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    The Ocean-like Man Exhibition of Victor Hugo

    by ampraxu1 Written Feb 21, 2014

    In Hugo’s view, a large number of ocean people exist in the world. The waves, the up-and-down tides, the waves splashing back and forth, the sounds of air currents, the darkness and transparency, the creatures living under those whirlpools, the panic and dangers brought by those rainstorms, and the eagles hovering over those waves… All these in Hugo’s eyes are named elves in some spiritual perspective. These elves originate from elf clans and have transformed into a school of strength. They bring ups and downs to people’s thoughts. In Juvenal’s writings, Dante’s eyes, and St. Paul’s and Shakespeare’s books, these are the elves of different kinds that have been defined by them and belong to them. To describe the width and expansion of Hugh’s works, you can only use the oceans. He was a poet, playwright, novelist, stylist and politician. When Hugo ended his exile and returned to France, he collected his plays and expressions of opinions. This is the time that he sacrificed for his writing, and it is the time he spent on his own ocean-like life. It is there where he composed three plays in his life.

    Hours: 8:00 – 21:00
    Date: March 3 – 25, 2014
    Venue: Guangcai Branch, Beijing Institute of French
    Tel: 010-6553267
    Address: Guangcai International Apartments, 18 Gongti West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

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    Origin of the Phoenix

    by ampraxu1 Written Feb 17, 2014

    Fenghuang seems to have no connection with the phoenix of the Western world, which derives from Egyptian mythology. Peculiarly, the Egyptian phoenix may also in part reference a prehistoric bird, the Bennu Heron. Unlike the Fenghuang, which is a chimera not very much like any one extant bird, the Egyptian phoenix is most often considered similar to a heron or eagle.

    During the Han Dynasty (2,200 years ago) two phoenixes, one a male (feng, 鳳) and the other a female (huang, 凰) were often shown together facing one other. Later, during the Yuan Dynasty the two terms were merged to become the generally translated "phoenix", but the "King of Birds" came to symbolize the Empress when paired with a dragon as a dragon represented the Emperor. From the period of the Emperor Jiajing (1522-66) on, a pair of phoenixes was differentiated by the tail feathers of the two birds (typically together forming a closed circle pattern--the male identified by five serrated tail feathers (five being an odd, or yang number) and the female by what appears to be one, but is in fact, two (two being an even, or yin number) curling or tendriled tail feathers. It was also in the Ming Dynasty that phoenixes first began to appear with combs, hence comb-less phoenixes are pre-Ming, and phoenixes depicted with combs, Ming or post-Ming.

    Also during this period, fenghuang was used as a symbol representing the direction south. This was portrayed through a male and female facing each other. Their feathers were of the five fundamental colors: black, white, red, green, and yellow. These colors are said to represent the Confucian virtues of: loyalty, honesty, decorum, and justice.

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    The Stamping Dance Named Tage

    by ampraxu1 Written Feb 17, 2014

    In ancient China there were numerous styles of graceful and wonderful dances. Some remain today and are still practiced by modern people, while others have already vanished. Tage is one amongst those which are still practiced today. It is a self-entertaining folk dance. Basically when it is performed, a group of people will stand together hand in hand dancing with their feet to the song they are saying. This is the reason why it was named Tage (Ta means stamp, and ge song). This unique art form is often found on the streets or public places when festivals arrive.

    As for its long historic meaning, we have a lot of words to say. This art form can date back to the Han Dynasty where in the imperial court the dancing ladies performed this dance on October 15 (the Chinese lunar calendar). When time dawned on the Tang Dynasty, the dance became popular with the common citizens. During the dynasty poems were highly appreciated. So, this dance was described and complimented time after time by the poets that time. Two of the most famous ones are Poem on Stepping Dance by Liu Yuxi and Wang Lun by Li Bai. In addition, the grand Tage dance was usually performed by the imperial court on the Lantern Festival, for the government wanted to share happiness with its civilians.

