Later I made my way to Tianzing Feng, which was a bunch of funky shops and eating places in the back warrens of Shanghai’s (former) French Concession:
That evening I wen to see the famous Shanghai Circus World acrobats. It was an amazing show.
Oh, and I also figured out a way to get all of the people who were hounding me on the street to go with them to a “lady bar”. Turns out all I need to do is record our conversation on my iPhone, and they run away!
It was a glorious day in Beijing so I explored its “lake district” which is surprisingly pretty much next to downtown. Here we have Beihai Lake. Who named these lakes “be high” and “how high?” Rastafari are everywhere!
Houhei Lake was a bit more serene, less tourists and more guys fishing right in front of “no fishing” signs. They seemed to be catching strange looking catfish.
This is the famous “silver ingot” bridge…
… famous for getting your photo with a white guy! I’m not sure why but lots of folks here wanted a picture with me.
Beautiful post office building in a hutoung in the back area between some lakes.
Here we see people burning incense outside the Lama Temple, which is a Tibetan Buddhist temple right in the middle of Beijing. I thought that whole Tibetan Buddhist thing was frowned upon, but I guess not!
Here is the outside of the Lama Temple. I — unlike the multitudes of tourists at the place — respected the signs that said “no photography” of the 25 foot tall Buddha statue inside. It was very impressive, not diminished by the sign from the Guinness Book of Worlds Records stating that they confirmed it to be carved from one singular piece of sandalwood.
Somehow in conversation today, my ASCII version of Facebook popped up…
Great view of Boston from the Hancock Tower today.
Inside the Neue Wache, 24 years later
Apple maps makes Brighton Ave look post-apocalyptic.