I recently ran across a very funny description (complete with drawings) explaining how a left turn at a Beijing intersection works. I laughed out loud. If you are in Beijing or have been here, I suspect you will to. It’s so true! Click on the link below. Beijing Traffic Lesson: Left Turn
Who’s Minding the Crackdown?
With the opening ceremony of the Olympics now only 244 days away, the crackdowns are coming fast and furious. So much so, that it’s almost impossible to keep up. A new one was announced today, this one aimed at the police! Well, specifically the behavior of the police. Apparently there is a problem with the […]
Twinkling Quiet and Equilibrium
The scourge of Chinglish continues unabated here in Beijing. I was at a very nice restaurant earlier this evening, and picked up a brochure. The opening paragraph read as follows: "Walk by the scenic Si De Park, the flicklenness becomes in a twinkling quiet and equilibrium." Huh? This reminded me of one of my […]
A Cross-Cross-cultural Experience
I and a friend had the strange experience this morning of finding ourselves as sort of double outsiders in a very unique neighborhood of Beijing. After enjoying an all-American breakfast at Grandma’s Kitchen, we decided to stroll through Ritan embassy district. We ended up on the northern edge of this district in an area called […]
The Wall Comes a’Tumbling Down
For some mysterious reason, the block on typepad sites has suddenly been lifted here in China, which means that this site is once again accessible to readers in China. The Great Firewalls goes up. It goes down. Without warning or explanation. As we say often here, Zhongguo shi zheyang. China is just this way.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
It’s a gorgeous summer evening here in Beijing, and I just got home from a baseball game! That’s right, a baseball game! There are a number of international tournaments being held around town in some of the newly completed Olympics venues. These are sort of trial runs for the big games, which are now less […]