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Ancient Allure in China's Chaotic Capital

The mysterious Forbidden City, twisting streets of hutongs, notorious Tiananmen Square with its stern portrait of Mao Zedong — Beijing's sights add up to an evocative mix of eras and cultures.

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BEIJING 2008
BEIJING 2008

BEIJING 2008

Michael Phelps of the United States competes in the men's 200-meter butterfly final at the National Aquatics Centre during day 5 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Phelps finished the race in 1.52.49 -- a new world record. 960 1280

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ATHENS 2004

ATHENS 2004

Pyrros Dimas of Greece jumps in the air as he celebrates a successful lift in the men's 85 kg category weightlifting competition during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall. 960 1280

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SYDNEY 2000

SYDNEY 2000

Xuan Liu of China in action at the women's gymnastics beam final in the Sydney Superdome on day 10 of the 2000 Olympic Games. 960 1280

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ATLANTA 1996

ATLANTA 1996

Igor Potapovich of Kazakhstan soars through the flame-lit sky to clear the bar and claim fourth in the pole vault at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. 960 1280

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BARCELONA 1992

BARCELONA 1992

Michael Jordon, Scottie Pippen and Clyde Drexler receive their gold medals as members of the US basketball "dream team" during the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. 960 1280

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SEOUL 1988

SEOUL 1988

Greg Louganis of the US diving team sets himself for a dive in the springboard event at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, where he won the gold with a score of 730.80 points. 960 1280

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LOS ANGELES 1984

LOS ANGELES 1984

Carl Lewis of the US receives the baton from teammate Calvin Smith as he brings the US team to victory with a new world-record time of 37.83 seconds in the 4x100-meter relay during the 1984 Olympic Games at the Coliseum Stadium in Los Angeles. 960 1280

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MOSCOW 1980

MOSCOW 1980

Maria Caridad-Colon of Cuba in action during the women's javelin event of the 1980 Olympic Games at the Lenin Stadium in Moscow. Caridad-Colon won the event with a distance of 68.40 meters. 960 1280

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MONTREAL 1976

MONTREAL 1976

Bruce Jenner of the US celebrates during his record-setting performance in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. 960 1280

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MUNICH 1972

MUNICH 1972

Competitors rise out of the blocks at the start of the men's 200 meter final at the Olympiastadion in Munich. 960 1280

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MEXICO CITY 1968

MEXICO CITY 1968

At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos performed their Black Power salute, a human rights protest and one of the most overtly-political statements in the 110-year history of the modern Olympic Games. 960 1280

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TOKYO 1964

TOKYO 1964

The start of the 100-meter butterfly swimming race at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. 960 1280

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ROME 1960

ROME 1960

Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia, running barefoot, draws away from Abdesselem Rhadi of Morocco near the finish of the marathon at the 1960 Rome Olympics. He went on to win with a new Olympic record time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 16 seconds. 960 1280

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MELBOURNE 1956

MELBOURNE 1956

Chris Brasher of Great Britain during the steeplechase final event at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. 960 1280

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HELSINKI 1952

HELSINKI 1952

Nina Romaschkova of Russia throws the discus at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. She won Russia's first Olympic medal and set a new Olympic record. 960 1280

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LONDON 1948

LONDON 1948

Danish competitor Major N Mikkelsen fails to win the jumping test event as his horse demolishes a fence at the 1948 Olympics in London. 960 1280

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BERLIN 1936

BERLIN 1936

American athlete Jesse Owens runs at the 1936 Olympic Games, where he won 4 gold medals. Behind him, an athlete wears a swastika on his vest. 960 1280

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LOS ANGELES 1932

LOS ANGELES 1932

Thomas Hampson of Great Britain breaks the tape ahead of Alexander Wilson of Canada to win gold and set a new world record at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932. 960 1280

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AMSTERDAM 1928

AMSTERDAM 1928

The Chilean goalkeeper fails to prevent Portugal from winning at the Amsterdam Olympics in 1928. 960 1280

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PARIS 1924

PARIS 1924

Preliminary rounds in the water polo competition take place in the pool at Tourelles during the Paris Olympics in 1924. 960 1280

