For the second time this month, I took some visitors to Cuandixia, a Ming village tucked away in a mountain valley west of Beijing. It has been developed into a popular tourist site, but on this Tuesday after the first day of school, we practically had the village to ourselves. I also made a dash […]
When I first came to China there were very few cars on the roads–just the occasional Shanghai Sedan models with curtains drawn. Only officials had access to cars back then and they did not want to be seen by the people. The streets were instead filled with bicycles — big black bicycles — that were […]
Another reminder of the truth emblazoned on the billboard in Langfang: NOTHING IS OBVIOUS, EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE. (photo taken by my friend RW)
Last summer I took some visitors from the US to visit Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village, just outside of Beijing. Run by the Philip Hayden Foundation, Shepherd’s Field is a foster care facility for special needs children. Most of the children come from orphanages around the country that do not have the resources or facilities to […]
After making noticeable progress on a daily basis for the first couple of weeks, my improvement seemed to slow down a bit this week. I had more pain in my leg, continued fatigue, and was still dependent on the crutches. By Wednesday I was a bit discouraged and let my physical therapist know how I […]
This sign is one of them. It says “Build a Civilized Traffic Environment.” And some things don’t need any translation — a child’s delight at freshly fallen snow!