Print Story Epilogue
By weihan (Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:07:00 AM EST) China, nostalgia, travel (all tags)
Wherein I talk about what's happened to me and everyone else in the six and a half years since I left Beijing.

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Print Story Google Maps Porn
By weihan (Tue Oct 10, 2006 at 09:39:16 PM EST) China, travel, GIS, Google Earth (all tags)
I've created a list of Google Earth placemarks for places that I went in China. Not everything is there of course, but Beijing is pretty well represented.

view with Google Maps

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Print Story Homecoming
By weihan (Sun Oct 08, 2006 at 11:44:30 AM EST) China, travel, breakups, cultural decompression (all tags)
So I made it back to the US.

This is probably my last diary as weihan...

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Print Story Last Days
By weihan (Thu Jul 27, 2006 at 05:40:09 PM EST) China, travel, third world, Chinese hospitality, language barrier (all tags)
July is my last month in China...

So I decided to spend it in a place that was a bit more representative of the rest of the country than Beijing. I went back to PingQuan. This was the farming town where Very went during Chinese New Year.

This is the diary of my three weeks there. Three weeks of Chinese hospitality, linguistic isolation, and beautifully cool weather.

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Print Story Death Hike
It's been a while since I've written, so here's a quickie.

Very and I went camping on the Great Wall again this weekend. The only difference was that we didn't actually sleep on the wall this time. Instead we and our 8 friends slept on about 10 meters of ridgeline.

Luckily we all survived unscathed. This is our story. (with pictures!)

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Print Story April
By weihan (Mon May 15, 2006 at 06:56:51 PM EST) China, kittens, birthdays, Nintendo DS, roommates, drugs, silicosis (all tags)
Since I slacked off and didn't write a diary for a month, here are the highlights from April.

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Print Story Slozo in Beijing
By weihan (Sun May 14, 2006 at 08:32:09 AM EST) China, travel, husi meet, Beijing, Great Wall of China, camping, dog meat (all tags)
Well, Slozo already covered his trip here BUT IT WAS ALL LIES.

This is what really happened...

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Print Story Jester Departeth
By weihan (Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 04:40:39 AM EST) China, Thailand, air travel, offal (all tags)
I just got back from seeing my roommate off on his journey to Thailand. Wish me luck in not locking myself out of my apartment for the next week or so.

Inside: the airport taxi mafia and a bowl of guts.

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Print Story I'll see you in 6 to 12
By weihan (Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 07:50:48 AM EST) China, kittens, kitty porn, Chinese, cycling, bike porn, spring (all tags)
I've been in China for six months now. I know this because my first visa expired and I had to get a new one (a shockingly painless process in this land of bureaucracy). I've got until September 8th to get out of the country or get a new visa via some crooked agent who knows a guy that knows a guy or something like that. In all likelihood I'll leave in July like I've planned to all along. But until then there are adventures to be had...

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Print Story Chinese New Year
By weihan (Thu Mar 09, 2006 at 06:00:27 AM EST) China, Chinese New Year, fireworks, travel, Chinese hospitality (all tags)
This diary has been sitting around on my computer for a month now. I've been so busy doing fuck-all that I haven't gotten around to posting it. (That's a lie, I went to Xi'an in there somewhere)

So without further ado, here's my account of getting the hell out of Beijing to enjoy Chinese New Year in the sticks with Very.

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Print Story Now all I need is some stationery
By weihan (Sat Feb 18, 2006 at 06:29:26 PM EST) China, Xi'an, train travel, yinzhang (all tags)
I've returned from Xi'an. I officially hate China Rail... again.

But the real news is that I got a yinzhang! A yinzhang is one of those spiffy name stamps that you see on calligraphy works or letters or anything else that can use a spiffy looking signature. See it inside and take the related poll!

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