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Archive for October 24th, 2010

Welcome All Those Friendly Chicoms

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 24, 2010

I think I posted this before, but would just like to reiterate. Did you know that 90% of all millionaires in China are children of communist party members, or party members. And that number merely drops to 80% when talking about Chinese billionaires…so what?

Well just remember what that communist party has accomplished over the past 60 years, some of it splendid, ie. economic growth and some of it less than splendid, I am thinking of ’89 and a ton of other things. Just keep that in mind when that friendly Chinese businessman wishes to talk about purchasing your home or taking part in a JV, or supplying you parts, or that kid in your school whose parents work for the government are actually part of. Yeah, we all like to complain about rights and carry the banner of change, but when we can really make a difference what do we do? We say, ah heck, he isnt that bad is he, and he is paying cash after all….

(the background of this is actually that I know of several people back home who are in this position, and irrespective of what one tells them, they dont seem to comprehend. So, my suggestion is to get educated or shut up about the corruption and ri.gh.ts. issues here or act as if you really care. The bottom line is that in China there is one party and it rules with an iron hand, just make sure you understand this.)

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Pissed Off Communists and the Nobel Prize

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 24, 2010

Woooo the chicoms are pissed. Remember I posted that a guy named Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel prize and the guy is currently in a Chinese jail? Well the chicoms buried it at first but now in the age of the ‘net, they realize they cant bury it so what do they do? The are vilifying the award and the west, why, because that is just how the chicoms operate. Lest we forget, these are the ones with the tenth worst record regarding those funny little rights that many of us hold to be true, and the same ones who control the Chinese media, so they can say what they wish.
I just think thhulat right now it is a good time to learn just what China and especially the government, or the party is all about. If you ever had a doubt, go to the Chinadaily.com and count and see how many articles they have vilifying the Nobel prize as we speak. Currently there are 3 and about one new one appears each day.

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Chinese Kamikaze

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 24, 2010

Motorcycle rickshaw driver in China.

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Chinese Bike Fixer Up’er

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 24, 2010

This guy just fixes bike tires and such in Beijing.

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I Am Tall… In China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 24, 2010

I love Chongqing, the food is great, oh yeah I already said that. Another cool thing is that in China I am tall, but even moreso in Chongqing. Here the people are quite short and at 6’1″ I am usually 9 to 10 inches taller than the average man, whereas in Beijing I am only 5 to 6 inches taller.

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Chinese Showers Suck

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 24, 2010

I am in Chongqing, actually a little municipality therein and loving it. This place has the best food and pretty cool people. This is a special area in China that was hacked away from the Sichuan province many a moon ago, and was created as a special zone. Thus, it is like Shanghai, Beijing, and Tianjin in that regard. This means that the head of the government of Chongqing has as much juice or power as the leader of an entire province. If you are confused, its ok, its just a digression, but back to sucky showers.
I am staying at a place called the Hoping or something, the listed price is about 50U$ for a room, but I have quanxi… got it for 20. Anyway the room is great, I paid about five times as much for a piece of crap room in Shanghai, but I again digress.
So anyway, I was showering and Chinese are cheap but like to act creative. So they try to be creative with the shower controls. In the west we have this crazy convetion that the left is hot and the right is cold and any motion of any device that provides water, will follow this convention. But, alas, thats the west, and this is the new daring China.
So in many hotels in China, the left is not hot nor the right cold and when and if you have hot water, it can actually be smack dab in the center. No kidding, I went to a place and cold water was on the extreme left and right, and hot in the center -wtf
Then, the Chinese being penny pinching, I believe but acting as if they are fashionable, device all of these odd devices which are used to turn on and off the water. Back home and in any country I have visited, there is always some sort of nubbed device that is obviously the thing one pulls, turns or generally prods to produce a stream of water, but not in China. Here I have seen long tubes, that needed to be turned themselves, or maybe just the end need be turned, or the entire apparatus. Quite frankly it has me a little nervous about showering in Chinese hotels.
So, when I arrived at this place I was happy, at first…. the shower had a normal handle, or a round thing which could be turned and pulled. Upon turning and pulling, water did come out, which was a welcome thing.
The problem was that mere microns separated the ‘scald off your package’ sterilizingly hot water, from Arctic tundra cool breeze equal to the freezing point of helium….shrinking my goodies to seeming nothingness..
Thus, while I attempted to shower last night and this morning, I was forced between huddling in the corner as fearful as a Sudanese refugee, or dancing like a white stepandfetchit.
I will now leave you with those images….

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