The Mongol warrior Kublai Khan would have approved of the location of the financial district in China’s capital.
Even over 700 years ago, this present-day version of Wall Street in western Beijing was a business hub when Genghis Khan’s grandson Kublai founded the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368). His capital Beijing was then called Dadu. Read more
My week began with a 30-steel-storey fire across my street and a visit to China’s countryside in a bus led by police cars flashing red lights and halting highway traffic until we passed.
Life in China often feels like living in a well-directed reality show. Your senses stay on alert to try and distinguish between the spontaneous and the staged. Read more
On Saturday night, we ordered idlis at one of Beijing’s two restaurants with a basic South Indian menu. I was not surprised when they said that the unpopular idlis and dosas were bumped off the downsized menu and the South Indian cook had gone home to India.
The previous week, while the rest of Beijing was away on holiday for the Lunar New Year, I had my loneliest dinner ever, at an upscale Indian restaurant. Read more
This week, a young Chinese contact emailed me photographs of empty storefronts named KFG and McDnoalds — typo intended.
I happened to open the email while tracking the just out World Trade Organisation dispute resolution panel ruling that came down critically on the effectiveness of China’s customs measures and copyright laws. Read more