Funny Panda Videos

Sneezing Panda Video

Best VIDEO EVER!  IS THE BEST!!!!this is so cuteThe baby panda is so adorable!I almost died laughing at this No matter how many times i watch it, it just gets funnier.
lol, thats so funny!!!I can’t stop laughingOMG ROFL!!!!!!!!
laughing out loud

Sneezing Sequel video

omg the panda is so adorable  so cute  lol. does the panda need some claritin for allergies?
LOLOL Poor Panda!! Too funny! I officially now LOVE pandas LMAO! poor panda  He needs Tylenol!   aw they’re so cute!!

Let It Snow  – Lyrics

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we’ve no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It
Snow!It doesn’t show signs of Pauseping, And I’ve bought some corn for popping,The lights are turned way down low,Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

When we finally kiss goodnight,How I’ll hate going out in the storm!But if you’ll really hold me tight,All the way home I’ll be warm.

The fire is slowly dying,And, my
dear, we’re still good-bying,
But as long as you love me so,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It
Giant Panda – Lost Mountains In

Giant pandas have topped the
endangered species list for many years.
China’s remote Qinling Mountains are
one of their last sanctuaries on Earth.
Japanese filmmaker Misuaki Iwago
ventures into this extreme landscape for
one year in an unprecedented attempt
to reveal the secret life of the Giant

This programme includes the first
recorded footage of a mother panda
raising her young cub in the wild, and
rare appearances by the golden-haired
mountain goats, the golden snub-nosed
monkeys and the only wild breeding
population of crested ibises. Along with
the Giant Panda these animals have
nestled in this unforgiving environment
since the last ice age. Welcome to one
of the last remaining sanctuaries on
planet Earth.

Drum Tower Gu Lou and Bell Tower Zhong Lou

These two structures sit at the north end of Imperial Beijing’s central axis and have been
telling the time since the Yuan Dynasty, though they have been rebuilt many times since
then. At 7pm every evening the striking of the drum and then the bell marked the official
bedtime; the bell then chimed at two-hour intervals throughout the night until 5am when the
drum and then the bell sounded the wake-up call.

Dating from 1272, the Yuan Dynasty Drum Tower was originally made of wood and used to
house 25 drums, of which only the large main drum still survives. The stone-built Bell Tower
was added in the Ming Dynasty but was rebuilt in the 18th century after it was destroyed by
fire. It contains one huge bell, said to be the heaviest in China, which was still rung at 7pm
until 1924, when Emperor Puyi left the Forbidden City. The first attempt at casting this huge
ringer failed and the Emperor threatened that if the next one was not made perfectly all the
bell makers would be executed. They duly forged another bell – but when it failed to set, the
daughter of the bell-maker, believing that she too would die, leapt into the molten bronze,
leaving just her embroidered shoes. The bell set and everyone was saved, but it is still said
that on quiet nights you can hear the ghost of the girl calling for her shoes.

Shanghai World Financial Center – China’s Tallest Building

At The tallest Building in Mainland China and at The THIRD,-tallest in at The world
behind Dubai’s the Burj Khalifa (828 m) and Taipei 101 (509 m), on Shanghai
World Financial Center (on Shanghai Huanqiu Jinrong Zhongxin, SWFC,
Chinese: Shanghai World Financial Center) is A its beast at 101 drawings measuring 492 m
(1,614 ft) with a cost of RMB ¥ 8.17 billion (USD $ 1.20 billion).

Opening its doors in late August 2008 next to pagoda-like 421-meter Jin
Mao Tower at the start of a Worldwide recession that reputed left its
office space half empty, the stratospheric Shanghai World Financial
Center has had a difficult history starting back in 1997, when the whole
idea was put into deep-freeze because of the Asian economic crisis.This
tapering glass tower with a trapezoidal aperture at the top, designed by
New York-based architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) and
developed by Minoru Mori and the Mori Group (which built the mammoth,
mixed-use redevelopment projects such as Roppongi Hills Ark Hills and
Atago Green Hills in Tokyo), was originally designed to feature a circular
cutout atop the tower to reduce the stresses of wind pressure, but
this initial design was revised to a rectangular hole when numerous
Chinese – among them the mayor of Shanghai – pointed out that the
finished structure would resemble the rising sun on a Japanese flag.