    Today’s Tage originates from that of the ancient times. In today’s dance, you need to restrain your shoulders, withdraw your chin, sway your back, relax your knees, twist your waist and relax your hip to form the “three-bend posture”. The weight center of the lady stays at her legs. When she waves her long sleeves, she just skillfully keeps balance without making you think she is falling down. This is Tage!

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    Legend of Maohou

    by Loiswen Written Feb 16, 2014

    Maohou is a traditional Beijing art form that ,involves the crafting of miniatures it is a perfect combination of the sentimental and artistic creation.

    An old Beijing art form, Maohou sculpture came into being during the Qing dynasty. Legend has it that a Beijing herbal medicine shopkeeper designed a special kind of miniature toys for his son using the two traditional medicine ingredients since he was too poor to buy any toys. These toys were what would become Maohou.

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    Badachu Temple Fair

    by ampraxu1 Written Feb 11, 2014

    Xishan Badachu is the core of the Beijing Daxishan Scenic Area. The scenery in the park looks natural and is full of Buddhist peace. Since the Tang Dynasty in ancient China, over 50 temples have been built in more than 1,300 years up to now. These holy temples are visited frequently by people today and in turn they also bless the citizens living in Beijing.

    Temple fair is also called temple market or festival site. It was created because of Buddhist and Taoist activities and is a gathering which integrates religion, entertainment and trade inside and around a temple. It also serves as a tradition of Chinese culture. Beijing’s temple fair originated from the Liao and Jin Dynasties and became prosperous during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Since the 1980s, Beijing’s temple fair has gradually recovered and become prosperous, which extremely enriches people’s material life during the Spring Festival.

    Badachu Park aims to recover the spectacular scene of traditional temple fairs which Xishan’s eight ancient temples featured hundreds of years ago. Gathering the rich culture resources of Badachu, the park will re-appear the happy scene of traditional folk temple fairs in the Old Beijing area. Therefore, it is a wonderful place for you to visit.

    1. Date: Jan 31 – Feb 14

    2. Site: Beijing Badachu Park

    Read more from http://english.visitbeijing.com.cn/play/culture/n214963021.shtml

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    The 2014 Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival

    by ampraxu1 Written Feb 11, 2014

    Yuanxiao Festival or Lantern Festival is on each year’s Jan 15 according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Zheng Yue (the first month in Chinese lunar calendar) is also called Yuan Yue. In ancient China night was called Xiao. So, Zheng Yue’s fifteenth day is called Yuanxiao Festival. Zheng Yue’s fifteenth day is the first full moon night and also the beginning and spring-returning night of the year. Therefore, people celebrate on this day. Besides this, the Lantern Festival is also named Shang Yuan Festival.

    This art festival covers an area of 200,000 square meters, with a total of 200 sets of flower lamps, 700 tree lamps, 10,000 meters of Great Wall lamps, tens of thousands of decorative bulbs, 350 ice works, 200 ice statues and 100 snow sculptures.

    Duration: Jan 10 – Feb 28

    Opening Hours: 8:30 – 22:00

    Address: Longqing Gorge Scenic Area, North of Gucheng Village, Jiuxian Town, Yanqing County, Beijing

    Tel: 010-69191020

    Admission: 100 RMB

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    Featured Old Beijing Shops

    by ampraxu1 Written Feb 10, 2014

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    1. Ben Tu Yi Shi (literally means Local Idea) is a nostalgia shop, where you will see a variety of past thermos bottles, enamel mugs and others. In the daily shopping environment, you will closely experience and understand the city. In this little courtyard house, you will see all kinds of Chinese goods and creative fashionable products. It is a place worth your visit.

    Address: 69 Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing

    Average Consumption: 29 RMB

    2. Tai Wai Ye Shi (Taiwan Night Market) is usually very crowded on weekends. In the market there are a few shops which sell featured toys. Underground is a snack street, where you will meet many kinds of Taiwan snacks. In this market you will be able to enjoy delicacies while going shopping. This is a different experience.

