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and while I'm rambling aimlessly....

It occurred to me the other day that if the Guanting Reservoir were drained and a city built on its bed, you could turn Yanqing into north China's answer to Mexico City. I hope nobody responsible for planning China's future thinks I'm actually making...

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new fence

So it seems the new fence around the sheep pen and a run from the sheep pen along the southern wall to the gate is now finished. Looking out the window now, it looks pretty good. And having just come back from the toilet, I can assure you it's a huge...

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nothing

Nothing much is happening. I'm just hanging around, relaxing, watching TV, occasionally getting on line, that's about it, and it feels good. Well, I guess I'll have to head back into Beijing soon, probably in the next day or two. I suddenly realised this...

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outside the empire

So I made it. I successfully completed my first solo trip up to Yanqing. Big deal, right? It's not difficult to get here, it just involves a few potential hassles with the kind of idiot who equates pale skin with rich tourists, the kind who can't see...

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warning

lzh just passed on this warning message to me via MSN. I have no idea how truthful or accurate it may be, so take it with a grain of salt. My past experience of messages passed around China via instant message leaves me sceptical. Anyway, here goes: 急件!...

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disaster

Well, no, it wasn't a disaster really, let alone a series of disasters. Not everything that happened on the weekend was bad. Some good things happened, too. And watching the news always puts things back in perspective. Anyway, it started well. I got on...

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I blame the wine

Roubaozi left us a bottle of wine. He was given it, but couldn't take it home because of the unprocessed wood box it was in. Well, he could've left the box behind and just taken the bottle, but no, he just gave us the wine. So the wine is called Hope-Full....

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I don't know why I bother

It's not just Time's The China Blog (there is no other) that's full of mediocre posts and worse comment threads. The Sydney Morning Herald jumped on the blogging China bandwagon a while ago. I followed it for a time, but the blog seemed to go dead, so...

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just a little headachy

Roubaozi is in town. He arrived Friday for a few days in the real world before he flies off home to Southland for the summer winter holiday. Funnily enough, this means I've spent a fair bit of time hanging out with him. Combined with a full morning of...

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Mongolian Ping Pong

Watched a film last night. Actually, I watched three. lzh only managed two, because the first one I started watching while she was still on her way home from work. But that first one was the coolest by far. As you may perhaps have guessed, it was called...

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