There are 3 observation decks in Shanghai World Financial Center.The
tallest deck is the 439th
(1,440 ft) high, on the
97th floor, named “Observatory Bridge” and The World apos Highest public
Observation Platform, The stunning All-Glass Skywalk observattion Deck (View
light days Club) AT The height of 474 m (1,555. ft) High IS ON The 100th Floor.
Admission Ranges from 100 RMB for The 94th Floor only to 150 yuan for
all three observation decks.

Park Hyatt Shanghai is the hotel component containing 174 rooms and
suites. Occupying the 79th to the 93rd floors, it is the highest hotel in the
world, surpassing the Grand Hyatt Shanghai on the 53rd to 87th floors of
The neighboring Jin Mao TowerRates Start AT around US $ 320 per night,
and RAMP up to in a Nearly US $ 13K for at The stunning Chairman Suite.

Amid at The Frenzied Construction Zones of China, China’s the Next tallest
Building, on Shanghai Tower (632 m, 2,073 ft, Chinese: Shanghai Tower ),
Broke ground in November 2008 adjacent to the Jin Mao Tower and
Shanghai World Financial Center and is due for completion in 2014.

Shanghai Center Tower – China’s Next Tallest Building

Three months after mainland China’s tallest building, Shanghai World
Financial Center, opened to tenants in a souring real estate environment
in 2008, ground is being broken just next door in Shanghai for a $2.2
billion building more than one-fourth higher.

Next up is a 632-meter (2,073 ft), 128-floor building dubbed Shanghai
Tower (Shanghai Zhongxing Dasha, Chinese
latest fantastical super-tall shopping, office and hotel skyscraper is
designed to curl heavenward, incorporating “green” elements such as
rainwater capture and wind redirecting technology. Gardens will grow in
between and around what are essentially nine cylindrical buildings
stacked atop one another, all of it visible through a transparent façade.

Nicknamed the Shanghai Dragon, the building is designed by San
Francisco-based Gensler while the design institute of Shanghai’s Tongji
University will act as the local partner. Shanghai Tower will be the tallest
building in China once it is completed in 2014, and the second tallest in
the world, surpassed only by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at
828 meters (2,717 feet).

Gensler chairman Art Gensler promised a sustainable tall building,
explaining: “We’ve lined the perimeter of the tower, top to bottom, with
public spaces, and we’ve integrated strategic environmental thinking into
every move. The tower is a stage that comes to life through the presence
of people.”

Such a building has been on the drawing board since the early 1990s,
when Shanghai planners designated a trio of skyscrapers for the heart of
a purpose-built financial district called Liujiazhui, Pudong. The first of the
three, the 88-floor, 420-meter Jin Mao Tower opened in 1998 to
laudatory reviews for its stainless steel pagoda-like design. Ten years
later, in August, Japan’s Mori Building Co. took wraps off the 492-meter
building called Shanghai World Financial Center, that was as
controversial as it was delayed. It features a trapezoid-shaped hole at its
top, where a glass-enclosed observation deck offers views from floor 101.

Marco Polo Bridge – Lugou Bridge

Built in 1192 and reconstructed after severe flooding during the Qing
Dynasty, this impressive span – known as Marco Polo Bridge because it was
praised by the Italian wayfarer-is Beijing’s oldest bridge . It’s 11 segmented
stone arches cross the Yongding River on what was once the imperial highway
that linked Beijing with central China. The bridge’s marble balustrades support
nearly 485 carved stone lions that decorate elaborate handrails. Note the giant
stone slabs that embodied the bridge’s orifinal roadbed . Carved imperial stelae
at either end of the span,
carried out in the reign of Emperor Kangxi and the other bearing
the inscription “The Moon over the Lugou Bridge at Dawn” (one of eight scenic
spots of Yanjing ) in the handwriting of Emperor or Reverses in, To commemorate at The
Bridge and Surrounding Scenery.

at The Marco Polo Bridge IS Best Remembered in MODERN Times AS at The SPOT
the WHERE invading Japanese Armies clashed with Chinese Soldiers ON June 7,
1937. at The Assault Began Japan’s Brutal Eight-year. JOURNAL oF RADIOLOGICAL of Eastern
China Which ended with Tokyo’s surrender at the end of World War II. The
bridge has become a popular field-trip destination for Beijing Students.
Beijing side of the span is the Memorial Hall of the War of Resistance Against
Japan. Below the bridge on the shore, local entrepreneurs rent horses
(the asking price is Y120 per hour, but you should bargain) and lead tours of
the Often-dry grassy riverbed.

