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Posts Tagged ‘Beijing’

Just like my previous trips to China, last week’s trip to Beijing brought quite a few opportunities to chuckle at some weird uses of English displayed on various signs.

Let me show you some examples, ahem… this way please… I mean, this way…

One thing you can’t complain about in China is the lack of directions… nothing is left to your imagination…

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If you are a faithful reader of this blog, you might have been wondering why I haven’t posted in a while.  Be reassured, I haven’t dropped the ukulele nor decided to stop blogging. The reason for my silence has been a one-week business trip to Beijing, China.

Thanks to my friend Al from Uke Hunt, I have been able to add a ukulele aspect to my trip and to meet really lovely ukulele players from the Philippines and from China.

After a 10-hour flight during which I couldn’t sleep a wink, I arrived in Beijing on Saturday morning at 7:00 am local time, my Fluke carefully packed in my rucksack, ready to start the day despite the lack of sleep.

At 2:00 pm I met Connie, a ukulele player from the Philippines living an hour and a half away from Beijing and who had the extreme kindness to travel the distance to Beijing, meet me and introduce me to a ukulele shop owner in the North West of Beijing.

Let me invite you to a virtual visit of this ukulele shop in Beijing and to meet the lovely people I have met there. The shop is called The Modern Musical Instrument Company and is owned by Liang Xin Ming. Liang Xin Ming, who also teaches how to play ukulele, was not there when I visited but I met his wife Zong.

In case you ever travel to Beijing and wish to visit this ukulele shop, here is their card. If you don’t speak Chinese, you can use the card to give instructions to a taxi driver.

The music shop is divided in two halves, one part dedicated to Chinese instruments and the other half to the ukulele (and to a few guitars).

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I am just back from my express trip to the Middle Kingdom, totally burnt out after enduring the 6-hour-time difference twice in the last 6 days, and still suffering from motion sickness dizziness several days after being back.

Yet I am really glad to be back in touch with my fellow ukulele bloggers and readers, catching up on all the interesting posts I couldn’t access from China. I found out that my blog fell under the mighty censorship there too. I never realised that my writings were subversive… actually that most ukulele bloggers’ writings were too.

This explains why there has been no Weekly World Tour post last week, much against my will.

Anyhow, my very recently acquired Kala-niño (my Kala pocket uke) has made its pilgrimage to the land where it was made and I was very happy to have it around to fill my sleepless hours with its reassuring presence and joyful sound. I got to know it pretty well during this past week where I really discovered how to adapt my playing to its very small size.

Here it is, sweet and tiny, overlooking the streets of Beijing very early in the morning.

In case you are wondering why motion sickness is such an issue in China, this video should give you a pretty good idea

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