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... times. We wound our way through the building a bit more and made our way to the crystal tomb containing Mao’s body. There is skepticism that it’s a wax model since some believe Mao’s body could not last after him being dead for about 40 years, but no one will every know since there is such tight security in China. There were about four guards inside a glass room with the casket, at least five more outside the room, and who knows how many cameras watching ...
... being Jewish, and with no access to Jewish friends here, I needed to do something, and Passover was my chance to reconnect with my roots. There are, as it turns out, two very distinctive Jewish communities in Beijing, one, known as the Chabad, is the Orthodox group [I attended their Seder last year] and there is the conservative or reformed group, which I only heard about when I became friends with a Jewish cast member of last year's musical ...
... You don't really need to change your underwear everyday and so what if your shirt looks like it's been kicked around in the dirt. This philosophy has served me well in India and Nepal but now that we're in China I just feel like a vagrant so I've been out and bought some proper clothes, including a pair of jeans, which are completely impractical for travelling. What is happening to me?
... on a train for 2 stops is too much of strain on a woman carrying a baby but we'll happily watch her lug a baby plus a suitcase up the stairs. People of China, Help me understand this, please. And please don't give me the 'population excuse'.
So the good stuff: I certainly don't want to give you the impression we have had a bad time. Quite the opposite.
This whole trip was inspired by my brother's 6 month stint here, filming with CCTV for an ABC ...
... with the guide, Rebecca, who picked me up to take me to the hotel. I'll try to hit the high points: The airport I landed in was built for the Olympics, yet there is a new airport under construction that will be ready 2015. Imagine the growth of a city to accommodate two new airports within a decade. There are around 22 million people who live in Beijing--24 million in Shang-hai. Yet Beijing is more dense. If we thought we had a real estate bubble in ...
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