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Beijing: When to go

February 1, 2009 // 1 Comment

The biggest factor in your calculations on when to visit Beijing should be the movement of domestic tourists, who during the longer public holidays take to the road in tens or even hundreds of millions, filling transportation, booking out hotels, and turning even the quieter …

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Beijing

February 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

American Express — Beijing: Room 2313-14, China World Tower 1, China World Trade Center; tel. 010/6505-2639. After hours: U.S. hot line tel. 001336/668-6809. Emergency card replacement: 00852/1220-62796. Stolen traveler’s checks: 010800/744-0106 (toll-free). Area Codes — In mainland China, area codes begin with a zero, which …

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Great Wall: Planning a trip?

February 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Wall’s most easily visited sections are Ba Da Ling and Juyong Guan, while Mutianyu, Jin Shan Ling, and the vertiginous Simatai require a full day’s outing. Appealing options for overnight stays are The Red Capital Ranch at Mutianyu and the more basic Simatai YHA. …

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The Great Wall of China

February 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Even after you dispense with the myths that it is a single continuous structure and that it can be seen from space (it can’t, any more than a fishing line can be seen from the other side of a river), China’s best-known attraction is still …