Are you going to Hong Kong? If so, you better suit up! I’m NOT saying you need to fly uncomfortably in a 3 piece on your 15 hour flight to get there. I’m NOT saying you need to wear a bow-tie as you stroll through the Ladies Market bargaining for a new pair of red sunglasses (although I would applaud you if you did).  I’m definitely NOT saying you need to pull on your dress gown for the trolley ride to the top of Victoria Peak for your…

I love shopping (see Bargaining post).  I also love that China and Chengdu in particular, seem to have no shortage of mega-mega-shopping areas.  It would seem that the Chinese also love their shopping, with the nearby New Century Global Center, the stones-throw-away Chunxi Street, and my new favorite mall at Raffles City and our very own Galleria. I have also found that I’m not quite able to find clothes that fit me here because apparently, I am an enormous American.  Not “I guess I have to buy the Med/Large…

Last weekend, a fellow expat friend in Beijing took us around town for some Western-Style breakfast and a tour of the Sanlitun (NE of the city-center with lots of foreigners) region of the city. After a peanut butter and banana french toast breakfast, we wandered around and he showed us some of the best places to eat and drink in Beijing. Another highlight was the brief visit to a major market in the city… a five-story paradise for finding cheap knockoffs that in most cases look nothing like…