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Interior of a house, Kaiping, Guangdong

Published on October 29, 2016, by in China.

I made a visit with some students to look at the famous diaolou houses, or “watchtower” dwellings, in Kaiping, Guangdong. The houses were built in the first decades of the 20th century, in a melange of Chinese and western styles, by overseas Chinese returning to their home country. This is a dimly-lit room off of an entrance hall. Tweet This Post

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Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou

Published on September 22, 2016, by in Suzhou.

Tree branches form a pattern against a traditional Chinese pavilion in Suzhou’s Humble Administrator’s Garden, one of the city’s top attractions. Tweet This Post

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traditional building

Published on September 15, 2016, by in Architecture, China.

a crumbling traditional house sits surrounding by weeds in rural Zhongshan, Guangdong province Tweet This Post

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2 days in Hong Kong

Published on August 8, 2016, by in Travel.

interesting building on Nathan Road in the Jordan district, Hong Kong I made a quick trip to Hong Kong, on my way to Guangdong Province in south China to take care of the work visa for my new teaching job in the city of Zhongshan. It was my first time in Hong Kong, and the brutal heat and humidity prevented me from walking around much. I can’t say it’s an attractive city – it seemed to me to be one big shopping mall – but there were pockets of interesting things to see. I walked up the long flights of stairs of Ladder Street, took the Kowloon-Hong Kong Ferry, had some Indian food in the infamous Chungking Mansions, and rode on the double-decker trams, which are quite fun. Zhongshan is just an hour and a half away by boat, so I plan to come back and visit HK often. Tweet This Post

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Istanbul door

Published on August 2, 2016, by in Travel.

on a side street near my hotel, Istanbul Tweet This Post