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Archive for April 14th, 2010

Chinese Emperor’s Crib- Face South

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 14, 2010

In ancient China, the emperor’s place faced south, and was in the center. It was inhabited by him and his wives (plural). On the west side, with its back to the wall, and all windows facing east, where his division ‘A’ concubines, or his main squeezes, after his main wives of course. On the east side, with its back to the wall and facing westward, were level ‘B’ concubines. It is said that some of the ‘B’ level concubines may have never even seen the emperor, but from afar.

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Chinese Noodles

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6 Foot Man Dies in Chinese Jail- At Time of His Death he Weighed About 70 Pounds

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 14, 2010

If you are religious, you should pray for this place. Here is a guy whose only offense was to scalp some tickets. He gets sent to jail, and then mysteriously dies. Scalping tickets, when even the president of the country’s son was allegedly involved in bribery, but is now a multi-millionaire and some poor guy scalping tickets dies in jail.


“A prisoner who was 1.8 meters tall died mysteriously on April 9 with a body weight of only 35 kilograms in Tangshan’s Hehuakeng labor camp in Hebei province, the Beijing News reported Wednesday, citing a story from an unnamed website.

A worker from the labor camp confirmed to the Beijing News Tuesday that the prisoner named Dong Xiongbo had been in the camp and was dead in a hospital but refused to say how Dong died or provide any other details.

Dong was sentenced to one year in a labor camp in Beijing for scalping show tickets in May 2009, but was later transferred to Tangshan because the Beijing camp was full, the website said.

Dong’s mother said her son had called the family twice to ask for some money to cure his fever and dizziness because the labor camp didn’t take care of his health. After receiving a call from the labor camp on March 18 and being informed that Dong was released on bail for medical services, the family arrived at the camp, only to find that Dong had already died, the website said.”

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Stealing from Them in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 14, 2010

Land developers in China are rich, rich and corrupt, in fact, over half of the corruption cases in China relate to that of land. The other day, the communist party allowed for land to be auctioned off to build residential apartments. The apartments were to sell for 20,000 RMB (about U$3000) per square meter, but the day that bidding started, the prices were actually 24,000 per square meter, the citizens revolted, let me explain why.
In China, the communist party members usually get the first shot at buying property. Before property goes up for sale, the SOE’s or state owned enterprises, are the first to know and are offered a ‘discount’ on the properties- usually 5 to 10%, on half of the properties, for instance. The impact is that even before the bidding starts, the communists are relatively sure that they will make money no matter what, so they buy more, distorting the market price. Thus, when the property is offered to the citizenry, the price has already been impacted by non-free market forces.
For example, property A will be developed. Property A is schedulded to sell for 20000 per square meter. The communists will pay 18000 , for instance, so that portion will be sold off before the property goes public. Then, there are fewer properties for the rest of China, so the bidding will be more fierce. So, as in the example above, when the market opens, due to an increase in the buying pressure, the houses open at a price of 24,000 per meter. Thus, the communists who have purchased the houses now have made 24,000-18,000 or 6,000 per square meter, on the first day of the sale of said houses. Now converting to dollars so it is easier to understand, it means that on the first day of selling the houses, the communists have already make about U$900 per square meter, so if they buy a house with 150 square meters, they have already made about U$135,000!!! And this amount is without ever seeing or touching the property.
It is no wonder the communists are worried about upheaval, this sort of behavior is so, turn of the millennium.

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The Beast in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 14, 2010

In China, the number of the beast, or the devil’s number, three sixes is actually good luck…
This, to me is just a microcosm of all of the differences between the two cultures.

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Drink Your Piss and Welcome to Shanghai

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 14, 2010

From coolerthanthou:

Retired Police Officer Yu Fahai was going through security at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai. Because of a recent kidney transplant, Yu needed to test his urine often for infection. And so it was that he came to be carrying a sample in his pocket as he passed through the security check in Pudong Airport.

According to Digital Journal (Japundit) Yu reports that the conversation proceeded thusly:

“The checker asked me what was inside, and I told her it was my urine. She said: “Urine? Drink some to prove it”,” said Yu at his home in Chibi, Hubei province.

Of course after the fact the security guard claims that she misunderstood the man’s pronunciation of the work “urine” to be “beverage.”  If so, that is one unfortunate misunderstanding. It’s doubly unfortunate when you consider that this was Mr. Yu’s first time flying, as he was making the trip to attend an awards show in Shanghai. I’m willing to be that he takes a train next time!

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Chinese Taxi

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got this from here

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China and The Environment

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 14, 2010

China has some of teh most polluted cities in the world. Speaking from experience, I have developed a hacking cough in two years here.

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Younger Chinese Moving out of the City

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 14, 2010

Many younger Chinese have decided to move from the city, say its too hectic and housing prices are too high. The communist party says it is good, it leaves more room for the rest of us, some people say it is the China boy crisis effect, the fact that Chinese younger men are less emotionally equipped then their forefathers.

from chinadaily:

Editor’s note: Many young people decided to leave big cities because of the huge pressures. They moved smaller cities to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle.

Live to work, or work for a life – Ding Shuai had to make a tough decision after six years living in Beijing, home to nearly 20 million people.

A month ago, Ding, 24, packed all his belongings and moved to Xiamen, a coastal city of 2.52 million people in Fujian province. It was not Beijing’s notoriously high housing prices that made him leave, but the lifestyle. “The rat race in the capital exhausted me,” Ding said.

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Chinese Social Security, and Embarrassment

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 14, 2010

In China they don’t really have social security, that is why all of the young ones are tying to leave (among other issues such as an oppressive governmental regime, and lack of freedom.) But this is a pretty sad, in China the average they give to the elderly runs from around U$1.5 to about U$15 per month!

Yes that is correct only 15U$ per month to china’s elderly. And remember these people who are over 80, didn’t live in a time of 401k etc. they were born in the 30’s so they supported Mao and his practices and now have nothing. All of those years toiling for communist companies and the current communist regime rewards them with enough cash to buy 2 pints of milk per month.

” Residents older than 80 will get a unified old age allowance across China, a move indicating the government aims to end different allowance policies toward the elderly in different regions, the China Economic Weekly reported Tuesday.

“Besides Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, only Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region gives allowances to the elderly beyond 80 on a monthly basis,” the Weekly said, citing Wang Zhenyao, department director of social welfare and promotion of charities under the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

Provinces including Jiangsu and Zhejiang don’t have a unified allowance policy. Some counties give the elderly 80 yuan ($11.8) a month, while others give 100 yuan a month. Some capital cities give only 10 yuan a month to the elderly beyond 80 years old.”

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