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Archive for July 18th, 2010

China and Mexico- Is it True?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 18, 2010

I have a good friend visiting from Mexico. I asked him about all of the people in Beijing and China, he said that in his opinion, Mexico City is nearly as busy. He says that depending on where you go, the subways can be just as crowded and in certain areas it is just as congested.

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Funny Communism in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 18, 2010

Here is a story from the chinadaily meant to tug at our heart strings. The guy pictured is ferrying children to a local school. The story talks of his struggle etc. The funny thing is that China is communist, and accordingly, such services should be provided by the central government. For instance, school should be free, the kids should have some way to access their schools.
But alas, buying buses and providing such luxuries for poor little rural residents of China does not allow them to get face with the world or show how powerful they are. Thus, they would rather spend about U$ 4 billion on the Expo in Shanghai and about half of that amount on the Olympics.
Life is about priorities and China is showing us hers.

Shimmering with hope
Shi Lansong paddles three of his pupils across the Big Dragon Lake, in the far suburb of Nanning, . [Photos by Huo Yan/China Daily]

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China suffers from Oil Spill, But Prefers to focus on the BP Disaster

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 18, 2010

This article comes from the chinadaily. China has an oil spill of its own, and although admittedly not as big as that in the Gulf, it is bad. Fortunately for China, the US had our spill, thus the chicoms have focused on it, as opposed to telling us all the details of their own mishap. They would hate to have the people think that the state owned oil company responsible for their disaster is inadequate.

Dalian seeks to contain oil pipeline spill
Oil pipelines and equipment in Dalian, Liaoning province, lie damaged after an explosion on July 16, 2010. [China Daily]

DALIAN – Workers rushed to contain an oil spill covering up to 50 square kilometers from seeping further into the Yellow Sea on Sunday, two days after an explosion at an oil storage port in Dalian, Liaoning province. An oil pipeline exploded at 6 pm on Friday near Dalian’s Xingang Harbor, triggering another blast at a smaller pipe nearby, Xinhua News Agency reported.

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Newest Japanese invasion into China- Spa’s

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 18, 2010

Japanese muscle in on China's spa industry

This Japanese company Gokurakuyu is looking to opens spas in China. This has the Chinese very nervous. The Chinese and Japanese do not get along, and both countries are very protective of their women, thus the idea of opening a Japanese style spa chock full of Chinese women, but frequented by Japanese, is unsettling for you typical China man. In addition, in China, spas, frequently double as houses of pleasure, it is implied, an unwritten rule that Chinese and foreign businessmen alike understand. Thus, to have the Japanese come in and enter this line of business takes profits away from the local, this is liable to piss off the Chinese even more.

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Obama Opens a Club in China?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 18, 2010

WTF Obama in China?

This club is in Shanghai and called Obama….Who says the Chinese are not creative?

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Chinese Pollution

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 18, 2010

Shot from downtown Beijing. Lately the pollution has been horrible.

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Hitching a Ride in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 18, 2010

This is in downtown Beijing, the guy is hitching a ride on a bike filled with recyclable goods.

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Public Pissing in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 18, 2010

Taking a leak in public may be crude, but sometimes cannot be avoided. I saw this guy talking a piss and had to get the photo. The thing is that in China it happens quite often, so I thought I would show you. This shot is from the Dawanglu SOHO area of Beijing.

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China and Evolution

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 18, 2010

Chinese, by far , beleive in evolution more than most “Only Russia (48%), USA (42%), South Africa (41%) and Egypt (25%) remained sceptical about the scientific evidence that exists to support Darwin’s theory. The results also show that a significant proportion of those people surveyed in the USA, South Africa and India (43%) believe that all life on Earth, including human life, has always existed in its current form.

In all other countries, people in China (74%), , Argentina (68%), Great Britain (63%) Russia, Spain (56%), and Egypt (52%) were of the view that more people thought that life on Earth, including human life, evolved over time either by a process guided by God or as a result of natural selection in which no God played a part.”

Surprising for Great Britain, not so surprising for China and its history of disbelief in God.

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China Security, Looking Out for the Terrorists

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 18, 2010

My friend is visiting me, he is from Mexico. He’s got long hear and a beard which partially covers his face. He arrived yesterday and Beijing’s finest apparently didnt like the looks of him, maybe thought he had the looks of a miscreant/terrorist. So, when he deplaned and got his luggage the cops were a little aggressive with him, asked him where he was going etc. I have never had this experience before, but I have short hair and am white. Some people think that my friend looks like someone from the Muslim area of China – Xinjiang. If so, that could describe why the cops acted as such.

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