Birthday in Beijing

June 11, 2011 From what I’ve gathered from online forums, there are three ways to pay one’s bus fare in Beijing: There are self-pay buses, where you deposit 1 RMB into the fare slot; then, there is a more bewildering process which involves communicating your destination to the on-board conductor via a combination of hand […]

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Extraordinary days

Saturday, May 29, 2010 (Final day in China) 2:12 p.m. Beijing time Beijing I am startled by the sensation of leaving. It is, at the moment, more overwhelming than the comforting feeling of ‘going home’. The leaving is in fact distressing. I will miss these extraordinary days immensely…

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Hainan Flight 0495

Saturday, May 29, 2010 8:30 p.m. Beijing time In-flight Where does one begin the story? Do you start at the moment of arrival, fifteen hours and 9,000 km away from home, in the moment after you’ve checked-in to your room, unzipped your luggage and, with a slight suspicion that you are dreaming, stare at what […]

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Liang jiang piao (two tickets)

Wednesday, May 13, 2010 Beijing In the morning, I stir to the sound of the Xicheng District waking up – men and women commuting on bicycles, mothers and grandmothers ferrying children to school, street cleaners, and slow passing vehicles. From the northwest facing window, I can see the glazed tile roofs of the hutongs, or […]

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Gugong (the Forbidden City)

Gugong I didn’t get to see too much of the Forbidden City because we got there just a few hours before closing time. Dr. Z and I made our way through a number of pottery and ceramic exhibits, though I found the calligraphy and scrolls to be the most interesting. I spent the most time […]

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