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Archive for March 9th, 2011

Beijing Trike Carrying a ton of Junk

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Look at the other side of the street, the guy is carrying a metric ton of junk.

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Organized Street in China

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Gritty Beijing Alleyway

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Chinese Discount Store

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Beijing Smog

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Rabbit, But Not Like 22

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This rabbit is no where near as cute as 2 2…..

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Chinese and Revenge

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Excerpt from “The Civilization of China (Herbert Allen Giles)

As an offset against the virtue of gratitude must be placed the deep-seated spirit of revenge which animates all classes. Though not enumerated among their own list of the Seven passions–joy, anger, sorrow, fear, love, hatred and desire–it is perhaps the most over-mastering passion to which the Chinese mind is subject. It is revenge which prompts the unhappy daughter-in-law to throw herself down a well, consoled by the thought of the trouble, if not ruin, she is bringing on her persecutors. Revenge, too, leads a man to commit suicide on the doorstep of some one who has done him an injury, for he well knows what it means to be entangled in the net which the law throws over any one on whose premises a dead body may thus be found.

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China and Meds

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I just went to pick up some meds, and of course in China this is a shaky proposition at best. So I showed the astute Chinese specialist the brand name of the drug I needed as well as its clinical name. Being Chinese, she was stumped and marshalled all of the forces to find out what this dumb barbarian wanted. One little member of the flock of ignorance supposedly looked up the drug and then proudly shoved a dented raggedy old box at me with Chinese writing. Being sane, I declined and said I wanted the foreign or American version. One of the older women scattered about what approximated a herd of curious elephants, padded off and then threw a package of my meds to me. Inspecting the box I knew it wasn’t the right med. The product I wanted was A, and this was B. I told her this wasn’t the right med. Through doughy eyes she simply stared as if to say, “shut up and take it just like all the other bleating sheep do you stupid barbarian.”
I stared back as if to say “Yah dumbass, that’s why you guys are dropping off like fleas and anyone with a kid or a pile of money is doing anything to leave this miserable dump before the toxic air, water, milk, cigs, rain, rice, baozi, kills them.”
Her sizable eyeslids seemed to consider this and we had a stalemate. In the end I walked away thinking, “Damn I’m glad this is just my plan B”

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Hilarious Reblog on Buying Clothes in China

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This post is from mylaowai.com. The author, there are many, but mylaowai is hilarious, do a good job of proving that we the cynical, are correct and China has many many many many defects….

excerpt from here:
So, you are in China, and you want some clothes? Every city and town has a ‘fabric market’, where you can choose the fabric you want, and have the clothes you desire tailored at a reasonable price. You will enjoy the high quality and low cost, and you may even indulge in a little friendly bargaining with the tailor. Enjoy!

Right, that’s the bit for the dumbfuck tourists out of the way. When I want clothes, here’s what I do:

I go to Thailand.

China is a bit problematic when it comes to clothing, and footwear, and, well pretty much everything else actually. For one thing, Chinese are not merely smaller than real people, they have entirely different body shapes: no hips, no ass, no tits, legs that are as well-muscled as chopsticks, complete lack of chest and shoulders, flat heads, flat feet. So finding clothes you can wear isn’t just a matter of merely scaling up the stuff they wear. And ‘tailor’ or not, no one in China seems to comprehend that what you want to buy might not be what they want to sell. As for quality, well that’s a joke on a good day. The fabric you think you are buying, well, it isn’t. The buttons are made of soda-biscuits, thread dissolves in water, colours run and everything shrinks upon washing. The stitching is barely enough to hold the stuff together on the rack, and no further. And the price? Outrageous!

When I want clothes, I generally take a long weekend, leaving Friday after work and returning Monday night. I fly to Bangkok, where I meet my regular tailor (note: always go with an Indian or Nepalese tailor). He looks up his records, measures me for any changes, and gets right to work. The quality is superb, and I can get a couple of really nice suits and a few shirts (and perhaps a pair of shoes) for the same price as some raggity shit from China’s finest ‘tailor’. The weekend away in a nice country with great food and friendly people can be considered a free bonus.

Recently I wanted some new clothes. And unfortunately, I was far too busy to be able to go to Bangkok, even for three days. I knew it would lead to disaster, and I knew I’d pay over the odds, but I needed some clothes. So I went to the ‘fabric market’.

I’m not completely stupid, so I brought with me a shirt and a pair of trousers that I wanted copied. You’d think a Chinese could at least do that, right? I selected the fabrics, gave explicit instructions, obtained a completion date that was ten days longer than any tailor in Bangkok would give, and (after significant argument) paid a deposit equal to the normal full price that a tailor in Bangkok would charge.”

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“Quality in China”- an Oxymoron- Styrofoam Buildings

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China, long known as the ’emperor of quality’….. has gotten creative in her use of ‘building materials’. While styrofoam may be an excellent from which to make Christmas ornaments, it is a pretty crappy construction material, for things such as houses and bridges. This photo shows how styrofoam was used in the building of a house. A while ago I also blogged about a Chinese bridge which collapsed and actually had styrofoam along with rubbish used in its ‘support beams’. This is China.

funny pictures from china, cheapest building materials
funny pictures from china, cheapest building materials
funny pictures from china, cheapest building materials
funny pictures from china, cheapest building materials
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