Beijing Journals

The Jing of the North

A travel journal to Beijing by Shmack

Quote: Having lived in Shanghai for a while, Beijing was a breath of stale, but interesting air. Kinda like how Grandma's mothball filled trunk tells so many stories of the past.

The Jing of the North

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Overview

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It would be a mistake to go to Beijing and not visit three main sites: The Forbidden City (north of Tiananmen Square), the Great Wall, and the Summer Palace. Of course, it is equally important to stop by Silk Alley for inexpensive clothes and accessories. To the discerning eye, authentic goods and high quality fakes are easily distinguishable from the rest. Also be sure to taste several northern China specialties such as dumplings, Peking Duck, and various noodles. In the winter months, hot pot will warm the body, and during the summer, cold noodles will cool it down.Quick Tips: Water from the tap is not safe to drink, and since China does not have bottled water safety s...Read More
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From Drum Tower, south on Di'anmenwai Dajie, first hutong on the west. Beijing has a large Muslim population whose presence in the city is marked by the men in white caps, veiled women, and numerous Muslim restaurants. The Chinese Muslim cuisine has its roots in the Xingjiang region of China which is home to the Uigher ethnic minority. Kaorou Ji may not be the best place for a vegetarian meal, as the name literally translates to "grilled meat". However, its lentils and potatoes are tasty. If you are a carnivore, the self-cook, meat kebabs will be the tastiest you've every had. Try the yangrou cuan which is tender pieces of lamb on a stick. Friends have also recommended beef...Read More

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Kaorou Ji (BBQ Season)
37 Shichahai Hutong
Beijing, China

Lu Xun Museum

Attraction

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Best known for the short story "The True Story of Ah Q," published in the collection Call to Arms, Lu Xun is often called the "Father of Modern Chinese Literature." Lu Xun's writing set him apart from the traditional canon because he wrote with a colloquial style. Unlike other scholars of his day who wrote in the traditional style, not unlike Confucius or Lao Tzu, Lu Xun's literature was accessible to everyone who was literate. With Marxist tones, and directly attacking Confucian principles, it was under these circumstances that the Communist party embraced, and endorsed his writing. This museum is divided into two sections. At one end is a large exhibition hall where Lu Xun's manuscripts, d...Read More

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Lu Xun Museum
19 Gong Men Kou Er Tiao
Beijing, China 100034
+86 (0)10 6616 4080

Beijing's Dagobas

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Beita Si (White Dagoba Temple) also known as Miaoying Si (Lamaist Temple) Accessible only on Fuchengmennei Dajie, between Zhaodengyu Lu and Fuchengmen Dajie. This majestic 45 meter high white dagoba rises out of the northern Beijing skyline. Originally constructed in the 11th century, and rebuilt in 1272 under Kublai Khan's direction, archeologists have uncovered many sacred Buddhist artifacts buried in a hidden chamber underneath the original dagoba. Recently restored and re-opened, the temple exhibition hall boasts an impressive collection of Buddhist imagery, relics, and manuscripts. Guangji Si (Temple of Great Charity) On Fuchengmennei Dajie, between Fuchengmen Da...Read More

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Beijing's Dagobas
Fuchengmennei Dajie, E and W of Zhaodengyu Lu
Beijing, China

Qing Liang Valley Natural Scenic Spot

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Attraction | "Bell and Drum Towers + Song Qingling's Residence"

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Built during the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368), these two towers have played an important role in Beijing's time keeping. Gu Lou (The Drum Tower) The Drum Tower once housed 24 drums and 4 bronze clepsydras (water clocks). In addition to being one of the earliest complex time keeping devices, a gong which was set in the middle of the clepsydras would be sounded every 15 minutes. Technology advanced with time, and burning insense coils replaced the water clocks. During the Qing dynasty, the location of the Drum Tower was used to project drumming throughout the city. The daily military schedule was dependant on these every other-hourly signals. Zhong Lou (The Bell Tower) ...Read More

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Qing Liang Valley Natural Scenic Spot
Shi Cheng Town, north of Mi Yun Reservoir
Beijing, China
+86 (0)10 6901 5455