Located in the Jiangsu Province in Nanjing, the Nanjing Museum is one of the largest and most prominent museums in China. It covers an area of over 17 acres and houses over 400,000 items on display at twelve different exhibition halls. The halls include the Qin Garden area as well as separate halls for earthen ware, treasures, folk art, bronze ware, ancient porcelain, sculptures, paintings, modern art, jade, lacquer and silk products. The history of the Nanjing Museum dates back to the 1930s, making it one of the oldest museums in the area. The main building structure was designed by Liang Sicheng - who is considered to be Father of Modern Chinese Architecture - by blending Chinese and Western design elements. The museum is well-worth a visit when sight-seeing in Nanjing. ...more

Nanjing, China



Located in the Jiangsu Province in Nanjing, the Nanjing Museum is one of the largest and most prominent museums in China. It covers an area of over 17 acres and houses over 400,000 items on display at twelve different exhibition halls. The halls include the Qin Garden area as well as separate halls for earthen ware, treasures, folk art, bronze ware, ancient porcelain, sculptures, paintings, modern art, jade, lacquer and silk products. The history of the Nanjing Museum dates back to the 1930s, making it one of the oldest museums in the area. The main building structure was designed by Liang Sicheng - who is considered to be Father of Modern Chinese Architecture - by blending Chinese and Western design elements. The museum is well-worth a visit when sight-seeing in Nanjing.

Ticket Price

Not applicable

Opening Hour

Open from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Recommended Visit Duration

Around 1 hour

Suitable For

 Adults, Families, Young Adults, Senior Guests, Children

Must See

The full-size armor suit made from jade tiles held together by silver wire

Prayer Facilities

Though designated prayer facilities will not be available at Nanjing Museum, it is possible to enquire for a private area that can be made use of during prayer times. Muslim travellers could also visit a few of the mosques in Nanjing such as the Hanximen Mosque, Jizhaoying Mosque and the Nanjing Caoqiao Mosque - which is the main mosque of the city.

Halal Food

Finding Halal food in Nanjing will not be that difficult. Muslim travellers looking for Halal food near Nanjing Museum could try some of the Halal restaurants in Nanjing. Some of the most prominent Halal restaurants in Nanjing near Nanjing Museum include the Punjabi Indian Restaurant and the Maxiangxing Halal Restaurant which are located within city limits.

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  • Horizon Inn | Find Your Horizon in Horizon Inn

