In February, 2010, I was in Beijing for a final reporting trip for Big in China. I wanted to have a little writer’s escape and the kind folks at the Schoolhouse, hard by the Mutianyu Great Wall were kind enough to give me a beautiful little house for a few days. I wrote, hiked the wall, ate jianbing and wrote some more.

This very old school corn milling – final product was used to make the jianbing I was gobbling daily – was going on right outside the gate to my house. I loved watching them.

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