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Pijo and Pinatas

The antics begin with a fiery glass cup attached to my heel during a lovely afternoon foot massage. We left relaxed, and centred, our chi circulating through our bodies much like the shooters that were going to be consumed later. A quick change. I need an outfit that can last ... read more

Shelley Bragg

ChinaChina

That's right everyone, I am still in Shanghai

 I read a very interesting blog today topping up which reminded me as to what I do, and why I decided to come back to China to do it. The "American dream" is fast becoming the "China dream" and people are looking to make their millions, form their careers and ... read more

Shelley Bragg

ChinaChina

Life tidbits in Lanzhou.

Same old same old? Well, a new school year has started and it seems I know what is going to happen, so it's slightly less exciting. I have my classes, I know most of the kids, I know the colleagues, they know me, they still think I'm the ... read more

Mathilde Verillaud

ChinaChina

After the Terracotta Warriors

 We were in Xi'an, at the heart of China's vast interior, one of its most ancient capitals and now most famous for being home to the Terracotta Army. And we were feeling flat. We'd been to see the army in a painfully hungover state then returned to ... read more

Leah Eades

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A Short Guide to Xi'an

 Xi’an, China, is best known for being the epicentre from which one visits the famous Terracotta Army... but in fact it’s so much more than that. One of the Four Great Ancient Capitals, the walled city offers enough delights on its own to satisfy the budget traveller needing ... read more

Leah Eades

ChinaChina

occupational hazard #593,823,494: teaching on weekends

i fully realize how seriously the chinese take their education system, i really do. furthermore, i fully understand how missing classes due to holidays can be detrimental to the learning process. HOWEVER, school on a sunday?!? no. let me explain: the mid-autumn festival is next week, wednesday i believe, and ... read more

Jessica Weaver

ChinaChina

what is your name? kalf. kef? kalf. kev? kalf. like calf? okay then.

as this was a smoky, pukey, karaoke-filled kind of weekend, and certainly an exhausting day of teaching, i figure recent events warrant a blog post. the pukey friday night is not really an interesting story other than my friend molly felt a lot better after regurgitating the fried rice she ... read more

Jessica Weaver

ChinaChina

the longing after something's lost

i will give proper due to the random 6th grade chinese student who gave me a teacher's day card with this quote in it. besides some chinese, there was only this written in it, thus i surmise this is a bastardized translation. broken english? perhaps. oddly profound? that's ... read more

Jessica Weaver

ChinaChina

teaching update

yes, this is a rather immediate update about my morning teaching, but i figure there's already a bit to be said. i made the mistake of going to sleep at about 3:30 a.m. this morning, preparing my powerpoint for class and getting myself mentally stable. bad idea ... read more

Jessica Weaver

ChinaChina

'twas the night before teaching . . .

so i just lost my post that i was nearly finished with. bleh. i think i'll start with what i was closing with in the post i was working on. my friends have encountered some very amusing english names of their students' choosing, some of which i will share ... read more

Jessica Weaver

ChinaChina

shenzhen thus far

first, let's get the pronunciation of my new home right: it's pronounced shen (as it looks)-zhen (dj-en). actually, probably more like shndjn as they're not really fans of prolonging the 'e' sound between the consonants. so, we've been in shenzhen for a week (right? i ... read more

Jessica Weaver

ChinaChina

"they actually wear the shorts here!"

(quote is in reference to the fact that the chinese actually wear the full basketball jersey/shorts combo rather than the jersey as a top with normal shorts.) today is the big train trip down to shenzhen, a (potentially) 30 hour haul from beijing to guangdong province. whew aren't ... read more

Jessica Weaver

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chang cheng/yihe yuan

once again it's been a bit of a while since i posted an entry for which i must apologize (to all my loyal readers, of course haha). it's been pretty nuts here in beijing and i'm doing the best i can to e-mail people and keep everyone ... read more

Jessica Weaver

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shawshank, narnia, middle earth . . . oh the mystical places you'll go in beijing . . .

i apologize for how belated this update might be, but i have been extremely busy from 8:30-6 p.m. pretty much every day since arriving in beijing. here is what my daily schedule looks like, for 'tis a mash-up of learning how to teach/learning chinese/teaching/lesson planning ... read more

