Jan 26, 2015 at 06:07 AM
Beijing is abundant in arts and crafts. Among the various amazing crafts of Beijing, the prominent ones include good selection of jade ware, pearl items, ceramics, vases, ivory carving, filigree work and carpets. Then there are glass paintings and calligraphy, woodcarvings, cloisonnéé, silk flowers, drawn work, rugs, lacquer ware, and other silk fabrics. Besides, glassware, theater props, clay sculptures, embroidery and gauze lanterns are other prominent crafts found in the capital city. Dough figurines, which is a simple folk handicraft of great artistic quality is another amazing craft of Beijing. The Jade ware or the art of jade carving and polishing is an ancient art developed over 3,000 years ago. Jade has always been considered as valuable treasure by the Chinese. The process of creating jade ware involves selecting the stone, designing a pattern to be drafted onto the surface, rubbing the stone with special instruments to get into the desired shape and finally polishing the product to make it shiny. Cloisonni is another craft found some 600 years ago during the Ming Dynasty. To create cloisonni enamel one need to inlay copper strips on copper roughcast. Then pack the spaces with glazed enamel of various colors and bake the piece. Next is to polish and gild the piece to create objects such as vases, boxes, lamp stands, and ashtrays and so on. Jewelry and other trinkets created out of it are also popular today. Next is ivory carving, which is an art that dates back to 3,000 years. Typical subjects of this craft are flowers, human figures as well as birds and animal figures. The minute "rice grain" carving is another craft that is executed on ivory. The carved lacquer ware items include traditional jars, boxes writing articles, dishes and personal adornments, along with other artistic creations. The filigree and inlaid work is amazing craft of Beijing where you can get jewelry, hairpins, cuff links, braziers and incense burners. Then there are daily-use articles like mirrors, candy boxes and lamp stands among others. In silk flowers, the crafts available include bouquets, flower baskets, and lanterns along with many other interesting objects. The baihua carpets are available in new patterns which are creating wave at the international market.
Dec 16, 2014 at 03:45 PM
Modern Beijing is a mammoth metropolis pulsating with a blend of old and new. Chinese are immensely proud of their culture history and their city. There are many modern landmarks of Beijing. Foreigners and locals are alike kicked by the idea of touring these sites. Modern Beijing tour covers National Grand Theatre, Xidan Commercial Street, Beijing Financial Street, The China Millennium Monument, CCTV Tower, Bird's Nest or National Stadium, National Swimming Centre (Water Cube), Central Business District and Wangfujiag Commercial Street. All these landmarks of Beijing have either been renovated or reconstructed. The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) (simplified literally: National Grand Theatre), and colloquially described as The Giant Egg, is an opera house in Beijing, People's Republic of China. The Centre, an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake, seats 5,452 people in three halls and is almost 12,000 m² in size. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. This is an amazing landmarks of Beijing, and it's construction started in December 2001 and the inaugural concert was held in December 2007. Symphonies, dance shows, ballets, dramas, operas and other kinds of performances are frequently staged in it. If time allows, youcan enjoy any shows that you like. The NCPA visiting tour includes art exhibitions, thematic activities, as well as facilities. You will both appreciate the magnificent architectural style and enjoy the profound art environment of thematic exhibitions here. The National Aquatics Center, better known as “Water Cube”, was one of the most widely acclaimed venues of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, built with donations from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan compatriots and overseas Chinese. It was chosen through public appraisals as one of “China's ten big new architecture views” by The U.S. magazine "Business Weekly". The venue hosted the swimming, diving and synchronized swimming events during the Olympics, when it saw 21 world records tumbling down for 24 times. For this, it has been reputed as a “magic water cube” and an “Aquatic Hall of Fame”. These and other landmarks of Beiji makes it one of the most favoured tourist destination in the world.
