China On The Brink - aging en Beijing couple prides themselves on freedom of choice <p>Bian Dacheng and his wife, Liu Zhiying, are proud to own a children's clothing store alongside a bustling four-lane street in the heart of Beijing. Their pride is noticably centered on their ability to choose what they want to do for the rest of their lives.</p> <p>&quot;It was our own personal choice to open the business,&quot; Bian, 54, said. &quot;We have little pressure to make money. We are already retired. We are doing this to consume our time.&quot;</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> aging attitudes Beijing business The New Citizen Fri, 06 Jun 2008 22:58:40 -0600 Michelle Connolly 181 at Never Alone <p>Tinny flute music pipes from a boombox in the park. Eight Chinese men and women move their arms and legs vigorously to the recorded exercise instructions. It’s 6 a.m. on the shores of Houhai Lake in Beijing, and the Chinese people rise early. None of the citizens stretching and bending in the yellow morning light look a day under 70. </p> <p>A Chinese man sets up his fishing gear at the edge of the lake to catch an early fish or two, while people run, walk, and stroll past him. Although the sun has just risen, it’s already business as usual in the public spaces of Beijing.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary aging Beijing Sat, 31 May 2008 17:38:20 -0600 Larissa Mueller 110 at