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Archive for July 5th, 2011

More on Shoddy Construction in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 5, 2011


China is long on aspiration and short on quality. While the locals rush to buy a future heap of rubble. (house) most foreigners shy away. To most of us, our cash would be better spent in a country where we get rights of ownership to ‘our’ home for longer than 70 years from the date the thing was built. I have heard of many who have bought homes here and turned over a nice profit by selling them, which is an excellent idea, as long as the building is still standing.
The following is a quote from here:
“One foreign architect working in Beijing says developers would rather use cheap, shoddy building materials rather than more durable, but expensive, products, even on high-end projects.
“Many buildings in Beijing will have to be torn down and rebuilt in 10 years or so because they’ve been built so badly,” he says.
Continue here

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/mobile/asia-pacific/6945972.stm

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Cancer is the Leading Killer of Beijingers

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 5, 2011


This place has some good and lots of bad. As of now, cancer is the leading cause of death and the leading cancers here are:, lung, liver, stomach, esophageal and colorectal. These all seem to be associated with the toxic air, food and liquids we consume.

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Shanghai Bomb Explosion?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 5, 2011


The chinadaily.com reported that a man in Shanghai set off a bomb at a RT-Mart in the Jiading district around 1pm on Monday. They reported that there were no injuries but I have not seen more on this.

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Beijing Escalator Malfunction Leaves One Dead and 28 Wounded -Warning Graphic Photos

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 5, 2011


An escalator in Beijing’s Subway Line 4 had a ‘malfunction’ which lead to one person being killed 2 badly injured and 27 slightly injured  earlier today.
In a scene from everyone’s worst nightmare, an escalator in Beijing malfunctioned killing a 13 year old boy and wounding up to 30 others. The subway where it occurred supposedly wreaked of blood and fear. As of yet there has been no explanation for what happened, and by looking at the photos, one can only imagine. (also posted here)

Update: Supposedly the escalator suddenly reversed directions. Beijings MTR is issuing apologies as the escalator supposedly had been serviced only two days prior.



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Chinese Buildings, Built to Last, But not Too Long- Poor Quality in Chinese Construction

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 5, 2011


Vice Minister Qiu Baoxing from China has said that due to quality issues, Chinese buildings will only be able to stand for 25 to 30 years. He contrasted that to English and American structures which can stand for 132 and 74 years respectively. WTF?
I knew quality was bad in China but those numbers are unreal, let me take second to get my head around it.
Ok I got my head around it and it seems to me that this means that the average life of a building in China is equivalent to the life of“Bluey” the oldest dog on record. As a matter of fact, this means that if we consider the aging of animals as the benchmark, you could typically buy two dogs and have them live as long as a building in China.
Keeping this yardstick, this also means that you would have 6.5 of man’s best friends pass on before that American product is no good and roughly 13 pups before the English place bit the dust. Is it just me or is it crazy that an American building lasts three times as long as a Chinese one and 20% as long as one from England?
Color me in a hurry to buy my Chinese home….

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China “Fesses Up” To Oil Leak- Sort of-Photo of China’s Oil Spill

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 5, 2011


China had a pretty bad oil leak but no one knows just how bad because China is controlled by communists and of course they are much to smart to allow the common man bother himself with such things as a body of contaminated water, poisoned and dead fish, after all they have enough to worry about what with meeting their next hong bao payments. But the 21st century being what it is, the news has leaked out and China has sort of admitted that yes there was a leak, and yes you can see from the photo that it was pretty horrible but no they will not tell us how bad it was.
The photo below is from the chinadaily and when I look at it I feel sad and know this is nothing more than a sign of the times. China has a shitty record with her ecology and product quality and or safety and for them to drill for oil is akin to shitting all over mother nature….imho

photo chinadaily

Fishing industry braces for oil-leak impact
A fisherman rows a boat in the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei, Anhui province July 3, 2011. Algae outbreaks have repeatedly hit the lake in recent years. [Photo/Agencies]

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Beijing’s House Quality so Poor “Many New Houses Must Be Torn Down in Ten Years”

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 5, 2011


A local official has been quoted as saying that “Many of Beijing’s new houses will have to be torn down in ten years due to poor quality.”
Construction quality is always an issue in China and housing may be one of the most glaring examples. During the formation of China in ’49 and shortly thereafter, the party decided to make houses with a fifty year lifespan. In China’s hurry to make a buck it would appear that they now construct houses that will not even last that long.

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Rethinking How to Influence China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 5, 2011


I like to think of this site as a hopefully entertaining way to explain, to see and to understand China. It is my hope that by reading stories here one can learn a thing or two, and hopefully rethink how they see even the simple things in life.
Today as I sat researching for an upcoming project, I came upon an interesting site regarding China, her lack of respect for civil rights and the recent treatment of Ai Wei Wei. The article was well done, poignant and to me, provided a different way to view thinking about China’s impact on the world. The site is called “Mr. Trump Your Argument Against China Just Got Stronger” and can be found here.

I have selected a part of his post and will present it here for you to read. I highly suggest visiting the site to check out his article in its entirety.
excerpt:
“…. China is a at us. Their government is taking our money to rebuild their country – and, if I may add, oppressing their people in the process. In some part, it’s because of China’s economic success that the dissidents of their country can be persecuted by their government without repercussion and made to literally vanish from the sight of their families. The disappearance of this respected artist (Ai Wei Wei) and brave citizen journalist is a brazen act by the Chinese government – an act that is being witnessed by the entire world. Nothing the US, UK, or EU says will change China’s position on free speech. No statements from politicians or names on a petition will pressure them to alter their liberty policies. But by hitting them in their pocketbook, they may rethink their position.”
He then offers his position here
or here http://www.courrielche.com/?p=685

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China Photo- 1.34 Billion People, 1 Mind….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 5, 2011


Chinafotopress/Getty Images

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