Top 10 Coolest Places to Visit in Beijing 2017

In this hot summer, most areas of the world are seared by the angry sun. Recently, in China, there’s a popular saying: “I own my life to the air conditioner.” Escaping this heat may become one of many people’s wishes. However, people in these areas of Beijing are enjoying the cool weather right now! They’re definitely perfect summer resorts. Would you like to feel this pleasantly cool, too? Then the newest top 10 coolest places in Beijing will be very helpful.

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Top 1: Wuling Xifeng Scenic Area

Wuling Xifeng Scenic Area is located in Xinchengzi Town, Miyun District. Within this scenic Area, there exists picturesque peaks and rocks, waterfalls, streams, cute animals and beautiful woods. It owns the real beauty of nature. Apart from enjoying the natural beauty by walking, the alpine water skiing project allows you to return to nature’s wildness and total relaxation.

Wuling Xifeng Scenic Area

Top 2: Jinhai Lake Scenic Area

Jinhai Lake Scenic Area, is located in the east of Pinggu District, about 85km northeast of Beijing downtown. It is the largest comprehensive water recreation area in Beijing. The water area is 6.5 square kilometers. There are more than 30 kinds entertainment activities on the lake including yacht, speed boat, self-driving boat, flying umbrella above water, pedalo, rowing boat and many more.

Jinhai Lake Scenic Area

Top 3: Jingdong Stone Forest Gorge Scenic Area

Located 70km from central Beijing, Jingdong Stone Forest Gorge Scenic Area is famous for stone forests, waterfalls, deep valleys and perilous peaks. The whole gorge is covered with lush trees. Besides, the longest glass bottomed viewing platform in the world – Flying Saucer offer an incredible view over the edge of a 400m high cliff in the stunning Jingdong Stone Forest Gorge, which is absolutely a cool place to go.

Jingdong Stone Forest Gorge Scenic Area

Top 4: Cool Valley

Cool Valley is about 80 kilometers far away from central Beijing. It’s located to the north of Miyun County. The marvelous landscape scenery and water entertainments attract so many visitors come here to stay away from the roaring city and the sweltering summer heat. Because of many different shapes of pools and waterfalls in the Cool Valley, you can choose to take a bamboo raft to enjoy the different views of the two sides, or go hiking to get close to nature. And there are various of exciting on-water amusement waiting you to experience.

Cool Valley

Top 5: Jingdong Grand Canyon

Jingdong Grand Canyon is located to the north of Yuzi Village, Pinggu District, 53 miles (about 85 kilometers) from downtown Beijing, which is a national AAAA-level scenic spot. It stands out for its deep valleys, steep mountains, clear water, Karst caves, plunging waterfalls, hundreds of hectares of pine trees, etc. Different seasons have different views. You will have a great fun while taking a walking trip. The cable cars of kilometers of high altitude between the grand canyon and Jingtai mountain provide visitors with a wide range of beautiful landscapes.

Jingdong Grand Canyon

Top 6: Longqing Gorge

85 kilometers from downtown Beijing, you can discover Longqing Gorge, in northeast Yanqing District. It is known as “Lesser Lijiang river outside the Great wall” and “The Small Three gorges of China”. It features clear waters, wooded mountains, curious stones and wonderful karst caves. You can choose to go boating or bamboo rafting. The temperature here is 6 degrees lower than Beijing city, even 0.8 degree lower than Chengde Imperial Summer Resort. Besides, if you want to seek more excitement, then bungee-jumping , skydiving, jet boat rides, etc, will satisfy you.

Longqing Gorge

Top 7: Orkenick Farm Children Water Park

Orkenick Farm Children Water Park is in Efang South Village, Huangcun Town, Daxing District. It’s a perfect place to take summer vacation with your kids. The super beautiful pool, white beaches, comfortable cool chair, tropical coconut trees and the blue clear sky make us feel like just beside the real sea, enjoy the summer water passion and romance.

