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CHINA 3 Months In China, March-June 2008


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On Hostels & Public Restrooms

Saturday, 5 Apr 2008 | Views [271]

You can stay in Beijing REAL cheap ($5-8) if you stay in a dorm.  In the off-season you might not even have to share it.  Never pay the posted rate.  I am happy to pay 100Y ($15) for my room with 2 beds and 2 windows.  Ask for a room with a window ... Read more >


Saturday, 5 Apr 2008 | Views [271]

I got my ticket, Santa Barbara to San Francisco to Beijing, for $558.  Less a $50 rebate for joining and quitting Great Fun, an affiliate of Priceline.  I got it just one week in advance, and flew on Thursday going into Easter break, so Chinese-Americans ... Read more >

Women of Beijing

Saturday, 5 Apr 2008 | Views [272]

If you doubt me when I say, "All the women of Beijing are beautiful," perhaps it would help if you accept the statement in the way that Ghandi meant when he said, "If you don't see God in the next man you meet, you might as well stop looking.... Read more >

On Emergency Exits

Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | Views [245]

After a lifetime of being taught, "Walk, don't run" to the emergency exit, I find it odd that the universal lighted "emergency exit" sign in China shows a running human figure.  I said to my Chinese friend, "If everyone runs, ... Read more >

Ugly Girls

Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | Views [244]

There are no ugly girls in Beijing. There used to be one but she moved to Detroit.

Kernfucious Say: Lateness

Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | Views [284]

A Chinese who is late for his own birth will blame it on the traffic.

Chinese Girls

Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | Views [280]

Chinese girls, unlike American girls--who have the bizarre desire to be called "women"--have an innate mysterious ability to make you feel comfortable immediately. You just don't feel threatened or insecure or nervous. This quality that ... Read more >

On Twins

Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | Views [267]

I saw a pair of twins in China for the first time and thought, "That was a neat trick." After all, there must be an exception to the "One-Child Policy" in the case of twins, mustn't there? Mustn't there?

Time Difference

Monday, 31 Mar 2008 | Views [329]

In California it is 15 hours earlier than China, and yesterday.  16 hours when California is on Daylight Wasting Time.

He Isn't Dead Enough Yet

Monday, 31 Mar 2008 | Views [290]

 On yesterday's bike ride I came across a scene that was drawing a crowd.  It was in front of an unmarked (as far as I could tell) government building.  An old man lay on a stretcher, covered by a dirty old blanket.  At first he appeared to be dead;... Read more >

The Girl Is Free

Monday, 31 Mar 2008 | Views [257]

Excerpt of a letter to Mike: Are you quite sure I'm not gonna like China ?  Yesterday I rode my bike around Haidian with a 28-year-old girl sitting side saddle on the rack on the back of my 199Y War Ma bike ($30 for the bike--the girl is free). 

Bicycle Dancing

Monday, 31 Mar 2008 | Views [301]

When I got back to the hotel, the gate to the patio where I keep my bike at night was already locked, so I rode another 2 hours--west, and south, and east, and north--around the Forbidden City and Zhonghai Lake, past nicely-lighted temples, and Tiananmen ... Read more >

On Beggars

Monday, 31 Mar 2008 | Views [261]

I have been in Beijing a week and seen only 2 beggars.  They both appeared to be truly needy.  I decided before I arrived that I would not give money to beggars.  "There will be so many," I thought. "I can't help them all, so I must ... Read more >

An American In A Camera Store

Monday, 31 Mar 2008 | Views [284]

In the camera store there was a stooped American walking around with his elbow at his crotch, waving his arm around at anyone and everyone and saying, "Whoosh, whoosh."  This, instead of saying to the salesgirl, who spoke near-perfect English, ... Read more >

Gallery: The Beijinging

Friday, 21 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Chinglish

Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Musical Instruments

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Gallery: MAPS

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Maps of China
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