Tag Archives: beijing

Geometric Beijing

22 Nov

For some reason, I like the lines in this picture.

Floral Masonry

10 Oct

One of my favorite mediums of art is Asian stonework c whether statues or the many scupltures woven into temples and palaces, I never fail to be impressed. 💕

Stone Cold

2 Oct

Beware – all who enter here. Come with good intentions or taste good with BBQ – either way. I love the Chinese #chimera statues ❤💕 Very majestic looking, but I also feel they would be friendly!

Beijing Awaits!

30 Sep

Let the adventures begin ~ #Beijing here I come! So excited to show my mom the city sights ❤ Any recomnendations of where to go and where not to go (don’t have a ton of money 😃)?

#Chocolate Heaven – Baker&Spice

12 Jun

Beautiful, Peaceful #cafe in the heart of #Beijing! 

Had to visit the US Embassy (a mess – the guards don’t speak English and sent me through the mile long Chinese line getting VISAs.  The head guy found out and came to get me 😜 Soaking Wet!💦Gave them my appoinment sheet and it crumbled😂  Anyway, now just waiting before I brave the 1hr subway to the #train.  

Stopped at Baker & Spice here at Liangmaqiao station.  The #food is delicious!  So many choices and #bread loaves!  Got my mom a Walnut Bread and me a#Chocolate #cupcake.  The cupcake top inside was a surprise – completely filled with chocolate mousse!!!  So delicious!!! 🍴

Go to Liangmaqiao Station, ExitB. It’s right there. 

The Grand Summit

Club Building, 19 Dongfang Donglu



Chinese Building #Art

30 Mar


Chinese #Art ~ Ceramic Wall Art

28 Mar


One of the beautiful art pieces decorating the ceramic walls of the Chinese Summer Palace in Peking.

Legitimate (aka Real) Apple Stores in China

23 Jan

China, love it though I do, is quite the producer of Apple fakes.  In fact, just about every name brand product has been re-created here lacking a brand. 🙂  

In regards to clothing and accessories (and sometimes food) woohoo! Cheap products! You’d be surprised how often the fakes look, feel, wear, and sometimes taste like the real thing.  To be honest, most of us can’t really tell the difference. So many real companies re-package their products for sale in foreign countries, that we can’t tell if the product is a fake or just a “re-designed” legit item.  

However, when it comes to electronics, not so fun.  While I hear some complaints about random items, nothing compares to the tears over fake Apple products.

Did you know the Apple IPhone 6s is actually produced in Zhengzhou, Henan, China (my home)?  It’s true! We have one of the large FoxCon factories here, and many of my students worked there this past summer helping to manufacture the Iphone.  

But that doesn’t mean we get a good price. Apple products are one of the things statistically the same price or more expensive than in America.  Given the cost of Apple products and the inability to repair fakes, most people try to avoid the fakes if at all possible.  And the fakes are almost indistinguishable from the real products until you try using them or repairing them.  It’s extremely hard to tell when you are visiting a “real” Apple store and when it is an independent seller.  

In the interest of helping some fellow Laowai (foreigners) out, I decided to share Apple’s list of approved Apple stores.  You can find this list (and the lists for other countries) on their website www.apple.com/retail/storelist/.  These stores are the only stores in China that Apple itself has approved to sell their products. If you really want to verify that you have the real thing, try to check out one of these stores.  And avoid online retailers if at all possible!


  • Shanghai, Shanghai iapm
  • 999 Middle Huaihai Road
  • Xuhui District
  • 200031 Shanghai
  • 021 3332-6000
  • Shanghai, Nanjing East
  • No. 300 East Nanjing Road
  • HuangPu District
  • 200001 Shanghai
  • 4006639988
  • Shanghai, Pudong
  • No.8 Century Avenue IFC Mall
  • Shop LG2-27, Lujiazui, Pudong District
  • 200120 Shanghai
  • 0212033 5300
  • Shanghai, Hong Kong Plaza
  • 282 Huaihai Zhong Road
  • Luwan District
  • 200021 Shanghai
  • 021 2312-2800