Orkenick Farm Children Water Park

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Top 8: Qinglong Gorge

Qinglong Gorge is located in the Ancient Great Wall pass of Huaibei Township, in the Huairou District, 75km away from Sanyuan Bridge of Beijing. It brings together green mountains, spectacular waterfalls, and the ancient Great Wall. There are many entertainments here. For example, you can enjoy the views by boat or bamboo raft, play football or volleyball on the beach, even swim in the cool river. If you want to experience some exciting things, bungee jumping, rock climbing, downhill and other activities will make you feel wildly happy.

Qinglong Gorge

Top 9: Beijing Huanghuacheng Lakeside Great Wall Tourist Area

Beijing Huanghuacheng Lakeside Great Wall Tourist Area gets its name because there are three sections of Great Wall underneath the water’s surface. While arriving at this area, visitors can feast their eyes on unusual landscapes, such as waterfalls, natural springs, ponds that connect with one another, and great number of peaks, cliffs, gorges, etc, which will bring you the sense of returning nature. Here, you can try some outdoor sports, such as hiking through moors, broken bridges, high ladders, taking bamboo rafts, etc. At night, it is a good choice to spend some time doing simple things, like walking under the stars or resting on the beach or building a great campfire.

Beijing Huanghuacheng Lakeside Great Wall Tourist Area

Top 10: Ocean Of Flowers Scenic Spot

The Ocean of Flowers Scenic Spot is in Taishitun Town, Miyun District, with a total area of more than 1800 acres, covered by lavender and other more than 10 kinds of flowers. The surrounding mountains, elegant buildings and the ocean of flowers form a picturesque landscape. This is definitely a good place for photography.

Ocean Of Flowers Scenic Spot

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Deepest High Speed Railway Station Being Built Under The Great Wall

Just below the core of the world cultural heritage site at the Badaling Great Wall section in Beijing, Chinese workers are building the world’s deepest and Asia’s largest underground high-speed railway station.

Badaling Great Wall

The tunnel section is 12.01 kilometers long, which is the longest line of the 174 kilometers Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway line. Besides, the tunnel is only 4 meters from the shallowest point of the ground surface, and the deepest point is 432 meters.

The station under construction will have a 36,000 square meters floor area, and the railway tracks will be 102 meters underground.

Deepest high-speed railway station

“Even though the passengers will enter and exit the station about 100 meters underground, it will still be very convenient and very safe. Because we adopt a lot of innovative design to build the station, such as using the laminated structure to balance the flow of passengers enter and exit of the station, using the inclined elevators in the station for the first time, etc. An escalator would raise passengers 62 meters at vertical height. Moreover, to ensure the safety of passengers, we will change the incline shafts (which are used to build the station) into permanent rescue channels. ” said Dai Longzhen, a senior manager of the construction company China Railway No. 5 Engineering Group Co Ltd.

Deepest high-speed railway station

The underground burrowing work is the most complicated part, because the station has to through 2 geological fault zone, which means the Chinese workers have to be very careful, or it will cause collapses.

Besides, the terrain of this region fluctuated greatly. On one hand, it is unable to accommodate large diameter shield tunneling machine, on the other hand, the incline shafts must follow the direction of the mountain slope and take big turns to enter tunnel construction surface. So, Chinese engineers develop new blasting technology to explore the tunnel carefully, and every blasting is equivalent to stamp one’s foot on the Great Wall.

Deepest high-speed railway station

Meanwhile, the requirement of protecting the environment and cultural relics along the line is very strict. In order to reduce the impacts on the inside of hills and the Great Wall, the workers use the electronic detonators to control the vibrations in batches of small explosions. At the Qinglongqiao station of old Beijing-Zhangjiakou railway line, the workers use expansive agents to dig the tunnel, because it is only 4 meters beneath the ground surface. Until now, Chinese workers have carried out more than 4,500 explosions.

