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looking up

Published on April 30, 2015, by in Architecture, Shanghai.

a view up into the dizzying heights of a Shanghai skyscraper Tweet This Post


flowering trees

Published on April 27, 2015, by in Suzhou.

  The weather finally started getting permanently warmer, and soon the humid days of summer will be here. In the meantime, I enjoy walking to school each morning, and enjoying the beautiful landscaping and flowering trees along the way. Tweet This Post



Tongli ancient town, Jiangsu Province, historic house museum Tweet This Post


Noodle shop in Tongli water town

Published on January 29, 2015, by in Ancient towns, China.

passing by Tweet This Post


Tongli water town

Published on January 15, 2015, by in Ancient towns, China.

 One of many bridges in Tongli ancient water town, Jiangsu Province     I’ve taken advantage of the winter academic break to start exploring some of the ancient towns around Suzhou. One of these, Tongli, is about 45 minutes by bus to the southeast of the city, located in what is now a seemingly endless expanse of suburban development along China’s densely-populated east coast. The day trip offered a tranquil opportunity on a warm, sunny day in January to escape somewhere different. To be absolutely honest, my main reason for making this the first of many “water towns” to explore was to visit the Museum of Ancient Chinese Sex Culture. It was on all the tourist maps, yet after an hour of wandering around trying to find it, it wasn’t there. My discrete inquiries to local businesspeople resulted in nothing but mei you – it isn’t there. Only after returning home did I learn that, after its initial founding in Shanghai, the museum had moved to Tongli for 10 years, and only last year had been relocated to Hainan, off of China’s southeast coast. Pity. It would have been my first sex museum.      ancient lane – undisturbed quiet   What I liked about Tongli was that its ancient core hadn’t been completely tarted up for tourism or Disneyfied, as so many other Chinese ancient towns have. It is still a lived-in town, and if you want to escape the tourist crowds, a simple detour into a side street