We had a surprise snowstorm during Chinese New Years. Lin’an doesn’t usually get snow, or enough to build a snowman, but some artistic soul managed to sweep enough together to make this snowman. It’s not quite coal and a carrot, but they did a good job with what they had.
As I rode the slick new escalators up the side of the mountain in the Xiamen botanical Gardens, I hated myself a little. Why was I here, supporting the destruction and abuse of this gorgeous natural mountain? I mean, is there anything lazier than taking an escalator up a mountain?
You’d think in a country where Instagram was blocked there would be no Instagrammification of places. But then you’d be wrong…very wrong.