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Archive for April 30th, 2010

Typical China

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Chinese Hotel

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China Fact- Pollution

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 30, 2010

from greendiary.com

“Industrial refuse dumped illegally into local rivers have cost the lives of innumerable Chinese . The situation worsening after the setting up of 25 industries in 1992.

Wei of Wuli village became an environmental activist after she removed 2 lumps from her lymph nodes which the doctor claimed was environment related. Other 60 Wuli residents too have contracted cancer.

The irony is that fines being so cheap factory owners have no problem paying.Worse still, the government and factory official are so corrupt that all measures fail terribly.
Jiangsu province bears the same brunt.

In Yixing city water pollution is so acute that Premier Wen Jiabao ws compelled to tell Chinese annual parliamentary session that the unbridled economic expansion of the past two decades severely damage the nation’s environment.

What is most disheartening is that with economic priorities in mind the repeated calls for a nation wide action goes to the wind. So as the nation prospers its citizens slowy die.

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Map of China’s Cancer Village- China is Killing Her Environment

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 30, 2010

The pollution is so bad that even the ruling Communist party cannot ignore it. Here is a map of ‘cancer villages’ places where cancer is so rampant, due to  the poisoning of the environment that the death rate is unheard of.

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This Guy Has Balls- Do This in China?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 30, 2010

Chinese window washer, look at it, he is tied only by a friggin old dirty rope, I doubt it is very safe.  A few minutes before I took this I watched the guy almost fell, or spun upside down.

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Christians in China- China Fact

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 30, 2010

Nobody really knows how many Christians there are in China.  Accurate statistics are hard to come by because there is no systematic or standard reporting system and the numbers change rapidly.  Estimates for members of registered (government sanctioned) congregations range up to 15-20 million, with more than 37,000 congregations meeting in church buildings referred to as churches and 25,000 meeting in other locations, referred to as meeting points.   But there are also many millions of believers, perhaps 45-80 million of them, who meet in house churches that are not government approved.  Even by placing the estimate at the high end of 100 million total Christians, one is reminded that there are still more than one billion Chinese who don’t know Christ!

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Funny China

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China Fact- Religion in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 30, 2010

From factsanddetails.com

Even though the Communist government encourages atheism, there are five recognized religions in China today: Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism, and Protestant Christianity.  Ancestor worship is a daily practice for many.  Confucianism is not officially a religion, though through the centuries, there have periodically been temples devoted to the worship of Confucius.  In any case, Confucianism remains a major element of the Chinese value system.  The government cracked down on a very popular Falunggung religious practice in 1999, terming it a dangerous cult.

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China Modernizes- China Fact

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 30, 2010

The standard in China remains the Confucian ideal of “four generations under one roof.” But now with later marriages and lower birthrates the reality is more likely three generations. Young people usually live with their parents until they are married.

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Expo Waste- Shanghai.

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 30, 2010

Great post about the world expo in Shanghai. Basically they are saying that only 5% of the estimated 70 million visitors will come from overseas, and this is just another feel good moment for China, as WTF is the world expo anyway. Even here in Beijing, you dont hear much of it. But the people in Shanghai are convinced that it is great and they are and blah blah, I ran out of steam. To me, Shanghai is like Houston in America, a hodge podge or quilt work of buildings that were designed by in isolation and there is no scenic flow in that respect imho. But, it is beautiful in its own way, its just that the level of cultural ignorance in Shanghai is very elevated, and thus other cities make for a better choice to visit, imho.
excerpt from here:
Expo is aimed, as much as anything, at promoting Shanghai’s image within China: only 5 per cent of Expo visitors are expected to be from overseas.
To get ready for them, virtually every street has been repaved, street-facing walls have been repainted and new drains have been dug.
Inevitably, some of the work has been shoddy: workmen were back within days to re-lay the path near the French Concession Metro station.
“The only thing we Chinese care about is face: we will even waste money to put make-up on the city; even when there is no need to repave a road, we will still do it,” says Prof Tu, appointed by the Shanghai government to do a study on Expo.
He admits that no one really knows how much the city has spent on it, since every local government is spending, without co-ordination: official figures range from Rmb300bn ($44bn, €33bn £29bn) to Rmb400bn but Jones Lang LaSalle, the property services firm, estimates infrastructure investments made or brought forward for Expo boost the total cost to $95bn.
The Expo site itself – 5.3 sq km along the banks of the Huangpu river – has been adorned with more than 200 national, corporate and municipal pavilions, filled with visions of a future where urban living is clean, green and techno-geeky.

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