Where I’m Writing From: A Pictorial View

You know the adage that a picture’s worth a thousand words? Well here’s a visual recap of my recent three week sojourn to Singapore and China. Enjoy!

(And for more on China’s unsustainable growth model, check out this recent post on the Council on Foreign Relation’s Asia Unbound.)

An O'Bama Irish Bar on the streets of Singapore

Tankers off Singapore's East Coast

Not your typical carrot cake... but at least this one (a Singaporean national dish) tastes good with Sriracha! (ps- it was so good I forgot to take a photo until the meal was already nearly finished)

For my friend Annie, the shadow puppet expert: Shadow puppets at the Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore

Singapore's chicest waitress at The Plain

My Second Home, Deshengmen, Beijing

The courtyard of artist Zhang Dali's studios in the Beijing suburbs

Bunking on the overnight train to Dandong with the North Korean National Youth Soccer team (more on this soon)

The Yalu River Bridge (or 'Short Bridge') in Dandong that was bombed by US/UN airforces during the Korean War (that's North Korea in the distance)

Good fences make good neighbors? The China/North Korean border north of Dandong

A North Korean village as seen from the top of the most eastern section of the Great Wall

A typical meal on a Chinese train—instant noodles (方便面) and spiced sunflower seeds (瓜子)

The Songhua River, Harbin—the same river that was heavily polluted by a petrochemical plant leak in 2005

The USA bar, Zhongyang Street, Harbin

The only vegetarian dumplings (eggs and chive) on the menu at Eastern Dumpling King restaurant, Harbin

Harbin Ice Festival's frozen Forbidden City

Snow sculpture at the Harbin Ice Festival

The most you'll ever see of my face on this blog—at the Harbin Ice Festival in subzero temps

Pitstop at the Harbin Ice Festival for a wildly overpriced (15 RMB) hot chocolate

Harbin Beer on ice. Enough said.


About Kaitlin Solimine

Kaitlin Solimine was raised in New Hampshire but has considered China a second home for the past two decades. She is the author of the award-winning forthcoming novel Empire of Glass and co-founder of Hippo Reads, a media start-up connecting academic insights with real world issues. She lives in Singapore.
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