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Saturday, December 11, 2010

TEMPLE OF HEAVEN


The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven (simplified Chinese: 天坛; traditional Chinese: 天壇; pinyin: Tiāntán; Manchu: Abkai mukdehun) is a complex of Taoist buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperorsof the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It is regarded as a Taoist temple, although Chinese Heaven worship, especially by the reigning monarch of the day, pre-dates Taoism.

The temple complex was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yong Le Emperor, who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The complex was extended and renamed Temple of Heaven during the reign of the Jiajing Emperorin the 16th century. The Jiajing Emperor also built three other prominent temples in Beijing, the Temple of Sun in the east (日坛), the Temple of Earth in the north (地坛), and the Temple of Moon in the west (月坛). The Temple of Heaven was renovated in the 18th century under the Qianlong Emperor.

In 1914, Yuan Shih-kai, then President of the Republic of China, performed a Ming prayer ceremony at the temple, as part of an effort to have himself declared Emperor of China.

The Temple of Heaven was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 and was described as "a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world’s great civilizations..." as the "symbolic layout and design of the Temple of Heaven had a profound influence on architecture and planning in the Far East over many centuries."

The surrounding of the Temple of Heaven is also a very popular park for exercising. If you go to the Temple of Heaven in the early morning, you can see groups of people practicing all types of kung fu and taiji. You can lso practice with them if you are so inclined. This is another good activity for the jetlagged.

The Temple grounds cover 2.73 km² of parkland and comprises three main groups of constructions, all built according to strict philosophical requirements:

The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests (祈年殿) is a magnificent triple-gabled circular building, 36 metres in diameter and 38 metres tall, built on three levels of marble stone base, where the Emperor prayed for good harvests. The building is completely wooden, with no nails.
The Imperial Vault of Heaven (皇穹宇) is a single-gabled circular building, built on a single level of marble stone base. It is located south of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and resembles it, but is smaller. It is surrounded by a smooth circular wall, the Echo Wall, that can transmit sounds over large distances. The Imperial Vault is connected to the Hall of Prayer by the Vermilion Steps Bridge, a 360 meter long raised walkway that slowly ascends from the Vault to the Hall of Prayer.


The Circular Mound Altar (圜丘坛) is the altar proper, located south of the Imperial Vault of Heaven. It is an empty circular platform on three levels of marble stones, where the Emperor prayed for favorable weather. It was built in 1530 by the Jiajing Emperor and rebuilt in 1740.

Address: on the east of Tianqiao, Chongwen District 67018866

Opening Time: 6:00-21:00
Take 6, 20, 39 Buses
Travel Time: 1.5 hours
Entrance Fee: RMB 35


SUMMER PALACE BEIJING


BEIJING SUMMER PALACE is a must see site. It is included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Summer Palace is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. 

The North gate is easily accessible from Beigongmen Station on Line 4 of the Beijing Subway.

Located at the northwest suburb of Beijing, the Summer Palace was originally a royal garden and a temporary dwelling palace for emperors of Qing Dynasty. The Summer Palace in northwest suburban Beijing is the largest and most complete imperial garden existing in China.

Summer Palace mainly consists of Longevity Hill (Washoushan) and Kunming Lake. Covering an area of 290.8 hectares. Of which 3/4 is covered by water.

Hill-and water- surrounded palaces,temples and garden buildings are divided into three areas: 
  • the palace area, with the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity (Renshoudian) as the center, where Cixi held court from behind a screen in most time of her late years; 
  • the residence area, with Yulan Hall, Leshou Hall and Yiyun Hall as main bodies , where the emperor and empress lived before death; 
  • the tour area integrating landscape, buildings, flower and plants, a place of tour and rest for rulers of that time. As the building center in the whole Palaces, the Tower of Buddhist Incense (Foxiangge) stands highly relying on the Hill and facing to the water.
The water surface of Kunming Lake is spacious like sky, charming, gentle and appealing. In the vast mist- covered water stand the magic hills and wonder islands. 

The Seventeen-arch Bridge spans the green water like a rainbow. The West Dike of the lake runs from north to south. 

Forming a God-fiven scene together with six graceful bridges. Business on the palace market is flourishing. 

Towering palaces shine with the hill and water, Group peaks of West Hill (Xishan) and the Jade Spring (Yuquanshan) are even taken as the background.

