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from Changing China:

On Obama’s trail in Beijing

Guan Yongning is a senior cameraman with Reuters Television in Beijing . In  15 years in the field,  he has covered stories ranging from natural disasters to politics and major sporting events.  Guan was one of the chosen few reporters able to follow U.S. President Barack Obama's visit in China up-close.  He tells the story of what reporters have to go through to capture a few precious shots of the U.S. leader.

The reporters able to cover Obama’s visit up close might be considered the lucky ones. Following the American commander-in-chief means long hours working days,  skipping meals, lugging around heavy gear and enduring the harsh Beijing winds. But would they give up the chance?

from Changing China:

U.S. expats discuss Obama’s visit over a beer

Beijing's local Americans believe Obama can maintain his popularity with the Chinese public just as long as he focuses on their main interests - trade relations and the fate of the huge Chinese holdings of U.S. government debt.

Tim's Texas BBQ restaurant offers Beijing's several thousand expat Americans grilled ribs, beer and live TV coverage of the President's visit to China, from  November 15 to 18.  Chinese President Hu Jintao and American President Barack Obama are expected to discuss a wide range of issues from trade to currency imbalance and climate change to human rights.

from Changing China:

Beijing’s American acupuncturist

The U.S. President may be in China but it is business as usual for Beijing's American acupuncturist.
 Connecticut born Bryan McMahon is treating a Chinese patient in his traditional courtyard in the backstreets of Beijing.
  Bryan has spent years studying Chinese traditional medicine in both Beijing and Shanghai.
 He says that part of the reason he chose Chinese medicine over its western alternative was the way in which it is so deeply rooted within Chinese culture.
Bryan's patient Sai Na  believes the American-Chinese approach to acupuncture offers a new and improved form of treatment.

from Changing China:

A snowy message to Obama.

 

A wintery climate change warning from Beijing's Great Wall - and a snowy hike for those involved.

 

 

 

 

This chilly climate change message led Beijing Oxfam volunteers, organisers and journalists on a long hike along a deserted and slippery Great Wall and across fields before finally setting up for a photoshoot which would send an unexpectedly snowy climate message to U.S. President Barack Obama.

from Changing China:

China gets creative with Obamania

Obama marketing Hits China

 Obama mania takes hold of Beijing ahead of the U.S. President's first state visit to China from November 15 to November 18.

Chinese artist Liu Bolin, a boutique clothes designer and even a hairdresser are all taking Barack Obama as their muse in bizarre and unique ways.

from Changing China:

Tradition and tea

An evening's entertainment in traditional Chinese style.

Sichuan face-changing dances and teacup musicians keep the ancient Chinese arts alive in the famous Lao She Teahouse at the centre of Beijing.

from Changing China:

Reuters reporter catches a ride with F1 champ Button

 

Beijing based Reuters Sports Reporter Nick Mulvenney gets the ride of a lifetime in the passenger seat of F1 Champion Jenson Button's race car, for a whirlwind tour inside Beijing's iconic Bird's Nest stadium. 

Video credit: Kitty Bu and Wang Shubing

from Changing China:

Beijing’s graffiti: art or mayhem?

Beijing's young graffiti artists use derelict buildings as the canvas to share their take on the world.

 

Armed with spray paint, the graffiti team known as "Beijing Penzi" enthusiastically sets to work, giving a derelict building a new lease on life.

from Changing China:

China’s changing palette

Pampered grapes and expensive price tags in China's growing wine market.

The specially imported grapes at Bodega-Langes winery in Heibei province enjoy a constant concert of classical music from the vineyard right through to the cellars.

Just in case they suffer culture shock.    

China's increasingly affluent society is testing its palette on grape wines, both premium and budget, and the potential market of 1.3 billion customers has enticed both foreign and local investors.

from Changing China:

China mimic – birdsong in Beijing

Bird's singing, horses galloping, trains trundling along and even planes taking off are no challenge for Chinese professional mimic Cheng Jiaqiang.

He can imitate more than 100 noises, a skill he learned from his father, who in turn, learned it from his father.

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