Archive for June, 2007

Last day in Beijing

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Our last morning in Beijing we hightailed it over to the Temple of Heaven, you know, the one featured in the Chinese pavilion at EPCOT? WEll of course Disney has done it again and reproduced it exactly, with the exception that the Orlando version has iced tea on demand and Western style toilets nearby. (Enough […]

Hutongs and fried octopus

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

The Hutong are a very distinctive part of Beijing. It’s said that a quarter of the city’s residents live in the hutongs, narrow alleyways made up of somewhat crumbly one-story stone buildings and courtyard homes. A lot of them are being demolished to make way for the new large buildings popping up all over Beijing, […]

Great, greater, greatest

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

The great, greater, greatest, fantastico Great Wall! It really does deserve its name. There is a saying attributed to Mao that you are not a man until you have climbed the Great Wall - のOK, so now we are men! That phrase `climbing the wall` really applies, you really do CLIMB it. It seemed like we […]

Reportage of Beijing, China

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Beijing. I can’t say that I love it or that I hate it. I will say it is different from any city I have ever been in, and that China is like no place I have ever been. This drawing is the Gate of Heavenly Peace – the famous one with the Mao portrait, huge, […]

Day One in Tokyo

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

Tokyo is a very interesting city. Evidence of a long cultural history exists side-by-side with a craze for fads and new things. The drawing above shows a Tokyo McDonald’s next to what looks like an old Japanese tea house. I love that mixture, it’s so positive. You can get by with very few words of […]

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