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Video: Tanks on the streets of Beijing

Given that tomorrow is Anti-Japanese (war) day in China, it seems an appropriate time to share this recently rediscovered video from way back in 2009. Back then, I was only a couple of days into my first trip to China, travelling from Beijing to begin what turned into almost five years of photo taking and dim sum eating down in Hong Kong.

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福! New Year Wishes from Beijing

The Chinese character 福 (fú), meaning good fortune or happiness, seen on a traditional red lantern in the Temple of Earth Park, Beijing. You can see this character everywhere during Chinese New Year - on lanterns, on doors and windows, on red pockets, and almost anything else new year-related ...

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Video: More frightfully crowded fun in Beijing

If my approach to the Fragrant Hills had been an unwelcome shock to the system as my anticipated relaxing getaway had turned into something akin to the closing stages of a disaster movie, it had at least prepared me for what was to come on my escape, when the full horror of the Chinese tourist trap was laid before me, crowds, chaos, noise, and all.

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Airpocalypse! Beijing International Marathon 2014
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It was supposed to be a festival of running, a celebration of individual achievement beneath the blue skies of Beijing. Instead, the 2014 Beijing Marathon made headlines around the world for very different reasons, demonstrating not the city's suitability as a place for staging international events, but one which is increasingly a city not fit for any habitable purpose.

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24 Zhujia Hutong, Beijing

I visited Beijing for the fourth (or maybe fifth) time earlier this year and set myself the task of getting some photographs of hutong life and hutong people. In my previous visits I'd been too busy being a tourist to spend much time immersing myself in the ebb and flow of local Beijing life. This time ...

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Black jails and paranoia in the heart of Beijing

“We are about to arrive in our nation’s great capital,” the voice on the train’s intercom said. It was Qing Ming Festival proper, as it would be for the following two days, and if we thought people would stay home to spend quality time with their families during this brief but precious holiday, how wrong we were to dismiss the appetite for sightseeing and patriotism of the Chinese tour group..

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