Walks in Beijing, Massages in Shanghai, Architecture in Suzhou

In anticipation of the Olympics, the foreign media are cranking out the pieces on China. This weekend, the Los Angeles Times writes about walking neighborhoods in , while the New York Times indulges in spa treatments and the rejuvenated waterfront in . From the LA Times:

32535727Maps don’t convey the city’s size, which together with traffic and construction makes walking hard and even unpleasant at times. The best way to reach such far-flung attractions as the Beijing Zoo and Lama Temple is by taxi or subway, a frustration for people who like to explore on foot.

But there are some districts where travelers can wander freely. My favorites were Dongcheng, Chaoyang and Haidian. [Full text]

See also “Glory-bound: Beijing’s gold-medal transformation“, also part of the LA Times’ year-long series on Beijing.

[Image via LA Times]

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