Once again, thanks to Danwei (there's a very good reason why Danwei and ESWN are the first two blogs I read every day), I found my way to the China Heritage Quarterly. The current issue focusses on the Northwest, in particular Qinghai, Gansu and Ningxia.
I've always wanted to visit the Northwest, in particular Gansu, but up until now I've either not had the spare cash or decided it'd be better to save money than travel, or had some other excuse. And now, even if we had the spare cash and time (sure, I have a summer holiday, but she still has to work) it would take quite some effort to persuade lzh to head out to 大西北. Believe me, I've tried.
Anyway, I haven't read all of this issue of China Heritage Quarterly yet. It's Saturday morning and we had the aircon going for quite a long time last night (lzh is at Carrefour buying an electric fan as I write, which means life will soon get a lot more comfortable for me) and so even though it's twenty to eleven already it feels like it's too early to be fully functional yet. But the point is, the articles I've read so far have been fascinating, and the rest promises to be just as fascinating. I'm currently reading this article, for example, and it's only increasing my desire to disappear off into the Great Northwest.
Oh, wait.... lzh at Carrefour on her own with two bank cards..... that sounds dangerous.