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Beijing: Out of my comfort zone, into the freezing cold!

“You can see it for miles. Like, it goes over the hills and stuff ...but so does the M6?” - Karl Pilkington on the Great Wall of China.

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I am not a Winter traveller. I may be born on the Day of the Explorer, but my forebears were definitely in search of hotter climates. They didn't look at a big mountain covered in snow and ice and think: 'hmmm, I bet that would be awesome to climb', they were probably more like 'I'm going to sail a boat South, discover the Caribbean and set up a Rum Factory'.

My first impressions of Beijing were from the window of the aeroplane. The outskirts of Beijing are stark - vast brown plains filled with warehouses, factories, industrial canals and what look like pools of frozen toxic waste. As you get closer to the city itself, thousands of identical ugly apartment blocks line up like sol…