Jan 02, 2015 à 07:05 PM
Beijing is a popular city where people from all over the world come to see and understand the ancient history and culture of China. Though the city at present has developed to become one of the most advanced metropolises in the world, it has preserved the ancient inherited culture and history of the country in its own unique way which attracts one and all. The museums in Beijing present you the opportunity to get a close view of the cultures maintained and traditions followed in the erstwhile China. Here you can experience and explore the wealth of history, customs, and art that the country boasts of. Moreover, a visit to the interesting museums in Beijing will enhance your knowledge about the triumphs and achievements that the Chinese civilization has experienced in the past. You will be clear about many important events in the history that you have been reading and hearing about. On the one hand, some museums in Beijing present you the wide ranging historical events that they have retained in their ancient architectural style buildings, while on the other hand, there are others that are made in the recent times and showcase modern and advanced technology. By touring the museums in Beijing, visitors can quite well compliment their tours to the historic heritage sites in the city. Moreover, if you have a guide to explain you about the details in the museums, you will definitely be luckier. Beijing has a number of interesting museums. Beijing Capital Museum, Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution, National Art Museum of China, The Palace Museum (the Forbidden City), Beijing Theater Museum, China Railway Museum, China National Film Museum, China Science and Technology Museum, Beijing Museum of National History and Beijing 798 Art Zone are some of the popular museums in the city. With so many options to explore, it is therefore recommended to keep aside a day or two for exploring the museums in Beijing. For visitors who are interested in getting to know more about the art, culture and history of China, should plan their vacation in the city accordingly.
Dec 22, 2014 à 03:24 AM
There are a large number of museums in Beijing. The Beijing Ancient Observatory is a good place to enjoy the influence of Oriental craftsmanship along with the understanding of measurements and physics of the European renaissance. You can see this ancient observatory high up on the top towards the east of Tiananmen Square. The Observatory was initially built in 1442 during the Ming Dynasty, which makes it one of the most historical observatories in the world. It was created with the purpose of watching stars and was known as 'Platform of Star-Watching.' However, the name changed to 'Observatory' during the Qing Dynasty and became 'Central Observatory' after 1911 revolution. At present the Observatory is known as 'Ancient Astronomical Instruments Display Hall’ after renovation in the 1980s. This Observatory was opened for public in 1983. The Observatory covers an area of 1,000 square meters and it is divided into two parts including the platform and the affiliated building. The observatory has eight bronzed ornately carved astronomical instruments, which have been preserved since the Qing Dynasty period. The Beijing Police Museum is another interesting museum in Beijing to explore. Here you can view tangible memorabilia’s, models, photos, and captions of police history since the time of the emperors. The exhibits to be explored here include Beijing Police History Hall, Crime Detection and Investigation Hall, Police Functions Hall and The Police Armoury Hall. Then there is the Beijing Museum of Natural History, which is the earliest natural history museum in China. Here you can view some permanent exhibitions like Gallery of Ancient Reptiles and Dinosaurs, Ancient Mammal Gallery, Ancient Invertebrates Gallery, and Animals Gallery along with some temporary exhibitions. There is also a 4D cinema to enjoy scientific and educational movies. The Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum on the other hand is a theme museum in Beijing that displays the history of ancient Chinese architecture. Other museums include the China Railway Museum, which is the national museum of the railway system and specializes in collecting, storing, and exhibiting. The Railway Museum was built in a huge warehouse covering 16,500 square meters of area. The museum houses trains that were built between 1881 and 1979. The museum excites children and adults alike.
