Monthly Archive: October 2011

Jade laughing Buddha pendant in Lijiang Old Town, Yunnan, China.

Oh James! I'm Sorry About the Jade!

James is bookish, bespectacled, educated in Kunming and Chiang Mai, a walking encyclopedia of Chinese history and culture. He’s thirty, with a three-year-old son, yet...

Shangri La Sign

Learning Mandarin: Week 4

“If you finish this book,” Sophie reiterates, “You’ll be able to get all around China with no problems.” I wouldn’t have thought it possible when...