Deepest high-speed railway station

Another problem in the construction is the underground water. In normal time, Chinese workers have to pump at least 19,000 cubic meters of water every day, which equals about 10 swimming pools. Sometimes, the maximum daily inflow is up to 56, 000 cubic meters.

Deepest high-speed railway station

This Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway is expected to get through by the end of 2019. Until then, the northwest Beijing’s traffic environment can be greatly improved, allowing passengers to travel between the 2 cities in one hour. For example, it will only take 20 minutes from Beijing north station to Yanqing and 50 minutes to Zhangjiakou. Furthermore, it is also an important project for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

Summer Palace

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China High Speed Rail Provides Takeout Service at 27 Stations

Have you ever heard that you can order a takeout service on China high speed rail? Yes! You heard me! This latest service is so convenient that you will not have to eat instant noodles or carry bags of snacks any more.

Recently, China’s railway authority is set to introduce an online food delivery service to 27 of major high speed rail stations across the country. That is to say, the passengers who take China high speed trains can order takeout via the official train booking website, 12306.com, or through its mobile app along the route.

Note: you must place the order and pay at least 2 hours before the train leaves. Then all you will do is enjoy your trip on the train and wait for your meal. The rest job will be done just in time.

The following is the process of ordering takeout, and you can see how the takeout is delivered to you:

1.Use your phone to order takeout via 12306 mobile app.

12306

12306 mobile app

12306 mobile app

2.The deliverymen collect orders at a restaurant in the 27 stations, then carry the ordered meals and head to the platforms at each station.

delivering takeout

3.The train attendants take the order from the deliverymen, and complete the delivery by taking the meal to the passenger’s seat.

takeout

takeout

Besides, the China high-speed train takeout service has a set of professional delivery system. The high standard can ensure the safety, hygiene and quality of the meal.

takeout

So far, this service is currently available at the following high-speed train stations: Changchun, Changchun West, Chongqing North, Fuzhou, Fuzhou South, Shanghai Hongqiao, Shenyang Bei, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan South, Changsha South, Chengdu East, Tianjin, Guangzhou South, Lanzhou West, Nanchang West, Nanjing South, Nanning East, Wuhan, Xiamen North, Guiyang North, Hangzhou East, Hankou, Hefei South, Jinan West, Xi’an North, Xining and Zhengzhou East.

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UNESCO Approved Hoh Xil & Gulangyu as World Heritage in 2017

In July 2, 2017, the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee opened in Krakow, the ancient city of Poland. At this conference, China declared two projects, including the natural heritage “Hoh Xil” and the cultural heritage “Gulangyu Island”.

July 7, approved by the World Heritage Committee, Hoh Xil was being listed in the “World Heritage List”. This is also the largest world natural heritage of China.

In the following day, July 8, Gulangyu successfully approved by the committee and be listed in the “World Heritage List”.

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Gulangyu (鼓浪屿)

Gulangyu is located to the southwest of Xiamen Island, and can be reached in 4.5 minutes by ferry. The island area is 1.87 square kilometers.

Gulangyu

The island has a pleasant climate and known as “Marine Garden”. The main tourist attractions are Sunlight Rock, Shuzhuang Garden, Haoyue Garden, Yuyuan Garden, Island Ring Road, Gulang Stone, underwater world and natural bathing beach, etc. It is a combination of historical, culture and natural landscape. It is also a comprehensive island landscape cultural tourism area for tourism, shopping, leisure and entertainment.

Gulangyu Zhengchenggong

Hoh Xil (可可西里)

Hoh Xil locates in the west of Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai, and covers a total area of 4.5 million hectares. The name Hoh Xil has two meanings, which means “blue ridge” in Mongolian, and “beautiful girl” in Tibetan.

Hoh Xil

She is recognized as “the last pure land for human”, and is the perfect combination of alpine ecosystems and plateau wetland ecosystems. In Hoh Xil, there are over 210 kinds of plants, of which 72 are endemic to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, such as arenaria kansuensis, Qinghai delphinium, Hoh Kil plum, etc. As well as over 75 species of animals, 12 of them are endemic species, such as Tibetan gazelle, wild yak, Tibetan wild donkey, brown bears and wolves.

