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Tagged With: Beijing

ANIMALS Now The Poachers Went Too Far …

POACHERS CALL IT „A NEW TACTIC“ – I call it abominable mass murder! Nowadays they don’t shoot the elephants, that’s too loud, too risky and it deserves a last bit of courage. Poisening is the new silent method of killing, a coward act, without risk, just wait until the animals break down and die. This … Weiterlesen »

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NORTH KOREA The Story Of My Postcards …

OF COURSE I DID MY BEST AND KEPT MY PROMISE! Bought typical aggressive postcards – three hands squeezing a US rocket and a GI – and typical aggressive stamps – the communist national flag (exactly the propaganda articles they like to get from this strange country), wrote something the North Korean censors wouldn’t mind (and … Weiterlesen »

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CHINA Uff, You Might Not Need A Visa!

THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR TRAVELLERS who touch Beijing in transit. Which means: If you only stay 3 days in the Chinese capital and – very important – continue into a third country (not the one, you came from), you don’t need a visa! Or as the Chines call it: You have a „72-hour transit … Weiterlesen »

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MONEY The Most Expensive Tea Time …

THE „ROYAL CHINA CLUB“ IN LONDON IS A POSH PLACE, INDEED! It’s open to the public (address: 40-42 Baker Street, right in the city), the entrance is pure understatement but once inside – wow, you really feel like being in the Forbidden City of Beijing 150 years ago. And now to the point: You will … Weiterlesen »

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ART If You Ever Come to … China (No. 61)

The bottle is not big: 3 inches or 7,5 cm high, but amazingly heavy and hermetically closed by a stopper, made of a semiprecious stone. On one side you see a typical Chinese landscape in winter, on the other side in summer. I found the bottle near the Summer Palace in Beijing, in a Government … Weiterlesen »

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MUSEUMS The Critic At Large … (No. 17)

Since the first emperor ascended the throne, the Chinese chase world records: the oldest, the longest, the highest, the noblest, the most … – in these days they claim to have the biggest museum of all times, their National Museum in Beijing (photo above). True – the architects from Hamburg, Gerkan, Marg + Partner, enlarged … Weiterlesen »

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ODDITIES Moments You Never Forget … (No. 14)

It’s a miracle: The Tiananmen Square in Beijing is much, much larger. But the Red Square in Moscow looks endlessly bigger. Why is that so? The Red Square measures 70 x 330 m (77 x 360 yards) only, compared to the 500 x 800 m (550 x 880 yards) of Tiananmen. And it is enclosed … Weiterlesen »

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TRAVEL I Got A Strange Message … (No. 20)

It’s the gigantic open area in the center of the Chinese capital. Enclosed by Mao’s Mausoleum, the wall of the Forbidden City, the National Assembly and the National Museum. In measures 800 x 500 m (or 1/2 mile x 1/3 mile) and one million people can gather there easily. But they are not allowed. If … Weiterlesen »

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