The Western Hills–yongding River Cul­tural Belt

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Wang Wei Edited by Justin Davis Pho­tos by Ge­orge Doupas (Greece), Li Xiaoyin, Zhao Dechun

If one is look­ing for some­where with di­verse cul­tures in Bei­jing, the Western Hills–yongding River Cul­tural Belt is one of the best places to start.

If one is look­ing for some­where with di­verse cul­tures in Bei­jing, the Western Hills–yongding River Cul­tural Belt is one of the best places to start. The Western Hills–yongding River Cul­tural Belt is the source of Bei­jing's civil­i­sa­tion and fea­tures more than 400 her­itage sites, in­clud­ing sites that have been in­scribed on UNESCO World Her­itage lists and reg­istries for Ma­jor Sites Pro­tected for their His­tor­i­cal and Cul­tural Value at the na­tional and mu­nic­i­pal lev­els. Some of these are Longevity Hill, the Fra­grant Hills and Jade Spring Hill, the Sum­mer Palace, the Gar­den of Tran­quil­ity and Plea­sure, the Gar­den of Tran­quil­ity and Bright­ness, the Gar­den of Ever­last­ing Spring, and Yuan­mingyuan (the Old Sum­mer Palace), which rep­re­sent im­pe­rial cul­ture; the Da­jue Tem­ple, Wofo Tem­ple and Tanzhe Tem­ple, which rep­re­sent Bud­dhist cul­ture; the Pek­ing Man Site at Zhouk­oudian and Yandu Site of the Western Zhou Dy­nasty (11th cen­tury–771 BC), which rep­re­sent ar­chae­o­log­i­cal cul­ture; and Miaofeng Moun­tain, which rep­re­sents tra­di­tional folk cul­ture. Red cul­ture, celebrity cul­ture and eco­log­i­cal cul­ture thrive in the Western Hills–yongding River Cul­tural Belt as well. The cul­tural belt is an en­cy­clopae­dia that doc­u­ments Bei­jing's his­tory, pol­i­tics, cul­ture, mil­i­tary science, cus­toms and so­cial changes. Learn­ing about the cul­tural belt helps one un­der­stand some of the ma­jor ori­gins of Bei­jing's cul­ture.

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