Jessica Weaver

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Border of unlimited freedom

Well what should I say, I've never thought it would happen to me. Once I've visited Tibet I can't get over it. Maybe I fell in love with this place, maybe its just so different from anything I've ever seen before. It's deep blue sky ... read more

Maria Vdovkina

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arrival/preliminary china info

now that i'm in china and (kind of) getting settled, i figured it's about time to write up just a few of the experiences i've had so far (mom, don't freak out!) flight: i will never fly anything but korean air ever again. the flight attendants ... read more

Jessica Weaver

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The Chinese Massage

It is an absolute must to get a massage in China. It is cheap, it is good, and it's available on basically any street corner. Last night I found a nice place whislt walking. It took up 4 stories and was decorated with oranges and reds, with similarly coloured ... read more

Shelley Bragg

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The spirits of Shanghai

This morning I woke up with a headache and a vague memory of drinking too much, talking too much, and sleeping too little. Essentiale is a wonder drug that supports your liver...today it just might save my life. No food + shanghai spirits + Shelley's spirit = hangover Shanghai....for sober ... read more

Shelley Bragg

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Traffic lights and translations

I am baffled by the traffic light ('robot' for my South African readers) system in China. I was taking a stroll down the busy streets, and when I reached the roadside I saw the little red man on the traffic light, so I stopped. I waited patiently and then when ... read more

Shelley Bragg

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Sex in the City

So, this week I have the fantastic task of moving a full apartment, which is not mine, to another apartment, which is not mine, and in between this I am feeding cats at an apartment, which is also not mine. I went to the latter said apartment that is not ... read more

Shelley Bragg

ChinaChina

Wildlife in Shanghai

Another summer day in Shanghai and the construction workers are enjoying the midday sun with beer in their hands and looks of contentment on their faces. Last night I fought off a frenzy of mosquitos, which I am sure were on summer vacation from Africa. I encountered a cockroach in ... read more

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My Third Published Book: The Global Balance of Power

Book Description The measurement of the global balance of power focuses on the paradigm shift from the United States post-September 11th, 2001 preemptive doctrine of unilateralism to one of partnerships and corporations in a modern multilateral order. Although the challenge to the unilateral doctrine brought to light new actors on ... read more

Binneh Minteh

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Guilin Experience

 I happened to be in Guilin, China in the most rual parts of Southern China about a year ago. It was a truly amazing experience seeing the wonderfully placed limestone mountains with a mixture of chinese heritage and pride emulating from the cities beneath. The remote villages and pure poverty ... read more

Dana  Hutchinson

ChinaChina

My campus comes to life with the end of Spring Festival

School is in session! For the past month and a half our group has basically been the only students on campus.  But, all the students are back from New Years vacation now and the campus has come to life overnight.  It’s very exciting and a little intimidating to have ... read more

Cali  Livingstone

ChinaChina

Xiahe:

After a ten hour overnight train ride and a five hour bus ride through the snowy switch-backs of the Tibetan Plateau, our group reached Xiahe, a town with a population of about 15,000 in the north western province of Gansu.  Xiahe is the home of the Labrang Monastery and ... read more

Cali  Livingstone

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China--The Melting Pot of the World?

Posted on January 30th, 2010 by Cole   With over 56 different ethnicities spanning China’s 34 provinces, it is no wonder that this country touts a population of 1.3 billion. It simply amazes me that a single government can control these masses. It seems that a communist regime might ... read more

Cole Patterson

ChinaChina

I look like a little boy

I finished up my active duty time with the US Marine Corps back in June 2009 and since then I have not cut my hair once. As you may have seen from some of the footage, it looks ridiculous, but regardless, I thought it would be fun to grow my ... read more

Brian Lipski

ChinaChina

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Smog. Smog is the theme for Beijing. We have been here 3 days and I haven’t actually seen the sun yet. The smog is so bad here that you can actually see the smog dust on top of every single car and building. I am assuming that washing your ... read more

