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Beijing

The back cover of a well known travel guide informs readers that "China is a fascinating and perplexing empire of stark contrasts: communist bastion and economic powerhouse, misty hilltops and scorched landscapes, yak-hearding villages and teeming industrial sprawl..."

Beijing is a vast city of some 15 million people. There is a mad urgency here. Mass modernization means construction cranes are everywhere. Almost all of the old residential "hutongs" are being torn down. The government wants the people to change their habits as well: new laws against public spitting are being enforced. Beijing is a fascinating place, a city who's ancient past is never that far behind and who's future is just around the next modernization project.

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