Sights in China
One of the most, may be even the most popular sight in Beijing. Tiananmen is huge open space surrounded by enormous government buildings. The impression you got when you stay on that square is fascinating. It is the scenic spot number one in Beijing. People go there to hang out and have fun. It is also used for big celebrations and for government leaders to address the people.
To make sure that everybody on the square can hear the speaker very clearly, every lamp post is equipped with an array of speakers. If you come during the day to visit that place you also can buy tickets to go up to the balcony from which the leaders address the people. You can get another impression of that square if you go there in the night. But take care that you arrive before 10:30, because after that time the soldiers evacuate the whole square and seal it off for night.
At sunset and sunrise the flag to the front of the square is raised or lowered. At that moment the traffic on the Chang An Avenue is halted. Around 30 people march up very ceremoniously across the road. Many people show up to watch that, so make sure to be in there in time.
The best way to get to Tiananmen square is by using the subway. Of course by Taxi is also a comfortable way, but it is not permitted for a Taxi to stop directly or near Tiananmen square.
The Chinese name of Tiananmen Square is written below. You can use it to ask people directions or follow signs:
The Great Wall, the only man made construction visible from outer space. Just like a gigantic dragon the Great Wall winds up and down. Stretching approximately 6,700 kilometres (4,163 miles ) from east to west of China. From Beijing you can reach various places of the Great Wall within 2 or 3 hours by bus or taxi. The most famous and recommended part of the Great Wall is the fully restored Badaling part.
The Badaling part seems like it will never end. However it has two stopping points. But until you reach to one of them it takes you a few hours. The walk on the Great Wall can be hard work. Some sections are very steep, it takes energy to ascend them and much attention to descend them. Another important role plays the weather. If you go there in summer, you will be fried by the sun. In winter you better be prepared for biting wind, extreme sub-zero temperatures, snow and ice.
To get to Badaling part you can get a tour arranged from your hotel. There are also many buses you can catch up with around the city. Another way is that you rent a taxi for one day, the driver will wait for you there until you come back. But make sure that you do not use the meter, that will cost more. Better you negotiate with the driver. Normally the price range is around 400RMB.
It is worth to make a trip to this wonder of the world. Just to be able to say that you were there.
The Summer Palace is constructed at the north-west corner of Beijing. Nearby is the Beijing University. Originally constructed as a place of rest and recreation for the emperor, today it is opened as a public park. It is one of the most impressive sights in Beijing. The entrance price is 35RMB.
The park includes a big lake with a circling walkway. To one side is build a series of towers, halls and temples climbing the hillside. From the top of the hill you can see the entire lake and far more beyond.
In summer you can rent a boat to go out on the lake or you join the group on the big boat. The architectural style of the buildings is impressive and beautiful. There are many small features making things just more magnificent. For example the 17 arch bridge which leads to a small island and the pagoda on the hill of the far shore.
To reach at the summer palace it will take around one hours from the centre of Beijing. The best way is by taxi. That will cost you approximately 50RMB. If you have no problem with crowded places you also can take the bus, that’s also much cheaper, just 10RMB.
More difficult is to get an taxi to go back. Many taxi there are just fakes and have adjusted meters, better you take one which right now cruises up.
Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven is a large park and temple complex. It is located near the centre of Beijing. In the centre of the park a tower, which is said entirely of wood and without using a single nail, is build. Its real attraction are the trees. More than a thousand species of trees, some over 100 years old can be found here.
The park also attracts local people. They come here to practice, martial arts, Peking opera, chess, dancing and calligraphy.
The price for entrance is 35RMB. This ticket gives you access to all facilities.
In the park you also can find the echo wall. It is a wall built in an almost entire circle. It is said that if stand next to the wall and talk at it, the word are carried along and can be heard from any point. It sort of works, but a barrier now stops the people to get really close to the wall.
The best way to get to the Temple of Heaven is by taxi. It just takes a few minutes from the centre and the price is quite cheap.
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City which is called the Palace Museum now, occupies the central part of Beijing municipality and was the imperial palace of Ming and Qing dynasties. Its construction began in 1406, so it has a history of nearly 600 years. Over the years after its completion, 24 emperors ruled the whole country from here for nearly 500 years.