    Welcome to Taiwan’s magnificent capital, Taipei, where beautiful skyscrapers stands tall all around you. Taipei is well-known for its landmark, like Taipei 101 and the Taipei Main Station, to name a few. It is a perfect idea to come to Taipei for a vacation either alone, or with your family and friends. The main reason for this is because as you walk around the city, you will find either landmarks or attractions; from historic buildings and museums, to shopping malls and if you stay on later in the night, you will find night markets that sell famous and affordable Taiwanese street food. Imagine eating the most original, original Taiwanese Crispy Chicken! Oh, not to mention their delicious boba. Yum... via GIPHY But after those sweaty adventures, where should you stay? Well, here is an idea. You should stay in Horizon Inn, especially if you are looking for the best and convenient hotel in Taipei! Let me tell you why... via GIPHY Muslim-Friendly Services  Horizon Inn is a Muslim-Friendly Hotel situated in a strategic location right in the center of Taipei. So, say goodbye to sweaty shirts and say hello to your private and clean air-conditioned room. This hotel is a Muslim-Friendly Hotel and is rated 6 on Crescentrating.  The staff here are friendly and well-trained to cater to guests guests' requirements. They will be more than happy to assist you in whatever special request or preferences that you may have. The best thing about this hotel is that it is very close to Taipei Grand Mosque which is only about 3.5 kilometers away. Additionally, the hotel can arrange for guests to be taken to the mosque for Taraweeh prayers and Eid prayers. If you want to perform Salah in your room, there are prayer direction marked in each room, as well as prayer mats provided, so you don't have to worry. Credit Image: Horizon Inn on Facebook The hotel also provides Halal dining; Halal breakfast and Halal banquet are available upon request. Vegetarian dish can also be served in this hotel upon request. Isn't this amazing? Nearby Mosque  Taipei Grand Mosque Address: No. 62, Section 2, Xinsheng South Road., Da'an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10650 Contact: +886-2-2321-9445 Website: Hotel Facilities Credit Image: Horizon Inn on Facebook The hotel has a pretty neat architecture. Using yellow and gray tones, the room gives off an energetic and funky ambience mixed with modern minimalist style. For the young ones, what’s there not to love? As for the facilities, the hotel provides free Wi-fi and has a 24-hour front desk and services, so you don't have to worry about late night check-in. There are also facilities available for disabled guests. Credit Image: Horizon Inn on Facebook Horizon Inn also provides you with a shared lounge room and self-service laundry. In the shared lounge room, you can spend quality time with your family or group and engage in a serious discussion on your travel plans in Taipei. You also do not have to worry about having to bring home a pile of dirty clothes, because Horizon Inn provides you self-service laundry facilities. However, if you do not have time to do your own laundry, they also offer laundry services. You are definitely spoiled! Halal Restaurants Nearby If you are bored of eating the same food over and over again, be rest assured as there is a nearby Halal Restaurant that you can go to, which is just a 10-minute walking distance away from the hotel. Below are the details for the restaurant.  Really Good Seafood Address: 1F, No. 222, Section 1, Fuxing South Road, Daan District, Taipei City, Taiwan Contact: +886-2-2771-3000   Attractions Near Hotel Breeze Centre Nanjing Branch What's great about this hotel is that it is literally close to the Breeze Center Nanjing Branch, a shopping mall where you can buy gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones back at home, or even for yourself. Just make sure not to spend all of your money here, travellers, as there are still more shopping places to explore. Liaoning Night Market From Horizon Inn, it only takes a 5-minute stroll from the hotel to Liaoning Night Market, one of the best Night Market in Taipei, where you can buy street food and dive deep into their delicious local flavors, surrounded by the colorful neon Mandarin Chinese signs. Amazing, isn't it? If you are a foodie, then this is a perfect place to stay, as you can keep going back to the Night Market every night without fail. Be sure to try the famous Migao! Migao is a Taiwanese sticky rice pudding, one of the must-try street food in Liaoning Night Market. Other attractions around Horizon Inn Hotel that has not been mentioned above are Miniatures Museum of Taiwan, East Metro Underground Shopping Street, Huashan Creative Arts Park, Taipei 101, Xingtian Temple, and many more. Now, if you are thinking about how you will get there from the hotel, fret not! Because, surprise – surprise! Horizon Inn is a 7-minute walk away from Nanjing Fuxing MRT station and 500 meters away from Nanjing East Road train station. In Nanjing East Road train station, you can go straight to Taipei Songshan Airport in just 10 – 20 minutes by spending around 1 SGD only. In short, staying in Horizon Inn would give you an advantage of having a perfect frugal vacation. via GIPHY So, what are you waiting for? Make your dream vacation come true. Fly to Taipei and book Horizon Inn right away! Address: 4F, No. 246, Section 2, Chang'an East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10492 Contact: +886 2 2711 0102 Website | Facebook | Instagram ...

