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  • Clean Water in China?

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    John Pasden
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Last week AllSet Learning staff took a team-building trip to the mountains of Zhejiang in Tonglu County (). It was a nice trip, and one of the things that struck me most about the natural beauty there was the lack of litter and crystal-clear water. Anyone who has traveled much in China knows that it’s a beautiful, beautiful country, but disgracefully covered in litter in so many otherwise breath-taking tourist destinations. Not so in Tonglu! I was also surprised to learn that the locals there drink the water straight from the mountain streams without treating it at all. They don’t…
  • The sad state of Hong Kong accounting - Paul Gillis

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    Fons Tuinstra
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    +Paul Gillis After long delays the Hong Kong accounting regulator at last announced penalties for accounting firm Ernst & Young and its former senior partner Anthony Wu. Too little, too late, writes Beida professor Paul Gillis at his weblog. Hong Kong needs an independent regulator.Paul Gillis:The case against Wu was a slam dunk. He signed checks for an EY audit client.  His defense was laughable – he only did it when other signatories were unavail-able and had approved the payments. He also served as an advisor to the com-pany, and was involved in loans to…
  • Where To Locate Your Business In China Or Asia

    China Law Blog
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    A reporter recently asked me why our clients that had chosen to locate in Vietnam had chosen Vietnam over China. I mentioned lower costs, less competition, and how some had told me that it was because they just flat out preferred spending time in Vietnam to China. He replied: “But it must be strictly the low costs in the end, right?” I said that could not be the case because if companies were choosing their locations on low costs alone, countries like Yemen and Niger would be on the top of their lists, rather than nowhere on them. I then mentioned that because we have an experienced and…
  • Edelman, Rui Chenggang, and China PR

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    David Wolf
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Hutong Forward In the Shadow of the Pentagon 1710 hrs As more details about ties between the China operations of Edelman Public Relations and erstwhile China Central Television (CCTV) anchor Rui Chenggang are released, a wave of schadenfreude has risen amongst both Edelman’s rivals and the detractors of public relations. As happened when Edelman was caught in a similar ethical imbroglio when it hired ostensibly independent bloggers to post on behalf of Wal-Mart, PR‘s detractors believe that ethical lapses suffuse China’s public relations industry, while practitioners who don’t…
  • Visiting a Chinese Family

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    Rebecca Brueckner
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:36 pm
    It is becoming more and more popular for foreigners to stay at a Chinese host family while being overseas for studies or work. Visiting a Chinese family invariably provides a deeper insight into Chinese culture and local life, but in order to get the most out of it, there are some do’s and don’ts   […]
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  • Death Toll Mounts as Clashes Intensify in Ukraine

    Nash Jenkins
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    (KIEV, Ukraine) — At least eight civilians have been killed by fighting and shelling in two Ukrainian cities held by separatist militants, officials in the rebellion-wracked east said Monday. Authorities in Luhansk said five people were killed and 15 injured by overnight artillery strikes. Three were killed in Donetsk as a result of clashes, the city’s government said. Territory between the cities has seen intensified fighting as government troops try to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month. Dutch and Australian police set off for…
  • U.N. Security Council Calls for Unconditional Cease-Fire in Gaza

    David Stout
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:37 am
    The UN Security Council called for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire” in the Gaza Strip, along with the “the delivery of urgently needed assistance” to the residents of the conflict-riven coastal territory during an emergency meeting in the early hours of Monday morning. MoreHamas Still Has Some Friends LeftExplosions at Gaza School Kill at Least 16, Health Ministry SaysTumultuous Day Ahead: Severe Storms to Batter Millions NBC NewsDeadly Beach Lightning Strike Triggered 'Scene Out of Jaws' NBC NewsWe Won't Shoot First, Israel Says as Fighting Subsides NBC…
  • Vietnam Cat Owners Must Live With Fear of Pets Getting Stolen and Eaten

    Stephanie Burnett
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:26 am
    In Asia, there’s a growing demand for quirky cat cafés where customers can enjoy tea or coffee in the company of domesticated felines. But in Vietnam, the concept of cat cafés would likely take on a very different meaning — one that any cat lover would find abominable. Despite an official ban on eating cats, restaurants in the Southeast Asian nation still offer the forbidden meat on their menus, reports Agence France-Presse. In fact, the consumption of felines appears to be rising, prompting cat owners to fear for their pets’ safety. “Eating cat meat is better than eating dog as the…
  • Afghanistan: Awash in Guns, as Well as Narcotics

    Mark Thompson
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    MoreTentative Deal Reached on VA ReformQuadruple Threat: Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine, All Rolled Into OneTumultuous Day Ahead: Severe Storms to Batter Millions NBC NewsDeadly Beach Lightning Strike Triggered 'Scene Out of Jaws' NBC NewsWe Won't Shoot First, Israel Says as Fighting Subsides NBC NewsThe bad news out of Afghanistan this week is that the U.S. military’s accounting for the arsenals the Pentagon is giving to Afghan security forces is plagued by “incompatible inventory systems” that generate “missing serial numbers, inaccurate shipping and receiving dates, and…
  • Ebola Kills Liberian Doctor, 2 Americans Infected

    alexishauk
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:23 pm
    (MONROVIA, Liberia) — One of Liberia’s most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people in West Africa — the largest ever recorded. MoreReport: U.S. Citizen Tested for Ebola in GhanaHere’s What It Will Take to Contain the Worst Ebola Outbreak in HistoryTumultuous Day Ahead: Severe Storms to Batter Millions NBC NewsDeadly Beach Lightning Strike Triggered 'Scene Out of Jaws' NBC NewsWe…
 
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  • Beijing’s New Internet Buzzphrase

