Hainan – Does This Name Strike a Bell?

‘Bout time we get a local’s perspective Calm on the surface Such photogenic rocks! Not all of China is rich Nature’s Best Glass and steel sprouts Wearing black in the tropics? Beautiful http://weecheng.comHainan – Paradise Island in the south of Chinaby WeeCheng TanOver 20 American airmen are now held on…

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A Private Moment With Jingmei

A few pretty pictures and plenty of fun comments This week, Jingmei and I are enjoying Shanghai, and if you don’t mind, its a private affair. Enjoy these China photos, and I’ll see ya next week. Beijing Shut-up Dave! A happy Jingmei Xi’an Mom tackles Xi’an’s city walls Yes, hot…

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The Real Value of Yangshu

A kayak beats a tour boat any day Odd, no bicycle in between At least the runway is paved Nice view from his desk Don’t rock the boat! Into a woman-driven taxi (an odd sight for me) we jumped, showing our tickets and making fast revving engine noises in a…

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Looking Up While Floating Down the Yangzi

In eight years its gonna be a scuba tour of the Three Gorges Getting a tow upstream Beautiful, eh? Ma and I are now in Wuhan, the terminus of our Three Gorges boat ride from Chongqing, and in need of a neck massage. No, the neck aches are not from…

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Sweating in Xi’an With Ma

Two thousand years after Qin Shi Huang a kite calmed the Chinese Ma and I hotpot An archer, still at attention A general in full splendor The last time I saw my folks was the last time I was in the USA; Christmas 1998. I’m a good son though, for…

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You Said, ‘Don’t Worry About It,’ So I Didn’t.

I really should’ve fallen for a French girl! Yes, I was in the doghouse I was singing the Blues too She wants to be ‘protected’ Japs have prenuptials ready All smiles by Wednesday The logic was simple but the argument was not. Essentially, I loaned Jingmei a chunk of money…

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This Duck Ain’t Quacking

I bet Daffy would flip a lid over this dish! The crabs are still kicking! When I was a kid, I always loved to watch Daffy Duck get into and out of all kinds of trouble as he wandered through his cartoon world. I was constantly amazed at how his…

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Acceptance Ain’t Easy for Chinese

It ain’t easy being laowai, even in Beijing Say ‘Hello’ to men’s dream Olga (right) would love Iowa How could I resist? My blood boils too Racing to ignorance Fries or friendship with that? Intelligentsia think ahead What would Harry say? In the dark, no one knows When I was…

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Beijing’s Metro Ain’t All That

I wish the Beijing Metro went everywhere the map says it does. All aboard the Bland Express The scene at the front door Yesterday, tired of bicycling around Beijing on the days that I ride in with Jingmei, I decided to take the Metro across town instead. As you can…

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Nuttin Like a Sanlitun Cafe!

I wish more cities had a Sanlutin Sister and brother, chilling Brother going for the headlock Yes, the nose push! The Grand Finale: Hair Pull! With a good yank to win! Beijing’s answer to Moscow’s Arbat, Sanlitun is a small street with cheap designer knock-offs for sale on one side,…

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