  • PoshPacker Hotel | Living in Elegance and Style

    Poshpacker hotel is the hotel of the new generation of travellers. This future-forward hotel incorporates the idea of a comfortable hostel and a luxury hotel, providing single bedrooms with all the privacy and spaces needed for a solo traveller. Just as the name suggests, the services of this hotel are designed for backpackers but with an elevated twist of refinery. Not to mention, it's a crescent rated establishment as well! Are you intrigued yet?  via GIPHY Read on to find out about this new type of accomodation in this ever-changing world of travel.   Hotel Services Credit Image: PoshPacker Hotel on Facebook The hotel has an elegant, sleek and modern design running through its rooms, bathroom facilities and cafes. All rooms provide a woven basket filled with free essentials required for your stay. PoshPacker has got you all covered. The luxury selling point of this hotel is that it provides a flat-screen TV in each room. The Poshpacker Hotel has a brilliant central location; in most cases, such central location would lead to exorbitant prices and yet, this hotel provides affordable rooms which is just an 8-minute walk away from the Taipei Main Station. Not only is the accessibility great but the Zhongzheng District is bustling with street-food, authentic Taipei experiences and friendly locals.  Credit Image: PoshPacker Hotel on Facebook While the hotel provides shared bathrooms, as in the case for most backpacking hostels, its facilities have been graded an 8.7 for cleanliness so you can be rest assured. If you are travelling as a group, this hotel can still accommodate you by putting you and your group members in rooms side by side, granting you your own private space after a long day of touristing and enjoying Taipei, but also the close proximity you may need for a midnight chat with the rest of your group. Halal Friendly Services Credit Image: PoshPacker Hotel on Facebook  This hotel is divided into male and female floors, perfect for conscientious Muslim travellers. The shared bathrooms are segregated and equipped with a Japanese washlet. The cleanliness and privacy of the hotel is held in high regard so you have nothing to worry about. The hotel respects and accomodates to the needs of visitors with different beliefs. This is evident with Halal-friendly features each room offers; prayer directions are marked out, with prayer mats and a prayer timetable readily provided upon request. The hotel is also not part of the gambling resort and doesn't sell alcohol or have a bar. This will make you feel safer. Furthermore, the mini-fridges in your room are filled with halal goodies, so no need to check the back of the product for haram ingredients. Time to enjoy the hotel's Halal-friendly facilities and get that blissful night of sleep, amazing!  Halal-Trained Staff You shouldn't feel apprehensive when approaching any of the staff members regarding any halal requirements or arrangements you may need. The staff are well-trained and aware of the Muslim guests requirements. During Ramadan, Halal Iftar can be arranged for guests. Additionally, the hotel can make arrangements for guests to be taken to the nearby mosque for Taraweeh prayers. On a regular day basis, the staff can direct you to Halal restaurants, mosques as well as answer any general queries you may have on Halal services. Furthermore, they have female room attendants specially catered for female guests who are more comfortable with female staff.  Halal Amenities around PoshPacker Hotel You wouldn't want to miss out on the night markets renowned in Taipei, known for its delicious street food, but make sure to inquire about the ingredients in the food you're about to buy first and check for Halal signs. However, do not despair if this isn’t your style as PoshPacker hotel is a bustling district with many halal restaurants located around the area. 1. Halal Beef Noodle House Credit Image: Halal Beef Noodle House on Taiwan Halal This Halal Beef Noodle House is a well-known absolute legend amongst the Beef Noodle Soup eateries; its history goes back to 2007 as one of Taipei's Top 10 Beef Noodle Soup House.  Their speciality is worth a try given its success with locals and tourists.  Address: No. 23, Yanping South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 Contact: +886-2-23318203 2. Safranbolu Turkish Restaurant Credit Image: Safranbolu Turkish Restaurant on Facebook A Turkish Restaurant that provides its customers with a traditional Turkish menu. Rich meat, colourful veggies, indulgent desserts and even the traditional tea; this turkish restaurant focuses on bringing Turkish food right to your table in Taipei. Be sure to check them out.  Address: No. 60, Section 2, Nanjing East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491 Contact: +886 2 2522 2939 3. Thai Yunus Halal Restaurant Credit Image: Thai Yunus Halal Restaurant on Facebook This halal restaurant brings to you straight from Thailand, the fresh flavours of deep fried chicken, succulent fish in flavoursome soups, delectable rice dishes with crunchy nuts, and mouth-watering pancakes to satisfy your hungry stomach.  A great halal spot you can visit recurringly because of the endless choices of food in the menu.  Address: No. 36, Beining Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105 Contact: +886 2 2579 0528 4. Royal Resto/Indonesian Food (Halal) If you are craving for something different like Indonesian food, have no fear, royal Indonesian food is here. The Menu is straightforward; it shows you an illustration of the different kinds of food available, with a wide variety of soup, rice dishes, and deeply aromatically cooked meat that comes with fresh salad and carbs. Address: No. 72, Section 2, Xinsheng South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 Contact: +886 2 2393 5995 Lists of Nearby Mosque Taipei Grand Mosque Living up to its name, the Taipei Grand Mosque is indeed the largest and most famous mosque in Taiwan. The mosque was built to reminisce on the Islamic Middle Eastern-style architecture and it has strong ties with Saudi Arabia, Iran and Jordan. In 1971, it was visited by King Faisal. The mosque provides a place for worshippers to pray 5 times a day, as well as a place to read the Quran comfortably in a safe space. The mosque is also home to Islamic courses held by Taiwanese Muslim members of the community to educate the youth. Address: No. 62, Section 2, Xinsheng South Road., Da'an District, Taipei City ,Taiwan 10650 Contact: +886-2-2321-9445 Website: Taipei Main Station  In the basement of the Taipei Main Station, you can find a Muslim prayer room. This prayer room is a simple space that is secured with instructions on how to access the room. Definitely perfect and convenient for travellers or residents who needs to carry out their prayers.  Address: No. 8, Zhengzhou Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100  Phone: +886 2 2381 5226 Can't wait to travel in elegance and style? Give PoshPacker Hotel a try! via GIPHY Book now.  Address: No. 50, Section 1, Hankou Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 Contact: +886 2 2375 5555  ...

