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Mooncakes and the Mid-Autumn Festival

In China, schools and businesses are closed today to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival, otherwise known as Moon Festival. There are many elements similar to US Thanksgiving – visiting family and loved ones, feasting, and celebrating harvests. There are some...

Shanghai Skyscrapers

When people think of Shanghai, one of the first things they think of is skyscrapers. Living in Shanghai, we see them every day, but it took us almost a full year to go inside of one. I guess there is some truth the idea that people tend not to travel in their own...

Shanghai World Expo Site

SHANGHAI EXPO – TAKE TWO   Where do you go when you need to get away from the crowds in Shanghai? Until this weekend, I really didn’t know. But now we have at least one place we can go – the site of the 2010 World Expo, the world’s fair held in...

G’Day Australia!

WINTER HOLIDAY AROUND SYDNEY One of the benefits of living abroad is the ability to travel more easily to places that were inaccessible before. Australia was one of those places we had dreamed about visiting, and so we took the opportunity to fly there over our winter...

Shanghai Spooky Villages

Spooky Village The air is chilly and Halloween is fresh in our memory. It’s time for a tale about Spooky Village, the mysterious area across the street from our neighborhood. We live in the east side of Shanghai, called Pudong, and the residential neighborhoods...