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This night market has to be seen to be believed. Eager crowds jostle alongside red and white stalls, responding to the calls of vendors or the sight of something delicious or extraordinary to behold. Food comes on skewers, in soup bowls, wrapped in tortillas, or even in half a pineapple, and includes familiar fried and roasted meat, fish, seafood, vegetables and fruit, alongside hearts, brains, stomach and other innards. Try baby sparrows, scorpions, crickets and silkworm grubs. Glutinous and sticky, savory and sweet rice dishes are filling and cheap. Vegetarians can eat corn, broccoli, mushrooms and noodles.
This monument is a true symbol for the ongoing fight of the Tibetan people for independence and liberty. The fact that it stands in the middle of the Chinese capital and has not been torn down by the Chinese Government is not only a real miracle, it's also an evidence for the chance for a peaceful solution for the Tibet conflict. It was erected in 1947 (at the time China had not yet annexed Tibet) and it displays the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso, in a meditating position with a plaque saying: "In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher." This monument is not very large or impressive by itself, but considered it's symbolic importance.
Baofang Hutong is a bustling street in Beijing's Wang Fu Jing neighborhood. Lying off the arterial E 2nd Ring Road, it is lined with a of string of shops and restaurants visited by locals and tourists alike. Popular eateries lining the street like Yiyi, Momo Barbecue, Fengzeju and many others serve staple Chinese and Cantonese delicacies.
Located in south of Dong Si intersection, Dong Cheng District, the mosque was built in 1447 in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The structure combines Chinese and Arabic styles like the Niu Jie Mosque. The mosque's library houses valuable manuscripts of the Koran, the Hadith, Islamic law and other works of Islamic philosophy, history and literature published in Egypt, India, Turkey and Pakistan. Three services are held at dawn, 1pm and 4pm daily. The site is also the Headquarters of the Beijing branch of China Islamism Association.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club is one of the country's best known private membership clubs; a name that has come to be synonymous with quality and culture. The club is a non-profit organization that nonetheless offers its members a host of fabulous amenities and services. The clubhouse at Beijing is no different and features a luxurious spa, comfortable accommodations, a splendid swimming pool, banquet facilities and several fine dining options. While the clubhouse may appear traditionally Chinese from the outside, inside the decor is tasteful blend between classic style and contemporary flair, with all the modern amenities one would hope to partake of at a private club of this caliber and repute.
One of Beijing's greatest gems, the Forbidden City is a national treasure. Constructed in 1420, this must-see historical attraction was once the imperial residence for both the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is called the forbidden city because no one was allowed to enter or leave the city without the emperor's permission. The sprawling complex contains over 70 structures with more than 9000 rooms containing priceless artifacts and relics. The palace was turned into a museum during the early 20th Century and offers great insight into China's past. While throngs of visitors come through each day, the royal gardens area is surprisingly calm and quiet. Enter this giant complex through the impressive Tiananmen Gate.
Enclosed within a grand stone courtyard, the Hall of Supreme Harmony, also known as Taihe Dian, is the largest wooden hall in the Forbidden City and also the whole of China. Mounted on a three-storied terrace with a height of 6 meters (20 feet), it is adorned with carved balustrades. Among the most notable features of the hall is the roof of double eaves, and the gold imperial Dragon Throne which has dragons coiled around it. This magnificent hall is a sight you must visit when in the imperial palace, just to view the magnificent ceiling and throne.
The Hall of Central Harmony is one of the three halls that form a part of the Outer Court of the Forbidden City. Although the hall was originally constructed in 1420, repeated damage by fire meant that it had to be rebuilt several times. The existing hall dates back to 1627, and is a beautiful example of ancient, imperial architecture. The square hall is centered around a throne, flanked by two majestic dragons and incense bowls that were used to warm the space. The Hall of Central Harmony was the exclusive domain of the emperor and it is where he would retire to rest and prepare for various ceremonies. The hall remains beautifully preserved and is a part of the Palace Museum.