Author Archives: Fabrizio

Hessler Strikes Again!

Peter Hessler’s new book, “Country Driving:A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory”, comes out in less than a week. I will not lie, I revere the man. Continue reading

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Third times the charm?

Hello to all of you in internet land!  I’m in the process of preparing more about the discovering China trip, but in the meantime I have some updates and some thoughts to post.  This gives me more time to write, … Continue reading

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The 8th Wonder of the World

An amazing New Years day trip to the Great Wall of China and a large tourist oriented gift shop. Looking back on a discussion I had with a student on the wall, I wonder about the underlying purpose behind his questions. Continue reading

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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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