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Beijing 2008

Attending the Olympics Games in Beijing, visiting (again!) and experiencing (again!!) Chinese culture.

Beijing Memo

To finish this Beijing 2008 series, I'd like to give you a few tips for your next trip to China's capital.

Beijing By Night

Between 10pm and 5am, the city is alive and thriving. Night markets, busy streets, lights everywhere -- life doesn't stop in Beijing.

A Chinese Massage Story

I was introduced to massage by my former boss in Hong Kong, Ning. Now don't imagine inappropriate work incentives: Ning may have paid me a ridiculous wage and asked me to work on weekends too often...

Chinglish

A collection of "Chinglish" signs spotted in Beijing... wait -- don't you speak Chinglish?

Old Beijing (老北京)

Cars are plentiful but people still bike everywhere, older people hang out in traditional parks and not around the Bird Nest, calligraphy is still an art that is practice in the street and many...

Qianmen (前门)

Qiánmén is one of the most central district of Beijing. No matter what you look for, you will find it there, either in one of the busy hútòng or on Qiánmén street itself: Beijing Duck at Quanjude...

Chinese Food (中国菜)

These are my personal favorite: Bāozi (包子) and Beijing Duck (北京烤鸭). These two dishes are relatively unknown overseas, where "Chinese food" is often a synomym of "Fried Rice", "Chow Mien" and "Egg Foo...

The Summer Palace (颐和园)

The Summer Palace, in downtown Beijing, is an enclave of peace away from the craziness of the city. Dominated by the Longevity Hill and set around the Kunming lake, an artificial lake entirely man...

Tiananmen Square (天安门广场)

Today, Tiananmen Square remains one of the symbol of Mao's disillusion of grandeur, a huge square -- the biggest in the world -- dedicated to him, China, the "people's heroes", and jealously guarded...

The Forbidden City (故宫)

Located right behind Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace of the Ming and the Qing dynasties (the last two ones).

The Great Wall (万里长城)

What's the best activity if it's 45C and you slept only 6 hours the previous night because the hostel was noisy? Climbing the Great Wall, of course!

The Olympic Green (奥林匹克公园)

Last Saturday, we finally got the chance to visit the Olympic Green. The olympic venues were scattered across the city, but the main ones were held at the National Stadium, the famous Bird Nest, and...

Wangfujing (王府井)

One of the first place I really wanted to come back to was Wangfujing, a huge street market. I had loved the atmosphere when I was studying in Beijing and I was glad to see it didn't changed much.

Monday In Finland

The only problem with Finland is... Finnish. It doesn't look like any language I know and it really didn't make any sense to me. Way too many "ö" and "ë" if you ask me. But fortunately, most people...

Gone To Beijing!

I haven't packed anything yet, I have just found out I have a hole in my sandals and I can't find my tweezer but everything is under control. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. But my packing, that is.