Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Beijing, China

I was traveled to China with a big group of people, and ours first destination was Beijing, the capital of China.

When I arrived to the airport and I got out to the plane I would like to be die. The humidity was the higher that I´ve never feel in my life. I was really hot.

There are a lot incredible places to visit in Beijing. The Forbidden City which was constructed soon after that (1406-1420), followed by the Temple of Heaven (1420), and numerous other construction projects. Is a entirely city fortified, where lived the imperator and where only could in the people who worked for him.

Beijing is China's second largest city, after Shanghai. It is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and motorways passing through the city. It is also the focal point of many international flights to China. Beijing is recognized as the political, educational, and cultural center of the People's Republic of China, while Shanghai and Hong Kong predominate in economic fields.

About the pollution, Beijing is one of the most polluted city in the world with more than 13 million of people leaving in the town.

Three styles of architecture predominate in urban Beijing. First, the traditional architecture of imperial China, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. Next there is what is sometimes referred to as the "Sino-Sov" style, built between the 1950s and the 1970s. Finally, there are much more modern architectural forms.

July 2006

Monday, April 28, 2008

Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou is a small city with just almost 4 millions of habitants, close to Sanghai. There are a really big lake in the city where a lot of people go to get in boats.

As one of the most renowned and prosperous cities of China for much of the last 1,000 years, Hangzhou is also well-known for its beautiful natural scenery, with the West Lake as the most noteworthy location.The city of Hangzhou was founded about 2,200 years ago during the Qin Dynasty, it is listed as one of the Seven Ancient Capitals of China, but the city wall was not constructed until the Sui Dynasty (591).

It was the capital of the Wuyue Kingdom from 907 to 978 during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period. Named Xifu at the time, it was one of the three great centers of culture in southern China during the tenth century, along with Nanjing and Chengdu.

Hangzhou is located in northern Zhejiang province, eastern China, at the southern end of the Grand Canal of China, on the plain of the mid-lower reaches of the Yangtze River (Cháng Jiāng).

Hangzhou's climate is Humid Subtropical with four distinctive seasons and like everyplace where I was in China the hot feel is terrible for the humidity.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Nanjing, China

Located in the downstream Yangtze River drainage basin and Yangtze River Delta economic zone, Nanjing has always been one of China's most important cities. Apart from having been the capital of China for six dynasties and of the Republic of China, Nanjing has also served as a national hub of education, research, transportation and tourism throughout history. With an urban population of over five million, it is also the second largest commercial center in the East China region, behind only Shanghai.

If you don´t know Nanjing means South Capital at the same time Beijing means North Capital.
The weather in Nanjing is very similar to the others city in the east cost, so has a humid subtropical climate, and is under the influence of the East Asia Monsoon, so again we had a really hot time there, and as you can appreciate in the picture there are like a flog always.

Also there is a really long bridge which Cross the Yangtze River, where there are a lot of industrials boats.

I give you a small list about ancient building to visit in Nanjing:
Bei Ji Ge
Zhonghua City Gate Soldiers Hidding Cache
Chaotian Palace (museum and Kunqu opera house)
Fuzi Miao (Temple of Confucius) and Qinhuai River
Gu Lou
Jiangnan Gongyuan
Jiming Temple
Jinghai Temple
Linggu Temple
Ming Dynasty Palace Site
Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum and its surrounding complex
Nanjing Ming City Wall and Zhonghua Gate
Qixia Temple
South Tang Mausoleums
Stone City
The Porcelain Pagoda of Nanjing
Yuejiang Lou