Beijing Journals

Present Day Beijing

Best of IgoUgo

A travel journal to Beijing by TianjinPaul

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Quote: A look at some slightly more modern attractions in Beijing - without the UN world history badge.

Military History Museum

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Attraction | "Overblown and Outlandish"

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Having studied history at university, I am a great believer in a balanced and objective viewpoint when discussing events of the past. Sadly, spending five years of my life in the Far East has ensured that I have not always been exposed to such ideas quite as much as I would have liked. During my year in Korea, I found that the subjects of the country to the north and the country to the east were simply not worth broaching in any form whatsoever. Trying to discuss North Korea was met with a distinct hush, whilst opening the Pandora's box that was Japan would be rewarded by a torrent of spleen venting rage.Things in China were rarely much different. For instance, there were the three Ts that...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 5, 2010

Military History Museum

Beijing, China

798 Art District

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Attraction | "Procrastination Kills"

798 Art District Photo, Beijing, China
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There is a moral to my story about visiting the 798 Art District in Beijing. That moral is simple: procrastination does not pay. 798 was one of the many sights in Beijing that I had always told myself I should visit, but which I never actually got around to seeing. By the time I got off my derrière and actually made the journey there, I had already made the decision to say zai jien (goodbye) to the Middle Kingdom. This meant that I only got to see 798 once, which was a real shame as it was truly fantastic.I usually hold it as a relatively safe assumption that any trip which starts with the sight of a large naked Terracotta Warrior is likely to be pretty interesting. And, so it proved. 798 ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 3, 2010

798 Art District
Ceramic 3 St. 798 Road
Beijing, China
+86 (10) 59789180

Red Gate Gallery

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Attraction | "Blending Old and New"

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The raison d'etre of this particular journal is to look at attractions in Beijing that are slightly more modern than some of the more famous sights such as the Forbidden City or Temple of Heaven. Therefore, technically, I am cheating by including the Red Gate gallery as it is housed in one of the large gates that punctuate the ancient city walls. However, I feel that I do have license to include it as there are plenty of gates around the city that are open to visitors, but none that boast the interesting and modern contents that the Red Gate Gallery does. For much of the past decade the Red Gate Gallery has been home to displays of some of the freshest art from China's best modern artists....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 13, 2010

Red Gate Gallery
Dongbianmen Watchover, Dongcheng District
Beijing, China
+86 (10) 6525-1005

Sanlitun Yashow Clothing Market

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Attraction | "Finding a 'Bargain'"

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China is famous around the world for many things. On a historical level, the Middle Kingdom is home to such wonders as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors. On a cultural level, there is wonderful calligraphy, beautiful silks and Beijing Opera. And, on a culinary level, there is Beijing Duck, Sichuan hot-pot and a wonderful variety of teas. These are all factors that draw people to China in an entirely positive way. However, it also attracts global attention for some slightly more negative reasons. One of these is widespread flaunting of Intellectual Property Rights, which means visitors to Beijing can get fake copies of almost anything, should they so desire.The ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2010

Sanlitun Yashow Clothing Market
Gongrentiyuchang Beilu 58
Beijing, China

Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest)

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Attraction | "Stunning from Outside, Less so from Inside"

Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest) Photo, Beijing, China
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It was October 2008. The Olympic Games had finished well over two months ago and there was absolutely nothing at all happening at the Bird's Nest - China's Olympic Stadium. Yet, the closest my girlfriend and I could get was a fence around 500m from the stadium walls. We had even been unable to make the final change on the subway to get to the stadium. It was the National Day Holiday (celebrated on October 1st), and the Chinese government had, for some inexplicable reason, severely limited the number of people that could enter the stadium. So, along with thousands of other unlucky tourists, we could do little more than stand and stare from a distance. Six months later, this time accompanied...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2010

Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest)
No.1 Guojiatiyuchang South Road, Chaoyang District
Beijing, China
86-10-84373008

The Water Cube

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Attraction | "Eco-friendly, Full of Sporting History.... and Pretty"

The Water Cube Photo, Beijing, China
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I must admit, before we go any further with this journal, that I have an unhealthy obsession with the Water Cube in Beijing - or the National Aquatics Center to give it its proper title. This is absolutely nothing to do with the sporting achievements accomplished there. As impressive as Michael Phelps 8 golds were, I wasn't really that interested in the sporting significance when I visited the Cube. Rather, my obsession stems from the Cube's innovative design and eco-friendly ethos. Even before it was fully completed, I was pestering friends to go and see it with me, and have since visited it on three separate occasions.Before I delve into my thoughts and impressions of the Water Cube, let...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 3, 2010

The Water Cube

Beijing, China