Goodbye, Beijing

So @beijingbean wanted to take our unborn child up on the Wall.

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A bit of news: Marilyn and I are leaving Beijing this Saturday. Our departure has come unexpectedly as we had planned to have the baby here (and stay here indefinitely), but a family situation back in California has called us home.

We’re quite sad to be leaving this city, (notwithstanding its toxic air, water and food) and we do hope to return.

We arrived in Beijing in 2008, just a couple months before the Olympics. We witnessed the city’s final sprint to the Games, the resulting letdown that fall once the world moved on from Beijing, and then the financial crisis.

Maybe I’m just a late bloomer, but it definitely feels like I finally grew up into a responsible adult in Beijing. A lot of that has to do with the fact that we’re headed home with a baby on the way.

Speaking of which, I’m still planning on being a daddy blogger. I’ll have to decide whether to change all my @beijingdou usernames across Twitter, Instagram, Weibo, etc. To be completely honest, I’ve wondered whether my hesitation to leave Beijing was because I was already invested in those handles.

If you’re wondering about work, I’ll still be writing for The Next Web, just based in LA. I’m hoping to continue to keep an eye on developments in China and Asia, so feel free to keep pitching me stories. And, please drop me a line if you’re involved with a startup or tech company in southern California.

As we did in Beijing, Marilyn and I will jump right into eating our way through LA’s deliciousness. We haven’t settled yet on where we’ll write about it, but I’m sure you’ll see plenty of it on Instagram. M’s got some calm before the storm that is a baby arrives, so we’ll keep you posted if she decides to start a new site.

Beijing friends, you have helped make the past 4+ years a joyful time and an exciting adventure. We’ll miss you all dearly. I’ll hope to see you in the future, and sooner than the distant future envisioned by Tupac:

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