Jan 20, 2015 at 03:25 AM
People believed that jade was the expression of the most beautiful stone. A beautiful piece can be more valuable than fifteen cities and a man's life. Historic records tell of a story about a stanch man named Bian He who had a piece of jade called 'Heshi Bi' which was said to be the most priceless treasure in history. However, when Bian He discovered the piece, it was hidden under the veil of the coarse stone in which it laid. He did not dare to carve it but instead dedicated it to the King of State Chu. He never knew that he would pay two legs for his dedication, for the king did not know the real value and cut Bian He's legs off. He cried for three days and nights. Afterwards, the new king heard of him and wanted to see whether it was as precious as he said. When it was cut, all were startled by the delicate quality. Very soon, it became a national treasure and was called 'Heshi Bi'. So precious was the stone that it even became a source of conflict between the Qin State and Zhao State.
Dec 15, 2014 at 10:52 PM
The material jade is actually made up of two different kinds of stone. The most widespread mineral is nephrite, a variety of the mineral actinolite and a silicate of calcium and magnesium. It is composed of fibrous intertwinned crystals. The other, more precious but less used mineral is the pyroxene jadeite, a material composed of interlocking and very compact crystals. Chemically, it is a mix of sodium and aluminium silicate NaAl[Si2O6]. The tough character of jade that made it even stronger than steel was one reason for its widespread use in early civilisations in Europe, Far-East and Meso-America. Besides its toughness, the smoothness of the stone and the broad range of colors made it very attractive to early artisans and artists. The basic jade's colors are white and a colorless opaqueness. Inclusions of different metals give it the most beautiful colors: chromium makes it emerald green ("Imperial Jade"), iron makes it brown and green, manganese creates violet colors. Calcium inclusions give it many different colors like white, apple green, red, brown and even blue. It can be cut and shaped with sandstone, slate and quartz sand on lathes with tools of bronze or iron. Finally, the pure sound of jade stones made it a very important idiophone musical instrument.
Feb 23, 2015 at 11:05 AM
As you travel through the streets of old Beijing in a traditional rickshaw with a local guide, visit the magnificent gardens of Prince Gong's Mansion, the largest royal residence Beijing and best preserved of the Qing Dynasty. Prince Gong's Mansion is famous for being one of the most picturesque places of retreat from Beijing, lined with rocks, plants, pools, pavilions and corridors. Step back in time to ancient China, while relaxing in the garden. Continue on a rickshaw and explore the ancient streets of Beijing. Get a taste of life in ancient China as you learn the constructed communities around the hutongs (narrow streets). These streets are hidden between the main streets of the city and form the residential neighborhoods that make old Beijing.Your tour concludes with a visit to a local Chinese house where the family will visit family. Meet with local people and chat with them to learn about their daily lifestyle. You'll have an authentic experience interacting with the Chinese people. Finish with a stop for refreshments at a local tea house. Try different types of tea and discover the distinctive taste of each tea.
Dec 26, 2014 at 05:08 PM
GREAT WALL OF CHINA is one of the most charming attractions worldwide due to its architectural grandeur and historical significance. On the way to the Great Wall of China, the real and pure essence of fresh nature meets. Trees lose all their leaves in certain seasons and that's what we see in this picture.we also see tourist buses crossing a flat road through the tops of tall-standing trees and high reach. Splendid Fauna naturally arranged in lines are in the path of the Great Wall of China. Beijing is a major transportation hub in northern China. Frequent flights, modern roads and trains make it easy for visitors to arrive. Intersecting roads make urban transport generally prompt and appropriate; However, you can find traffic jam sometimes due to the millions of vehicles that the city has. On the road or the road to the Great Wall of China, the scenic beauty of the field trip is just the trailer of what is to come, the final destiny is so beautiful that could make your heart limping a heartbeat. Yes, a traveler finds a paradise on the way to the Great Wall of China wich makes it one of the most charming attraction for the tourists all over the world.