    David Wolf
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Hutong Forward Planespotting at Reagan National 1655 hrs  In a ten minute speech last month in London at the 50th Meeting of ICANN, Lu Wei, the Minister of China’s Cyberspace Affairs Administration, introduced a set of seven principles under which, according to him, the Internet should be governed. While not much attention was paid Mr. Lu or his speech outside of the confines of the attendees, we can assume that it was an official statement of government policy, and therefore worth understanding, analyzing, and discussing. His principles, as I heard them, are: The Internet should benefit…
  • Electric Cars and China

    David Wolf
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    “The mechanical value of the automobile is falling, but the electric value of the car is rising.” – Amit Gattani, Micron Technologies Let’s take Amit’s point one step further: the trajectory of automotive development is such that the car is evolving into an oversized piece of consumer electronics. If there is a single factor that inveighs in favor of China eventually becoming the automaker to the world, this is it.
  • Edelman, Rui Chenggang, and China PR

    David Wolf
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Hutong Forward In the Shadow of the Pentagon 1710 hrs As more details about ties between the China operations of Edelman Public Relations and erstwhile China Central Television (CCTV) anchor Rui Chenggang are released, a wave of schadenfreude has risen amongst both Edelman’s rivals and the detractors of public relations. As happened when Edelman was caught in a similar ethical imbroglio when it hired ostensibly independent bloggers to post on behalf of Wal-Mart, PR‘s detractors believe that ethical lapses suffuse China’s public relations industry, while practitioners who don’t…
  • China Goes West: The Coming Rise of Chinese Brands

    David Wolf
    5 May 2014 | 5:23 pm
    China Goes West: Everything You Need To Know About Chinese Companies Going Global Joel Backaler Palgrave-Macmillan May 2014 If there is one question that vexes many observers in China, it is this: how can Chinese companies begin to build – or become – global brands? Thirty-six years after the beginning of reforming and opening, only a handful of Chinese companies – Lenovo, Huawei, Haier, Tsingtao – have made the leap to global leadership in their sectors. This invites a rude comparison: 36 years after it was flattened by the US Army Air Corps, Japan had already…
  • Bet the Farm, Or Settle for Table Scraps?

    David Wolf
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    In China, Go for Broke or Accept that Less Is More Franc Kaiser Harvard Business Review April 4, 2014 Nanjing Road pedestrian mall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In this intriguing essay, Shanghai-based consultant Kaiser suggests that for foreign companies, the glory days are over, and the only two strategies left are to either fight for one of the top two positions in your industry (against what might be brutal competition) or accept that your market in China will be modest, picking up what others cannot. I really enjoyed the essay, because I like contrarian thinking on business in China. But I…
 
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  • Where To Locate Your Business In China Or Asia

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    A reporter recently asked me why our clients that had chosen to locate in Vietnam had chosen Vietnam over China. I mentioned lower costs, less competition, and how some had told me that it was because they just flat out preferred spending time in Vietnam to China. He replied: “But it must be strictly the low costs in the end, right?” I said that could not be the case because if companies were choosing their locations on low costs alone, countries like Yemen and Niger would be on the top of their lists, rather than nowhere on them. I then mentioned that because we have an experienced and…
  • China Domain Name Emails. It Is Still A Scam.

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    One of our China lawyers just got the following email which, interestingly enough went to the spam folder.  I mention that it went to the spam folder because it shows that Outlook recognized it for what it contained, a fairly standard China domain name scam email. The email our China attorney received was the following: I am a longtime reader (and occasional commenter) of your blog, and I received an email that seems to be a warning from a Chinese company about a potential domain squatter in China, I thought you might be interested in it. the email seems like an fishing expedition,…
  • China: Do Just One Thing Redux. Trademarks.

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    More than three years ago, we did the following post, entitled, China: Do Just One Thing. Trademarks. From time to time I get calls from start-up companies about to embark on manufacturing in China. They are calling to ask what they need to do “to protect themselves.” I tell them about NNN Agreements and how they can help prevent potential manufacturers from replicating their product. And I tell them about how important it is that they have an OEM Agreement with their Chinese manufacture Then I tell them how if they do nothing else, they should immediately register their trademarks…
  • Stiffed By Your China Manufacturer? It’s Probably Your Own Fault.

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    In the last five years, the China lawyers at my firm have been contacted literally hundreds of times by foreign companies (mostly American, Canadian, British, German and Australian) that have received bad product or no product from their suppliers in China. And no exaggeration, I cannot remember a single time where the foreign company did not bear at least some responsibility for its own problems. What are these foreign companies doing wrong, and so often?  Two things. First, buying product from companies that they do not really know, or at least do not know well. We have written so often on…
  • China Commercial Contracts: Writing the Contract Damage Provision

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    17 Jul 2014 | 11:06 pm
    In our standard commercial contracts we often include a specific damage amount for certain (not all) violations of the contract terms. We work with our clients to ensure that such provisions are not a penalty, but rather an honest assessment of what real damages might result from the breach. This system has worked well in China and actually helps prevent litigation due to the certainty of result these contract damage provisions provide. Common law lawyers often express concern about such contract damage provisions based on the general common law aversion to “liquidated damages.”…
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  • The sad state of Hong Kong accounting - Paul Gillis

    Fons Tuinstra
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    +Paul Gillis After long delays the Hong Kong accounting regulator at last announced penalties for accounting firm Ernst & Young and its former senior partner Anthony Wu. Too little, too late, writes Beida professor Paul Gillis at his weblog. Hong Kong needs an independent regulator.Paul Gillis:The case against Wu was a slam dunk. He signed checks for an EY audit client.  His defense was laughable – he only did it when other signatories were unavail-able and had approved the payments. He also served as an advisor to the com-pany, and was involved in loans to…
  • Being rich is getting more expensive - Rupert Hoogewerf

