Things for the new leadership to consider

It’s the middle of our last night and I can’t sleep. I might not post this come morning when there’s light, but for now, a few complaints to the Central Party Congress now meeting in Beijing. * Some Chinese toilets are dreadful. The women’s are usually squat toilets,...

Disco and dumplings

  The Chinese elderly are the most vibrant seniors I have ever seen, although our guide Babbitt pointed out that I am only seeing the vibrant ones. They participate in morning exercise and evening exercise in the parks of Beijing and Shanghai in several ways: Tai...

Waffles in hoisin sauce

It’s our last full day in Shanghai today (a Sunday) and we’re going to spend it going into town and seeing the Shanghai Museum. We’ve had three weeks of a high technology campus, canteen Chinese food (not bad) and occasional forays into Byron Beans,...

After the flags were taken down

I just returned from two nights in Suzhou where our friend works for a university. Suzhou is known as the Garden City and it has entertainment complexes and restaurant-malls that are much fancier than what I have seen in Shanghai — and they remind me a little...

Miao Miao and the illicit kiss

We recently took a China Eastern Airlines flight to Chengdu to visit the Giant Panda breeding centre. Chengdu, our young guide Simpson said, has grown from one million people to 20 million people within the last 30 years. Construction makes the scenery a lunar...

Sunday painters etc.

A few days ago we walked through the bookstore section of Shanghai and found we were in the art supplies section as well: stores carrying slim and fat brushes, most with tapered points for calligraphy or watercolour, ink pots, and stone tablets for pouring and mixing...
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