The forbidden City has been well preserved since the founding of the People’s Republic. It is the most magnificent ancient architectural complex of palaces in the world. The Forbidden City became one of the key units for preservation of cultural relics in 1961. In 1987, UNESCO included the Forbidden City in the List of World Heritages. The ancient Forbidden City has radiated the vigour of its youth and become the cultural heritage of mankind.
The magnificent Forbidden City attracts tremendous amounts of visitors from home and abroad. Now they have selected 100 photos here to show you the best aspects of the city: majestic and magnificent buildings, the luxurious scenes of the royal palace and the rich and beautiful relics and treasures.
The Bund is a 771 metre long retaining wall for flood control with a history of over 100years. Atop of the wall is a walkway for sightseeing. It is one of Shanghai’s renowned sights. During the last few years many new attractions have been added, which make it even more beautiful. The walkway is paved with flower-beds and European style garden lights. From the Bund you get a nice view of the Huangpu river. It is the right place for recreation.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located in Pudong Park. With its 468 metres (1.536 feet) it is the third highest TV-tower in the world. With its unique architecture it has become the symbol of Shanghai. There are three large spheres including the top sphere, known as the space module. Then there are five smaller spheres and three decorative spheres on the tower base. There are two double elevators which can hold up to 50 people. The elevator’s rate is seven metres per second. While you cruise with the elevator, the attendants recite an introduction to the TV Tower in English and Chinese. The tower provides a variety of activities, e.g. interest, commerce and recreation.
Jin Mao Building
The Jin Mao Building is with 421 metres one of the highest buildings in the world. It was accomplished after 4 years and 8 months in 1998. The price for the construction is estimated of 600 mio. Euro. The particularity of the building is the costly façade. Inside the building is the highest hotel in the world, the Grand Hyatt Shanghai. It lays from the 53. floor to the 87. floor. Inside you can see from the 53. floor up to the 87. floor.
Levels 3 through 50 are office spaces
Hong Kong is mainly composed of Hong Kong islands, Kowloon and the New Territories. It is a flourishing international metropolis, which is well run, clean and beautiful.
The Hong Kong islands can be seen as the core of Hong Kong. It accommodates the Hong Kong Government bodies, flourishing commercial towers, shopping centres, offices of the world famous financial bodies, headquarters of trade companies, shipping institutions and consulates of various countries and regions. Hong Kong’s tourist area and first class residences, known as Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay are also located here. Kowloon is another industrial and commercial centre in Hong Kong. The worlds famous Victoria Harbour is situated between Kowloon and Peninsula and the Hong Kong islands.
Hong Kong’s economy has been increased rapidly during the last decades. Trade, finance, manufacture, shipping, real estate and tourism are the main sectors of the cities economy power. Hong Kong’s very well location in the middle of Asia made this city to one of the world shipping centres. Big companies and banking corporations use Hong Kong as starting point to spread out over the Asian market. The beauty of this city and the fascinating spectacle between modernity and antiquity make this city to a famous tourist attraction. So the city welcomes several million people every year. Huge ships and planes enter and leave the city every minute.
Hong Kong is also very famous for its unique shopping centres and commercial towers. Several million tourists every year and free tax products are the reasons. There are also many fairs and exhibitions every year held.
The Public Transportation System is well developed in Hong Kong. The KCR trains, MTR trains, the light rail trains, the buses, taxies, mini-buses and ferries comprise a huge transportation network radiating in all directions of the whole city.
Tai Ping Shan, 554 meters above sea level is the best place of looking down at the scenery of the Victoria Harbour. Originally only for the high society reserved, today for everybody accessible.
To reach Victoria Peak you have to take the mountain climbing cable car. Up there is the Peak Tower, a rebuilt after toppling sown the Lao Qing Pavillion. It is a centre of combining catering and recreation. Inside you can find reviewing stand, dining hall, wonder hall and motor-driven recreation games. Among them, the most special is the wonder hall which is called “Believe it or not”. It is the chain museum unique in the world, which was constructed by Robert L. Ripley in 1930. Inside the hall there exhibited the adventurous events experienced by Ripley, primitive forest, beauty taking sun bath, frenzied car, turning tunnel, shark aquarium, ultimate cruel torture, marvelous spectacles of human race and animals, complete works of tongue twister and mass media fun station etc.. Inside the peak square, there are fine arts shop, first class restaurant and three dimensional simulated flight of airship.