Brian Lipski

ChinaChina

Fire Flowers and Funny Dumplings! Chinese New Years in a small village

 Xin Nian Kuai Le! Happy New Years! This year the New Year landed on the most auspicious of Western holidays, February 14th (Happy Valentine’s everyone, and Happy Birthday ASHLEY!).  Last night we welcomed in this year of the tiger in a more traditional setting in a small village about ... read more

Cali  Livingstone

ChinaChina

Quirks, Cars, and Walls

Well, imagine that! Three weeks have flown by and I’m just now getting to my first blog post. It has been quite the whirlwind getting settled down in Xi'an. I'm not really sure what I expected to find when I came to China, but what I've ... read more

Cali  Livingstone

ChinaChina

Backlong 1: The China Chronicles

Backlog 1: The China Chronicles Part 1: Welcome to China, please put on these pajamas I’m in china and it's been absolutely weird since the moment I entered. But in a good way. I took the subway from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, which is a Special Economic Zone ... read more

Molly Sterns

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The Grocery Store Conundrum

There are too many people in China. It is a fact that the Chinese themselves even seem aware of.  This generally leads to the crowded cities and neighborhoods that exemplify typical life for us urban dwellers.  I am a city person, and I don't worry about the crowds or ... read more

Zachary Bennett

ChinaChina

Hong Kong, the Chungking Mansion

Anyone who has spent more than a week in Hong Kong has probably experienced the Chungking Mansion.  It is by no means a "mansion."  It's a mansion's worst nightmare.  The first few floors are filled with African and Sri Lankan vendors selling everything from snacks to dvd players ... read more

Tricia Reville

ChinaChina

???? (Game Master)

 When my host father was young, he told me, his favorite hobby was Go.  It’s a game played on a grid with black and white stones, and, like chess, it mimics a battle between two opposing forces.  My father would routinely miss meals and stay up late in order ... read more

Kevin Keller

ChinaChina

????? (I Get Addicted To Drugs)

 A few days ago I came down with another cold.  Having already given away all my cough drops in times of plenty, I trudged to the supermarket across the street to buy a new packet.  I should have looked up the word for “lozenge” before leaving because once in the ... read more

Kevin Keller

ChinaChina

All Aboard, Abroad

I flew to Beijing to visit John over the long weekend for National Day. He met me at the airport, and swung my single, small duffel bag over his shoulder. When we walked outside into the brisk autumn air, and grabbed a cab. He authoritatively told the taxi driver to ... read more

Melissa Sconyers

ChinaChina

The Juice Man and the Giant Peach

As far as I can tell, the main advantage of living in a metropolis built on a tropical island is the vast availability of inexpensive fresh juice. Guava, pink guava, watermelon, kiwi, orange, mango, passion fruit, and many exotic types are available from a corner store (bottled locally that same ... read more

Melissa Sconyers

ChinaChina

Posturing and Attitude

Buji Jie is effective at wearing down the casual visitor.  It is not the tourist China, it lacks any of the shining classical architecture and gracious hostesses with beaming smiles.  Instead one is assaulted with a cacophony of neon lights and coo calls from spas and bars without windows.  Garbage ... read more

Zachary Bennett

ChinaChina

Making the Most of 'Morning'

Every morning, when I walk past the metal mailboxes and down the steep stairs, the doorman greets me. Well, he IS a doorman, in that he sits by the door, but he is nothing like the uniformed, well-mannered man who manned the door at my apartment in Midtown Manhattan. He ... read more

Melissa Sconyers

ChinaChina

The Discussion at the Holiday Dinner Table: Obama, Cross-Cultural Politics, and Women's Hair

For Mid-Autumn Festival, my host country counterpart invited me, my sitemate, and two of our friends over to her apartment to celebrate the holiday and enjoy fine Chinese food. Lucy, her English name, is also an English teacher at the college where I work. It turned out to be a ... read more

Victoria Neff

ChinaChina

Never Take The Slow Train

Two weekends ago, all the volunteers in Guizhou province went to the provincial capital Guiyang for a welcoming party with a pirate theme.  During the day before the party, a bunch of us had lunch at a really nice restaurant where we were treated to a meal per someone's ... read more

