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Archive for October 16th, 2010

I love Beijing

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 16, 2010


I speak a little Chiense, very very little, but enough for the astute cabbies here to understand me. And they always ask if I like China, my response is that I love Beijing…Let me explain
As far as cities go, Beijing is not too bad. The infrastructure is pretty sound, the cabbies are great, and the food is excellent. When I came here I literally spoke no Chinese, and had no problems. Today I speak a little Chinese and get by very well.
Beijing caters to foreigners and is their capital, thus they love to show her off. When its not polluted the sky is a brilliant blue, and the older buildings are captivating. You may ask why I tend to bitch on my blogs if I like it so much, my response is that Im merely human. The majority of things that I dislike about this place are actually cultural and not specific to Beijing, or governmental, which are a problem within China. But, if you take away all of those issues, this place is cool (Beijing). Heck, if they’d get rid of the smog, about 70% of the cars, 50% of the people, get high speed internet, get rid of restrictions on the internet, get free public wifi and muzzle the chicoms, this place would be utopia…I really do enjoy Beijing.

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China Fact – House Prices

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 16, 2010


The Chicoms stated that in the past year that the house prices in major cities across China rose over 9%. This is the official version, of course their credibility is lacking and some believe it may be much more than that. This means that the under or unemployed, or those living in the rural areas will find it all but impossible to ever purchase a house in major Chinese cities, while the chicoms can still scoop them up and ensure a financial legacy for their children.

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Chinese Films

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 16, 2010


Chinese have four types of films that they continuously run morning noon and night.
1-Monkey King- some weird movie where Jet Li (and others) dress like some mystical monkey and fly around and kick people
2-Kung fu movies- some mystical films where Chinese people fly around and kick people
3-Old time emperor movies where some fat little bald headed emperor kicks people and his wife cries a lot
4-Japanese war movies where the Chinese boldly defend the motherland till the bitter end…

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Sketchy on My Chinese History

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 16, 2010


I really dont know much about history, any history, let alone Chinese history, but there a few things I am sure of. I’m pretty sure who won the world wars, the US Vietnamese conflict, the Korean war, all of the good and bad. The confusing thing is that here in China I think they may have studied from different history books.
The reason is that today while I was taking the subway from Xi Er Qi to the other side of Beijing ( a long long trek), I was treated to the Beijing subway telescreen. Today one the special movie was , surprise, surprise, a movie about the Japanese war of Aggression or what the rest of the world calls WW2. The odd thing is that the way the Chinese portray it, the Chinese always come out on top. They are lead by some swarthy hero who leads charge after charge till the flag of China is lifted in victory….ummm
Well, I may be misinformed, but I believe the Japanese (no matter if you like love or hate them) came to China and basically dominated them till the atrocious bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. If this is true, then many of those battles that are shown on the subway were either untruths or the few battles they won.
A second issue that I have is that in the movies the soldiers seem well organized and seem to have state of the art weapons, but yet in other books I have read, they basically fielded a rag tag of men without direction and when attacked usually retreated or gave up. Can someone tell me which image is correct?

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Scenes from Rickshaw Ride in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 16, 2010


Shot from commute yesterday …

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Sights From Commute in China #2

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Shot from commute yesterday …

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From Rickshaw Ride 1

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Shot from commute yesterday …

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Getting Away With Murder in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 16, 2010


When I first came to China a few years ago, I’d seen only a few corpses, in China, I’ve seen at least half a dozen. The most shocking was on a trip to Bei Dai He (sp), an area that has the beginnings of the Great Wall. 

My business partner was driving along a lonely stretch of road like that between western Iowa and Nebraska, when all of the sudden, he was forced to slow down and swerve. We all looked at the problem and it was a dead body in the road. There was the body of a pauper with coagulating blood all around her, she lie in the road in a pool of coagulated blood….Apparently she had wandered into the road and been hit or something like that. The cars continued around her body with no one offering help, and no ambulance nor police. We did not see who had hit her, but no one seemed to care.

I was shocked, and my ‘friend’ kept driving. I asked if that was a dead person. The man’s wife was embarrassed, and assured me not to worry. I asked if they were going to stop to tell the authorities to claim the body. He laughed as his wife smiled nervously, he said she was ok, she was dead.

In China only 4% of the people have cars, so those who can afford to drive have money. Maybe the lady was at fault, or maybe she merely died of natural causes, but to me, it was sad to see the lifeless form of a human on the road, and no one seemed to car.

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