About Lincoln C
Lives in Hong Kong
Since Mar 2010
25-34 year old male
Canadian Chinese guy living in Hong Kong. Loves to go hiking, camping and always up for an adventure ! Enjoys eating things, exploring hidden gems, and other awesome stuff.
Art Galleries, Neighbourhoods
Flea & Street Markets, Antique Shops
Observation Decks & Towers, Monuments & Statues, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Jiankou is part of the 'Wild Great Wall' — unrestored portions of the wall that aren't open to mass tourism. The Jiankou stretch of wall has some of the most dramatic elevation changes and scenery that the Great Wall has to offer. Although farther than the touristy sections of the wall, it is well worth the trip as you avoid a large majority of the crowds — often only seeing a few groups of tourists during your visit.
The 798 Art Zone is quickly gaining popularity and more and more tourists are making the area part of their Beijing itinerary. Originally a series of 50-year-old decommissioned military factories and buildings, in the last 10 to 15 years this area has been re-born into a thriving community of contemporary artists, museums, and exhibitions. Full of trendy restaurants and cafes, it's a different vibe from the rest of Beijing.
Not exactly 'off the beaten path,' but sometimes overlooked for the more famous attractions of Beijing, the Lama Temple is well worth a visit. The Lama Temple is a former imperial palace converted into a monastery for Tibetan Buddhist monks, and subsequently became the center of the Lama administration. Today it is still an active place of worship and attracts pilgrims from afar to visit and worship at the temple.
Even if you aren't looking to buy anything, a visit to Panjiayuan Antique Market is worth it for the experience. In addition to the traditional handicrafts, ethnic minorities from all over China offer regional wares as well. The market itself is over 500,000 square feet in size — one of the largest of its kind in China. Browse through 'antiques' from the cultural revolution (some fake, some real) and a wide variety of jewels, jade, and other goods.
The Bell and Drum Towers were once used to announce time and official timekeeping. They are now in the middle of a trendy of area of well preserved traditional hutongs (traditional Beijing courtyard houses). A great area to get lost in and explore by foot or bicycle, there are hidden gems around every corner and great rooftop cafes and patios to enjoy. Despite it becoming a popular tourist attraction, this neighborhood still retains its historical charm and local roots.
Lugou Bridge or Marco Polo Bridge is ideal for history buffs as it is the site of the 'Marco Polo Bridge Incident' — where a battle between Republic of China's National Revolutionary Army and the Imperial Japanese Army arguably sparked the Second Sino-Japanese War. There is a small fortress (Wanping fotress) and museum to explore nearby that details the history of the bridge.
This Taoist temple was built in the 8th century and has been well kept and restored over the years. While the architecture and buildings aren't as flashy or as impressive as the more well-known temples around Beijing, Baiyun temple has a quiet and quaint charm to it. Baiyun, or 'White Cloud Taoist Temple' is the seat of the Chinese Taoist Association, which makes sense, as it offers lots of information and insight on Taoist teachings.