The Ocean Park is an amusement and entertainment centre of the broadest scale in the whole south east Asia.
It shows the world largest scale Marine Park of coral reef aquarium with 4000 kinds of tropical fishes. Feeding and playing with sharks, excellent performances by ocean animals and exciting motor-driven recreation games are just some adventures to discover. In the ocean sky-scraper tower you have a wonderful view over the beautiful scenery of the ocean area and the islands. The Panda Park, occupies 2000 square meters. It was build in accordance with the natural environments of panda’s living conditions, with the temperature at 20°C all weather and moisture at 50-60%. From the veranda, two national treasures “An An” and “Jia Jia” can be seen.
The Ladies Street, originally known as the Tung Choi Street. It is less a street more an open air bazaar, located in the central area of Mong Kok. Cheap commodities and imitations made in Hong Kong are mainly sold, i.e. women’s cosmetic, costumes and handbags etc.. That shows up where the name “Ladies Street” comes from. It is one of the busiest places of stream of people in Hong Kong. In the night, the bazaar gets more bustling. It is a nice atmosphere and a new experience.
What the Tung Choi Street is for the women, that is the Temple Street for the men. It is located between Yau Ma Tei and Jordan. Mainly selling men’s costumes and watches etc.. The Chinese traditional opera can be find at the end of banyan trees in that street.
Near Yau Ma Tei is a big jade market. Cheap jade stones can be purchased as keepsake or souvenir for friends.
The Stanley, formerly a fishing port, today existing of restaurants and public houses. Some of them provide open air tea houses for customers to enjoy the picturesque scenery of the Stanley Bay, cultivating an atmosphere of European continent.
An open air bazaar also can be found. Ready made clothes of different trade marks, souvenirs and art ornaments are sold.
There is also a temple, called Tin Hau Temple (temple of the Queen of Heaven an Protection of Seafarers). It was build in 1767. During the period of First World War, citizens used the temple as place of refuge. Since this time, the 23 rd of March, according to the lunar calendar, on the birthday of TinHou people pouring into this temple to worship.
Green and white ferries of the Star Ferry Service are linking the Central District to Hong Kong Island for over then 100years. The journey takes around 10 minutes. From the ferry, a nice view to the skyline appears. On both sides of the Victoria Harbour, buildings like the Commercial Tower with its unique design and special architecture, the Bank of China, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in the shape of a geometric figure, the Exchange Square of Bond Centre and Stock Exchange and the Legislative Council in the structural style of the Victorian Era can be seen. A bit far away, the Hong Kong Conference Exhibition Centre in which the grand ceremony for the restoration of sovereignty of Hong Kong to the motherland was held and the Central District Centre are all visible. At the Tsim Sha Tsui, the Cultural Centre, an architecture of sliding escalator shape, the dome-shaped Space Museum, the Harbour City, the Hong Kong biggest indoor shopping centre, the world first class Peninsula Hotel are recognizable.
Tsing Ma Bridge
The Tsing Ma Bridge stretches from Tsing Yi Isle to Ma Wan Bay, 2032 meters long. It is for vehicle and railway purpose. The bridge was opened in 1997, linking Landau Island and the urban districts. From the Tsing Yi trunkroute viewing terrace and the northwest of Tsing Yi Isle nice views on the bridge are possible. In the Visiting Guest Centre models, pictures and the structure of the Tsing Yu trunkroute are on display.
Po Lin Monastery & Tai O
The Po Lin temple was built in 1924 and is located on Lantau Island. It is well-known as the “Buddhist Kingdom in the South”. It is the most magnificent structure among the four Buddhist temples in Hong Kong. You can stay in the temple to see the sunrise on the Fongwongshan mountain at the next day.
From the gate of the temple, you can see a big copper statue of Sakyamuni. The statue is located at the top of the Muyushan Mountain. The statue is 26 meters high and weighs 250 metric tons. The pedestal of the statue is a three-story exhibition hall in which also is a big bell. The bell is delicately engraved with Buddhist figures and Buddhist scriptures. Controlled by a computer the bell rings every seven minutes, 108 times a day.
