Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Beijing Expat Show

The 4th Beijing Expat Show takes place at the World Trade Center from March 25-27.


The event includes a cuisine festival.

World Trade Center
No1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue
Beijing 100004




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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Juyongguan

居庸关

The Juyongguan section of the Great Wall is in Changping District, about 60 km from Beijing. Recently renovated, this section lacks the authenticity of other parts of the Great Wall, but still makes for an interesting day out.



Connected with Badaling in the north, the main feature is the heavily fortified Juyongguan Pass, which was one of the three great passes of the Great Wall (the other two were Jiayuguan and Shanhaiguan). The Juyongguan Pass has long acted as a military stronghold, serving as a natural barrier to invaders from the north.



The Juyongguan Great Wall comes down to the level of the parking lot in two locations, so no climbing or cable car is needed. Near the center of Juyongguan is a marble structure known as the Cloud Terrace, or Yuntai. This is a rare survivor from the Yuan Dynasty and was built in 1365. Among its exquisite carvings are a Dharani Sutra in six different languages: Chinese, Mongolian, Sanskrit, Tangut, Tibetan, and Uyghur.




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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Mutianyu

慕田峪

The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, about 70 km north-east of Beijing, is a masterpiece of restoration, with 22 original style watchtowers.




Around 2 km in length, it is the longest fully-restored Great Wall section open to tourists. Winding over lofty mountains and high ridges, Mutianyu has a cable and wheeled toboggan ride which is fun for kids. Besides its strategically important location and compact layout, the Mutianyu Great Wall is also famous for the breathtakingly beautiful scenery, surrounded by woods on both sides.





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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Simatai

司马台

Simatai is the most spectacular and aesthetically pleasing section of the Great Wall. Simatai is a relatively short span (5.4 km) that is situated near the town of Gubeikou, roughly 120 km northeast of Beijing.


Great Wall of China

Like most of the other sections of the Great Wall, the Simatai section was refortified by General Qi Jiguang during the Ming Dynasty (CE 1368-1644).


Simatai

With 35 watchtowers it has the greatest number of watchtowers per kilometer than any other section. The extreme topography means steps are often very narrow and steep, making Simatai more suited to the adventurous and energetic.

Simatai, China



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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Badaling Great Wall of China

八达岭

Badaling is about 80 km from Beijing and is the most convenient place to view the Great Wall.

Admittedly Badaling is very touristy (the most visited section of the Great Wall, in fact), but it's easy to ignore that fact when you are confronted with one of the world's seven wonders.

Family friendly, Badaling has a cable car that will save you the walk to the top of the wall. There is a fee for the ride, but it's a great time saver, and the spectacular views as you rise will inspire photographers of all skill levels.


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