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Beijing

A day in Beijing on the way to Central Asia

 

Entrance to the Forbidden City

Inside the Forbidden City. It's a popular destination for Westerners, although most visitors are internal tourists from other parts of China .

The Forbidden City is so large that it's easy to find courtyards with no visitors

Detail of a metal heater

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

A Beijing covered market

With fears about an outbreak of swine flu, the price of pork had fallen to an all-time low. In the run-up to my trip, I was worried that China might close its borders to avoid the spread of swine flu. Luckily everything worked out OK though. I had my temperature taken a few times at checkpoints, but that was all.

Covered market

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