also Called as NIPPON for the Japanese
the magic of Oriental life an culture is Japan
one of the oldest and greatest civilization in the world
and very rich of history events and a punch of beautiful
places to visit and travel to with a very friendly and organized People of Japan
History of Japan
Japan was founded in the seventh century BC by the ancestral Emperor Jinmu. Over the centuries, V and VI, the Chinese calligraphic and Buddhism were introduced along with other Chinese customs through the Korean peninsula or directly from China. The official ruling emperors were, but the real power remained generally in the hands of powerful nobles cuts, regents or shogun (military governors). During the sixteenth century, traders from Portugal, Holland, England and Spain came to Japan and founded Christian missions. In the early seventeenth century, the shogunate became suspicious of the missions, considering a precursor of military conquest by European forces. As a measure of protection, Japan ended all relations with the outside world except for limited contacts with Chinese and Dutch merchants in the city of Nagasaki. This isolation lasted for 251 years until 1854, when U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry forced the opening of Japan to the West under the Treaty of Kanagawa.
The Japanese history can be divided into 5 major periods
1 - Prehistory
The emergence of the human species in the Japanese archipelago took place during the Paleolithic, some 30,000 or 40,000 years. Confirmations many remains from 25,000 years ago. This period was the most important. We know specifically the lives of the inhabitants of the archipelago from the Jomon period, which began about 12,000 years ago. The culture of the Jomon people was similar in all the islands, from Hokkaido to Okinawa. Subsisted by hunting, fishing, collecting fruits or grains, and thanks to an early cereal agriculture. One of the particularities of this culture were the Jomon pottery, named for the drawings of rope on its surface. During the Yayoi period the Japanese archipelago has been the influence of external cultures as northern Siberia, the southern Taiwan, the Philippines or distant islands of the Pacific Ocean, the largest of the west, from the Korean peninsula and mainland China. The Yayoi period began with the importation of the art of cultivation and irrigation of rice from Korea or China. It is assumed that the beginning of this period was during the third century BCE. The new lifestyle is extinguish quickly in Kyushu, Shikoku and Honshu. Historians of ancient China was called the Wa area. They noted that the kingdoms of the small tributaries of Wa were Han Empire in the first century and the next rule in the third century. Yamatai-KOKU (KOKU = country) of the third century was a confederation of many smaller countries, but its scope is under debate among historians.
But the inhabitants of Hokkaido and northern Honshu have not adopted the system of rice cold water habitat. The village is called emishi, ezo, or Ainu (Ainu or Japanese). The period Zokujomon (Jomon continued) continued until the seventh century in Japan.
The people of Okinawa were influenced by the Yayoi culture. But they did not take the rice and water-dependent marine products. Kaizuka period lasted until the twelfth century in Okinawa. It is called the Kofun tombs of former local chiefs in Kyushu, Shikoku and Honshu. In the Kofun period, from the third century to the seventh century, Kofun showed the emergence of local political power. The various forms of Kofun and the like are considered as the sign of the state of emergency Yamato, United States of Japan. But there are differing opinions as to whether this period was a sign of local independence.
2 - Old Age
Chinese historians recorded that a number of kings of Wa, as conquerors of many countries, they wanted the approval of the hegemony over Korea in the V. century Nihonshoki, history written in the eighth century, detailed records of the period. However, scholars do not agree on the reliability of Shoki.
In V or VI century, Buddhism and Confucianism are arriving from China and Korea. The government of Yamato received and protected Buddhism as a new religion.
The inhabitants of Okinawa and Hokkaido were not influenced by the Kofun culture.
Asuka period until the end of the sixth century, the royal power was consolidated. The palaces are moved each time a new king occupied the throne. Through the reforms in China, developed a system linked to the bureaucratic system of clans. The major clans and the royal family built Buddhist temples. The buildings and sculptures are an example of religious art of the first sophisticated civilization in Japan.
On the Korean peninsula, Japan (Wa) and a Korean (Baekje) joined forces and fought against China (Tang Dynasty | Tang) and another Korean (Silla). The Japanese army was defeated by Tang at the Battle of Hasusuki no E, 663. Japan lost its influence in Korea after the war. Exiles who fled the territory of Baekje ruinous immigrated to Japan. Wa changed its name to Nippon (Japan) in this period and has called her royal emperors since.
710 was established in the new capital city of Nara. The level and distribution of the city were an imitation of those used in cities chinas.En the Nara period, the code (Ritsuryo) political institutions and regulating various aspects of economy and society. The state made the records. Government officials were handling the administration of documents within the central and local offices according to the code. The powerful clans and royal family monopolized the top of the hierarchy. The clan was the most important Fujiwara clan. Often boats were sent to Tang diplomats and students to learn from the institutions, religions and culture of China. The inhabitants of Hokkaido and northern Honshu were called Emishi. Between Japan and the tribes Emishi were repeated wars.
The capital was moved in 794 to the new capital city of Heian (Heian-kyo), which is called Kyoto today. Japan intensified its invasion of the territory Emishi at the end of the eighth century and the beginning of the ninth century, but abandoned the conquest on the road in front of resistance. The tribe was assimilated independitentes of Emishi gradually until the end of the Heian period of conflict between local influential. Throughout the period of Nara, and the first part of the Heian period, the Chinese influence on Japanese culture was very strong. Later, around the ninth and tenth centuries, the Japanese culture with a developed characters, reaching the peak of their civilization.
3 - Middle Ages
However, the militarism of the regions north of Yamato, in constant war with the Ainu of northern archipelago, a violent civil war year 1156. Seguidilla followed a war that brought great instability, and where the overall process (shogun) achieved a high profile. Finally, the year 1183 the general Minamoto Yorimoto Kyoto took by force and threatened the Mikado, which he appointed shogun by granting full powers. In practice, although the Mikado remained in office, he was reduced to a merely decorative role, while the shogun who would take a charge the government until the year 1867.
