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Going on the midnight train… to Datong!

Not Ms Knight and the Pips. And certainly going nowhere near Georgia. But we were getting on that midnight train from Beijing to Datong. Traveling via night trains is always a good way to save some time and money. I’m … Continue reading

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Behind the red walls: the Forbidden City

For centuries, this was the powerseat of China. Home to 24 emperors from two dynasties over 500 years. Yet the behemoth of a place must have felt more like a prison than a palace at times – even to those … Continue reading

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Beijing’s hidden surprise: Tai Miao

In Beijing, secret places undiscovered by crowds still exist. We discovered one right next to the Forbidden City. While the crowds have their photo moment thronging the main entrance of the great  gate of Tiananmen, we took the road that … Continue reading

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Evening at the Summer Palace

The Summer Palace or Yiheyuan makes a nice evening’s walk. The place is huge and really deserves one full afternoon at least. But by the time we had lunch and then grappled with some afternoon traffic, we arrived only around … Continue reading

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Day out on the Wall

The weather behaved today and gave us a gloriously sunny day as we headed out for a morning on the Great Wall. We wanted to avoid the touristy Badaling section of the wall, densely crowded with battalions of tour groups … Continue reading

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Walking through Qianmen and Liulichang

The thing I enjoy most about travel is sometimes not so much seeing the major sights as if they were on a checklist but rather to just wander around, get a little lost and make little discoveries. Second day in … Continue reading

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Afternoon in the park in Beijing

A visit to one of Beijing’s star attractions and one of its most historically significant buildings turned out to be more than what we expected. Not just a peek into history, we also got a glimpse into everyday Beijing and … Continue reading

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