    Fons Tuinstra
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:13 am
    Rupert HoogewerfThe costs of luxury goods are becoming more expensive, faster than the inflation rate, is one of the conclusions by the newest Hurun Luxury Consumer Price Index. Quality is taking over from quantity, suggests Hurun founder Rupert Hoogewerf in the Shanghai Daily.The Shanghai Daily: Rupert Hoogewerf, chief researcher at the Hurun Research Institute, said the buzzword "tuhao" — those with deep pockets but poor taste — has made China's rich aware that the most expensive thing is not necessarily the best. And that put pressure on brands targeting high net worth…
  • The struggle of food companies to stay clean - Ben Cavender

    Fons Tuinstra
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    +Benjamin Cavender A large number of retailers and restaurants from 7-Eleven to Starbucks to McDonald´s had to cut ties with their meat supplier in Shanghai, as authorities forced to close its operation. Retail analyst Ben Cavender explains in the WSJ what it takes to keep supply chains clean.Ben Cavender is a speaker at the China Speakers Bureau. Do you need him at your meeting or conference? Do get in touch or fill in our speakers´ request form.Are you interested in more experts on risk management at the China Speakers Bureau? Do check out our recently updated list.Related…
  • McDonald´s and Yum hit by new meat scandal - Ben Cavender

    Fons Tuinstra
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    +Benjamin Cavender An all-American meat scandal has hit Shanghai, as McDonald´s and Yum´s KFC banned their Chicago-owned supplier after authorities found out it used out-dated meat. Retail analyst Ben Cavender expects a long-term damage to both restaurant chains, he tells in the China Daily.The China Daily: Ben Cavender, an analyst at Shanghai-based China Market Research, said the new allegation is going to have a lasting impact on both brands despite their responses to make consumers feel better.But Yum will take more of a hit due to food safety problems in the past, which indicates…
  • Corporate bond market might default before it matures - Sara Hsu

    Fons Tuinstra
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Sara HsuHailed as an alternative way to raise funds, China´s corporate bond market faces a potentially fatal end as its second default is looming, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat. Defaults were seen as way to discipline the market, but the opposite might happen.Sara Hsu: China’s corporate bond market is relatively underdeveloped. China’s overall corporate debt is higher than that in the United States, but only a relatively small proportion of this debt resides in corporate bonds. The ratio of corporate bonds to GDP in China is only 14 percent, which is below that…
 
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  • Xbox One Starts China Sales Via JD.com's Social Media Channels

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    With a newly-minted IPO under its belt, Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc. announced today that is now taking pre-orders for Microsoft's Xbox One gaming console. As part of an agreement between the companies, JD.com will have the exclusive right to accept pre-orders for Xbox One in China from July 28-30, 2014, through JD.com's Mobile QQ […]
  • Baidu Establishes Internet Developer Start-Up Center In Tianjin

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    Chinese search engine company Baidu announced in Tianjin that the company's developer start-up center in the city has been formally established. This is Baidu's newest regional start-up center following those already operational in Chengdu and Xiamen. This new Tianjin Baidu developer start-up center is located in Hongqiao district. With an office area of over 3,000 […]
  • Chinese Internet Shoppers Gain More Payment Options For Overseas Buys

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Chinese Internet payment service provide Alipay has reached a deal with American online payment company Stripe to provide enhanced overseas shopping payment experience to Chinese users. With the cooperation, Alipay's Chinese users will be able to complete payment at overseas vendors who can accept payment via Stripe. Patrick Collison, co-founder and chief executive officer of […]
  • China Telecom Rolls Out Cloud Services With VMware

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:36 pm
    China Telecom has signed a memorandum of understanding with the world's leading virtual and cloud infrastructure provider VMware to launch China Telecom's eSurfing mixed cloud services in China. China Telecom's eSurfing mixed cloud services will reportedly target large enterprises whose existing data centers face infrastructure and power expansion problems. China Telecom will provide a mixed […]
  • Nokia's Beijing Factory May Cut 3,000 Employees

    ChinaTechNews.com Editor
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Nokia's brand motto "Connecting People" should instead be "Disconnecting People" as the company plans China layoffs of up to 3,000 workers in its Beijing factory. Moreover, the company's factory may be relocated to another city within three to five months, according to reports in Chinese local media. Nokia's Beijing factory is located in the Beijing […]
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  • Chinese city sealed off after bubonic plague death

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    23 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    A Chinese city has been sealed off and 151 people have been placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said. The 30,000 residents of Yumen, in the north-western province of Gansu, are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on the perimeter of the city are telling motorists to find alternative routes, China Central Television (CCTV) said. China Health | 0 Comments
  • Chinese Activist Hu Jia Attacked

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    17 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Prominent Chinese activist Hu Jia was attacked last night on July 16 in Beijing. He reported the incident in his Twitter: "Today (July 16), just now at 20:12, I was attacked by a number of plain clothes cops near the east wing of Caofang subway station at Chaoyang district, Beijing. They drove away immediately. As I dropped my glasses, I could not see the car plate number. Now I feel sick and have to rest on the pavement. Will call the police. Hu Jia." China News | 0 Comments
  • The Chengdu Train Station Dance

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    16 Jul 2014 | 8:50 pm
    The Chengdu East Railway Station just added to the Internet's collection of Chinese state employees performing choreographed dances to pop music. China Videos | 0 Comments
  • Chinese People Share Embarrassing Stories of Foreigners Who Understand Chinese