Jan 03, 2015 at 11:15 PM
The most prominent landmark of Beijing is unduobtedly the Tiananmen Square. The literal meaning of it is the "Gate of Heavenly Peace". Tiananmen Square, is named after the eponymous gate that sits at the square's north end. At present, the square covers about 40.5 hectares (100 acres), making it one of the largest open-air squares in the world.Inside the square are two important monuments of note. First is the Monument to the People's Heroes completed in 1958, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong finished in 1977. The square was not officially named until 1949 when the PRC took power. Mao Zedong used the site to announce the birth of the People's Republic of China. Nine years later, in 1958, the square was enlarged to its present size and paved over. The present site is flanked to the east by the National Museum of China, and to the west by the Great Hall of the People. The south side extends to the Qianmen (Front Gate), a traditional structure that lies along the route to the Forbidden City. The north side of the square is divided from Tiananmen Gate by Chang'an Avenue, a wide east-west boulevard. The square provided a convienient point of assembly for British and French troops who invaded Beijing in 1860. They considered burning down the gate and the adjacent Forbidden City, but instead decided to march on the Summer Palace and ravage it instead. The ruins of the Summer Palace and the destruction they wrought there can still be seen today. Forty years later, the square again became a focal point of military action during the Boxer's Rebellion, where foreign troops once again gathered their forces. This hugely important landmark of Beijing is situated right in its heart. A trip to the square is one of the foremost on every visitors ' itinerary. It is of great cultural and political importance for every Chinese. Wherever you stand in this vast, flat square, the significance of it is overwhelming. At the southern end of the square is the entrance to the Forbidden City and the enormous Monument to the People's Heroes, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, is at the square's north end. The square is flanked on the west side by the Great Hall of the People (used for legislative and ceremonial purposes by the Communist Party of China) and along the east side is the National Museum of China (dedicated to Chinese history predating 1919). This really is the central political hub of modern China. The landmark of Beijing is easy to get to, and is on Line 1 of the Beijing subway, where the stops are well sign posted in English. Most of the English signboards appeared during the Olympics of 2008 when thousands of foreigners descended on to the city. Everyday there is a long queue to see Mao's embalmed body in the mausoleum. Thousands solemnly file past Mao's large body in a long line, probably from every part of China, who pay their respects to their past leader. Whatever you feel about Mao and China's political past, he was one of the few really major world leaders of the 20th century whose legacy has shaped the world that we live in now. From that perspective, this is a unique opportunity not to be missed. Beijing, the city has a character of its own; these are quadrangles, small alleys, tricycle, boiled mutton, roasted duck, arts and crafts, Peking Opera, The Great Wall, the 2008 Olympics venue and a vibrancy that is the distinctive flavor of Beijing. Each one of them are landmark of Beijing.
Dec 08, 2014 at 08:04 PM
In the last three decades, people of Beijing, China’s capital and second-largest city has grown to nearly 22 million. Beijing has emerged and evolved into a complex metropolis of nearly 22 million people. The city’s social and cultural transformation, which went hand-in-hand with China’s rapid economic growth, has made Beijing into a dynamic blend of modern aspirations and traditional culture. Economically, where it once fell behind Shanghai, the city has also become a leader, particularly in technology, media and telecommunications. Politics permeates life in Beijing, as might be expected of the city from which emanates all central government policies and directives. From local taxi drivers to the wealthy “princeling”, sons and daughters of Communist Party officials, people of Beijing generally has a perspective on the governance of the country. Likewise, the imposing majesty of the imperial Forbidden City is counterbalanced by Tiananmen Square’s many monuments to PRC history, including the mausoleum of Chairman Mao Tse Dong. Since 1994, the people of Beijing have almost doubled in numbers, and in 2010 the population stood at more than 20 million. Of these, only 14 million people are permanent residents and the remainder people of Beijing constitutes the "floating population” of workers who are employed under the legal radar. Many of these floating workers are laborers on the city’s countless construction projects. Since the rise of Deng Xiaoping, and the initiation of economic reforms in the 1980's, China has very rapidly shed its Maoist planned economy. Today, people of Beijing are reaping the fruits of “capitalism with Chinese accents, all the way from hinterland to the great capital itself. Portraying only the high standard of living of people of Beijing is like glossing over the harsh reality of Chinese economic disparity. The picture accurately depicts the life of a common man on the streets of Beijing. Beijing’s living standards provide a big incentive to move to the city for those in the hinterland who feel they have been left behind by China’s economic boom. In the last 10 years of leadership under Communist Party Beijing saw roaring economic growth but also growing popular discontent over problems including corruption and income disparity. A survey showed that Seven in 10 people believe the government should face greater public scrutiny and strengthen its checks against corruption, said the poll, published in the state-run Global Times newspaper. After corruption, they ranked the widening rich-poor gap and an inadequate social safety net as the most pressing problems.
