Monthly Archives: April 2011


The places that I visited – Beijing, Xian, Pingyao, Tianjin – are at the heart of that economic and social shift. Therefore, my observations regard a rapidly changing part of the largest nation in the world.

The Chinese I met were among the friendliest people I’ve encountered in my travels. Most were quick to smile and patient with my struggles to speak Mandarin. (I learned a few words and phrases and spoke poorly.) Nearly everybody was willing to be photographed, especially those with children, but also old people. Continue reading

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