There's a reason for everything that happens.
I'm still in awe at the historical structures that have been here as long as the 15th century; that's not including Niujie Masjid (牛街礼拜寺) that was constructed in the 10th century.
I visited Yuanmingyuan (not this photo) this week and that was history I didn't expect to learn. Complete destruction of the western-themed palace by the 8 Allied Forces. There was even a structure in the compound converted into a masjid with Islamic inscriptions on the walls for Concubine Rong to worship - that was destroyed, too. Further reading of the said Forces leaves little to be desired of such nations. 3.5 hours at Yuanmingyuan and I only covered 50% of the area. Will have to go for another visit to see the west side of the park.
Sundials were the "clocks" of ancient times—instruments that told the time depending on the shadow cast on their dial. #Beijing is home to one particularly large sundial, so large in fact that there is an art museum beneath it. This is the #China Millennium Monument. #beautifulBeijing#AmazingChina
In the western suburbs of #Beijing lies the beautiful Linglong Park. More than 400 years ago, it was the site of Cishou Temple, a lavishly decorated religious complex. However, after the temple was destroyed by fire, only the Linglong Pagoda and stele survived. Later on, Linglong Park was built on the site of the original temple, and today is a good place for nearby residents to take a rest or enjoy a day out. #beautifulBeijing#China#ChinaTravel#AmazingChina
Beiwu Park in #Beijing ’s western suburbs is a farming culture-themed park, which was once one of the main production areas of "Jingxi rice" used by the #imperialpalaces . As an ingredient in #ImperialCuisine during the Ming and Qing dynasties, the rice was only used in the palace kitchens—its low yield and excellent taste, meaning it was reserved solely for the emperors. Up to the present day, the park still retains a small rice field growing this “imperial rice.” The rice field also contains six silhouette sculptures depicting various farming scenes, each of which is named after a farming task, such as farming, planting seedlings, harvesting and warehousing. #beautifulBeijing#ChinaTravel#AmazingChina
In Chinese, huadeng means “colourfully decorated lantern.” However, in #Beijing , the word is reserved for the 253 street lamps lining #TiananmenSquare and Chang'an Avenue. The huadeng lamps here are divided into two types: lotus lamps with 9 bulbs, and cotton peach lamps with 13 bulbs. The lamps here will all be turned on during the #NationalDay holiday, creating a beautiful illuminated vista in the heart of the capital. #China#beautifulBeijing
Huabiao (#Chinese ceremonial columns) are one of the most distinctive elements in #Chinesearchitecture . There are many theories about their origin. One theory is that they were originally made of wood and placed at crossroads as road markers and message boards for passers-by. Later, these functions gradually disappeared and people began to regard them as a kind of architectural decoration. People then began to construct them from stone instead of wood and added carved patterns, creating the huabiao people are familiar with today. #Beijing#China#TiananmenSquare#beautifulBeijing
Fangshan #UNESCO Global #Geopark of #China is a world-famous geological tourist attraction and an important part of the "Western Hills-Yongding River Cultural Belt." Located in the southwest of #Beijing , it covers a total area of more than 900 square kilometres, spanning both the capital and Hebei Province. More than a decade ago, the park became the world’s first capital city to be awarded the title of "Global Geopark" by UNESCO. #beautifulBeijing#AmazingChina
Jian Bing Guo Zi ( 煎饼)
This breakfast from heaven is a traditional Chinese street food, that could be compared to the French crepes we know. It is usually eaten for breakfast and hailed as "one of China's most popular street breakfasts." It can be topped with different fillings and sauces such as baocui (薄脆 thin and crispy fried cracker), chopped or diced mustard pickles, scallions and coriander, chili sauce or hoisin sauce depending on personal your preference. It was actually so big that we shared one but tomorrow I might get my own, it's THAT good. Thanks to @thefoodranger for the recommendation!!