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Matchmaker shares the best places to pick up girls in Beijing

| March 25th, 2014
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A matchmaker in Beijing shared information on where to look for single girls and what to look for in a recent issue of China Weekly (中国周刊).

The woman, Rong Chaoran, who works for a private dating website, singled out individual malls and brands, going so far as to diss the uneducated girls who shop at Xidan who are too poor to shop at Shin Kong Place.

Rong Chaoran’s assessment is based on her experience standing around the mall all day looking for [...]Read more…

Photos of Plum Blossom Festival in Nanjing

| March 7th, 2014
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Each year, Plum Blossom Festival signals that spring is coming soon in Nanjing. The plum blossom trees at Nanjing’s Zijin Mountain (紫金山) are among the most beautiful in China. In March, these plum blossoms come out in full bloom. This has been promoted as Plum Blossom Festival (梅花节) since 1996.

The best viewing areas of Plum Blossom Mountain and Plum Blossom Valley of Zijin Mountain. Plum Blossom Mountain is a hill covering 400 acres with 18 kinds of flowers and 15,000 [...]Read more…

Expats: It’s your own fault if you don’t integrate

| March 6th, 2014
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“Why do so many foreigners still insist upon living in a land where, at this point in history, integration is impossible?” Kevin McGeary writes in a post at The Nanfang.

A common sight in Chinese bars.

I am reading his post while I sit in a coffee shop after getting back from seeing the plum blossoms at Zijin Mountain with two Chinese college students I met yesterday at Xuanwu Lake (see post: Plum Blossom Festival photos). I met the two students [...]Read more…

Fried chicken biscuits, cuttlefish smoked chicken bread, and other interesting snacks from Chinese bakeries

| February 22nd, 2014
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Chinese bakeries are notorious for their “interesting” pastries. There are hot dogs wrapped in oily buns, breads in different colors meant to evoke all kinds of tastes… In fact, chicken, pork, and other meats are popular flavors of bread.

In Hong Kong today, I ran into “fried chicken biscuits”… …with pork in them. What do fried chicken biscuits taste like?

If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, the same can be said about writing about food. Nonetheless, I tried to [...]Read more…

Beijing issues blue warning for pollution after Lantern Festival fireworks, 32 other cities experienced heavy pollution

| February 16th, 2014
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The fireworks of Lantern Festival have wreaked havoc on the air quality of northern China. PM2.5 levels in Beijing rose to 501 micrograms per cubic meter at 11 pm on Lantern Festival, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, and Beijing issued a blue warning. Additionally, 33 other cities, many in the surrounding area, experienced heavy levels of pollution.

Lantern Festival is the last day of the Spring Festival celebration period, and people go crazy launching the last of the fireworks [...]Read more…

Shenzhen teacher and daughter’s trip home through 6 provinces for Spring Festival

| February 14th, 2014
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Spring Festival is always a strenuous time for Chinese people returning home caught in the the travel rush. Many people find the train tickets are sold out and have to find a creative way to get home. Last year, ChinaHush reported on the story of “Brother Public Transit” who took 35 different buses to get home.

This year, a Shenzhen teacher named Ms. Sun is garnering Chinese media attention for her trip through six provinces and eight cities on [...]Read more…

“Father, I was arrested in Dongguan!” — Scammers using Dongguan prostitution sting to steal money

| February 13th, 2014
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Scammers are being quick to capitalize on the publicity of the huge prostitution raid in Dongguan, Guangdong on February 9. Messages are spreading from people claiming to be sons who were been arrested in the city and need money to get released. To those Chinese fathers out there who might have received such a message, you can relax: It’s (probably) not true.

Chinese Securities Net reported:

After the police launched a massive “eliminate yellow” raid on the sex industry of Dongguan, a [...]Read more…

Spring Festival fireworks celebrations should continue

| February 2nd, 2014
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Lantern Festival 2011 was the day I arrived in China for the first time. I was dazzled that night, by the fireworks and firecrackers exploding in every alleyway as I walked down the streets of Nanjing, a study abroad student fresh off the plane.

So it is with disappointment that I read that Shanghai and other cities might ban the use of fireworks this Spring Festival if the air quality is too poor.

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Has China exaggerated the “Leftover Women” problem?

| June 13th, 2013
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“My uncle tells me I’m the ‘monkey king of leftover women’,” confided Ms. Ma. An attractive technology manager with chunky turquoise jewelry, a pixie haircut, and an American graduate degree, Ms. Ma was chatting with me about dating in one of Shenzhen’s juice bars. “It’s a way of saying that I’m super-extra leftover,” she qualified with a chuckle. The ‘Monkey King’ is a superhuman monk-character in a legendary in Chinese fable, but the expression can also mean the “top” or [...]Read more…

10 questions foreigners like to ask Chinese people

| May 23rd, 2013

Living in China, there are some questions I hear over and over again: "Do you like China?", "Doesn’t America have so many guns?", and "How much does an iPhone cost?", for example. What about Chinese people who go abroad? What kinds of repetitive–and sometimes silly–questions do foreigners like to ask them?

In January, a writer for Aboluowang.com, a Chinese news site, wrote about the top 10 questions that foreigners like to ask Chinese people abroad. Here is the article translated:

The 10 [...]Read more…

China’s First Citizen Reporters Leaping the Great Firewall Chronicled in High Tech, Low Life

| May 21st, 2013
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“Zola” in High Tech, Low Life. Photo Credit: Stephen Maing.

New York, May 20, 2013 – HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE, award-winning filmmaker Stephen Maing’s chronicle of two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel the country  documenting underreported news and social issues stories while facing censorship for leaping China’s ‘Great Firewall’ – will  be released June 18 on iTunes in North America, with a roll-out on other digital platforms to follow, through the Sundance Institute Artist Services program and its [...]Read more…

Macau, Las Vegas of the East

| May 16th, 2013
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Earlier this year, it was revealed that Macau casino revenues hit a record $38 Billion in 2012. In December alone, Macau properties took in a record $3.5 Billion. These massive revenues reinforce the fact that Macau is not just the Las Vegas of the East but rather it is the new world leader in casinos gambling.

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Liu Bolin, the invisible man

| May 14th, 2013
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From Crane.tv: The Chinese artist whose ability to blend into the background has become a powerful mode of social commentary.

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Punks in China

| May 7th, 2013
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When the Sex Pistols appeared on the BBC singing "God Save the Queen," China was still in the grips of the Cultural Revolution – most music was banned, and Mao ruled supreme. It would take another two decades before punk arrived in Beijing.

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