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Exploring China: Beijing, Shanghai, Pingyao

Updated on December 10, 2014

Where to go in China

China is a fascinating place for a vacation. It is developing fast with some cities, such as Shanghai and Beijing very modern while others are still traditional and apparently unchanged for centuries. It is a country of contrast, with some wonderful sights such as the Great Wall and Terracotta Army. This article is all about these and some more obscure places that I visited on my very extensive itinerary, travel tips, advice and hotel recommendations.

In July 2007 I went on holiday to China. I wanted to see it before the Olympic Games, although I had perhaps left it a bit late to see Beijing before the massive construction activity had begun. We pre-arranged accommodation, flights and some other transport and guides where needed, but otherwise we were on our own. Total cost of the two-week trip including international and internal flights was a little over £2,000 each.

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Getting There (Beijing)

There are many international flights to Beijing from all over the world, and this is perhaps the best place to start when touring China.

The flight-time from London Heathrow to Beijing with British Airways is about ten hours; a fairly long flight, but bearable and direct. Taxis are readily available at the airport, but pre-arranging a car makes the arrival less traumatic.

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Beijing - Where to Stay in Beijing

We stayed at the Peace Hotel which is hardly luxurious but comfortable, and inexpensive, probably costing about £60 ($100) per night for a double room including breakfast. It is in an extremely good location near many of Beijing's major attractions, with the Forbidden City visible from outside the hotel. There are several new, expensive, luxury hotels near Tiananmen Square which would also act as an ideal base while in Beijing and offer rather more style and luxury albeit at far more expensive "international" prices. We explored a few of them.

The Peace Hotel had little excitement to offer on our first evening so we took a short taxi ride to Raffles Hotel near Tiananmen Square, costing just £0.70. Raffles, while not having the history and character of the original Raffles Hotel in Singapore, did provide a touch of oriental luxury after our long flight, at quite un-Chinese prices, with a "Singapore Sling" costing £5.00 and the smallest Sherry in the world costing £4. Afterwards we walked towards Tiananmen Square and took a rickshaw ride round the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, initially haggling the driver down to £3.50, but ended up foolishly paying £14 because he did a far bigger tour and took us to Beijing Hotel for dinner. The Beijing Hotel is another very new hotel next to Raffles offering a range of restaurants and bars, which, although very luxurious, expensive and pleasant, is really just another international hotel similar to so many around the world, but with a slightly Chinese flavour. The inexpensive Peace Hotel was, for me, a good choice because the posh hotels did have an air of shopping mall about them and I disapprove of paying to go into a shopping mall. Our dinner at the Beijing Hotel was, however, very good. We chose the most oriental looking restaurant there and ordered Peking Duck, which was good, but certainly not the best I had ever had and extremely expensive.

Beijing has a modern, disappointingly western atmosphere about it, with many of the same shops, cafes and restaurant chains as everywhere else and terrible traffic problems. We tried to find local restaurants or bars, but the ones my partner would contemplate eating in were generally quite expensive. We decided to try to find a good bar for an aperitif and after some research and recommendations in out guidebook we took a long and expensive taxi-ride (just one mile away, but we sat in traffic for 45 minutes) to Capone's Italian bar. It turned out to be in yet another modern characterless shopping mall, and the bar was O.K. but distinctly American in style. We did however find a chain of Duck restaurants with huge plastic ducks outside which did produce some extremely good Peking Duck, which was carved in front of us and served by hand in hygienic plastic gloves.

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is a short walk from the Peace Hotel, but our first attempt to visit was thwarted by the presence of a huge new shopping centre on the way which apparently was more enticing to the other member of my party than ancient Chinese treasures, so we ended up back at the hotel with little cultural enlightenment achieved in the first day. We headed back there the following day, once my other half had her finished her shopping. The Forbidden City was home to emperors from the Ming and Qing Dynasties and was closed to the majority of the population for over 500 years. It covers a huge area filled with architecturally fascinating buildings in bright colours. It gets busy with many foreign visitors, and even more Chinese tourists with their umbrellas permanently up to protect them from the sun.

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square, now rather infamous for the pro democracy protests of 1989, is a huge square designed to accommodate up to a million people, while not the most attractive is one of the many points of interest on any tourist's itinerary and is the heart of modern Beijing. The Forbidden City is on the northern side of the square behind the famous, huge portrait of Chairman Mao. Chairman Mao's mausoleum is also located in Tiananmen Square (incidentally David Baddiel's cat is called Chairman Meow) but was closed for renovation while we were there, but should have reopened by now.