Feb 18, 2015 à 11:58 PM
Beijing, one of the most-developed metropolises in China, owns a great wealth of history, culture, art, and science .Museums in Beijing cover accomplishments of Chinese civilization and important events in history, which are great opportunities for discovery for visitors from all over the world. Some of them retain old-style architectural features, and some are modern with advanced technology.China Highlights has listed the top 10 museums in Beijing, with brief introductions and addresses.Beijing Capital museum,its abundant relics have won a high reputation around the world, such as bronzes, porcelain, calligraphy works, and Buddhist statues. Most of the collections were unearthed after the founding of the People's Republic of China, and some date back to the New Stone Age. Three main parts of the museum show the temporary exhibits, the main display, and the fine art collection. Then there is the Stele ofEmperor Qian Long, which is the treasure of the museum. Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution isthe only military museum in Beijing, which was originally built to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1959. A series of weapons and artworks from ancient to modern times are exhibited in the 22 halls of this three-floor museum.National Art Museum of China was dedicated to the collection, research, and exhibition of modern and contemporary artistic works in China. China Railway Museum is a national museum covering railways in China, with plenty of historic and cultural relics collected and exhibited. China National Film Museum is the largest museum in China with the main purpose of showing the history and culture of Chinese cinemas and holding exhibitions of film technology.China Science and Technology Museum is the national museum of science and technology, where permanent and short-term exhibitions are presented.Beijing Museum of Natural History was the first comprehensive museum of natural science in China, when it opened to the public in 1959. It mainly focuses on scientific research and science popularization on some themes, such as zoology and botany. Forbidden city is also one of the most popular museum of Beijing.
Jan 18, 2015 à 07:31 AM
Among the various popular Beijing museums, the Chinese Aviation Museum is a good place to visit. This is, in fact, is Asia’s largest museum that displays aircraft relics. Located about 40 miles north of Beijing in the foot of fascinating Xiao Tang Hill in Chang Ping District this covers an area of more than 1,000 acres. The collection includes over 200 aircraft of more than 100 varieties along with over 700 examples of weapons and equipment. Here you get enough knowledge of aviation treasures ranging from ancient ones to modern aircraft and equipment. The museum is divided into three large exhibition areas, namely, Cavern Exhibition Hall, Open-air Exhibition Area, and Integrated Hall. Another such interesting Beijing Museum is the Memorial Museum of Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War. This is a museum of the revolutionary history being placed near the Lugou Qiao (Marco Polo Bridge) in Fengtai District of Beijing. This museum was made open to the public on July 7, 1987. The museum has undergone three major and several smaller renovation since it was opened. Many noteworthy and highly technological facilities have been added since then including the multimedia displays and video players. Next is the Chinese Agricultural Museum, which is located in the National Agriculture Exhibition Hall at Dongsanhuan in Beijing. Besides, the National Museum of Modern Chinese Literature is another good place to visit. This Beijing museum is the information center of modern Chinese literature. Moreover, the Chinese Ethnic Culture Park or the China Ethnic Museum is also an integral part of Beijing’s attraction. There are many ethnic groups in Beijing and the ethnic museum present different kinds of living styles and customs that add to the vibrant culture of the city. Last but not the least, how can you forget the National Museum of China, which is located towards the east of Tiananmen Square and south of East Chang'an Street. The National Museum of China is the most inclusive museum of time-honored Chinese culture and history in the country. The museum saw four years of renovation and expansion before getting reopened in March, 2011. This museum is ranked among the largest modern museums in the world. So, don't forget to visit the Beijing Museums.
Feb 16, 2015 à 04:48 AM
One of the best museums in China, the Capital Museum is a relatively new and important museum in central Beijing cultural and administrative district. While touring the attractions of Beijing, consider stopping at Capital Museum to learn more about Beijing and its history as an imperial capital for hundreds of years. What makes the unusual museum among museums in China is that the best academics in the country were used to produce a high-tech exhibition display methods using world-class museum. You will see a series of flat panel displays and multimedia equipment used. The Movie Digital Lounge has a very broad and videos 3D display can be seen. For international visitors, who find PDA (personal digital assistant) device that provides information in several languages, and guide free museums in multiple languages. There are many art exhibitions, including "Ancient Porcelain", "Old Beijing Bronze Art" and "Ancient Jade". Antique porcelain is a favorite exhibits. The exhibition is on the fourth floor and focuses on porcelain wares of the Song (960-1279), Yuan (1271-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. There are a total of 170 individual pieces or sets of porcelain. One piece was estimated to be worth ten million yuan.
Dec 29, 2014 à 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 à 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 à 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 à 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 à 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 à 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.
Dec 05, 2014 à 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.