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Gansu

I went to southern Gansu with a tour group (and my dad) at the beginning of August. For those unaware, Gansu is a province located in the western part of China. Southern Gansu is mountainous and is perhaps analogous to Wyoming … Continue reading

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Disneyland

Thanks to a lucky connection and an extremely nice friend, I was able to go (for free!) to the Shanghai Disneyland on a test day in May, which was before the park officially opened. Disneyland has its own subway stop:  . … Continue reading

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Japan

I went to Japan in June. I spent a day in Kyoto, a day in Tokyo, a few days in Matsumoto, and a day in Nagoya. Overall I give the Japan trip three and a half Yelp stars. Kyoto is famous for … Continue reading

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Longmen Grottoes

On the way back from Xi’an, I stopped by Luoyang, which is the home of the Longmen Grottoes. The Longmen Grottoes are famous Buddhist stone carvings. It was a very impressive site. Five Yelp stars. A “grotto” (shi2 ku1 石窟) is … Continue reading

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Xi’an

I went to Xi’an in June. This was a great place. Four and a half Yelp stars. Below is a photo of the traditional Xi’an fast food meal, consisting of liang2 pi2 凉皮 (rice noodle salad, left), and rou4 jia2 mo2 … Continue reading

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New Zealand

I went to New Zealand in early April. Overall I’d give trip four Yelp stars. In the interest of brevity, this post will consist of only a few photos. Peter Jackson et al. built the sets for the Hobbit movies to … Continue reading

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Expats and interesting people

Much has been written about expats of various kinds over the years. I don’t have enough experience to assess critically this broad body of writing, so I won’t address it, but I do want to share a little bit about the … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Market

About 1,000 feet from my apartment building is an open-air market that is open in the morning. It’s a bit like a farmers’ market, though, as in American farmers’ markets, most of the stalls aren’t actually operated by actual farmers. The stall operators are mostly resellers. One interesting trait … Continue reading

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Second Artillery Corps plastic surgery

The Second Artillery Corps, which controls China’s ballistic missiles, apparently operates a hospital that provides plastic surgery services. Maybe this is the equivalent of a VA hospital? I took the below photo near the campus of Beijing Normal University.

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Shanghai

I went to Shanghai two weekends ago for an alumni event and also to see a friend who lives there (who is also an alumnus).  I was there for only a weekend, which isn’t nearly enough time to see the whole city, … Continue reading

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