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    16 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Expats may enjoy each day in China as an "adventure" waiting to happen, but have you considered that Chinese have stories of their own about their "adventures" with foreigners? Guangzhou Daily shares with us a number of personal stories in which Chinese people encounter an expat who, to their often embarrassing surprise, understands Putonghua. While the number of foreigners that have adapted to living in China has increased, it seems the number of Chinese that continue to underestimate them remains extremely high. Language | 0 Comments
  • Coca-Cola offers expats China pollution hazard pay

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    15 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    American beverage giant Coca-Cola is offering a hefty “environmental hardship allowance” to its ­China-based expatriate employees, as foreign companies struggle to attract and retain staff with many people scared off by chronic pollution. The allowance, which was introduced “recently”, is believed to be 15 per cent on top of an employee’s base ­salary. A company spokeswoman ­confirmed the introduction of a wage premium to The Australian Financial Review, but declined to comment on the amount. China Environment | 0 Comments
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  • HK’s House News Closes Citing Political Pressure

    josh rudolph
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Hong Kong pro-democracy website, blog, and news aggregator House News (主場新聞) has shut down due to a combination of political pressure and low advertising revenue. The South China Morning Post reports: In a letter posted on the website’s front page, Tony Tsoi Tung-ho, said he and his family had been increasingly influenced by the spreading “white terror” in society, as a number of democracy advocates had been followed, had their past investigated and been smeared. “As a businessman who frequently travels to and from the mainland, I have to admit that I felt…
  • In Scarred Tibetan City, Devotion to Sanctity of Life

    josh rudolph
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Following the devastating 2010 earthquake that killed thousands in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, the New York Times’ Andrew Jacobs looks at the growing local popularity of “mercy release”—the practice of saving animals who would otherwise die from natural causes or slaughter. The report examines the significance of the practice to Yushu’s local Tibetan Buddhists, a budding “mercy release” industry on the Tibetan plateau, and controversy as the trend catches on throughout China: [...] Buddhist monks say the growing interest…
  • U.S. Says China Tested Anti-Satellite Missile

    Cindy
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    The Associated Press reports that China’s military has successfully conducted a missile test on Wednesday. Washington believes that the Chinese missile has the capacity to destroy satellites. From the Sun Herald: The U.S. says China has tested a missile designed to destroy satellites and is urging Beijing to refrain from destabilizing actions. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the “non-destructive” test occurred Wednesday. She said a previous destructive test of the system in 2007 created thousands of pieces of dangerous debris in space. Harf said Friday that the…
  • Photo: Wall flower, Dali City, by Stephan Rebernik

    Sophie Beach
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    Wall flower, Dali City © Sophie Beach for China Digital Times (CDT), 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Download Tools to Circumvent the Great Firewall
  • Minitrue: Alibaba and the ‘Red Second Generation’

    josh rudolph
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    The following censorship instruction, issued to the media by government authorities, has been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source. Do not republish reports related to Alibaba “red second generation” shareholders. (July 26, 2014) As Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is preparing for an upcoming New York IPO, the New York Times’ Michael Forsythe recently reported on shareholding companies’ family ties to top Party leadership, a situation creating an opportunity to profit for some princelings and members of…
 
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  • Clean Water in China?

    John Pasden
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Last week AllSet Learning staff took a team-building trip to the mountains of Zhejiang in Tonglu County (). It was a nice trip, and one of the things that struck me most about the natural beauty there was the lack of litter and crystal-clear water. Anyone who has traveled much in China knows that it’s a beautiful, beautiful country, but disgracefully covered in litter in so many otherwise breath-taking tourist destinations. Not so in Tonglu! I was also surprised to learn that the locals there drink the water straight from the mountain streams without treating it at all. They don’t…
  • The 4th Ayi: Chinese Girls’ Nightmare

    John Pasden
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:52 pm
    We learners of Chinese typically learn that “ayi” () means “aunt,” and then soon after also learn that it is also a polite way to address “a woman of one’s mother’s generation.” Then, pretty soon after arriving in China, we learn that it’s also what you call the lady you hire to clean your home. (The last one tends to become the most familiar for foreigners living in China.) Today I’d like to bring up a fourth use of “ayi” which kind of circles back to the first one, but is also subtly different, and additionally…
  • Abstracted Characters

    John Pasden
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Stylized letters and characters are interesting to me, but how abstract can you get with Chinese characters? You kinda have to retain the strokes and radicals and stuff, right? Maybe not… The characters represented above are . Although the name is readable, it might take a bit longer to decipher than most Chinese text, even for native speakers. Have you ever spotted characters that have been taken even further into the abstract?
  • Itchy Feet on Communication

    John Pasden
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    The webcomic Itchy Feet has some great comics on learning to communicate in a foreign language. I especially like his visualization technique for representing a low level of competency in a foreign language. These are about German and French, but could be about any language, really: This one will feel relevant to ABCs in China: Itchy Feet is also the comic that did this amusing take on various Asian scripts which went semi-viral a while ago:
  • Baijiu Bigotry

    John Pasden
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    I recently saw a link to this article on Facebook: One Billion Drinkers Can Be Wrong (China’s most popular spirit is coming to the U.S. Here’s why you shouldn’t drink it). So it’s a post laegely about how baijiu () cannot success outside of China because it’s a terrible, terrible liquor. (Some of the comments I read on Facebook went much further, and I’ll address that sentiment below.) Now I’m no fan of baijiu; I’ve made this clear in the past. And when I say it’s terrible, I know it’s because I personally will never develop a taste…
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  • Wedding-Booking Service Daoxila, Another Traditional Company Into O2O Business

