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Final China Images Before Moving On

Final China Images Before Moving On

Not too long ago Michael Ma, a sweet young man who works for the Service Center for International Exchanges in the Xicheng District of Beijing, would have been arrested for wearing this shirt. He accompanied our delegation almost everywhere and we got to know him pretty well during our China sister city trip. He’s a [...]

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City was the seat of supreme power for 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties from 1416 to 1911. The palace was “forbidden” in the sense that, aside from members of the imperial household, no one could enter without the emperors’ permission. This historic wall has nine dragons standing guard. In ancient [...]

Pasadena Expatriates in China

Pasadena Expatriates in China

Rob Bowman still owns his home in Bungalow Heaven, though he rents it out ever since he moved to the Xicheng District of Beijing about three years ago to teach English at a high school and a middle school. He used to work in the media center at PCC. Now he’s married to his sweet [...]

Great Wall, Revisited

Great Wall, Revisited

I made it to the entrance of the Great Wall and could go no further, but others in our delegation did. So I’m borrowing some photos in hopes that you’ll get the full flavor of the place. All the photos above were shot by Fred Alcantar, chairman of the Pasadena Sister Cities Committee. His knees [...]

China Alley Shopping

China Alley Shopping

In Beijing and Shanghai we found some of the most quaint shops down historic, cobblestoned alleys. Here Mayor Bogaard feasts his eyes on something interesting in a shop window. It was drizzling that day. There are also plenty of open-air markets and services: Read the Full Story at Pasadena PIO

Chairman Mao is Watching You

Chairman Mao is Watching You

Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China and the center of the communist government. On every street in every corner of the city there are military police and images of national communist pride. And the late Chairman Mao is overseeing it all. In modern times the traditional, stern images of Mao have [...]

Daniel

Daniel

We walked into this first grade classroom in the Xicheng District of Beijing to find Daniel teaching English to an exuberant group of six-year-olds. After class was over, Daniel told me his fascinating story: He was born in Ghana and moved to England with his parents when he was a teenager. He got his law [...]

Xicheng Management and Development Seminar

Xicheng Management and Development Seminar

Employees of the Xicheng District of Beijing were invited to a seminar about Pasadena during which Mayor Bill Bogaard, Business Development Manager Eric Duyshart, a couple of Pasadena Sister Cities Committee members and I spoke (with the help of interpreters). About 400 employees attended. Mayor Bogaard discussed our Green City Action Plan, Eric talked about [...]

Ladies Who Weed

Ladies Who Weed

On our way back to Shanghai from the Zhouzhuang Water Village, we stopped for lunch in Kunshan. These ladies were weeding the grass and clearly enjoying each other’s company. They were pleasantly surprised that I thought they were photo-worthy. Read the Full Story at Pasadena PIO

Jeannine Bogaard

Jeannine Bogaard

What a pleasure to have Jeannine Bogaard (right) along on our China trip! She traveled from her home near Madrid, Spain, and met us at the Beijing Airport shortly after we arrived in China. In the photo above, taken during the Shanghai leg of our trip, she’s standing with her dad and Judy Kent, field [...]