On the death of Yorimoto, the Shogunate fell into the hands of his political family, the Hojo, which is why this period is known as more or less indiscriminately or Minamoto Shogunate Hojo Shogunate. After a great revolt of three years (between 1333 and 1336), the Hojo were blown down and power went to the Ashikaga family. The shogun Ashikaga guaranteed accommodating some peace with the daimyo, the troubled Japanese feudal nobility had semiindependizarse central power was broken and a new row erupted in civil war. The Ashikaga managed to maintain something more than a century in power, but finally the last member of the family was overthrown in 1588. At the end of the sixteenth century, a series of military leaders (Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu) launched a wave of savage wars in just under one quarter of a century united the entire Japanese archipelago under the aegis of the Tokugawa family. The Tokugawa Shogunate in Japan govern peace between 1604 and 1867, thanks to the relentless oppression to which Tokuwaga Ieyasu and his successors put a rebel daimyo. break, and a new row erupted in civil war. The Ashikaga
4 - Modern age
At the end of the period Ashikaga era, the Europeans first came to Japan, trying to introduce Christianity, and seeking to establish commercial factories. After a first rather lukewarm reaction, Ieyasu took the view that the new religion violated the practices of the Japanese and unleashed a harsh persecution, which was a symbolic milestone of thirteen martyrs crucified in Nagasaki, the year 1595. In later years, the Tokugawa merchants expelled all Westerners in Japan, except the Netherlands, who are allowed to stay on the island of Deshima, near Tokyo, in conditions of almost total isolation (this should be the words of a Captain Spanish, he told one of the daimyo that "the Spaniards managed to dominate the world by sending monks to lands to conquer, and where later the internal support of the faithful Catholics come to dominate the land with a few Spanish soldiers).
In general, the Tokugawa period was largely peaceful. However, Japanese culture was sterile deeply. Japan underwent a process of "return to roots", as expressed in the revival of ancestral worship, to form the semi-confusing religion under the name of Shintoism. However, this idyllic peace was broken by the year 1853, when U.S. Captain Matthew Perry entered Tokyo Bay with four gunboats, and threatening to bomb Japanese ports, forced the Tokugawa shogun to ignominious trade concessions. Faced with the dilemma of westernise'their or perish there were intense discussions, but finally the Mikado, for some seven centuries before the power of the Shogun, took the reins of the problem. In 1867, the Mikado Meiji Tenno took over the government, laying down the last Tokugawa shogun, and momentum for reforms of the Meiji era, in which Japan was transformed into a Westernized state in a few decades.
Over a long period, the re-contact with the West led to changes in Japanese society. The shogunate was forced to resign and power was returned to the emperor. The Meiji Restoration of 1868 initiated many reforms. The feudal system was abolished, and numerous Western institutions were adopted, including a legal system and Western government, along with other reforms in the economic, social and military that transformed Japan into a global medium to high level. As a result of the Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese, Japan annexed Taiwan, Korea and other territories to its empire expanding.
Empire of Japan after
In 1947 a constitution was more liberal court, although retaining Mikado as a symbol of national unity in Japan. The peace was formally signed in 1951, and that year ended U.S. military occupation in Japan. The country then began a massive modernization effort in the economic area, which led them to become major producers of technology, and become one of the largest economic powers on the planet.
In 1905 Japan was victorious in the Russo-Japanese War, gaining thus a final and the only world power in Asia. Japan was highly influenced by the expansionist policies of his militia, which led to the invasion of Manchuria, triggering a second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945). Japan attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in December 1941, which led the North American country to declare war on the Japanese Empire in the Second World War. After a long campaign in the Pacific, Okinawa and Japan lost was forced to retreat to the four main islands. U.S. army attacked the Tokyo, Osaka and other cities with conventional and strategic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with two atomic bombs. Japan finally agreed to the unconditional capitulation to the U.S. Army August 15, 1945 thereby giving an end to war.
End of the conflict, the U.S. army occupied Japanese territory until 1952, after which Japan would start a very important economic recovery that returned prosperity andalusia archpiélago. Okinawa remained occupied until 1972, leaving now a major U.S. military base on the island.
In 1995 the Kobe earthquake kills 6433 people. The same year the Supreme Truth sect organized several attacks on the Tokyo subway, killing 27 people.
5 - Recent
Westernization of Japan increased the country's need for raw materials. Moreover, Japanese nationalism had grown around the figure of the Mikado. These circumstances pitted China against Japan in the Sino-Japanese War and against Russia in the Russo-Japanese War, at the end of which gained control of the Sakhalin island. During the First World War, Japan joined the side of the Triple Entente, militarily and occupied the islands of Oceania that belonged to Germany, is definitely after the peace treaties. These islands became the basis of what the Japanese wanted to become a great empire ocean. For this invaded Manchuria in 1933, creating the Manchukuo, to continue after its invasion of China in 1937. This militarist expansion runs with U.S. interests, so that relations between the two countries cooled. 1941 the Japanese attacked the U.S. port of Pearl Harbor, which led them to confront the Second World War that ended up losing the Japanese, after the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were leveled by two atomic bombs. Japan capitulated, and the Mikado was forced to renounce their claims to divinity.
Syria is synonymous with entertainment. On the coast there are plenty of places for fun, beaches with mountains that overlook the sea and where one can breathe fresh air. All rooms are equipped with proper infrastructure for a good summer holiday. In rivers you can enjoy the original wooden wheels, especially in the province of Hama.
In cities it is recommended to visit the souks to buy because it can walk, talk, taste the food or sit and enjoy a refreshing cup of tea. You can also visit the many museums that are throughout the country or attending festivals and cultural events. These include the Flower Festival in Latakia, the International Festival of Damascus Flower Show in May. The Cotton Festival in Aleppo in July, the wine in Sweida in July and the Festival of Theater and Film Festival in November in Damascus.
The bathrooms are a pleasure Syrians. May be lost, without knowing a few hours in a Hammam. Found in all populations at least one. After purification of the body is often taken a cup of tea to avoid the drop in pressure. Aleppo is famous in the Hammam al-Nasri Yalbougha, while in Damascus highlights Nur ed-Din. Women can not access all the Hammam, and some have limited hours. In Palmyra sulfurous spring water EFCA been used since Roman times for bathing, which is complete with bars and massage.
The traveler should not exclude the possibility of a journey through the desert in a country like Syria. The adventure can be done in 4 x 4 vehicles or in caravans of camels.
