Category Archives: China

XI – Bitter cold in Beijing…

The famous Great Wall of China ! I just can’t leave Beijing without seeing the Great Wall of China. It’s like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel tour, going to Brussels and missing out on our famous little … Continue reading

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X – Seriously? Life is Art !?!

Let me first say that I am not an art critic, or art expert, but I’ve always enjoyed visiting art galleries and photography exhibits, seeing Italian opera’s and American musicals, going to theatres & stand-up comedy shows, listening to classical music,…  Well, let’s … Continue reading

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IX – Reflecting time on Spirituality and Philosophy…

Churches, basilicas, abbeys, monasteries, and cathedrals are numerous in Europe. These holy places are often popular tourist sites. Some people might not understand why… But I actually think that you can appreciate the beauty of some sacred places, whether you’re a believer or an … Continue reading

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VIII – Exploring the Hutongs and its tiny houses…

The next item on my list was exploring the Hutongs – “narrow streets or alleys” in the North East neighbourhood of Beijing. In fact, these small alleys are formed by lines of traditional, tiny houses with courtyards. There’s really not … Continue reading

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VII – An historical square and some more yummy dishes…

Another of Beijing’s highlight is the Tiananmen Square. It’s a very large plaza at the center of Beijing; a plaza named after the Tiananmen Gate (with Chairman Mao’s portrait, remember?). The Tiananmen Gate sits North to the plaza, and thus connecting/separating … Continue reading

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VI – One fabulous Forbidden city and Two cups of tea, please!

Beijing actually means something! It is made up of the Chinese characters 北京. 北 (bei) means north and 京 (jing) is capital. As stated in my lonely planet, Beijing is one of China’s true ancient citadels. The capital of mainland China … Continue reading

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V – Some days, you’re just out of luck…too bad you’re alone in a foreign city with no one speaking English!

Arrived in one piece in Beijing, I was supposed to meet up with a friend from College, Ionel. Except that I couldn’t call him on his Hong Kong cellphone number – learned afterwards, that it was blocked by the Chinese government. (along … Continue reading

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