I spent a week in China right after the reunion/birthday party.
Over the weekend I visited the Lama Temple.
It is an old Buddhist temple. Really a series of temples.
Notice the incense smoke in the lower right.
Not sure who this is.
This is a Tibetan Buddhist temple.
It is over 300 years old.
Many people were there offering prayers and burning incense.
A pile of incense sticks after prayers.
This guy was in a shop outside the temple. I think he was offering to tell your fortune or maybe be a spiritual guide.
Here is a fruit market in the hutong near the temple.
The next week we had a series of meetings in Tianjin.
After a nice dinner we went for a cruise on the Hai He.
There are a number of bridges as you might guess for a city bisected by a river.
They all have interesting designs.
Tianjin has a completely different feel than Beijing.
Lots of interesting architecture - much more modern.
I don't think this building is finished, yet.
We drifted in the river for 20 minutes after the boat ran out of gas.
We continued the cruise after a speedboat showed up with a spare tank.