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a relaxing day at longmai hot springs

The main hot spring pool at Longmai. For weeks, we’d been thinking about getting out of the city. It was hot, it was humid, it was polluted, and Beijing was simply getting on our nerves. Dalian was our first choice, but the airfares were too high. We didn’t want to take a train trip anywhere–the [...]

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the lost deer of china

  (Photo by Jiang Jun.) In the south of Beijing, there is a park called Nanhaizi Milu Yuan (南海子麋鹿苑) where the imperial hunting grounds used to lie.   This would be interesting in and of itself, but what is even more unusual about this park is that it is dedicated to the preservation of an [...]

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daytripping on an organic italian farm

I often have days in Beijing when I simply want to see something green, instead of the usual smoggy, dreary urban jungle.   Luckily, last Friday I had the opportunity to visit Agrilandia, an organic Italian farm in Shunyi district on the outskirts of Beijing. Even though it was a cold and drizzly sort of day, [...]

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