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Hot springs in Chongqing

Chongqing’s hot springs are world-class tourist destinations. The only city that can compare to Chongqing’s Hot Springs Resorts is Budapest, which is known as “the City of Hot Springs”. Chongqing has a long history of hot spring development that dates back to A.D. 423, nearly 1600 years ago. Chongqing is described as having "hot springs in every canyon and every...

Emperor Qin Shihuang

Emperor Qin Shihuang
Emperor Qin Shihuang (259-210 BC, reigned 246-221 BC) was the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty,and also is the first emperor of china. Upon the death of his father, he ascended the throne at the age of thirteen. His father’s powerful chancellor Lu Buwei (died 235 BC) served as co-regent until he was 21 years old. He soon forced...

Gold Bricks of Chinese Architecture

Gold Bricks of Chinese Architecture
china tours:Gold Bricks of Chinese Architecture——Palace halls and courts have been paved with bricks for more than 2,000 years since the Spring and Autumn period (475-221 BC)and this has become a special salient feature of classical architecture. Nowadays, the visitor can see brick-paved floors and groungs in the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace. The Dingling (Tomb of Stability) of the Ming Tombs and...

Tumubu Incident and Yu Qian Safeguarded Beijing

Yu Qian Safeguarded Beijing
Yu Qian (1398-1457)was born in 1398 into a family from Qiantang (former name for Hangzhou) in Zhejiang Province, and from his early youth was an avid student. The young Yu Qian greatly admired the conduct of the patriotic statesman Wen Tianxiang(1238-82). After working his way up through the local and provincial imperial examinations, Yu Qian passed the national palace...

The Garden of Harmonious In Summer Palace

The Garden of Harmonious
The Garden of Harmonious Interest was originally built in 1751. It was first named Huishan Garden after the Jichang Garden ( Garden for Ease of Mind) in Huishan of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. Jichang Garden used to be the private garden of Qin Jin, Minister of the Board of War, towards the end of the Qing Dynasty. Emperor Qianlong of...

A Brief History of the Ming Dynasty

Ming Dynasty
The Ming Dynasty lasted from 1368 to 1644 totalling 277 years with 16 emperors. In 1368, Zhu Biao, the first son of Zhu Yuanzhang, was named crown prince. Zhu Yuanzhang (1328-98, reigned 1368-98), the first Ming emperor had 26 sons and all of them were named crown princes and stationed in different important places throughout the country. In 1392,...

What’s in a name of the Forbidden City?

the Forbidden City
The full name of the Forbidden City in Chinese should be the Purple Forbidden City. The complex is divided into southern and northern parts. The 24 emperors of the Ming(1368-1644) and Qing(1644-1911) dynasties used the southern part for imperial affairs of state, while the northern part was reserved for the imperial residence halls. The entire compound is arranged along...

Zhenfei and The Well Of Zhenfei

zhenfei
Further north, the visitor will see a well (altogether there are 72 wells in the palace grounds) located in the north of the Palace of Peace and Longevity where Pearl Concubine was drowned. This ill-fate woman was a daughter of Tatala Zhangxu, an official of the Ministry of Rites in the Qing Dynasty. She was born in 1867, and was...

Eastern Palace Gate In The Summer Palace

Eastern Palace Gate In The Summer Palace
The Eastern Palace Gate serving as the main gate of the entire palace complex is guarded on each side by two brass lions, which has existed since the reign of Emperor Qianlong(1736-95). Set in the centre of the staircase leading up to the gate is a large slab of carv stone with two dragons amusing themselves with giant pearls. This elegant symbol of...

Treasure Halls In The Palace Museum

Treasure Halls In The Palace Museum
Treasure Halls In The Palace Museum Before seeing the artifacts in the treasure halls you may enjoy the two pinus bungeanes(white bark pines) in the courtyard. They lose their barks all the year round but not their leaves. There are three treasure rooms, one behind the other. There is a splendid array of works of art on display. There are more...