Victoria Neff

ChinaChina

Bridge Diplomacy

A giant gleaming white tower sits in the middle of Dan Dong, China with piercing neon-green lasers that stretch out into the sky, about sixty km in  all four cardinal directions, and rotate like the multi-spoked steering wheel of an electronica pirate ship. These lasers stretch out over the heads ... read more

Austin Y

ChinaChina

Not Even Naptime is Sacred

Every day at the school, lunch rolls around.  This is marked by a slow leakage of students and teachers off toward their respective cafeterias.  This leak bursts open after the final class bell rings and the walkways become a crowded jam of umbrellas and shuffling feet, a sea of black ... read more

Zachary Bennett

ChinaChina

Living Through a Level 8 Typhoon

Well, I'm all by my lonesome self in Hong Kong now. Just me and seven million other people. Only a few hours after John left to spend a semester studying Chinese in Beijing, I was already living it up, wild and crazy style. Yep. Sans the boyfriend, I even ... read more

Melissa Sconyers

ChinaChina

The Day I Ate Monkey Brains

I left for lunch late today, which means when I arrived at my usual hole-in-the-wall spot, the same place I eat everyday, the good stuff was already gone. "Today, oat rice!" The woman behind the counter cheerfully exclaimed from behind her face mask, a surgical shade of sea foam green ... read more

Melissa Sconyers

ChinaChina

A Sticker of Great Importance

In the process of moving to China, a grossly over-simplified version of my to-do list would have looked somewhat like this: Get a job in Hong Kong: Check. Move to Hong Kong: Check. Secure an apartment in Hong Kong: Check. Obtain a Hong Kong employment visa: Not checked. With all ... read more

Melissa Sconyers

ChinaChina

New Teammates

Living in a town where we are the only foreigners besides our teammates makes our relationship to our teammates very important.  We remember when we came to China and our little "home" and how difficult it was to adjust, so we have enjoyed being the ones to help our new ... read more

Daniel Mueller

ChinaChina

If you built the city of Manhattan on the island of Hawaii, you would get Hong Kong.

So, there I was. Standing in the Arrivals Hall of Hong Kong International Airport, after 27 hours of traveling with my boyfriend and our baggage. All 417 pounds of it.  We had just successfully moved ourselves to the other side of the world. Stepping outside into the warm, slightly humid ... read more

Melissa Sconyers

ChinaChina

Returning is NOT the same.

We have lived and taught in our small rural town, experienced most of what we thought was possible and were very comfortable. We knew many people, felt like it was home and then we left for the summer at home in the United States. We cannot share how great that ... read more

Daniel Mueller

ChinaChina

Welcome!

Welcome to my gap year blog! Here is where you can find updates about what I'm up to, as well as see my thoughts about and reactions to what I experience and learn while on my year-long adventure. Right now I'm in Boston, preparing to set off for ... read more

Abigail Bok

ChinaChina

Asia in Retrospect - My Final Post (Beijing)

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Mark Ayling

ChinaChina

I Discuss Freedom with Athena (Great Wall of China)

I the train journey from Lhasa to Beijing took two days.  The train traveled across all of China, from the Tibetan Plateau to the mountains of northern China, past the terracotta warriors in Xi’an and onwards to Beijing.  The Beijing municipality is roughly the size of Belgium, so it ... read more

Mark Ayling

ChinaChina

Thoughts on Tibet (The train from Lhasa, Tibet to Beijing, China)

The next morning I arrived at the newly constructed Lhasa Train station and boarded the Lhasa-Beijing train, the world’s highest train and a remarkable feat of engineering.  The train is completely sealed and pressurized, and in case you feel lightheaded, oxygen masks are provided…which might come in handy ... read more

Mark Ayling

ChinaChina

I Climb Mt. Everest...Well, Not Quite (Everest Base Camp, Tibet)

I awoke early the next morning like a child on Christmas morning, curious to discover Everest and half-expecting to have some spiritual revelation once I saw the place where earth meets the heavens.  After 27 cups of yak butter tea, I was ready to go but my teammates were nowhere ... read more

Mark Ayling

ChinaChina

Onwards to Everest (Tibet)

