One of the largest parks in Beijing's city centre, Beihai Park is a popular local hangout and tourist spot. It was established in the Jin Dynasty as an Imperial Palace - used for relaxing, handling important government affairs and sacrificing for the emperors.The park surrounds a large lake, on which visitors can explore a small … Continue reading Beihai Park
A popular sight in Beijing, the birds nest stadium was the landmark setting of the 2008 Olympic Games. I have to admit there's not an awful lot to actually do here, just look at the interesting architecture and take some photos!It was particularly pretty lit up in the evening, with lights on all the buildings!
After exploring the Beijing science museum, I had a few hours to spare wandering around the nearby area. I headed north to the Olympic Forest Park to explore.This park is absolutely HUGE - judging by the map you could easily spend all day wandering around and not retrace your steps at all! I only spent … Continue reading Olympic Forest Park
Apparently the centre of Tibetan Buddhism in Beijing, the Lama Temple is a popular tourist sight and one that's been on my to-visit list for years.Inside, we passed through several temple halls and courtyards, each with the usual incense burners and Buddhas.There were also Chinese style bell and drum towers.Inside, the Buddhas were particularly golden … Continue reading Lama Temple
Located in the centre of Shijiazhuang (the provincial capital), this fantastic museum has to be one of the best I've visited in China. The building itself is huge, and there were so many exhibitions I had to go on no less than three separate occasions to see everything of interest, and even then I hadn't … Continue reading Hebei Provincial Museum
This museum is perplexingly huge - just to get inside we had to walk up several flights of stairs and around the outside, a route that took several minutes to walk. Inside however, it seemed mostly empty space - with large empty hallways and stairwells. That weird emptiness aside, there was certainly a lot of … Continue reading Shanxi Provincial Museum
My first impression of this place was being overwhelmed by its sheer size. The (admittedly rather brief) look I'd had online implied it was just a single temple with a few famous halls, built and expanded continuously between the Sui and Qing Dynasties... which was true I guess... but more warning about the sheer amount … Continue reading Jinci Temple Complex