    Address: Qianmen Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing

    Average Consumption: 46 RMB

    3. Dong Si Shi Tiao Foreign Trade Street is a special street, where many featured shops stand on the two sides and are all cheap. Visiting these shops will be a comfortable experience for you.

    Address: North and South of Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing

    Average Consumption: 120 RMB

    4. Zhangzizhong Road Street also features a variety of featured shops, where you will buy good quality products with cheap prices.

    Address: Part of Pingan Street, Jiaodaokou, Dongcheng District, Beijing

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    Avril Lavigne Beijing Concert 2014

    by ampraxu1 Written Jan 26, 2014

    After The Black Star Tour in the Chinese mainland two years before, Avril Lavigne will have her third mainland concert tour in 2014. The scale of this tour is unprecedented, for it will cover eight cities, including Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Nanking, Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen. This tour will make a wave of punk rock music.

    During this year’s concert tour, Chinese fans can also taste the charm of her rock music in advance.

    Avril will have more communicate with her fans on life, love, Rock N Roll and other stories. As for the lyrics, each one will tell a story which just originates from her own life. To some extent, this is a tribute to her first album Let Go. As one powerful singer on site, she will never need any extravagant costumes or sexy dances to show her beauty. Being who she really is is the style of hers and it is which that attracts her fans. This is Avril! Either her elfish punk style or sexy charm that gradually appears, Chinese audience will have a good chat about this of the unusual singer.

    Beijing Concert

    Date: March 2, 2014, Sunday, 20:00

    Venue: MasterCard Center

    Link: http://english.visitbeijing.com.cn/news/n214960268.shtml

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    The 6th Solana Lights Festival Tour Suggestions

    by ampraxu1 Written Jan 24, 2014

    Solana Location: No. 6 Chaoyang Park Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

    Solana Highlights: Lights festival, food district, bar zone, shopping malls, movie theatres, ice rinks and more.

    The 6th Solana Lights Festival had already grandly opened in December 2013 and will end at the end of February. The theme of this festival is the “Star-Rated Gifts”. In the serene night, touring Solana once, you will feel like you have become the protagonist of some romantic movie, where you will meet your love unexpectedly and have a good time.

    Delicacies in Solana:

    It’s not too expensive for you to have a simple meal, fast food or a little dessert. Everywhere you will encounter restaurants, spas and dessert houses. You don’t have to visit a many places to select one delicious dinner, for you will feel very satisfied with the flavors featured here. All kinds of dishes are cooked and their price margins are clear. Those who want to have a delicacy tour around this area should visit the official website of Solana and check out what you can enjoy here.

    Saga Cinema:

    No matter whether there is the lights festival or not, you can come here and watch a movie with your spouse. Inside this business district there is a cinema named Saga Cinema which offers an excellent movie-watching environment. It is star-rated movie theater which sells group buy tickets, surrounded by dining and entertainment facilities. Don’t you think you want to watch a movie?

    This is a fashionable brand gathering area, suitable for all ages of people, with a variety of styles and patterns and prices for you to choose.

    All Star Skating Club: Adults and children can all enjoy skating and show their skills at this rink.

    Special Suggestions:

    The business district offers parking lots and charges the prices similar to those on the roads. In addition, some businesses have parking discounts or freely reserve parking spaces. You had better contact with the businesses first before you go there, and you need to book meals if you plan to dine here.

    Subway: Get off Subway Line 10 at Liangmaqiao, walk about 600 meters to Chaoyang Park Road (Good Luck Street), and then walk about 300 meters to get there.

    By Bus: Take Bus No. 677 or 985, get off at Zaoyingbeili Stop, and walk about 200 meters to get there; or take Bus No. 419, 682 or 621 and get off at Zaoying Road North Intersection.