We stayed the night in Shigatze and spent the next morning applying for travel permits to Mt. Everest.  Tibet is a land of permits, a world of restrictions.  We needed three permits for our trip: one for Lhasa, one for outside Lhasa, and one for Mt. Everest.  Military Checkpoints every ... read more

Mark Ayling

ChinaChina

Leaving Lhasa - The Journey to Mt. Everest, Pt 1 (Tibet)

After three days in Lhasa we were ready to explore the rest of Tibet.  Ferguson, Kiwi Kevin, Tripp the German, little Mitori and I jumped in the Land Cruiser and set off on the two-day journey to Mt. Everest.  We departed early in the morning with the intention of visiting ... read more

Mark Ayling

ChinaChina

The Dalai Lama's Palace (Lhasa, Tibet)

The most enchanting place in Lhasa may be the Jokhur Temple, but the place that best embodies the image of Tibet, the peaceful Buddhist kingdom on the top of the world, is the Potala Palace.  The enormous white and red palace sits atop the Red Hill like a crown smiling ... read more

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Photo Picks: Playing Around in Kenya, Floating Meditation in India, Street Food in China

  FIRST PICK: PLAYING AROUND Photographer: Chris Minihane What it's about: Daniel, pictured here, is a Kenyan Maasai who lives near the Tanzanian border. According to Chris, "he's probably one of the nicest guys in Kenya." Daniel loves being photographed and was happy to let Chris snap some shots ... read more

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Grocery Stores and Other Spots

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Experience Mormonism (or Hinduism or Islam or Buddhism) For Yourself...

Are Americans losing their religion? That's the question that ABC News posed when it reported that "young Americans are dramatically less likely to go to church—or to participate in any form of organized religion—than their parents and grandparents" (May 6, 2009).  While the percentage of young Americans ... read more

Glimpse Staff

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Into Jokhur Temple... (Lhasa, Tibet)

   Dawn in Lhasa is magical.  From midnight to 7:30 AM silence sweeps across the growing city.  The bars power down, the taxis stop honking, cars are parked, the streets empty of pedestrians, and the city sleeps.  Lhasa is surrounded by high, protective mountains and the rising sun’s beams ... read more

Mark Ayling

ChinaChina

Controversy on the Tibetan Plateau

“The main reason Tibet is so undeveloped and un-Chinese – and so thoroughly old-fangled and pleasant – is that it is the one great place in China that the railway has not reached.  The Kun Lun Range is a guarantee that the railway will never get to Lhasa.  That is probably a ... read more

Mark Ayling

ChinaChina

Lhasa, Tibet - First Impressions

The most memorable aspect of Tibet is the sky.  The sky in Tibet is as blue and capacious as an ocean.  When I arrived in Tibet I felt as if I had landed on another planet, a magical land of brown hills hanging upside-down over the calmest of seas.  I ... read more

Mark Ayling

ChinaChina

Tibet Debate

 Having decided to visit Tibet, I wanted to learn as much as I could about Tibet’s recent history and current political situation.  Tibet is simultaneously claimed by the Dalai Lama’s government-in-exile in India, The People’s Republic of China in Beijing, and the Republic of China in Taiwan ... read more

Mark Ayling

ChinaChina

Xi'an, China: Biking On Xi'an's City Wall

JC and I waste no time when we travel. Eating is not a priority. Neither is sleep. We live on water, bread and adrenaline. To save money for our trip to Xi’an, we took the train from Shanghai to Nanjing and flew out of Nanjing to Xi’an. By ... read more

Monica Wong

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Hangzhou,China: A Stunning Sunset On The West Lake

The travel bug bit somewhere between Wuzhen and Suzhou. We returned from Suzhou Saturday night. But by Sunday morning, JC and I already had our bags packed and a one-way ticket in our hand. We took the next departing train fr0m Shanghai to Hangzhou. It was an hour and a ... read more

Monica Wong

ChinaChina

Suzhou, China: A Garden Paradise

My fever last week left me with a smoker’s cough, which remained a permanent side affect until I left China. Feeling slightly less feverish, I hopped on the train at the Shanghai Railway Station. In 15 minutes, I was able to inhale Suzhou’s crisp, light air and exhale ... read more

