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View north from Jingshan Park  
   

View north from Jingshan Park

The hill on which we were standing - in the centre of the park - is reputed to protect the Forbidden City from evil spirits coming from the north. Poor nordies always get the blame...
Soaked and stuffed in Beijing

May 22nd 2007
Beijing is amazing!!! Our room in the Red Lantern is one of the nicest I have ever stayed in - all red silk, dark wood and crisp white sheets. Sunlight shining through the coloured window panes spreads hazy red and yellow pools across the bed and floor and our door opens onto an open courtyard filled with leafy trees hung with red lanterns. Perfect! There's even a little pond filled with fat goldf ... read more
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Chinese Flag For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. A... ... read more
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