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Happy Easter!

Here's another lamb-alicious clip from the 1975 cultural revolution ballet, "Sons & Daughters of the Grassland." Remember, while watching, that that lamb is a metaphor for something or other.  Oh, I'm probably imagining that.  Happy Easter, and enjoy!

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AquaWeird in Qingdao

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Yesterday I posted about the strange fish you'll find in Qingdao's Huilan Pavilion (as seen on every Qingdao and Tsingtao bottle of beer) -- but that's not all you'll find inside. For your four kuai (about $0.60) admission, you'll enter a strange world of aquatic wonders. Like this bizarre lizard-fish...Actually, as a couple friends ...

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Siamese fighting fish

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We're still deep in the trenches at the taxidermy school outside Beijing, but I thought I'd take a moment to remember some living animals we came across, recently:  Cambodian fighting fish. The males of the species will live for 2 or 3 years, it's said, and maybe even 7 or 9 if fed right... but if ...

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The Illegal Mae Sot-Burma Border Crossing

I put this up on YouTube a little while back, but it's definitely worth putting up here: the illegal border crossing at Mae Sot.I shot this from the Thai side of the Thai-Burmese border. To get from Mae Sot to Myawaddy, you cross a bridge, pay a toll, and have your passport confiscated for ...

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If Amy Chua was mother to us all, maybe we could do this too…

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The young kids in this video practiced for the entire year, or longer, to get the show right... and it's just remarkable. They're just six or seven years old, if I understood correctly. The whole effort, the Mass Games, is devoted to the Dear Leader (who turned 69 this week) and the Great Leader ...

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Little Thai MonkeyRatPig Thing

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Does anyone have any idea what this is?  It was sitting in a cage outside some Bangkok restaurant (to be eaten? or just as an oddity?)  It's not a gerbil, not a guinea pig...  So what is it?  Kinda cute, in an ugly way....

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My Sleeping Co-workers

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I hadn't heard of www.sleepingchinese.com before The WooLand Hotel mentioned it the other day, but it reminded me of a small collection of photos I took over the span of just a week or two.  This wasn't a particularly rough week -- no late nights or anything -- and yet... LJ.Echo.Ginger.I worked beside this girl ...

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Happy Year of the Rabbit! 新年快乐!

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(Optimistically cute sign spotted at the Tiger Balm Gardens, a few months ago... the kids loved it!)Updates will be light this week, as Michelle and I are out on the road, exploring more wild China...

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Remarkable Pet Carrying Device

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I'd just climbed off a Guangdong bus, and was waiting for Michelle at the bus station, when this little fellow popped his head -- quite unexpectedly -- out of his box. When I started taking pictures, of course his mom had to come and have a look... make sure everything was okay, and all...  

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Coolest King Photos, Ever

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King Rama IX, the King of Thailand, is groovy. I haven't read the ugly tell-all bio yet, but based on pictures alone, this is a man I can adore. Some oldies, first: But this next picture, his newest, which ran as the above-the-fold cover photo for every Thai newspaper on the first of January ...

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Dirk Gently’s Bangkok Offices

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From the eagle eyes (and lens) of Michelle.

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OCD in Hong Kong

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Bird Avian Dog OCD Pork flu is raging across Hong Kong, and these signs are attached to absolutely everything. (I find it hard to believe they're really disinfecting that elevator every two hours...)

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Mystery, Intrigue, Trans-Siberian Express

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To get from Beijing to Mongolia, you have a few choices.  A flight takes just over an hour.  The Trans-Siberian Express, meanwhile, offers a rugged thirty-hour ride through cities, towns, barren landscapes, desert, and finally the capital of Chingghis Khan.It's a famously hard ride.  I pictured drunk Russians and fiery Mongols and live chickens and ...

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Awesome Mongolian Pop Star

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I don't really know who this guy is, but I found him in a restaurant in the rural one-pony town of Lun.

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Old Pirate Ships in Old Japan

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After the insanity of Tokyo, I really needed a break. So, on the advice of a teenage stranger at a sushi bar, I bought a 3-day pass to Hakone.  And what a break it is. A mountain town, there's almost nothing to do here. No madness, no crowds, and certainly no stress. Just groups of ...

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Eating Diaphram in Tokyo

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Another of Tokyo's "best meal" contenders was Toraji Param, a Korean hormone restaurant on the 500-something-th floor of some fancy Tokyo building. As the elevator flew up the 5000 flights, my ears popped. At our table, floor-to-ceiling windows showed off all of Tokyo. It was jaw-dropping, to put it mildly. And then the ...

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Hayao Miyazaki’s Breathtakingly Awesome Ghibli Museum, Tokyo

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To be honest, I came to Tokyo for only three reasons. Each had been percolating in my mind, independently, for years. Each seemed to be something I needed to do. Each of these demanded a pilgrimage. And each of these would be difficult. I first read about The Ghibli Museum in a ...

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Unknown perils of the metropolis

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Seen at Jianwai SOHO, Beijing.

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50-foot Shaq, Towering Over Beijing

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On the east side of Beijing's Chaoyang Park, you'll find some weird stuff. A dog park, for starters. Filled with statues of Santa Claus. For dogs to ride on. This is weird.But what really blew my mind was this 50-foot tall statue of Shaq, which towers over trees in the entrance ...

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Drinkin’, Singin’ and Fightin’

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Back-to-back performers on any night in Chiang Mai.

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