Monica Wong

ChinaChina

Wuzhen, China: A Town On Water

Running on an hour of sleep, I woke up and met the floor with my face. I trampled over the bag I tossed an hour ago when I plummeted into bed. In a hurry, I brushed my teeth, put on the first thing I grabbed, snatched the bag off the ... read more

Monica Wong

ChinaChina

Poverty In Pudong

I paid ¥20 for a cab ride down to People’s Park (????), ¥10 to see the Gaudi exhibit at the MOCA, ¥40 for lunch at Pizza Hut, ¥50 for a shuttle ride to the Oriental Pearl Tower, another ¥50 for dinner and ¥1o for extraneous expenses. I dropped ¥170 like ... read more

Monica Wong

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Shanghai, China's New York City

The more I drank, the more often I asked myself, ”Wait, didn’t I leave New York already?” Partying in Shanghai was like deja vu even though everything was completely new. It hadn’t hit me yet that I was half way across the world. To me, the distance between ... read more

Monica Wong

ChinaChina

Fudan University

Studying abroad at Fudan University was less than what I expected. There was a lack of communication and a nonchalance of accurate information. I didn’t expect someone to hold my hand but I did expect direction. I never knew what my next steps were until it was almost too ... read more

Monica Wong

ChinaChina

Hello Shanghai!

  Shanghai felt so much better at 4 in the morning than it did at 4 in the afternoon. How would I know? Because that’s when my plane landed. From a bird’s eye view, there was a gray semi-opaque cloud that masked everything beneath it. I lugged my carry-on ... read more

Monica Wong

ChinaChina

CouchSurfing in Lijiang, China

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Mark Ayling

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An Overrun Outpost on the Hippy Trail (Dali, Yunnan, China)

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Mark Ayling

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Dilly Dallying in Dali (Dali, Yunan Province, China)

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Mark Ayling

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Yunnan Province

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Mark Ayling

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Hello! Bamboo!/ No Bamboo! - Exploring Inequality in Southern China (Yangshuo, Guangxi, China)

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Mark Ayling

ChinaChina

Ballin' on a Budget in Hong Kong!

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Mark Ayling

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Welcome to China...Now Learn Mandarin!

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Mark Ayling

ChinaChina

Epic Adventures (One Summer Circumventing the Globe)

     If someone had told the me three years ago that I would be spending a college summer living in Harbin, China and only allowed to speak Mandarin, I probably would have packed up all my stuff and hauled my naive little freshman self back to the boonies of Montana. Unfortunately ... read more

Dana Liebelson

ChinaChina

Cooking in China

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Katrina Klett

ChinaChina

Old Feelings

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Katrina Klett

ChinaChina

Chinese Tendency

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Katrina Klett

ChinaChina

Portrait of ChunJie

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Katrina Klett

ChinaChina

The Chinese news lying again

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Colin Jones

ChinaChina

They've Got Grit

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Katrina Klett

ChinaChina

Beijing Hua

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Katrina Klett

ChinaChina

Dry rain

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Colin Jones

ChinaChina

An uncommon story of love in Asia: Victoria and Liu Yu

She literally fell at his feet. It was Fall in late 2005 and Liu Yu and Victoria Stockton were both teachers at the Tianjin Experimental High School. After months of inventing excuses to visit his office, Liu was finally coming to observe Stockton’s English class. But Stockton mentally mixed ... read more

Elizabeth Dilts

ChinaChina

You're Never Too Old For A Global Adventure

The big 3-0 looms like a cloud over many of us in our mid- to late 20s. At 30, we close out the carefree chapter of our lives and embark on a new chapter, full of responsibilities. When you’re 30, you’re supposed to be settled down. You’re ... read more

Glimpse Staff

ChinaChina

Just how fast are those censors?

