In the foreground a Chinese flag flutters in the wind looking toward skyscrapers in the distance.

China Galleries: Beijing

Several years ago I was fortunate to visit China three times. I made the trips in 2005, 2006, and 2008. On the first trip I was amazed at the incongruity between my expectations and the reality I found. Like others of my generation, I grew up during the cold war. I remember that my first…