Beijing Backpacking, Day 24: No Pain, No Gain, and the Greatest View

At this latitude, the seasons can be punishing. In July, just off the height of summer, temperatures coften go into the mid-30s. But, often coincidentally, summer also tends to give Beijing some of its cleaner days of the year – especially after the rains come in and wash the pollution away. It gave me an … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 24: No Pain, No Gain, and the Greatest View

Beijing Backpacking, Day 23: Drawing the Line Between Tourism and Lifestyle

FIRSTLY, I WISH to send my apologies to all of you who have supported me so far. As you know Internet in China is patchy and keeping the posts regular has been a challenge. But I will continue with the posts and now that I am somewhere with better internet, I will soon be able … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 23: Drawing the Line Between Tourism and Lifestyle

Beijing Backpacking, Day 19: The Everyday in An Attraction

MANY CITIES HAVE made a clear delineation between ‘public’ areas and ‘tourist attractions’. The entry fees, the price gouging and hoards of tourists that come in such high volumes so as to destroy the ambience and atmosphere that you would associate with the long history of a famous site. At any time after 10:00 a.m., … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 19: The Everyday in An Attraction