Brief history of Dashilar Located South-West of the Forbidden City, Dashilar (???) was an area of commercial and cultural prosperity for over 600 years during China’s dynasty era, it’s earliest form dating back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Due to it’s proximity to the centre of power, Dashilar became an important trading and entertainment hub. Even today, it’s home to many of China’s oldest stores, amongst… Read more →
Restoration of Temple Restaurant Beijing has come into question as authorities question legality, presenting new challenges to cultural preservation in China as local and foreign business owners seek a sustainable and viable model.
A glimpse into the cave dwellings of the Loess Plateau in northern Ningxia province.
On our trip around China the next stop was Pingyao, the heart of Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture. An investigation into the architectural styles and relative levels of preservation of the Qiao family compound, Shuanglin temple and the old Pingyao city and city wall.
Taking a closer look at the Mongolian yurt and how it is constructed whilst visiting the Inner Mongolian grass plains on our motorcycle trip around China.
Stopping off in Manzhouli for a day – a border town between Russia and China – and wandering it’s streets viewing the interesting and slightly bizarre mix of Russian-influenced architecture and follies.
A day spent wandering around historic Harbin. Whilst much of the European and Russian style architecture has been preserved much of it is falling into disrepair.
230km north-east of Beijing, away from the smog amongst more green and mountainous surroundings lies a prefecture-level city called Chengde. Chengde is best known for it’s Qing Dynasty Mountain Resort. This is where the Qing Emperors spent many of their summer months, surrounded by trees and lakes escaping the oppressive heat of the Forbidden City. The palace grounds are situated… Read more →