  • Beijing, Sanlitun
  • Building 6, No. 19, Sanlitun Road
  • Taikoo Li Sanlitun, Chaoyang District
  • 100027 Beijing
  • 010 5931-2100
  • Beijing, China Central Mall
  • China Central Mall
  • 81 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District
  • Beijing
  • 010 5940-3300
  • Beijing, Chaoyang Joy City
  • 101 Chaoyang North Road
  • Chaoyang District
  • 100000 Beijing
  • 4006171284
  • Beijing, Wangfujing
  • Beijing apm, No. 138 Wangfujing Street
  • Dongcheng District
  • 100006 Beijing
  • 0105657 2000
  • Beijing, Xidan Joy City
  • 131 North Xidan Avenue, Joy City
  • Xicheng District
  • 100032 Beijing
  • 0105882 5200


  • Nanjing, Nanjing IST
  • 100 Zhongshan Road
  • Xuanwu District
  • 210008 Nanjing
  • 4006171334
  • Nanjing, Wonder City
  • 619 Yingtian Road
  • Yuhuatai District
  • 210000 Nanjing
  • 025 5186-9000
  • Nanning, MixC Nanning
  • 136 Minzu Avenue
  • Qingxiu District
  • 530000 Nanning
  • 4006171265



  • Dalian, Parkland
  • 19 Jiefang Road
  • Zhongshan District
  • 116000 Dalian
  • 4000560921


  • Tianjin, Tianjin Joy City
  • 2 Nanmenwai Street
  • Nankai District
  • 300199 Tianjin
  • 022 5998-3200


  • Guangzhou, Parc Central
  • No. 218, Tianhe Road
  • Tianhe District
  • 510000 Guangzhou
  • 4006139742


  • Chengdu, MixC Chengdu
  • No. 8 Shuangqing Road,
  • Chenghua District
  • 610000 Chengdu
  • 0286528 0800
  • Chengdu, Taikoo Li Chengdu
  • 8 Middle Shamao Street
  • Jinjiang District
  • 610000 Chengdu
  • 4006171275


  • Wuxi, Center 66 Wuxi
  • 139 Renmin Middle Road
  • Chong’an District
  • 214000 Wuxi
  • 0510 8508-7000


  • Hangzhou, MixC Hangzhou
  • 701 Fuchun Road
  • Jianggan District
  • 310000 Hangzhou
  • 0571 8991-1000
  • Hangzhou, West Lake
  • 100 Pinghai Road
  • Shangcheng District
  • 310006 Hangzhou
  • 0571 8790-0000


  • Shenyang, Zhongjie Joy City
  • 5 Xiaodong Road
  • Dadong District
  • 110042 Shenyang
  • 024 3162-2000
  • Shenyang, MixC Shenyang
  • 288 Qingnian Street
  • Heping District
  • 110000 Shenyang
  • 4006171274



  • Zhengzhou, MixC Zhengzhou
  • 10 Minzhu Road,
  • Erqi District
  • 450099 Zhengzhou
  • 0371 6033-7200


  • Chongqing, Jiefangbei
  • 108 Zourong Road
  • Yuzhong District
  • 400010 Chongqing
  • 023 6399-7300
  • Chongqing, MixC Chongqing
  • 55 Xiejiawan Street
  • Jiulongpo District
  • 400050 Chongqing
  • 023 6346-3000

Arrived at Last!

6 Sep





Sorry! I started writing this back on the 25th, but I only just finished it.  😦  Many Apologies!

Well this trip was quite the fun experience. . .  ~ Murphy’s Law was working in overtime throwing things in our path!  If one more thing had gotten screwed up, I’d have just screamed.  I probably should have known that was how it was going to go when my first photo of the trip was of the Jack Swigert (coined “Houston, we’ve had a problem) 😛

As I mentioned before, my mother and I were part of a group of four people who weren’t going to fit on the original flights arranged for everyone else ~ they ran out of seats for us. So instead, they decided we should leave the morning after the rest of our team.  Which would have been fine had Sias not wanted us to pay for the hotel up front. They agreed to re-imburse us later, but with hotels around the Denver Airport as expensive as they were, this was a lot of money that we didn’t really want to spend out-of-pocket.  Who knew how long we were going to have to wait to be re-imbursed? . . . it just didn’t seem worth the risk. Continue reading

I’m Back!

27 Jul

Have I got stories for you! China is just a fabulous place to visit!! I had such an amazing time visiting with and learning from these amazing people. Their kindness to my group was immeasurable; I cannot even being to tell how wonderful everything was.  And this next couple weeks I’ll start updating with pics, stories, and reviews.  But to give you a little taste; here are some of the cool things I saw and did!

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