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Top 5 moments to experience in Beijing

Beijing is a great city to explore on foot as there are hidden gems to be found around every corner.  I walked all over the city, navigating longer stretches using the subway (station names are conveniently listed in English).   Staying in one of the many lively hutongs that make up the city, I started each day with my senses being awakened by the noise, smell and hustle of daily life in Beijing. 1. Great Wall of China – Mutianyu section Your first sighting of the Great Wall of China is a moment you will never forget.   Renowned for its beautiful scenery, the Mutianyu section is located roughly 45 miles outside Beijing, winding 1.4 miles through mountainous scenery, with 22 well maintained watchtowers to stop and grab some shade. 2. The Forbidden City The Forbidden City blew me away as I was not aware of how large it is.  Spanning almost 1 km in length from the South Gate to the North Gate, take a moment with the other 77,000 daily visitors and immerse yourself in the history and splendor of this magnificent landmark. 3. People …

Action! A day in the life of an extra in a Bollywood film

Visiting India for the first time on a work trip in January 2014, I decided to extend my stay in Mumbai to see what the most populous city in India had to offer.  After conducting some quick research online, I compiled the following hit list: 72 hours in Mumbai > Gateway of India + ferry to Elephanta Island > Shopping in Colaba market, home to ‘Leopold Cafe & Bar’ > Heritage buildings – Prince of Wales Museum & Victoria Terminus > Chowpatty beach, Marine Drive …the one thing I didn’t plan for? Spending the day in the hub of Bollywood’s studios as an extra in a movie! Whilst browsing the jewelry and clothes in Colaba market, I was approached by a friendly local guy, who advised me that he was a scout for the local Bollywood film industry and he needed one more ‘European face’ for a movie that was being filmed tomorrow. After a lot of back and forth, I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go….I mean how bad could it be? …