Beijing Shi Off The Beaten Path

  • Ming Tombs
    by Willettsworld
  • In the park.
    In the park.
    by IreneMcKay
  • In the park.
    In the park.
    by IreneMcKay

Beijing Shi Off The Beaten Path

  • Great Wall

    Beijing Off The Beaten Path

    Visiting the Great Wall of China is a must when in Beijing. Most people will visit the extremely touristy and most visited section of the wall at Badaling which is only about 50 miles (80km) outside of Beijing. Many others will opt for the Mutianyu section of the wall which is older than the Badaling section and from many accounts better to visit....

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  • Hutongs

    Beijing Off The Beaten Path

    For visitors looking for a fun way to experience Beijing's hutong, you should consider doing a motorcycle sidecar tour. I know someone who recently started a company called Peking-Around (www.peking-around.com) that does small tours and can cater to your needs. Motorcycles can swiftly squeeze into little-seen areas of the city, not to mention race...

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  • Beijing's Parks

    Beijing Off The Beaten Path

    Somewhere near the Confucius and Lama temples we wandered into a large public park. I do not remember its name. What made it enjoyable to stroll around was all the activity going on inside. There were people singing. People practising musical instruments. People doing tai chi. Elderly people taking part on exercise courses. There was even a very...

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  • Rural Areas of Beijing

    Beijing Off The Beaten Path

    Beijing International Art Camp (BIAC) is situated near the highway to the airport and frankly speaking, it is not very easy to find, even on a taxi. It's situated inside a village called "Suojia Cun", perpendicular to the street "Laiguangying Dong Lu". A lot of artists are moving to this new art camp from Dashanzi. The art camp is divided into...

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  • Beijing Underground City

    Beijing Off The Beaten Path

    Don't bother with The Underground City. It is very difficult to find and when you find the entrance you will discover that is no longer open to tourists. We looked for it on two trips to Beijing. On the last trip we finally discovered the entrance only to learn that it is closed. There is a sign at the entrance indicating that it is closed. Very...

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  • Markets

    Beijing Off The Beaten Path

    There are numerous markets throughout the city. I visited one of the larger ones. It had seperate sections for produce (fruits and vegetables), spices, meats and fish, clothing and beverages. There was also an area where locals can have a bite to eat for breakfast.

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  • Shops/Souvenirs

    Beijing Off The Beaten Path

    If you feel like a bit of pampering and have a little spare time - treat yourself to a hairdresser's visit. They are open till really late which is perfect and as it was very cold during our visit to Beijing it was so nice being pampered and not having to freeze whilst washing our hair under open showers!! The Red Lantern House is located on the...

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  • CCTV Tower.

    Beijing Off The Beaten Path

    CCTV auxiliary is burned down 2009 March in a ridiculous accident caused by people making fires on top of the building to celebrate a Chinese traditional holiday. What's in the picture is the building after this multi-billion entertainment.

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  • Ming Tombs

    Beijing Off The Beaten Path

    50 kilometers (30 miles) northwest from Beijing lies the Ming Tombs - the general name given to the mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). The mausoleums have been perfectly preserved, as has the necropolis of each of the many emperors. The site was chosen by the third Ming Dynasty emperor Yongle (1402–1424), who moved the...

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  • Marco Polo Bridge

    Beijing Off The Beaten Path

    There's plenty more to see around the Marco Polo bridge area (or Lugouqiao Bridge as it's known in Chinese) than just the bridge itself. The bridge leads directly to the gates of the recently restored town of Lugouqiao (in the district of Wanping). The gates are a spectacle worth seeing. They are the only entrance through the city walls that...

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  • Museums

    Beijing Off The Beaten Path

    This museum is very interesting, if you want to see enormous scelletons of dinosaurus and other animals from millions of years ago. It also houses an exhibition about Beijing man and evolution. In another floor there a thousands of jars with animals and other . It is located on Yongdingmen Street not far from the Temple of Heaven. Further...

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  • Chengde

    Beijing Off The Beaten Path

    In 1703, Chengde, (located approx 150 miles, 250km north-east of Beijing), was chosen by the Kangxi Emperor as the location for his summer residence. Constructed throughout the eighteenth century, the Mountain Resort (known in Chinese as Bishu Shanzhuang, literally "avoiding the heat mountain villa") was used by both the Yongzheng and Qianlong...

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  • Universities

    Beijing Off The Beaten Path

    The Beijing Language Institute is a wonderful place with many trees and a lot of nice people from all over the world. Please see my travelogue! It is the best place in China to learn Mandarin. Now it is called "Culture and Language University" If you are looking for general informations where to study Chinese in Beijing, than this website is...

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  • Beijing Zoo

    Beijing Off The Beaten Path

    Beijing Zoo is one of those places that is *just* off the beaten track, but one which is often on that secondary list of places once visitors ahve seen the main sights of Beijing. I am not a great supporter of zoos or safari parks in general, but in Less Developed Countries they can play an important role in educating people about the environment....

