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With Beijing being featured in today's banner, it feels just right to finally start a thread of photos I took when I visited Beijing in autumn last year. Originally, I was saving it up for a multi-location urban showcase thread, but I'm not as globe-trotting as most of you guys here. :lol:

It was my first time in the city and in Mainland China and the trip surely did not disappoint. I fell in love with the city and it's now up there with my other favorites. I look forward to seeing it again, but not till I cross a few more cities off my to-visit list.

I will be showing five photos per post, arranged per destination. Let's begin!

Yonghe Lamasery/Lama Temple/Yonghegong Lama Temple
Chinese Name: 雍和宫
Chinese Pinyin: Yōnghé gōng
Built: 1694
Nearest Subway Station: Yonghegong Lama Temple (Line 2)
Yonghe Lamasery is the best preserved lamasery in China and the closest one can get to Tibetan Buddhism without actually going to Tibet.

Imperial Way

Yonghe Temple by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr

Gardening in Imperial Way

Yonghe Temple by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr

Zhaotai Gate

Yonghe Temple by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr

Zhaotai Gate inscription

Yonghe Temple by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr

Yonghe Gate

Yonghe Temple by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr
 

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Falun Hall
Falun Hall used to house the wives of the emperor until the place was converted into a lamasery in 1744. This is the hall where lamas chant their prayers, read scriptures and hold Buddhist ceremonies. The building's architecture is a mixture of Chinese and Tibetan styles.


Yonghe Temple by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr


Yonghe Temple by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr


Yonghe Temple by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr


Yonghe Temple by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr


Yonghe Temple by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr
 

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Great photos of a wonderful city!
Yonghe Temple is awesome! I can not wait to see the other places in the city.
It truly is awesome! Despite being crowded, strolling through its grounds is much more relaxing than other big ticket Beijing destinations.

Now, from the center of Beijing, let's move to the far, rural northwest - Yanqing District. This is where I chose to base myself, to be closer to the Great Wall. But it's so far from everything else. We'll explore its center, Yanqing Town, some other time. For now, here's Yanqing Station


Yanqing Station by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr


Yanqing Station by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr


Yanqing Station by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr


Yanqing Station by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr


Yanqing Station by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr
 

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Yanqing Station


Yanqing Station by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr

Inside an S2 train
S stands for "suburban". The S2 line connects the rural/suburban Yanqing District (Yanqing Town and Badaling Town) and Changping District (Nankou Town and Huangtudian) to the rest of the Beijing subway system via Huoying subway station, also in Changping District.

Inside S2 Train by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr

Badaling Station
We're getting closer to China's most iconic attraction - the Badaling section of the Great Wall. The station is a good 15-20-minute walk from the entry gate.

Badaling Station by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr


S2 Train at Badaling Station by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr


Badaling Station by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr
 

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Zhan Tianyou Memorial
Between Badaling Railway Station and the entry gate to the Great Wall area there's the Zhan Tianyou Memorial. I guess it's taken for granted, cos everyone is excited to climb the wall.

Zhan Tianyou Memorial by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr


Zhan Tianyou Memorial by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr


Zhan Tianyou Memorial by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr

Badaling Cableway entrance

Entrance to Badaling Cableway by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr

Yanqing UNESCO Global Geopark of China information

Yanqing UNESCO Global Geopark of China information by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr
 

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Badaling Cableway
To reach a higher, more scenic section of the Great Wall, people take the cable car.

The Badaling section of the Great Wall is the most visited and most restored. Many foreign visitors are turned off by the huge crowds and apparent lack of "authenticity" but it's also the nearest and most accessible from Beijing city center. When Chinese leaders meet their foreign counterparts, this is the section where they take their photo ops.

Badaling Cableway by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr


Badaling Cableway by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr


Badaling Great Wall cable car by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr

Badaling Great Wall

Badaling Great Wall by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr

Areas immediately upon the exit of the cableway are packed with people.

Badaling Great Wall by Anthony Corpuz, on Flickr

More photos of the Great Wall in the next series of posts!
 
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