Bookshops are a traveler’s best friend; Greatest Bookshop in Beijing

26/11/2010
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Bookshops are a traveler’s best friend: they provide convenient shelter and diversion in bad weather, they’re a reliable source of maps, notebooks, and travel guides, they often host readings and other cultural events, and if you raced through your lone paperback on the first leg of your trip, the bookshop is the place to go for literrary replenishment.

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Happy Thanksgiving Day – Our Sincere Thanks to my Readers and our Customers

25/11/2010
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Happy Thanksgiving Day – Our Sincere Thanks to my Readers and our Customers

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Appropriate Clothing when Touring in Beijing

21/11/2010
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Appropriate Clothing when Touring in Beijing

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How to enjoy a Merry Christmas tour in China

15/11/2010
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As the yuletide season fast approaches, people start planning their vacation trips and holidays thinking of different ideas on where and how to spend Christmas. As usual Christmas around the world is almost the same but if you want to have an unforgettable December filled with some oriental feeling, forget about the worries of the past, pack your bags and come and experience a unique Christmas celebration touring China and its many beautiful cities.

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Chinese culture, unity shine over water-themed Guangzhou Asiad opening

13/11/2010
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What can you expect of the opening ceremony of the Guangzhou Asian Games after the stunning visual extravaganza presented by Beijing Olympics organizers two years ago?

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Peking Opera, acupuncture candidates for intangible cultural heritage

11/11/2010
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Chinese traditional Peking Opera and acupuncture have been included in the candidates list of this year’s “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,” the U. N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced on Wednesday.

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Best Places to Spend the “Single Day” 2010 Night in Beijing?

10/11/2010
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“Singles’ Day” is special in China. It falls on Nov. 11. As the name suggests, it is exclusively for single people. They celebrate it for being free and unattached. The following are recommended places to visit and activities held on the day.

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The largest pearl store near the Temple of Heaven

09/11/2010
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At the northeast of the Temple of Heaven lies a well-known pearl market. Every day it attracts a great many people from home and abroad. Recently I paid a visit there, and was greatly impressed with Fanghua Pearl and Jewel, the largest shop in the market. If you want to find a beautiful natural pearl necklace, and give yourself a more elegant and nobler look, don’t miss this shop.

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2010 China’s top leisure cities unveiled

07/11/2010
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The selection result of “2010 China’s leisure cities” was issued on Nov. 2, and Hangzhou leads other nine cities that were selected as “2010 China’s best leisure cities.”

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No Cooking! Beijing Christmas Dinner Options…

06/11/2010
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Not everyone is lucky enough to have family in nearby proximity on Christmas, so making your 2010 Christmas dinner in Beijing count is essential. This Christmas Eve promises to be filled with food and holiday cheer with a range of options to suit your dietary cravings, style and budget.

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Post Office of Qing Dynasty Appears at Yandai Xiejie

05/11/2010
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Recently, a plague of “Da Qing You Zheng” which literally means Post Office of Qing Dynasty as well as a green iron made old postal post appears at Yandai Xiejie. Although the post office is still under renovation and yet to open for business, the unique design of the building exterior has attracted many Beijing tours visitors to stop and take some photos. According to the person in charge, the renovation of the post office might take a few months to complete and it is estimated that it will start business around Spring Festival next year.

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Introduction of Traditional Beijing Snacks

03/11/2010
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What are the traditional xiaochi (“small eats” or snacks) that Beijingers have been enjoying since an emperor was ensconced in the Forbidden City? There are three types of traditional snacks – imperial, Han, and Hui. Aiwowo, an imperial candy, is a sugar-filled ball of glutinous rice and a favorite of the Empress Cixi, while tangshaobing (brown-sugar biscuits) was the granola bar for Hui Muslims on the road. From Han kitchens, luzhu huoshao is the cheap folk version of slow-braised pork belly. These snacks have been around for at least one to two hundred years; at one point there were over 300 varieties to tempt city folk. The number has dwindled drastically, and waning popularity has meant fewer and fewer shops sell authentic Beijing-style xiaochi.

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