Monthly Archives: May 2011
China's Dry Spells
With the Yangtze River a dirty trickle, the grain belt it suckles parched to cracked husks, China must again gird its loins against an old enemy.
Cuanxiadi - A Horse Ride Away
Beijing expats have that perfect destination in Cuanxiadi, a day’s horse ride west from Tiananmen Square.
Chengdu: A Gastronomic City
In this age, the Chinese Everyman is a pepper-head
Trump's Top Ten
We’ll give you the top ten, because let’s face it, you’ll never be able to say, "I know the Chinese. I've made a lot of money with the Chinese. I understand the Chinese mind." At least not with a straight face, puckered lips, and a penetrating stare.
British China Opium War Campaign Medals
One of the legacies of being foreign in China is the dark history that immediately preceded the rise of modern history.
The Imperial Order of the Double Dragon
Double Dragon medals - which could be had for US$3,000 15 years ago - are now regularly fetching sums well into six figures at auction.
5 Chinese Celebrity Scandals
Here’s a mantra to repeat: “I will not take actors seriously.”
Natural Hebei, Part I: Wetlands
Here is a truth about Hebei: beauty abounds in its far reaches.
"The blood of your father has ruined you both. This is why I can buy you for such a low price, but that doesn’t mean I’m willing to lose my goods so easily.”
In Search of the White Pyramid
This week, on CEX: In Search Of , we take you to China’s heartland, where tales of a vast white pyramid have obsessed foreign travelers since the early 20th century.