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ANTWERP 1920

ANTWERP 1920

Suzanne Lenglen of France competes in the women’s tennis event during the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. 960 1280

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STOCKHOLM 1912

STOCKHOLM 1912

The opening ceremonies of the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. 960 1280

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LONDON 1908

LONDON 1908

Women archers participate at the 1908 London Olympics. 960 1280

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ST. LOUIS 1904

ST. LOUIS 1904

The 100-meter freestyle race, which was won by Hungarian swimmer Zoltan Halmay at the 1904 Games in St. Louis. 960 1280

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PARIS 1900

PARIS 1900

The Tug-of-War was a controversial affair, with a combined Sweden/Denmark team beating France in the 1900 Paris Olympics. 960 1280

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ATHENS 1896

ATHENS 1896

The start of the 100-meter sprint at the first Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896 in Athens. 960 1280

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We love pandas, including this 3-month-old giant panda at the Bifengxia Base of the China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Yaan of Sichuan Province, China. 960 1280

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We love the Great Wall of China. The massive stone wall, built since the 5th century BC, protected the northern borders of the Chinese Empire against intruders. The Great Wall stretches 5,500 miles from Shanhaiguan to Lop Nur. We recommend you add it to your must-see list when visiting China. 960 1280

  

We love Chinese acupuncture techniques and medicinal therapy. The treatment, known as Tiefu, is widely used in the therapy of bronchitis, asthma, arthritis and other diseases. This doctor is treating a patient for asthma by applying herbal medicine on the acupuncture points. 960 1280

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We love China's world-class gymnasts. This young boy practices gymnastics at a sports school in Guangzhou of Guangdong Province, China. There are around 3,000 sports schools in China, recruiting thousands of young children and preparing the elites for the Olympics. 960 1280

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We love dim sum, a Cantonese term for a type of Chinese dish that involves small portions of food, usually served in a small steamer basket or on a small plate. The dim sum cuisine started when teahouses would offer tea and small bites of food for travelers who needed a place to rest along the famous Silk Road trade routes. 960 1280

  

We love Chinese dragons. The legendary creatures are popular throughout China. In Chinese mythology, dragons are believed to have control over water, rainfall, hurricanes and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength and good luck. 960 1280

  

We love Feng shui, a popular design aesthetic believed to use the laws of both Heaven and Earth to help improve life by channeling chi (positive energy) throughout a space. 960 1280

  

Noodles are a staple in Chinese cuisine. The types of noodles depend on the how they are made, but we love them all, including lo mein, shrimp roe noodles, rice vermicelli and silver needle noodles. During the Chinese Song Dynasty (960-1279), noodle shops were very popular and remained open all night -- a practice you'll still find in modern-day China. 960 1280

  

The Forbidden City -- the world's largest palace complex -- was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Today thousands of visitors flock to the complex, located in the heart of Beijing, to view royal family heirlooms and rare treasures. It's only a short walk from Tiananmen Square. 960 1280

  

We love the delicious taste of wonton soup with all the fixins'. Wonton is a type of dumpling found in a number of Chinese dishes. 960 1280

  

We love kung fu. A warrior monk displays his kung fu skills near the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, Henan Province, China. The Shaolin Temple was built in AD 495 during the period of the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420-581). Shaolin kung fu, with its incredible strength, vitality and flexibility, is expected to be included in the UNESCO intangible heritage list. 960 1280

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Green tea originated in China. Some evidence suggests that people who drink green tea regularly are at a lower risk for heart disease and developing certain types of cancer. If you're more of a coffee drinker, why not try a bowl of green tea ice cream (pictured)? 960 1280

  

We love the iconic Terracotta Army that was buried with Qin Shi Huangdi, the First Emperor of China, in 210 BC. In 1974, local farmers found the stone statues in the Lintong District of China's Shaanxi province. Their purpose was to help rule another empire with Shi Huangdi in the afterlife. 960 1280

  

We love Chinese actor and martial artist Jackie Chan (pictured) and other popular celebs, including famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma, actor and martial artist Jet Li and pro basketball player Yao Ming. 960 1280

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Royal Liverpool
Royal Liverpool