Beijing Sightseeing – Beijing Attractions – Beijing Sights

Beijing is a fast changing city – a mixture of the imperial old town and the Olympic
new – with the new encroaching an the old at an incredible pace. The Capital is
home to many of China’s major tourist sites, including the Forbidden City, the
Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Beihai Park and the Summer Palace – as
well as a great number of ancient temples, the best of which is perhaps the Lama
Temple. The proximity of the Great Wall is also a draw, even for those with an
aversion to cities.

A stroll around the winding lanes, collectively known as hutongs, in the Houhai
area, north of Beijing is one of the city’s great pleasures, but one that may not be
around much longer due to the continual development of the area. Scores of the
world’s best architects have been allowed to use Beijing as their drawing board.
The cantilevered towers of China Central Television (CCTV)’ new headquarters,
Beijing capital International Airport Terminal 3, the National Centre for the
Performing Arts, Beijing National stadium (aka Bird’s Nest, 鸟巢) and National
Aquatics Centre (aka the Water Cube, 水立方) will go down as some of the early
21st century’s greatest achievements.

Although Beijing is not as chic as Shanghai, a stroll around the city’s flea markets
– in particular Panjiayuan – is far more enjoyable than an afternoon at Louis
Vuitton. And don’t forget the food – Peking duck reaches its apotheosis in the
capital, but try the hot pot, too.

Shoe Stores – Shoe Shopping in Beijing

Deal is one of only two sneaker shops in all of China where you can buy pairs of limited edition
Nike sneakers. This hip shoe store stock international special edition shoes by Ice Cream,
Nike, and Adidas’ Adicolor line, plus a handful of regional Asian designs by Nike (mostly space-
age looking stuff from Japan).

Neiliansheng Shoe Shop Neiliansheng, Beijing’s best known shoe store, is the oldest existing cloth shoe shop in China
(it opened in 1853), and it has a factory that still employs more than 100 workers. Cloth-soled
“thousand layer happy shoes” (qianceng buxie), loved by martial arts stars and Mao Zedong
alike, are hard to find. Cheaper plastic-soled shoes are taking their place. These shoes are
well stitched and very comfortable. There are also some women’s ornately embroidered shoes,
modeled on Qing fashions. Fortunately, they are now available in larger sizes, even for
Western feet. Bargaining is fruitless.

This store, with its two rooms of Western-size shoes, boots, and sneakers is reason alone to
head to the area, and all the goodies are available in Western sizes. It stocks a variety of Nine
West, Calvin Klein, and the Japanese cult brand Fin as well as whatever else the staff can lay
their hands on. A whole room to devoted to men’s shes (mostly casual trainer style). The staff
know that thanks to their sheer variety of products, varying from 50RMB flip-flops to 1,000RMB
Calvin Klein boots, that people will come so they make on effort whatsoever when it comes to
service. And the store isn’t online no matter what its name may suggest.

The savior of many Western-sized shoe fanatics in Beijing, this store may be small, but it’s
packed with more Steve Madden and Aldo brand shoes than you could wear in a lifetime. The
stylish smiley owner will discount a little, but the marketed prices are usually in the ballpark as
to what you will pay

Beijing Shopping Guide – Markets and Bazaars in Beijing

One of the best things about shopping in Beijing is the markets. In fact, everything from
embroidery, to Beijing Opera Masks and handmade earrings can be found somewhere
in Beijing if you know where to look. The key things to remember: bargain for everything
and carry cash.

