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Chinese shoppers walk past Christmas decorations at the Solana shopping in Beijing, China. Christmas continues to gain popularity in Chinese consumer culture year after year. (Dec. 22, 2011)(Credit: Getty Images)

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Old Beijing in the shadow of the new

This isn't the Beijing Mao Zedong envisioned. No longer an introverted, sober capital most defined by the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Ming Tombs, today's Beijing is a booming metropolis on a building, boozing and buying binge. --Nancy Trejos, The Washington Post