The Great Wall

Well, this had to be the highlight of my time in Beijing. It was a beautifully clear day which is rare in China this time of year. Part of the experience was the ride there. We played tag with another taxi the whole way while pumping Chinese / English disco music. A trip that was … Read more

Gangwashi Church, Beijing

I went to the Gangwashi Church this Sunday AM. I had heard that both President Bush and Condeleeza Rice had visited the church on their visits to China. Gangwashi is part of the ‘Three Self Patriotic Movement’ in China, a state sanctioned Protestant denomination. The state dictates who preaches and what they say. My experience … Read more

Taoism and the Dongyue Temple

I went to an active Taoist temple today set in the midst of sky scrapers in Beijing. In the temple were 76 rooms that represented the 76 departments of hell over which the god Dongyue presides. Here is an example of one of the rooms. “The Department for Demons and Monsters” From the sign next … Read more

Electronics Superstore

I needed a card reader so I asked around for a computer store. I ended up here! 8 or 9 floors packed with electronics. Most vendors had only a small space to sell their goods and many of them seemed to sell the same products. I don’t know how they make a living. I found … Read more

A virtual madrassah

I’ve always wondered what the Islamic ulema teach their students. Here is a site that offers a window into this world. It’s a blow by blow commentary of the passages in the Koran that call for a holy war. Jihad: The Holy War of Islam and Its legitimacy in The Koran If you wanted to … Read more