Tea and Terra-Cotta

From Hanyangling Museum it's about a 1 hour drive out to the Terracotta pits.  On the way my guide told me a little bit more about the city, how it was set up based on feng shui with each direction playing host to a very specific function.  For instance the Textile's in the East (which … Continue reading Tea and Terra-Cotta


Tombs of Xian

Board a plane at 8am wednesday morning, fly 1 hour and 30 minutes to Xian, spend 3 hours touring the terra-cotta warriors, board a plane at 6:10pm and fly back to Beijing.  Sound like a crazy idea?  Maybe, but I did it anyway.  I woke up at a completely uncivilized hour of the morning wednesday … Continue reading Tombs of Xian

The Life of Things

It's strange to be around things that are so very old.  For the majority of my days I live in a modern house, with modern conveniences.  Hot water, weekly massages, air filters to ward off the polluted air, a driver takes me where I need to go, it's all very cushy.  But then I spend … Continue reading The Life of Things

Oh, to Live in a Palace

The Summer Palace, I think this may become my favorite place to visit in Beijing.  It's still winterish here (we got snow last night) so things are just starting to come alive again, but nonetheless the Summer Palace is beautiful.  There was a sort of lonely solitude that accompanied the place.  It's not exactly a … Continue reading Oh, to Live in a Palace

Sunday Slow Down- They only wish they could still remember…

"There's an unshakable conviction within every adolescent-- including the adolescent who lurks inside every adult-- that love, your particular love, is more important than anything else.  Grownups, tired and jaded and mind-controlled beings that they are, will try to tell you otherwise, that it's not the end of the world, but don't trust them.  They're … Continue reading Sunday Slow Down- They only wish they could still remember…

Snow in Beijing

The pollution has been horrible, like seriously horrible.  I woke up this morning and could barely breathe after spending 2 days in what was essentially a sandstorm.  So the thought of rain was a welcome prospect.  But then around 12:30 am Sunday morning we looked outside and it was snowing.  I love snow, adore it … Continue reading Snow in Beijing

The Great Wall (Revisited)

My Godmother's niece is in town for the next few weeks, so on Wednesday we went back to the Great Wall.  Remember the first time around... terrifying "gondola" ride up, failed toboggan speed chute down.  I was hoping this time around would go much smoother.  As a seasoned ski lift rider, this jaunt up the … Continue reading The Great Wall (Revisited)

Panjiayuan Market– The Dirt Market

Aah the flea market, is there anything better.  Where else can you find everything you could ever want in one place.  The Panjiayuan Market (Dirt Market) is one such place.  Littered with everything you could ever imagine, from giant statues of buddha, to jade in any form and color, to porcelain vases by the truck … Continue reading Panjiayuan Market– The Dirt Market

Red Gate Gallery

Red Gate Gallery was on the list of places that I was meant to visit while here in Beijing.  After getting a taste of 798 I wanted to explore the other areas of the city deemed artistic disctricts.  I use that term loosely.  While it has been explained to me that there are many area's … Continue reading Red Gate Gallery