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Beijing, the political and cultural centre of modern China, was the capital of many dynasties in ancient times. When breathing in this city, you can virtually sense its up-to-the-minute modern aura along with a kind of historical dignified sensation that encourages feelings of deep respect for this city which holds so many stories that date back to its origins. Hutong, quadrangle, defensive wall, old city gate and Beijing Opera are the prime indicators that reveal its historical beauty and stories affording much further consideration.
Beijing Opera, the Chinese artistic treasure with nearly 200 years of history, is highly reputed as the 'quintessence of China' by its infinite artistic charm. It is the very popular and most representational and outstanding opera of all the Chinese traditional dramas. It is the richest in the list of plays, finest on its performance and the most widespread on popularity, deeply admired and loved by local people and even its universal audience.
The thoroughfare is the sign of Beijing, but an equally important symbol is its Hutongs which proliferate in this city. Walking around this modern city, most visitors are not as interested in the tall buildings and wide streets extending in all directions as they are in the small winding and profound Hutongs. These are ancient city alleys with their residences so characteristic of Beijing.
The quadrangle is the epitome of old China and has a kind of grieving beauty. It is the medium of traditional Chinese culture holding profound cultural overtones manifesting in the traditional Chinese residential concept. It is kind and tranquil, full of strong life vitality and the suitably sized courtyard is square and broad. Family members obtain the exchange here, which plays a very important role to create a genial life space.
City Gate & City Wall
The city wall and the city gate is the reticent recorder of Beijing's gorgeous history. They reflect the prosperity and fame of the city's history more successfully than any house or temple. All these marvelous constructions manifest the artistic value of the capital's ancient architecture.
Pandas are called Xiong Mao in Chinese, meaning "bear-cat", because it looks like a bear in shape and a cat in face. It actually is a member of the bear family. It has black furs on ears, nose, eyes patches and shoulders and the rest is white. Today, there are only one thousand pandas in the wild and mostly in central China.