With masterly design and artistic architecture and integration the essence of Chinese garden arts, the Summer Palace has a title of  "Imperial Garden Museum". It is an imperial garden most completely preserved with richest landscapes and concentrated buildings. 

It is a popular tourist destination but also serves as a recreational park.Add:

Yiheyuan (Summer Palace) Road, Haidian District 62881144-209Open Time: 6:30-20:30
Take busses No.726, 826, 718, 332, 331 or 737 and get of at Yiheyuan Dongmen
Entrance Fee: RMB 40 (low season) / RMB 50 (peak season)


THE CUBE IN BEIJING


The Beijing National Aquatics Center, also known as the National Aquatics Center, and nicknamed the Water Cube, (simplified Chinese: 北京国家游泳中心; traditional Chinese: 北京國家游泳中心) is an aquatics center that was built alongside Beijing National Stadium in the Olympic Green for the swimming competitions of the 2008 Summer Olympics. 

Despite its nickname, the building is not an actual cube, but a cuboid (a rectangular box). Ground was broken on December 24, 2003, and the Center was completed and handed over for use on January 28, 2008.  Swimmers at the Water Cube broke 25 world records during the 2008 Olympics.

The Water Cube's design was initiated by a team effort. The Chinese partners felt a square was more symbolic to Chinese culture and its relationship to the Bird's Nest stadium, while the Sydney based partners came up with the idea of covering the "cube" with bubbles, symbolising water. Contextually the cube symbolises earth whilst the circle (represented by the stadium) represents heaven. Hence symbolically the water cube references Chinese symbolic architecture.

Comprising a steel space frame, it is the largest ETFE clad structure in the world with over 100,000 m² of ETFE pillows that are only 0.2 mm (1/125 of an inch) in total thickness. The ETFE cladding allows more light and heat penetration than traditional glass, resulting in a 30% decrease in energy costs.

The outer wall is based on the Weaire–Phelan structure, a structure devised from the natural formation of bubbles in soap lather.

The structure had a capacity of 17,000 during the games that is being reduced to 6,000. It also has a total land surface of 65,000 square meters and will cover a total of 32,000 square metres (7.9 acres)

After the Olympics, the building underwent a 200 million Yuan revamp to turn half of its interior into a water park. The building officially re-opened on August 8, 2010


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THE NEST IN BEIJING


Beijing National Stadium, also known as the National Stadium (国家体育场), or colloquially as the Bird's Nest (鸟巢), is a stadium in Beijing, China. 

It is our last itinerary on our second day in Beijing, China. Gracie, Lasnoches and I went to the Nest located in the Olympic Green, the stadium which costs US $423 million to build. We were so excited to have our picture taken despite the sub zero freezing night temperature.

Pleasing to the eye, the "Bird's Nest" embodies traditional Chinese elements sprinkled with modernity. With a red glow, the venue symbolizes luck and optimism, and its structure mirrors the energetic and ardent spirit innately present in athletes. The letter "N" completes the National Stadium's look, reflecting the passionate and welcoming atmosphere warranted by the Olympic Games.

The design, which originated from the study of Chinese ceramics, implemented steel beams in order to hide supports for the retractable roof, giving the stadium the appearance of a "Bird's nest".

Leading Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was the artistic consultant on the project.

The stadium officially opened in 28 June 2008. Located at the southern part of the Olympic Green in Beijing, the National Stadium is the main stadium of the 29th Olympiad in 2008. Occupying an area of 21 hectares, it has a floor space of 258,000 square meters. Its seating capacity amounts to 91,000, including 11,000 temporary seats

The Bird's Nest boasted the largest ski resort in urban Beijing. The first winter amusement activity in the Bird's Nest was the Ice and Snow Festival, which was launched on Dec.19, 2009 and lasted for two months up to Feb.20, 2010.

Address: 18 Beichen Dong Lu, Olympic Area, Chaoyang district (8437 3008; www.n-s.cn/en).


Tip: Besides Beijing National Stadium, you may visit its neighboring attractions such as the National Aquatics Center (Water Cube) and the National Indoor Stadium.