    Rita Liao
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    Daoxila (roughly translated as “happiness is coming”), an online wedding banquet booking service, recently landed a multi-million series B round of funding from Sequoia China. Founded in May, 2010, the e-commerce lists banquet venues in 23 Chinese cities, allowing couples to search vendors by location, budget and number of tables, plus read and write reviews. Daoxila also offers one-to-one consultation to walk couples through the exhausting and stressful process of planning the banquet. Banquet place at Crowne Plaza Hotel at U-Town, Beijing (source: Daoxila) I had no idea how…
  • TimeAway: Allowing Parents to Combat Their Kids’ Mobile Addiction

    Zen Soo
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    TimeAway: Monitor your kids’ mobile device usage Parents who worry about the increasing amounts of time their children are spending on their smartphones and tablets now have another option to limit that usage – a free app called TimeAway that enforces a usage schedule on kids’ devices and allows parents to monitor their children’s activities. TimeAway is the brainchild of Singapore-based Googler, Tamara Sanderson. Sanderson came up with the idea when she noticed that an increasing number of people around her, be it adults or teenagers, had their noses buried in their phones. By…
  • JD Accepts Xbox One Pre-orders in China via Tencent’s SNS Networks

    Emma Lee
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:12 am
    JD.com (or JD), China’s leading e-commerce site increasingly known for its efforts in backing up hardware startups, announced this morning that it has attained the exclusive right to take pre-orders for Microsoft’s video game console Xbox One in China. Instead of accepting orders on its website, JD announced in the press release that it will first take Xbox One pre-orders via WeChat and Mobile QQ, two social networking services offered by Tencent Holdings, the second-largest shareholder of JD. WeChat and Mobile QQ users can place orders for Xbox with a deposit of 499 yuan (US$81) to JD,…
  • Big Data-based Recommendation Solution Provider Baifendian Raises US$25M of Series C Funding

    Emma Lee
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Baifendian Corp., a Beijing-based personalized recommendation technology service, announced that it received US$25 million of Series C financing without mentioned the name of investors. In total, the company has secured roughly US$42.2 million funding together with US$10 million in Series B round received one year earlier and US$7.2 million in Series A financing. The funds received this time will be used to improve technology, big data application models, talent recruitment and infrastructures, said Su Meng, board chairman of the company. As global big data ecosystem is taking form,…
  • Chinese Taxi Apps Enter Uber’s Non-taxi Turf

    Tracey Xiang
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Kuaidi Non-taxi Service The land-grabbing race in the newly emerged taxi app market in China finished much faster than that in group-buying. It was accelerated by the huge funds from two Chinese Internet giants, Tencent and Alibaba, injected into the two apps, Didi and Kuaidi, respectively. Now the two are adding other services of Uber, whom the Chinese model. Kuaidi, backed by Alibaba, launched non-taxi service, named No. One Private Car (not official translation), earlier this month — The app was revamped from Dahuangfeng, the car rental service acquired by Kuaidi in late 2013. The…
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  • Is Falung Gong a dangerous cult? Is it a cult at all?

    Richard
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    I’ll admit it right at the beginning: I’ve always found there to be something creepy about the Falun Gong. I remember seeing practitioners in Taipei sitting with their eyes closed meditating endlessly. I remember their anti-CCP literature. I remember meeting a group of practitioners at the local annual China celebration day in Phoenix and finding them generally icky. But just because I find them creepy doesn’t mean they are a cult, let alone a dangerous one. This excellent article presents the argument of one of the best informed China Hands I’ve ever read, Ian…
  • Twenty-five years later

    Richard
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:03 pm
    I never before saw all the raw video footage of “Tank Man’s” defiance against a column of army tanks until today. It is remarkable, how one nameless man entered all of our living rooms for just a moment and is remembered so vividly a quarter of a century later. And for good reason. Let’s keep the hundreds of murdered innocents in our thoughts today, and keep alive the fight to let the Chinese people know all who died during the crackdown. Let’s remember the Tiananmen Mothers, and let’s even hope for the day when the CCP admits the demonstrations were not an…
  • Return of Liu Di, the “Stainless Steel Mouse”

    Richard
    1 Jun 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Those of you who have been reading this blog for ten years or more (if any such reader exists) might remember an array of posts I wrote in 2004 regarding a “cyberdissident” Liu Di, who posted pro-democracy essays on the Internet under the moniker Stainless Steel Mouse. Posts like this or this, and several more. She also participated in study groups that discussed freedom and government reform, and saw herself and her colleagues arrested. I remember how angry I felt when another cyberdissident who lobbied for her release was himself arrested. Still, she has never been silenced.
  • Writing “The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited”

    Richard
    18 May 2014 | 3:51 pm
    That’s the ingenious title of a new book by NPR correspondent Louisa Lim, who I had the pleasure of working with briefly when I was working on a project in Shanghai in 2010. I just ordered it and plan to review it soon. But the story of how Lim wrote this book is remarkable and bears mentioning now; it brings to light just how dangerous a topic Tiananmen Square remains for journalists today. Lim tells the story in a Washington Post article from earlier this week. I can’t urge you strongly enough to read it all. So intent is China on wiping out all recollections of the Tiananmen…
  • Tiananmen Square 25 years later

    Richard
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    This week witnessed the 25th anniversary of the death of former CCP General Secretary Hu Yaobang, an event that ignited student demonstrations throughout China, but most famously in Beijing — we all know the story. It was only two days after his death that the students began flooding into Tiananmen Square. It is a futile exercise to look at the life of Hu Yaobang and ask, “What if…?” But it’s hard not to wonder. What if he had not been demoted in 1987 and if his program for political and economic reforms were put further into place? A touching interview with his…
 
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    Robert Crawford Silk

  • Getting The Most Of Your Time And Money: College Tips

    Writer
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Are you heading off to college for the first time? Is it overwhelming you? The whole college experience is quite different from anything else. Luckily, there are some ways that you can make your time in college less stressful and more successful. Use the tips shared in this article and you can have a great college career. Try to do everything in moderation when you enter college for the first time. This means that you should not party too hard or work too hard during your experience. Have a lot of fun, but make sure that you understand you are going to college to learn and expand your…
  • What are Cataracts

