Care for the Elderly, Pursue the Dream

China’s Harmonious society, or these days the Chinese Dream, at least in the mind of the country’s leaders, can be helped along by the ubiquitous displays of “public service announcements” reminding people of their roles as good citizens.
This series was posted along the wall of a historical landmark on the east shore of Houhai, one of the lakes on the north side of Beijing’s Forbidden City.

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刺青,咖啡,户同

(Tattoos, coffee, and the Hutongs)

Beijing’s Hutongs, a city planning style brought into practice by one of the many dynasties to rule the northern capital of china, have perhaps seen both the most and least change in this remarkable city’s recent past.
These are the traditional old neighborhoods of Beijing, winding narrow alleys, sometimes labyrinth-like, that divide up small walled communities.

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Regulations for construction in the Hutongs is quite strict, you see no tall buildings and modern facades like you do everywhere else in Beijing. That is not stopping the investors and entrepreneurs, of course. There are beauty spas for the super rich, hip micro-breweries owned by foreigners, even a vegan restaurant. And some of the most amazing food in the city.

This is a cafe/coffee shop owned by a tattooed Chinese guy and his wife, a hip young guy with a Masters degree from London and lots of tattoos. Aside from advice on where to go for a good tattoo in Beijing, you can also get your Sunday fix of smooth jazz and an excellent espresso.

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Eating my way through the North Capital

I know, I know, the fact that my recent postings have involved thoughts no deeper than an appreciation for my culinary adventures here in 北京, china’s incredible capital city. This is, I admit, quite deserved of criticism. But please do not think less of me… I’m really not that shallow.
It is, however, the path of least resistance, as it is a part of Beijing that is a lot of fun, and one that is easy to share, especially as the camera on my phone is always there.

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