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22 August 2010

Unknown City Beijing

Writing about the cruises that begin in Japanese ports, I found an interesting name of a city in China: Beijing. I've never heard about it and wanted to learn more. The first information I've seen in internet was a collection of photos of a couple of travellers with the explanations under every photo. So, I knew many interesting things.

The couple visited Forbidden City, the largest palatial complex in the world. There is a Temple of Heaven built without any nail or beam inside the complex. The Emperors prayed to have good year and waited for signs of good auspices on Chinese New Year there. You can see the Emperors in the procession every year even today. Sure, those are only shows to attract visitors but it has to be interesting to see, I think.

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The next point of the itinerary of the couple was Tiananmen Gate, than they visited cooking courses for foreigners hold directly in the street. Imagin how interesting it is! I've never heard about such invention in other touristic places.

There is one of the largest and most important in the world Buddhist temples there, Lama Temple of Geluk School, where there are many treasures very important for every Buddhist; and there is a Chinese Muslims' Mosque (Niujie Mosque). I was surprized to read about it, I did not think there are even Chinese Muslims! And the building is interesting too, it comes from 996.

It's possible to visit Yuanming Yuan, ruins of the Old Summer Palace (ah, all royalities had summer and winter palaces!).

Do you like works of Franch architect Paul Andreu? Very beautiful airy buildings all over the world. There, in Beijing, you can see his Center for the Performing Arts.

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And there are Beihai Park, a royal garden, Happy Valley, an amusement park, Beijing Zoo, where there are pandas and other rare Chinese animals, 798 Space Gallery a place for contemporary arts. You can visit Beijing Planning Exhibition and walk over the relief models of the city, the world's largest steel structure -the National Stadium, and surely the Great Wall.

Wow, but will it be enough a shore visit to see all these interesting places?

I was very curious: where is this city? And from the next site I learn it's... Peking!
By the way, did you know that Peking is one of the 4 historical capitals of China? Every dinasty had own capital: Beijing, Nanjing, Chang'an and Luoyang.

And to make this more inviting for you: if you look for cruise discounts and want to embark on October 25 , it will cost you only... you will not believe... a third part from the normal price of the cabin... And Ocean view? Have you seen the oceanview cabin price???


  1. i just got back from beijing in may :D thats where the great wall of china is and many other unesco/wonders of the world site.

    btw, china is one of the 10 largest muslim populatiom in the whole world. muslim is a relagion hence it can be of any races regardless whether its chininesse, india, caucasian or anyone from any country.

  2. Ah, yes, I remember your posts now. But I did not know that Beijing is the same as Peking.

    There are some things that we do not associate with somebody or something. I did not associate Chinese population with Islam. More than this. I did not associate Chineses with any religion. Maybe for the communist party that has to be atheistic.

  3. I think Beijing is a fairly well known city. Also nowadays, Muslims are in every part of the world. So I don't think it is uncommon to find chinese muslims.

    BTW very informative blog with relevant pictures and content. I found other China information very useful. I have bookmarked it. Keep it up.

  4. :-))) That is why I wrote this post -I thought it was surprizing for me to have such an ignorance. But I really have never noticed that Peking has an other name. And I was sure that Chenese are Buddhists. ;-) Well, it's interesting to discover something so surprising.

  5. Buddhist temple is so beautiful and there is very much peace. Really, I also must say that Paul Andreu is Very beautiful airy buildings all over the world.

  6. Probably you are right. The pieceful mind is full of joy and, conseguently, colorful. Interesting thought.


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