    Writer
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Cataracts are a common condition that affects the elderly. In fact, it is the most common cause of vision issues. Because we use and rely on vision so much throughout our daily lives, dealing with cataracts can be something that causes major problems to the quality of our lives. If you are unsure what cataracts are or wondering if you have them yourself, you can read about the symptoms below. Symptoms of cataracts can include blurry or cloudy vision. This usually appears as cloudy or foggy vision for the patient. The eyes can also look like there is a thin white film over the pupil if the…
  • Importance Of SEO

    Writer
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Search engine optimization is important if you want to be able to have a presence online. If you have a website or a business, the best way to get people to want to visit your site is through search engine optimization. Fortunately, search engine optimization is a difficult thing to do. It is not something that the average person can pull off. In fact, it is something that should only be left for the experts. It takes years to learn how to properly rank websites for competitive keywords in the search engines. The reason why it is so difficult is because search engines like Google are…
  • Celebrities and Their Mansions

    Author
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Many people dream of owning a big house with lots of extravagant upgrades. They would like to have multiple cars in the driveway and a large pool out back.  Check the luxury real estate in The Woodlands, TX.  Few actually get to experience such a lifestyle like this. The ones that do are usually celebrities. Here are a few celebrities and their mansions. Tiger Woods Tiger Woods wanted his home to feel like he was at a golf course. Do an internet search for pictures of his $60 Million home and you will agree that he succeeded in doing that. He has a golf course facility and tournament…
  • Understanding Popular Tarot Card Spreads

    Author
    9 Jun 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Tarot cards can provide valuable insights and answers to questions. There are dozens of different spreads today. Each spread has a slightly different use and configuration. It will help to understand some of the most popular tarot card spreads and why they are used. If you want to learn how to become a mentalist, check out the site theartofnotgivingafuck.com.Simple Three-Card Spread The simple three-card spread is the most basic way to perform a reading. This spread involves placing just three cards down in a horizontal line. The first card represents elements from the past that have had a…
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    The China Sourcing Blog

  • LETTER FROM CHINA: IPR Developments Will Catalyse Innovation in China

    Tim Quijano
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:26 am
    Inadequacy in China’s intellectual property rights (IPR) protection regime is one of the key challenges faced by foreign firms operating in and considering entry into China’s market. The world’s second-largest economy has a “first to file” system and is notorious for protecting local firms over foreign ones in disputes. However, recent developments - such as a deal with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the central government’s creation of a slew of IPR courts, and the emergence of intellectual property (IP) financing techniques - demonstrate China’s intentions…
  • LETTER FROM CHINA: Foreign Automakers are scrambling for China

    Tim Quijano
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    This editorial was produced by The Beijing Axis for Business Day by Kobus Van Der Wath.In recent weeks, global automakers have announced their intentions to increase their focus on China. For example, General Motors stated that it would invest USD 12 billion from 2014 to 2017, and VW recently announced plans to invest USD 25 billion from 2014 to 2018. These statements are unsurprising when one looks at the progress China’s auto market has made up to now, and the room it still has to grow into. Since 2000, when 1.8 million automobiles were sold in China, until 2013, when 21.98 million…
  • Growth Stabilizes in China

    Tim Quijano
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:42 pm
    This article was originally produced for the ChinAfrica magazine. Despite continued distortion in trade data evaluation due to the propensity for fraudulent “over-invoicing” in the first half of last year, trade figures surprised analysts by rising in April.Trade growth focused on the U.S. and EULargely as a result of trade with developed markets, both exports and imports increased in April. Exports increased from $170 billion in March to $188 billion in April, a 9-percent year-on-year increase. Imports, on the other hand, experienced 8-percent growth from $162 to $170 billion.Much…
  • Top Three CSR Challenges Facing Asian Factories

    Tim Quijano
    22 Jun 2014 | 11:24 pm
    This post is the second in a series presenting the current status of CSR sourcing in China. Read part one, A Primer on CSR Standards and Sourcing in ChinaIn our sourcing projects, TBA has come across repeating infractions of corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards in Asian factories. TBA recently conducted a series of audits at factories in Southern China and Southeast Asia.   The most commonly observed CSR infractions fall into the following categories: unsatisfactory workplace safety arrangements, overworking employees, and poor compensation and record keeping practices.
  • A Primer on CSR Standards and Sourcing in China

    Tim Quijano
    15 Jun 2014 | 7:32 pm
    This post is the first in a series presenting the current status of CSR sourcing in China. Part two will follow next week. Recognizing the large scale of the social implications of actions taken by large firms, many firms began implementing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies in the mid-twentieth century. Today, producing a CSR report is a common marketing tool that allows organizations to demonstrate their support of social principles. Studies show a correlation between CSR activities, consumer activity, and appetite for high-quality goods and services. Because many factories…
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    元風俗嬢の風俗回顧録

  • デリヘルが危険というのは偏見

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:56 pm
    風俗にはいろいろなジャンルがありますが、今はデリバリーヘルスが主流になってきています。 店舗型の風俗よりも派遣型の風俗であるデリヘルのほうが主流になっているのです。 そして、このデリヘルに関して考えるときに、かつては危険なものというイメージがありました。 たしかに店員さんがいないホテルや男性の自宅などでお客さんと会うことになるのでいざというときに守ってくれる人がいません。…
  • 風俗で働くか迷っている女の子へ

