Monthly Archives: May 2011

Now that’s a broom!

You see any dust or debris on that street? No you don’t ! Not on his watch.

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I’m not sure if Confucius said this …

Maybe it was Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai? Daoist master Lao Zi? Smokey Bear? Kung Fu Panda? Whoever it was is a sage for the ages.

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His business is flat

Flat tires, that is. In this city of 5 million cars, most of the major streets have dedicated bicycle lanes, and you still see these bike-repair shops on corners all over the city.

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Not your chairman’s magazine rack

In related news, according to today’s China Daily newspaper: ‘The Beijing municipal administration for industry and commerce recently posted an announcement on its website, asking outdoor advertisers to self-evaluate and rectify by April 15 advertisements that are against regulations. It … Continue reading

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So Huge ! So Not Old Beijing !

So I’m on the fence regarding the look of the Sanlitun SOHO mega-mega-mega apartment complex in Beijing. Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and opened in 2010, large one-bedrooms rent for about USD $1,500 a month, and I saw a … Continue reading

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Meat and potatoes, er, tobacco

I love how this street market meat seller puffs away on her cigarette while ignoring her customer. Not to worry: Her pork is famous the neighborhood ’round for that addictive smoky flavor.

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Fried egg bread wrap with lettuce

This vendor meets all my criteria for street food, which admittedly aren’t all that high. Interestingly tasty food at a cheap price with what I can rationalize to be a relatively clean operation.

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