On the other hand, Syria does not have a night range. Most movie theaters become highly censored, but in cultural centers may be things of quality. Besides the music and belly dancing to organize the large hotels, you'll find nightclubs and cabarets.
most interesting cities and Places in Syria
Capital of Syria It is an active modern city with new high-class hotels, office buildings, apartments, university buildings, contemporary and spacious and pleasant avenues. There is also a rapidly growing industrial area.
Damascus is a beautiful city where travelers can breathe a certain atmosphere of mystery, a history and a deep-rooted art. Its walled enclosure gives a medieval aspect and encompasses people of different religions, living devoted to their craft work.
Narrow streets, magnificent palaces and mosques are among the buildings that you visit. The wall surrounding Damascus has seven gates: BabTuma, Bab al-Jabieh, Bab Sharqi, Bab Kessi, Bab al-Jeniq, Bab Shaghir and Bab al-Faradiss. Some prominent buildings are the Zoco andalusia-Hamadaiyyeh, the temple dedicated to Jupiter of the second century or the Great Mosque of the Umayyads. Near it is the Azem Palace, surrounded by gardens, which houses the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions.
The citadel, whose walls formed a city within a city, it will become a museum. Another highlight is the monument Bimaristan Nur Din er, besides the National Museum and the former residence of Soliman the Magnificent.
Also worth a visit are the Church of San Pablo de Hahanya and the Historical Museum of Damascus.
Around the capital worth visiting locations and Malula Seydnaya. South of Damascus, it is recommended to visit the Shrine of Saida Zainab, an interior decorated with silver and gold.
The capital of Syria could be a prime tourist destination. Have an Old World Heritage, mosques, churches and palaces of beautiful invoice, a unique natural environment of the oasis Guta, delicious cuisine and, above all, a kind and caring people. Unfortunately, the instability in the Middle East and that Syria is one of its main focuses has prevented the development of tourism and enhance the knowledge of an ancient city that deserves a better fate than this in the beginning of this millennium.
Fishing port on the coast and agricultural center, 64 km south of Latakia (Syria). Crops include cereals, fruit, olives and cotton. In the Middle Ages, Tartus was one of the points of arrival of the pilgrims who went to the Holy Land. It became a major supply port for the Crusaders and their defense was entrusted to the Order of the Knights Templars, founded in 1119 to protect Christian pilgrims. Tartus was captured by Muslims in 1291. The medieval Cathedral of Our Lady of Tortosa is now a museum. The port is the terminal Karachuk pipeline, the country's first oil field (1956). He is now on track to achieve greater industrial development. Its population is 348,000.
Aleppo (or Halab Arabic: حلب with the meaning of "fresh milk") is a city and province in northern Syria. The city has a population of some 1.7 million inhabitants (1999), making it the country's second city after Damascus. It is one of the oldest in the region known in antiquity as Khalpe, Beroea for the ancient Greeks and Turks to Halepa. Located in a strategic position midway in the trade route linking the Mediterranean and the Euphrates. His province is over 16 000 km ² and has over 3.7 million.
Historically documented population in the city since at least 1800 BC, according to sources Hittites. During the dynasty Amorites was capital of the kingdom (until approx. 1600 BCE), then to return to Hittites. He was later Assyrian and Persian. The Greeks took it in 333 BCE, and Seleuco I Nicátor given the name Beroea. When, in 64 BC, Syria became part of the Roman Empire, the city also joined in the domain of Rome.
He was part of the Byzantine Empire until its loss at the hands of the Arabs in 637. In the tenth century the Byzantines again (between 974 and 987). The crusaders besieged twice in 1098 and 1124, but never conquered. Passed into the hands of Saladin, and remained in the hands of the Arabs to their capture by the Mongols in 1260. He was then a city of the Ottoman Empire (from 1517). In the fall of the Ottoman Empire, became the French colonial administration, but returned to Turkey when it recovered Antioch in 1938-1939.
In 1986 she was named the Old Town Common Heritage of Mankind.
Has been named capital of Islamic culture in 2006.
what is all about China and the Magic of China
China is a country that seems destined to exert a deep fascination for Westerners. A fascination that reflects not only its merits, but our own desires and hopes. Despite the dramatic increase in the communications, the proliferation of cultural and artistic exchanges, and relationships between people who are turning our planet into a true global village, the name of China still seems to continue to partner epithets as "wonderful", "mysterious", "profound." All adjectives that reflect the profound misunderstanding that still separating countries and continents
China danced between fragments of an ancient culture whose wells still call us to reach many different ways: tai chi, the feng sui, Taoism and traditional medicine, and another image that we sell the press that makes this country paragon of injustice and lack of freedoms.
And although each of these images seems to contribute their bit to understand the reality of this vast country, nothing is certain at all. Only the personal experience of our trip will allow us to properly organize the scattered fragments of information to try to set this country. That's because travel is an experience that encompasses a multitude of situations, the composition of which in turn responds to a large number of factors related to the passenger and the place being visited. Always a different experience in China of a thousand faces that has become this country today.
China remains a country where any kind of wonder seems possible, a country always mysterious and unknown. Beyond the stereotypes and the slogans of the propaganda about contra propaganda and others, is a country with a long history with any human that can be desired.
In addition to this monumental China, the Chinese classic that every time one becomes more familiar to Western travelers, yet there are other Chinese, the Chinese border, inhabited by peoples still poorly known, they can find the remains of legendary kingdoms and cultures surprising that, despite having been incorporated into the Chinese world, now preserved in a number of special features.
China flourishes now as it has not done before, with good things and bad things with their miseries and tragedies, its inequalities, its wonders, its secrets revealed and those who stay on average. And the truth is that anyone who comes close to it will not be disappointed, because whatever their point of interest, you'll find a range of activities able to meet your expectations.
most interesting cities and Places in China
here is some of the most visited places in china with a short story and description a bout
with some historical tales
hope you like the tour
Beijing the imperial capital
Beijing, China's capital city is enormous. With 12 million inhabitants and an area of 1500 km2 is one of the world's largest cities. A city flat and perfectly square. With a chaotic traffic and poorly developed public transport, the movement does not, however, be so slow as in other Asian capitals
It is easy to orient themselves in Beijing. At the heart of the city is the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Changan Avenue, with its more than 40 km long, crosses the city from east to west. The old part, which was surrounded by a wall up to 50 years, where she now runs the second belt. Beijing is a city full of attractions. Perhaps the only city in the world has so many monuments that are considered by the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and the Beijing Man Site, have earned that description.
