Central Business District

The adventures of Bill in Beijing… The Central Business District, shoot. Took a rare opportunity on Lunar New Year’s Day to shoot Beijing’s Central Business District (CBD) while it was deserted. The CBD is Beijing’s Wall Street. Usually it’s one of the busiest places on Earth, I would imagine. Jam packed with people everywhere usually,… Read More

Food in Beijing

The adventures of Bill in Beijing… The food in Beijing is, interesting. It’s also quite good, a lot of the food. Some of it is really god awful. I mean ‘wtf, why are you eating that?!’ sort of bad. For example, you can order and eat chicken cartilage. Yum eh? The selection, when it comes… Read More

Jingshan Park

The adventures of Bill in Beijing… Jingshan Park. Just a quick walk up the hill on Jingshan Park to take a few pictures and sit for a bit. It’s part of the parks and lakes adjoining the Forbidden City. This area used to be an imperial garden for the emperors. Good view from the hill… Read More

Beihai Park

The adventures of Bill in Beijing… We came northwest from the Temple of Heaven, hit paint brush row, and found the Changdian Fair. Now we keep moving northwest to the lakes, which will be a nice place to spend the mid 50 degree weather. Multipurpose Beihai Park. It has temples and has been a temple,… Read More

Temple of Heaven

The adventures of Bill in Beijing… Metro hops and hutongs. Our video game strategy to getting around the city is as follows: we have the metro down pat, we’re still learning in’s and out’s of hutongs, and 3 wheel bikes and cabs are basically locked until we get enough points in our language skill to… Read More

Frozen Lake Houhai

The adventures of Bill in Beijing… The lake, Houhai, is frozen. It’s one of the several manmade lakes in downtown Beijing, and they’re all very nice. This isn’t a temple fair, though there is one right next door we now know, but just the second day of Spring Festival at Houhai Lake. Apparently, that means… Read More

Wuxiancaishen Temple Fair

The adventures of Bill in Beijing… Why it’s a Wuxiancaishen Temple Fair of course! Heading west out of South Luogo towards the northern stretch of lakes, over by where the Two Towers are, because there’s things we’re looking for that a way. And another score for Luogo, we walk right into the Five Wealth Gods… Read More

Pit Stop in Luogo

The adventures of Bill in Beijing… Pit stop in Luogu. Great hutong. Big, walled in, and with one central hutong running north/south. The big entrance is the south one, hence the common name of South Luogu Lane. We’re just stopping for a quick coffee. Oh how you coffee lovers will be in for an unpleasant… Read More