The Bell Tower and Hutongs

There is plenty to see in Beijing and it is certainly worth spending a few days there exploring what remains of the wonderful architecture, and some rather less attractive modern architecture. The Temple of Heaven is another fascinating, beautiful place to explore Chinese history and religion. It is set in 267 hectares of parkland. For an insight into everyday life in Beijing it is possible to hire a rickshaw and explore the hutongs, the old narrow back streets in the Changiao area of the Western District. We did this, starting at the old Bell Tower for a view over the hutongs, then spending a couple of hours weaving between them. We even stopped off to visit some inhabitants. The houses are tiny and have shared toilets for each small street. Apparently the rent was REM 200 per month rent (£14). The house had a nicer kitchen than mine and a 42" plasma TV. I wonder if they are all that posh inside or if this was some kind of propaganda? After the tour we found ourselves diverted into a "Tea Ceremony". It was of course a touristy shop where they gave us many types of tea to sample, then tried to flog it to us. A bit sneaky but quite enjoyable.

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The Great Wall

The best place near Beijing: Simatai to Jinshanling

We spent a full day exploring part of the Great Wall. We had already arranged a private excursion with vehicle, driver and guide, although apparently it would have been possible to arrange a trip once we arrived at the hotel or even take a taxi to part of the wall nearer the centre of Beijing. This full day excursion was fantastic and had the advantage of being a stretch of the wall that receives far fewer tourists. We left early for the two and a half hour drive on deserted, brand new roads for the walk between Simatai and Jinshanling. The full walk is about 10km along the top of a Ming dynasty section of the wall, but we only managed about half of the distance because it was extremely hot in mid-July. The views were stunning, exactly as expected, but still incredible, especially with almost no tourists in sight. The other advantage of this section of the wall is the air-quality is far batter being a long way from the city. We took a cable car back down, and then set back for the2.5 hour drive to hotel.

Beijing to Pingyao by overnight Sleeper Train

We needed to get to an airport to fly to Xian. A prearranged driver and car arrived at our guesthouse in Pingyao to take us to Taiyan airport. To break the journey we stopped at Shuang Li Temple which is about 30 minutes out of the city, then the historic Jinci Temple which is a huge complex of buildings that date back to about 1030, although mostly more recent or rebuilt. The origins of the site are from several centuries BC. Very interesting architecture. We reluctantly ate in an extremely dirty looking restaurant nearby. We then flew for one hour from Taiyan to Xian with TBC airlines.

Pingyao

The old banking centre of the Ming Dynasty

Pingyao is a fantastic place to visit. Just how I imagined China to be. It was the banking capital during the Ming Dynasty, although ironically there is no cash machine there. I asked for directions to the bank and was shown to a 500-year-old museum. Never mind, I had plenty of sterling, which was readily accepted at the guesthouse. There is so much to see and do in Pingyao, including several ancient temples of various varieties and many small houses and banks with courtyards now converted into museums covering the history of this important walled city. The city wall and gates are still intact and can be climbed for a good view over the city. The straight roads still mostly filled with bicycles rather than cars and lined with proper Chinese buildings housing the shops, restaurants and the temples and museums. It would take a whole day to see everything included on the tourist entry ticket, and we decided to take it easy and not try to visit everything.

We were sure that we hadn't arranged for any assistance in Pingyao, but a gentleman was waiting for us when we got off the train and took us to the guesthouse and seemed intent on accompanying us all day. We politely asked him to go away and once he'd taken us for registration with the official tourist office and helped us collect our tickets for every single attraction in the city he did disappear, although he was still waiting for us at the hotel when we finished our day's exploration. The restaurants in Pingyao were inexpensive and many were very real Chinese restaurants with just a few selling western food. The first one we tried for lunch, was serving dog stew, but my other half made it clear that if I even contemplated eating it she would leave me, so we went next door and ate very mediocre pizza. Dinner was far better however, in a beautiful Chinese courtyard restaurant.

We stayed in the Yide Guesthouse, which I would certainly recommend. Very simple and extremely cheap (just a few pounds for a simple ensuite room), with a decent breakfast included. Reasonable food was available and the restaurant and bar made a great place to relax.

