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  • Hunting for Relics in Shanxi

    Shanxi isn’t actually that far from Beijing, and yet it’s a completely different world. Despite an economy relying on heavy industry and coal, Shanxi is the birthplace of China’s Golden Era.

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  • Good Eggs & Golden Youzis Seek Challenge in Yunnan

    The Hutong ran for Concordia Shanghai its Yunnan Cycle and Service program in September 2014. Below are the impressions of Hutong Co-Founder Stacey Shine, who joined the program as an observer: “I first went to Xishuangbanna 14 years ago, as a backpacker on an overland trip from Thailand to London. A few years later, I returned as an Intrepid tour leader

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  • Five Ways to Enjoy Beijing’s (All too brief) Autumn

    Autumn is Beijing’s best season and it’s not even close. The problem of course is that Beijing’s autumn is far too short. With this in mind, five ways to enjoy Autumn in Beijing.

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  • Manchus in the Palace

    I have been accused — justly — of having an unhealthy fascination with the Manchus. My former students would mock my man- crush on the Kangxi Emperor. I have been known to break into Manchu verse while cooking and I actually do have a favorite Qing Dynasty official. And a second. And a third.

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  • Hongzao at the Hutong

    One of the first things every visitor notices when they enter our courtyard is an enormous jujube tree that each fall rains fruit down upon our heads…

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