While on a flight to Urumqi last week, the woman sitting next to me struck up a conversation. Like all such conversations here, it began with her asking me where I was from. I told her, and asked the same of her. In due time I asked her why she was going to Urumqi. In […]
Travelling season begins again for me tomorrow. I will by flying out to the city of Kashgar, in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region on a 5-day business trip (ed.: rough job!!). For those of you who don’t know where that is, find Beijing on the map, and trace a line due west until you reach the […]
Last night I had dinner with two former student from way way back in 1985. It was my second semester teaching English at a school in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. Both of these gentlemen now live in Beijing. One is a middle level official in the Ministry of Agriculture. The other is one of the top […]
Today is Saturday, October 8. The long National Day holiday is over, and China is going back to work. Wait a minute, you say, but it’s Saturday! True, but that’s not particularly relevant. You see, the holiday is a 7 day holiday, not a 9 day holiday. Day One was last Saturday. Day Seven was […]
This evening I and a friend braved the crowds and headed down to Tiananmen Square, the closest thing that a communist country can have to a sacred space. On the north side of the square is the Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian-an Men). To the south sits Qianmen Gate, and since 1979, the Mosoleum […]
This is a friendly reminder that I have a mirror site. For those of you new to this site, who are outside of China (on the safe side of the Great Firewall of China), you can read pre-September entries at: http://www.outside-in.blog-city.com.