Gene, his parents, and his mom's cousin are standing at the only remaining back door of the estate Gene's great-uncle had built for his still-expanding family in 1947. For much of her early childhood, Gene's mother lived there with a large pack of cousins. Great-aunt A-tai had sixteen children, thirteen of whom lived to adulthood.…Read more Ningbo, China: The old Chen family home
Tianyi Ge is the oldest extant library in China. It is also walking distance from Popo's house, which meant that one afternoon, we ventured there despite the chilly rain. The complex is beautiful. Originally built in the mid-16th century, the library then housed over 50,000 volumes. Over the centuries, the collection diminished. By the 20th…Read more Ningbo, China: Tianyi ge
5C/41F today. The best part of the picture below is how you can see blue sky. Yes, there's definitely smog, but there's a view out the window (which the smoggiest cities in China don't have) and the sky is blue. Good morning, all!
Embarrassing, but thanks to the commemorative bowls given out at the "100 year" party held in December 2010, I just realized that Gene's grandmother is in fact 102 years old and, sadly, wasn't born during the last months of the Qing dynasty. It's embarrassing because I should have known that she would likely still use…Read more Retraction
WordPress is inaccessible in China and I'd like to keep updating from there. I think our short week in Ningbo will provide plenty of interesting stories and photos. I'm writing this as a test post via email from my new tablet, a Christmas present from my parents, since my ancient laptop will not be joining…Read more This is a test for upcoming travel