The Hutong Next Door

Experiencing traditional hutong life of Beijing’s working class in the shadows of the skyscrapers of the central business district.

Snow Day in Beijing

Winters in Beijing are cold and dry. Snow is rare, and it usually doesn't stick. We can count the number of times it has snowed the past three years on one hand. This year it has already snowed twice before the official start of winter.We were flying to Taipei the...

Desperately Seeking Geishas

Spending a late night out walking the streets of Gion and staking out tea houses for a chance to see and photograph a geisha.

76 Departments of the Afterlife

Dōngyuè Temple is a 14th century Taoist temple in Beijing’s Central Business District. From the outside this hidden gem looks like most other small temples in China, but passing through its gates takes one on a tour of the Taoist afterlife.

The Hutong Next Door

The Hutong Next Door

Hutongs are traditional neighborhoods in Beijing and other northern Chinese cities. These neighborhoods are created by a series of alleys or narrow streets (called Hutong) that are formed by connecting traditional courtyard residences, called siheyuan.Beijing’s...

Snow Day in Beijing

Snow Day in Beijing

Winters in Beijing are cold and dry. Snow is rare, and it usually doesn't stick. We can count the number of times it has snowed the past three years on one hand. This year it has already snowed twice before the official start of winter.We were flying to Taipei the...

Desperately Seeking Geishas

Desperately Seeking Geishas

Gion is a famous entertainment and geisha district in Kyoto that is filled with restaurants shops and teahouses, where geisha (called geiko) and maiko (apprentice geisha) perform.Most tourists looking to spot geisha head to Hanami-koji Street. The street and side...

76 Departments of the Afterlife

76 Departments of the Afterlife

Dōngyuè Temple is a 14th century Taoist temple in Beijing’s Central Business District. From the outside this hidden gem looks like most other small temples in China, but passing through its gates takes one on a tour of the Taoist afterlife. Dōngyuè Temple is one of...

An American Expat in China

An American Expat in China

How does a middle aged graphic designer find himself living in Beijing, traveling China, Asia and the World?Four years ago I was commuting daily to my web and graphic design job at a New York healthcare company in the Bronx. The commute was long and unpredictable, and...

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