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Archive for February 11th, 2011

Beijing Snow

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 11, 2011


This photo was from last year.

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Tianenman in ’09

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 11, 2011


This is what Tianenman looked like for her 60th anniversary.

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China Rain

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 11, 2011


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Chinese Hot Pot from Beijing

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 11, 2011


This is from a place called Dolar Soup, its in Beijing and a great hot pot place.

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Chinese “Law”

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 11, 2011


The author of this snippet is an expert in the field. He is considering the rule of law in China and how they can ever achieve such a thing.

Excerpt from Is China Law an Oxymoron Randal Peerneboom

“…this dichotomous understanding threatens always to condemn “Chinese law” to the status of an oxymoron, for historically Chinese legal institutions have been built on the ideological premise of rule of men (that is, men of either Confucian or socialist virtue). As a case study of the construction of Chinese law as congenitally lawless, and of the concomitant Western mandate to export law to China, I examine Thomas Stephens’s study of the International Mixed Court in early twentieth-century Shanghai.3 In theory, this court was charged with applying Chinese law to the Chinese residents of the socalled International”

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Starbucks in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 11, 2011


I don’t care for Starbucks, but I love their coffee. In China a Starbucks for the Chinese is a place to :
a- meet foreigners
b-try to get a free English lesson
c-try to act different from the other 1 300 000 000 people who are exactly like you
d- try to act western

In addition, the Starbucks at Guomao SOHO is a total meat market and the one at Yonganlie by the silk market is a dump.

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Beijing Sky

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 11, 2011


Photo from last year.

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I Am Red and You are Blue- Friends and Enemies in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 11, 2011


In China, the good guy is the red, and the bad guy is the blue. So, for instance, if they are angry with Bolivia and would like to start a war with the beautiful little land-locked place, they would call it the blue or enemy.

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Coming to China, Read This First!- From Chinese-culture.net

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 11, 2011


Here is a pretty good post about what it is like to come to China. The post talks about the bad. To some extent it is true, and the level of truthfulness depends on the city.

excerpt:

Endless crowds and rude, boorish behavior in the streets

On first arrival to China, the human wave will probably shock you. Everywhere you go; airport, public malls, tourist sites, restaurants, railway stations, bus stations; you will see nothing but waves and waves of people. China can be so crowded that you hardly have private space of your own once you are out of your hotel room or house.

And people tend to push. And stare. And spit. And talk loudly.

China does have an extremely large population. Unfortunately, due to many years of civil strife, a good proportion of people did not have a good education. Many old Chinese habits such as spitting and talking loudly continue to be part of their way of life and while rude and unbecoming to a foreigner, is part and parcel of the Chinese people.

However, it is good to know that the young population is getting more and more polite and considerate by the year.

Indifferent Chinese Public servants

Another major frustration about living or working in China is the indifferent attitude shown by public servants such as bank officers, police officers, civil servants, immigration officers etc. Many continue to adopt the attitude from the iron bowl communist era and show a indifferent or superior attitude when attending to members of the public. This behaviour is most obvious in the smaller towns and cities.

Poor working attitude

Depending on which part of China that you are at, you may get workers with very poor working attitude. Work is filled with long tea breaks, chatting sessions, poor sense of work quality, indifferent response to instructions etc. This is very likely as you get away further from the Chinese coastal cities.

Again, there is always exception to the rule but from what is a general consensus from businessmen, chances are, work attitude gets poorer the further you get from the big cities.

However, having said that, you are also likely to get loyal, faithful, hardworking and intelligent workers. This is very likely in the bigger coastal Chinese cities, where tough job competition and continual education has resulted in workers’ attitude improving by leaps and bounds.

Dirt behind the scene

Many of the larger Chinese cities are beautiful facades of glass and steel in their quest for modernisation. Beautiful plants lined the streets and road sweepers are hard at work every morning.

However, step into any side street or visit any of the smaller towns and you will be surprised at the amount of litter lining the streets. Chinese tend to spit and litter without regard for their fellow citizen.”

read more here

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Oops Here is the Cement Thing

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 11, 2011


Sorry, I forgot the attachment before. I still have no idea why I took this photo.

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