Tianning Temple Tower

The other day we accidentially discovered a small buddhist temple in Beijing’s Xicheng district. It was a beautiful day, we just came back from the old CCTV Tower and saw the tip of the pagoda while riding past in a bus. Although it was surrounded by the usual overdone new structures that you also find at other more ‘touristy’ sights, the original 13 story builing was an authentic piece of history seldomely seen in Beijing. Some female monks still live and worship in the temple and a couple of women from the sorrounding neighborhood communities volunteer to help maintain the structure. Unfortunately it is located pretty far off any other tourist sights, so it might be hard to convince visitors to go there instead of, say, the Confucius Temple, but if someone is interested in a place that really dates back hundreds of years (and also still looks like it, in great condition), I highly recommend it!


Farm2Neighbors Market Beijing

Every weekend, the ground floor of The Grand Summit turns into a local produce and artisan market. Here are some impressions of today’s vendors.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Last week Beijing welcomed the Year of the Monkey with a week-long holiday and incredibly loud fireworks. We participated with the kids’ version of some of these rockets and were impressed by the large variety of firecrackers available.

This Video was taken during one of the last days of Chinese New Year 2016 in front of the Worker’s Stadium. Two guys kept bringing out new firework batteries out of the back of their trucks and always lit two massive cases of them at once, to make the lightshow even more impressive. The sound of the video is much quieter than it was live, you really had to cover your ears while watching.

3DPRK by Matjaž Tančič x Koryo Studio

3D picture exhibition shot by Matjaž Tančič in North Korea. You get 3D glasses at the entrance (the blue & red glassed kind) to get the full three-dimensional effect.

Donghuamen Night Market

Delicacies @ Donghuamen Night Market. Initially we went to buy a cell phone card at China Unicom, then walked right into the apm shopping Mall, before discovering fancy foods at the night market.

Delikatessen auf dem Donghuamen Nachtmarkt. Zunächst wollten wir nur eine Telefonkarte bei China Unicom kaufen, doch dann fanden wir uns unerwarteterweise im apm Einkaufszentrum wieder, bevor wir zu guter letzt den Nachtmarkt entdeckten.

El Gatto Caffe in Lishi Hutong

Cute little bar serving a variety of imported beers. Although not Duisburg’s Finkenkrug, there are several German Beer choices and – among others – two Chinese local brews, the Red Honey Ale and the Kuding Pale Ale. Located right next to 161 Hotel, where many foreigner stayed (they have a German website), its porch makes it an excellent spot to people watch.

Nette kleine Bar, die eine Auswahl an importierten Biersorten bietet. Obwohl es nicht an Duisburgs Finkenkrug herankommt, gibt es dennoch einige deutsche Biersorten, sowie zwei Chinese Biere, das Red Honey Ale und das Kuding Pale Ale. Die Bar befindet sich direkt neben dem 161 Hotel, in dem auch viele Ausländer unterkommen (sie haben sogar eine deutschsprachige Website), daher eignet sich die Außenterasse als idealer Aussichtpunkt um Leute zu beobachten.