KTV (karaoke) in China

A popular night out in China is not to a club, but with friends at KTV. Usually, you hire a small private room for a group of friends, which comes with a karaoke machine, drinks and snacks.We hopped on the bus towards the international market, where several KTV places where located nearby. It was such … Continue reading KTV (karaoke) in China


Zhengding Rong Mansion

Built in 1986 as a film set for Dream of the Red Mansion, the Rong Mansion is now used for a variety of film and photography purposes, as well as being open to the public to explore.While I have never watched Dream of the Red Mansion nor even heard of it before, it was none … Continue reading Zhengding Rong Mansion

Kaiyuan Monastery

This monastery has been mostly in a state of disrepair since the Qing Dynasty, and then almost destroyed in 1966 during the cultural revolution, with only a few buildings of interest preserved. The monastery has an usual layout, with the pagoda and bell tower side by side instead of symmetrically placed along a central axis. … Continue reading Kaiyuan Monastery

Linji Temple

Located just south of Zhengding in Linji Village, this active monastery is notable for its brick Chengling Pagoda. The temple was built during the Eastern Wei Dynasty, with the pagoda a later, Tang Dynasty, addition to serve as a shrine for the monk Linji Yixuan. At the back of the temple stands the main hall, … Continue reading Linji Temple

Guanghui Temple

While most of the temple has been destroyed, it was worth a visit to admire the still standing Hua (Flower) Pagoda. This really unusually flower bouquet-shaped structure is decorated with elephants, lions, Bodhisattvas and sea creatures. Apparently it was inspired by Indian Buddhism.I enjoyed spending a few minutes waking around the pagoda admiring the detailed … Continue reading Guanghui Temple

Longxing Temple

The most famous sight in Zhengding, the Longxing Temple (also known as the Longxing Monastery) was first built in 585 AD. However, most of the current structure dates from the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279 AD).Visitors enter at the Hall of the Heavenly Kings, which contains some impressively scary statues of four of the heavenly … Continue reading Longxing Temple