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 14: What’s Wrong With This Picture?

DESPITE THE PERCEPTIONS foreigners have of the Great Firewall of China, things get around pretty quickly. Especially if you’re in the middle of the part of Beijing known for its global brands and expatriate bars. There is an endless array of gimmicks and pop culture references in the Sanlitun area that make their way to … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 14: What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Beijing Backpacking, Day 12: What’s A Touristy Area Like Before Tourists?

I HAD TO head to Wangfujing early on a Sunday morning to meet a friend visiting from overseas. The location is hardly anything new – Wangfujing is known for its upmarket (read: global brands) retail, and consequently, tourists flock here, and the hotel chains that cater to them do so too. But while Wangfujing bustles … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 12: What’s A Touristy Area Like Before Tourists?