  • 10 Things You Need to Buy From China

    China is a country that entertains all its visitors with numerous festivities and countless historical tourist attractions to learn from and be awe-inspired by. For the Muslim travellers to China, even though Halal food is rare to find other than in the Muslim Quarter in Xi’an, all vacationers want to purchase the perfect China souvenirs for recounting cherished memories made in the country, or for their family and friends back home. The question isn’t really what to buy when in China - it’s what not to buy in China! In the busy chaotic streets of China, you’d often be perplexed as to what the best buy could be, to take home the perfect souvenir. Here is a list to help you on your shopping spree while touring around Beijing, Shanghai and even the spectacular Wonder of the World, the Great Wall of China. More on shopping experiences Find a Halal Hotel in China   1) Tea A day in, day out beverage choice for the Chinese, tea is conveniently available at any corner store or supermarket. The black, green and white tea; in increasing order of exclusiveness, is what you should be looking out for. Special high end tea, like the Jasmine tea carries a unique flavor and is highly fragranced. To experience this one-of-a-kind Chinese tea in the comfort of your home, you'll be able to purchase a packet of tea from famous tea markets for a reasonable price. What’s more special than green tea that’s jasmine scented is the longjing tea, translating to the Dragon well tea, a pan roasted version of the green tea, native to the Hangzhou culture, best to be bought from this city. Once you’re at the large markets and have bought tea that satisfies your taste buds, why not have a look around for other tea-related cutlery; tea sets, teapots and maybe dinnerware too, that has Chinese inspired artwork on it. The next celebration you have at home should give you a great opportunity to showcase your novelties to your friends and loved ones. Maliandao Tea Street in Beijing Address: Maliandao Rd, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China Tianshan Tea City in Shanghai Address: 518 Zhongshan W Rd, TianShan, Changning Qu, Shanghai Shi, ChinaTel: +86 21 6259 9999 Wukuaishi Tea Market in Chengdu Address: 2 Saiyuntai East 1st Rd, RenMin BeiLu, Jinniu Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng Hangzhou Longjingshan Park in Hangzhou Address: 104 Weng Mountain, Manjuelong Rd, Xihu Qu, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, Tel: +86 571 8796 9588   2) Chinese silk Picture Credit - Daderot, Chinese silk is a popular purchase amongst female tourists as it is an apt gift for the ladies back at home. Various items of silk can be bought, from luxurious bedding to silk carpets, bags and accessories. The best idea for either a Chinese culture lover, a member of the Chinese diaspora or fashionaista, would be to get a local tailor to make a qipao (a beautiful one-piece, body-hugging traditional Chinese garment) to your measurements so that you can brag about your tailor-made souvenir from your trip to China. Chinese silk is a comfortable material, however the quality of silk may vary from shop to shop, so if the idea of getting your own qipao excites you, be sure to check on the quality before you make the purchase. An old, much admired favourite silk product to buy is Chinese silk carpets and rugs, that rather than placed on floors, are exhibited as wall hangings to do justice to the utterly beautiful handiwork and appreciate the effort gone into reeling and weaving the silk to produce rich and exquisite carpets with intricate designs. Silk in Shanghai: i) Jiannan Silk Shopping Center Address: 289 Aomen Rd, Putuo Qu, Shanghai Shi Website: ii) Fabric Market Address: 399 Lujiabang Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi Silk in Suzhou: i) Suzhou Wujiang Eastern Silk Market Address: Xinhang Rd, Wujiang Qu, Suzhou Shi, Jiangsu Sheng ii) Suzhou Chief Silk Tourism Products Market Address: 678, Fengqiao Rd, Gusu Qu, Suzhou Shi, Jiangsu Sheng Travel Tip! If your trip is limited to just a few cities that don’t include the above mentioned, but you are adamant on buying yourself a luxurious silk carpet, then check out the markets in Xinjiang and Hangzhou if they fall within your territory, and you may just be able to take home a valuable silk carpet from China.   