The palace of the emperor
Better known as the "Forbidden City" and built during the Ming and Qing dynasty (1368-1911).The palace was forbidden area for the local people.The palace is divided into two bigger parts First the public halls (only for the upper part of the world diplomates - and a second part - the private rooms of the emperors - in total about 24 gouverning China.They ruled about the country from their so called "Dragon Throne" and never left the complex.It was opened for the locals and tourist only a few decades ago ! It is a topic or highlight to visit in this beautiful country and give you - as tourist - the impression how it was till.........
Tian An Men, Stone Lion Statue
Lion is a special animal to Chinese people. A pair of stone lions, a male and a female, can often be seen in front of the gates of traditional buildings. The male lion is on the left with his right paw resting on a ball, and the female on the right with her left paw fondling a cub.
Beijing and the XXIX Olympiad
The 29th Olympiad will be held in Beijing from August 8 until August 24 2008.
The National Stadium (Bird's Nest) is located at Olympic Green, covers an area of 258,000m2 (about 63.8 acres) and it will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Half of the competition venues are located in Olympic Green at the north end of the central axis of Beijing.
Don’t worry, Beijing authorities have planned everything, for your convenience subway stations will connect the Olympic Green to the downtown area. And of course you can still opt by taking a bus, taxi, car, etc.
During the Beijing Olympics 31 venues will be used in Beijing and some more in other six cities (Hong Kong, Qingdao, Qinhuangdao, Shanghai, Shenyang and Tianjin).
Venues in Beijing:
Athletics and Football (Olympic Green)
National Aquatics Center
Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Synchronized Swimming (Olympic Green)
National Indoor Stadium
Artistic Gymnastics, Trampolines and Handball (Olympic Green)
Hockey (Olympic Green)
Archery (Olympic Green)
Tennis (Olympic Green)
Fencing preliminaries and finals and Modern Pentathlon (fencing and shooting) (Olympic Green)
Beijing Shooting Range Hall
Shooting (Shijingshan District)
Cycling (track) (Laoshan, Shijingshan District)
Laoshan Mountain Bike Course
Cycling (Mountain Bike) (Laoshan, Shijingshan District)
Cycling (BMX) (Laoshan, Shijingshan District)
Wukesong Indoor Stadium
Basketball (Wukesong Sports Center, Haidian District)
China Agricultural University Gymnasium
Wrestling (China Agricultural University (East Campus), Haidian District)
Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium
Judo and Taekwondo (Beijing Science and Technology University, Haidian District) Capital Indoor Stadium
Volleyball (Baishi Bridge, Haidian District)
Beijing Shooting Range Clay Target Field
Shooting (Xiangshan Nan Lu, Haidian District)
Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium
Volleyball (Beijing Institute of Technology, Haidian District)
Beihang University Gymnasium
Weightlifting (Beihang University, Haidian District)
Wukesong Baseball Field
Baseball (Wukesong Sports Center, Haidian District)
Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium
Badminton and Rhythmic Gymnastics (Beijing University of Technology, Chaoyang District)
Olympic Sports Center Stadium
Football and Modern Pentathlon (running and equestrian) (Olympic Sports Center, Chaoyang District)
Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium
Handball (Olympic Sports Center, Chaoyang District)
Football (Gongti Lu, Chaoyang District)
Workers' Indoor Arena
Boxing (Gongti Lu, Chaoyang District)
Ying Tung Natatorium
Water Polo and Modern Pentathlon (swimming) (Olympic Sports Center, Chaoyang District)
Beach Volleyball Ground
Beach Volleyball (Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District)
Triathlon (Ming Tomb Reservoir)
Urban Road Cycling Course
Cycling (Road Race)
Fengtai Softball Field
Softball (Fengtai Sports Center, Fengtai District)
Shenyang Wulihe Stadium
Football Preliminary (Shenyang)
Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park
Rowing and Canoe/Kayak (flat-water racing and Slalom Racing) (Mapo Village, Shunyi District)
Venues outside Beijing:
Hong Kong Equestrian Venueses
Equestrian (Hong Kong)
Qingdao International Sailing Centre
Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Centre Stadium
Football Preliminary (Qinhuangdao)
Football Preliminary (Shanghai)
Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium
Football Preliminary (Tianjin)
A multicultural ethnicity market
Panjiayuan Market, in Chinese is pan1 jia1 yuan2 jiu4 huo4 shi4 chang3.
The Beijing Panjiayuan Folk Culture Market (or the Panjiayuan Antiques Market) is a very popular and colorful market and opens everyday (the best days are Saturdays and Sundays).
It covers an area of 4.85 hectares and is situated in No. 200 West of Panjiayuan Bridge and south of the East Third Ring Road (between Panjiayuan Bridge and Huawei Bridge), in the Chaoyang district.
If you especially like antiques and collectibles and also arts and crafts, this is the right place to go. I can assure you won’t get bored as there are about 3,000 stalls to visit. This market is not only the China's biggest collecting and distributing center of art and craft articles but also the largest of Asia. Its merchandises are known for being the cheapest of its kind in Beijing as well.
What makes this market so interesting?
Anything unimaginable you can imagine you will be able to find here.
What makes it really interesting is the (Chinese) traditional cultural aspect. In the ethnic section you will see nice items ‘imported’ from almost all parts of China since most of the stallholders are people who come from their villages, towns, ethnic minorities to sell their goods in this market.
Should I bargain?
You must bargain down the offered price. From a few bucks to several hundreds, it has a lot to do with your bargaining skills.
The place to be for Beijing's fashionistas
Snuggled comfortably in one of Wangfujing's busiest intersections between Wangfujing Dajie and Beiheyan Dajie, Champagne Bar is one of the newest night spot s in town opening only a few weeks ago. After a tiring afternoon in Wangfujing's shopping area, a couple o f cool drinks sounded like a nice idea.
A courteous attractive waitress wearing a smart black uniform greeted us at the door. A distinct feeling of being transformed into a lounge scene somewhere in San Fransisco as soon as we stepped into the lounge area. Tastefully designed with brilliant lighting effects that's supposed to set moods complement ed with the upbeat acid jazz music, high cozy bar stools, a Tepanyaki Bar and an optical effect wine cellar filled with over 60 best wine selections and of course, champagne ranging from Moet to Veuve Clicquot, this new comer could pass off as "The place to be for Beijing's fashionistas"
It was barely past dinner time but there were already several customers in the bar lounge sipping their drinks and cozying up in large stylish deep burgundy suede sofas. The bar manager recommended several martini drinks from their Van Gogh Vodka collection apart from their signature drink, a glass of bubbly served with fresh strawberries on a silver tray. A pretty chic touch.... anything chic ........