Pretty fast as it turns out! Just minutes after putting up my first blog post the entire glimpse.org website was blocked and remained so for the next couple hours. I guess that is the amount of time the censors need to identify, lock down, analyze, and then proceed to ... read more

Colin Jones

ChinaChina

Beijing the 2nd Time

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Katrina Klett

ChinaChina

Driving in China and social responsibility

Far too often I see people get hit by cars here in Chongqing. The roads on this city wind around each other and many of the people who own cars think they are "li bu qi"??? or extraordinary individuals with elitist attitudes who look down upon everyone. How many times ... read more

Colin Jones

ChinaChina

French Love

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Katrina Klett

ChinaChina

Beijing the 1st Time

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Katrina Klett

ChinaChina

Foreigners in China live in the shadow of an accidental star: Da Shan

I recently had a breakthrough in my Chinese and all I got from it was this lousy friend Da Shan. Da Shan, a foreigner like me, speaks fluent Mandarin, much to the surprise of the Chinese and much to the chagrin of other foreigners. Born in Canada, his Chinese name ... read more

Elizabeth Dilts

ChinaChina

On the Road

On the Road   There is a build up of emotions before, during, and after arriving at a new place.  Often one's actions begin shifting on a somewhat subconscoius level during such a time period.  It is usually only after the fact a person is able to look back and ... read more

Katrina Klett

ChinaChina

The Act of Traveling

The Act of Traveling   I love missing flights.  I love when the weather turns foul and the rain is pouring down outside the big glass airport windows.  As the evening wears on, you know it is going to be a long one when they start rolling out mats for people ... read more

Katrina Klett

ChinaChina

April 9, 2008 (At sea)

2238 hours I almost wasn’t going to write tonight, like I didn’t last night, because I’ve been tired and not really having much to say. But then I watched “An Inconvenient Truth” for class, and I’ve got some thinking I need to work through in words ... read more

Danielle Taylor

ChinaChina

April 7, 2008 (China)

2107 hours It’s my mom’s 50th birthday, and we’re both spending it at 30,000 feet. I’m over mainland China, and she’s somewhere over the Pacific in a coach seat, six hours into an eighteen-hour flight to Japan with my dad and brother. I’m ... read more

Danielle Taylor

ChinaChina

April 6, 2008 (China)

2317 hours Picking up where I left off... Coming in as a Westerner who cannot read or speak Mandarin and has only the barest understanding of Eastern thought, principles or culture, china just seems very ridiculous. Again and again, I find myself laughing at things that really shouldn’t be ... read more

Danielle Taylor

ChinaChina

April 5, 2008 (China)

2253 hours Just about everything I did today, I never thought I’d get the chance. Starting off, I’m in China. When I was little, I’d dig holes in the backyard aiming for right here, half a world away. Back then, the impossible seemed possible and now it ... read more

Danielle Taylor

ChinaChina

April 4, 2008 (Hong Kong -- China)

0209 hours Turns out I still haven’t typed up my stuff from both Malaysia and India, and I am not doing that tonight, so it’s just going to have to wait until after China. It’s weird – I signed up for a fifth class just for fun, even ... read more

Danielle Taylor

ChinaChina

Part 3: 春节 (chun jie) Spring Festival and 庙会 (miao hui) Temple Fairs

Part 3: ?? at ?? (di tan) So I thought I was all done with the ??, but it turns out I wasn't. Yesterday Lynn persuaded me, nay seduced me into attending another, this time at the widely known ?? (di tan), what you could call the Temple of Earth although most just ... read more

Shaan Khan

ChinaChina

Part 2: 春节 (chun jie) Spring Festival and 庙会 (miao hui) Temple Fairs

Part 2: ?? The next day, after sleeping in gloriously late, Lynn and I headed out to see a ?? (miao hui), or Temple Fair near Liulichang. What is a temple fair, you might ask? Excellent question! After experiencing one, I'm still not sure. Lynn told me they were celebrations held ... read more

Shaan Khan

ChinaChina

Part 1: 春节 (chun jie) Spring Festival and 庙会 (miao hui) Temple Fairs

Part 1 ?? It's the year of the Rat! A good year for business I hear. This year I stayed in Beijing with Lynn. On the eve of the new Chinese year, she and I, along with a few other friends celebrated in typical Chinese fashion--hamburgers, salad and drinks. Excellent ... read more

Shaan Khan