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Stretch-A-Leg on CBS News Sunday Morning Show

CBS Sunday Morning Show’s Seth Doane explores the hutongs together with Tony Chen, founder of Stretch-A-Leg Travel — Beijing’s finest in private customized touring.

Posted in Beijing Tradition, Hutongs, News

Beijing Summer – Not Cool!

The time of short sleeves, skirts, sweat and naked bellies has arrived once more to the capital of China. Yes, it is hot. And no, it’s not global warming. Beijing’s summers have always been hot. But not always has the solution been similar for everyone. Stretch-a-Leg knows the way to stay cool in the summer!

Posted in Architecture, Beijing Tradition, History, Hutongs, News, Off the beaten path, Seasons

Architecture of Red China (Tongzilou)

Tongzilou (筒子楼, also referred to as Heluxiaofu Buildings 赫鲁晓夫楼 Khrushchovka Building) is a type of housing built in Beijing and in many big cities of China in the 50’s and 60’s. But what was life in a Tongzilou like? Let’s take you back for a glimpse into China of the planned economy.

Posted in Architecture, Beijing Tradition, News, Off the beaten path

No Visa Needed for 72-hour Travel to Beijing

Now Beijing offers 72-hour visa-free transit for foreign visitors with third-country visas transiting through Beijing. More info on the regulations related to this new policy. If you only have a 72 hour window, you are going to want to get the most out of your time with the help of Beijing’s best team of expert local guides at Stretch-a-leg Travel.

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Echos of the Forbidden City at Caochangdi Art District

I just explored the Beijing Design Week exhibits in Caochangdi, Beijing’s newest contemporary art district, and I was reminded of the Forbidden City. It seemed to me, that elements of the architecture of the Forbidden City built in 1420, must have had an impact on the design and architecture of the modern Caochangdi compound where many galleries and art […]

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Great Wall: What are the differences between a hike on the “wild” Great Wall and restored portions of the Great Wall?

The main differences between the Wild and restored portions of the Great Wall are the development at the site, the level of physical activity, the number of other visitors you will encounter. Nearly universally, we recommend the Wild Wall hike. It is an extraordinary, special way to experience the wall. The portion of the Wall to which Stretch-a-leg takes you is untouched by tourism and very well preserved. For visits to a restored portion of the Wall, Stretch-a-leg prefers to take our clients to Mutianyu based on the facilities available there as well as its relative proximity to the city. Mutianyu is relatively much quieter than Badaling.

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