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XiNing 西宁, provincial capital of QingHai province – aerial view
XiNing is the largest city on the Tibetan Plateau, west China. XiNing was a commercial hub along the Northern Silk Road for over 2000 years, and a stronghold of the Han, Sui, Tang and Song dynasties' resistance against nomadic attacks from the west.
Grand View Garden, BeiJing
Grand View Garden (DaGuanYuan) is a large imperial style garden; a recreation of the famous garden described in the classic Chinese novel "Dream of the Red Chamber" (also known as "A Dream of Red Mansions" or "The Story of the Stone"), written by Cao Xueqin during the Qing dynasty. The construction of Grand View Garden began in 1984 and was completed in 1986. It covers an area of about 12 hectares (30 acres) and is designed to resemble the garden as described in the novel, with pavilions, corridors, artificial hills, ponds, and lush vegetation. Visitors to Grand View Garden can explore various scenic spots and cultural attractions that are inspired by the characters and events from "Dream of the Red Chamber." Some of the highlights include: Grand View Tower (Daguanyuanlou): This central pavilion serves as the main entrance to the garden and offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. It is a popular spot for visitors to take photos and admire the scenery. Baochai Hall (Baochaifang): Named after one of the principal characters in the novel, Baochai Hall is a traditional Chinese-style building where visitors can learn about the life and culture of the Qing dynasty elite. Jia Baoyu's Room (Jiabaojuyuan): This recreation of the protagonist's living quarters gives visitors a glimpse into the daily life of the fictional Jia family. The room is furnished with antique furniture and decorations reminiscent of the Qing dynasty. Peach Blossom Island (Taoyuandong): Inspired by the idyllic setting described in the novel, Peach Blossom Island features winding paths, lush vegetation, and a tranquil pond surrounded by peach trees. It is a peaceful retreat within the garden where visitors can relax and enjoy nature. The Eighteen Scenes of the Grand View Garden: These scenic spots are based on the poetic descriptions found in "Dream of the Red Chamber" and include attractions such as the Lotus Fragrance Pavilion, the Mountain of Toads, and the Three Wisdoms Hall. In addition to its historical and cultural significance, Grand View Garden also hosts various cultural events, performances, and exhibitions throughout the year, including traditional Chinese opera performances, calligraphy demonstrations, and art exhibitions. Overall, Grand View Garden offers visitors a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of "Dream of the Red Chamber" and experience the beauty and elegance of traditional Chinese garden design. It is a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike, providing a tranquil escape from the bustling city of Beijing.
The beautiful LaoJunShan 老君山 mountain and temple, HeNan province
A Taoist mountain near LuoYang. Includes a large statue of LaoZi, author of the Dao De Jing. Not to be confused with LaoJunShan in YunNan.
ChengDu 成都, provincial capital of SiChuan
A trip to YunNan 云南 province
In October 2008. Places visited include Green Lake Park in KunMing, the Stone Forest at ShiLin, and DaLi old town.
GuangZhou 广州 light show with hundreds of drones
A special show for the People's Republic of China 70th anniversary. Hundreds of drones with lights fly in amazing coordinated flight patterns to create an awesome spectacle ... Awesome progress for a country in just one lifetime.
‘I remember you’ – China 中国 tour …
Get up, get up, get up (and go). With a cool drum and bass mix, and some snazzy editing ...
China technology insights – channel
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Why China’s metro systems are the world’s best
With Eric G ... Bonus film - with Sabrina in China ...

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