Monthly Archives: January 2015

China, Day 2: The Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square

My second day in Beijing was probably my most tourist-y. Once again I woke up bright and early so I could visit Mao’s Mausoleum before it closed at noon. I had a better idea of where I was going this … Continue reading

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China, Day 3: Midnight Train to Dandong

“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size … Continue reading

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China, Day 4: Fun With Propaganda

On my fourth day in China I went shopping. But first, I went back to my hotel room and had a shower. Twenty-six hours on a train had left me with that not-so-fresh feeling. Shortly after I got out of … Continue reading

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China, Day 5: The Great Wall

“What about China? Have you seen the Great Wall?” “All walls are great if the roof doesn’t fall.” – from Dancer in the Dark On my final day in China I woke up bright, early, and fully clothed. Not because … Continue reading

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