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Yes, You Really Do Need A Week in Beijing

Palace gate at Forbidden City, Beijing.

It is China travel lore that “you need a week in Beijing”. Now, given we travel at a pace so slow it’s verging on glacial, we were (obviously) going to spend at least a week in Beijing anyway. But, gentle reader, even if you travel faster than us (which isn’t difficult), and even if you’re […]


The Friday Photo: Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China winds away over the mountains -- Badaling.

Even after the Terracotta Warriors and Tiger Leaping Gorge, the Great Wall of China really does take your breath away. First built more than two millennia ago, it winds away over the top of the mountains, whipped by desert winds, as far as the eye can see. And it’s easy to imagine, standing in the […]