Ping pong tables outside the Daci Pavilion, in Hebei province, China. Pictures: Thomas Bird

More than Beijing’s backyard: Hebei in China, where historical treasures shine through the pollution

Beijing’s hinterland, once the playground and battlefield of dynasties, has largely been spared the tourist makeover

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Ping pong tables outside the Daci Pavilion, in Hebei province, China. Pictures: Thomas Bird
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Thomas Bird

Thomas Bird

Thomas Bird is an itinerant writer concerned with travel, the environment and art in China and Southeast Asia. He likes rock n roll, craft beer, scuba diving and the teachings of Zhuangzi.