3) Pearls Picture Credit - How could one possibly miss out on the freshwater pearls when in China, more specifically when in Shanghai; where the iconic Pearl Tower resides. Pearls from China are the best gift to give a loved one, be it either authentic for the deep pocketed or the unauthentic, pearls from Shanghai are considered invaluable for the symbolism they carry. Rooted deeply in the Chinese culture, pearls signify perfection, purity, love and beauty, while also being associated with good health. Such a meaningful present can not only bring happiness, but also touch hearts. And, what’s more important than getting value for money? There's an overwhelming number of pearls to choose from, varying in shape, size, color and luster, and the price tag adapts accordingly. It’s essential to receive a product that you’ve paid for, especially when talking about real pearls, which are not easy to distinguish from fake ones. However, with a few tricks up your sleeve you'll be able to tell them by their smoothness. Real pearls have a rather gritty surface unlike the flawless smooth ones of the fake, and genuine pearls scrape glass while inauthentic ones don’t. Elegant and posh looking shops may try slipping in fake pearls, so it's best to be cautious. A list of the most reliable centers in Shanghai from which to get your pearls (according to the Internet): i) Han City Shopping Center Address: 3rd Floor, 580 Nanjing Road (near Chengdu Road)Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM ii) Hongqiao International Pearl City Address: 3721 Hongmei Road, Changning DistrictHours: 10 AM to 10 PM daily iii) Yayi Gold Store, First Asia Jewelry Plaza Address: 3/F, 288 Fuyou Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000Hours: 10 AM to 6 PM daily   4) Cloisonné - Chinese ceramic Picture Credit - pschemp, Originally limited to metalwork, cloisonné art is now seen in ceramics too.  That that being said, China deals in some exceptionally beautiful cloisonné ceramics that visitors ought to buy as souvenirs. The intricate procedure in designing a cloisonné art is the reason for its popularity and rightfully, rather high price for someone on a budget trip, but if it’s a case of love at first sight of the cloisonné then there’s no doubt one must buy it ‘cause once bought this piece is not one that you will regret having purchased for the attention it draws and compliments it gets. The absolute mastery, patience and time required to design a cloisonné ceramic makes it invaluable, carefully crafted by combining gold dust into layers of enamel to finally convert a plain and simple ceramic; be it a vase, accessory or jewelry, plates and plaque to an enticing artwork. Incredibly, a couple of cloisonné factories allow for visitors to view their men/women at work in creating their products. Therefore, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon in Beijing, being fascinated by pure talent while you purchase a gorgeous souvenir to mark your stay in China. The two factories in Beijing that entertain inquisitive visitors- i) Huairou Cloisonné A short distance away from the Mutianyu Great Wall; another famous tourist attraction. Address: China, Beijing Shi, Huairou Qu, 郭家坞488号 ii) Beijing Enamel Factory Likely the biggest factory in and around the Beijing area. Address: 10 Anlelin Road, Yongdingmenwai. Shopper Tip! For one who wants to purchase a whole lot for eager family members and friends back home, a reasonable stop would be at China’s popular wholesale cloisonné market, to get an overwhelming range of items for the best price. iii) Yiwu Commodities Trade Market Address: Chengbei Rd, Yiwu, Jinhua, Zhejiang, China, 322000   5) Chinese Knots Picture Credit - ProjectManhattan. From way back in the Tang Dynasty era, the Chinese knots have shown remarkable significance. Although used mainly for communication purposes back then, it did so in an artsy form. Nowadays, much of the skill of Chinese knotting is used to make ornaments and pieces of decoration rather than having literary meaning, like in the past, where they held great meaning, and historical & cultural significance. Like most artwork created in China that have symbolic meaning to it, so do the Chinese knots. The knots signify the divine, unity, love, and knots made specifically from red cords resemble good fortune. Have a bunch of eager friends back home waiting for a gift from China? These Chinese knots are a perfect souvenir for them; opt for little knots to gift them as key chains and maybe larger ones for wall hangings. Have a friend who is newly wedded? Gifting them the Chinese knots that signify love and togetherness, a meaningful gift for the newlyweds!  The highlight of your love for Chinese knots would be that there are places around Beijing that help you create your very own Chinese knots so you can take back home a Chinese souvenir that you designed and crafted. iii) Yiwu Commodities Trade Market Address: Chengbei Rd, Yiwu, Jinhua, Zhejiang, China, 322000 This famous handcraft market in China that sells Chinese knots in a range of variants; be it color of cord, type of cord, size of knot or complexity of knot. The particular area assigned for Chinese knots is on the second floor of District 5.   