Beijing, China — Last night, while on the subway, I thought I heard something really beautiful on the radio. Subways don’t play the radio in Beijing, not to my knowledge. The music stopped. Then it started again and walked my way.

As spring unfolds into summer, spirits bloom.

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Subtle flirtations of spring fleeting;
Magnolias budded and bloomed.
Matured through the darkness of only a few nights;
Their petals shed upon an earth, anxious for heat.


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Silvia Morimoto

Deputy Country Director

United Nations Development Programme

Silvia Morimoto has been appointed Deputy Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China in December 2008. Before joining the UNDP China office, Silvia Morimoto served as Chief of the Programme Support Unit at the Bureau for Development Policy in UNDP New […]

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My friend at Hias Gourmet ( is hiring food guides in Beijing!

Hias Gourmet is a Beijing-based specialist culinary excursions and events company. We specialize in:

Walking Food Tours
Cooking Classes
Food-Focused Team Building
Creative Dining Events


Are you passionate about Chinese foods?

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Shanghai, China — Prior to living and traveling China, I’d never cooked a whole fish. My mother always bought whole fish then fried, baked, broiled, or boiled it for our family, but much to her dismay, I’ve been the sort who buys the fillet of salmon or halibut to grill on a pan. I’ve just always found the idea quite […]

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In honor of International Women’s Day (IWD) a worldwide celebration held on March 8th, 2012 to recognize the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present […]

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I visited Zhou Yi in Shimen, Hunan and followed her and her husband to the markets where they bought the afternoon’s meal. The rest of the story is coming soon.

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I’ve had a few bad weeks recently, emotionally and physically – migraines, the flu, dizziness, and low mood swings. Same old story. I slept a lot everyday for I couldn’t really do anything else. Suddenly, one day, on some sort of weird impulse, I went to the […]

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