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Out and about in 2017

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Competing cycle hire companies in Chaoyang, Beijing


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Shanghai Hongqiao railway station
 
 
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I was recently in Hangzhou for Client meetings. My first trip there for 12 years. What an incredible city. At the end of 2016 it became a member of China's 'GDP 1 trillion RMB/Year' club - Ranking 10th out of 12 cities.

Despite amazing economic development, Hangzhou continues to be a fabulous place to stroll around. My photo was taken a few minutes' walk from the city centre's busy restaurants and shops, and shows the Leifeng [Literally 'Thunder Peak'] Pagoda 雷峰塔 .

Perched on Sunset Hill 夕照山, overlooking West Lake, it is built on top of the ruins of a pagoda of the same name that collapsed in 1924 (949 years after it was erected). The new pagoda wasn't there when I first visited Hangzhou in 1998.. so I think it's fair to say that the views across West Lake have actually got even better.

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