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CHINA 3 Months In China, March-June 2008


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Look Left / Merge Right

Thursday, 1 May 2008 | Views [291]

Chinese people, especially women, butt in line shamelessly, always pretending they didn't notice that you were there.  They look left and merge right.  Who cares?  It's free entertainment, seeing the contortions they will go through to pull it off.

Things Are Smaller In Texas

Thursday, 1 May 2008 | Views [174]

Texas has a wonderful region called Big Bend, where the Rio Grande takes a swing into Mexico. The Yellow River takes a bend that defines an entire desert--the Ordos--which is 91,000 square kilometers in size.  One gigantic bend big enough to hold TWENTY-... Read more >

Is That the Entree or the Floor Show?

Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | Views [286]

Giant Fish A new restaurant servicing big wild fish recently opened in Guizhou province. -- China Daily , April 29, 2008

From Russia With Howdy

Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | Views [238]

It is apparent that, despite the bombardment of English words on Chinese TV and T-shirts, many Chinese know only the word "Hello."  And they are not afraid to use it.  At first I responded to "Hello!" with "Hello."  Recently ... Read more >

Avoiding the Hairy Devils

Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | Views [267]

It has now been a week since I have seen a white face, and as that was in Xi'an, a touristy place, it is safe to say it has been much longer than a week for most of the people here in Yinchuan.  The ubiquitous English "Hellos" of Beijing are ... Read more >

Elsewhere In Asia Department: Indian Infanticide

Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | Views [285]

PM Singh Urged to 'Save the Girl Child' India's widespread practice of aborting female fetuses is a "national shame," the prime minister said yesterday, insisting the country can no longer ignore the problem if it wants to be a modern nation.... Read more >

Chicken Feet

Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 | Views [258]

It was a day of firsts.  First time atop the Ming Great Wall.  First sight of the Gobi.  I stuck my hand into Inner Mongolia for the first time.  First time I have eaten Muslim "ham," made with chicken.  First time I have been offered chicken ... Read more >

Gallery: Terra Cotta Army--Xi'an

Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | Photo Gallery

Terra Cotta Army--Xi'an
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You Can't Get There From Here

Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | Views [269]

The Chinese government is Goal-Oriented; Chinese people are Process-Oriented. Whether giving or asking for directions in China, there doesn't appear to be any concern that the asking party reaches it's destination as a result.  It is enough that you ... Read more >

"Doctor Delivers Bicycle on Hospital Steps"

Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | Views [246]

Aside from being a potential National Enquirer headline to rival one of my all-time favorites, "Woman Gives Birth to Head of Lettuce," this actually happened in Yinchuan. I was going to spend 2 1/2 weeks here, waiting for my friend to return ... Read more >

Only In China Department: 2 Crickets for $42,900

Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | Views [254]

Bug Breeder Has Big Hopes For Cricket Industry Chen Xiangjun is considering applying for a new Guiness ever since he successfully bred more than 5,000 crickets within a year in Haikou, capital of Hainan province. Chen, a native of Xiangfan, Hubei ... Read more >

Only In China Department: The Daily Grind

Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | Views [244]

Farmer Returns Home to Find Money in Shreds Wang Shijia, a farmer, lost the 8,100 yuan ($1,157) in cash he had hidden inside a sack of maize at his house in Dehui, Jilin province, when his wife ground the grain into flour on Thursday. Wang had hidden ... Read more >

On Disability

Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | Views [283]

Disabled Hero Saves Woman From Accident Liu Shuzhen, a woman from Hunan province, accidentally fell into a river in Beijing's Haidian district on Saturday morning while sitting there reading a book. Seeing her struggling for survival in the 2-m deep ... Read more >

Ich Bin Ein Beijinger

Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | Views [265]

After riding my War-Ma bike on the streets of Beijing enough to wear out the pedals and gears, I probably have more right to use the phraseology "Ich bin ein Beijinger" than President Kennedy did when he employed it in Berlin.  Despite the language ... Read more >

Not-So-Real Estate?

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | Views [260]

New Look For Hainan Villages Visiting Shipanyuan village of Qionghai city, Hainan, you are instantly struck by the grey-tiled specious houses.... -- China Daily , April 23, 2008

Water In The Desert

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | Views [252]

Water in the desert is always magical, whether it comes from the sky or flows from distant mountains.  The Yellow River cuts through Mojave-like mountains here between Zhongwei and Yinchuan.  The dwellings are Pueblo-style, but far less elaborate. My ... Read more >

Elsewhere In Asia Department: More Proof That Dogs Are Better Than People

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | Views [263]

INDIA Baby saved by stray dogs Hundreds of villagers flocked to a remote Indian village to see a baby girl who was saved by stray dogs after she was abandoned in a mound of mud by her mother, officials said yesterday. -- China Daily , April ... Read more >

Gallery: Xi'an

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | Photo Gallery

Xi'an, Shaanxi
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Gallery: Pingyao

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | Photo Gallery

Pingyao, Shanxi
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The Human Soul

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | Views [241]

Life here is more like it was when the Human Soul came to be.  People live closer to the land and what it produces, closer to each other, closer to the elements, closer to our primal past.

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