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Beihai Park is vast, well preserved imperial chinese palace and garden dating back to the 1st century AD.
Beihai Park is an imperial garden and palace in Beijing, China established during the Liao Dynasty in the first century AD. Since then, Beihai Park has undergone significant changes and renovations, with each imperial dynasty making its mark on the gardens. In fact, Beihai Park has served as a haven... Read More
Emei Shan was the site of China’s first ever Buddhist temple and remains one of its most holy sites.
Emei Shan (Mount Emei) is amongst the holiest of Buddhist sites with a history stretching 2,000 years. It was here that China’s first ever Buddhist temple was built and it is on the mountain of Emei Shan that one can still find thirty temples as well as the famous Giant... Read More
One of the most imposing Imperial China era sites, the Giant Buddha of Leshan, China, is the largest Buddha in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Giant Buddha of Leshan, also known as Dafo or the Great Buddha statue in Leshan, China, is a massive sculpture of a sitting Buddha which was carved into Mount Lingyun from 713 AD. At an incredible height of 230 feet, the Giant Buddha of Leshan was originally created by a... Read More
Probably the most famous of all Imperial Chinese sites, the Great Wall of China is a world renowned ancient defensive structure dating back to the Qin Dynasty.
The Great Wall of China is an iconic structure and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Great Wall was originally made up of several different defensive walls constructed throughout China between of 476 and 221 BC. It was during the reign of the first Emperor Qin Shihuang of the Qin Dynasty... Read More
The Huánghuā section of the Great Wall of China is a less often visited part of the ruins of this world famous Imperial Chinese site.
The Huánghuā section of the Great Wall of China is far less visited than its counterparts in Mùtiányù and Bādálǐng. This is due to a number of factors, including the fact that it is further from Beijing and that it is not promoted as part of the traditional tourist trail. The... Read More
The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China is a slightly less well-known section of this a famous ancient defensive structure.
The Mùtiányù section of the Great Wall of China dates back to the Qin Dynasty, although it was renovated during the Ming era. The added distance to Mùtiányù from Beijing, as opposed to Bādálǐng, makes it a less touristy and less crowded experience. There’s a cable car taking visitors onto the... Read More
Jingshan Park in Beijing, China is an ancient Imperial Chinese garden turned public park.
Jingshan Park in Beijing, China started life as an imperial garden in Ming Dynasty era during the reign of Emperor Yongle. Jingshan Park has often been called “Coal Hill” due to the fact that it is an artificial mound made up of soil extracted during construction of the Forbidden Palace... Read More
The Longhua Temple in Shanghai is a tenth century Buddhist monastery.
The Longhua Temple in Shanghai is a Buddhist monastery dating back to 977AD, although a temple has existed on the site since 687 AD. As the largest of Shanghai’s temples, it is a popular site together with its pagoda and nineteenth century bell.... Read More
The UNESCO listed Longmen Caves contain a vast collection of Buddhist statues dating back to the Northern Wei Dynasty.
The Longmen Caves or Longmen Grottoes near Luoyang, China are a series of approximately 2,000 caves containing in excess of 100,000 stone carved Buddhist statues, some dating back as far as the fifth century. The Longmen Caves were created during the rule of the Northern Wei Dynasty in around 494 AD.... Read More
One of the most interesting Imperial Chinese sites, the Ming Tombs house the mausoleums of 13 of the Ming Emperors, dating back to the fifteenth century.
The Ming Tombs were established by the third Ming emperor, Yongle, in the fifteenth century and house the mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Three of the Ming Tombs are open to the public. Emperor Yongle’s tomb, known as Chang Ling, is perhaps the most remarkable of the three,... Read More
The Pingyao Ming City Walls are some of the best preserved Ming dynasty era walls in China.
The Pingyao Ming City Walls in China are some of the sole surviving fortifications of their kind. Built in around 1370 by the Ming Hongwu Emperor, these 39 foot walls span 6km in length and are one of the major factors in the decision to make the Ancient City of... Read More
Puning Si in Chengde is an eighteenth century Quing Dynasty temple and part of a UNESCO site.
