I was mesmerized by the art scene in Beijing. I wanted to learn about its tempestuous past when, as recently as the 1990's, artists had to hide from the police; and take advantage of the current, open environment, one which allowed me to visit artists in their studios while they worked. I was taken to the Songzhuang Artists Community by my guide. The community resembles a storage facility, simple concrete buildings with white walls and red doors. Wandering from studio to studio, the artists I met didn't speak English and seemed a bit shy, but were welcoming. It was the most intimate look into the culture I'd had during the 2 months I was there (well, that and the bikini wax). Songzhuang affected me in a profoundly personal way, and the visit was particularly momentous - there was talk while I was there that the artist communities could be shut down after the Olympics are over.