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 […]Read more "Birthday in Beijing"
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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…Read more "Extraordinary days"
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 […]Read more "Hainan Flight 0495"
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 4:00 p.m. Beijing time Beijing (‘Bei’ ‘jing’ – ‘north’ ‘capital’) I walked out of the international arrival gate at the Beijing airport, luggage in tow, scanning the crowd of Chinese faces for Dr. Zukosky, who said he would be meeting me at the airport. Soon enough, I saw Dr. Z’s relieved […]Read more "‘Bei’ ‘jing’ – ‘north’ ‘capital’"
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 […]Read more "Liang jiang piao (two tickets)"
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 […]Read more "Gugong (the Forbidden City)"