Good air days in Beijing.
When the sky is clear you can see the 2nd and the 3rd layers of the hills from my office.
The term “Taiwan Province” is used on a map produced from China.
The world is also not centered on europe.
First time I was sick in Beijing. You can tell that from my eyes...whoever took this picture wouldn't leave me alone.
Beijing is the first time I work in a building with more than 2 floors. I was a little excited when I saw people cleaning the windows outside of my office on the 10th floor.
Sunset outside my office.
Big bowl of korean food.
I learn to cook northern Chinese style noodles.
One day when I was heading to work I saw black smoke coming out of a construction site.
My friend Matt and I before we had a haircut.
Matt and I after our first haircut in Beijing, which wasn't much at all...
On a bad air day you cannot see the hills from my office.
I was told that one of these is fake.
This restaurant next to my apartment is underground. I don't really see a reason why it needs to be underground unless it's a leftover bombshelter from the Cold War.
Black soy milk.
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ＢMW apparently sells bikes!
A restaurant close to my home had nice traditional Chinese chairs.
I was afraid that my old shoes from California would get lonely so I bought them a pair of new shoes in Beijing :)
A fastfood place with icon resembles a movie star from HK.
State Banquet Beverage. The first time I've tried this was over 10 years ago when I was in Shenzhen. I remember it was the best tasting coconut joice I've ever tried, and I can only drink it in mainland (no export to HK). Now I can drink it everyday in Beijing.
This is a type of spice from sichuan. I think my mouth is alergic to it, but otherwise it's pretty good.
Eminem CD in China. The explicit (english) lyrics are NOT censored.
Vegetarian food. This is tofu cooked in a way that makes it look like real meat.
A pretty interesting looking bus.
This is a special sweet from Norhern China. Basically a surgar layer over some dry fruits.
This is a famous sweet from China.
A hotpot place close to my home. This place is always full.
Instead of turkey we had Peking Duck for Thanksgiving.
Sometimes I wonder why air is so bad outside my office and then I just need to look outside the window for an answer.
Factory emitting smokes next to my office.
Mak Your Own Choice
This cantonese restaurant is quite good. In fact this is the first time I've tried dim sum that look like this. This proves to you how well trained I am in culinary art...
Since I've moved to Beijing I started getting white hair. Coorelation or causation?
Won Ton noodles that is cooked in slightly northern Chinese style.
Indian food in Beijing.
Somehow the HK subway company is related to this building. Does that mean they are going to build a subway station here soon?
A big screen on a building.
In Beijing it snows about a few days each year.
Notice how tall this type of pot can get.
Beijing style hotpot. This is a special type of pot with a cone in the middle. Because there's more contact between metal and the soup compare to regular hotpot the temperature is much higher.
A nice coffee shop in Beijing.
I bought these dark chocolate just to compare the difference between 90% dark vs 60% dark.
This taiwanese restaurant has an interesting setup. All the tables are arranged in rings of circles. This gives a lot of privacy to each customer because you don't really have a clear line of vision to other tables.
The serving size is very small in this taiwanese restuarant.
This Jin Sin is for the soup in the hotpot. I've never had a fullsized Jin Sin before, and this one is also fairly big. Jin Sin is considered very precious and it's very rare to put something so precious in a hotpot (at least in HK). Perhaps Beijing eat hotpots at a much higher level...
Watching TV in Beijing, TVB channel is from HK, and the show is about Japanese hotpot.
Fishball noodle in northern Chinese style.
Huge massive construction site.
The Game of Life is a 150 year old board game. It's a fun game with a serious moral message that you don't have to be rich to be successful in life. It's nice to see the game translated into chinese because these days in China (sadly) how much respect you get depends highly on the size of your bank account.
A coupon for a restaurant that has the look and paper feel of a real money.
My stylist was very professional and only uses a real scissor. The problem with scissors is that they're very slow, and I was afraid that if I've asked him to use a buzzer I would offend him because it was certainly a much more stylish place than SuperCut...
My stylist also gave me some gel for my hair. For someone who is used to a cheap, simple, and clean “buzz” this is hard to get used to.
I bought a new DVD drive to backup my data because my external HD died.
Normally tea is just tea leaf with hot water, but this is a special type of tea with dry fruits, sugar crystals, and other herbs. In Chinese it's called Eight Treasure Tea, probably because it has eight different items.
DVD with advertisements on the box.
Another taiwanese restaurant. You would think a hotpot, rice, meat sauce, salad, and vegetables would be enough, but this time is also very small...I hope it's not related.
Indian TV show in a China TV channel (with Chinese text AND voice translation).
Potato candy (with real potato).
Chinese breakfast. Top center is a rice ball with sweet red bean paste inside. Top right is a special kind of bun that is very famous in Tianjin. The original maker's name is “Gao” and because his buns are so famous he is very busy and ignores all his customers. He just tell people to leave the money in the shop and he focus on making the buns. So people call his buns “Gao Bu Li”, “Bu Li” means ignore.
I forgot why I took this picture.
This fake hotpot turns out is just for look with no real fire underneath...
Red money for Chinese New Year.
This mushroom looks like abalone. It's called abalone mushroom.
Chinese pancakes (harder than real pancakes)
Chinese sushi (no fish inside).
More CCTV New Year night show.
It's super hard to get tickets to the show so everyone in this screen is probably someone special.
Showing off my red socks and red shirt to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Revolutionary songs in Jazz format.
Tickets to Tianjin. Due to some unexpected problem I couldn't go this time and because I can't return these tickets they're wasted...
Rice cake that you eat during Chinese New Year.
I bought these red socks to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Chinese hard liquor.
Famous CCTV Chinese New Year show. Pretty much the whole country watches this show so many celebrity wants to get on this show to become famous, but of course you have to be famous to get on the show to begin with.
During Chinese New Year eve CCTV also repeatily showed a program on the president's tour in southern China. Due to the rare snow and rain in southern part of China, the train schedules are disrupted this year and causing a lot of people not able to go home. The program is about 20 min long and I've seen it at least 3-4 times at night.
Hainan airline gave me a lottery ticket on the plane. I've never gotten a lottery ticket from an airline before.
I didn't win.
Hospital in Beijing. Someone told me that Beijing has more hospitals than most other cities in China.
They give you a patient card after you register.
You have to pay first before they see you.
Interesting tea cup.
Beijing train station.
Three types of tofu.
Chinese fastfood with very good soup.
The bowl keeps the soup warm.
Special Chinese sweet rice.
Indian restaurant in Beijing.
They call this the Seven Star Morgan Plaza. It looks like a dragon with the dragon head being a hotel and the other buildings are apartments. I'm not sure it's actually possible for a hotel to get seven star rating or it's just a name. Once completed the apartments in this building is going to be the most expensive in Beijing.
The building also has a perfect view to the “birdnest” (the Beijing Olympic Stadium)
Character from a old HK comedy movie is on this advertisement.
This waiter has a very interesting mix of Chinese shirt and western suit jacket.
I think the thing on the bottom keeps the dish warm.