Back in the day (late 1990’s) I used to ride my bike downtown a lot. From where I live out on the west side of Beijing ‘downtown’ meant the area around Tiananmen Squre and the Forbidden City — the center of the center of the universe, so to speak. At that time there was still […]
Last week, as I was riding the train across Manchuria on my way to/from Changchun, I read a fantastic novel called “Snowflower and the Secret Fan.” Set against the backdrop of the Taiping Rebellion in the mid-19th century, the story is about the ‘inner’ life of women in Jiangyong County, in southern Hunan Province. […]
I was out with some Chinese friends the other night and somehow we got to talking about time zones and time differences between countries. They had a very hard time comprehending that different parts of the country in the US had different times. They all declared that it was too confusing and that there was […]
This afternoon a colleague and I slipped away to check out the newly-renovated National Museum of China, formerly known as the National Museum of Chinese History and the National Museum of the Chinese Revolution. It was originally built in 1959 as one of the “Ten Great Architectural Projects” that were constructed around Beijing to […]
My old photo for this week really isn’t that old–taken outside of the Johkang Temple in Lhasa, Tibet in 2002.
(image source: China Media Project) Anyone who tried to go anywhere in Beijing (or any other Chinese city for that matter) on Thursday night will appreciate this cartoon. The city turned into the world’s largest parking lot as 20 million people tried to deliver mooncakes to their friends, relatives, employees, coworkers, and clients. In […]