6) Chopsticks Picture Credit - 毛抜き, Love the Chinese culture and tradition? Looking to go Chinese when you’re back home? A must buy item is chopsticks. For one who loves the art and idea of eating with chopsticks, there are plenty of shops to choose your best pair from, and chopsticks that differ in all aspects - the material used, the design on it, the technical touch, for example, wooden chopsticks, chopsticks made from bone, chopsticks that have been painted on or engraved, and the technically advanced chopsticks that are attached to one another, for the amateurs. The perfect gift from your China trip for family and friends back home. Buy a compilation of a set of chopsticks; 1 to 10 pairs with identical design embedded on them, a chopstick holder that comes with a similar design, and amazingly pots and bowls too, following the same pattern. You can present them a China inspired cutlery and crockery which culture enthusiasts will appreciate to the core. Tricky tip! For the eastern culture lovers, a wide range of chopsticks and chopstick-associated products can be purchased online too.   7) Jewellery A ladies’ favorite, jewellery items: bracelets, bands, anklets, necklaces and a truckload of choices. Buy what you love - the accessories are cheap and lasting. Have a bunch of stylish and trendy friends back home who are eager to receive a China related gift from you? Jewellery from China is without doubt the most ideal gift for them. Jewellery inspired by Chinese culture and traditions can be purchased from either near temples or ethnic markets. To name a few: Beijing’s Lama Temple, Tibetan temple and the markets in Chengdu, are well known for these items. What’s even more convenient is that local vendors are often seen at tourist attraction spots with their products hence making the market more accessible. Shopping Tip! It's not advisable to plan on purchasing jade or pearl jewellery from some local boutique by the roadside as many may sell fake pieces that only look genuine. If your budget for jewelry is higher than the trendy beaded jewelry that is sold at small boutiques, then you must visit Shanghai. Reread Point 3) Pearls.   8) Masks For the artistic visitors of China, a splendid addition to your agenda when touring in Beijing is to book tickets for the popular Beijing Opera. Here, the tickets, the masks and the memories made will be the best souvenirs to take home for the art and culture fanatics. The oldest and possibly largest show is played in Chengdu, Sichuan Opera. The art of showcasing a story in opera form by the medium masks is called “face changing”, in which the actor changes masks for the sake of better entertainment. Masks are an essential prop in Chinese Opera entertainment and can be purchased from various stores around the Beijing theatre to add a perfect artwork on a blank wall. The masks come in a range of size, colour combinations and exhibit different festivities and eras. Address: Chengdu Culture Park, Qintai Road, ChengduPerformance time: 8pm to 9:30pm.Ticket price: There are 4 classes of seats:Bing class for 140 yuanYi class for 180 yuanJia class for 240 yuanVIP class for 320 yuan   9) Calligraphy The art of Chinese calligraphy is one that has been preserved in the Chinese culture for about 1000 years. Its beauty, sophistication and pristine clarity makes it eye pleasing and awe worthy when hung up as a wall decoration. A pretty cool souvenir would be getting your name, or something you hold dear to you, written in Chinese calligraphy so that it can be displayed on your wall at home. The traditional Chinese calligraphy is in five styles: seal script, cursive script, running script, official script and formal character. All these forms date back to the Han, Zhou, East Han Dynasties (to name a few) and hold historic value. For the typography lovers, a worthwhile buy would be the supplies for learning Chinese calligraphy which could easily be bought from a store selling the artwork. Shop for Supplies at: Man Luen Choon Address: 2/F, Harvest Building, 29-35 Wing Kut Street, Central. Best place to visit for painting, calligraphy and crafts is Liulichang Street in Beijing. According to tales, this street has historic significance as it was here, during the Ming and Qing Dynasty that painters, scholars and calligraphers gathered and shared their passion.   10) Mao Memorabilia Also called Mao collectibles in laymen terms. A growing trade in China is the collectible business. From stamps to coins, paintings and photographs, the Mao Memorabilia is a good buy for picking souvenirs. Buy school supplies, watches, accessories, any item that you can possibly think of is at the Panjiayuan antiques market in Beijing. Special sales come up like the Communist Party and the Cultural Revolution sale which is famous for the 'Red Memorabilia' offering items like the little red book. However, the most noticeable trade ongoing in Panjiayuan market is that of antiques; needless to say involving a lot of money. Enjoy your stay in China while taking a fair share of time off for souvenir shopping, for the deep-rooted culture, tradition and craftsmanship give you a wide array of options to choosem from. A shoppers’ tip would be to spend your cash wisely, ‘cause there is an overwhelming choice offered for souvenir shopping in China, so do not settle for the second best option. Find a Halal Restaurant near you in China Find a Mosque near you in China...

