This just made the bucket list! Shenzhen to Xinjiang by train.
Ditan Park, or Temple of Earth. It’s huge, and packed. One of the most popular festivals during the Spring Festival, this is a giant fair. The temple has its version of boardwalk games, and barkers of course, that go on and on. Did see one show, folk-festival dancing of some sort. Some great lamb kabobs… Read More
Yonghe Temple, more commonly known as the Llama Temple. It’s the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple in China, part of the Geluk, or Yellow Hat school of Buddhism. That’s the main school of Mahayana Buddhism, which is the dominant of the two main branches of Buddhism. Mahayana Buddhism, including the Yellow Hat School, is primarily focused… Read More
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
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
The adventures of Bill in Beijing… We’re off to the supermarket! Going to the supermarket in the morning in Beijing, on a weekday, means exactly what it means in the states: old people who can’t drive shopping carts. Yay. And that’s pretty much where the similarities end. The first thing you notice that’s different is… Read More
The adventures of Bill in Beijing… Not sure how to have descriptions for each photo, so figure that detail out for yourself. This is the main plaza in my village and sort of ‘connects’ all the little sections together. Every morning dozens, sometimes hundreds, of people gather to do Tai Chi. I’ll often make some… Read More
The adventures of Bill in Beijing… Where the hell am I? Ok, find China on a map. Good job. Look in the northeast corner and you’ll find Beijing. Beijing is massive. At a minimum, there are 20 million people here. Some say it’s more like 40 million any given day counting all the people who… Read More