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Gubei Water Town Wikipedia Facts & Simatai Great Wall Night Tour

Gubei Water Town Facts & Simatai Great Wall Night Tour
Gubei Water Town Facts & Simatai Great Wall Night Tour
Gubei Water Town Blog
Gubei Water Town Blog
The Gubei Water Town of Miyun County in Beijing China covers an area of 9 square kilometres including reproduced cultural streets, accommodation, restaurants, shops, as well as over 10 cultural exhibition areas with good facilities, etc. The facts that there are 19 guesthouses, two 5 star hotels, 6 boutique hotels to accommodation for tourists or visitors. You can spend as long as three days in the Gubei water town with many cultural activities.

The Simatai Great Wall night tour is a part of Gubei Water Town resort tour this two scenic districts. Simatai Great Wall open only ten watch towers, East 1 to East 10, open to public is beautifully decorated with lights at night.

The Gubei Water Town (Shui Zhen) resort rests under the Simatai Great Wall. It is a replication of Wuzhen water town situated in Southern China. Gubei water town is a a beautiful re-creation of the old style villages that are departed from the hustle and bustle of the central Beijing area.

Gubei Water Town environs the beautiful Mandarin Duck Lake Reservoir and leans against the Simatai Great Wall, the most risky and majestic section of the entire Great Wall. Regarded as 'Wuzhen in Beijing', Gubei Water Town features a combination of mountains, water and ancient villages. The town is characterized by the northern architectural style, and taking the facts of the history and culture of the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and the Republic of China (1912-1949) historic period. A traditional Chinese style and preserves the ancient culture of China.

Simatai Great Wall Night Tour

Simatai Great Wall Night Tour
The facts that Simatai Great Wall incorporates a variety of styles of other parts of the China Wall, but also display some unique features. This section of the wall is always describes as: perilous, dense, diverse, ingenuous and peculiar. Luo Zhewen, a pretigious Great Wall expert, praised the facts that “Great Wall of China is the best architecture all around the world, while Simatai section deserves the best among all China walls”.

You can walk up the great wall by foot or by chairlift. By walking, you will start hiking the wall from Tower No. 2 and straight up to Tower 10. If by cable car, you will reach Tower 5 or 8, then continue the hiking to the end of Tower 10. For those who have exercise often can do the hiking up and down by the same way, otherwise take the cable car up and then come down by foot.

At night, you have a clear view of the Simatai Great Wall light up. The entire town lights up at night and the view from above through the Simatai Great Wall night tour is absolutely breathtaking. Walking around the village feels a bit of being backed in the Chinese ancient time.

It is recommended to stay for at least one night in the town village, to get the unique experience of the local common people at the foot of the Simatai Great Wall and also try the local authentic food and snacks. Take advantage of the hot springs, feel free to dip your feet in the small hot spring pond past the fountain. There will be other tourists and locals enjoying themselves and relaxing around the hot springs area.


China Hours Temple of Heaven Park Beijing (Pekin) Facts

China Hours Temple of Heaven Park Beijing (Pekin) Facts
China Hours Temple of Heaven Park Beijing (Pekin) Facts

Temple of Heaven History Facts

The Temple of Heaven (in Chinese: 天壇; in pinyin: Tiāntán) in China is an imperial complex of religious buildings located in the southeastern part of central Beijing (Pekin), Chongwen District. Built in Ming Dynasty and renovated during the rein of Qing Dynasty, Emperor Qianlong, the Temple of Heaven is one of the best masterpiece of ancient architecture.

The complex covers an area of 2.73 million square metres, extending in the east-west axis 1,700 metres and in the south-north axis 1,600. A small-scale portion of the premises is occupied by halls and altars, leaving majority of the space for vegetation. The dark green foliage decorates the compound, painting it in noble tinges.

Fact 1 - Who Built The Temple of Heaven in Beijing

Traveling back to Ming Dynasty, the temple complex was built from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing (Pekin). The complex was extended and renamed Temple of Heaven during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor in the 16th century.

Fact 2 - Why Was The Temple of Heaven Built

The building complex was built and visited by The Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest.

Fact 3 - Why is The Temple of Heaven Important to The Ming Emperor

A bad harvest could be translated as The Emperor fall from Heaven's favor and threaten the stability of his reign.

Fact 4 - What is The Temple of Heaven Made Out of

The Temple of Heaven is made out of two altars, namely, the Circular Mound Alter of Heaven and the Altar of Prayer for Harvest. The walls are make with two rectangles, one within the other.

The outer wall can get through only from the west, through the Circular Mound Altar Gate and Altar of Prayer Gate. Four gates are opened in the inner wall in four directions. Within the compound there are altars and meditation hall. The unique features of the Temple of Heaven, apart from the Circular Mound Altar and the Altar of Prayer, are the Meditation Hall and Imperial Music Studio.

Fact 5 - Temple of Heaven Architecture Explanation

Temple of Heaven Architecture Explanation

Temple of Heaven Architecture Explanation

The Temple of Heaven architecture is considered the one of the best achievement of traditional Chinese architecture. Its layout symbolizes the belief that heaven is round and earth square. The three buildings are built in a straight line. The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests has three concentric circles of massive wood columns symbolizing the four seasons, 12 months, and 12 daily hours. In a remarkable effort of engineering, the columns supported the three roof levels and, in succession, a huge square brace (earth), circular architrave (heaven), and vast interior cupola. The Imperial Vault of Heaven is a smaller circular building built without crossbeams. Its dome is supported by complicated spanning work. The Circular Mound Altar is a triple-tiered white stone terrace enclosed by two sets of walls that are square outside and round inside.

Lastly, watch this couple of minutes Temple of Heaven video Youtube for more facts: