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CHINA 3 Months In China, March-June 2008


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Gallery: Dunhuang/Jiayuguan

Thursday, 15 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Only In China Department: Capitalism Encouraged

Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | Views [238]

Operating Easier, Says IFC Report Local governments throughout China are actively reforming the business regulatory environment to make it easier for the private sector to grow, said a report released by World Bank Group member IFC and the Chinese ... Read more >

Elsewhere In Asia Department: Lice Imitates Art

Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | Views [288]

ISRAEL Not So Lice Form of Art From pickled cows to elephant dung, the art world is no stranger to offbeat ideas.  But a group of lice-infested Germans?  Seven young artists from Berlin are trying to stretch the boundaries of art by living in an ... Read more >

A Dog, a Cat and an Alien

Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | Views [245]

Vicious Poodle Wanted Dead or Alive ...The local government issued a notice on TV warning people to watch out for the dog and kill it.... -- Chongqing Morning Post , April 30, 2008. Guns are illegal to possess.  What caliber noodle for a vicious ... Read more >

WDITOT Department: Wind Prevention

Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | Views [269]

Provincial Agencies on High Alert to Tackle Floods GUANGZHOU: Flood, drought and wind prevention agencies in Guangdong province have been urged to be on high alert for floods this summer. -- China Daily News , April 26-27, 2008. Wind prevention!  ... Read more >

Milk Melons

Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | Views [478]

Hey!  I didn't write the headline! One day I pondered the lack of cheese in Chinese cooking, and, not knowing it was a laugh line, I asked my friend Chen, "What does China do with all its leftover milk?" She said, "We have 1.3 billion ... Read more >

Girls Is OK

Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | Views [271]

I have mentioned previously that women call themselves "girls" here; when I use the term I am not being disrespectful.  In fact, it is accepted journalistic usage: Biz Unusual Salary negotiator Lin Yan, a 26-year old girl in Nanjing, earns ... Read more >

Only In China Department: Nutty Buns

Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | Views [285]

Zhang and his friend Li went to lunch in a restaurant in Jinan, Shangdon province, last Tuesday and ordered 7 steamed stuffed buns and a bowl of egg soup. Zhang was eating one of the buns when he bit into something hard.  After a close examination, ... Read more >

Water Is Dear

Sunday, 11 May 2008 | Views [278]

Water is scarce in all of China I have seen so far.  You just don't see water being wasted.  The worry is that water will be procured at any environmental cost.  Cheap energy will also solve the water shortage that most of the world faces or will soon ... Read more >

The 5-Star Red Flag

Sunday, 11 May 2008 | Views [360]

You will see a lot of Chinese flags during the Olympics.  That is not the everyday Chinese way.  You don't see flags on cars, or houses, or non-government offices, or clothing, or advertisements.  Ubiquitous flag-waving appears to be peculiarly American.... Read more >

Poverty & Ethics

Sunday, 11 May 2008 | Views [320]

I have read, variously, that Ningxia is China's 2nd, 3rd and 5th poorest province.  To me it is indistinguishable from the others in that regard.  Almost everyone wears clothes that make them look good.  No matter how dirty the job they have to do, the ... Read more >

Only In China Department: Suicide by Well Jumping

Saturday, 10 May 2008 | Views [251]

Chef Gets Stuck In Well During Failed Suicide Bid A 19-year-old man who tried to commit suicide by jumping into a narrow well was rescued after police and fire fighters dug more than six meters to free him in Zhengzhou, Henan province last Sunday.... Read more >

On Being Stared At

Saturday, 10 May 2008 | Views [707]

I have now gone a week again without seeing another Westerner.  I really don't mind being stared at by Chinese girls.  I don't mind if, 10 seconds after I pass her, I turn and see she is still looking at me.  I imagine that she exudes her that-is-what-... Read more >

No Spika Da English

Saturday, 10 May 2008 | Views [297]

Yesterday, for the first time in 2 weeks, Yinchuan could see Helan Shan, the mountains between the Yellow River and the Alax Plateau to the west.  And so there was a sunset, and another biking photographer at the lake, who said to me, "Hello.  Good ... Read more >

The Dogs of Ningxia (Part 2)

Saturday, 10 May 2008 | Views [262]

After 3 weeks in Ningxia, I have come to believe that the dogs here are indeed pets, primarily.  I see people taking their dogs--usually miniatures--for walks, and they appear to be well taken care of.  Still, I wouldn't want to be the family dog when ... Read more >

Massage Parlors & Barber Shops

Saturday, 10 May 2008 | Views [2520]

Half or more of the many massage parlors are fronts for illegitimate services.  As much as I would like a real massage, I haven't gotten one because I don't know how to say, "Real massage only" in Chinese.  And I would feel rather silly saying ... Read more >

First Gun / First Bust

Friday, 9 May 2008 | Views [300]

After 6 weeks in China I finally saw the first gun of any type.  It was held by a Brinks-type worker and didn't even look like a real gun.  It looked more like an airgun.  But I don't know guns.  Maybe all they have to worry about is temporarily incapacitating ... Read more >

Don't Come To Asia

Friday, 9 May 2008 | Views [306]

Don't come to Asia if you need everything to have a logical reason. You should also avoid: Africa, Australia, Europe, South America and North America.  Most things in Antartica have a logical reason. Go there. Or the High Seas. Or Space.

2008--The Year of the Rat

Thursday, 8 May 2008 | Views [274]

Guangzhou Communities Up To Their Necks In Rats Many housing estates and neighborhood committees in Guangzhou are looking for help in battling a major rat infestation. In addition to stealing food, the rats have also eaten people's furniture, household ... Read more >

The Cost Of Raising a Child

Thursday, 8 May 2008 | Views [334]

Father Demands Raising Fee From Elusive Daughter Liu, a resident of Xinjin, Sichuan province, recently filed a lawsuit seeking child support from his daughter. A court held a hearing on Friday in which Liu said he struggled to raise his daughter ... Read more >

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