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CHINA 3 Months In China, March-June 2008


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Everything's Up To Date In Waidang Village...

Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | Views [333]

20-Year-Old Wins Top Spot on Village Committee A 20-year-old girl in Waidang village, Yongjia Zhejiang province, received 200 of the 353 votes cast during an election to choose a chief for the village committee on April 17.  Hu Xiaoji, who was born ... Read more >

Gallery: Yinchuan, Ningxia

Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Helan Mtn/Petroglyphs

Monday, 5 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

NW of Yinchuan, Ningxia
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Gallery: Zhongwei

Sunday, 4 May 2008 | Photo Gallery

Zhongwei, Ningxia
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On a Bottle of Hair Conditioner

Sunday, 4 May 2008 | Views [397]

"Richly contains camp and so on bee glue silk fibroin, lanolin, vitamin B5 maintains sends the essence, can rapidly seep to sends the root, supplemented the hair needs the nitrition, and is sending the dial indicator surface to form a nutrition ... Read more >

Things You Don't See In China Department: Helmets

Sunday, 4 May 2008 | Views [340]

On Kids: never.  On bicyclists: never.  On motorcyclists: rarely.  On construction workers: rarely.  On dancers who portray construction workers in routines glorifying labor: always.


Friday, 2 May 2008 | Views [421]

By switching from a somewhat comprehensive health insurance scheme to a $5,000 deductible plan* I am saving $385/month.  In most parts of China, I can live well on $385/month.  For me, "living well" means being able to spend the day--or the ... Read more >

Down the Manhole

Friday, 2 May 2008 | Views [282]

Be aware that if you come to China, some things will not be as they are at home. Everything is not designed to protect you from your own stupidity. Watch where you are going. Hazards may not be blocked off. Personal responsibility, sadly, is on ... Read more >

Kernfucious Say: China...

Friday, 2 May 2008 | Views [257]

Kernfucious Say: China is like remembering a song I began to write before I was born.

More On Tibet

Friday, 2 May 2008 | Views [358] | Comments [4]

To the sanctimonious Americans (and Europeans) who reprimand China for Her actions in Tibet, here is a reminder of what Tibet was like before China re-established Her presence there in 1959.  Tibet was a feudal serfdom.  It was a monarchy of monks and ... Read more >

If She Is a Happy Nymphomaniac...

Friday, 2 May 2008 | Views [351]

The parents of a Sioux girl were concerned about their daughter's proclivities.  They sought the advice of the tribal shaman.  He said, "If she is a happy nymphomaniac, why cure her?" I have heard that some whites can't tell the difference ... Read more >

On the Diversity of Chinese People

Friday, 2 May 2008 | Views [277]

China is so heterogenous that on more than one occasion, I have been mistaken for being Chinese from elsewhere in the country.  A pedicab driver in Zhongwei couldn't figure out why he couldn't understand me.  It didn't occur to him that I wasn't speaking ... Read more >

The Dogs of Ningxia

Friday, 2 May 2008 | Views [273]

I was walking the streets of Yinchuan (Ningxia P.) and the sight of a full-grown Husky dog caught my eye.  The couple who just bought him were trying to get him to join them on their moped, and it was a perfectly normal thing to see 2 people and a Husky ... Read more >

Chinese Girls & Time

Thursday, 1 May 2008 | Views [353]

A Chinese girl is not late unless she is more than 30 minutes late.  It is universal.  (Well, I only have experience with "nice" girls.)  There is nothing you can do about it but think about how much more than 30 minutes you would happily give ... Read more >

Spot-On Translation

Thursday, 1 May 2008 | Views [284]

We all know of things that didn't survive the translation from Chinese to English (see Chinglish section, coming soon).  But sometimes the result is decidedly more accurate than anything we have in English.  For example, in Dongcheng: "The Pleasant ... Read more >

Things You Don't See in Beijing

Thursday, 1 May 2008 | Views [292]

You don't see people sleeping under bridges, or on sidewalks.  You don't see beggars, graffiti, litter, the stars, firetrucks, carwashes, running hoses, benches, athletic socks, people running...

On Wheelchairs in China

Thursday, 1 May 2008 | Views [291]

I highly recommend China as a budget travel destination, with the caveat that She is not an easy place for the wheelchair-bound.  Most places don't have ramps, many don't even have elevators, and crossing the street would be a perpetual nightmare. Make ... Read more >

On Internet Technology

Thursday, 1 May 2008 | Views [278]

In a couple of years, China has gone from copying American IT business models to innovating their own.  Beware American politicians who would stifle our entrepreneurial creativity by raising the corporate tax rate--already the 2nd highest in the industrial ... Read more >


Thursday, 1 May 2008 | Views [288]

While the B2B (Business-to-Business) model flew high and then crashed in the US, China developed a more efficient B2B system.  You order a computer, for example, by phone.  A few hours later it is delivered.  By bicycle.  B2B: Business-to-Bicycle.

Don't Do What I Did Department: What To Bring

Thursday, 1 May 2008 | Views [362]

Don't expect to get a better deal here on anything that China imports--unless you are going to Hong Kong.  I paid 30% more for my camera than I would have in the States--and the instruction manual is in Chinese.  Bring a laptop, buy it in Hong Kong, ... Read more >

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