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Cake Thief, Beijing

Taken in Cheniandian Hutong, near Guozijian and the Confucius Temple in northern Dongcheng, Beijing, I assume this kid wasn't actually stealing cakes. It made a nice little photo nonetheless. Cheeky monkey!

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The Party by Richard McGregor

When Rupert Murdoch attended a dinner in Beijing in the late 1990s, he remarked that in all his visits to China, he had yet to meet a Communist. A strange remark indeed considering he was dining in by far the largest Communist state in the world ...

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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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The Travelling Monkey Street Show, Shaoxing

That’s entertainment! At first, there were just two guys holding a bunch of monkeys attached to ropes. Five minutes later, a crowd three-deep had gathered and the beaming faces said it all. Evidently, this was the kind of thing that passed for Saturday afternoon entertainment in the kind of place that Shaoxing is – the kind of place where watching a monkey smoke cigarettes brings squeals of delight and ...

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Film Review: The Last Emperor (1987)

For someone with almost no hold over his own fate for the majority of his sixty-one years, Aisin-Gioro Puyi (愛新覺羅·溥儀), the last emperor of China, led a remarkable life. From the time he was chosen to be emperor by the dying Empress Cixi aged two years and ten months, to becoming the puppet emperor of Manchukuo ...

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Gangster Kids, Fenghuang

I’m just back from a week in Hunan Province and this is possibly the highlight of my trip. They were taken in the formerly quaint riverside village, now tourist-swamped theme park, of Fenghuang in the west of the province, and whereas the grown men that were dressing up like this just seemed a little sad and pathetic ...

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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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Chinese Signs #1: Please fasten your seat belt

After my latest long-distance bus adventure in China, traveling from Putuoshan to Hangzhou last week, I decided it might be useful to start a Chinese Signs series in order to firstly, brush up on my own Chinese, and secondly, to try and share a few new characters for those who are living or travelling in China and attempting to learn some of the language in the meantime.

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