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Beijing’s streets are a mix of old and new.

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All-important China

I’m reading the newspaper when I realize that there are almost as many articles about Beijing as there are about Washington, D.C. That’s when it hits me. If one of the main purposes — and pleasures — of travel is education, then I have to go to China. I need to learn more about the country whose actions will affect the way I live and, more importantly, the way my children will live.