Admission Fee:

CNY50 for a visit to the National Stadium

* CNY140 for Through Tickets of Beijing Landmark Tour, including the National Stadium, the National Aquatics Center, the National Centre for Performing Arts and the CCTV Tower; the ticket is valid for one month.

Opening Hours:

9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays

9:00 to 21:30 on weekends and public holidays.

Subway:

Take Subway Line 10 to Beitucheng then switch to Subway Line 8 (Olympic Special Line): get off at Olympic Sports Center Station, get out of the station from Exit B1 (northwest exit) or Exit B2 (northeast exit), and walk north to Bird's Nest.

Bus Route:

Take bus 82, 538 or 611 and get off at Guo Jia Ti Yu Chang Dong (National Stadium East) Station.

Take bus 18, 108, 124, 207, 328, 380, 387, 409, 426, 558, 653, 694, 758, 803, 849, 985 or 特2 and get off at Ao Ti Dong Men (Olympic Sports Center East Gate) Station.

Take bus 84 or 407 and get off at Ao Ti Xi Men (Olympic Sports Center West Gate) Station.


THE EGG IN BEIJING


The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) (Chinese: 国家大剧院; pinyin: guó​jiā​ dà​ jù​yuàn​; literally: National Grand Theatre), and colloquially described as The Egg, is an opera house in Beijing, People's Republic of China. 

The Centre, an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake, seats 5,452 people in three halls and is almost 12,000 m² in size. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. Construction started in December 2001 and the inaugural concert was held in December 2007.

The exterior of the theater is a titanium accented glass dome that is completely surrounded by a man-made lake. It is said to look like an egg floating on water, or a water drop. It was designed as an iconic feature, something that would be immediately recognizable.

The dome measures 212 meters in east-west direction, 144 meters in north-south direction, and is 46 meters high. The main entrance is at the north side. Guests arrive in the building after walking through a hallway that goes underneath the lake. The titanium shell is broken by a glass curtain in north-south direction that gradually widens from top to bottom.

The location is immediately to the west of Tiananmen Square and the Great Hall of the People, and near the Forbidden City.


BEIJING TIANANMEN SQUARE







                                         Adik talon ng talon kahit may shopping bags at dslr, lol!

Presenting the Beijing Tiananmen Square. We went to Tiananmen Square from our hotel via subway. It was easy because all you have to do is to walk north towards exit A or B.

It is the must place to visit in Beijing City. Located at the center of Beijing City is Tiananmen Square, where you can visit Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and see the national flag raising ceremony. Thousands of people come to the Square every day.

The present Tiananmen Square has an area of 440,000 square meters and has become a relaxing place for the common people to fly kites and walk. On a holiday, the whole square is covered with fresh flowers.

There is an admission Fee of CNY 15 for ascending the Tiananmen Tower.
Free for visiting the square only.

By Subway:

Subway Line 1: get off at Tiananmen Dong or Tiananmen Xi Station.
Subway Line 2: get off at Qianmen Station. Get out from Exit A or B and walk north.

By Bus:

Take bus 1, 5, 10, 22, 37, 52, 205, 728 or 802 and get off at Tiananmen Xi.
Take bus 1, 2, 10, 20, 37, 52, 59, 82, 120, 126, 203, 205, 210, 728 or 802 and get off at Tiananmen Dong.
Take bus 2, 5, 8, 20, 22, 120, 126, 203, or 210 and get off at Tiananmen Guangchang Dong (Tiananmen Square East).
Take bus 2, 5, 20, 120, 126 or 210 and get off at Tiananmen Guangchang Xi (Tiananmen Square West).


BlogFest SOCCSKSARGEN 2010 LiveBlog



BlogFest SOCCSKSARGEN 2010 LiveBlog


The BlogFest SOCCSKSARGEN 2010 is happening right now, December 11, 2010 at the Royale Ballroom of the East Asia Royale Hotel in General Santos City. Today is a packed day with 13 talks by 11 speakers. You may catch the happenings in the event through the live community blog and online discussion below.
If you are in the BlogFest SOCCSKSARGEN, you may join the online discussion by tweeting using the hashtag #blogfestsox2010.
Share this link: http://bit.ly/SoxBlogFest2010 to your friends to give them full access to the BlogFest SOCCSKSARGEN 2010 LiveBlog.


