Friday, March 31, 2006

Tiananmen Square Beijing : China Long History Square

When you think about China which city you will think the first. Most of people would think of Beijing which is the important city and of course Beijing is the capital city of China. And one thing comes with Beijing city, it is Tiananmen Square Beijing.

Are you ready to visit Tiananmen Square Beijing? Let's go !!

About Tiananmen Square : Famous, Important Square of China

Tiananmen Square is huge open space surrounded on all sides by imposing official buildings. Apart from being a popular gathering place for tourists and kite flyers, it is still often used for any big celebration and for the government leaders to address the people.

You can visit Tiananmen Square freely until 10.30pm at night. If you go during the day you can often buy a ticket to go up to the balcony from which the leaders address the people. This gives a very impressive view of the square and you can pretend to be the government figure of your choice

Getting to Tiananmen Square is best done by subway or walking as taxis are not really allowed to stop anywhere near it. Just find the Beijing Hotel on Changan Avenue, walk past it and keep going west on Changan Avenue. You can find many hotels if you travel here.

The Chinese name of Tiananmen Square is written below. You can use it to ask people directions or follow signs: 天安门

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The Chinese Lion : Ancient Power Symbol

In China, the lion is regarded as the king of the forests and of the other animals. Lion has thus long been used as a symbol of power and grandeur. It is even believed to offer protection from evil spinits. That’s why imposing statues of lions were placed at the gates of imperial palaces, official residences, temples and tombs in China. In cense burners and imperial seals were also often decorated with carved lions.

Lions can also been found in Tibet’s Potala Palace,though the Tibetan lions differ somewhat from those in other parts of China.

The china biggest lion,however,is an iron one at Cangzhou in Hebei China. Cast in the 10th century, it stands more than five meters high and weighs 49 tons.

In the China Qing Dynasty, stone lions were placed in temples and gardens In this period Chinese sculpture was far more lively. Some lions hold a ball in their forepaws,others roar.

In Chinese folk dances,this cruel and powerful beast has been tamed into a playful, even mischievous character. Wearing bells, he runs after a colorful ball, which bounces to the rhythm of the drums. He cavorts about, chases a ball up and down a swaying seesaw, scratches himself, lies down and pants or even drops off for 40 winks of sleep.

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Monday, March 20, 2006

Chinese Export Commodities Fair : 99th 2006

Fair Interval: Apr. 21-24
Date: Phase 1: Apr. 15-20, 2006 9:30AM-7:PM
Phase 2: Apr. 25-30, 2006 9:30AM-7:PM
Venue: Chinese Export Commodities Fair (Pazhou) Complex
(Xingang Dong Road, Haizhu, Guangzhou, China)
Chinese Export Commodities Fair (Liuhua) Complex
(117 Liu Hua Road, Guangzhou, China)

The Chinese Export Commodities Fair
Spring Fair 2006 (99th Session)

About the Chinese Export Commodities Fair :

Forty-seven Trading Delegations, being composed of thousands of China's best foreign trade corporations (enterprises) with good credibility and
sound financial capabilities will take part in the Fair, including foreign trade companies, factories, scientific research institutions, foreign invested enterprises, wholly foreign-owned enterprises, private enterprises, etc.

The Chinese Export Commodities Fair is expanding to accommodate new demands of world trade with significantly more exhibitors and commodities.
Therefore, the Spring Fair 2006 (99th Session) will be held in two phases. We have compiled an index of the product categories and the dates when they are to be exhibited.

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Friday, March 17, 2006

The Biggest City in China : Shanghai City, China

Geography :
9,145,711 in city and 13,053,754 in metro

6,639 km² (2,563 mi²)

About Shanghai City, China

China's biggest and most advanced city, located in the middle of the east coast. Shanghai was said to be the most cosmopolitan city in the beginning of the 20th century, but lost its glory during the Mao era.

It is now quickly regaining its position as one of the biggest economic powerhouses in the world as well as a showcase of modern architecture. Shanghai is divided into 16 districts and 3 counties.

There are 204 towns, 8 townships, 99 sub-district neighborhood committees, 3,501 neighborhood committees and 2,904 villagers’ committees in the city.

At the end of 2004, Shanghai had 6,704 buildings of 11 or more stories which were completed since 1990, according to reports by the city of Shanghai.

Travel Season in Shanghai City, China

Summer (Jul - Aug ) is the peak tourist season, and hotels and transportation can be very crowded. Book early -- several months in advance if possible -- for summer travel.

The weather can be scorching in the summer in most of China. The weather will be better and the crowds not quite as dense in late spring and early fall, although be prepared for rain.

Winter is bitterly cold and not conducive to travel in most of China. Avoid traveling around Chinese New Year, when much of China shuts down and the Chinese themselves travel, making reservations into and out of China virtually impossible to get.

About Climate in Shanghai, China

What follows are average daily maximum and minimum temperatures for Shanghai: January-February, 33-47°F (1-8°C); March and December, 36-55°F (2-13°C); April and November, 45-66°F (7-19°C); May and October, 57-77°F (14-25°C); June and September, 66-82°F (19-28°C); July and August, 74-90°F (23-32°C).

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Brokeback Mountain is banned in Chinese Mainland

Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain will not be screened on the Chinese mainland, a source from China Film Group, the only film importer on the mainland.

Why Oscar's the Best Motion Picture of The Year 2006 is banned from Chinese mainland??

The source said it is due to its sensitive topic: gay love. Adapted from a short story by "The Shipping News" novelist E. Annie Proulx, Brokeback Mountain is about a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy (played by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal)
who meet one summer in Wyoming and form a bond that spans 20 years. Some Western media critics call it an epic gay romance.

The film is rated "R" for "restricted" in the United States, which means that children under 17 are not admitted unless accompanied by parents or adult guardian.
As the mainland has not adopted a movie rating system, the film could not possibly be approved by the film censors, said the source.   

Since the government has an import quota of 20 foreign films a year, the China Film Group imports more commercial blockbusters than art-house movies like Brokeback Mountain, according to a staff member with Huaxia Film Distribution Co. Huaxia is one of the two distributors of foreign films on the mainland.

"Although Brokeback Mountain won international acclaim, it does not mean its box office will be successful on the mainland," said the source.   

(Shenzhen Daily March 9, 2006)
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Monday, March 06, 2006

Let's Shopping in Beijing!!

Xiushui Street

If you visit in Beijing you wouldn't miss to buy some gifts from Chinaand if you looking for some clothes these places would be your good choice to shopping :

Xiushui Street is one of the famous clothing markets in Beijing.

It attracts domestic and foreign tourists with varied styles, colors and materials as well as a cheap price.
Now, Xiushui Street is in reconstruction.

Beijing Antique City

This city is the largest antique exchange center in Asia
and handles more than 1,000 kinds of antiques including paintings, calligraphic works, jewelry and jade goods.

It has sponsored regular exhibitions and auctions.
Address: 21 E. Third Ring S. Rd. Tel: 86-10-67747711.

Wangfujing Street

As the most famous shopping center in Beijing, it boasts many reputed shops such as New Dong'an Bazaar, Department Store,

Arts and Crafts Mansion, Foreign Language Bookstore, Shengxifu Hat Store, Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant and Vegetarian Restaurant.

Wangfujing is a fairly long street. A walk from end to end would take you about 30 minutes, and that's without looking at any shops.
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