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Chiprovtsi Carpets – Now Part of the World Cultural Heritage

The new news from Bulgaria and the village of Chiprovtsi specifically is that the carpets which are woven on vertical hand-looms have been accepted in UNESCO’s world cultural heritage listing.   To be more precise, the carpets originating in Chiprovtsi … Continue reading

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HongQiao Market – Update

HongQiao Market HongQiao Market – also known as HongQiao Pearl market is located in the Southeast part of Beijing near the TianTan – Temple of Heaven; It is accessible by subway and city buses and of course via taxi (if … Continue reading

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Cinnabar – What is it?

I have had a number of people ask about CINNABAR — what exactly is it…. So with help from my spouse's e-commerce site and knowledge as that is one of the main materials a lot of the products she imports … Continue reading

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Buying a mountain bike, assembling it, re-assembling it soon after that…

So my wife and I decided that we needed to buy new mountain bikes — after all we were living in the country where they all are assembled — whether they are Giant, Marin, Trek, Cannondale…..it appears that they are … Continue reading

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HongQiao Market in Beijing and a new / better choice near it

There has been a lot of discussions on various forums and among old and new China hands about the markets in Beijing. HongQiao Market is always one of the leading choices for all folks involved. So, I wanted to add … Continue reading

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Qingdao – first review since 2006 – JiMo Shopping Area

Earlier today I landed in Qingdao following a brief flight from Beijing. I was greeted by the a very cold winter Qingdao day — temperature of 1C. Of course I flew in from Beijing, which is not exactly a balmy … Continue reading

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Not all $100 bills accepted for exchange in China

I had an interesting experience on a recent trip to Beijing. I had reached the daily maximum at the ATM in the hotel lobby and wanted a bit more cash, so I tried to exchange three one hundred dollar bills … Continue reading

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Warning–Be Careful Changing Money at the Beijing Airport

On my recent trip to Beijing in October 2008, I needed to change a small amount of money at the airport in order to pay for transportation into town to my hotel. This was my first time changing money at … Continue reading

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Beijing Subway – Part 1

On my most recent trip to Beijing, in October of 2008, I was very excited to find that the much-anticipated Airport Express Train was finally operational. The idea of being able to avoid a long taxi ride into Beijing, especially … Continue reading

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What to buy and what NOT to buy in China

Recently I have come across a series of questions (on various web sites – not only on this blog) about what to buy in China. The reality is that the answer to such question depends heavily on your likes and … Continue reading

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