  • 8 Sportspeople to Watch Out for at the Rio Summer Olympics 2016

    The prospect of being selected for the Olympic Games is a dream of the majority of athletes. Enormous reserves of willpower and many years of dedicated training are required to achieve such an enormous goal. The athletes that do qualify for the Games can consider themselves as being among the world’s best - Olympians, whether or not they win a medal. Taking part in the Olympics is what matters to the majority of competitors: having the honour of representing their country and marching behind their flag at the Opening Ceremony, mixing with elite athletes, and having the opportunity to show the world their best. Those traveling to Rio for the Olympics can be assured to see the world’s best athletes from around the world in action. Everybody will want to watch Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps attempt to cement their places in history at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, but who are the up-and-coming athletes who could step into the shoes of their idols on the biggest stage of all? Here are some athletes you may want to watch out for!  1) Ibtihaj Muhammad - Fencing Even though the Summer Olympics 2016 are still months away, Ibtihaj Muhammad already has made history. She took bronze in the Women’s Sabre World Cup, and in doing so earned enough Olympic qualifying points to represent the U.S. fencing team in the Rio games this summer. She will be the first Muslim American to compete at the Olympics in a hijab. 2) Kirani James - Athletics  Aged just 19, Kirani James won Grenada’s first ever Olympic medal when he claimed gold in the men’s 400m at London 2012. Four years on, he is determined to hold onto his crown at the Rio Olympics 2016. 3) Jaheel Hyde - Athletics   Jaheel Hyde decided to focus on athletics and in 2015 he was richly rewarded; winning gold in the 400m hurdles at the junior world championships, and then posting a stunning world youth record of 12.96 on his way to 110m gold at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. The 18-year-old now has his sights set on glory at the Rio Olympics 2016. 4) Si Yajie - Diving Diver, Si Yajie stunned her rivals by winning the 10m platform title at the 2013 World Championships, at just 14 years old. The following year she won gold in the same event at the Asian Games, and she will be a major contender in her first Olympic Games this year. 5) Matheus Santana - Swimming Matheus Santana; having already taken silver in the 50m freestyle at last year’s Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing and at this year’s Brazil Olympics 2016, could be one of the host nation’s star performers, especially if he leads Brazil to glory in the 4x100m freestyle. 6) Ami Kondo - Judo Ami Kondo thrilled the crowds at the 2014 World Championships with a series of dazzling performances on her way to the 48kg title. Two months later, Kondo won the same weight category at the Junior World Championships, where she looked a class apart from her peers. 7) Giarnni Regini-Moran - Gymnastics The 16-year-old was one of the stars of last year’s Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, winning three gold medals (floor, vault and all-around) and two bronzes (parallel bars and horizontal bar). 8) Niek Kimmann - BMX Racing Niek Kimmann, the flying Dutchman, won gold medals at the World and European Junior Championships, and this year won his first elite men’s title, topping the podium, making him a sure threat to the more established names in the Summer Olympics 2016. Click here for more information about Rio Olympics 2016 ...

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