Category Archives: Yunnan Province

Christmas in Dali

Hard to believe it’s been almost a year since my Christmas dinner in Dali. Here’s one I never posted… —– As an American Jew in China celebrating Christmas at a Muslim restaurant I’m confused enough already when the highest-ranking party

Christmas in Dali

Hard to believe it’s been almost a year since my Christmas dinner in Dali. Here’s one I never posted… —– As an American Jew in China celebrating Christmas at a Muslim restaurant I’m confused enough already when the highest-ranking party

Lei Feng Day, Phase II – Three Pagodas

…cont’d from Lei Feng Day, Phase I Part of the Lei Feng spirit is giving people the benefit of the doubt, and every day I pass the Shoe Men at the intersection of Fuxing Lu and Foreigner Street, and wave off

Lei Feng Day, Phase II – Three Pagodas

…cont’d from Lei Feng Day, Phase I Part of the Lei Feng spirit is giving people the benefit of the doubt, and every day I pass the Shoe Men at the intersection of Fuxing Lu and Foreigner Street, and wave off

Movin’ on down to the East Side of town

First act of the new year, I moved into a new guesthouse. Used to be I’d put on my backpack and leave and viola, I had moved. Now I’ve got a backpack, a suitcase, a desk, chair, and a big

Movin’ on down to the East Side of town

First act of the new year, I moved into a new guesthouse. Used to be I’d put on my backpack and leave and viola, I had moved. Now I’ve got a backpack, a suitcase, a desk, chair, and a big

The Walk to Town

There were only a couple of problems with the apartment. The first was, though it had a kitchen, it lacked some of the luxuries one might associate with kitchens. Like utensils. Or a refrigerator. I gather a lot of Chinese

The Walk to Town

There were only a couple of problems with the apartment. The first was, though it had a kitchen, it lacked some of the luxuries one might associate with kitchens. Like utensils. Or a refrigerator. I gather a lot of Chinese

Return to Lijiang

We had been so proud of ourselves, Maya, Ezra and I, when we haggled a taxi driver all the way down to 20 rmb to take us from the bus station to the Old Town last week. Arriving this time,

Return to Lijiang

We had been so proud of ourselves, Maya, Ezra and I, when we haggled a taxi driver all the way down to 20 rmb to take us from the bus station to the Old Town last week. Arriving this time,

Leaving Paradise

There was a gap in the wall behind my bed. You couldn’t see into the other room, but every sound from it ricocheted to my pillow. An angry woman was yelling in Chinese. And then I heard another voice: Marieke.

Leaving Paradise

There was a gap in the wall behind my bed. You couldn’t see into the other room, but every sound from it ricocheted to my pillow. An angry woman was yelling in Chinese. And then I heard another voice: Marieke.

Sumtseling Monastery

The biggest attraction in Shangri-La was probably the Sumtseling (or Songzanlin) Monastery just outside town. You can pay $25 to view the inside, or wander the grounds for free. I was tempted to try the latter. However, taking the local bus

Sumtseling Monastery

The biggest attraction in Shangri-La was probably the Sumtseling (or Songzanlin) Monastery just outside town. You can pay $25 to view the inside, or wander the grounds for free. I was tempted to try the latter. However, taking the local bus