Friday, December 10, 2010

BlogFest SOCCSKSARGEN 2010 Press Release


BlogFest SOCCSKSARGEN 2010 Press Release



One day to go and all roads will lead to General Santos City for Southern Mindanao’s biggest blogging event, the BlogFest SOCCSKSARGEN 2010! The event gathers more than 100 bloggers and new media enthusiasts and has scheduled 11 speakers in 13 talks at the Grand Royale Ballroom of General Santos City’s East Asia Royale Hotel.



YES! SOCCSKSARGEN Blogfest 2010 is happening tomorrow, Saturday, December 11 at the Grand Ballroom of the East Asia Royale Hotel in Gen San City. If you’re a blogger and you have yet to hear anything about this event, chances are, you’re the kind of audience that this Blogfest needs to be there. Yes, right there in the first row seated together with no less than, kuya Avel Manansala and Kuya Orman Manansala!

List of speakers (fromGensan News Online Mag of Avel Manansala):

Google Philippines Aileen Apolo-de Jesus

Presidential Communications Operations Office Manager Jay Jaboneta
UP Diliman Department of Journalism Professor Danilo Arao
Davao Bloggers President Ria Abella Jose
Soccsksargen Tourism Advocate Michelle Lopez-Solon
Digital Filipino’s Janette Toral
Zamboanga Multi-media Guru Ryann Elumba
Web Presence Strategist Fil-Am Dale Palileo
Internet Security Expert Bobby Soriano 

They are all willing and eager to increase your passion for the much vaunted New Media!

Giving the Keynote Speeches to inspire and challenge them are GenSan Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio and Representative Pedro B. Acharon, Jr. of the 1st District of South Cotabato.

Attend the SOCCSKARGEN Blogfest 2010 at ma ka ka rubbing elbows mo na ang mga blogger royalty na sila Kuya Avel Manansala, kuya Orman Manansala, Enrico Dee etc.

If you want a copy of the events program head to this site and download it.

This event’s sponsors are overwhelmingly overwhelming. As in major major talaga!!!! Kakaloka!

Platinum Partner and Venue Sponsor East Asia Royale Hotel
Platinum Partner Sagittarius Mining Inc.
Gold Partner and Wifi Provider SMART Communications and SMART Bro
Gold Partner and Official Blogfest Tshirt Provider Gaisano Mall of GenSan
Office of Representative Pedro B. Acharon, Jr. of the 1st District of South Cotabato
Office of Representative Emmanuel Pacquiao, of the lone District of Sarangani
Gold Sponsor and Speakers’ Official Residence Dolores Hotels and Resorts
Silver Partner and Photo Safari Sponsor Robinsons Place GenSan
Silver Partner and Official Tech Provider STI College GenSan
Silver Partner and Official Browser OPERA for Desktops
Silver Partner and Official Videographer Royale Iris Studio Productions
Silver Partner and Sashimi Night Venue Sponsor Alta Veranda Hall
Bronze Partners, namely the Local Government Unit of General Santos City, Go Sarangani Travel and Tours, Ingress Sponsor Music City Family KTV, Zion Travel and Tours -Gaisano, OMF Lit Bookshop-GenSan, P.R. firm Geisler Maclang Communications Inc., Montage Digital Photography Inc – Gaisano(Official Photographer), PCWorx -KCC, Kristan Bookstore, South Cotabato Tambayan, Miss Mocca Cafe, Hi-Tech Pinoy Internet Cafe and GenSan City Councilor Margareth Rose N. Santos.
Special Patrons Ryan’s Lechon House, Jam’s Garden, Red Trellis Seafood Garden, Gio’s Mongolian,Arnevel’s Le Jardin and Caterers.
GenSan News Online Mag, Ganda Ever So Much, Alexis C. Chua, Xyrilloid Landicho, Gilbert Tan, Arnel and Rosilie Lim, and of course…
Mindanao New Media.

Hurry up and please register now. This online registration for the Blogfest Sox 2010 started less than two weeks ago and slots have been filled up already fast. The deadline of payment is on Friday, December 10 at 5pm. So if I were you, go to this site and register. Why? Because “Walk-in registrants could be on waitlist to check if there are no-shows, one hour into the programme on Saturday, December 11” according to Bariles!

Lastly, there’s a photo safari after! Hurray! So for photobloggers out there tara lets!


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