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The Forbidden City: Photo Gallery
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The Forbidden City: Photo Gallery

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Things to Do in Beijing: Morning Exercise in the Hutong
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Things to Do in Beijing: Morning Exercise in the Hutong

We walked about 30 minutes one-way to the Puhuangyu Metro Station each morning to go sight-seeing in Beijing. On our way, we'd hear music coming from a particular area each day. About halfway through our trip, we decided to pop in and see if we could see what was going on . People welcomed us in to watch as they danced, did Tai Chi forms, and played hacky sack. Live musicians played for the dancers in this ...
Things to Do in Beijing: Kites and Other Fun Stuff in Yongdingmen Square
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Things to Do in Beijing: Kites and Other Fun Stuff in Yongdingmen Square

The air currents in Beijing are perfect for kite flying. One of my favorite memories of Beijing was walking through Yongdingmen Square on the way back to the hotel (The Yongdingmen Hotel) in the middle of the night while locals were flying kites hundreds of kites with blinking lights and long tails flowing in the wind above us. Toward the end of our trip, after watching everyone else flying kites and ...
Things to Do in Beijing: Bartering
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Things to Do in Beijing: Bartering

As Americans, we don't spend a lot of time bartering for goods unless we're buying a car. In Beijing, many things are open for negotiation, price-wise. In this video, John barters over the price of a musical instrument that we'd seen a lot of people playing on the street. The calculator became a medium for communication with the various vendors we encountered in Beijing. ...
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