dancing grannies

One aspect of modern life in mainland China is that almost every public space is taken over by the brigades of dancing grannies -- that is by older women (40s-70s) who are participating in what's called "square dancing". Square dancing, to an American's ears, involves fiddles, cowboy boots, gingham, hay bales and a man with … Continue reading dancing grannies


A trip to Anren 安仁

One rainy day last week, we hopped a surprisingly quick bus to go to a nearby town to the West called Anren 安仁. The town -- a sleepy Tang-era village filled with Qing-era mansions has become famous for its museum complex, as established by a rich real-estate magnate. After spending some time arguing at the … Continue reading A trip to Anren 安仁