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm
    風俗嬢と聞くと偏見があるというように思い込んでしまっている人もいますが、意外と今の世の中はそのような風潮が消え去ってきていますので必要以上に心配しなくてもいいと思います。 たしかに昔はそのようなイメージがあったと思いますし、今もゼロというわけではありません。 風俗業界に入るのは簡単ですし、体験入店などもありますので、まずはお試しで働いてみるということも可能です。…
  • OLをしながら風俗でアルバイトをするメリット

    admin
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    女性がOLとして企業で働いている場合には年齢に応じた給料がもらえるのですが、その金額が満足できるものであるかどうかは人それぞれ異なるものです。 20万円台や30万円台の給与が一般的になっていますが、このような給料だけで満足いく生活ができるかどうかは人それぞれだと思います。 しかしながら、さらに上のレベルの生活をおこなうとなればそれはまた別な話になります。…
  • 借金返済をするなら風俗が一番

    admin
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:58 pm
    ピンサロやデリヘルなどの風俗で働く女性はそれぞれ事情を抱えているケースが多いものです。 そして、その中には借金を抱えているなど経済的な事情で働いているケースが多いようです。 そのため、もしも自分も借金があるならば風俗で働くことを考えてみましょう。 もちろん、少しばかりの借金であれば多くの人が抱えていますし、その程度であれば普通の仕事をしながらであっても返していくことができます。…
  • 風俗で年収1,000万円を目指そう

    admin
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:51 am
    高額な年収を得ている風俗嬢は多数いますが、そのことを知らない風俗嬢も多くいるようです。 自分が稼げないのを嘆くよりも自分がそのような風俗嬢の真似をすることを考えておくべきですから、まずはこのような人たちがいるということを知っておくようにしてください。 そして、その存在を知ったあとは、その仕事の仕方などの真似をしていきましょう。…
 
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    Shanghaied Weblog

  • Sightseeing in Deep Cove and Mount Seymour

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    My family in law is still visiting and they will leave later this week, therefore we decided to do a bit of sightseeing. I had planned to go to Deep Cove with them on my boat, but because I sprained my wrist on Friday when I slipped outside the office (never read emails on your phone while walking…) we could not to do that. But of course you can also drive your car to Deep Cove, so that’s what we did. Deep Cove is at the eastern end of Vancouver’s North Shore, at the entrance of Indian Arm and at the foot of Mount Seymour, just a 25 minute drive from our house. It’s a great…
  • Only in China…

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    The downside of a real estate boom is that a lot of downtown buildings will be demolished after 15-20 years to make room for other (=more profitbable) buildings. In China that happens a lot, and sometimes the safety measures are a bit less than you would expect. In the video below a tower at a busy intersection in downtown Qiqihar (Heilongjiang) was blasted without any warning for the public. A car coincidentally recorded the whole scene while standing at a traffic light. No police cordoning off the area, no spraying of water to reduce the dust, and not even a warning that an explosion would…
  • The Ethereum hype

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:48 pm
    As regular readers know I am passionate about anything related to Bitcoin, especially applications that use the blockchain for more than just monetary transactions. One company that I have been following since their launch in January is Ethereum, a platform and programming language for applications built on top of a new distributed ledger (blockchain). Business Insider named them the most hyped digital currency since Bitcoin, and I think that is a correct title. Vitalik Buterin introducing Ethereum at the Miami conference After Ethereum was introduced to the world in January at the Miami…
  • Chicago & the North American Bitcoin Conference

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:17 pm
    This weekend I was in Chicago for the 2nd North American Bitcoin Conference, the same conference that I spoke at in Miami in January. I’m writing this post on my phone on the plane back home (United Airlines did not have power outlets on its seats in biz class, and I did not recharge my laptop before boarding), so hopefully not too many typos. It does not happen often that I travel for business to a city I have not been to yet, but I had never visited Chicago so I looked very much forward to the trip: a conference about a topic that I am very passionate about combined with the chance to…
  • Sea to Summit Trail & Sea to Sky Gondola

    13 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    A couple of weeks ago the Sea to Sky Gondola started its operations, a new cable car just outside of Squamish that opens up a new high altitude hiking and snowshoeing area next to the Stawamus Chief. I heard good things about it, but I was a bit worried that it would be very busy on a weekend (some blogs were saying that waiting times for the gondola were 45 minutes on weekends). However, because the weather was very nice (30 degrees Celsius!) and my family-in-law is visiting we decided to go there anyway. It turned out that it was not busy at all, the parking lot at the gondola entrance had…
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    China Business Blog

  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 27-07-2014

    admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    RT @RiskyBizChina: Poor due diligence + supplier profit squeeze = ! RT @DavidBarboza2: Food Safety in China Still Faces Big Hurdles http://… -> The China Business Blog Daily is out! http://t.co/6EswfV6LWe Stories via @chinabeat -> Event: 28/7, London. Reduce #risk in #China with data analysis and due diligence. Jeremy Gordon & Matthew Crabbe: http://t.co/Qu9NWVkhue -> RT @ReutersChina: Italy to sell energy grid stake to China for 2 billion euros http://t.co/YfL3kCTBYz -> RT @ReutersChina: China July HSBC flash PMI at 18-month high http://t.co/OnSuSa0duE -> RT…
  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 20-07-2014

