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Abroad: Pingyao


Pingyao is a restored ancient town in Shaanxi Province. Four hundred years ago it was a thriving financial center. After a financial crisis, it became a ghost town.


Abroad: China’s Qing Ming Festival

Winter 2014 008

Shops are offering the supplies for Qing Ming Festival, a.k.a. Tomb Sweeping Day. While most Chinese I know are very scientific in their world views, they still hold their ancestors dear and show this by burning “Hell Money” and paper pictures of items the ancestors need in the hereafter. You know iPods, iPhones, pocket watches, suits and such.