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Behind The Wall by Colin Thubron

1986. Mao Zedong was ten years dead, the Tiananmen Square 'incident' was still three years away, and China was optimistic about the future. Only a few years before, the country had been all but inaccessible to foreigners. Still struggling with the trauma of the Cultural Revolution ...

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Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Train

Running between Thailand's principal two cities is, unsurprisingly, Thailand's most popular railway. Stretching 751 km from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in the mountainous north, Thailand's Northern Line is the perfect way to travel from the chaos of the capital up to the "new city".

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Fruit Barron, Bangkok

Is it a girl? Is it a boy? Too young to be the sole proprietor of a Bangkok mobile fruit stall, that's for sure. But give the young guy credit. It isn't easy running a business. "Especially with the way things are nowadays," he said.

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An Afternoon in Lumpini Park, Bangkok

In a town hardly renowned for its sedate pace of life, Lumpini Park is to Bangkok what Central Park is to New York. Located in the heart of the city's main business district, surrounded by skyscrapers and the humming of traffic, it is the haven of tranquillity in the centre of the urban storm; a green oasis in the midst of the chaos.

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Girl & Petals, Wat Umong, Chiang Mai

I'm not sure what to think about this picture. On the one hand I like it - the colours, the petals, the temple, even the pose. But you couldn't call it cute. The girl was with her mother and a photographer, striking practiced poses until they got the shots they needed. It made for a nice picture.

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The David Beckham Temple @ Wat Pariwat, Bangkok

I'd heard about Bangkok's David Beckham temple a while back. I'd read stories about a forgotten corner of a forgotten temple outside of town where a golden statue of his likeness had been built into the altar. It was a likeness that, by all accounts, bore only a passing resemblance to the man himself.

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Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok

Chatuchak market; market of markets; Bangkok bargain behemoth. No other place can claim such legendary status when it comes to Bangkok shopping as the 8000-stall labyrinth that is JJ. You can try and limit your time there. You can set yourself rules. But ...

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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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