    Solana Free Bus:

    The bus from Solana West Square to Exit C of Liangmaqiao Station departs every 15 minutes at 15:00 and 22:00 each day.

    Link: http://english.visitbeijing.com.cn/news/n214959708.shtml

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    Ballet Theatre Shows from Jan 23- 25

    by ampraxu1 Written Jan 22, 2014

    One of the United Kingdom's best loved dance companies, Northern Ballet Theatre, will bring its production of A Midsummer Night's Dream to Beijing. With Dior-inspired costumes, stylish black-and-white sets and a creative team, including artistic director David Nixon, set designer Duncan Hayler and music director John Pryce-Jones, the production is a stunning display of visual and musical delights. It is sure to bring out the comedy, romance and entanglements of this enchanting story.

    Time: 7:30 pm, Jan 23-25.

    Address: The Opera House of the National Center for the Performing Arts, 2 West Chang'an Jie (Avenue), Xicheng District, Beijing.

    Tel: 010-6655-0000

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    3D Myth: The Monkey King

    by ampraxu1 Written Jan 21, 2014

    The 3D movie The Monkey King premiered Jan 19, 2014 in Beijing, a new Chinese blockbuster which has made a wave for movie-goers across China. For the foreigners who stay in Beijing and want to enjoy the newest Chinese movies, this one should be one of their targets. The brief storyline of the movie lies below.

    The Chinese magic movie The Monkey King originates from the first eight chapters of the world-famous novel Journey to the West. The first eight chapters tell us a story that after Monkey King has learned the 72-body-transformation skill, he wants to become an immortal but is then considered enemy of Heaven after his childhood friend Nine Tail Fox was killed and has wrongly made friends with Bull Demon King. To return his beloved wife Iron Fan Princess and son Red Child who had been staying in his mother’s womb for 300 years before birth to Heaven, he incites Monkey King to make chaos in Heaven with him, which finally forces the ruler of the Three Worlds (Heaven, Earth and Hell according to Chinese traditional culture) Jade Emperor to fight against them accompanied by God Erlang and other gods of Heaven. Then, a series of wars breaks out between gods and demons. The movie will be in theaters in the forms of 3D, IMAX-3D and DMAX on the first day of the 2014 Spring Festival across China.

    Monkey King, hero of the novel Journey to the West, is a universally known character because of numerous valiant acts he does during the pilgrimage of his master, two non-biological brothers and himself to India. Havoc in Heaven is but one of these valiant stories, but Monkey King has left a very deep impression on people’s minds during this period across China. The director once said, “Monkey King is the only novel character well known by both Easterners and Westerners.” To create a new image for Monkey King—the super oriental hero, the special effects makeup team consisting of 70 members from Hollywood had made 20 inverted molds before the movie was finished.

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    The Hindu Temple and Monastry Area at Beijing

    by Bamara Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Here you can find a unique and significant view how multicultural China have been for thousands of years. Indian traders have built this Temple and Monastry to care for their religion. Nowadays it`s a beautiful tourist attraction for those who care for history and differnet religious buildings.

    The pictures shows a marvellous details of a cloumn on the main Hindu Temple of the area. I you like, you will find a lot of pics ot he temple on my traveloque page of Beijing.

    Hindu Temple Detail
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    Tibetan Buddist Temples in Chengde

    by whaleshark99 Written Nov 14, 2004

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    Chengde has lots of Tibetan Buddist temples some of which have the world's biggest Buddha Statues.
    In this Puning temple, it has the world's largest wooden statue of the Goddess Of Mercy. This statue which depicts the Goddess of Mercy having thousands hands. According to the guide, each arm is carved out from the whole trunk of 1 pine tree!
    However, it is crowded and hot especially during summer time!

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    Musical Water Fountain!

    by kentishgirl Updated Jul 2, 2008

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    LOL - This was cool - a dancing musical fountain outside of the **** hotel. Always drawing lots of spectators!

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