On our previous trip to China, we took excursions through a number of lovely, albeit artificially color-lit limestone caves that were cut into the soft rock by rushing water. This time, we skipped the caves to explore new areas. After flying in Guilin, our guide picked us up to take us to Longji (Longsheng), for […]
Beijing. How Much Did the Olympics Change the City Versus the Growing Economy?
The last time we were in Beijing (albeit 15 years ago), we remember lots of small shops along most streets, with the men playing mahjong, the children watching TV and the women washing or doing other work (while the men played, which really irked Joyce).Those tiny local shops selling homemade goods have been replaced by […]
Beijing’s Summer Palace
Beijing Hutongs. See Them While You Can
No trip to Beijing is complete without touring through hutongs, ancient Mongolian-style neighborhood built around a grid-based system of alleys. While they still existed in Beijing, many have been replaced by new housing. Some people prefer to move into the newer housing, but there are pockets of resistance against the government trying to force them […]
Dining out in Beijing
Beijing has a a lot of “fast food”. Yes, it has McDonalds, KFC, Burger King and their own local fast-food restaurants. But it also has a preponderance of street fast food–vendors selling items grilled on sticks that people can eat while walking down the street. Some are targeted strictly at tourists, such as scorpion, sea […]