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Photo opp: Hutongs of Beijing

Photo opp: Hutongs of Beijing
Over the past few decades, Beijing has been intent on tearing down the old and putting up the new, an effort that only increased during the buildup to the 2008 Summer Olympics. Many of the city’s ancient hutongs – narrow alleyways in the city’s centre – were torn down and replaced with modern apartment blocks and roads. The hutongs, however, have defined Beijing culture for hundreds of years and give the city its unique character. Who needs another city full of high-rises and strip malls...
January 13th, 2010 | Vawn | Read More | Comments: 0
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Hiking the Great Wall of China

Hiking the Great Wall of China
If you’re traveling to northern China, you probably want to check out the Great Wall – you, along with hordes of other tourists. In Beijing most tourists head to Badaling, the most accessible (and crowded) section of the Great Wall, which has also been extensively renovated – if you’re looking for authentic charm, this isn’t it. But if you plan to trek the Great Wall, you may get to experience it in relative isolation, particularly if you’re there during the off-season. From...
November 25th, 2009 | Vawn | Read More | Comments: 1
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