The local parks are full of activity, even at 6:30 in the morning, with people dancing, running, opera singing, playing music and practising tai chi and marshal arts using sticks, swords and ribbons (ribbons look a bit wet next to the sticks and swords). Walking backwards clapping hands is quite popular for some reason. It … More Dancing in the streets
Heads, feet and hands lie in pieces intermixed with horses’ rumps and legs – the broken remains of the Terracotta Army. Thousands have been renovated and stand with military precision in their ranks. But still more are waiting to be unearthed. Emperor Qin Shi Huang ordered the start of his Terracotta Army in 246BC when … More Ready for battle in the afterlife
“They’re kind of crunchy” said Dave from Manchester as he gnaws on the scorpion tail in Beijing’s busy Night Market. He adds, “I’ve tried the spiders, I wanted to give these a try too.” Hawkers wave skewers of the live creatures, legs still struggling to get away, shouting “delicious, you try”. Steam billows from pots … More Can you be a veggie in China?
“You are not a hero until you climb the Great Wall of China” is the ancient quote written at the bottom of the steps. And there are so many heroes!!!! Old ladies with tiny feet, young ladies in crazy heels, toddlers, dodderers and men with big bellies exposed like laughing Buddhas all climb the steep … More You are not a hero until you climb the Great Wall of China