(Previously in the Brueghel comes to China series, here.)

Sunday morning, February 10, 2008, Houhai area:

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r96/jfallows/IMG_5020B.jpg



A few hundred years earlier, in Europe:
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r96/jfallows/Brueghskating.jpg


A friend is doing a story about the odd variety of vehicles Beijingers have adapted to the ice, so nothing more about that now. I will say that on the latest supply run from the U.S. I had brought along an old, crummy pair of ice skates, with frayed and re-knotted laces and blades as sharp as a rolling pin. Imagine my relief in spotting a sign that said 北京冰刀王 -- Beijing Ice Skate King -- and being helped by the king himself, as he put a razor edge on the skates and added a new set of laces, all for 35 RMB (a little under $5).

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r96/jfallows/IMG_5050.jpg


The king and his crest:
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r96/jfallows/IMG_5050C.jpg

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