Back to the past

Prior to 1949, and again more recently, foreign tourists avidly visited the marvellous sights in China.  The tourist trail would include the Ming Tombs, just forty kilometres north of Peking (Beijing), here being explored in the 1920s, by donkey in a conversationally conducive way (Ru-s052):

Touring the Ming Tombs (backwards) by donkey

Touring the Ming Tombs (backwards) by donkey, Ruxton collection, Ru-s052

Nowadays, many Chinese tourists are also touring China, lapping up their own history and culture, as Martin Woollacott reports <http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2012/nov/16/china-tourism-domestic-chinese-staycation>. 

History is topical – and the future of the past in China is more promising than it has been for a long time.

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