Beijing is a city with long history, since, given its strategic position in the septendrional corner of the vast plain that stretches along the eastern part of China, has played a defensive role since ancient times.
In the Zhou Dynasty Beijing was part of the Marquis of Yan, which in the following centuries, developed wisely trade and military relations with nomadic peoples who lived beyond the mountains, was gaining in importance to become one of the most powerful kingdoms of China at the time of the call precisely Reinos Fighters.
That kingdom which fell before the Qin unified China and established the first dynasty in the year 221 BC, but this did not diminish the importance of Beijing, as the nomadic Xiongnu lurked on the other side of the mountains. In the mountains north of Beijing Great Wall went established by the Qin, who renovated by the Ming, which is now preserved.
For centuries, Beijing is a border town of secondary importance. In the tenth century is now becoming one of Asia's most important lasciudades as nomads Kitano, who established the Liao dynasty (which ruled northern China a split) established his capital there, called Yangjing. While the Song ruled the southern part of China, the Khurcha, exploiting the weakness of some Kitano too influenced by Chinese culture, they routed them seizing his kingdom, establishing the Jin Dynasty capital in Beijing.
Beijing 1215 is the year siege by the Mongol troops. The resisiten Khurcha in epic conditions. In the two short sides for months the victory is uncertain, until in May the governor of Beijing surrenders and the Mongols took the city in the midst of a bloodbath. Beijing marks the Mongol conquest of northern China in the year 1271 will also become the capital of the dynasty established by them, this time called Dadu (Great Capital). At this time when Marco Polo visited Beijing.
Tiananmen Square - TIEN AN MEN
TIEN AN MEN - CHINA Tiananmen Square is the center of Beijing and China's political life. With 800 meters from north to south and 420 from east to west, is the largest square in the world. In over 40 hectares is estimated that could raise up to 5 million people, tight, of course, but not in the most crowded it has been a similar number. However, travelers who visit during the public holidays, especially on the anniversaries of the national holiday which falls on October 1, will have the sensation of being surrounded by millions of people, because during those days of thousands of visitors and beijineses nearby provinces, come to the square to admire the decor which is preparing for the feast. Summer evenings, a quiet crowd, takes the air to sweep the place to escape the heat of the city. Until 11 pm, when police evicted the visitors.
Tiananmen Square, enlarged from its original size, during the imperial era was a forbidden zone to the population, housed a number of ministerial departments. After the end of imperial China's Square was expanded and became the perfect setting for those bathrooms that enjoyed popularity Mao. In fact, the Tiananmen Square became the center were the most important events of the recent history of China. Since the May Fourth Movement, launched in 1919, the Proclamation of the People's Republic in 1949, launching the Cultural Revolution in 1966 or the student protests of 1989.
At the center of the square stands a square building, with columns, is the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. His body, properly prepared, rests inside a crystal urn. You can visit, and in fact every morning thousands of Chinese people queuing to see it. Usually the tail is impressive by the number of people waiting to see him, but since no one can be stopped before the corpse of Mao, moving fairly quickly, and generally do not have to wait more than 20 or 30 minutes. Inside you can not take anything.
A little further north is the Monument to the People's Heroes, with its 38 meters high, was built in 1958. At its base are carved with bas-eight reasons alluding to the wars of liberation of China.
North of the square stands the imposing Tiananmen Gate, with the portrait of Mao that has become famous and part of the decor and the square and the door. To the west of Tiananmen Gate Park Zhongsan is in honor of Sun YATS, and east of the Palace of Culture Workers. To reach the door you have to cross Changan Avenue through two subways. You can climb the gate, going through an exhaustive control of weapons. Above are some commemorative items from the founding of the PRC, as it was from that place where Mao made the proclamation. Apart from that no other special interest.
The Forbidden City or Imperial Palace, north of Tiananmen Square, was the imperial residence during the last two dynasties (Ming and Qing). With 9999 rooms is the largest palace in the world. It is surrounded by a wall and a moat 50 meters wide. We will go according to the Gate of Supreme Harmony. To reach it you have to cross a small canal through one of its five bridges. From here you can enjoy the famous view of the Forbidden City: The Hall of Supreme Harmony, a triple high white marble terrace. Inside there is the throne. This is the largest pavilion of the palace and the building's tallest ancient Beijing. Following is the Hall of Medium Harmony and the Hall of Preserved Harmony, used for major ceremonies and imperial examinations. To the north is the private party. This area is where the major museums of the Forbidden City itself. The Paintings of the Imperial West, very interesting. The Museum of bronze and of ceramics, to the North. The clocks of the East, and the Imperial Jewels, also to the east, called the Qianlong Garden.
The most important building of the Forbidden City is, without doubt, the Hall of Supreme Harmony (Taihedian called in Chinese). In fact, this large room with large patio around it from the Gate of Supreme Harmony, took most of the public part of the Forbidden City.
The Hall of Supreme Harmony was the tallest building former Beijing. Was used for the most solemn ceremonies: the anniversary of the emperor, reading the candidates who passed the imperial examinations, and the general coming out during the campaign.
This large room is perched on a terrace of three white marble. This restrained by a big red column and roof has a double yellow color reserved for the emperor. Inside there is the imperial throne, with spectacular engravings of dragons, although there are doubts that the throne is authentic.
All the roofs of the halls of the Forbidden City is a fixture at its end with beasts, animals and mythological conducive to protecting the chamber, the number of these animals depends on the size of the room. The roof of the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the most important, is the only one who has ten beasts protection. Andalusia front hall are a crane and a tortoise, symbols of longevity, as well as a sundial and a unit of capacity, as a symbol of the virtue of the emperor to maintain the regularity of the seasons and to unify the empire. In the three terraces which provide access to the living room there are many censers.
Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven is one of the most original and impressive in Beijing. Situated in a large park that extends for 273 hectares in the south of the city. Built in the year 1420 by Emperor Yongle, who moved the capital from Nanjing to Beijing, to be used by the emperors of the last two dynasties, the Ming and Qing, who came to him twice a year. The first early spring, to pray for a good harvest, the second at the winter solstice, to thank Heaven for the harvest.
