Beihai Park

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

Juyongguan Great Wall

This highly restored section of the Great Wall is popular with tour groups, probably due to its close proximity to Beijing. It forms a circular route in and around a ravine, with beautiful scenery on all sides.I chose to walk the western half of the route, which seemed to be much less popular (and hence … Continue reading Juyongguan Great Wall

Lama Temple

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

Hebei Provincial Museum

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

Tianlongshan Grottoes

The Tianlongshan (heavenly dragon mountain) grottoes are located 40 km from Taiyuan. To get here, we took a bus to Qingxu and then negotiated for a private car to do the round trip up the mountain for 200 RMB, including the entrance ticket. We were driven to the top of the scenic area, from where … Continue reading Tianlongshan Grottoes

Shanxi 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