Temple of Heaven Park – A Beijing Attraction

Located in a busy Chinese urban setting, this park is an escape from the flurry and is a place that offers peace and tranquillity.


The temple was built to be used as a stage on which the emperors would perform their solemn rites, but over the years, it became an altar for prayers that asked for a good harvest year and sometimes, even an apology. Though it goes by the name, Temple of Heaven Park, it is not a typical setting that you would find in temples as there are no burning incense sticks or parishioners. Within the park, you can find many prayer halls and structures that symbolise the Chinese culture of eras gone.


The temple is in the busier parts of urban Beijing and is, therefore, close to any typical hotel or service apartment in Beijing. The entrances to the park are just a short drive away from places like Ascott Riverside Garden Beijing, for instance. The East Gate is where people usually line up at, to enter the park, but since the crowd always gets bigger over time, using the West Gate might be a good idea since the ticket queues are shorter at the latter gate.

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Why You Should Visit Shanghai – Rediscover the East through China

It is only natural that shopping opportunities come to mind when you think of China’s large bustling city of Shanghai. It’s not a city that came into the limelight after being acclaimed a global financial hub; thousands of years ago also this city which lies on the estuary of the Yangtze River has served its own people and the people of the world. There is plenty of culture, nature and history to go with the modern day advancements in the city. If you happen to have the fortune to be here on vacation or if you want to do some hurried sightseeing while on a business trip ensure that you are booked into Hua Hin Road hotels as they offer great accessibility and convenience.

If you assess the pros of visiting Shanghai purely from a touristic point of view, one cannot forget the entertainment and relaxation afforded by the numerous gardens, theme parks and rejuvenating abodes. A short distance from the famed Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai you will find the Yanzhong Guangchang Park and Huaihai Park while you will be thrilled to know that the much loved Disneyland Park is set to open in mid 2016. The spiritual tourist will undoubtedly wish to visit the Jade Buddha temple and those who favour spending their time discovering the past will find the Shanghai Museum located most conveniently within the city limits itself.

All tourists traveling to Shanghai would have been informed of The Bund by someone or the other; it is entirely a touristic destination and offers panoramic views of the townscape. Need more be said if it is where the Huangpu River commences that The Bund ends? Both at night and during the day, people flock to this waterfront, snap photographs, admire the 26 different architectural patterns of buildings that can be seen from across the river, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Shanghai Tower and stroll lazily before heading towards Nanjing Road to shop.

Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world.

Unknown Facts About Beijing – Know The Otherside Of The Megapolis

The modern megapolis of Beijing, (earlier known as Peking) China’s capital has a history dating back to the first Millennium. The Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties all had their seats of power here. For a while Beijing lost its position as the Capital City when the Capital was transferred to Nanjing but after a while Beijing regained its position as the Capital of China. It is one of the most populous cities in the world today and is a mixture of the old and new. Old buildings sit cheek-by-jowl with modern shops selling all manner of funky goods. In 2008 Beijing became the cynosure of all eyes when the city hosted the 2008 Olympics. Today, thousands throng to visit, conduct business, shop and sight see in Beijing while it also has an expatriate community working there.

With Beijing being what it is, the need for accommodation is varied and great and there is a high demand for Beijing serviced apartments. For those looking for comfort and convenience the exclusive and luxurious Ascott Raffles City Beijing with its prime location, spacious rooms, elegant décor and state-of-the- art amenities will be an ideal choice.

Beijing’s known attractions like the Great Wall of China and the ‘Forbidden City’ are many and globally known but the other lesser known landmarks and customs are also interesting and intriguing.

Jingshan or ‘Prosepct Park lies just north of the moat around the ‘Forbidden City.’ It is an artificial hill built as an imperial garden. Of the many thousands of visitors who throng the ‘Forbidden City’ very few visit the Jingshan. Magnificent views of Beijing and the ‘Forbidden City can be had from Jingshan and two lakes about the park. Beijing residents who know of Jingshan come to have fun here with singing, dancing and games.

Beijing’s Old Summer Palace is another lesser known attraction of Beijing. The Kangxi Emperor began construction of the Old Summer Palace in 1707 as a Summer Palace for his son, the future Emperor. In 1860 the British destroyed the Palace in retaliation for the Chinese torture and killing of British and Indian prisoners during the Second Opium War. Today too, the Old Summer Palace is in the same state of disrepair but offers a rare glimpse of history and ruins untouched by modern life. The Ancient Observatory with eight ancient astronomical instruments on display offers an insight into ancient Chinese Science.

These and many other relatively lesser known sites will enhance a visit to Beijing and deepen the knowledge of Chinese History and Culture.

Among the unusual customs is the refusal of a gift at first, may be once or twice. In China, the refusal is taken as humility and gratitude and is considered the polite thing to do. Refusing compliments is another polite thing to do.

There are other customs and traditions like this and being aware of some of them at least will make a stay in Beijing more comfortable and relaxing.

Shehera Fioni is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Catalina Forbes. Her content is based on many thrilling escapades offered to travellers across the world.