Nov 11 2018

Beijing 北京

No set schedule but many sites are on my mind.

Oct 12 2018

Ming tombs 十三陵

The compound has 13 Ming (1368-1644) emperors’ mausoleums, locates in Changping, 26 miles northwest from the center of Beijing. We call it shisan ling, thirteen tombs. The photos of the statues are on the Sacred Way leading up to Changling 长陵, the mausoleum of the 3rd emperor Yongle (永乐, 1360-1424; r. 1402-24). The color photos are taken on 2018.10.10 by my high school classmates Xu Tong and Tang Zheng – thanks sweeties. The black and white, first two are from Presbyterian Archives Research Centre, in 1911. #79736



The following three black and white are from China marine, undated. Not quite sure of the first and the third.




The 13 mausoleums are:

  1. Chang Ling Mausoleum 长陵
  2. Xian Ling Mausoleum
  3. Jing Ling Mausoleum
  4. Yu Ling Mausoleum
  5. Mao Ling Mausoleum
  6. Tai Ling Mausoleum
  7. Kang Ling Mausoleum
  8. Yong Ling Mausoleum
  9. Zhao Ling Mausoleum
  10. Qing Ling Mausoleum
  11. Ding Ling Mausoleum 定陵
  12. De Ling Mausoleum
  13. Si Ling Mausoleum

Apr 17 2018

Guozijian Museum 国子监 in Beijing

13 Guozijian St, Dongcheng Qu,
Beijing, China, 100007

Other names for it were, 国子学, 国子寺 or 太学 could translate to, Imperial National Academy, Imperial College, Imperial Academy, Imperial University, Imperial Central School, National School, National Academy, National University … It’s now combined with Kong’s Temple.

On my last visit there in spring 2018, the place is filled with tour groups and a Coming of Age party (chengrenli 成人礼) for a high school (Beijing tuanjiehu #3 School 北京团结湖第三中学). The tour guides teach the tourists how to salute (xingli 行礼) to Kongzi and the good karma will help their kids in gaokao. Really? Give me a break.


Glazed Memorial Arch (liuli pailou 琉璃牌楼) was built in 1784. The stone steles engraved with the list of jinshi from the Qing dynasty (Qingdai jinshi timingbei 清代进士题名碑).

Apr 15 2018

Zizhuyuan Park 紫竹院公园


Apr 15 2018

Tap Water Museum

3 XiangheYuan Road 香河园街

This museum is all about water, tap water in Beijing.

We got there one minute late, at 3:31. They close at 4 pm but stop selling ticket at 3:30. I begged and it worked. The lady even let us in without buying tickets. 蓝天白云 浓厚情谊 … 勇闯博物馆: 迟到… 求… 然后撒丫子狂奔 闯进博物馆.



Apr 12 2018

Beef pancakes 牛肉饼

With home grow chives!

Apr 12 2018

Niujie Muslin Supermarket

5 Niu Jie 牛街清真超市 美食城

I’ve been here a few times. There are many individual vendors on the street level and supermarket in the basement, plus a bakery.

Oct 5 2016

99Dingzhanfang 顶毡房

9 Yongtaizhuang N Road
Haidian Qu, Beijing, 100192 China

It’s in a park with a beer garden, which is very pleasant. We are too early due to my train @ 8:05pm, unable to have their famous roasted goat in whole, in a private hut. The main dinning hut is comfortable. The foods are delicious, include this debatable thing – totally to your imagination.

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Oct 5 2016

Farmer’s restaurant 农家饭

Cuandixia 爨底下村, Beijing

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… and the other eateries and hotels

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Oct 5 2016

Cuandixia 爨底下村

Chuandixia is a Ming dynasty village, 62 miles/100 km west of Beijing, China.

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The route is narrow, mountain road. Without traffic, we get there in two hours.

35 per person to enter the village. Parking is free in a few lots along the road. As we were debating to park or continue to drive further into the one street village, a young woman said she’s parking space opposite fm her home for diners. She then got into her small white car and led us in. I wondered out loud why didn’t she ride a bike or motorbike for easy maneuvering. The village would be better off without cars altogether.