Shopping Tips: Outside of the department stores, credit cards are rarely accepted. It’s
also highly unlikely you’ll be given a receipt. Nevertheless, if you are unhappy with
anything, the quicker you take it back, the more likely the shop assistant is to fix or
replace any damaged goods. Sales items are marked differently here, showing the
percentage of the price you pay, not the percentage of the discount. Bargaining is a
given and always assume you’ll be quoted around three times the real price to
begin with.
Hongqiao Pearl Market (Hong Qiao Shi Chang) 红桥市场

Hong Qiao is just minutes’ walk from the Temple of Heaven – which explains the
busloads of tourists that flock here and the reason it is often hideously overpriced,
Bargain hard, however, and you may get the price down as low as the local Chinese
who also visit regularly. Contained inside a more impressive building than most
markets, Hongqiao houses several floors and stalls selling the usual clothes, bags,
shoes, binoculars, cameras, coral, electronics– and of course pearls. Most of the pearls
for sale on the third floor are low quality. So look out for the really high quality ones
(and good views of the Temple of Heaven) on the market’s fourth floors.

Panjiayuan Antique Market (Panjiayuan dirt market, Panjiayuan Jiuhuo
Shichang) 潘家园古玩市场

We can’t recommend strongly enough that you pay this market a visit while you’re in
Beijing. Though more famous for its (now mostly fake) antiques, Panjiayuan -sometimes
called the Dirt Market-is absolutely brimming with everything you could ever want in the
way of presents and souvenirs from Beijing. PLA caps and bags, lanterns, jewelry,
Buddhas (real ones as well as repro), books, ancient coins, Mao alarm clocks, old city
maps, cigarette cards, ethnic clothing and embroidery, rugs, Cultural Revolution
posters, exquisitely painted treasure boxes, vases and traditional leather puppets all
feature-and that’s just half of it. If it’s the antiques you’re after, get there at the crack of
dawn on Saturday or Sunday to pick up the best deals from the men and women whose
trinkets, pottery, statues and even ancient weapons have been collected from all over
the country. One tip: Many of the merchants can provide a shipping service for large
items to main ports around the world.

Silk Street Market (Xiushui)

This is the most infamous market in Beijing. It is reported the city’s third main tourist
attraction after the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Housed in a four-story building
next to its original location, some 20,000 shoppers a day visit to snap up famous brand
goods for ridiculously low prices. Of course, they are all fakes, but who’s to know?
However, visitors may not have to struggle with the morality of it all for much longer, as
the trade in counterfeits is likely to be stamped out soon.

Yashow Market (Yaxiu)

At the center of the embassy district of Sanlitun (Beijing’s most famous bar area), Yaxiu
offers more of the same as the Silk Market with slightly better prices: four floors of
clothing, bags, shoes, and sportswear, plus some jewelry, nail salons, kites and silk
photo album are all for sale. The blue-shirted girls running the stalls are feisty but fun
and if you’re polite you should walk away with an armful of bargains.

Beijing Zoo Wholesale Market (Dongwuyuan)

If you ever wondered where the stallholders at the Silk and Pearl markets get their
stock, then ponder no more. The Zoo Market (Known to locals as Dongwuyuan, this
place is where the locals shop for their clothes) is a boxy, heaving little place, crammed
to the rafters with dirt-cheap clothes, bags, shoes and coats. If you’re looking for a new
coat or jacket, RMB50 should do it, a jumper or top? RMB20. The lack of foreigners
means it’s a tough job to get the prices as low as the locals, so it’s worth hovering
around a stall until a Chinese person comes along to get an idea of the real price-you’ll
be shocked at how low they are.

Nan Luo Gu Xiang (Nanluoguxiang)

Over eight centuries old, this one kilometer alley way is a hub of Beijing bohemian life.
Filled with cafes, bars and shops carved out of classic hutongs, it’s Beijing answer to
the French Quarter. Hipsters, musicians, artists and tourists rub shoulders tipping
cheap beers on outdoor patios or shopping for cool, locally-designed trinkets. Pottery
Shop, Grifted and Plastered T-shirts are three must-visit shops.

Laitai Market

China’s biggest botanical warehouse is a delight to walk through and could be the most
greenery you’ll see while you’re here. Row after row of colorful orchids, peonies, bonsai
trees, cacti, Chinese roses, lotus flowers and burgeoning green plants are
complemented by the tropical fish shops on the market’s periphery. Stalls near the
entrance sell dire twisted bark creations and tasteless mystical water features, To keep
discovering, head down to the basement from the rear of the market for lamps,
ceramics and candle stores galore.