Hoh Xil Tibetan antelope group

Here you will encounter countless kinds of creatures. They constitute a unique ecosystem with the mountains, glaciers, wilderness and lakes.

Tianjin Top Ten Attractions

Tianjin is a bright pearl in northern China. With excellent geographical location and traffic conditions, Tianjin has become an important hub for connecting both home and abroad. Tianjin Port is the largest bonded port area in China and the largest cruise homeport in Asia. Tianjin has a lot of European architecture, and the scenery is good, the huangya Pass Great Wall, Italian Style Street and Five Great Avenues are worth for a visit. The unique traditional food in Tianjin is also impressive.

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1. Ferris wheel: Eye of Tianjin
Location: Haihe River side, Hongqiao District
The Eye of Tianjin is a ferris wheel across the Haihe River, like an eye on the bridge. It is one of the most famous landmarks in Tianjin. The ferris wheel is driven by electricity and has 48 passenger capsules. Each capsule is able to carry eight passengers for a half hour rotation. Every night the colorful lamps of the Eye of Tianjin will attract numerous visitors for sightseeing and photo shooting, enjoying a different kind of romance.
How to get here: Take bus No.1, 4, 12, 18, 34, 609, 610, 611, 619, 632, 641, 646, 659, 670, 671, 818, 878 and 904, get off at Jingang Bridge Stop; or take bus No. 5, 37, 161, 606, 635, 642, 653, 657, 658, 687, 801, 824, 836, 855 and 906, get off at Beidaguan Stop.

Eye of Tianjin

2. HuangYa Pass Great Wall
Location: Far north of Jizhou District
HuangYa Pass Great Wall is steep and spectacular. It is a good place for weekend vacations with many farmhouses nearby for food and accommodation. You can enjoy the farm dishes, breathe the fresh air, and can enjoy the authentic rural life.

Huangya Pass Great Wall

3. Ancient Culture Street
Location: Northeast of Nankai District
Ancient Culture Street is the concentration of the most famous old shops and handicraft shops. You can find the Yangliuqing New Year Paintings, clay figurines, Wei’s Kite and many other handicraft shops, and you can enjoy the classic Goubuli buns, Chinese hamburgers, fried dough twists and other Tianjin cuisine. In addition, the annual Chinese lunar month March 23 is the birthday of the goddess of the sea. At the time, the Ancient Culture Street will hold the empire fair with cultural performances.
How to get here: Take bus No.52 to huanghedao Stop; or take bus No.856 to Dongmalu Stop.

Ancient Culture Street

4. Five Great Avenues
Location: Central District
Five Great Avenues is the combination of more than 20 distinctive streets. You can take a glimpse of more than 2000 garden-style European-style buildings, including more than 300 former residences of celebrities. You can take a map to guide your visit, and you can take a horse-drawn carriage or ride a bike.
How to get here: Take metro line No.1 to Xiaobailou Station; or take bus No.9, 13, 800, 831, 902, 904 and 906.

Five Great Avenues

5. Porcelain House
Location: No.72, Chifeng Road, Heping District
Porcelain House is a French architecture decorated by countless ancient porcelain, white marble stone, crystal and agate. The wall, courtyard and rooms are all filled with exquisite ancient Chinese porcelain and antiques. If you are the first time visiting the Porcelain House, the overwhelming porcelain antiques will make you dazzle.
How to get here: Take metro line No.3 to Heping Road Station, go out through exit E, and walk south for 250m. If you want to go by bus, take bus No. 1, 4, 9, 20, 35, 50, 97, 611, 619, 650,693, 808, 831, 828, 845, 851, 860, 901, 902, 904, 951 and 962 to Bohai Building Stop or Shandong Road Stop.

