4.5 based on 18 reviews
Hardly a "side trip" from Xi'an, in Sha'anxi Province, since it's around 3 hours by car, this museum is well-worth a visit, especially if you stop at the Famen Temple Hotel to visit the Famen Temple site and stay overnight.
This is the largest museum devoted to bronzewares in China. The architecture was designed so the building looks like a four-legged bronze food container. Four large exhibit halls were open when we went there in June, with the potential for 4 more. We wish they had been open while were were there!
Baoji is known as the "cradle" of bronzeware in China. The museum showcases bronzes from the Zhou period onward, many unearthed locally. The workmanship is fabulous! One treasure, in particular, an ox-shaped wine vessel, defies belief because of its delicacy and workmanship.
We saw a documentary about the museum on CCTV, and decided to visit. We were happy we did.
4.5 based on 6 reviews
A very quiet place on the hill to the north of Baoji.
Planty of beautiful ancient stone carvings, paintings on wall, pottery are displayed. An unique underground terminal building is gorgeous.
The underground tunnel to the underground palace has steep slope. Walked on it very carefully.
You can't get the museum by public transit. However, it is not expensive to get there by taxi. It is about RMB13 from Hua tong Department Store by taxi. When I got back, I had to walk about 500m to the local road to wait for a taxi.
It is close to an ancient temple Jintaiguan. You can visit it as your second stop on your way down to Baoji.
4 based on 9 reviews
4 based on 9 reviews
People's Park (Ren Min Yuan) is a lovely park designed to attract all ages. Entering via a plaza with larger than life statues, one can feel the spell of the romantic trees, river, and Bridges. The plaza is the location for the nightly "square dancing," where people of all ages step together to lively Chinese tunes. Anyone can join the dancing, but it is similar to American line dancing, so it's easy to feel out of step - literally.
Beyond the plaza entrance lies a waterway which curves through the park, providing scenes of beauty and nourishment for the willow trees lining its shore. Looking north across the river, a giant laughing Buddha presides over the park. If you follow the path to the west of the entrance, the sounds of music, screams of laughter, and children playing will draw you to the little amusement park, which contains not only a merry-go-round, but a tall drop-car ride that the wise fear to experience.
University students often come to People's Park not only for the thrill rides, but to walk along the winding course of the river, relaxing from the summer heat in the relative coolness of shady nooks. Ever present smart phones document the scenic memories with selfies and group shots.
There is much to see in the park, including seasonal flowers (tulips, magnolias, chrysanthemums, etc.), sculptures, boat rides, and more. Probably Baoji's most popular year-round park, People's Park provides a taste of Chinese relaxation.
4 based on 7 reviews
In the three years since the last review was written, Yandi Ling has both been built up and deteriorated. Nonetheless, it is worth the 200+ steps to the top to view the burial mound and see the city's Panorama. When I visited the site during the weekend of Dragon Boat Festival, very few people were there. Perhaps more people come during other festivals (Qingming, mid-Autumn, and others).
The temple sits near the bottom of the mountain, just a few steps up from the parking area. It is fairly new and well maintained. Behind it is the grand plaza quietly waiting for public ceremonies to bring it to life once more. There the large statues of Yandi are impressive, but the grandeur of the first one (outside) is diminished by the very plain building directly behind it; and the beauty of the second one (inside the building) is lessened by the fact that the interior of the building is undergoing renovation. Presently it is a very large, bare room with a rough, red felt carpet laid to protect and soften the harshness of the cement floor.
The climb to the top is lovely. Trees and statues of emperors line the many steps. The burial mound itself is a small hill covered in lush green vegetation. The atmosphere is peaceful and the air is clear. The spot is open to breezes singing through the trees.
Although this site lacked the finesse of other places I have visited, it is noteworthy because of its mythical / historical significance. Yandi is considered by some to be the god of agriculture; it was he that taught the men of ancient China how to plant crops and taught the women how to sew. The remembrance of these humble beginnings is beneficial for all of us.
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