Gaobeidian Antique Furniture Market

For reproduction Ming and the odd genuine piece of Qing Dynasty furniture,
Gaobeidian is the place. A handful of dusty, broad streets are lined with showrooms
stuffed with tables, chests, opium beds, cabinets, chairs and even drums, Prices can be
bargained down a decent amount.

Ritan Office Building (Ritan Shangwu Lou)

Don’t let the gray-brick and red-trim exterior fool you: Ritan Office Building is a newly
discovered shopping paradise and very popular among Beijing locals looking for latest
fashions. More than 70 shops stocking high-quality womens’ clothing, footwear, and
accessories. Name brands include Ann Taylor, BCBG, DKNY, and Eileen Fisher.

3.3 Clothing Mall 3.3

This five story building contains more than 500 boutiques selling clothing and
accessories, most items are picked up from Hong Kong and overseas. The price is not
low, bargain with peddlery. They also offer a huge parking area of 5,000sq.m.

Wudaokou Clothing Market

Small and stylish boutiques line this market, selling casual and trendy T-shirts, jeans,
skirts and accessories at prices cheaper than Xidan. Wudaokou, Beijing’s student
enclave, is in the heart of Haidian district. College students, especially from overseas,
make up of the base of its clientele. To get there, take subway line 13 to Wudaokou,
then take an eastbound bus.

Liulichang Cultural Street

Literally meaning “colored-glaze factory,” this street, which has been an artisan hub
since the Ming Dynasty, is famous for specializing in antiques and artifacts. Stroll
around and find old coins, dusty scrolls, Tibetan antiques, calligraphy materials and
collectible stamps. Check out the many famous “brand name” shops such as
Rongbaozhai (known for its paintings, calligraphyand brilliant wood-block prints),
Qingmige, China Bookshop and Haiwangcun.

Yandai Xiejie (Tobacco Alley, Old Pipe Street)

At this world famous landmark in the Gulou area you’ll find Chinese antiques, traditional
arts and crafts, fashionable clothes, Tibetan accessories as well as traditional Beijing
traditional snacks. All this packed into just 300 meters of street.

Beijing Curio City

As the Asia’s largest curio distribution center, the curio city covers an area of 23,400
square meters with four stories of more than 600 kitsch and curio shops and a few
furniture vendors, selling Jingdezhen porcelains, Tang San Cai (Tri-colored glazed
pottery of the Tang Dynasty,, Cloisonne, Inner Mongolian crystal and agate,
Burmese emerald, other pottery and porcelain, jewelry and jade articles, calligraphic
works and paintings, antique clocks and watches, carpets and ancient furniture.

Jiayi Market (Jiayi Vogue Square)

After a major spruce up, Jiayi market, across from the Kunlun hotel, offers a more
upmarket and relaxing shopping experience than Yaxiu and Hongqiao but with the same
possibility of bagging bargains and it doesn’t get as many foreign tourists. Instead of
stalls, there are boutiques, and the men’s and women’s clothes are not just the same
name brands you get everywhere. Dig deep and you’ll find everthing from Victoria’s
Secret lingerie to Max Mara dresses. This is also a good place for “designer”
handbags, though there is the occasional crackdown when all the bags are cleared
from the shelves.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Beijing


With its spectacular location and innovative architecture, Mandarin Oriental, Beijing is a stunning landmark in China’
s capital city. As part of China Central Television new headquarters, the hotel enjoys an unrivalled location in the
heart of Beijing’s Central Business District and serves as Mandarin Oriental’s flagship property in China. The
Mandarin Oriental is scheduled to open 2009. The 203 guest rooms and 38 suites are amongst the largest in the
city with high ceilings, elegantly appointed materials, innovative in-room entertainment and commanding views of the
surrounding district. The hotel will feature six exceptional dining and cocktail venues. Both the Chinese and
signature restaurant (Sheng Chinese Restaurant and Peking Grill) will be located on the top two floors of the hotel
and linked by a chic Champagne Bar suspended over a dramatic staircase, thus allowing guests a birds-eye view of
the stunning architecture and cityscape. A gourmet Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop will also be part of the dining
experience. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Beijing, with 11 treatment rooms, will offer holistic rejuvenation and
relaxation treatments in a tranquil, meditative setting. Incorporating a comprehensive range of wellness, beauty and
massage treatments, The Spa will feature life-enhancing signature programmes that are exclusive to Mandarin
Oriental. A sophisticated fitness centre and beauty salon will also be available.


