Monthly Archives: January 2009

Tea time at the Westin Beijing Financial Street

We went back the Westin Beijing Financial Street, only to find that our maids were still cleaning our room. We decided to go for an afternoon tea at the lobby of the hotel. This hotel does not have a big … Continue reading

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Setting off fireworks on the new year eve

The most important and common “to-do” on almost every Chinese’s event calendar around the Chinese lunar year, is setting off fireworks. It is rare here in the States that we are even allowed to touch them. Most likely a professional company is hired to shoot commercial fireworks in the … Continue reading

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Erik Nillson: Going totally crackers

As the city of Beijing begins its celebration of the lunar year of the OX, China Daily published an article by Erik Nillson, about the local tradition of fire-crackers. I already bought bags of fire-crackers and fireworks, ready for the … Continue reading

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A windy afternoon at the “bird’s nest” and “water cube”

It is so cold. I am shivering even with my thick winter coat on. People in Beijing wear layers of pants, for example, in winter, a tradition that I have forgotten completely over years. We decided to pay a visit … Continue reading

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En route to Shanghai

I already feel tired when I think of that 12 hours flight from US to Tokyo. The worst case, as usual, is when the economy cabin is packed with novice travelers. At Minneapolis airport, a woman in her fifties pulling … Continue reading

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Australian Letter of The Year

This letter popped up as an email attachment from my Australian friend. According to my Australian friend, “this is an actual letter sent to the then DFAT Minister, The Hon Alexander Downer and the then Immigration, The Hon Minister Amanda … Continue reading

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Protected: A pleasant surprise

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