In the west of Lantau Island is Tai O, a fishing village. It is also known as “Hong Kong’s Venice”, because of its many crisscrossing waterways and the main transportation via boats. Tai O has many temples, e.g. Guandi temple, the Yanghou temple, the Hongshenye temple and the Tianhou temple.
Aberdeen was also originally a fishing village. During the last few years it grew together with the whole city in the modernity. But the old structures of the fishing village are still recognizable. Boat dwellers are also in the Bay along with the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant and Tai Bak (Tai Bei), a seafood boat. Visitors can enjoy a free-of-charge travel by ferry to the restaurants to have a taste of delicious seafood. After sampling the delicacies, you can stroll alon g the old Hong Kong Tsai Street over to the Hung Shing temple (God of the south seas and weather prophet) at the juncture of the sea lane and the land road, and the Tin Hau temple (the queen of heaven and protection of seafarers) and take a look.
Mai Po Natural Area
Mai Po, located at the north-west coast of the New Territories, neighbouring the Deep Bay, is the China's 7th Lamma Marshland which is a series of shrimp and fish ponds, and endless stretch of mangrove forest and the muddy swampland a paradise for birds and invertebrate and also a resting-place for migratory birds after making an arduous long journey. The area having recorded about 430 kinds of birds of 50 species is one of the internationally acknowledged birds protection areas. From October every year to April the following year are the seasons for the migratory birds to stopover at Mai Po Marshes which gives rise to a panorama of birds paradise. For the visitors who are interested in natural beauty, there is no harm done in taking a view of this picturesque scenery right here.
The Central District was the earliest place of development by the British colonialists. Today it is the central zone of financial, commercial and cultural exchanges. It has many buildings which have retained strong colonial style.
The Statue Square which is near to the Star Ferry Pier was built before the Second World War. Inside the Square there is a bronze statue of the general manager of Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in early period. The former Queen Elisabetht’s statue was removed to another park, i.e. Victoria Park. In front of the eastern side of the Square is the Legislative Council Building, the predecessor of which was the building of the Sureme Court. The outer structure and the goddess statue on the top are the typical building in Victoria’s period.
Along the Garden Road upward, the St. Joseph Church is in sigh which was open since 1849, one of the oldest British style churches existed in the south-east Asia at present. Along the Garden Road turning to the Albert Road you can see the former Government House which was the Residence of former 25 British Governors from 1881 to 1997. In March every year when azalea blossoms, the House remains open for citizens to visit.
The commonly called Happy Valley is the racecourse which is the first one in Hong Kong. It was constructed by filling a piece of marsh land. Inside the racecourse, there equipped huge computer screen and different kinds of advanced facilities. The first horserace was held in 1846. During the Japanese occupation period, the racecourse remained open and horserace still went on. The par capita stake of Hong Kong is the largest in the world. Every year from September to June the next year is the horserace season, with one to twice per week. No word can be found to describe the scene of valiant horses galloping and thousands upon thousands people cheering.
Chongqing – the jewel of China
The Dazu Grottoes in the county of the same name is best known for the stone carvings on the Baodingshan and Beishan mountains, which are fine example of grotto sculpture in the late years of Chinese feudalism. The sculptures, done in fastidious chisel work and gracious imagery, are marked by a new sculptural language that eschews religious taboos and espouses true life.
Yangtze River's Three Gorges
Sailong down the Yangtze from Chongqing to Yichang allows visitors to see the spectacular scenery of the Three Gorges along with its splendid cultural heritage and fabled local folklore. The cruise, which combines sightseeing with scientific, artistic and folklore exploration, is a national-caliber tourist program. The 193-km-long Three Gorges, consisting of the majestic Qutangxia, statuesque Wuxia and ferocious Xilingxia gorges, is one of and ferocious Xilongxia gorges, is one of the world's major canyons. Along the way there are such scenic attractions as the Fengdu Mountain. Baidi city, Shibao village, Zhang Fel's Temple, Qu Yuan's Temple, and the Three Gorges Dam.