The Watchtowers of Kaiping: Liyuan Garden

Liyuan Garden is a compound built by Xie Weili that blends Western styled diaolou and traditional Chinese gardens with canals and bridges.

The Watchtowers of Kaiping: Zili Village

The Diaolou of Zilicun are fortified towers built by returning Chinese immigrants with a fusion of Chinese and Western architectural styles.

The Hutong Next Door

Experiencing traditional hutong life of Beijing’s working class in the shadows of the skyscrapers of the central business district.

Snow Day in Beijing

Exploring Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Working People’s Cultural Palace on a rare snow day in Beijing.

Desperately Seeking Geishas

Spending a late night out walking the streets of Gion and staking out tea houses for a chance to see and photograph a geisha.

76 Departments of the Afterlife

Dōngyuè Temple is a 14th century Taoist temple in Beijing that takes one on a tour of the Taoist afterlife.

Where I’ve Been