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a circuit of Pandaomiao

Considering that roughly half my time in China has been spent in Beijing, and roughly half the time I've spent in Beijing has been spent in this southeastern corner, around BeiGongDa, it should be kinda surprising that I'd never really explored that small...

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garhhh

I never would've thought changing two lightbulbs would turn into such a mission. First one light in the bathroom went out. No big deal, we still had the other light, which was more than adequate. But as much for form's sake as anything else, I pulled...

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road tripping

Like I said last night, the weekend meant spending an awful lot of time sitting in the back of miandis. Half of that time was spent on more or less normal tripping around Yanqing, to and from the county town, although the first trip, from Dongguan up...

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back, again

I've spent more time sitting in the back of Yanqing's miandi fleet this weekend than should generally be considered healthy. I also managed to go to Hebei for the very first time. Yes, that second sentence should be considered extremely silly considering...

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surprise

I'm surprised by this China Daily (via china.org.cn) report, because the headline and opening sound so much more positive than the last report in the NZ Herald I read on the subject of the China-NZ Free Trade Agreement. Compare China Daily's opening:...

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not such a wild goose chase

I dislike the noisy, crowded, touristy places. I love the boring places. The boring places, the ordinary, every-day regular parts of town where the faceless masses of ordinary people live and work and play, are by far the most interesting places to be....

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white bridge wanderings

So Matt, who is stopping in Beijing for a few days on his way back to Kunming, came over this way and we got lunch then we headed out looking for a temple that has always intrigued me. I used to go through the Guangqumen area quite often. I used to prefer...

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oh, and...

This is not the same as the post of the same title on my main blog, but it's essentially the same clarification. I know more than one person has noticed I maintain two virtually identical blogs. This one is my "permanent backup", the site I maintain in...

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hghghghghghhg

Two articles on china.org.cn have me oddly concerned: Beijing Maid Shortage to Ease this Spring Festival Nanny Flight Causes Panic in Guangzhou Yeah, alright, I long since gave up expecting China to live up to its Marxist principles, but still... ...these...

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bloody fakes

Two in as many days! The one annoying thing about last night's dinner was the taxi driver who brought us home. He started off by talking absolute horseshit about how he was really glad to see a Chinese person get in the car, because foreigners are so...

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