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    NJ native without the accent or the big hair. Currently residing in Beijing. Teaching English. Absorbing all things China. Exploring SE Asia.

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Beijing Beijing, wo ai Beijing

I don’t have the words or the time to find them to describe my feelings about boarding a one-way plane to Newark Airport this afternoon.  It’s been a wonderful three years and I have so many memories.

Beijing is sending me off with clear blue skies today.  I will surely miss my life and the people here, but I’m looking forward to the next thing Father will bring me to.

Goodbye, Beijing!

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Illegal fruit

I had something happen to me twice this week that I haven’t had happen to me before.

In this area there haven’t been too many street vendors on the main roads since the Olympics, something about beautifying the city and whatnot.  They’ve been popping up more and more lately, although they aren’t as commonly seen as in other parts of the city.  The other day my Mom and I were sampling some grapes I was about to buy when the guy started pedaling away as fast as he could before the chengguan could get him.  The chengguan are a certain kind of police that give street vendors a hard time since, technically, street sellers are illegal.

Then tonight we were walking back to the school after our Sunday team meal and I was poised and ready to buy some cherries when the guy started up his motor and drove off down the street as fast as he could.  I guess the chengguan were on the way again.

The Great Wall

In Chinese, the Great Wall of China is chang cheng (长城), which means “long wall.”  It is indeed long and built along the highest ridges of the hills, and we visited the Mutianyu section on Saturday.

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We’ve been busy!

Jenny and Amanda are here until Monday, and we’ve been busy going everywhere and seeing everything.

Old Summer Palace

Temple of Heaven

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iTourguide

Jenny and Amanda arrived on Friday afternoon and we’ve been busy seeing most everything Beijing has to offer a curious tourist. I kept them up as late as I could on Friday night and they’re handling the jetlag okay.  I showed them youku.com and Google music on their second night, and they kept themselves awake streaming free television shows and downloading free (and legal!) music.

We hit the Beijing Zoo on Saturday with the main purpose of visiting the pandas.  If you’re going to come to China, you need to see the pandas, right? Here’s what a popular Beijing guidebook says about the zoo:

The inhabitants of the Beijing Zoo are saddled with grimly dated design features – concrete and glass cells – but the crowd-pulling pandas have plusher living quarters for good behavior.  The polar bears pin all their hopes on graduating from their concrete hell to the more impressive Beijing Aquarium in the northeast corner of the zoo.

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Guilin vacation pictures

Jenny and Amanda arrived in Beijing yesterday and their jet-lagged selves are zonked out on the living room floor right now.  It’s been a longer-than-usual absence, but here are finally some pictures from Guilin.

All ready to head out to the airport!

Shire Hobbit coffee

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Best vacation quote ever

Anna to Chinese woman:  “So, what does dog taste like?  Is it similar to chicken?”

Chinese woman:  “It tastes like cat.”

Michelle and I on the Li Jiang

More pictures to come…