Jan 11, 2015 at 10:54 PM
As ancient capital of six dynasties, the shopping streets of Beijing are powerful evidence to define the development of its economy. Wangfujing Street begins with East Chang'an Avenue in the south and ends with China Art Gallery in the north. It is the busiest street in Beijing and there are 600,000 people every day come and go in the street and on holidays, the number may rise to 1.2 million. The first famous business area in Beijing hosts a wide variety of shops and boutiques where the commodities, some of which are world famous brands. Apart from that, there are also many shops of time honored traditional products standing in the street for hundreds of years. Today Wangfujing Street is a modern shopping street which is said to be the sister street Champs Elysees in Paris. The Old-Beijing-Street located on Wangfujing Street (-1 / F, Xin Dong An Plaza) is an underground street built in Ming and Qing styles. The outstanding feature of this is the long-standing centralized known stores that sell shoes, hats, silk fabric, scissors, Chinese brushes and ink-stick, jade, teas, desserts, pickled vegetables and roast duck. Beijing Arts and Crafts Mansion specially operates various industrial arts and art, and is famous throughout Beijing, and is an antique store on Wangfujing Street.
Feb 11, 2015 at 10:23 AM
After Yongzheng's death in 1735, his coffin was placed in the temple. The Qianlong Emperor, Yongzheng's successor, gave the temple imperial status signified by having its turquoise tiles replaced with yellow tiles that were reserved for the emperor. Subsequently, the monastery became a residence for a large number of Tibetan Buddhist monks from Mongolia and Tibet, so the Yonghe Lamasery became the national center Lama administration. The temple is said to have survived the Cultural Revolution, due to the intervention of Prime Minister Zhou Enlai. It was reopened to the public in 1981. Previously an imperial palace, later converted into a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, the Lama Temple is one of the most famous monasteries in Beijing. . After Yongzheng's ascension to the throne in 1722, half of the building was converted into a lamasery, a monastery for monks of Tibetan Buddhism. The other half remained an imperial palace. There are five main halls which are separated by courtyards: the Hall of Heavenly Kings (Tian Wang Dian or Devaraja Hall), the Hall of Harmony and Peace (Lama Temple) Hall of Everlasting Protection (Yongyoudian) Hall Wheel of the Law (Falundian), and the Pavilion of Ten Thousand congratulations (Wanfuge).
Jan 17, 2015 at 07:56 PM
In Beijing you will find many bicycle paths. It is said that Pu Yi, the Last Emperor of the Qing Dynasty loved bicycles so much that he went so far as to order his servants to saw off the thresholds of the gates to make it more convenient for him to ride his bicycle. Do you have the fancy idea of riding a nice bike shoulder to shoulder with the locals to see the imperial city, and explore the Hutongs? Bicycling is one of the best ways to visit Beijing. It is a safe, healty, convenient, economical and environmentally friendly means of travel and transportation. In China, it is also a kind of life style for the people. Due to the unique bicycle culture, China is nicknamed the "Bicycle Kingdom". Beijing is undeniablly the king of the bike kingdom best manifested by the top song singed by Katie Melua titled "Nine Million Bicycles in Beijing". The song also tells the westerners feeling about the bikes in Beijing. There are many advertised bike tours through the Hutongs (traditional courtyard houses) , this alley is a great place to go to on bike.The buildings were close together and rather ramshackle but this felt much more Chinese than the main roads and department stores did. The place is not much crowded and a lot more relaxed. There are some beautiful examples to the east of the Forbidden City. it is very nice to see the traditional old buildings which still exist in Beijing. The buildings are unique and new for people who love traveling.
Jan 05, 2015 at 08:21 PM
Beijing has always been an interesting destination for foreigners. Expatriates have loved this city immensely. Many students who come to Beijing to pursue their higher education decides to live here for years even after completing their studies. There are numerous reasons which encourage people to live in Beijing. The culture and the atmosphere of the city is one such thing that attracts young people from all over the globe to come and settle here. This is the reason why despite the barriers of language, people comes and stays here and also learns Chinese culture and language. Among the various things to lure you in China include the simplicity and beauty of its people along with the appealing sights and scenes. You are sure to find many lively and beautiful people of Beijing during your trip to the city. The cultural heritage of China is great and Beijing being the capital is a highly influenced city. The fact that culture of China is distinct from the rest of the world makes it all the more interesting for people to learn and know about it. This also makes Beijing and other parts of China such interesting places to explore. Moreover, if you are in the company of the beautiful people of Beijing, you are bound to learn many interesting things about the history and rich culture of the country. Along with the vastness of culture, the diversity of religion that is seen in Beijing is equally vast. The city presents a plethora of striking temples spread all across. People in Beijing practice different religion including Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Islam, and Christianity among others. For visitors in Beijing, it is very interesting to experience and explore the religious and cultural places of significance in the city. When in the city, you must explore the popular places of religious faith to see how the beautiful people of Beijing follow their religious beliefs. The sheer atmosphere and the surrounding of these religious destinations are sure to make one feel extremely delighted and humble. And to experience this on your own, you must plan a trip to Beijing soon.
