Thursday, September 29, 2011

The National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing

This is a place, which  is probably not included in the tours of Beijing. There are really a lot of things you could visit there and if you have only a day or two the time would definitely not be enough for everything.
But yet, if you are at Tiananmen square and have some 20 minutes free time (enough to take a look from outside) or an hour (enough to go inside too), I think you will not be sorry if you cross the street, so you are on the side of the Great Hall of the People, walk around it and exactly on the opposite side of it, you will see the National Center for Performing Arts.
It is a beauty. You will see that immediately.  It is encircled in water and looks very peacefully and the same time a kind of unreal.
And if you have some more time, to go inside, the real adventure begins.
You enter at the end of the lake, buy a visitor ticket and start walking in an amazing corridor with water over  your head. Yes, exactly, you are walking under the lake and the ceiling is transparent, so you can see both the water with its small waves and the sun above it. It is really a very pleasant walk.
Then you go to the building. It is huge inside and really majestic. With the visitor ticket you can see different halls every day (it depends which one  is busy at the moment).
I had the chance to see the Opera Hall. I felt really sorry that I don`t have a professional camera which could take a decent picture of something like that. It is amazing! Really very, very beautiful.  
And at the end, I wish you all to have a chance to enjoy it yourself!
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A view from outdside:
 Antoher one:

 The transparent ceiling with the water and the sun:
 The corridor with the transparent ceiling:
And this is how it looks inside:
 A view from inside:

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The clicking rice

Yes, sometimes it does happen. Or at least you feel a few clicks every time you chew. In a chain of Korean restaurants in China, you can order rice with roe. The roe is a little bit bigger than usual and with thicker membrane, so it clicks between your teeth every time you chew. It is definitely strange, but you can get used to it.
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Without a dessert?

The idea of a dessert or a sweet after the meal is not present in the traditional Chinese culture. According to it, everything is supposed to be on the table and people are eating whatever they want, whenever they want it. Mixing the tastes doesn`t really bother the Chinese. For them it is completely natural to bite a piece of chocolate and add some rice with vegetables or mushroom soup.
What I personally find very funny, is that at the restaurants, they usually serve the soup last, completely opposite to the western habit.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Chengde Mountain Resort (Chinese: 避暑山庄; Bìshǔ Shānzhuāng)

     The mountain resort in Chengde (Hebei province) is not one of the most famous landmarks of China. It definitely can not compare  to the Forbidden city or  the Terracotta Army in Xian. But yet, it is a place worth visiting. It is only about three hours drive away from Beijing. In Chengde there are also a few very famous  Buddhist temples I will talk about in other posts.
      The most important thing about it, is that it is beautiful. Wherever you look, it is always beautiful. While walking you feel like you are in a dream or a fairytale and you want to take pictures all the time because from every angle it looks like a postcard. Of course, I have to say that I was there at autumn (which is generally the best season for visiting Beijing and the area around it) and I have no idea how it looks during the other seasons.
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      First, the biggest topic I will post about is China.  I love China, it has been a big part of my life since 2003. I have been studying there for two years now. I will not try to post information you can find all over Internet, but tell you how a place made me feel, or what I personally find interesting. Of course, I will also try to post some links, so you can find all the information you could need about the topic. I will also answer your questions, if you have some, but I have to admit that I DO NOT KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT CHINA AND THE CHINESE LANGUAGE, so there might be questions I will not be able to answer.
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