Monthly Archives: March 2009


  • Chinese Archeologists Discover Square Wheeled Bicycle At Simatai
    -by Chris Devonshire EllisChinese archeologists, working on China's Great Wall at Simatai, have uncovered the remains of an ancient square wheeled bicycle, believed to have been used by the Chinese garrisons on the wall to cycle between w


  • Sir Victor Sassoon, a Most Fortunate Expat
    Sassoon with unidentified admirerHis great-grandfather made the family English nobility through Chinese opium profits. But Victor Sassoon wasn't interested in a gentleman's life of leisure.


  • In Search of the Red Chamber
    People laugh at us history buffs (okay, history nerds). In turn, we find your divorce from continuity amusing, the way you talk and act as though you're the first real people, as though everyone were a two-dimensional historical stereotype


  • Yunnan's Redlands
    One of Santan's more impressive falls Granted, China is effectively positioning itself as the new land of abundance and prosperity, but cripes is it parched.


  • An English Teacher at Chinese Calligraphy School
    -By Jeff Walsh "Be a scribe in order that your limbs may grow smooth and your hands soft, that you may walk abroad in a white robe and that men of importance may great you with respect.


  • No Fun Without You – Seriously
    Liu Ruizhao's Muse So Beijing's Amelie Gallery will be kicking off its "No Fun Without You" exhibition by asking visitors to take part in the opening.


  • RC Andrews and the Dragon Bones
    Andrews in Mongolia,1928: on the lookout for dangerous fossilsThis is a brief account of the discovery of a pile of fossils in Mongolia. Wait -don't you dare close this tab.


  • Zhangjiajie: A Honeymoon with China
    Settling down in a new country, especially one like China, is like getting married. At first, all is potential delight - your partner is so deep and multi-faceted.


  • An Alternative to Booze and Bands
    Bryson Lang brings itBeijing's glitterati have been flaunting the city's nightlife options for years. "We have both kinds of music - house AND hip hop," they'll tell you.


  • Dry Pot is the New Hot Pot
    More flavor, less water It's both a rite of passage and a group-dining fixture. From the steamy, cavernous Xiao Fei Yang restaurant chain to the up-scale Hai Di Lao, hot pot still packs restaurants full, even in these recession-hit times.