• Located in Chaoyang District, the heart of Beijing ‘s Centre Business District (CBD)

• 30 minutes from Beijing international Airport and close to the city’s major business and cultural sites

• Situated in the brand new Television Cultural Centre, part of the CCTV Headquarters development comprising

• Entertainment centres, including digital cinemas and a 1,500-seat theatre

• Exciting restaurants

• Expansive landscaped park

• Close to the city’s major business and cultural sites, including the Forbidden City

• 30 minutes from Beijing International Airport

• 20 minutes drive to Beijing Railway Station

• 5-minute walk to the World Trade Center subway station


• 203 deluxe rooms and 38 suites offering both uncompromising luxury and commanding views of the surrounding city

• Rooms are amongst the largest in the city featuring high ceilings and elegant interiors by renowned design firm Lim, Teo
& Wilkes (LTW)

• Innovative in-room entertainment systems include large LCD television monitors in bedrooms and bathrooms as well as
Denon DVD/CD players

• State-of-the-art technology in every room includes multi-line telephone systems with voice mall, high-speed internet
access, and modem plug-in-sockets

• Six exceptional dining and cocktail venues, including a signature restaurant and an innovative Chinese restaurant
located on the top two floors of the hotel

• Chic champagne bar, suspended over a dramatic staircase, offers patrons a bird’s eye view of the city and links the
Signature and Chinese restaurants

• Gourmet Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop offers homemade pastries, sandwiches and specialty foods

• Upscale, high-energy bar on 5 th level offers late-night cocktails and entertainment, while comfortable Lobby Lounge is
ideal for light refreshments, afternoon tea and evening aperitifs

• Dramatically beautiful, the 1,050 square-metre circular ballroom is surrounded by a ring of water and is sunken 1.4
metres below ground level

• Exceptional meeting and conference services include dedicated function rooms with state-of-the-art audio-visual
capabilities with a combined capacity of 1,000 attendees plus 11 broadcasting rooms

• Full-service business centre offers internet access, executive workstations, and translation services

• Dedicated Food & Beverage department caters to any size group and provides full, personalized banquet service


• 819 square-metre Mandarin Oriental Spa features 11 tranquil treatment suites, including four couples Suites and two
Deluxe Suites

• Holistic spa menu includes a range of signature treatments, massages and facials, as well as customized Time Ritual

• State-of-the-art Fitness Centre has full line of equipments, including a revolutionary Kinesis and Wellness system, cardio
machines and free weights

• Full-service Salon offers hairstyling and cutting for men and women, barber services, pedicures and manicures. The
Salon has two private VIP treatment rooms


Mandarin Oriental Beijing

Fire rages at Beijing luxury hotel after fireworks

BEIJING (AP) — An unfinished luxury hotel, next door to China Central

Television’s landmark headquarters in downtown Beijing, went up in
flames Monday just after being showered with sparks from fireworks set
off during a holiday celebration.

There were no reports of deaths or injuries resulting from the fire.

The Mandarin Oriental hotel caught fire sometime before 9 p.m. (1300
GMT) as the skies above the Chinese capital were filled with exploding
fireworks — part of celebrations of the lantern festival that follows the
Lunar New Year.

The entire hotel building was engulfed in flames, sending off huge
plumes of black smoke and showering the ground below with embers. At
least seven fire crews were on the scene and police held back crowds of
onlookers and closed a nearby elevated highway to ensure safety.

Li Jian said he saw smoke arising from the 44-story hotel’s roof shortly
after a huge burst of fireworks showered it with sparks, though it was not
clear if they started the fire.

“Smoke came out for a little while but then it just started burning,” Li said.

Calls to the Beijing fire service were answered by people who confirmed
the fire but said they were unable to release any details.

