October 2001 Archives

ThingsAsian: Rubber Dinosaurs and Cadavers

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Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall - these are some of the best-known sites around Beijing. Come back from Beijing without visiting them, and people will look at you as if you are crazy. But, sometimes, the less popular sites are the most revealing - like, for example, Beijing's Natural History Museum.

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ThingsAsian: On and Around the Great Wall

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As we take the highway to the Great Wall, it is obvious that my friends and I are not the only ones who have decided to see the wall during the May Day holiday. Most of China seems to be with us here on the highway to Mutianyu, one of the prime places for tourists to see the restored wall. Mutianyu is only about fifty miles northeast of Beijing, yet with all the traffic it still takes over two hours to get there.

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