China

The New Bird Flu: Many Worries, Few Solutions

Posted on 04/12/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe numbers are modest but still alarming: 13 dead, 60 sick, from a new strain of bird flu in eastern China, according to the latest reports. But even though the H7N9 virus so far has not spread outside of China, both national and international health officials worry that it may be just a matter of time before it does — and right now there’s no vaccine to protect against the disease. The New York Times reported on a new analysis by …

Seeing the Real Beijing: The Hutongs – the Old Fashioned Way

Posted on 03/14/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelFor the last leg of our Trans-Siberian railway journey, we spent almost three days in Beijing.  There we enjoyed seeing the city’s modern architecture, soaring skyscrapers, colorful shopping districts and first-class hotels. Towards the end of our visit, our guide reminded us that we had one more urban adventure on the agenda – a visit to Beijing’s Hutong district aboard a bicycle rickshaw.  I wasn’t sure what more there was to see in the city, so I looked at him …