The hotel, due to open this year, lies on the northern edge of a complex
that also includes CCTV’s imposing Z-shaped headquarters, a major
prestige project for the city. The Mandarin Oriental was due to be one of
Beijing’s most luxurious hotels, with 241 guest rooms.

Both buildings were designed by Rotterdam, Netherlands, architects Rem
Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren for the firm OMA. Both were nearing the end
of construction. Along with Mandarin Oriental, the hotel building was to
have housed a visitors center, a theater and exhibition spaces.

Beijing usually tightly restricts the use of fireworks in the downtown area,
but waives the rules each year during the Lunar New Year holiday.
Monday, the final day of the exemption period, marked the first full moon
since the Lunar New Year, and massive fireworks barrages exploded
between buildings and in open spaces throughout the city.

Erik Amir a senior architect at building designers OMA said the fire had
destroyed years of hard work.

“It really has been a rough six-seven years for architects who worked on
this project,” said Amir, who rushed to the site after hearing of the fire.

“I think it’s really sad that this building is destroyed before it can be
opened to the public,” he said.

Beijing Zoo Clothing Wholesale Market – Dongwuyuan Fuzhuang Pifa Shichang – Beijing

If you ever wondered where the stallholders at the Silk, Yashow and Pearl
markets get their stock, then ponder no more. Beijing Zoo! No we are not
talking about Giant Pandas, we are talking about Beijing’s biggest clothing
wholesale market. The Zoo Market (Known to locals as Dongwuyuan, this
place is where the locals shop for their clothes) is a boxy, heaving place,
crammed to the rafters with dirt-cheap clothes, bags, shoes and coats. This
massive wholesale market group includes seven markets, located around
Beijing Zoo. And the most popular ones are Julong, Dong Ding, Tianlegong
and Shiji Tianle. If you’re looking for a new coat or jacket, RMB50 should do
it, a jumper or top? RMB20. The lack of foreigners means it’s a tough job to
get the prices as low as the locals, so it’s worth hovering around a stall until a
Chinese person comes along to get an idea of the real price-you’ll be
shocked at how low they are. Claustrophobics are best advised to steer clear Beijing Zoo Clothing Wholesale Market
of the Zoo Clothing Market, especially on weekends when stampedes are part
of the experience.

Julong Foreign Trade Market

Julong is an underground shopping center. It mainly sells clothes and many of Beijing’s little clothing stores come here to
purchase their stock. The average price of clothing here is between 20-60 RMB. Winter clothes and some designer shoes
are priced at 100 RMB and above. Usually, goods shouldn’t exceed 200 RMB.

Most of the clothes here are for foreign trade, hence are extremely fashionable and up to date on foreign trends. You can
also find unusual clothes here, but finding the true gems requires meticulous searching (through mountains and mountains of

Location:Opposite the Beijing Exhibition Center. The entrance is at the west side of the Ito Yokado Shopping Center beside
Address :Exhbition Sqaure, 135 Xizhimen Waidajie, Xicheng District, Beijing

Shiji Tianle

Overall, the clothes at Shiji Tianle are better quality and the shopping environment is more pleasant than at Julong. Because
of this, the prices of clothes are a little higher. Their slogan is “only foreign trade is fashionable.” Hence, the average price of
clothes here ranges from 40-100 RMB. Thicker winter clothes are more expensive and the fourth floor stocks some high
quality items whose price ranges vary, but on average the more expensive ones will most likely cost between 200-300 RMB.

Be warned though, this place can get extremely crowded so it’s best to avoid it on weekends.

Location:South side of the Main Zoo Bus Station. Cross the road to get there.
Address: 28 Xizhimen Waidajie Nanlu, Xicheng District, Beijing

Jinkailide Building
The clothes in Jinkailide Building are also quite cheap. However, it lags behind Julong and Shiji Tianle in fashion. There are
lots of little stalls inside, with lots of varying styles and choices. You can bargain here and average prices range from 30-100
RMB. There is an amusement and food floor within the building for when hunger and fatigue take over.

Location : Close to the main bus station at the zoo.
Address: 136 Jinkailide Building, Xizhimen Waidajie, Xicheng District, Beijing