The Temple of Heaven was the most important religious building in the capital. The rituals that took place inside it, to legitimize the emperor's divine quality, which invested with the title Son of Heaven, was in communication with the gods in favor of the men who governed, connected with the first set by religions the kings of the Shang dynasty remote (XVI-XII century BC) and Zhou (VIII-XII century BC)
Should enter through the south gate, to follow the north-south axis ritual in which the temple is built. In this way, the first thing is the Altar of Heaven. A large round stepped platform of white marble balustrades, 360, surrounded by a square wall. It is a symbol of heaven (round) into the earth (square). At the center of this platform is an empty place, where was placed the throne for the Emperor of Heaven, whom the emperor worship and present offerings.
The Imperial Vault Celeste is surrounded by a circular wall, popularly known as the Echo Wall particular shape of the wall seems to be particularly suitable for the transmission of sound. This place was where the emperor presents his compliments to the Tablet of Heaven, a ritual similar to that done by the people worshiping the tablets of the ancestors, through which the ancestors are associated with the imperial heaven. Following the completion of these rites, was removed from the Palace of Abstinence is located next to the Celestial Gate West, where for three days fasting and refraining from sexual contact.
A long corridor of 360 meters linking the sky with the Imperial Hall of prayer for good harvests. This is the most majestic building of the enclosure, and for some, throughout Beijing. Designed to facilitate communication with the Emperor of Heaven, has a round base of 30 meters in diameter and a conical shape, which rises 38 meters high. Located in the center of a patio, raised on three circular terraces of white marble, each with a carved marble balustrade, in turn also has a triple roof of blue tiles that give it a special force.
This sober building from which the emperor called a good distribution of rain and sun, is so original that has been chosen, in fact, as a symbol of tourism in Beijing.
But his interest does not end with his appearance, capable by itself to please the most demanding. This room is built entirely with wood assembled without the use of even a single nail. On the inside, we see that the vault is secured by four wooden pillars, representing the four seasons of the year, around it there are twelve outer pillars, which symbolize the twelve months of the year. The way it was assembled wood brought from Yunnan province that holds the roof is a masterpiece of Chinese carpentry. The colors of the same variety is difficult to find in other ancient monuments, the manner in which the levels of timber rises, seen from the ground is overwhelming.
The Summer Palace is a huge garden at the Northwest of the city. Decadent, sensual, reflects the spirit of the last years of the Qing dynasty. Destroyed and rebuilt several times, the current palace was built in the early twentieth century, a monument to the decay of the last years of this dynasty, and a labyrinth that reflects the complex personality of the Empress Cixi, its principal inhabitant. The palace has two main parts. Kunming Lake and Longevity Mountain.
At the lake are the main buildings, the rooms from which the government exercised Cixi, Teatro symbolizing their lifestyle, their private rooms, and especially the Long Corridor, decorated with thousands of paintings that show scenes history, mythology, poetry and popular novels of China. And at the end, the Marble Boat, reportedly built with funds to renovate the Navy.
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is a unique monument in the world. They say it is the only human work that is visible from the moon, and it is not surprising, since along its 6,000 km is like an open wound that runs the North Asia. The Great Wall is the site par excellence of China, the archetype of their culture and civilization. Began to build over 2500 years ago, some feudal lords who were trying to protect their domains from the threat of nomadic tribes from the North.
These feudal murallitas were unified for the first time in the third century BC, the first emperor Qinshihuang a heroic deed in which the entire Chinese people put their blood and their lives since then remained more or less its present form. But the reconstruction was being visited in the Ming dynasty.
The section runs from the main passage Shanghaiguan in the South China Sea, to Jiayuguan in the desert of Central Asia. Every little distance watchtowers, ramparts secondary ramifications, including them is if we can say that all the sections and branches, you can count on over 50,000 km of wall built. So in the North it is easy to find sections of wall with more or less preserved. Beijing is close to the most famous: Badaling.
Badaling is 70 km from the city. It is the most visited section. It's in a mountain pass which gives easy access and the ability to see both from above and from below, several kilometers of wall meandering through the mountains. There the wall is wide, and quite high.
Lama Temple - Temple of the Lamas
The traveler who travels in haste the city of Beijing is sometimes surprised by the silhouette of the tall buildings of ancient plant located in the vicinity of the arteries more popular. One of the most interesting, perhaps the most to call attention to its location on the northeast corner of the second belt is called the Temple of the Lamas. The largest Lamaist temples in the capital and also one of the most interesting religious buildings.
In the Hall of Eternal Protection tanka are two especially famous, because they said they were embroidered by the mother of Emperor Qianlong. After this room is a bronze sculpture representing Mount Meru, sacred to Buddhists and Lamaist.
Beyond is the Hall of the Tantric Arts. It is possibly the most beautiful room of this temple, and one of the most original buildings of ancient China. Skylights that open in the roof can not be seen in any other building. Here, let down the light from four walls decorated with their own tank, which gives a magical, shimmering. Sculpture Tsongkapa, the gelugpa founded the sect, dominant in Tibet, has a serene beauty hard to find in other temples. In the side walls there are paintings that elaborate on the nature of religion Lamaist magic. It should also look closely at this room from the outside, to get an idea of its beauty and originality.
The latter is the Hall of Diezmil happiness is the most majestic, with a colossal sculpture carved Buddha 18 meters in a single sandalwood trunk (the largest in the world) in its interior and a large library of Buddhist texts. The Hall was built after placing it in the huge statue, which evidently does not fit through the door
Guangzhou city of business
Capital of Guangdong Province, a province populated by 65 million people, has a close relationship with Hong Kong, where people with shared language, customs, cuisine and even place of origin.
Founded 2000 years ago under the name of Yancheng (city of goats), Guangzhou since the Han dynasty was the most important city in Southern China. In fact, it was capital of the Southern Yue kingdom established in the area following the collapse of the first Qin Dynasty. The Tang Dynasty was one of the principal ports of Asia, who came to the Malay traders, Indians, Persians and Arabs. There was a secessionist attempts fall of the Tang Dynasty, was the capital during 55 years of a new kingdom by Yue Liu Yan, and Ming dynasty, one of whose princes tried to save the city from the Manchu conquest.
