Chinese Voices Project: Places
Red Leaves in the Western Hills
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Come autumn, a favorite retreat of Beijingers
is the nearby mountain range of the Western Hills. At some of the more
popular sites, though, the visitors can seem to outnumber the leaves.
Visas and Vodka
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Beijng's Chaoyang district is known for its glittering
highrises, glamorous shops, and ritzy cosmopolitan lifestyle. It is also
home to a remarkable concentration of embassies and bars, all of which
serve, in their own ways, the noble cause of cross-cultural understanding!
An October Visit to Tiananmen Square
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Even when the weather is bad, visitors to
Beijing's central plaza enjoy a festive atmosphere.
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Beijing's old neighborhoods have lots of
stories to tell, and make an inviting destination for a visitor with a
few hours and a bicycle.
Not Your Geography Teacher's Yangtze River
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At 3900 miles, the Yangtze River(Changjiang)
is still the longest river in Asia. A recent television series documents
its transformation over the past 20 years and brings its historical significance
Walking in the Snow
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After the first snowfall of the year in
Beijing, the author takes a walk in Yiheyuan with a close friend.
The Sound of the Doves
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Once a familiar sound in the skies of old
Beijing neighborhoods, the distinctive whistling of homing pigeons in
flight is rarely heard now, but it remains richly evocative for those
who still remember life in the hutongs.