• At the Temple of Heaven.
  • Impressive curvature detail at the Temple of Heaven.
  • Door knocker somewhere in China.
  • Erica races into a Kentucky Fried Chicken across the street from Tianenment Square for a heaping bucket of Air Conditioning.
  • Rock Stars!
  • Ubiquitous duck-in-a-bag.
  • Erica and Kathy negotiate for teh green lamp (lower left) at Panjiayuan Market.
  • Elegant welcome to the Red Capital Residence, our first home in Beijing.
  • Breakfast in the sunny courtyard.
  • Oozing with Hutong charm, the courtyard of the Red Capital Residence also features a 'secret' entrance to an underground bunker (stone pile at right).
  • Mao kitch permeates the Residence.
  • Our driver, Mr. Huong, buying tofu and other unidentifiable foods for our 'cooking lesson.'
  • Steamed buns for sale at the market.
  • Noodles being manufactured at the market.
  • Erica shows off her stir-fry techniques for Mr. Huong and family.
  • Michael looks away and inadvetently lets something burn.
  • Proud cook and her creation.
  • Not bad for a novice effort!
  • Mr. Huong, Kathy, Michael, Erica, and Mr. Huong's wife (who, we later find out, is a professional chef and probably wondered how such culinary ineptitude was possible in this modern age )
  • Mr. Huong's daughter gives Erica a lesson on the stringed instrument in their living room.
  • Completely WHACKed North Korean Robert-Palmer-Girl revue in the basement of a shady DPRK restaurant in Beijing.
  • Posh digs at the Peninsula Palace Hotel, our 5-star second home in PEK.
  • Midnight oatmeal for the sickie.
  • Toll Booth on the road to Red Capital Ranch - possibly the classiest toll booth in the world.
  • An unexpected alignment of tacky tourism and mountainous beauty outside Beijing!
  • Extensive and unrestored Great Wall sections loom above the Red Capital Ranch, our third home in the Beijing area.
  • Grounds at the Red Capital Ranch.
  • Tibetan Lounge at the Red Capital Ranch.
  • Stunning scenery from the rooftop restaurant at Red Capital Ranch.
  • Food-as-art at the Red Capital Ranch, the smallest glimpse into a bottomless menu of delectibles at these properties.