Travel Report: How To Ride The Beijing Subway.

How to ride the Beijing Subway

Reading from China? This travel report contains a YouTube video, which can only be viewed with a VPN! September 2018. Whatever it is you’ve come to China’s capital for, chances are you’re gonna get acquainted with the good old Beijing Subway! It’s unavoidable really, as the bus system is complicated, slow and predominantly Mandarin-driven, while […]

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Travel Report: Tiananmen Square, Beijing.

Tiananmen Square Beijing

September 2018. I very nearly didn’t make it into Tiananmen Square. I’d stupidly forgotten all about the security checkpoints and when the steely-faced guard told me: “pass-a-port” I felt a cold chill run down the back of my neck. But then, as luck would have it, I realized it was tucked in the top pouch of […]

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Travel Report: Galaxy Soho Mall, Beijing.

Galaxy SOHO Mall Beijing

September 2018. If you’re planning a trip to Beijing, you might not even consider a visit to the city’s largest shopping mall. But whatever you’re doing in the Chinese capital, a half an hour diversion to the amazing sight of Galaxy Soho Mall is well worth it! Designed by the acclaimed British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, […]

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Travel Report: Chaoyang Park, Beijing.

Choayang Park Beijing

Reading from China? This travel report contains a YouTube video, which can only be viewed with a VPN! September 2018. It was a warm, lightly smoggy morning in Beijing and I was staying with my old friend Temperance in Chaoyang district. I had quite the day planned, with a hit list that included stops at […]

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Travel Report: Nanluoguxiang, Beijing.

Nanluoguxiang hutong Beijing

September 2018. “What the heck is a hutong?” a friend of mine asked when I told him about my plans to visit Nanluoguxiang in Beijing. It’s a question I’ve had a lot over the years, so I made sure to pencil in a hutong-flavored article for my Beijing menu page. The Chinese capital used to be […]

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Travel Report: Museum of the Moon – The Water Cube (National Aquatics Center), Beijing.

Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon The Water Cube National Aquatics Center Beijing

September 2018. My favorite part of Beijing’s quirky Water Cube (National Aquatics Center) was this amazing little exhibition set around the main Olympic pool. My friend Lily and I had no idea what to expect as we spontaneously purchased our tickets and made out way through the short, dark corridor. Who was Luke Jerram? And what […]

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Travel Report: The Water Cube (National Aquatics Center), Beijing.

The Water Cube National Aquatics Center Beijing China

September 2018. There’s some fantastic architecture scattered around Beijing’s Olympic Green and one of the most distinctive buildings is the blue, bubble-adorned National Aquatics Center, better known to visitors as The Water Cube. This was the venue for the swimming and diving events of the 2008 Olympics and today it’s well worth a wander inside […]

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Travel Report: The Bird’s Nest (National Stadium), Beijing.

The Bird's Nest National Stadium Beijing.

September 2018. My first visit to Beijing’s National Stadium came on a freezing cold morning back in January 2010. S and I had come to see The Olympic Green’s famous winter wonderland park, located in and around the stadium itself. The football pitch had been transformed into a giant snow and ice park that day, […]

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Travel Report: The Olympic Green, Beijing.

Beijing Tower The Olympic Green

September 2018. Strolling down Beijing’s expansive, largely deserted Olympic Green and it’s hard to imagine this was once the epicenter of the biggest sporting event in Chinese history. For it was right here, 11 years ago, that the 2008 Olympics burst to life with a dazzling opening ceremony that still stands as one of the […]

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Travel Report: Shangdi Revisited, Beijing.

Shangdi Subway Station Beijing China

September 2018. I saw Anthony’s towering figure from all the way down the other side of the platform as I stepped off the train at Shangdi Subway Station. I couldn’t help but feel a little emotional as we hugged, after all it had been a long day of travel and it felt… just… bizarre to […]

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