May the Fourth Be With You

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Xi’an, China

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Xi'an is more than 3,000 years old and was known as Chang'an in ancient times. For 1,000 years, the city was the capital for 13 dynasties, and a total of 73 emperors ruled here. It is one of the oldest cities in China and the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals. Xi'an is also the starting point of the Silk Road.

Xi'an means "Western Peace" and as of 2015, had a population of 8.7 million people.

Fun fact: Xi'an was the first city in China to be introduced to Islam. The Emperor of the Tang Dynasty officially allowed the practice of Islam in AD 651. Xi'an has a large Muslim community, the significant majority are from the Hui ethnic minority. 

Terracotta Army - Xi’an, China

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The Terracotta Armyis a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE with the purpose of protecting the emperor in his afterlife.

The figures, dating from approximately the late third century BCE, were discovered in 1974 by local farmers in Lintong County, outside Xi’an, Shaanxi, China.

The terracotta figures are life-sized and vary in height, uniform, and hairstyle in accordance with rank.

Also, I have no idea what that lady is doing squatting on the ledge.

Out and About in Beijing

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Back to work in Beijing

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Afternoon Snooze In Beijing

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Spring in Beijing

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Jin Ding Xuan - Restaurant in Beijing, China

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This is one of my favorite dim sum places in Beijing

Afternoon Snooze

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Lanterns Lanterns Lanterns

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Temple of Heaven

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北京太冷了

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Crawfish dinner

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Crawfish in a spicy garlic sauce, sliced pig lungs over chopped cucumbers topped with peanuts, and clams in spicy garlic sauce

Afternoon Park Adventure

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Jingshan Park

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This is my favorite spot in Beijing. It’s right in the middle of the city, offering a 360 degree view of how big Beijing actually is. It was cold, so I wasn’t here long, but sometimes it’s nice to be outside and just take a moment to appreciate the city in which you live 

Fancy Tuktuk

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I’m not sure the kind of look this Tuktuk driver was going for, but I’m guessing he’s pretty satisfied with his work

Blue Go Go

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The bike-share wars of 2017 are behind us and now, only three companies are left standing: Mobike (orange), OFO (yellow), and Blue Go Go (pictured above)

Classic Gym Problems

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I’ve always believed that very specific rules come about because of an “incident” that require that rule to be made. I only wish I were here the day my gym needed to make this specific warning.

Taobao find of the day

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Taobao, China’s version of Amazon that is, with no disrespect, 100 times better than its US counterpart, has some weird stuff on there. Today, I present one of the greatest ugly Christmas sweaters I have ever seen

Thanksgiving

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It’s weird not being back in America for Thanksgiving. In Beijing, I know the holiday is approaching, and I know I’ll do something that involves turkey, but I think the biggest difference is the lack of atmosphere. Not a lot of people are talking about it beforehand, there aren’t any window decorations or annoying advertisements talking about “Thanksgiving specials!” I also don’t have an oven in my apartment, so cooking my own Thanksgiving dinner was out of the question. Ended up going out with a friend to a nice Mexican restaurant who did their spin on the classic turkey meal.

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