Through Guangzhou was the first where there were contacts between the Chinese and Westerners. The early Portuguese and Spanish missionaries came to China through its port, and not many years passed before the Portuguese took over control of Macau. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Guangzhou was the only port in which the emperor allowed trade with the West and was also in Guangzhou where they began to penetrate the China opium English. Protagonist of the history between China and the West. Water Guangzhou witnessed the destruction of opium by the British commissioner Lin, in 1841, and the fighting of the so-called Opium War. After the British victory and the Treaty of Nanking, which opened other ports to foreign trade of China, which was Shanghai, Guangzhou in the importance of external relations will diminish.
House of Chen Family
It is undoubtedly the most important monument of Guangzhou and one of the most original to be found in China. Completed in 1894 through the efforts of 72 of the most powerful members of the prestigious Chen clan, was designed to ancestor worship, as well as for students of the clan to prepare for exams officers.
Built in the style of traditional Chinese homes, the highlight of the temple is the magnificent decorations of its roofs, its really colorful and impressive skill.
Pagoda of Six Banyanos
Founded in the year 537, was one of the most important temples of the Zen School is said that the sixth patriarch, Hui Nengo lived here. Suffered a fire in the tenth century that it completely destroyed. It was rebuilt again in the year 989, except the Pagoda of Flowers are not finished until a century later. Before it was called the Beautiful Feast of the Temple, but the famous poet His Dongpo visited him in the year 1100 and gave him that name. You can climb the Pagoda, 57 meters from where there is a good view of the city. His most important flag is the Mahavira Hall, 3 bronze statues cast in Foshan in 1663. Each weighs 10 tons and measures 6 meters in height. They represent the Buddha of the past (Amithaba) to the Present (Tathagata) and future (Maitreya).
Chengde is a town located just over 200 kilometers from Beijing that concentrates around an unparalleled number of buildings of the Qing dynasty. Chengde is possibly, after the Beijing historic city in northern China, it is because, since 1703, when Emperor Kangxi was built in around the famous Summer Village was the place chosen by many for emperors to escape the oppressive summer heat of Beijing.
Chengde, Jehol known before 1949, is located north of the Great Wall. It was once a small village located in the middle of the country Manchu. Surrounded by thick forests and gentle mountains, met all the requirements for the enlightened emperor Kangxi, who rightly feared that the culture of its people were eventually fused Manchu culture among the many Chinese chose to lift his summer residence. In the days when Kangxi chose to spend their summers, Chengde was famous for the abundance of hunting, especially deer, and Manchu nomads who roamed the area. He soon became so much a place of rest and a kind of spiritual retreat, where the emperors were held near where the outbreaks are still preserved the ancient culture of the Manchu. But its construction activity was transforming idyllic landscape that they wanted to keep. Around the Villa Summer Residence of Kangxi, temples were built of different beliefs and religions, in honor of the dignitaries of the allies and vassals that he visited, and have reached up to eleven temples, which are located at the foot of the hills surrounding the town of Summer, are called common foreign Temples.
There are temples in honor of the Tibetans, the kalmucos, the Kazakhs and the oiratos. Each with a shape and characteristics. The Temples of Chengde is an outdoor museum of religious ideas and trends of the Qing dynasty, because they mix religion with the established beliefs of the villages. Currently the city of Chengde still a reasonable size, and given that a significant portion of the area of the city is occupied by historical monuments. Since its most interesting sites are concentrated in a relatively near future is a good opportunity to walk and enjoy the city.
Chengdu, with three million inhabitants and another three in the suburbs is the capital of Sichuan Province. Founded 2500 years ago by the King of Shu during the period of the Kingdoms Fighters, has since been the political, economic and cultural development of Sichuan and the entire southwestern China. During the Han dynasty in the city was a flourishing production of brocade, so it took the name "City of Brocade", during the Song dynasty were planted numerous hibiscus, which made it known as "City of Hibiscus." It is now a clean and green city, which surprises the modern traveler in their neighborhoods and was disappointed by the small number of old buildings that can be discovered between them.
Built during the Tang dynasty, is the best preserved Buddhist center in Chengdu and the only monument that is worth taking the trouble to go to visit him. A temple-centered worship rather than tourism, is always a good number of religious believers to carry out its activities. During the Buddhist festivals are lively. It also has some wards with very low interest. Because of its intense activity around them, creating a strange atmosphere of pilgrims, beggars and vendors.
Its name is translated as Temple of military genius. And in fact it was built in the sixth century in honor of Zhuge Liang, a famous strategist who lived during the time of the Kingdoms Fighters, whose exploits were idolized in the famous novel "Story of the Three Kingdoms." Early in the Ming dynasty was annexed by the Han Zhaolie Temple, where the tomb of Emperor Liu Bei, who was lord of Zhuge Liang in the real story, and since then has become the main attraction of the site.
Du Fu Cottage
Riverside Wenhua. This famous poet of Tang Dynasty possibly lived there, but certainly not in the hut you visit. Built in the Song dynasty is primarily a memorial hall, though some of the most ardent admirers of the poet, see a temple.
Pavilion overlooking the River
On the right bank of the Jinjiang River, was built in late Ming Dynasty. And highlight their different varieties of bamboo and small towers in the form of pagodas. Have a good exhibition of bonsai.
Tomb of General Wang Jian
Jian Wang was the general who proclaimed the last independent kingdom of Sichuan in the year 907. It was the aforementioned Kingdom of Shu. In this compound exhibits a good collection of objects unearthed in the tomb.
Most interesting, however, are 24 statues of musicians playing different instruments around the main building. It's the best description of the music of the Tang dynasty that has survived until today.
Museum of the University of Sichuan
It is the most important museum in the province. With major collections on Tibet and on the ethnology of the national minorities in the province of Sichuan.
Dali capital of the Bai
Dali is one of the oldest cities in Yunnan. Located on the shores of Lake Erhai is believed that it was inhabited by the Bai from 3000 years ago. His glory came when he was named capital of the Kingdom Nanzhao established there during the Tang Dynasty and later the Kingdom of Dali, his successor, who ruled the region during the Song dynasty. Since those ancient times was the main Dali City of Yunnan, until relatively recent times in Kunming he snatched the lead. Dali has managed to keep its streets and houses in an original flavor and a somewhat lordly calm, happy for the color of its inhabitants and their traditional festivities.