Royal Liverpool

Site of the 2014 British Open, Royal Liverpool -- also known as Hoylake -- is the second-oldest seaside links golf course in England. The course, which will play host to The Open Championship for the 12th time, was founded in 1869 and spans 7,258 yards. Eighty-four years after Bobby Jones’ unprecedented Grand Slam run of 1930, Hoylake remains well known for being the second leg he completed when he became the only golfer in history to have won all 4 majors in the same calendar year. 960 1280

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Play golf on Kiawah Island, located southwest of Charleston, SC. The Kiawah Island Golf Resort has 5 golf courses. The Resort’s Ocean Course has hosted major golf tournaments, including the Ryder Cup, World Cup, PGA Championship, PGA Club Professional Championship and Senior PGA Championship. The well-renowned golf resort was voted the “#1 Resort in the US,” in Golf World Magazine.
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Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club

Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club

Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club
Play like a champ! Follow in the footsteps of 2012 British Open champion Ernie Els, and play on the green at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England. Watch out for the 205 bunkers on the course, which averages out to 11 per hole.
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The Broadmoor
The resort in Colorado Springs is at 6,400 feet above sea level and includes the mammoth 7,637-yard Mountain Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus but it is the famous East Coursedesigned by Donald Ross where The Broadmoor's biggest championships are held.
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The Royal Melbourne
The Royal Melbourne designed by Aussie-great Greg Norman is one of the most unique 18-hole courses in the world. The front 9 offers an open wetland feel, while the back 9 gives you the notion you are golfing through a forest.
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Royal Portrush
Royal Portrush located in Northern Ireland is the only golf club in the country to host the Open Championship. The Dunluce Links are ranked number 12 in the world by Golf Magazine and the Valley Links Course is one of the world's hidden gems, located between huge sand hills on the Atlantic Shore.
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St. Andrews
St. Andrews, home to the 'Old Course,' known as the Home of Golf, is one of the oldest and most historic clubs in the world. St. Andrews Links is the largest public golf complex in Europe and has hosted more Open Championships than any other club.
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Turnberry
Turnberry, located in Ayrshire, Scotland, is home to one of the most notorious battles in golf history. Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson duked it out on the Alisa Course in 1977 with Jack eventually falling to Tom who closed the event with remarkable back-to-back 65's. After the event, the 18th hole was renamed 'The Duel in the Sun'.
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Yas Links Abu Dhabi
Designed by Kyle Phillips, the Yas links Abu Dhabi is the first links style golf course in the Middle East. Set against amazing views of the Arabian Gulf, this is the perfect place to see Yas Island's natural beauty while enjoying 18 holes of uneven fairways and fast rolling greens.
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Cypress Point
The Cypress Point golf course located in Pebble Beach, CA was designed by Alister MacKenzie in 1928. The course offers over 6,500 yards and the longest tees for a par 72 in the US.
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Doral
The TPC Blue Monster at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Florida has hosted PGA tour events for the last 45 years. With the amount of unique water hazards and over 7,000 yards of grass, the Blue Monster is one of the most challenging and impressive courses in the US.
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Greenbrier
The Greenbrier in the West Virginia mountains has hosted the world's dignitaries and America's aristocrats. It is the standard by which golf resorts are measured. The Greenbrier now holds an annual PGA Tour event on its first course, built in 1914, he Old White TPC course.
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The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort
The world's most recognizable name in luxury golf is in Naples, FL. The resort is home to the stunning Tiburón Golf Clubwith 2 immaculate courses designed by Greg Norman.
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Pebble Beach
The Monterey peninsula is all about luxury golf. The Lodge at Pebble Beach is the flagship location for 3 other resorts of its kind along the peninsula's 17-Mile Drive . The world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links has a barrage of 9 dramatic ocean side holes.
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Pine Valley
Voted the 2004 Host Venue of the Year by the players of the Asian Tour, Pine Valley Resort and Country Club located in Beijing was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus. Pine Valley is the first by-invitation-only golf club in China.
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Pinehurst
The world recognizes Pinehurst Resort as home to the internationally acclaimed Pinehurst No. 2, which has hosted 2 of the last 14 U.S. Open championships. There are 7 more courses ranging from the newly renovated but still friendly No. 1 to the Tom Fazio-designed No. 8.
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