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Wall to Nowhere

by on Jun.17, 2014, under Quickies

Oh God. It’s been the longest hiatus ever.

I’m back in China for the summer, no more excuses.  Last week I visited the crumbling Great Wall near the village of Long Quan Yu (龍泉峪).  There’s an awesome B&B with cabins built on the mountainside from which we enjoyed panoramic views and stargazing through floor-to-ceiling windows.

The best part of it was, the running water came from mountain springs.  It’s the first time I’ve drunk straight from the faucet in China.  The only notable consequence was five full days of simultaneous projectile vomiting and incendiary diarrhea.  On the bright side, I lost five kilos and regained a six-pack.

Just kidding, the water was really damn good.

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When air is not free

by on Feb.21, 2013, under Posts

One of the biggest headlines out of China in recent weeks has been Beijing’s “airpocalypse“.   It’s heartbreaking when people can’t even take clean air for granted.  Here’s a sensationalistic report about a correlation between childhood air quality and intelligence.  Will Beijingers (and much of China) soon be plagued with a generation of even greater idiocy?

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Beijing Public Bike Rentals – the nth time’s a charm?

by on Jul.16, 2012, under Posts

Through the years there have been several attempts to establish a public bike rental system in Beijing.  They’ve all been abject failures.  I haven’t investigated why they failed, nor did I ever use them.

When I was last in Beijing in May, I noticed that new docking stations for public bikes were popping up, and today I saw one that had some shiny new bikes docked.

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Little Donkey Farm

by on Feb.28, 2012, under Posts

I’ve mentioned Beijing’s Little Donkey Farm a couple of times already.  I finally had the chance to visit.

Food safety has been a huge issue in China in recent years, and wealthy urban dwellers are starting to scramble for food that will not render them sterile or cancerous.  Little Donkey Farm capitalizes on this fear by giving Beijingers a few options for access to less-toxic food.  Insecure urbanites can subscribe to a weekly order of in-season vegetables, or they can rent a plot of land at the farm and either tend it themselves on the weekends or pay the farm to raise vegetables on it.

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Organic Donkey, Part II

by on Sep.25, 2011, under Quickies

I mentioned Beijing’s Little Donkey Organic Farm in an earlier post, and it looks like an NPR blogger has visited recently.

I’ll be in Beijing next week, and it’s high time I dropped by the place,  especially after my somewhat disappointing visit to the Vang Vieng Organic Farm in Laos.

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