Dali has been, since the opening of China, one of the first destinations for individual travelers, who "discovered" an almost completely preserved ancient city, inhabited by friendly people in a paradisiacal landscape, where everyone seemed to give welcome. Local people have managed to harness the pull of fame, despite the presence of numerous Chinese and foreign, that Dali still somewhat timeless atmosphere of the places where, over time, travelers have stopped to recover forces in the midst of their hard journey.
and if someone takes a stroll through the nearby The presence of the ubiquitous Bai is in his city. Not only do the tour guides you will see everywhere dressed in their traditional dresses, most people will find one on the street are Baivillages were totally immersed in the worldBai . The Bai are a minority of older Chinese were thought to be descendants of the original inhabitants of this region of Yunnan. Its long history is full of episodes that show a sweet and peaceful, to dump their beliefs and traditions and the laborious cultivation of its fertile land. Still retain many volumes of ancient history of the Bai. As for his religion, despite having embraced Buddhism during the Tang dynasty and have created some of the most important works of this religion in southern China, still very much alive the traditions that arose in their traditional religion. The worship of ancestors and the forces of nature is reflected today in many aspects of their existence.
The old town of Dali is a network of alleyways little traffic, which are still treasures of traditional architecture bai. Many of them feel almost sacred to that of the ancient objects filled with meaning, which were much more interesting than the ubiquitous modern buildings, which is repeated nonsense style bai who seem not to understand. In fact, this ancient city has been declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
The Three Pagodas and the Temple Chongshengsi the monument are more charismatic Dali. Built in the ninth century, at the height of the Nanzhao Kingdom, have become the symbol of the city. The Temple is a typical construction of Yunnan and although it has been destroyed several times, the reconstructions have maintained their originality. The Three Pagodas are not equal. The couple has fifteen floors and the other two, only nine.
We must not miss the beautiful stone buildings typical of the Bai just south of the entrance to the temple, nor the environment of rural villages that are in the vicinity dela city. Despite being so close to a monument well visited, people rarely go beyond. In the first village is small temple to the Mother of the Dragon King, whose figures tell you in detail how she became pregnant by eating a magical peach and the boy who eventually gave birth to become the dragon king.
Datong and the Yungang Grottoes
The Yungang Caves are one of the main complex of Buddhist sculptures in China. Located sixteen kilometers from the city of Datong itself, were the first to be built.
Construction of the grottoes began in 460. For 65 years, it was digging in the mountain continuously until the 53 caves that make up this complex. During those years, China was divided into several states, completely separate from the south in a north almost continuous war. One of the most powerful states of the north is founded by nomads tube, which on the capital city of Datong proclaimed the Northern Wei Dynasty.
The tube were not only ardent Buddhist, but felt that the expansion of this religion on their domains, it would be useful for integrating population and the original Chinese invaders in a single tube system of beliefs. In fact, when their empire became more powerful, and extending to the south established their new capital at Luoyang, immediately began the construction of the Longmen caves, near the new capital.
The Yungang Caves are carved into the mountainside, all oriented to the south. Although they say that during the years preceding the Revolution of 1949 more than 1500 sculptures were stolen, there are still over 51,000 sculptures of all sizes, large and small, will be sufficient to satisfy the most demanding traveler. Some were missing arms or head, but it is not a high proportion.
When it comes to entering the central part of the complex, just where the caves are more interesting. Each cave is numbered. To the right of the entrance there are four caves (1 to 4) that do not have much interest. In the cave number 5 we find one of the largest statues of the complex: a Buddha 17 meters tall. The number 6 cave called Cave of Sakyamuni, is a major pillar 15 meters in whose faces more than 20 sculptures describing scenes from the life of Sakyamuni. The walls of this cave are covered with sculptures of Buddha, Boddhisattvas and geniecillos. The roof of the cave number 12 is particularly interesting because they are covered by sculptures of fairies dancing. In the north there is a group of Chinese musicians playing different instruments.
Daxu .. haven of peace
Daxu is a small village situated on the banks of the Li River, not far from Guilin. Over the centuries, before the railroad was built, was one of the four most important ports in the Li River. Most of its inhabitants were engaged in trade and the market was famous throughout southern China. Then with the construction of railways, river transport was becoming more and more scarce, pushing Daxu decadent in a nap. As is the only village located east of the river has so far been spared a massive tourism.
In Daxu, whose central area is still remarkably well preserved, a careful visit will provide us many details of everyday life in the region during the first half of the twentieth century, there are still many traces of its prosperous past. Discolored by the continuous moisture of the tropics, the houses and their rooms, often displayed by residents for their kind, the hidden treasures of craftsmanship and traditional Chinese decor.
In Daxu still held frequent fairs and markets in which its streets are filled with brown life, peasants from nearby villages who arrived full of colors sober city, including a brief reminiscence of the activity of the past.
If visiting a market day, people are quiet. With its narrow streets, well paved, its wooden houses lined on both sides, each with its own patio and its traditional structure. At the door of its inhabitants are the same: simple people who work combines traditional with modern activities. Some of them have become casual guides of their own homes or businesses craft, and it is not uncommon to find a carpenter at work, the pharmacist, dentist or Andalusia andalusia that smoked fish.
Overall Daxu breathe peace, and his visit is always a good chance to see rural China that always seems to escape
Dazu Rock Carvings
Dazu is a small town 164 kilometers from Chongqing who has retained many of the customs and traditions of ancient Sichuan. With its wooden houses, their shops open to foreign and especially the slow pace of small towns that are fast disappearing in China.
