Monthly Archives: January 2013

Mistresses in China & South Korea

Asia News Network reports: Seoul – The increasing popularity of “ernai,” or mistresses among wealthy men is emerging as a problem in Chinese society, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Amid the rapid development of the country’s economy, large … Continue reading

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Art Institute Chicago

Here are some treasures from the Native American collection. Recently acquired textiles, on display till April 28, 2013.

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This is my friend Alison’s favorite temple in Bali.

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Mingtown Shanghai Hostel

The folks at Mingtown also have a hostel in Shanghai. It’s within walking distance of People’s Square, Nanjing Street, which offers lots of shopping, and several museums. I think it’s an easy walk to the Bund as well. It’s very … Continue reading

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Shanghai Art Museum

I visited the Shanghai Art Museum in December. The day I went only one exhibit was open, but since the museum is free, I went in. I liked paintings by Peng Cainian, though I’d say these seemed more like “living … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Here’s how it works: 1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme … Continue reading

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Silk Museum

Suzhou’s Silk Museum is free and offers visitors a chance to see the history of silk and how silk was made long ago. It just takes about an hour to go through the exhibits, which offer lots of English explanations. … Continue reading

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Celeste House, Suzhou

On charming Pingjiang Road, Celeste House is one of many cafés beckoning passersby.  Craving some hot chocolate, my friends and I succumbed. Celeste House has a restaurant and guest house. It’s got the feel of a small, traditional inn and … Continue reading

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Mingtown Suzhou Hostel

Located along a canal in a preserved district, that’s updated with shops and cafés the Mingtown is a great place to stay when visiting Suzhou. It’s within walking distance of the terrific Suzhou Museum, the Humble Administrator’s Garden and several … Continue reading

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