Dec 05, 2014 at 10:39 PM
Wangfujing is the most famous and prosperous with modern and fashionable shopping street trends. How many squares and modern buildings in use, Xidan is an area of recent growth that offers many new jobs and a combination of shopping, official business, entertainment and dining. Qianmen Street and Liulichang are busy within walking distance of each other streets. There are dozens of store events, antique shops and time-honored brands. Nanluoguxiang is a kilometer Beijing hutong attracts more and more visitors to enjoy a relaxing stroll. On the way is full of shops, dessert shops, craft shops and local residences. There are routes for shopping dazzling days in Beijing and cool things to explore, navigate around. As ancient capital of six dynasties, the shopping streets of Beijing are powerful evidence to define the development of its economy. Especially in modern times, Wangfujing, Xidan, Qianmen and Longfusi are the busiest streets of the city, considered the symbol of trade in Beijing. In Beijing, you can easily find local products in supermarkets and large wholesalemarkets or middlescaled
Dec 21, 2014 at 02:19 PM
Since the early nineties, as the most flourishing commercial centers in China, the famous streets like Nanjing Road, Huaihai Road, Sichuan North Road, Yuyuan Shopping City, Xujiahui etc. They have undergone major renovation or reconstruction. Shopping CentersNanjing Road (Huangpu and Jingan district) Known as "No.1 Business Street of China", with over 100 old name specialized shops, and Shanghai No.1 Department Store located here, selling general merchandise. Huaihai Road (Luwan and Xuhui district) Sale of high and middle class especially, many specialty shops and boutiques of famous brands, popular for clothing and foot wears unparticular. Sichuan North Road (Hongkou district) Selling variety of daily needs conducted primarily in China, price range fit for wage earners with a strong sense of good value. Yuyuan Shopping City (Nanshi district) Known as "Kingdom of Shanghai Arts and Crafts and small Articles", selling items ranging from antiques, jade, gold and silver jewelry, to bottle caps, silk threads, etc . Xujiahui (Xujia district) Selling products of all price levels, shops, restaurants, amusement parks, offices and apartments under one roof. Zhangyang Road (Pudong New district) Located in the New Century Tower, "First Shanghai Yaohan" is the largest in Asia warehouse. Another major department store "NewShanghai" occupies floor space twice as large as the total area of all stores Nanjing Road.
Feb 14, 2015 at 08:21 AM
Built almost 2,000 years ago and extends 5500 miles across the country, the Great Wall of China is a place of lasting historical and cultural interest. Each year, visitors from around the world come to experience its wonders and learn the history of creation. If you are planning to visit the Great Wall of China, regimented decide how you want your schedule is and what part of the structure to be scanned. There are a handful of points for a guided tour of the Great Wall of China Badaling, Juyong Guan, Mutianyu, Simatai and Jinshanling. Badaling is the most visited section of the wall; The ticket price includes a 15-minute film about the history of the wall and the Great Wall Museum admission. This is the most accessible, but also most crowded part. Simatai is a remote section of the wall. For the adventurous, riding the zip line near the base of the wall through the water at the bottom. A shuttle service will launch small since the end of the baseline near the parking lot.
Feb 05, 2015 at 10:57 PM
Nanluogu Lane and Drum Tower are two of the most typical Beijing old buildings. The surrounding streets are old, with many buildings of ancient Chinese style. Authentic Beijing snacks in traditional food shops are the highlights around the Drum Tower. Beautiful Chinese characteristics and trinkets can be found in Nanluogu Lane. It is about 800 meters long, with many cute shops. Walking in this hutong, and negotiating with vendors are very interesting. Nanluogu Lane is located next to the Houhai Bar Street, another haven for young people enjoying the night in bars. Types of streets and narrow alleys, hutongs are usually linked to cities in northern China, most prominently in Beijing. In Beijing, hutongs are alleys essentially made by siheyuan lines that are traditional courtyard residences. Several neighborhoods were formed by connecting one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then join together hutongs. The word hutong is also commonly used to refer to such neighborhoods.