“My” Alley!

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About a month ago, I was in a taxi and saw a sign for 慈慧胡同 or “cihui hutong.”  A hutong is the traditional alley full of courtyard homes that originally made up the... READ MORE

Cinnamon Raisin and Pumpernickel Rye

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Chinese food is divided into “dishes” and “main food” or “staple food.”  For the main food, depending on the region, you can choose from rice, noodles, steamed bread,  dumplings, and maybe a few... READ MORE

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

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Matchmaking is alive and well in China.  Not through an official matchmaker, but through everyone’s efforts, especially those over 50.  How people meet their significant others and decide to get married is still... READ MORE

Rose Season

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Spring comes quickly in Beijing, and quickly proceeds to summer.  We hit the upper 80s already at the end of April, as we usually do.  That means we’ve just at the end of... READ MORE