Beihai Park Beijing

Beihai Park Beijing

Beihai Park in Beijing is over 1000 years old and covers an area of 690,000 square meters featuring a large peaceful lake, ancient temples and an islet featuring a 36m high buddhist shrine in the form of a Tibetan Dagoba.

The ‘White Dagoba’ (also refered to as the White Pagoda) located on Jade Islet towers over the park and can easily be seen from afar. It was originally built in the late 1600’s by a Qing Dynasty Emperor in recognition of the buddhist faith.

Beihai Park is an easy place to spend a lot of time if your keen to relax and unwind. There is plenty of seats around the lake and you can even hire row boats.

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Jingshan Park Beijing

Jingshan Park Beijing

Jingshan Park in Beijing is located in front of the north gate of the Forbidden City and is well worth a visit if only for the view city that it offers.

Entry to the park is only 2RMB ($.32AUD) and the site, which covers 230,000 square meters, features a number of pavillions dating back to around 1750 along with native gardens.

The pavillions, which once contained copper casts of Buddhist Deities that were plunded during a civillion uprising in the 1900’s, are specially positioned to each offer a unique experience to the senses. For example, the ‘All Round View Pavillion’ is located such that it offers a 360 degree view of the park and the city outside of the park walls, another of the five pavillions is located such that it recieves all the aromas of the gardens below and named the ‘Pavillion of Gathering Fragrance’.

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Sightseeing and Attractions in Chengdu

Sightseeing and Attractions in Chengdu

Chengdu, unfortunately, doesn’t make it on to many peoples list of places to visit while in China unless they are visiting Tibet or maybe going to see the Giant Buddha. Thats a bit of a shame as it is a really nice city, with freindly people and a somewhat relaxed enviroment compared to many other major Chinese cities.

Chengdu has plenty to offer including shopping, sight seeing and wonderful food along with it’s major draw card being the Panda bears. Its a place worth hanging around for at least a few of days. Some of the major sights to see in Chengdu are:

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