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through the looking glass

Starbucks in Beijing in the “Bar Street” @ Bei Hai (North Sea)

April 2, 2009 through the looking glass

Tweet I have not travelled around the world enough to be a credible source, but from what I have seen, this is probably the best looking Starbucks…    

The Legend of Kung Fu again: video of the curtain call performance… the actual show is 100 times better

March 30, 2009 through the looking glass

Tweet From the curtain calls it is easy to see that why Chinese consider this show to be strictly for tourists: cheesy, gaudy, and full of Kung Fu cliches. But it is the same with all the Kung Fu (and Wuxia) movies that we love. So why not just admit that I thoroughly enjoyed this […]

The Great Wall of China was my great slide. WEAR GOOD SHOES! How come nobody tells you that?

March 30, 2009 through the looking glass

Tweet These picture shows the slippery slope up the Great Wall. It was snowing and bitterly cold when we were up there. We couldn’t even walk up to the very top of this section of the Great Wall. My 6 yo ran up and couldn’t get down on his own. So I had to pull […]

Inside the Chinese palace is full of tragic tales and horror stories…

March 30, 2009 through the looking glass

Tweet The said Concubine Zhen entered the palace when she was thirteen and soon became the Emperor’s favorite. I guess the Emperor’s still-young (according to the modern standard) windowed mother, the Empress Dowager Cixi was not too fond of this fact. There are so many titillating stories about Cixi. I often wonder whether she was […]

I didn’t know that you need a Chinatown in China…

March 30, 2009 through the looking glass

Tweet ’nuff said.

So proud of my boys; they sat through 2-hour Chinese opera last night after a day at the Great Wall & Ming Tombs

March 30, 2009 through the looking glass

Tweet without understanding a single word in the play.   Not that many Chinese adults can say that, I can attest to that.

If you think turtles are cute, how about turtles with head of dragon? They are everywhere…

March 30, 2009 through the looking glass

Tweet At one of the Ming Tombs (resting place of one of the thirteen Emperors during the Ming Dynasty)… and inside the Forbidden City.

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My first picture taken inside the Forbidden City is a sign that warns against vandalism

March 30, 2009 a picture is worth a thousand words

Tweet Mind you, the grammar is correct.  But nobody speaks this way.  And this sign is everywhere inside the Forbidden City.   It always amazes me that folks cannot seem to find other folks that can properly translate a language into another language. I believe even if you go on Yahoo! Answers and ask your language […]

Would you want to have your wedding picture taken with Chairman Mao? Apparently lots of newly weds do.

March 30, 2009 a picture is worth a thousand words

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Speaking of tourist trap, how about let’s just forgo all pretenses, and admit that this is all for commercialism

March 30, 2009 marketing at work

Tweet and souvenir shopping is the main reason why you are all here? The exhibit of the Emperor Sedan is now directly inside this souvenir shop. Pay and you get to have a picture taken with it, up close and personal. Pay more you get to move to the left side, where you can dress […]