Puning Si in Chengde, China, also known as the Temple of Universal Peace, is an eighteenth century temple built by the Qing emperor Qianlong. A blend of Chinese and Tibetan architecture, Puning Si was intended to be a symbol of harmony between the ruling dynasty and the ethnic minorities in the... Read More
The Shaanxi History Museum in Xi’an, China explores the history of the Shaanxi people.
The Shaanxi History Museum in Xi’an, China explores the history of the Shaanxi region and contains over 350,000 pieces dating back as far as the Neolithic period. Divided chronologically, the museum has dedicated rooms for, amongst others, the Shang and Zhou Dynasties, the Qin Dynasty, the Han Dynasty and the Tang... Read More
Shuanglin Si in Pingyao is a 1,500 year old Buddhist temple, famous for its two thousand lifelike statues.
Shuanglin Si (Shuanglin Temple) is a holy Buddhist site in the UNESCO listed walled city of Pingyao. The first Shuanglin Si was built in the sixth century during the Wei Dynasty, however the current incarnation dates back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties. In the time of these two dynasties, a... Read More
The Temple of Heaven is a holy site in Beijing, China constructed during the Ming Dynasty era and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Temple of Heaven in Tiantan Park in Beijing was originally built by Ming Dynasty Emperor Yongle in 1420 as a place of worship for Chinese emperors. However, it was only during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor that the site was named The Temple of Heaven as well as... Read More
The Terracotta Army is a collection of over 7,000 life sized clay soldiers dating back to the third century BC.
The Terracotta Army, part of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, is one of the world’s most famous, intriguing and visually arresting ancient sites, dating back to the third century BC. A chance find by a group of peasants in Xian in 1974, the Terracotta Army is a collection of... Read More
The Forbidden City in Beijing was a Chinese imperial residence for nearly five centuries and now houses the Palace Museum.
The Forbidden City, also known as the Imperial Palace or the Palace Museum, is a fifteenth century palace complex in Beijing. Sprawled over a staggering 720,000 square meters and very well-preserved, The Forbidden City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China and is on UNESCO’s list of World... Read More
The Hongwu Emperor Mausoleum is the burial place of the first Ming Emperor.
The Hongwu Emperor Mausoleum (Ming Xiao Ling) is the burial site of the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang. The Hongwu Emperor Mausoleum was built in the course of the emperor’s life and completed in 1405, seven years after his death. Located in the Purple Mountains or “Zĭjīn Shān”... Read More
The ruins of the Old Ming Palace in Nanjing were once part of a magnificent fourteenth century palace complex.
The Old Ming Palace (Ming Gugong) in Nanjing is a ruin of the remains of what was once a magnificent palatial complex built by the first Ming Emperor Hongwu in the fourteenth century. At that time, Nanjing was the capital. Much of the Old Ming Palace has been destroyed, first by... Read More
The Shanghai Museum is a museum of art and history in Shanghai in China.
The Shanghai Museum is a museum of ancient Chinese art in Shanghai in China. From calligraphy and seals known as ‘chops’ to ancient coins and its celebrated bronze exhibition, the Shanghai Museum has pieces dating back to prehistoric times and through to the Qing Dynasty. The Shanghai Museum also features as... Read More
The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom Museum is dedicated to one of the greatest civil conflicts in China’s history.
The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom Museum (Taiping Tianguo Lishi Bowuguan) in Nanjing chronicles the thirteen year civil conflict in which a vast militia raised by Hong Xiuquan rebelled against the Qing Dynasty. This was sparked by high taxation imposed by the dynasty to raise funds to pay an indemnity to Britain... Read More
Zhonghua Gate is one of the remains of Nanjing’s fourteenth century city walls.
Zhonghua Gate, also known as “Men Chengbao” and the “Gate of China” is the vast city gate of Nanjing in China which dates back to the reign of Hongwu, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1398). At that time, it formed part of Nanjing’s 33km long city walls. With its... Read More