Category Archives: Life in Beijing

Our daily existence in China, and how it’s funny, boring, frustrating, or whatever.

Shakedown at High Honesty Plaza
(Mobocracy update II)

Well, our favorite restaurant has finally given up. They, along with every other business in the plaza that used to be home to the High Honesty Supermarket, have closed and are looking for new locations. Continue reading

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(Mobocracy update II)

Mobocracy update

The restaurant owners (see ambiv’s post, below) are fighting back, but it’s clearly a losing battle. In front of each of the restaurants now hangs a protest banner, white with black characters: “High Honesty Supermarket, give back our blood-sweat money!” … Continue reading

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Back in Beijing, Hu in Seattle

We arrived Monday afternoon back in Beijing, flown from the sunny blue Aegean to the Chinese capital at the tail end of a 10-day dust storm. Parked cars and buildings are coated in light brown powder that matches the color … Continue reading

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Everyone knows it’s windy

So I’ll break the weeks-long silence on our blog by talking about the thing people are always talking about: the weather. At the moment we are emerging from the bone-dry Beijing winter into the gusty, dusty Beijing spring. Spring is … Continue reading

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Fireworks (updated w/ photos)

Do we have great timing, or what? Our upcoming travel to Vietnam, like our just-completed trip to Hunan, coincides with the Chinese New Year, when most people in Asia travel home for the holiday, making tickets scarce and expensive, and … Continue reading

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