Given the remorselessness of its wrecking crews, Beijing should not, by rights, be blessed with so enduring a structure as the Icehouse
. But then the Icehouse is no ordinary structure. With 1.2-m-thick walls and access through a 20-m-long tunnel, it's more of a bunker shouldering wars and revolutions, building booms and bulldozers.
Lying in the shadow of the Forbidden City, the Icehouse, tel: (86-10) 6522 1389
today the Chinese capital's best jazz and blues bar. But it gets its name from the fact that it held ice for the imperial family's exclusive...
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