This morning when Beijing residents opened their windows, we were in for a real surprise. After days of 50 and 60 degree-weather (F), snow blanketed the city overnight. To celebrate the end of winter, here are some shots that the WildChina team took while making our way into the office. ______ If you’re interested […]
Beijing boasts a variety of boutique hotels, but many of these are tucked away in hutongs (Beijing’s ancient neighborhoods) and remain secret oases from the frenzy of Beijing’s busiest streets where most of the larger hotel chains are situated. So for those looking for something a bit more unique than a 5-star standard, here are […]
Over the last decade of bringing our clients to some of China’s wildest destinations, one of the biggest changes we’ve seen has been the large amounts of demolition of swathes of the older parts of town in most cities. Much of China’s current modernization drive has been based upon the construction of modern residences […]
Beijing’s whirlwind of development, like the rest of China’s, is having serious consequences for the city’s traditional neighborhoods. In wake of such destruction and construction, who is behind the movement to protect the structures of Beijing’s past? We spoke to Matthew Hu, Beijing-based cultural heritage preservationist and WildChina expert, about Chinese cultural tourism versus cultural […]
In the spirit of #TravelTuesday and unique China experiences, we’re highlighting Beijing’s beloved hutong, or traditional alleyways. This Saturday, July 17, our friends at the Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center are putting on a unique multimedia event to celebrate the hutong, and you shouldn’t miss out. Details from CHP Do You Hutong? 看！胡同 One of […]
Michael Meyer is the author of a soon-to-be-published book called The Last Days of Old Beijing, which describes the disappearing hutong neighborhoods of Beijing, as well as the people who’ve lived there for decades. The book is on my to-read list, but I just watched a talk Meyer gave at the Asia Society in New York.
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