A Day in the Summer Palace

The Summer Palace is one of the top historic sights to visit in Beijing. It wouldn’t take much – to guess why – Emperors chose it to unwind in its tranquil gardens. After three days of back-to-back walking (including the Great Wall Hike), we decided to slow down the pace and experience a bit of tranquillity…

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The Rage of the Machines

Am I technologically challenged? Perhaps. I’d prefer a blank sheet of paper and a fine-tip ink pen to a blinking cursor. The thought of having a blinking cursor constantly stare at me makes me think I’m sitting on a ticking bomb. That my head needs to process thoughts at super sonic speeds and spurt out a…

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Vertigo on the Great Wall of China

“You’re going to CHINA? You must surely visit the GREAT WALL OF CHINA!”, squealed my elderly neighbour. I smiled warily. Her enthusiasm was palpable. Despite her age and average health, given an opportunity, she would have most definitely have walked the great walk herself. I probably kept her in mind, when I reluctantly signed up…

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WPC : Close Up

The beauty of visiting a forest, often lies, in the unpredictability of animal sightings. Although, a tiger is what we really were after, we saw everything but the majestic beast. Chasing pug marks on rugged jungle roads of Bandhavgarh, we chanced upon this giant wood spider. I’m sure it sensed us. As six pairs of…

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Entering the Forbidden City

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Finding Solitude in Beijing

We’d never recommend 8 days to explore a country, leave alone – China. And yet, we managed to squeeze Xian and Guilin, along with Beijing, in our China travel itinerary. I’d have to admit, and Basil will agree, although reluctantly, it’s not been one of our best planned trips. With few days in hand, we…

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