 districts: Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chongwen, Xuanwu, Chaoyang, Haidian, Shijingshan, Fengtai, Shunyi, Changping, Mentougou, Tongzhou, Fangshan, Daxing, Huairou and Pinggu. In addition to these urban districts, the municipality is comprised of two counties: Miyun and Yanqing. Modern Beijing and its skyline is growing with cell-blocklike high-rise apartments.As one drives through its modern streets and inhales the polluted air, one is reminded of how far the city has drifted from its past. As one wonders how the myth of modern Beijing as a beautiful city redolent of history has managed to survive its modern aesthetic impoverishment. Plans for future development retain the symmetrical layout of the old city on its north-south axis, extending out into the suburban districts. From Dingfuzhuang in the east to Shijingshan in the west and from Qinghe in the north to Nanyuan in the south, the overall plan covers an area of 1,000 square kilometers. A traffic network of four concentric beltways, 28 radial roads, and underground and suburban railways are being further developed to link the city center with outlying areas and surrounding towns. With Tian'anmen at the center, offices along 38-kilometer-long Chang'an Boulevard will concentrate on state, political and economic affairs. The areas around the Palace Museum (Imperial Palace or Forbidden City) and city gates as well as the lakes -- Zhongnanhai, Beihai and Housanhai -- have been designated landmark districts. And with a look to the future, an increasing number of historical, cultural and revolutionary sites are being renovated and opened to the public.
Dec 15, 2014 at 05:45 AM
The present day Communist Party of China remarks the criticalness of the Ming Empire.The records of Ming Empire and its accomplishments are a noteworthy argument of old Chinese ability in the world.Many stamps have been issued in the late years to celebrate the Ming era.This is a sketch in the historical center portraying the regular Chinese village.Roughly 300 towns vanish from China every day. The financial may of China's urban focuses has pulverized the nation's agrarian groups in late decades.But this unquestionably does appear to be a pattern among the craftsman and scholarly pack in China. I truly do believe it’s fairly a developing "back to the area" development in China. Right now educated, Ning already experienced the apparent long for current China—yet he willfully relinquished it. Presently, he and others devote their time to revitalizing the Bishan group, attempting to spare the town from social and monetary breakdown. Chinese involve sprawling urban areas, which in the end swallow disintegrating towns possessed by more established eras. One can imagine this view that how the ancient china looks like its natural environment and livelihoods of people.
Feb 09, 2015 at 11:56 AM
The noteworthiness of aerial traitors in Chinese society can be closed from the way that mythical beasts get included in every Chinese mythology and legends. The exhibition hall of Guozilian in Beijing has various little statues of mythical beasts made on the limit of the historical center corridor. As an unassumingly obvious, the monster creation is the Chinese predecessors' creative energy. The winged traitor is presently a sort of society wonder. It has turn into an otherworldly tie connecting the country. The mythical beast, as the image of the Chinese country, has turned out to be a piece of the Chinese individuals. They have profound affections for the mythical serpent, and are pleased to call themselves "the posterity of the dragon". China is the origination of monster society. This has been indicated by leftovers of the Neolithic Phase found in the Yellow River, Yangtze River and Liaohe River Basins. Here you can appreciate the eyes of the winged serpent with an open mouth. There is an opening in the mouth, however not unmistakable here, which is utilized with the end goal of depleting water.