Despite the good qualities of Dazu, nobody is going to visit the city but to visit the caves in the vicinity where he is one of the greatest treasures of Buddhist sculptures in China. An estimated 50,000 are Dazu reliefs and sculptures spread over 40 sites. Currently visiting Baodingshan of the most important, 14 kilometers from the city and the Beishan, just two kilometers from the town. Each has about 10,000 sculptures from the Tang dynasty and Song dynasty. Among its religious themes, there are descriptions of daily life in which the artist works with great freedom and scenes of little-known Buddhist schools in the West. Baodingshan is the most important centers of sculptures near Dazu. It is located fifteen kilometers northeast of the city. Dazu buses from leaving every twenty minutes and the road not only has a dreamy landscape, but surprises us with a single sculpture. Upon arrival, we find an impressive spectacle. In a horseshoe-shaped mountain has carved a series of sculptures of great skill. Many of them have taken the very structure of the mountain. The most important of them is the number eleven: The Buddha's Nirvana. It is a composition of a huge Buddha yaciente of 31 meters long and five high. Around it there are many other caves and sculptures of interest. Eight in number, for example, Guanyin, the goddess of mercy has a thousand hands thousand eyes. At number 29 is shown the way for the state of budeidad Some caves described scenes concerning the life of Sakyamuni, the filial love, the birth of the School Mizong, tantric type, founded by Buddha Pilu, andalusia paradise (18) and hell (21 and 22).
Beishan is the second sculpture of Dazu. Just two kilometers from the city. There are a series of 290 niches spread over 250 meters. Many of them are smaller than those of Baodingsan, less developed and less conserved. The classic themes of Buddhism mixed with some clearly Confucian in nature, such as filial piety. The most beautiful in this set are: Grotto 136. Known as Mill Stone, carved in the Song dynasty, displays a serene and elegant in the two representations of Guanyin, the Buddha of Mercy, with feminine traits, an elephant and a lion. Grotto 245. Called Paradise in the West, involved in this scene from the classic Buddhist art to a good number of characters
Emeishan the sacred mountain
Emei Mountain known in Chinese as Emeishan is one of the four sacred mountains of China to Buddhism. Just 150 kilometers from Chengdu, mountains are covered with varied vegetation, where they grow abundant medicinal plants and tea. Many wild animals live there, as the red panda, the golden pheasant, and several species of monkeys. One such virgin nature arise numerous temples and pavilions built by the monks and hermits who chose this place, where the bodhisattva Puxi had happened to his retirement.
Mount Emei is also not in a hurry can go. Perhaps that is the reason why these mountains are so little visited by foreigners. While few years ago that have paved the road up to the vicinity of Jieyin, from the foot of the mountain yet it takes two hours by bus. Jieyin since you can take a cable car to Golden Summit at 3077 meters altitude.
That is reduced to visit Emei Mountain because the more purist proposed to increase the foot, as pilgrims, to what to think at least three days to devote to this mountain: two to one to raise and lower, overnight stays in the humble quarters of the monasteries. Whoever decided on this route should know that struggled walk in total about sixty kilometers, with sometimes slippery terrain, abundant rainfall and significant differences in temperature of the base to the top. So, which is not very fit, follow the road more comfortable.
The ascent should start from the Monastery Baoguosi, the most important part of this sacred mountain. Founded in the sixth century, which features a large statue of Amita Buddha made of porcelain. One kilometer later, between shady pine forests is the Monastery Fuhusi with three halls for Buddhist worship. After a difficult part of the road appears Qingyin Pavilion surrounded by verdant cliffs, between the two streams called Black Dragon and White Dragon. Later we will find the Grotto Bailongtong and after half hour of walking andalusia Wannian Monastery, which was the first temple was built on this mountain. This temple is a celebrated image of the golden bodhissatva Broce Puxi. With a weight of some seventy tons, was cast in the year 960.
Ten miles separate Wanniansi of Huayanting, but you can make a brief stop in Xixinsi, both with magnificent views. Four miles and arrive at the pool or bath Xixiangchi the Elephants. After spending Dachengsi or the Monastery of the Great Vehicle and Baiyunsi of White Cloud, you will reach Jieyin. They can take the chairlift and tired as you will, it is best to enjoy the same view that you provide. The end point of it is in the vicinity of the Golden Summit
Where is Dubai ?
Dubai stretches out at the side of the coast of Persian Gulf. It has the emirate of Sharjah neighbouring in north, while it extends in the south and west directions in a long strip of growth and modernisation alongside the Gulf, through the districts of Jumeirah, Satwa, and Umm Suqeim. The area of Dubai is about 3885 sq km. The languages like, Arabic, English, Urdu and Hindi are spoken here.
Dubai is a city that is known to all in the world. It is the gregarious city having a fabulous international taste. It is incomparable from the more than all of other seven Emirates of United Arab Emirates. Dubai is a city of variety, a conglomeration of exotic beaches, elite natural environ, dynamic center of international business and a comfortable and luxurious escape for the tourist and moreover the delightful shopping capital of the whole of Middle East. All this makes Dubai a place hard to resist.
Dubai's central business district is divided into two parts-Deira in the north and Bur Dubai in the south. Both the districts are well connected by a tunnel and two bridges. Each one is decorated with fine mosques and busy places, like shopping malls, public buildings, office towers, hotels, banks, schools, hospitals, apartments and villas.
It is a consummate mix of glorified history and surging times that are throbbing with trade, celebration tradition, and sporting events. Being in Dubai, you can experience a wide mix-n-match of natural blessings. You can find in Dubai all that you want in an ideal tourist destination-jagged mountains, awe-inspiring sandbanks, lush green parks, blue beaches and a contrasting picture of dusty villages and luxurious residential districts and also of long standing ancient houses and wind towers to ultra-modern shopping malls.
Yet, apart from all the modernity of Dubai, the Islamic culture of Arabia remains deeply rooted and adds to the exceptional personality of Dubai.
Today Dubai is ranked among one of the ancient harbours in the Middle East. But originally it was a small fishing settlement. In 1830, Bani Yas tribe overtook it from the Liwa oasis led by the Maktoum family and they still rule emirate. In 1971, as a new beginning the British left Dubai. In 1972, the six states-Abu Zaby, Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Ash Shariqah, Dubai, and Umm al Qaywayn-merged together to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Dubai has an arid and sub-tropical climate. The summer season of Dubai continues from May to October, during which the temperatures reach as high as 40°C with humidity level up to 97%. Rainfall is occasional and irregular. Temperatures range from about 10 degrees Celsius to a high of 48 degrees Celsius. The best months to travel to Dubai are October to April as during this period the temperatures range between 20°C to 30°C.
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