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...

Dis place meant

The experience of being away is always beneficial, but in ways you might not expect. We are in a three-day hiatus between guests, so Jonathan is writing lectures he will be giving here and I am working on a new manuscript, and for some reason we felt more homesick...

Dining at the Oriental Pearl Tower

  Yesterday we (me, husband, OD or Older Daughter) did the most touristy thing we could think of for OD’s last day in Shanghai. We took the metro to the financial district, rode an elevator up to the 88th floor of the Oriental Pearl Tower and ate a buffet...
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