Tag Archives: China

China to Dalai Lama: Obey us, or else…

Two years ago when I went to Tibet our visit was cut short two day by Chinese bureaucracy… We had been warned that anything could happen, including our visas being revoked, as happened to a friend of mine when China … Continue reading

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“I Do”….in Mandarin

The clothes at the Shanghai boutique are beautiful….lush silk, exquisite embroidery and tasteful designs…. But I’m distracted by giggles from the back of the store. “It looks like they’re buying clothes for a wedding,” It’s a group of women in … Continue reading

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The Toilet Diaries….Chapter Two….

There is no more quick…and dirty!…measure of where society sits that the cleanliness…or even availability….of toilet facilities. It’s one thing for us tourists, and another for local people. In the old-style modest living areas of Beijing—the Hutong—and Shanghai—“the lanes”—residents have … Continue reading

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Four Books in Two Weeks or Less

What am I going to read for two weeks in Asia? Along with walking shoes and intestinal medication, reading material is up there on my packing list. A guidebook of course…I chose the Lonely Planet Tibet, plus back copies of … Continue reading

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The Great Debate….Monk Style

We’ve seen many a monk in China and Tibet. Monks texting. Monks eating at the hotel breakfast. Old monks. Young monks. Monks chanting and holding prayer beads in their hands. And also doing other monkly things like tending the yak … Continue reading

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