Ouch, we have not been writing anything in a while, time to catch up at least somewhat.
In October 2014 we had a business-pleasure trip to China and Japan.
We'll start with China.
Lobby of our hotel in Beijing had this amazing robot statue.
With some more travel coming out soon, I decided to catch up on some earlier travels.
This short post will cover my short trip to Beijing and Tokyo that I had early this year.
UPDATE from Oct 2014: only Angell studio shop is left there, the other two permanently closed.
It was a busy time with a lot of travel lately, so no updates as a result. We are back home now and so the updates will resume and we'll also work on the backlog of pictures to post too.
Our last trip at the end of October happened to be in Beijing and while there we decided to look for some BJD shops.
The task turned out to be more complicated than anticipated. Various Google searches only returned a single relevant page on UK BJD forum that contained some vague instructions that later appeared out of date. Luckily it had some pictures and after some running around we finally confirmed that the shops have moved and so the hunt for new locations begin.
The shops in questions were for Angell-studio, Spirit Doll and Doll-Zone. I contacted Angell-studio and they provided me with an address of their dealer in Beijing: 北京市朝阳区朝外大街日坛国际贸易中心B座G层H089 or in plain English: H089, G/F, Tower B, Ritan International Trade Center
This is just a few blocks away from the old location in the Kuntai Royal hotel, about 5 blocks from Chaoyangmen subway station on the circle line (line number 2).
Here are the directions, starting with a map:
#1 is Ministry of Foreign Affairs, #2 is Kuntai royal hotel.
Last weekend I had a really brief visit to China (only for 3 days), luckily of those 3 days one was Sunday so I did not need to do any work and had time to wander around instead.
When coming to China this time everybody warned me that Beijing is not pretty at this time of a year, humid with a lot of smoke in the sky, but surprisingly when I arrived the sky was blue on Sunday and also to some degree on Monday before becoming totally covered in smoke on Tuesday.
We have already been to the Summer Palace on our first trip to Beijing (here are some pictures, though quality is not great), but the visit ended abruptly as the rain started. Also the palace itself is huge so you really need entire day to see all of it.
This time I decided to visit south-eastern part of the palace that we have not been to and the plan was to wait for a sunset there.
As happens for the past couple of years, I spent a week in Beijing again for some Lustre team meetings.