Chair skating on Houhai lake, Beijing

Here is a video of our first chair skating experience in China. Chair skating involves one or two people sitting on small chairs (same size as kindergarten chairs) and using ice poles to skate across frozen lakes and rivers. If you look closer, the ice poles are actually screwdrivers welded to metal rods. While most … Continue reading

Chinese New Year in Beijing

This year we spent Chinese New Years (CNY) doing what most Beijingers don’t do- we stayed in Beijing. Most people either leave for their hometowns or go vacationing elsewhere to escape the constant sound of fireworks. However, I think Chinese New Year in Beijing is absolutely wonderful. The streets are deserted, the air is relatively … Continue reading