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Stretch-a-leg Travel’s Winter Promotion for trips booked for travel between Nov 25, 2013 through February 28, 2014

In the seven years since I started Stretch-a-leg Travel, to offer independent travelers a chance to explore off-the-beaten path Beijing, we only offered a promotional rate like this last year before. Be sure to read on to find out how you, your friends, your family and other trusted referrals can take advantage of this exclusive […]

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Gingko Trees- Rare Trees Originating from China

During autumn in Beijing, the leaves around the city turn to a golden yellow. Once you learn the long history and cultural symbolism of gingko trees in Chinese culture, you will understand why Beijing is filled with gingko trees which turn a brilliant yellow in the autumn. A Rare Tree Originating from China The gingko […]

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Hutong Adventures – Local Beijing

At Stretch-A-Leg we take pride in our ability to manage to avoid the crowds at even the most popular of places. However, we take even more pride in knowing the places and history of those parts of Beijing most tourists never get to see. Explore the hutongs with us and come home with amazing photos and stories to share with all your friends and family.

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

Public Exercise in Beijing

While young people rush into the subway or buses to get to work or school, retirees are already in the park for their morning exercises. Stretching and jogging, dancing and singing, or just leisurely playing a few hands of cards, if it needs practicing it can be practiced at a public park in Beijing. Rise early and experience the exercise of the elderly.

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Beijing Youth – with Katrina

While the elderly are playing chess, and parents are cooking, what is the youth of Beijing up to? Studying, playing, eating ice cream or perhaps causing a little mischief here and there? Katrina, one of the expert guides at Stretch-A-Leg tells us more.

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Bikes, Trikes and Likes

The center of the city remains a paradise for the owner of bike and trike. As cars honk repeatedly and drivers look annoyed at the lack of pace, cyclists, young and old, whiz through the narrow lanes. Beijing by bike…it’s awesome.

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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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