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Archive for March 22nd, 2011

China’s Communist Party and Land

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 22, 2011


From The Party- (Richard Mcgregor)

Most local governments have turned to real estate for cash, selling land at often inflated prices to make up budget shortfalls. ‘The reform of the tax system means that local governments have no other source of revenue, so they concentrate on land,’ said Yu Jianrong, an academic specializing in tracking farmers’ grievances. Yu says his surveys have found that as much as 30 per cent of the fiscal budgets of the government in Hebei are raised through the sale of land, a finite resource. Throughout China, about 60 per cent of protests are related to anger over local governments selling land.

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Typical Beijing Street

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 22, 2011


This is a sidestreet in Beijing. To the front is one of the most exclusive malls in the area.

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Italian Designers Look for Chinese Talent

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 22, 2011


A couple of famous Italian designers came to China looking for emerging designers. As in most things innovative, China is conspicuosuly absent. The two Italian designers were wooed by the locals and gave them a little pep talk that probably ended with something like this, “Wow, keep up the good work Chinese designers, we look forward to working with you in the future!” Whereupon, they two probably went back stage, threw on gas masks and ordered Olief, their driver to get them oiut as quickly as possible, all the while snickering at the ‘smocks’ and ‘burlap sacks’ that the locals called luxury garments…….

excerpt from here:
Italian luxury designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have their eyes on China’s emerging designers.

At China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing on Monday afternoon, the Italian duo, who run their own famed fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, stood in front of a crowd of aspiring designers who wanted to know what it takes to build a brand like D&G, which has swelled globally over the past decade, creating a fashion empire with sales of nearly $1.5 billion last year.

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Old Man Scrubbing an Odd Chinese Truck

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 22, 2011


I have no idea what kind of truck this is, but it almost looks like an amphibious vehicle. I see them all over Beijing, especially for repair work.

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Old Lady Sitting in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 22, 2011


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Outside a Kitchen in China

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On Ancient Chinese and Honesty

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 22, 2011


excerpt from here In Eastern Seas Or, the Commission of H.M.S. ‘Iron Duke,’ flag-ship in China, 1878-83 (J. J. Smith)

Every shop has a huge sign-board depending from the top of the house to the bottom, whereon is recorded in vermillion and gold characters, not so much the name as the virtues of the man within, sometimes, too, his genealogical tree is appended. Such expressions as “no cheating here” or “I cannot deceive,” are common, but, in nearly every case, belie the character of the proprietor, who is a living libel on the word honesty. Honesty! old Shylock even would blush for them.

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On Chinese Eating Habits

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 22, 2011


You can get this guy and Giles free on Amazon, his stories are ok, but not to the level of Giles, imho…
From here …….In Eastern Seas Or, the Commission of H.M.S. ‘Iron Duke,’ flag-ship in China, 1878-83 (J. J. Smith)

What the Chinese eat is a mystery, and such queer compounds enter into their menu that I would give everybody who dines with a Chinaman this advice—don’t enquire too minutely into what is placed before you, or you will eat nothing, and so offend your host; bolt it and fancy it is something nice—and fancy goes for something at times, I can assure you. That it requires a tremendous effort on the part of the human stomach, the subjoined “Bill of Fare” of a dinner given to Governor Hennessey by one of the Chinese guilds will, perhaps, serve to shew:

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“Old Lady Doing Something”- China Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 22, 2011


I have no idea what this old lady is doing, but I took the photo anyway.

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Tired Chinese Delivery Woman

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 22, 2011


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