Peking Man Site in Beijing by Tracy


Enjoying a long history and a high prestige in the world, the Peking Man Site has long been hailed as one of the most precious historical and cultural treasures in Beijing.

Brief Info about Peking Man Site
Peking Man Site

Peking Man Site is located in Zhoukoudian, about 45 km southwest of Beijing. Moreover, there are also a large number of other archeological findings unearthed around this area. The most famous is Longgushan cave, which was discovered by a few archeologists in 1920s. The skullcaps found in the cave were then confirmed belonging to the Peking Man who can date back as early as the Stone Age.

About 5,000,000 years ago to 10,000 years ago, the Peking Man used to live in the area in different times. According to the unearthed discoveries, Peking Ape Men are believed to live in Zhoukoudian about 700,000 years ago to 200,000 years ago. And some evidence show that they were able to hunt or collecting for a living back then. Peking Man plays a key role in studying the evolutions of human history. And the discovery of Peking Man Site has left the world a priceless treasure. Nowadays it has been included into the World Heritage List and also opened to the tourists for sightseeing.

Discoveries at Peking Man Site
Peking Man Site

The Peking Man Site houses a large number of antiques and remains left by the Peking Men. There is a large amount of body bones found at the top 13 layers; and there are over 100,000 artifacts which were unearthed in the cave including stone tools, plants and animal remains. Other discoveries at Zhoukoudian include the Upper Cave, which is an important site dating back to 18,000 and 11,000 years ago.

More importantly, there are some evidences showing that the fire was used by the Peking Man. There are some remains in the cave which were confirmed being burned by fire as well as some of the animal bones. The discovery of fire at Peking Man Site may push back the use of fire an additional 200,000 years. The discovery of Peking Man Site certainly has written a new page for the human history as to the use of fire.

All in all, Peking Man Site is not to be missed during travel in Beijing. The tour of Peking Man Site will offer you a journey back in time.

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Big Buddha and Polin Monastery in Lantau Island by Sarah


Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong (almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island), which originally the site of fishing villages, but now it has been developed in recent years become a major infrastructure project, home to many famous attractions such as, Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Ngong Ping 360.

The Big Buddha in Lantau Island

Ngong Ping Village features the Po Lin Monastery and its famous vegetarian restaurant, as well as the 85-foot (26 m)-high bronze Tian Tan Buddha (or "Giant Buddha") statue, once the world's largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha statue.

Tian Tan Buddha or also know as Giant Buddha was erected in 1993. Sitting 34 metres high and facing north to look over the Chinese people, this majestic bronze Buddha draws pilgrims from all over Asia. In total, it took 12 years to complete its 34 metres tall with a total weight of 250 tonnes giant Buddha statues. Tian Tan Buddha is presented in a posture of serenity. His right hand is raised to remove affliction. His left hand rests on his knee, representing happiness.

Climb the 268 steps for a closer look at this remarkable statue, and to enjoy the mountain and sea views that can be seen from its base.

Polin Monastery

Opposite the statue, the Po Lin Monastery is one of Hong Kong most important Buddhist sanctums and has been dubbed 'the Buddhist World in the South'. The Monastery was initially a small temple constructed by three Buddhists in 1924. Also situated on a mountainous area of Lantau Island, Polin Monastery is the next place to visit after Tian Tan Buddha, one of the top must-go destinations for visitors to Hong Kong.

Polin Monastery is a home to many a devout monk. It is rich with colorful manifestations of Buddhist iconography and its pleasant garden is alive with birdsong and flowery scents. You can also enlighten your appetite at their popular vegetarian restaurant.

How to Get to the Attractions?
By subway:
From the MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B, take Ngong Ping Cable Car, which takes around 25 minutes. Then walk for around 10 minutes to the Monastery.
From MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B, then take New Lantao Bus 23 from Tung Chung Town Centre, which takes around 45 minutes. Then walk for eight minutes.
OR by cruise:
Catch ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo, then take New Lantao Bus 2 to Ngong Ping Village, which takes around 40 minutes.

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Huaxi Park - A Pearl Inlaid In Plateau by Catherine


While traveling in Guizhou, there is a special spot that you should not miss, that is the Huaxi Park in Guiyang. Today, enjoying a high prestige across Guizhou Province as one of the most popular tourist destinations, Huaxi Park is really worth exploring with its beauty and uniqueness.

Brief Introduction to Huaxi Park
Huaxi ParkHuaxi Park - Top Attraction in Guiyang

Huaxi Park has long been hailed as a gem hidden in the plateau by the locals. The park has a rich collection of green mountains, clear water, lush plants, thus making the park a perfect destination for relaxation. The park can date back to Qing Dynasty when an official used to construct pavilions, grow trees as well as other ancient architecture. Flower Stream snakes throughout this area and adds more charms to the park.

Beautiful Landscapes in Huaxi Park
Huaxi ParkBeautiful Landscape in Huaxi Park

The Flower Stream in the park is nestled among a couple of mountains. Among the mountains, Kylin Mountain boasts as the highest one and famous for its rich collection of grotesque rocks which resemble the horns of Kylin (a legendary animal in China). The visitors can climb up to the mountain top and reach a pavilion built upon the mountain. And standing upon the mountain top, the visitors can get a sweeping view of the whole park. The park houses a large number of flower beds, farmlands, bridges, flowing water, pavilions and villas, earning the park as one of the top tourist attractions in Guiyang. The Turtle Mountain stands at the heart of Huaxi Park. And the Flower Stream flows right beneath the foot of the mountain.

In addition, the best way to explore the park would be taking a boat on a lake or pond in the park to enjoy the scenery on the move. Moreover, there is an outstanding tourist attraction in the park which is not to be missed by anyone--Baibu Bridge. The bridge spans over the river and forms much of a marvel to the eyes. Walking on the benches will bring a lot of fun to the visitors. Near the Baibu Bridge stands a small villa which is nestled among trees and decorated with red tiles and green eaves. There is also a pavilion for playing Chinese chess and is believed that the General Chen Yi once wrote a poem about the pavilion.

All in all, Huaxi Park will be worthy of your money and time during travel in Guiyang.

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