Feb 23, 2015 at 05:58 AM
Orientation BeijingBeijing is characterised by its vastness and enormous distances between this and that. Until recently, the city was almost entirely made up of the old hutongs with narrow lanes and one story buildings. Now, many of the hutongs have given way to broad boulevards and modern buildings, contributing to an airy, sprawling feel, in sharp contrast to cities like Hong Kong and Shanghai. Beijing is the political centre of the country leading to official buildings and embassy areas dominating the city. Beijing is also the historical and cultural centre of China implying lots of historical buildings and cites especially within Ring Road Two. The city has undergone rapid modernisation in recent years, also in terms of institutions, business and work life. Similarly, as it left its footprints during the ancient ages, China is beginning to make its mark on the modern world. No one can deny that this country contributed much to the ancient civilizations of the past. With at least 5,000 years of civilization as a background, China and its people dazzles the world. With the fastest growing economy in the world, many believe China to be fully developed or on the verge of joining the fully developed nations. Indeed, China is in the midst of the largest migration in human history and urbanization alone is part of the economic formula that has allowed China’s urban areas to thrive. As one study indicated, since 1978, 160 million Chinese have migrated to China’s urban areas. That is equivalent to the entire population of Mexico plus the entire population of Spain leaving home and going somewhere else. The people of Beijing are very sensitive to the importance of education. Scientists and teachers are highly respected here, and bookstores and magazine stands are among the most visited commercial facilities in the country. People of Beijing also show rather relaxed attitude to the look and items in their wardrobes. A tourist wearing an extravagant outfit on a street of Beijing can cause jokes and public outrage, so it is better to leave bright and sexy dresses for another occasion. People of Beijing greet each other with only a handshake. If you make a business trip and start communication, you should always exchange business cards with your new partners - this is the main attribute of a business person, just like a strict smart suit.
Dec 28, 2014 at 11:18 PM
Beijing is a charming city, in the day it is modern and fashionable, at night it is ancient and elegant. Spend a few days in Beijing and you can go to a noble royal palace or fashionable shopping street. There are many famous pedestrian streets in Beijing. Wangfujian street, Qianmen Street, Guangzhou shopping street. Wangfujian street near the Forbidden City is easily accessible by metro and buses. It is world famous for its fashion shops as well as traditional Chinese snacks and barbeque. There are about a million visitor to this road daily. This street is a great place to wander, shop and unwind. However, one of the latest fads has been on the streets of Beijing has been high end bicycle models. This is probably most surprising as bikes have long been a symbol of the working class in China and the only way of getting around, but today Brompton, Moulton, Gios and other high end bike brands are opening up stores in Beijing. Not a bad thing considering the smog that has choked Chinese cities in recent weeks. The food street is another amazing attraction with some very unusual choices. Not for the faint at heart. One can find many kinds of insects, frogs and other variants on the this street being roasted openly. It is easy to find good and inexpensive restaurants and cafes on the streets of Beijing. Another famous street for afficiandos of antiques, stone carvings and Chinese handicrafts is Liulichiang street. The history of this street can be traced back to about 1000 years. Similar ancient and popular streets of Beijing await the visitor eagerly to get enthralled by its charm. The time-honored Diagonal Street of the Yuan Dynasty on the foot of the Bell Tower contains the great atmosphere of the ancient Chinese capital city. You can go to the Xinyao Clothing Studio to make a Chinese costume, select small antiques in the antique shop, have a bath in Xiyuan Public Bath, have a shaving in the traditional barber’s shop, sit on the street and listen to the business voicing of the peddlers, or learn the greeting in the style of Peking Opera. Enjoy yourself in the modern-traditional bar, order an iced coffee, or purchase a hair stick in an accessory shop.
Jan 29, 2015 at 07:40 PM
Location of Beijing is on the west coast of Pacific at the northern tip of North China Plain with Tian'anmen Square in the center of the city. The Greater Beijing is composed of an area of 16,808 square km with 39% flat land and 61% mountainous area. Beijing has millions of people living in it with half of them settled on the outskirts of the city. Beijing is bordered by the Yanshan Mountains on three of its sides including west, north and east. On the other hand, the small alluvial plain of the Yongding River is located towards the southeast of Beijing. Location of Beijing is such that the city faces the Bohai Sea, which is also known as the Beijing Bay. Beijing is one of the three mega - cities in the country which falls under the direct jurisdiction of the central government. The city is divided into 10 districts and 8 counties. The city enjoys a moderate continental climate with average yearly rainfall of about 600 to 700 millimeters. The rainy season lasts through late June, July and August. Summer receives most of the rain in Beijing; while on the other hand, spring in Beijing is dry with dust. Winter here is long and dry, while autumn is the best season in Beijing. When you talk about the location of Beijing, knowing its past history also becomes inevitable. Beijing is the cultural core of China and is the birthplace of human civilization. This is the place where primitive communities lived and reproduced in over 700,000 years ago. Beijing existed as a city over 3,000 years ago during the period of the Shang Dynasty. Beijing became the capital city of Yan Kingdom in 352 A.D during Jin Dynasty. Later, the city served as the capital of one dynasty after another, thereby turning into a central city for all ethnic groups across China. Beijing was also the alternate capital of the Liao Dynasty and was known as 'Yanjing' during 938 to 1123. Then from 1153 to 1214, the city served as the capital of the Jin dynasty, Yuan Dynasty as well as Ming and Qing dynasties in the later period.