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  • Lama Temple - Yonghegong

    Beijing Off The Beaten Path

    Lama Temple, short for Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple, is better known as Yonghe Temple. I was intrigued to visit this 315-year old significant temple which is said to be one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. Building constructions started in 1694 but it was only in 1744 that it got converted...

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  • Great Bell Temple

    Beijing Off The Beaten Path

    Da Zhong Si. The temple was known as Juesheng Si (Awakened Life Temple), but clearly there wasn't enough awakening going on, so a 46 1/2-ton bell was transported here on ice sleds in 1743. The third hall on the right houses clangers garnered from around Beijing. Some were donated by eunuchs wishing the relevant emperor long life, with hundreds of...

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  • Xicheng area

    The Xicheng area is located at the north-western part of the city. I was there in April 2008 for work. Major attractions here are the Beijing Zoo, botanic garden, Yuyuantan Park, Planetarium etc.

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  • Bazaar at Yuyuantan Park

    When you are at Yuyuantan Park in Beijing, you will come across a bazaar located along the footpath of the park near to the Cherry Blossom tree section. This bazaar is usually very busy with local people and sells many items such as food, daily household items, Chinese medicines, tea leaves etc.

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  • Beijing University of Chinese Medicine...

    Here are more photos of the museum at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. These photos were taken at the history section of the museum, which depicts the historical evolution of traditional Chinese medicines which date back several thousands of years ago in Chinese history when human civilisation was just beginning.For China, traditional...

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  • Beijing University of Chinese Medicine...

    The Beijing University of Chinese Medicine is one of the most famous universities in the world for teaching traditional Chinese medicine. I managed to visit this university during a working trip in 2008, and part of the visit is going to their museum on traditional Chinese medicine where there are lots of exhibits of Chinese herbs, history of...

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  • Areas surrounding Temple of Heaven

    When visiting the temple of Heaven, most tourists start from the south gate and work their way through the major monuments by heading straight upwards to the north gate. The areas surrounding the Temple of Heaven to the east and west sides are very beautiful and consists of gardens and some ancient buildings which is worth exploring when you have...

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  • Do you want to be an extra in a Chinese...

    The Beijing Film Studio. An old Russian era complex once used to make propaganda films. Now, it is the site where Kill Bill, House of Flying Dagger, Painted Veil made used of old leaking sound stages to make movie magic. Located next to the north Third Ring Road, the studio takes up a huge area that including indie TV production houses, post...

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  • Kids in Bubbles!!!

    Have you ever had the urge to put your crazy screaming kids in a big bubble? Now featured at the Chaoyang Park....yep...kids in bubbles! What do they do in the bubbles? Roll around, run, whatever they want! What about leaks? Well, the last time I went, it seemed alright, but then again it's China...heheThere's also fake horse riding for the little...

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  • Beijing at 6am on a beautiful day! 1

    Due to just having arrived back in Beijing from a 3 week holiday back home in Gibraltar, I was a little jet lagged. I hadn't helped matters either by sleeping during the day instead if keeping awake till night time! So as the sun came up somewhere between 430 and 500am this morning and the day looked like it was going to be beautiful, I decided to...

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  • Stinky Canal No more park

    This park is called Yuan Da Du Yi Zhi Park. It is located north of the north Third Ring Road near the Beijing Film School. What is special about this park is that it is built on top of the dirt mound that used to be the outer wall for Beijing when it was the capital for Yuan dynasty around the 1300s. The locals used to call it the Stinky Canal...

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  • Beijing at 6am on a beautiful day! 4

    And to finish the day off, this last theme is 'sights around the lake'.I cycled for two hours in this area stopping now and then to take photos. I was amazed at how many I could get without people walking in front of them which is usually the case in every photo in China. It was peaceful, serene and beautiful. If only every day in China could be...

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  • Beijing at 6am on a beautiful day! 3

    The third theme is 'ways people get about the city'This was an interesting one as I saw so many forms of transportation. There was of course myself and hundreds of others on their bicycles, some on battery powered motorbikes, buses, taxis, 'iron dragons' which are the little bikes with a seat on the back facing the opposite direction to take a...

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  • Beijing at 6am on a beautiful day! 2

    This theme is 'what the elderly get up to at 6am everyday!'It was funny because not once did I see a young person out and about doing exercises or just walking and talking. At 6am in Beijing, the young are asleep, whilst the older generation are out in full force having a whale of a time!!! I wish I was that energetic! Well, I probably will be for...

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  • Stayin Overnite At The Great Wall...

    Ok, we bid goodbye to Mr. Sun and embark our journey from Jinshanling to Simatai at 8am. Can remember how long we trek. Surely it was hell tiring. Because I have a heavy luggage of books plus other other undiscloseable loads, that make my trekking doubly harder. Finally when fatique starts to set in. At numerous points the roads condition are...

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  • Staying Overnight At The Great Wall At...

    Staying overnight at the Great Wall was certainly a marvelous experience. The accomodation includes a dining together with the "Sun" family with home cooked meal, ticket to Great Wall and night accomodation at the Ku Fang lou ( Warehouse Tower )Mr. Sun can be contacted. Best to get a Chinese speaker to call up and make the arrangements for you. If...

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