Porcelain House

6. Italian Style Street
Location: Hebei District
Italian Style Street has more than 200 elegant Mediterranean style buildings. Walking around as if you are in the romantic European town. At night, the restaurants, cafes and bars become lively, making a charming atmosphere on the Italian Style Street.
How to get here: Take metro line No.2 to Jianguo Avenue Station. Take bus No. 5, 8, 27, 324, 634, 635, 638, 639, 645, 663, 676, 802, 806, 832, 836, 905 and 961 to Italian Style Street Stop.

Italian Style Street

7. Xikai Church (Catholicism)
Location: Dushan Road, Binjiang Avenue, Heping District
Xikai Church is a Catholic Church founded in 1917. The church architectural style is solemn and the sculpture are complicated and beautifully. You can participate in the mass and Catholic festivals to feel a religious atmosphere.
How to get here: Take bus No.3, 35, 45, 50, 600, 643, 673, 800, 847,851 and 901.

Xikai Church

8. Tianjin Water Park
Location: Southwest of Tianjin City
The Water Park is the largest comprehensive park in Tianjin. The park consists of three large lakes and eleven islands, with trees, pond, and Japanese and Chinese style landscapes. It also has cruise ship, ferris wheel, roller coaster and other entertainments for you to explore.
How to get here: Take metro line No.3 to Zhou Enlai and Deng Yingchao Memonal Hall Station. Take bus No. 12, 35, 52, 643, 705 west line, 608, 668, 685, 835, 857, 871, 872, 879, 901, 963.

Tianjin Water Park

9. Tianjin Former Residence of Puyi (Jingyuan)
Location: No.70 Anshan Road, Heping District
Tianjin Former Residence of Puyi was built in 1921, covers an area of about 3000 square meters. From July 1929 to November 1931, Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, used to live here with his Queen, and he named the garden as “Jingyuan”, which means “Quiet Garden”. The buildings in the garden combine Spanish and Japanese style. The garden also has the Pu Yi Exhibition Hall, exhibiting hundreds of precious pictures on Pu Yi. If you are a fan of the famous movie “The Last Emperor”, this site will be highly recommended.
How to get here: Take bus No. 3, 50, 600, 606, 631, 632, 643, 657, 673, 840, 850, 851, 865, 867, 870 and 906 to Anshan Road Stop.

Tianjin Former Residence of Puyi

10. Tianjin Museum
Location: No.31, Youyi Road, Hexi District
Tianjin Museum collects Chinese ancient works of art and modern history literature. Until now, the museum has nearly 200,000 objects, including ancient bronze wares, ceramics, calligraphy, painting, jade wares, royal seals, stationery accessories, oracle bones, currency, stamps, Dunhuang literature, local folk crafts, historical literature, etc.
How to get here: Take bus No. 47, 662, 668, 686, 800, 835, 868 and 912 to Tianjin Museum Stop.

Tianjin Museum

New & Fresh Spring: Flowers Bloom Overnight in Sichuan

When it comes to the spring in China, those, the foggy Li River of Yangshuo, the stunning Yuanyang rice terraces in Yunnan Province or peach blossom in Nyingchi, Tibet, may appear in your mind. However, you might not know that Sichuan Province is also a perfect destination to kick off the season. Some ideas of what to see in Chengdu and Sichuan:

1. Tagong Grassland (Kangding City)

Tagong (Lhagang) Grassland is the most renowned grassland in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan with stunning Tibetan mountain landscape that makes you swoon. You will see holy Mountain Yala and magnificent 1,400 year-old Tagong Temple and arrive home with a camera full of cool photos.

Tagong Grassland

2. Fenghuang Lake Wetland Park (Chengdu City)

Situated in Qingbaijiang District of Chengdu, Fenghuang (Phoenix) Lake Wetland Park is a 4A national scenic area and the largest cherry blossom (sakura) forest in Western China, with fancy musical fountain, international architecture community, Chinese garden culture community, etc.

