Over the next few days, I will be explaining why we almost didn’t get to see the Great Wall, reporting on ‘The Social Contract of Beijing’, telling you about the two essential food items that any self-respecting visitor to Beijing should seek out, commenting on the capital’s transport system (including an explanation for the odd fact that versions of the top-of-the-range models from Mercedes, BMW and Audi for the China market are six inches longer than the equivalent models sold elsewhere), noting in passing that you should keep off the grass in Beijing’s parks, and remarking on a few other curious observations that I made along the way.
Meanwhile, here are a few photographs to whet your appetite:
What is happening here? Answers on a postcard to the usual address.
Another great piece of wall.
The obvious question is this: in terrain this rugged, do you really need to build such a bloody big wall just to keep people out?
Doorway, Forbidden City.
Ceramic wall plaque with dragons about 1.4 metres high, Forbidden City.