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11/11/2014

Learn the process of making porcelain in Jingdezhen

Jingdezhen last minute China travel deals, one of China's many ancient cultural cities, has been regarded as China's Porcelain Capital for over a thousand years. "The best porcelain of the world is in China, and China's best is in Jingdezhen," the famous writer Guo Moruo once said.

Situated in the northeastern part of Jiangxi Province, Jingdezhen is in a small basin rich in kaolin (a fine white clay used in the manufacture of porcelain). The area is hemmed in by mountains and covered with ample forests necessary for firewood. With all the natural elements needed located close by, people began to produce ceramics there as early as 1,800 years ago during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD). The industry developed greatly during the Ming and Qing dynasties (14th to 19th centuries). As porcelain became a more valuable and sought out commodity, the skills for making it were gradually perfected and and the quality became more refined. Government owned kilns were set up to cater exclusively to the need of the imperial houses.

The artists and craftsmen in Jingdezhen China Holidays were renowned throughout the country for their talent and creativity, from whose hands numerous masterpieces were designed. Over time the porcelain in that area was identified by its own four special features: white as jade, bright as mirror, thin as paper and sound like chime. To make truly fine porcelain pieces requires great talent, patience and skill. Jingdezhen's mastery of this art form has engraved the region a name for itself among China's elite cultural cities.

Tourists can find many interesting sites related to the area's porcelain culture, and as well can learn the process and techniques of porcelain producing China shopping or buy gift items in these sites. These include: the ruins of ancient kilns in Hutian, the Porcelain Museum, the ancient Porcelain Mill, and the Institute of Porcelain Research.

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10/11/2014

Travel Guide - Beijing Capital Museum

Although Capital Museum in Beijing last minute China travel deals pales in comparison to the visitors received in other major attractions, such as Forbidden City (Palace Museum) and Badaling Great Wall, it has became more and more popular among home and abroad. With its incomparable cultural function, the museum offers systematic presentation and knowledge to visitors on China history and culture.

Located on Chang'an Avenue of Xicheng District, Capital Museum began its initial work at 1953, and till 1981 it opened to the public. In 2001, the museum started to develop its construction with taking Beijing Confucian Temple as its precursor, and finished in May 2006. By adopting advanced technology and first-class management, the Capital Museum collects over 200,000 cultural relics and exhibits in several different theme halls. Good news for us that since 2008, the museum has been free to visitors with a limit of 4000 per day, as long as making an appointment in advance, that ChinaTourGuide.com can give a hand for you of course Shopping in China.

Influenced by the design of ancient Chinese architecture, the current Capital Museum's building's main roof and the gradient at the entrance square embraced chinese style, and a piece of danbi (a massive stone carved with images of dragon, phoenix and imperial artifacts) is embedded on the ground in front of the north gate of the museum, whereas a decorative archway from the Ming Dynasty is set in the receptional hall in which shows the "central axis" feature that are commonly seen in Chinese architecture. Remarkably, some areas also are filled with modern feelings for using new technology. The Capital Museum is regarded as the best one in China, both in hardwares and softwares.

The museum opens several major exhibition halls Public China Holidays according to different themes, such as bronze, jadeware, chinaware, painting, calligraphy and buddha, etc. Famous for the oval-shape Bronze Exhibition Hall and Jade Ware Exhibition Hall, also, museum's some temporary exhibition halls often accept a amount of relics and collections from other museums or private exhibitions to exhibit for a short term.

Below is a layout of the museum, for your convenience to visit. As a comprehensive museum, the Capital Museum provides a whole picture of chinese history. Definitely it is very worthy of a visit for one who is interested in China and longing for deep understanding in chinese history.

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05/11/2014

Travel Experience to Temple of Flourishing Teaching (Xingjiao Si)

Located 20 km south of Xian City China vacation deals, beside the Shaoling Plateau, the Temple of Flourishing Teaching is one of the most important Chinese Buddhist temples because of the Xuanzang Pagoda inside. Xuanzang, the famous hierarch in Chinese history, traveled to India along the ancient Silk Road and learned Buddhism there. When he came back to Chang'an (now it is called Xian), he translated many sutras which he brought back to the Da Ci'en Temple, Yuhua Palace and Hongfu Temple. Xuanzang passed away in 664 and was buried in the White Deer Plateau, to the east of Xian City. In 669, he was moved to the current location situated in a pagoda. Later, the Temple of Flourishing Teaching was built on the site.

When you walk into the entrance, you see the Bell Tower and Drum Tower China travel service on each side of the road. Inside the Mahavira Hall (Da Xiong Bao Dian), a 3.2-meter (10.5 ft) high sculpture of Sakyamuni sits in the middle. A giant statue of Lying Buddha is situated in the back hall. The Lying Buddha, which is 9 meters (29.6 ft) long, was carved by camphor wood. Xuanzang Pagoda is situated in the West Courtyard. The five-storey brick pagoda is about 21 meters (68.9 ft) high enshrining the sculpture of Xuanzang on the first floor. A stele recording the life of Xuanzang is also housed in the first floor. Pagodas of two disciples of Xuanzang, Yuance and Kuiji, are also situated in the yard. The East Courtyard is the Sutra-Keeping Hall. Different versions of ancient sutras are well preserved here. The Palm-leaf Sutra, which was brought back by Xuanzang, is the most precious one among all of the treasures.

Although the Public China Holidays Temple of Flourishing Teaching is less popular among visitors, it's still an attractive destination for pilgrims and those who adore Xuanzang.

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