Dec 24, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Beijing, or maybe better China, is the capital of bicycles. Today however the bicycle is still in the streets, but cars and busses win by far. Government is trying to encourage people to ride bicycle in order to stop the pollution.If ever there was a city made for the bicycle, Beijing is it. Chaotic traffic-filled roads, more-or-less completely flat land, and knockdown cheap rental makes the city the perfect arena to wipe away the cobwebs, and test out those long-forgotten cycling skills. Yes, it can be heart-in-mouth stuff at times, but its an experience you will not forget! You can rent a bike easy enough from most hotels for a day or bicycles can be rented from large repair shops, and the city is very bike friendly, with plenty of designated areas for your high-spec. machines. You'd better want to consider buying a bike if you are in Beijing for an extended period of time. Biking around Beijing is a fun way to get to know the city. Also, there are rarely bike jams. You haven't really experienced Beijing until you have ridden alongside a three-wheeled platform bike loaded sky high with chunks of styrofoam, or had a near miss with a guy in a three- piece suit pedaling furiously to get to work. There are all different price ranges for bikes. Cheap Chinese-made bikes ,but you also can get American mountain bikes.Mountain bikes are cool, but actually unnecessary as Beijing is an extremely flat city.
Jan 16, 2015 at 01:10 AM
Beijing weather is characterized by its clear distinction of four seasons - short windy spring, long hot summer, cool pleasant autumn and long chilly winter. The hottest month is July and the coldest is January. September and October with their pleasant and cool weather are considered the best time for visiting Beijing.To visit Beijing in spring (early April till end of May) you need to bring lightweight clothing: long-sleeved shirts or T-shirts, plus one or two jackets and sweaters. It is warm, windy and dry but temperature varies sharply between the day and the night. Dress warmly when going out at night. Also guard yourselves against sandstorms with outdoors wind gear.Summer (from early June to mid-September) is very hot with abundant rainfall. This calls for light clothes as the temperature in July and August ranges between 30 C (86 F) and 40 C (104 F). The short but beautiful autumn (from mid-September to the end of October) is all time travel favorite. Autumn in Beijing enjoys mild temperature and plenty of sunshine. The flaming maple scene on the Fragrant Hills and the Badaling Great Wall can be a delight to behold.Beijing has a cold, dry and long winter from early November to the next March.Winter sport enthusiasts will enjoy the snow scene on the Western Hills and combat the chill by skating in Shichahai. Chinese Spring Festival can be celebrated either in January or February. The traditional community activities in the city are quite an experience for someone arriving from outside the country.If you like ice skating on lakes, then visit between December and February when the temperature rarely gets above freezing.
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.
Jan 30, 2015 at 02:38 AM
As one of the six ancient cities in China, it has been the heart and soul of politics and society throughout its long history and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travelers as they explore the city's ancient past and exciting modern development. Now it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with about 140 million Chinese tourists and 4.4 million international visitors in a year. If you want to experience the culture and enjoy the beauty of the Great Wall, meandering along the bricks of the Badaling is your first choice. It is famous for its deep-rooted culture, magnificent sights and complete military facilities - the essence of the Great Wall. You may find many pictures of it in magazines and guide books and printed on stamps. Being the must-see section of the Great Wall, it is sometimes flocked with visitors especially during holidays. There are 22 watch towers distributed at close intervals along the wall. They are located not only in the main wall but also at the distinctive 'branch cities'. Branch cities are built on the hill ridge against the inner or outer side of the wall. There are subways and rental taxis to reach sections of The Great Wall in short time . One can opt for public transports to visit antique places in Beijing .
Jan 21, 2015 at 02:34 AM
The following details describing the main buildings within the lama temple is definitely an amazing temple. Passing through the door Zhaotai visitors enter the second courtyard containing a Drum Tower on the western side and a bell tower on the east side, and in front of these towers are octagonal two stele pavilions. Emperor Qianlong words were carved in the wake explaining the traditional and historic homes that formerly used by members of the imperial family should be changed after the temples reasons. On arrival at the south end, visitors will enter a courtyard that contains a screen wall and three Paifangs (gateways), and observe the red walls and stone lions, symbols that show which originally was the home of a member of the imperial family. Going north from the catwalks, the visitor is confronted with a wide straight road that was used for the cars of emperors and their wives during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). At the north end of this road is Zhaotaimen (Gate of the Declaration of Peace), comprising three large arches, the center of which was for the exclusive use of emperors.