The temps are supposed to be in the mid 70's today, so against all local common sense and conventional wisdom, I intend to step into my sandals and hit the streets. Here again, is my sandals theme song (to the tune of the old Sunday School song, "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus:" I have […]
Even though we are now on opposite sides of the ocean, Noel and I are busily trying to track down more information about the church bells we found in Sichuan Province last month. Because of the fairly detailed inscription on the Yibin bell, it has yielded more leads. As I wrote in a previous post, […]
Wednesday (April 4) is Qing Ming Jie, or Grave Sweeping Festival in China. It’s sort of like Memorial Day in the US, but with more religious overtones. On this day, Chinese are supposed to tend to the graves of the ancestors. This is done out of much more than respect, but as a way of […]
I spotted this sign in Shanghai and of course did a double-take. They speak English on Mars? I’ve heard of American English and British English, but Mars English??? Who knew?
Yesterday morning I attended the English service at the Haidian Christian Church in Beijing. It’s a fairly modern structure that sits in the middle of Zhongguancun, Beijing’s high-tech zone (locals call it China’s Silocon Valley). Even though the current building was opened in 2007 (just in time for the Olympics), the church itself dates back […]
In the center of Shanghai, overlooking People’s Square is a giant Hershey’s store. I don’t know if it is true or not, but I have heard there are only 2 Hershey’s stores in the world — 1 in Hershey, PA and the other in Shanghai. Go figure. Anyway, these two chocolate lovers were certainly pleased. […]