Pingyao to Taiyuan to Xian

We needed to get to an airport to fly to Xian. A prearranged driver and car arrived at our guesthouse in Pingyao to take us to Taiyan airport. To break the journey we stopped at Shuang Li Temple which is about 30 minutes out of the city, then the historic Jinci Temple which is a huge complex of buildings that date back to about 1030, although mostly more recent or rebuilt. The origins of the site are from several centuries BC. Very interesting architecture. We reluctantly ate in an extremely dirty looking restaurant nearby. We then flew for one hour from Taiyan to Xian with TBC airlines.

Xian and the Terracotta Army

Xian was originally known as or Chang-An was the political centre, and is a much bigger and far more modern walled city than Pingyao. We stayed at the Bell Tower Hotel, very near the centre of the city and opposite the bell-tower. A modern hotel in a good location, but of course the main reason for anyone to go to Xian is to see the Terracotta Army, outside the city. For dinner we had the local delicacy, which is referred to as "hotpot", but is actually raw meat & vegetables served with a small cauldron of boiling soup, in which we had to cook the meat. Quite pleasant and certainly a fun meal.

We had arranged a private excursion to the Terracotta Army Museum with our own vehicle, driver and guide, for the day after arriving. We had a short drive via the factory shop to the museum; where of course there was another shop selling the same terracotta figures that we'd been encouraged to buy at the factory shop. The museum is quite stunning. The scale of the terracotta army is incredible and you really have to see the hundreds of rows of individual life-sized soldiers to appreciate quite what an undertaking it was to construct this. There are four main human body styles, which were mass-produced, but the hands and faces were individually made and painted to make them unique. The paint has mostly gone now, but it is possible to imagine what this army would have looked like when originally completed. One of the farmers who found the site is still alive and signs souvenir books for tourists and get amusingly grumpy if you take a photo of him (without paying)

While in Xian it is also worth exploring some of the city wall, but we didn't have time to see anything else before going to the theatre. We hadn't managed to see an opera in Beijing, so we thought we would try in Xian. We purchased tickets for a performance from a local contact we had been given by Audley Travel and got a taxi to the theatre. Dim Sum was served at the theatre before the opera started, which was quite good, (although I've had far better in San Francisco) if a little rushed, then the performance started. Chinese Opera is apparently an acquired taste for western tourists, but I was keen to experience it. This however was obviously a "show" aimed at American tourists and certainly not authentic. Not the kind of thing I would normally do on holiday (my other half loved it).

Shanghai

The following day we flew to Shanghai from Xian and checked into the Sofitel Hyland Hotel. Shanghai is a massive contrast, both to Beijing and to the smaller places we had been to. It has been a modern city for a much longer time than Beijing. In some places it looks and feels like a1950s prediction of the future, with its concrete flyovers and high-rise buildings, while in other parts it is a mixture of 1930s art deco and a more modern interpretation of what the future ought to look like.

The main areas of interest to tourist are Nanjing Road, perhaps Shanghai's equivalent of Oxford Street and The Bund, the riverside area famous for it's views of the Shanghai skyline. It is a busy city with hoards of people all desperate to get rid of their money in the abundant shops. I was however interested in getting away from these areas and went in search of markets and older areas of the city. We found the Metropole Hotel, which still retained it's slightly tired art deco features and made a nice alternative to the ultra modern style elsewhere, but renovation work was already in progress, so I don't know if it will still exist in this form. Another good area to head for to get an alternative view of Shanghai is Hangshan Road. 1930s style European architecture with a selection of interesting bars and restaurants and some quite reasonable food. Eating in up market restaurants in Shanghai proved to be quite expensive, almost on a par with London, with meals occasionally costing up to £100, with wine costing up to about £10 a glass, (except in our hotel where at lunch time the wine was free and they made up for that with outrageous food prices)

The Sofitel Hyland Hotel was very good. Modern and fairly standard expensive international style, but in an ideal location in the centre, apparently well run, with a good, if a little pricey, restaurant. But most important of all, it has it's own brewery and it even brews it's own dark beer. None of this Chinese style lager, but full-bodied thick brown beer.

Guilin

Guilin is a fairly large modern city next to a lake and surrounded by the wonderfully weird limestone shapes that have inspired artists for centuries. We stayed in the Bravo Hotel, Guilin, for one night as, like most tourists, we were just there for the river cruise. The Bravo Hotel is located right next to the lake a pleasant walk from Guilin centre, with views of the hills in the distance. The centre of Guilin is very modern with a Louvre style glass pyramid in the central square. There is a good selection of places to eat and drink from expensive business hotels to small bars and restaurants. I found a "German" bar that sold outrageously expensive bottles of beer from around the world.

