Last night I returned from two and a half weeks in Shanghai, where I was conducting research.
I would have posted earlier, but The Great Firewall blocks all blogs published on blogspot.com. My attempts to access the site were marked by long delays followed by a "page has been reset" message, which suggests to the user in country that the problem is on the other end. Clever; the censorship is concealed by apparent foreign incompetence.
It was a fascinating experience. More to come.
Above, a shot from inside the twelfth century Beisi Pagoda, in Suzhou.