Snapped one afternoon during a stroll through one of Beijing’s remaining hutong (lane) neighborhoods. So much going on: the man delivering coal briquettes; the fresh fruit; the umbrellas. the sign for donkey meat hot pot; the “family style restaurant;” the white sky. Sigh. I do miss Beijing!
On a late summer afternoon in Beijing, I parked myself on the side of a busy road and snapped pictures of people on their evening commute. This was my favorite. She was riding due west, into a bright sun, hence the “Darth Vader” hat. And if you think it’s purpose is to merely shield her […]
This is one of the churches that I write about in my book The Bells Are Not Silent: Stories of Church Bells in China. The Xishiku Catholic Church was founded in 1703 and was originally christened The Church of Our Savior. My fellow bell-hunters and I somehow convinced the priest to let his assistant take […]
This video making the rounds on the inter-webs shows what happens when the wind shifts and starts coming in from the south and east in Beijing: And when the wind shifts back to the north and west, it will roll on out. This is still the main thing I DON’T miss about living in Beijing. Related […]
In a city (Beijing) known for it’s bizarre (and, dare I say, ugly) architecture, surely this one must be eligible for some kind of prize… It’s enough to give a person nightmares! Related posts: An Outrageous Mountain Villa From Lucky Street to Vivid Town One Neighborhood, Two Perspectives
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Proletariat Cultural Revolution, a political campaign launched by Chairman Mao. The purpose was supposedly to give a new generation the experience of revolution; however, it was actually an outcome of a power struggle between Mao and the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party. During […]