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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: Hawberries and People-Watching
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Things to Do in Beijing: Hawberries and People-Watching

China was only our 2nd overseas trip, so we spent most of our days there in tourist-attraction mode. We wanted to "see it all", but the most interesting thing to see were the people and the everyday things they were doing on the streets. Hawberries are a sweet treat that we absolutely loved after we tried them. And one we realized how much fun it was to just watch the people, we slowed down and started just ...
Things to Do in Beijing: Flying Kites and Other Fun Stuff
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Things to Do in Beijing: Flying Kites and Other Fun Stuff

It's tempting to fall prey to the tourist destinations in the places we visit all across the world, but it's usually much more valuable to just watch what the other people around us are doing and follow their lead, or just observe. There are lots of things to do in Beijing and if you're there, you should probably visit the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. But don't forget to stop and do what the locals ...
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 ...
Beijing Sightseeing: An Accordion Player on the Street
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Beijing Sightseeing: An Accordion Player on the Street

In Beijing, the apartments are tiny and the culture is collectivist so people live their lives out in the open which makes for some incredible "people-watching" opportunities. In this video, an accordion player performs on a random street in Beijing. ...
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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