Fenghuang Lake Wetland Park

3. Xinduqiao (Kangding City)

Xinduqiao is a photographers’ paradise rather than a tourist resort for it is a perfect spot for photography when autumn arrives. Xinduqiao in spring season unveils a different kind of beauty with its vibrant green grasslands, blooming flowers covering hills and snow-covered mountains.

Xinduqiao

4. Miyaluo Scenic Resort (Li County, Aba Prefecture)

Miyaluo Scenic Area is a famous destination for enjoying red maple leaves in autumn. In the balmy spring days, Miyaluo enjoys green hills, crystal clear waters and blooming peach orchards. Early March to late April is the best time to appreciate bloomy wild peach flowers.

Miyaluo Scenic Resort

Food Tour of Nanjing: Top 10 Nanjing Snacks

China’s ancient capital Nanjing City (Nanjing used to be the capital of China for six dynasties) offers a best dinning experience with its historical, delicate Jinling Cuisine (blending with the Hangzhou cuisine, Suzhou Cuisine and Jiangxi Cuisine) and numerous restaurants with various famous tasty foods from all over the country. However, everyone knows that the traditional local street foods are the most classical and are cheap bills.

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Duck Blood and Bean-starchy Vermicelli Soup (鸭血粉丝)

duck-blood-soup

The most popular street food in Nanjing, you can find it everywhere whether in a stall or in a restaurant. The food materials for this dish include duck blood, bean-starchy vermicelli, duck offal or shrimps, caraway, etc.

Boiled Duck with Salt (咸水鸭)

salted-duck

When traveling in Nanjing, you should not miss the boiled duck with salt. Nanjing has a nick name of the capital of duck, as the people like to eat duck very much. The dish of boiled duck with salt has a history of over 1000 years, and is famous for its unique taste of being savory, crispy and tender.

Zhuang Yuan Dou (Number One Scholar’s Beans) (状元豆)

scholars-beans

Legend has that a poor scholar won the first place in the national examination during the Qing Dynasty, because having soybeans steamed with red yeast rice and dates as his daily meals. Now the beans have been one of the most popular snacks in Nanjing Confucius Temple Street.

Hui Lu Gan (Fried Bean Curd in Chicken Soup) (回卤干)

fried-tofu-in-chicken-soup

It is said that Emperor Ming Taizu liked it very much when he was tired of the all kinds of royal delicacies. Please keep in mind that it is best when eaten hot.

Guotie Stuffed with Beef (牛肉锅贴)

fried-dumpling-guotie

Another must-have food in Nanjing, the fried dumplings taste crispy, tender and succulent. Out of town visitors are suggested to try the guotie in Hunan Food Street or Nanjing Confucius Temple Street.

Boiled and Dried Bean Curd (煮干丝)

boiled-dried-bean-curd

A famous dish in Nanjing ever since the reign of Emperor Qianlong during Qing Dynasty. The bean curds (toufu) are cut to slices and cooked with various soup ingredients, finally mixed with sesame oil and soybean sauce.

Steamed Buns (小笼包)

steamed-buns

Nanjing is one of the best places for steamed buns. Carefully eat the buns and suck out the tasty soup.

Dim Sum (糕团小点)

nanjing-dim-sum

Nanjing locals are addicted to desserts. There are many sorts of dim sum of sweet taste dating back hundreds of years. The traditional Nanjing dim sum does not only taste good, but also look good.

Luobo Duannzi (Radish Pancake) (萝卜端子)

radish-pancake

Coat the radish with glutinous rice flour and then put it into the hot oil and deep fry it. Luobo Duanzi is crispy outside and soft inside, and tastes so good. Just it is of high calorie.

Zheng’er Gao (Jinling Steamed Cake) (蒸儿糕)

jinling-steamed-cake

A traditional breakfast and favorite snack for Nanjing (formally Jinling) People, it is part of the happy childhood memory, but not easy to find today. Zheng’er Gao is made of rice flour, stuffed with sesame and candy, and steamed in a wooden steamer.