Courtesy of http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-11/01/content_387373.htm:
The Jing’an Temple, the most famous landmark in Jing’an District, is known as the oldest shrine in the city, dating back even further than the city itself.
Unlike its name, which means “peace and tranquility” in Chinese, the small, garishly decorated temple is always crowded and lively.
Located on bustling Nanjing Road W., which was once known as Jing’an Temple Road, the place is surrounded by towering office buildings and luxurious shopping centers.
Thanks to the unique location, visitors can expect to find curious foreign tourists and fashion icons carrying shopping bags along with pious Buddhists, mostly local old women, at the holy site.
Courtesy of Wikipedia:
The Qilin (Chinese: 麒麟, alternatively 騏驎; pinyin: qílín; Wade–Giles: ch’i-lin), also spelled Kirin from Japanese, or sometimes Kyrin, is a mythical hooved Chinese chimerical creature known throughout various East Asian cultures, and is said to appear in conjunction with the arrival of a sage. It is a good omen that brings rui (Chinese: 瑞; pinyin: ruì; roughly translated as “serenity” or “prosperity”). It is often depicted with what looks like fire all over its body. It is sometimes misleadingly called the “Chinese unicorn” due to conflation with the unicorn by Westerners.
Huge LED screen which extends through the breath of Tiananmen Square.
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- Xi Hu (西湖) Longjing
- This is an example of the very standard convention of naming; the Xi Hu (West Lake) is a place where this particular Longjing is grown. This Longjing, also known as West Lake Longjing, is a China Famous Tea—in fact the most famous one—and is grown in the Zhejiang Province near Xi Hu lake. It is grown in a designated area of 168 square kilometers. Historically, Xi Hu longjing tea was divided into four sub-regions: Lion (Shi), Dragon (Long), Cloud (Yun) and Tiger (Hu). As the distinction between the sub-regions blurred over the years, this categorisation has now been adjusted to Shi Feng Longjing, Mei Jia Wu Longjing, with the remaining known collectively as Xi Hu longjing, although the Lion variety is still considered the “crème de la crème” by connoisseurs.
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Hangzhou Xixi National Wetland Park
Courtesy of http://www.xixiwetland.com.cn/EN/Main.do :
Xixi is the only wetland in the country which incorporates urban wetland, rural wetland and cultural wetland. It is also the first national wetland park in China.
Xixi was created during the Han and Jin Dynasty, developed during the Tang and Song Dynasty, flourished during the Ming and Qing Dynasty, declined during the Republican Period and revived in Modern Times.