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Private Custom City Sightseeing and Shopping Tour of Beijing
"The tour starts with a pick up from your hotel in Beijing. Your exact itinerary is flexible so you can customize your tour based on your preferences. If there’s something you want to see more or less of simply let your guide know. Your professional guide will make all the sites you want to go in order as long as time allows and make an ideal itinerary for you.The city sites you can choose include:Tian'anmen square and Forbidden City --recomm please add the sites in the 'Special requirement' box when you make the booking. After the historical sightseeing you will have a Chinese lunch in a local restaurant. Then you will start your exciting shopping tour in the afternoon. When making your booking please provide your shopping interests in the 'Special requirement' box. Your guide will recommend the right s your guide and private vehicle will drop you off at your hotel or site you want to go in the city."""
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Private Tour: Panda House Visit And Cruise To The Summer Palace With Imperial Dinner
"Meet your guide in your hotel lobby around noon time (12:30pm) and head to the Panda House of the Beijing Zoo to visit the lovely pandas. Next take a short drive to the Imperial Dock in the Purple Bamboo Park. Take a scenic 40-minute cruise from Zizhuyuan Park to the South Gate of the Summer Palace on a boat that was once used exclusively by the Qing Emperors and Empress Dowager Cixi. Pass many including the working and living quarters of the emperor; the Long Corridor the longest covered walkway in the world with 14000 exquisitely painted pictures; Longevity Hill the best place to have a panoramic view of the Summer Palace; Marble Boat the iconic building of the Summer Palace which used to represent the stability and eternity of the Qing Dynasty; and Suzhou Street
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Beijing Private Culture Experience With Lunch Inclusive
"Temple of HeavenPick up at 8:30am from your hotel to visit the Temple of Heaven where the Ming and Qing emperors performed their ritual ceremonies. The best time to visit it is in the morning to see the local seniors exercising practicing Tai Chi playing Shuttlecock doing ground calligraphy as well as singing and dancing.Liulichang StreetYou can visit Liulichang Culture Street which is known throughout China and the world for its ancient books calligraphy paintings brushes
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Superstitions Tips (8)

The Power of Mountains

Chinese tradition has a special veneration for mountains. That was a problem in Beijing, with the emperor's palace staying in a very flat area.

The solution? Building a mountain, of course!

Thus, we can see inside the Forbidden City a temple atop a pile of rocks, technically (and officially) a small mountain.

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solopes
Mar 19, 2016

Good Fortune

Now is time to use your imagination:

When the "river" of people flowing across the Forbidden City arrives to a place where, touching a small screen promises "good fortune" what happens?

Yes... that!

We survived.

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solopes
Dec 31, 2014

Never buy clocks as gifts for Chinese friends

You should never buy clocks as gifts for Chinese friends (unless they do not mind). Many older folks still frown at that as the Chinese words for "sending clocks" sound almost the same as "sending you to your grave". So, if you are intending to buy a gift for a Chinese friend, clocks should never be a consideration!

On the other hand, watches are fine.

xuessium
Jul 28, 2007

Roof decorations

Al the buildings in the Forbidden City were very richly decorated. But it is really worth to stop and pay attention on the decorations on the roofs.

Almost every roof has those small statues. these statues represent persons, demons and animals (dragons).

I was told that these satues were there to keep the bad ghosts away.

Above these satties you see a kind of wire, that is just to keep the birds away.

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Jan 11, 2005
 
 
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Dongyue Temple -- Bless

There is old tree in Dongyue temple called "Shou huai". Shou is mean long life. In the past, most Chinese believe deity by Confucianism. They often go to temple to impetrate long life. They write their desirability on a red cards called blessing cards, then hang it to let immortal know it. Surely most people don't believe it again. However, hang blessing cards come down as a custom activity. Many red cards hang around the old three just express people's wish. They want to life as the red cards, flourishing as red flame

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wwliu
Oct 09, 2004

Propitious Pattern

Dragon and phoenix express the most exalted status. In the past, dragon deputize emperor and phoenix deputize empress. Everything used by empero all have dragon, like cup, quilt, chair and so on. The wall was chiseled typical pattern. In addtion, red is propitious colour in China. Just a square of wall put up antiquated China thoroughly.

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wwliu
Aug 29, 2004

Figures on the roof

During many centuries the Imperial Palace burned down many times, as most of the buildings are mainly made of wood. To protect the buildings against lightning, the architects put these figures on every corner of the roofs.

The first figur is a man riding on a hen. It is said, that once a tyrant prince in 3rd century b.c. was defeated and killed by his enemies. To remember his evil deeds the people put his figure on a hen on the end of the roof. The hen cannot jump from the roof, because the prince is too heavy and the hen cannot go back, because a dragon is on the other end.. Between the princes figure and the dragon are some other figures. All figures are symboles to prevent the house from fire and lightning. Phenix, Lion, Horse and so on...

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nepalgoods
Oct 12, 2003

Let the evil not come in

In many musea in China you will see those double doors.The evil is always going straight through doors ! So a double one will protect the owner for evil.
This you will see on bridges in Shanghai - it is just a traditional believe !

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Luchonda
May 06, 2003

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Beihai Park

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Church of the Saviour - North Church - XiShiKu Church

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Jingshan Park

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Forbidden City - The Palace Museum

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Back Lakes - Hou Hai

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