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Rode my bike to Tiananmen today to go see Mao. After going through the security checkpoint, I get flagged down and asked to open my bag. Low and behold, I had forgotten about my brass knuckles and was politely asked to exit the premises. Don’t you hate when that happens?

The white pillar building is the National Museum of China. On the way home, I thought I’d stop in Wangfujing for some lunch. Although the squid was delicious, the sauce was horrible, like a badly fermented soy sauce. Whatever, I still ate it. It took me 15 minutes to bike from Shuangjing to Tiananmen, largely due to the big bike lanes. For someone who rides a fixed gear in one of the most populated cities in the world, spacious bike lanes are appreciated. 

Degen Hill

About: Degen Hill is a travel junkie, gym enthusiast, and avid writer who currently resides in Beijing. He is a 28-year-old graduate of Eastern Washington University where he studied Spanish & Communications and quickly learned that life's too short to not travel. Degen is aggressively realistic, open-minded, sarcastic, curious, and results-driven.

Currently: Degen graduated from Tsinghua University with a Master's of Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy in Beijing. He is now a reporter and editor for the political magazine China Today (今日中国). His Chinese language ability is a work in progress and enjoys the challenge. He is currently living in Andingmen (Right above the Forbidden City).