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Li River Cruise (Guilin to Yangshuo)

We took the half-day cruise to Yangshuo. The scenery is stunning with the impossible limestone hills constantly amazing. Lunch was included but we could see into the kitchens of other boats along the river and decided that our boat was unlikely to be different and opted not to partake. Instead we had the observation deck to ourselves and that incredible view.

After checking into the Magnolia Hotel, an inexpensive comfortable hotel, we had a late lunch in ''Andy's Bar'' (pizza) which, no doubt had a kitchen every bit as hygienic as the boat's but we couldn't see it. Yangshuo is a very touristy place, with every shop and bar aimed purely at extracting tourist money, but somehow it didn't matter. The shops sold the usual useless rubbish and the bars and restaurants were mostly a bit substandard.

The famous cormorant fishermen are obviously entering into the spirit of tourism, waiting on the jetty for that lucrative photo opportunity, with a couple of cormorants on a long bamboo stick. It is also possible to book a nighttime boat-trip to watch the cormorants in action. We arranged this trip on arrival at the hotel and were collected on foot by a very vague guide who took us to the jetty where we joined a group of 30 or so in 2 boats to follow Cormorant Fishermen in their boats. The cormorants have string tied round their necks so they can't swallow the larger fish and the fishermen make the birds regurgitate the fish when they return to the boat. I decided not to eat fish in Yangshuo. A memorable and interesting excursion

After the fishing trip we had the worst Peking Duck ever washed down with "Great Wall" red wine which was surprisingly drinkable and cost just £6, followed by a drink in a bar, sitting on a balcony overlooking a sewer lit with red lanterns.

The following morning we were picked up and taken back to Guilin stopping off at "Shan Gri La" a Chinese tourist theme park. Interesting and quite attractive with a wonderful backdrop. Certainly worth a visit if you are passing and have time to kill. We flew home to London stopping off in Hong Kong briefly.

Conclusion

China is a wonderful place for a holiday with a huge variety of different and unusual sights, sounds and tastes to keep even the most blasé traveler intrigued. From the ultra modern shopping malls and luxury hotels of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong to the stunning and unique scenery of a Li River cruise and evidence the of ancient culture everywhere, there is something to entertain and enlighten everyone. It can be a very cheap place to stay and eat or very expensive if you opt for a luxury experience, although hygiene was a bit of a worry in some of the cheapest restaurants and air-quality is an issue almost everywhere. China is developing fast and will become more expensive and possibly less interesting in the future. Go soon.

Photos and Souvenirs from China

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      china newz 4 years ago

      Great Lense. Don't think that most people have heard of Ping Yao. Actually visited it, when in China. It has a small community feel and didn't know they would have performances of ancient Chinese court. Couldn't understand a word but it sure seemed interesting. Anyway, keep up the good work.

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      many international cheap flights to Beijing from all over the world, and this is perhaps the best place to start when touring China.The flight-time from London Heathrow to Beijing with British Airways is about ten hours; a fairly long flight, but bearable and direct. Taxis are readily available at the airport, but pre-arranging a car makes the arrival less traumatic.

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      monurohila 5 years ago

      many international cheap flights to Beijing from all over the world, and this is perhaps the best place to start when touring China.The flight-time from London Heathrow to Beijing with British Airways is about ten hours; a fairly long flight, but bearable and direct. Taxis are readily available at the airport, but pre-arranging a car makes the arrival less traumatic.

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      monurohila 6 years ago

      There are many international cheap flights to Beijing from all over the world, and this is perhaps the best place to start when touring China.The flight-time from London Heathrow to Beijing with British Airways is about ten hours; a fairly long flight, but bearable and direct. Taxis are readily available at the airport, but pre-arranging a car makes the arrival less traumatic.

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      synotrip 6 years ago

      Come from China and like to share China travel information with you!

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      jolou 6 years ago

      So much to see in China, but the Great Wall and Forbidden City would have to be at the top of the list.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Where to go indeed! Its so huge. But I think the forbidden city, something people should really think about, would be the place for me.

