Up until 2011, I had never been to China. In 2011, somehow I ended up going twice! The first time was to speak at a protein conference in Shanghai - after which Wayne Patrick and I had an epic trip. Then, in October, Ann and Jane and I headed to Beijing for the 4th Asia-Pacific NMR meeting. The meeting was good, and we had a little bit of time to check out a couple of the attractions of Beijing - mainly the Forbidden City (a palace) and the 798 Art Zone - a whole block of derelict warehouses that have been turned into a huge art district.
We were struck by the amazing rate of change here - there was a whole underground train system with more than a dozen lines I think - which was hardly there at all when Ann was last here in 2004 or so. We love the food too - and the best food (for us anyway) was to be had in the tiny noodle/dumpling places that were for the local workers - fortunately, having Ann with me meant that we could easily go to those places and I wasn't choosing the pickled sea squirt etc...
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