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Emperor of China
Now I wanna tell you how I became 'Emperor of China', somehow a funny story.
Wendy and I took some photos at the Dragon screen in Beihai Park when we saw some people who wanted to catch tourists for a photo dressed as Emperor or Empress of China. Wendy asked me if I am interested. My answer: 'No, I am not such a typical tourist who will dress himself for a silly photo'. We passed them and Wendy wanted to convince me again. I repeated my decision. Then she told me that the swiss boy friend of her friend also took such a photo: 'Well, I am not like others, I think its really silly to take such a photo. Me, dressed as an Emperor, no way!!'. 'But it costs only 10 Yuan', her answer. '10 Yuan, only???.... Hmmm, maybe it's really funny, lets try it.' ... You see, for 10 Yuan I do a lot... (Please, dont misunderstand me... ;-))
Actually, I didn't quite like Beihai Park and I wouldn't really say that it's a "Must See Activity". It depends of course of what you're looking for. If you want to see a traditional park, I don't think Beihai is a good example. It's far too big and crowded. If you're interested by its historical heritage (it was the Emperor's garden), you can imagine what it must have been at those times.
It's a nice stroll though as Beihai Park is pretty big. Be aware that you have to pay to visit certain parts of the Park although you've already paid to go in.
Pu An Hall.
Pu An Hall, located on White Dagoba Island in Beihai Park, houses some rare tantric sculptures showing esoteric guardians enraptured...
It is absolutely stunning to see the intensity of sensuality in these sculptures... Buddhism is often misconstrued as asexual due to its emphasis on liberation from the bondage of desire... But in fact, the "middle way", as practiced in the tantric tradition, is a pathway between the austerities of asceticism and the excesses of hedonism...
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Pu An Hall.
"The word 'enlightenment' is an elusive word, best pictured in parables, poetry and metaphysics. The very thought of it being apart from you is in itself a handicap to experiencing and knowing this vaporous word. For sure, enlightenment is a state of consciousness often defined as "all knowing," or becoming one with existence. Yet, this state can, in no way, really be defined. Like the words God, love and sex, this state can only be experienced."
-- Swami Virato
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Pu An Hall.
"Tantra is a great yea-sayer; it says yes to everything. It has nothing like 'no' in its vocabulary, there is no negation. It never says no to anything, because with no the fight starts, with no you become the ego. The moment you say no to anything, you have become the ego already; a conflict has come in, now you are at war...
Tantra accepts everything, lives everything. That's why Tantra never could become a very accepted ideology. It always remained a fringe ideology, just somewhere on the boundary outside of society. Civilization has chosen to deny, to say no to many things. Civilization is not courageous enough to accept all, to accept everything that life gives."
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The best time to see Bei Hei park is when it opens at 6:30. It is a good place to see Chinese people doing their numerous morning activities like Taiqi, martial arts, ballroom dancing, playing musical instruments, Mahjong and Chinese Chess.
The entrance is CNY 30.
Another nice park is around the Temple of Heaven, Tian Tan Park. That is the park where I saw this man walking his bird, a humorous activity to see.
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North Sea Park - Bei3 hai3 Gong1 yuan2
This is an interesting park around the North Sea Lake. It used to be a park for the emperors and khans of China, and all that remains from the Khan is a large green jade jar. The tall White Dagoba still stands at the park, which was built for the Dalai Lama's visit to Beijing in the 1600s. The park also has a fantastic restaurante with an "imperial" menu, called Fang2 shan4 Fan4 zhuang1. There are some more temples at Xi1 tian1 Fan4 Jing3, on the north side of the lake, very impressive! You can eat and relax at the park itself as well!! Note that the park is very crowded on the weekends and the admission fee is Y5, open from 6:00 to 21:00.
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There are three lakes west of the Imperial Palace: Beihai, the North Lake, Zhonghai, the Central Lake, and Nanhai, the South Lake.
The history of Beihai Park goes back more than 800 years. In the 10th century, an imperial residence was built here. When Beijing became the capital of the Yuan Dynasty, the first Yuan emperor, Kublai Khan, had the park splendidly designed. The large picturesque stones on the park grounds were brought here from the Imperial Garden of the Northern Song Capital, Kaifeng.
In 1651, the White Pagoda was built on the site of the ruins of Guanghan Palace which had been destroyed by an earthquake. Main attractions in Beihai Park are Round City, Jade Flower Island, White Pagoda,Wanfo Lou Tower, Nine-Dragon Wall , Iron Screen, Xiao Xitian Pavilion,and Chengguang Dian,etc.
Bei Hai Park /North Lake...
Bei Hai Park /North Lake Park (including Bei Hai Kindergarten)
Photos in travelogue (details later, 2002-June-24)
Parks - there are a handful of...
Parks - there are a handful of them, so check on a map depending on where you are. Go early in the morning and you'll see the old men hanging their birdcages in trees to chirp away while their wives do Tai Chi. They're really happy to talk to inquisitive foreigners, especially if you eat a traditional Chinese breakfast with them.
Blow up this picture to see the people doing Tai Chi - so peaceful.
Beihai (North Sea) Park is one of the most popular parks in the city of Beijing. It covers a total area of over 68 hectares, more than half of it is taken up by the lake. Early in the 10th century, the Liao Dynasty built a secondary imperial residence here, called Yaoyu or Jade Islet. When the Jin took over, they renamed the capital Zhongdu, meaning Central Capital, and built an imperial palace. Qionghua (Jade Flowery) Islet was built of earth dug out from the lake, and the rocks used for piling on the hill were brought from Kaifeng, Henan Province. During the Yuan Dynasty, the place was rebuilt three times, and Guanghandian or the Palace in the Moon where Kublai Khan used to live and many other palace buildings were built on top of the hill. It was in this palace that Kublai Khan received Marco Polo. Unfortunately it was destroyed. The Islet became the centre of Dadu (Great Capital) and is still situated in the heart of modern Beijing.
Don´t miss the main city park...
Don´t miss the main city park of Beijing, Beihai Park, the emperor’s winter playground. Stroll around the lake where weary urbanites get back to nature with rides on dragon paddleboats. Cross over to Jade Islet, bearing the White Dagoba, a 36-meter-high structure resembling a hand bell. If you see a bride, make a wish.
Bei Hai Park
Bei Hai Park is a famous park of beijing, people likes to go there for a short visit, climb Bai Ta, walking around the lake, even skiing on the lake in winter.
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The round city is a round building surrounded by a 5m high wall. The Round City stands at the south gate of Beihai Park and has a distinctive courtyard with halls, pavilions and ancient trees.
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Kublai Khan's Jade Urn
Located at the Round City in Bei Hai Park is the large jade urn which served as a wine vessel of Kublai Khan, the great Mongolian emperor.
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