China has been on everyone’s brains this year.  To go to China now is to dive headfirst into a million questions about home, identity, country, citizenship, development, commerce, culture, history, power, leadership, art, architecture, consumption, growth,  community, modernity, climate, conservation, talent, politics, technology, capital, literature, and the media.  My visit was limited to China’s most prominent cities, Beijing and Shanghai.  Both cities are thoughtfully planned, modernized, and run.  It may have just been me projecting my own expectations onto things, but I definitely felt the accumulating power and wealth in both cities.  China is a place chockfull of food for thought, with some actual good food for your stomach too.

Anyone want to take Mandarin with me when I get back?

Posts from this leg:


Beijing Calling

Chain Reaction

An Asia Foodie: Beijing Edition

Sunday in the Park with Chinese Characteristics

Defense Mechanisms


Ain’t Misbehavin’

An Asia Foodie: Shanghai Edition


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