Mid April I was back in Beijing on business again (last trip in January is posted here
) and this time I stayed an extra week for business.
Again I was humbled by the generosity of my hosts Otis and Chris. Otis gets the award for being not only host but tour guide, honorary uncle to my sons, and even banker. Chris was nice enough to keep my travel dates in mind when planning a Beijing speed solving competition so I was able to attend that as well.
The Beijing collectors group took me out puzzle shopping to the best puzzle shop in Beijing, and it did not disappoint.
Many puzzles were flat out given to me (guys, let me buy something!) and I was never able to pay for a meal. Talk about the royal treatment!
I can't describe how awesome it is to be able to fly around the world and meet people who have a deep shared interest and make an otherwise foreign city so welcoming.
You can find the full set of pictures (with full resolution) here
on my Flickr site but here are a few to save you time:
It was nice to see Gordon again, I was able to give him the laser cut Gordon's HexClock based on his design.
Unexpected KO experience: In China I fully expect to find KO puzzles, but this surprised me: The HotPot restaurant where we were eating that night that was part of a known restaurant chain. Or so we thought... Chris later informs me that it seems that restaurant isn't actually affiliated with the chain, and just uses the name. So we ate at a KO restaurant!
I brought Eric's Pentagram, and it was quite popular.
Back from left to right: Dave, Chris, Aiai, Otis, zhanxing, Gorden
Front from left to right: Lunny, Luchen, Mickey, xiaoyuan
Here are a few pictures of the wonderful puzzle shop, and one of me with the owner.
Here is a picture of me (and my son Dan) with the collector's group after lunch.
Thanks to all my hosts,