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Toilets & dogs with shoes

Never would I give either of them a thought. But never in my life did I see such an abundance of public toilets. One little street could count several of them. 476 more words

Last Stop, Beijing -- the final installment

Beijing used to be Peking.  Now the only things called Peking are Peking Duck and Peking Airport. On October 1, 1949, Chairman Mao (as our guide always called him) seized control of the city, announced the creation of the People’s Republic of China and changed the name back to Beijing. 1,825 more words



If you want a taste of life in the old days of Beijing, visit one of the hutongs. They are small streets, what we would call alleys. 259 more words

How Many Hutongs Are There in Beijing?

Old local residents have a saying: “There are 360 large hutongs and as many small hutongs as there are hairs on an ox.” Laid out in a chessboard pattern which was established as early as the Ming Dynasty, these hutongs cross cut the city into tiny squares. 124 more words

Travel In Beijing

Beijing City - Lama Palace and Hutongs

By Paul S Bryers, September 2016

The Lama Temple, properly known as the Yonghe Temple (Palace of Peace and Harmony), is a temple and monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism located in Dongcheng District of Beijing. 92 more words

Our Chengdu boys

Three years ago we hosted two Chinese boys (Barry (named for The Flash)  12 and Makxim  13) for three weeks.  They were such great guests, and we would occasionally hear from them over the years. 637 more words

Hutongs 胡同

On Tuesday, 7th June, I went around the hutongs with one of the Chinese English teacher from school. I met her about 9 am. Hutongs 胡同 are narrow streets or alleys in Beijing and other northern Chinese cities. 456 more words