Archive | June, 2013

Shanghai glory

11 Jun

Check out this fantastic timelapse video of Shanghai in all its shining and bustling glory. The famous skyline and Bund scenery are highlighted in their nighttime glory, as well as regular streets and neighborhoods.

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RandomChina travel destination- Xian 西安

11 Jun

Everybody knows this historic city for its terracotta warriors but there are several other cool places to visit. As one of the four ancient great capitals of China (Beijing is another one) and located near the Silk Road, Xian is packed with history and has a slightly different exotic feel, exemplified by its bustling Muslim quarter, where many of its Huis live. I’ve put up a few photos of the Muslim Quarter here, but besides that, there are other great places like the Shaanxi History Museum, Xian Museum, the Big Goose pagoda, and the massive City Wall. If you plan to visit Xian, don’t just come for the terracotta warriors. Spend a few days and you won’t be disappointed.

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One of the many stores in the Muslim Quarter at night.DSC03671
Xinjinag naan bread for sale.

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Pavilion inside the Great Mosque complex, located in the Muslim Quarter.

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The Drum Tower.

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Sidestreet market near the Great Mosque.

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Xian’s world-famous Terracotta warriors.

Beijing pizza chain’s answer to labor shortage issues

11 Jun

This is an amusing story of labor shortage in the nation’s capital, where in an attempt to keep young workers, the New Zealand boss of a pizza chain personally visits the rural homes of his employees if they stay for five years. And for the parents of these employees, seeing a white Western boss of their child in person is surefire proof that staying in Beijing is a good future. Yet I wonder if it’d work for a Chinese boss to do that.

E-waste capital of the world, buying up US pork, and continuing HK troubles

1 Jun

Life in many parts of China is not a cakewalk, and certainly a far cry from Beijing and Shanghai. Yet for many Chinese, such as these people extracting materials by hand from discarded electronic parts with little safety precautions and equipment, they willingly and stoically take on hard and dangerous work to make a living, that in this case benefits much of us in the developed world indirectly. This CNN feature article flatout describes China as the electronic waste capital of the world and it’s a sobering read.

A mainland Chinese woman who studied and now works in Hong Kong gives the hard truth about HK in this SCMP opinion piece. Tensions and slights abound on both sides and worse, things have seemed to be getting worse now than they were 14 years ago, when the author was an undergrad at a HK university.

A Chinese company bought the largest American pork producer this past week, the latest in a line of big overseas acquisitions by Chinese companies. One of the biggest benefits for Chinese buyers is gaining international brandname recognition, expertise and market share, such as Lenovo’s purchase of IBM’s PC business, one of the more successful of such Chinese moves so far. Yet, as this BBC piece says, China still receives more investment than it invests overseas and it’s much too early, if impossible, for its exaggerated headline to be realized.

The headline of this post might seem to mock China, but it’s not. All three articles illustrate several fascinating aspects of China- how it’s covered by Western media, the incredible work ethic of its underprivileged even at the cost of their own health, its gradual economic power overseas, and the mainlander-HKer tensions, which are not so simple as commonly presented.