tianjin III: the old & the new

tianjin III: the old & the new

Tianjin might have been my favorite city we visited in China. It was just so fantastically bizarre. I loved the mix of modern Chinese and traditional Western architecture (in the first picture especially), and its “Ancient Culture Street” (pictures 4-5) and “Italian-Style Town” (picture 6) were so strange. Not sure...Read more
tianjin I: fun with rivers

tianjin I: fun with rivers

Until you go to Tianjin, China, you don’t even know what all you can do with a river. Things that never would have occurred to me to do on an only partially frozen river: go ice fishing; go ice chairing (you know, like ice skating, but you sit on a...Read more
xi’an by night

xi’an by night

While the terracotta army was cool and the old city was interesting by day, I most enjoyed Xi’an by night, especially all the crazy lights going on by an exhibition near the South Gate.Read more
palace museum / forbidden city

palace museum / forbidden city

  I guess I knew that the Forbidden City (officially known as the Palace Museum) was going to be big, but I didn’t have a good idea of how big. Freaking enormous would begin to cover it. We tried to enter from the north but were told we had to go...Read more
chinese eats

chinese eats

Beijing:1-2. Snickers at the Palace Museum (Forbidden City).3. Milk tea at a stand across the street from Lama Temple.4. Amazing dinner not far from the Wiegongcun subway stop (Line 4), at this restaurant, starring the best Chinese cabbage I’ve ever tasted.5. Dessert and fantastic jasmine tea at Lao She Teahouse,...Read more
sliding cars and bear park

sliding cars and bear park

Just over a month ago, I flew to China to visit my youngest brother, Conor, who’d just finished up his January term study abroad program in Beijing. Within twenty-hour hours of landing, we were on our way to the Great Wall at Badaling, on a bus where we were the...Read more