March 2009

From the curtain calls it is easy to see that why Chinese consider this show to be strictly for tourists: cheesy, gaudy, and full of Kung Fu cliches. But it is the same with all the Kung Fu (and Wuxia) movies that we love. So why not just admit that I thoroughly enjoyed this show? [...]

These picture shows the slippery slope up the Great Wall. It was snowing and bitterly cold when we were up there. We couldn't even walk up to the very top of this section of the Great Wall. My 6 yo ran up and couldn't get down on his own. So I had to pull myself [...]

The said Concubine Zhen entered the palace when she was thirteen and soon became the Emperor's favorite. I guess the Emperor's still-young (according to the modern standard) windowed mother, the Empress Dowager Cixi was not too fond of this fact. There are so many titillating stories about Cixi. I often wonder whether she was born [...]

'nuff said.

without understanding a single word in the play.   Not that many Chinese adults can say that, I can attest to that.

At one of the Ming Tombs (resting place of one of the thirteen Emperors during the Ming Dynasty)...and inside the Forbidden City.

Mind you, the grammar is correct.  But nobody speaks this way.  And this sign is everywhere inside the Forbidden City.   It always amazes me that folks cannot seem to find other folks that can properly translate a language into another language. I believe even if you go on Yahoo! Answers and ask your language translation [...]

and souvenir shopping is the main reason why you are all here?The exhibit of the Emperor Sedan is now directly inside this souvenir shop. Pay and you get to have a picture taken with it, up close and personal. Pay more you get to move to the left side, where you can dress up and [...]

The official name for the Olympic Stadium in Beijing IS Bird Nest. It is NOT just a nick name. Chinese people justifiably feel pride in this world's largest steel structure. Groups after groups of domestic visitors lovingly crowd around the dirty, not-well-maintained mascots to have their pictures taken. I am hoping that China will soon [...]

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