View from Atmosphere bar, Shangri La Hotel World Summit Wing, Beijing, China.

Mixing with the best

There's a whole lot of shakin' going on as Beijing embraces a nightlife scene in sky-high cocktail bars and street-level dens, writes Aaron Peasley.

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Beijing to Shanghai high speed bullet train

314 km/h: on board China's flagship bullet train

As debate about a high-speed rail link in Australia renews, Glenda Kwek travels to China to test out the country's brand new bullet train between Shanghai and Beijing.

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Flavour enhanced ... Green T House Living has a spa, gallery and restaurant.

Jellyfish on a plate

Eastern delicacies and comfort foods are on the menu for Julia Medew as she moves between Chinese culinary worlds.

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Plane passengers disembarking generic

Planning takes pain out of flying

Getting to and from airports can be bad for your health and sanity, so a little thought will ensure your trip begins and ends smoothly, writes Julietta Jameson.

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Brush up ... calligraphy is a popular national pastime in China.

Character building

George Mills learns to write like a dream in a calligraphy class in Beijing.

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Marvellous ... the Great Wall of China.

Hawkers as enduring as the world's biggest wall

PING is persistence personified. For the past half-hour, this little middle-aged Chinese lady with rosy-red cheeks has been following me up and down some devilishly steep stretches of the Great Wall.

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