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      pomme99 6 years ago

      China is really a great place to visit. For me, I like Beijing the most especially Gu Gong or the forbidden city, Yong He Gong or lama temple is another place shouldn't be missed in Beijing. Anyway I'm not agood bargainer though I speak some Mandarin, I always get the expensive price as a result T_T (just kidding^^ ). Some people is afraid to go to China because they're afraid of the well-known traditional Chinese toilets. I just want to say that there are so many great things in China, don't let that reputation stop you. Thanks for this great lens.

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      @AuthorNormaBudden: Thanks very much. I think China will become a very popular destination and I hope it doesn't become less exciting as a result. It is certainly worth visiting for a very different perspective on the world.

      I have just found you on Helium. You have published a lot of very good articles and excellent poetry. I haven't read them all yet though!

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      I'm so excited. I didn't realize you wrote on Helium, too...and you have a Zazzle gallery which I'm going to check out, as well.

      I browsed through this lens, for the time being, and will be adding it to your feature in my Purple Star Series momentarily. Congratulations! Believe it or not, this is the first time I've ever considered even the remote possibility of visiting China some day. In the past, I've dreamed of visiting South America, Europe, Africa, and Australia but never China so thank you for expanding my horizons a little...

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      Lisa 7 years ago from Rhode Island

      Wonderful lens I so want to travel the world some day in china I would love to see the great wall and Terracotta Army as well animals and the nature oh some day I hope this lens made me want to go all that much more great lens!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Another great lens.

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      MoneyHoney01 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens. China is one of my favourite travel destinations, and there are still many parts I haven't seen. A truly amazing country.

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      David Schroeter 8 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      A great lens, Andrew, with fantastic images and lots to browse through. A favourite, with 5 *s and lensrolled to my Chinese Dynasties and Historic Events and

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      David Schroeter 8 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      A great lens, Andrew, with fantastic images and lots to browse through. A favourite, with 5 *s and lensrolled to my Chinese Dynasties and Historic Events and

      China's National Treasures lenses!

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      I would love to travel to China one day. I think that I will wait until the children get a little older though as my youngest is only 2.

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      Tarra99 8 years ago

      Great photos...really cool lens! 5*

      My cousin teaches English in China. :o)

      Thanks Andy for popping into my Cdn expatriates foodie lens...I appreciate it!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I have a friend that spent a month in China. She said it was hard to come back. Now I understand why.

      Great lens

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      thesolowriter 8 years ago

      just discovered this! Fantastic. We went to some of the same places and I see your day on the Li River was very similar to mine -- overcast! Your picture does the scene justice. Very beautiful. Great lens. 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Fascinating lens AndyPo! The Terracotta Army and all the other photos are wonderful shots! I am never disappointed when I visit and read your articles.

      Another travel adventure worth more than 5*'s...

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      You did have an extensive trip. Wow!

      I saw that same grumpy farmer in XIAN! Using our "adorable foreign" daughter who speaks Mandarin didn't even soften him. What a hard nut to crack! But I think that seeing the Terracotta Warriors was the supreme highlight of China traveling for me! Even better than the Great Wall.

      I dislike cities in general, so BJ and Shanghai were a huge disappointment. I refused to fight the other tourists to peek into the Forbidden City buildings. So I missed that. I was terrified of being crushed to death by unruly tourists inside the Ming Tombs. We had to carry our then 4 year old on our shoulders to rescue her from the crush of people. Mad! Truly mad.

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great photos, you have been on some amazing trips. 5*****

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      Your travels are exceptional. Very wonderful account, It makes you feel like you are there, very beautiful

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      Debbie 8 years ago from England

      Wow! What an amazing experience...I felt I was there with you at times whilst I read. I'm glad you didn't have the dog stew and reading about the grumpy farmer and other anicdotes made the lens so much more interesting than a standard travel lens. 5 well deserved stars!

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      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      Another one added to my bucket list.

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      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      Another one added to my bucket list.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      I'd like to go to China

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      rewards4life info 8 years ago

      One word- Awesome! 100*!

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      eccles1 8 years ago

      China is the one place I still would love to visit

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      Lamar Ross 8 years ago from Florida

      Andy, I was there about 5 years before the olympics, and after seeing recent pictures of Beijing, I too am glad I went. Most of the hutongs have now been torn down. Thanks for joining ”Anything and Everything Travel” Group. We look forward to seeing your other travel related lenses in our group. Keep up the good work.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Very nice! Welcome to All Things Travel.