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Restaurants In Beijing 2008

Ni hao!     There are some 60.000 restaurants in Beijing! I have only dined at a smaller number of them and try to eat different food from the 8 main chinese cuisines. I like korean food too!   Cuisines from many different cultures permeate the Beijing dining scene. With literally thousands of restaurants available, dining choices are practically unlimited. And the best part is that you can splurge at a fancy restaurant or dine supremely well (any much more cheaply) at any of the smaller family-run operations located all over the city. Beijing cuisine (Chinese: 北京菜 ; pinyin: Běijīng cài ), also known as Jing cuisine (Chinese: 京菜 ; pinyin: jīng cài ; literally "cuisine of the capital") and Mandarin cuisine, is the cuisine of Beijing. As Beijing has been the capital of China for centuries, its cuisine is influenced by culinary traditions from all over China, but the style that has the greatest influence on Beijing cuisine is that of the eastern coastal province o

Drum And Bell Tower 2008

Ni hao!     Drum And Bell Tower was also one of my visits in Beijing 2008.   Gulou (Chinese: 鼓楼 ; pinyin: Gǔlóu ), the drum tower of Beijing, is situated at the northern end of the central axis of the Inner City to the north of Di'anmen Street. Originally built for musical reasons, it was later used to announce the time and is now a tourist attraction.   Zhonglou (Chinese: 钟楼 ; pinyin: Zhōnglóu ), the bell tower of Beijing, stands closely behind the drum tower.   Together with the drum tower, they provide an overview of central Beijing and before the modern era, they both dominated Beijing's ancient skyline. Bells and drums were musical instruments in ancient China. Later they were used by government and common people as timepieces. The Bell and Drum towers were central to official timekeeping in China in the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.   The Bell and Drum Towers continued to function as the official timepiece of Beijing until 1924, when the last em