Monthly Archives: January 2010

Beijing at Night

Beijing can be a hectic city, but once night rolls around and the lights come on, this metropolis takes on a new feeling. Between the lights and the people, Beijing nightlife is a world in its own. Continue reading

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Avatar strikes back!

Avatar mania continues unchecked! Continue reading

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The Forbidden City and Peking Duck

The Forbidden City was large, it was cold, and it certainly left a bad taste in my mouth. Nothing better to cure such maladies than a true Peking Duck Lunch! Duck Webbing is not for the faint of heart. Continue reading

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Last day of 2009, decades on Tian’anmen

In the last hours of 2009, we find ourselves in Tian’anmen Square; the center of Beijing and the focus of two decades of fearful anticipation. The position this place holds in Chinese culture is hard to say. Continue reading

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Despite My Best Intentions

Writing about traveling to China seems to require much more than a simple review of my experiences. How do you begin to cover elements of culture in a country with 5000 years of history? Continue reading

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Seen “Evader”?, no I’m afraid I haven’t

“Evader”? Avatar commands a Chinese Audience Continue reading

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Schools, Galleries and Louis Vuitton

Freezing weather, visiting China’s two most famous universities, a trip to the 798 art gallery, and an evening of haggling and the famous Beijing pearl market. In China, continuity is relative. Continue reading

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Oh Google, where art thou?

Google has announced that it may withdraw from the Chinese market. There is a large and quickly rising outcry, and reading deeper reveals that much more is at play than simply the interests of Google. Continue reading

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Day one in the Northern Capital

Our first true day out seeing the sights of Beijing. A look back at my first exposure to the legendary Beijing smog, and some thoughts on the overwhelming nature of the sheer size of this city. The intended tourist attractions proved to be far less memorable than the things I saw along the way. Continue reading

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Arriving in Beijing

After many hours of Travel, our group arrives in Beijing. We meet our ever charismatic guide Ronald McDonald, a man who would develop nothing short of a fan club during our stay, and travel to our hotel. Welcome to China. Commence sensory overload. Continue reading

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