A Bad China Day

Sometimes we all have "bad China days," — days when the will and capacity to manage the cross-cultural differences wane, and things here sort of...

Forests and Grasslands

We’ve officially had ten (yes TEN!) sandstorms this spring here in Beijing.  Naturally, with the Olympics coming up–just over two years from now—there is a...

Boom! Then Rain

Last week the AP reported on the government’s plans to seed the clouds in Beijing to clear the air of dust: Beijing was preparing on ...

The Guyuan Gang

This week I had the wondeful opportunity to travel to Ningxia Autonomous Region in western  China.  Ningxia is a Chinese province that gets "autonomous region"...

Sand, Round Two

Shortly before I hopped my bike to ride home from work this evening, another sandstorm blew into town.  This one I saw coming, as the...

Mr. Sandman

Sometime during the night last night, while this city of 14 million people slept, it "sanded." Now, I know that "sanded" isn’t really a word,...