November 25th, 2008

It would be my father’s 70th birthday. A month ago, plans were made that we would all meet in Shanghai, where my sister and her family are based. My father grew up in a village just outside of Shanghai (now all part of the big city) before he went to Beijing for college, so he […]

February 7th, 2008

February 7, 2007 is the first day of Chinese New Year on the lunar calendar. It’s the Year of the Rat. A simple search can lead you to a lot of resources on Chinese astrology and traditions such as this one. When I was little (maybe twenty something years ag0), materials were not abundant. The […]

October 3rd, 2007

I wrote this trip report in the air plane back. Partly, this is to document our activities and my observations; and partly, I hope this TR serves as some kind of beta for others who are interested in visiting China. I will include links and resources wherever I can. And I try to include fares […]

August 7th, 2007

My friend Casey went to climbing in China this summer. While there, she sent out two emails describing her experiences. With her permission, I posted her emails to our forum. If you click on that link, you’ll see some pictures of the climbing area she visited. Part One: so after a long flight and even […]