Monthly Archives: October 2012

Olympic Aftermath

“Mao would be proud” that Beijing was awarded the 2008 Olympic Games. As with anything in China, Beijing’s Olympics are a complicated matter. As tourists, we were eager to explore the Olympic sites, yet we couldn’t help but wonder what … Continue reading

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June 4th- There, I Said It

Good morning from Beijing, on a day both ordinary and significant. PBS produced a fascinating program about the so-called Tank Man. And, 25 years after the fact, new photos of that iconic moment were uncovered. In Chinese society, the mere … Continue reading

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Meet Mao

Chairman Mao charted China’s course for over two decades… and he’s still hanging around, in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Although I wasn’t allowed to take photos of the corpse, someone was, as you can see via a Google Images search. This New … Continue reading

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The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China stretches 3,500 miles across mountains and valleys. Many tourist spots exist to satisfy the varied interests of visitors, and many tour companies are ready to take you there. Hearing that most tours include time-wasting, money-sucking … Continue reading

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The Forbidden City – Epilogue

Our long day at the Forbidden City was coming to a close. On Angie’s advice, I visited one more museum: an art exhibit tucked into a less-traveled area of the sprawling complex. Beautiful calligraphy. Evocative watercolors. I emerged inspired. And … Continue reading

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