Monthly Archives: April 2011

Ice Water and Shrunken Heads

These two entries have nothing in common; I just wanted to write about them both, and I didn’t want to wait for two different days to post them. 1. The other day I was in the Water Park. I’ll stop here to clarify something that has caused every westerner a great deal of confusion upon first arriving in this fair… (more…)

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Oh, for a Thimbleful of the Warm, Warm South (Station, that is)

I posted a short version of this the other day, but decided I would just go ahead and include the whole thing. So let’s get to it: observations on the Beijing south train station. 1. Multiple levels, multiple climates – First of all, the train station is massive. It’s really more like an airport than a train station. There’s a… (more…)

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Huzzah for the South Station!

A few observations about the Beijing south train station, specifically the climate difference. First of all, the station is massive. It’s really more like an airport than a train station. There’s a top floor, where you buy your tickets and can wait for your train in any of a number of semi-decent chairs and benches. You can also buy bottled… (more…)

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Why Do We Stay?

Those of us who have been in China for a while have an odd, and oddly fierce, attachment to the place, even when we don’t have any desire to stay here for the rest of our lives. Even when I’m ready to leap from my bike and take a lead pipe to the next driver who blows through a red… (more…)

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