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    RT @RiskyBizChina: RT @prchovanec: Zoomlion's accounts receivable (selling on credit) are 102% of last 12-months' sales http://t.co/0B2rCA1… -> The China Business Blog Daily is out! http://t.co/6EswfV6LWe Stories via @lindayueh -> RT @shanghaidaily: Shanghai soared four places to become the world’s 10th most-expensive city for expats. http://t.co/NOL9vWP6OM -> RT @USChinaBusiness: Chinese State-owned enterprises (SOEs) continue to dominate China's top companies http://t.co/AXCFiwO9u8 http://t.co/3… -> RT @ReutersChina: China construction firm warns of possible…
  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 13-07-2014

    admin
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    RT @ftchina: China vows to hasten liberalising renminbi http://t.co/fhf0XDD6OE -> RT @SCMP_News: China's highest court unveils 5-year plan to boost judicial independence http://t.co/J3KCR90srP -> Here's What Investors Get Wrong About Chinese Consumers | Business Insider http://t.co/rQlASa6K1r -> RT @ChinaDailyEU: China ventures into SOE mixed-ownership reform: China will soon unveil a list of state-owned enterprises (SOEs… http://… -> RT @ChinaRealTime: Mainland China cracks world's top 10 list for priciest expat city: http://t.co/5Ge6Yucrpe -> RT…
  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 06-07-2014

    admin
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    RT @USChinaBusiness: 1. Cost increases -> RT @chinalabour: After Walmart's Pyrrhic victory in Changde, the FT's @tmitchpk asks what is next for multinationals in China. http://t.co/… -> RT @RiskyBizChina: RT @ReutersChina: China to try GSK-linked investigator in secret – family friends http://t.co/DfGsnbqPiI -> RT @SCMP_News: Mainland Chinese developers expected to cut home prices to clear housing oversupply http://t.co/qfXYzgjHBP -> The China Business Blog Daily is out! http://t.co/6EswfV6LWe Stories via @chinalabour -> RT @prchovanec: RT @sinoceros Alibaba…
  • ChinaBlogTweets Twitter Updates for 29-06-2014

    admin
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    The China Business Blog Daily is out! http://t.co/6EswfV6LWe Stories via @chinabeat -> RT @CKGSBglobal: Building the #Aigo Brand: An Interview… http://t.co/KrduOX6Yvb #Electronics #FengJun #Formula1 #Globalization #Olympics … -> RT @caixin: China Pulling the Plug on Foreign Mainframes http://t.co/pQzM37oL75 -> RT @ReutersChina: China shares rise on strong IPO debuts, Hong Kong also firms http://t.co/MQyc3Cbbe7 -> RT @shanghaidaily: Alibaba has completed its purchase of a 60% stake in HK-listed ChinaVision Media Group. http://t.co/NT7LDJvOEk -> RT @KaiserKuo: App…
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    Lost Laowai

  • No Pets or Foreigners attempts to capture laowai experience in new sitcom

    Ryan
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    In an interview with Timeout Beijing, South Africa-born show creator and star Murray Clive Walker explained the show’s humour is “mostly about taking the piss out of two foreigners. I’m aware of the whole mianzi thing with the Chinese so I won’t be making any digs at them and their culture. There’s a lot of toilet humour as well because I think that’s something we all wrestle with here what with the squat toilets. It’s not meant to be sophisticated but I do want to imbue the show with an emotional content. I’d like to find that balance between humour and…
  • Review: How Does One Dress To Buy Dragonfruit? True Stories Of Expat Women In Asia

    Nicki
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:19 pm
    This new collection from Signal 8 Press brings together 26 stories from the lives of expat women living in Asia. Being an expat woman living in Asia myself, I jumped at the chance to read and review it. Sometimes, after getting a book review assignment, I dread writing the review (and attempt to pass it off to another reviewer) because I find it very difficult to come out in public and say I hated a book. I’m very happy to say that’s very much not the case here. This anthology provides a peek into the fascinating lives of women who have stepped out of their native lands and into…
  • American teacher spends 7 months in Chinese jail enduring forced labour

    Lost Laowai
    30 May 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Stuart Foster spent more than seven months inside a Chinese jail, assembling Christmas lights for export to the US Foster, who had been teaching at a Guangzhou university, was arrested and taken to the White Cloud District Detention Center last April, after confessing to taking a large sum of money from his American colleague. For the next 280 days he shared a cell about the “size of a racquetball court” with around 30 other men. Days were spent assembling thousands of Christmas lights, where productivity was maintained by fear of being beat by a guard wielding a make-shift whip…
  • Beijing expat’s dog beaten to death in front of him

    Ryan
    26 May 2014 | 12:13 am
    Stories of roving bands of stick-wielding chengguan beating pets and strays have been hitting the media for a number of years now, but this is the first we’ve heard of it entering the China expat community. These stories are senseless brutal tragedies regardless where the pet’s owner hails from, but I think there’s always been a certain feeling of exemption or impunity towards this issue in foreigner circles. As Jack’s story shows, the reality is much the opposite. Jack’s owner recently relayed what happened to The Nanfang: I’d taken the dog out early Saturday…
  • Review: You Don’t Know China

    Ryan
    19 May 2014 | 1:17 am
    The book is divided into 22 chapters, each one tackling a specific topic — from Feng Shui to Richard Nixon, Tiananmen to TCM. Here are a few quick excerpts: On the value and validity of Traditional Chinese Medicine: It would be nice if Chinese herbal medicine really were the outcome of some proto-scientific process of trial and error over thousands of years, the ineffective cures weeded out, and only the time-tested ones left. Unfortunately, the selection of medical matter often stems from primitive beliefs such as taking on the character, form, or colour of the material ingested. So,…
 
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  • China Connection

    wangbo
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:34 am
    Note: This is a  very slightly altered version of a post I wrote on my Linked In profile. There’s a link to my Linked In profile on the right sidebar if you’re interested. The New Zealand Herald has been running a China Connection series by Paul Lewis in association with the BNZ every Friday, and as the series continues it gets more interesting. Today’s instalment looks at SMEs and China, and there are three points that grabbed my attention. The first point may well come across as a bit nit-picky on my part, but I will explain. Look at this sentence: “Last month, BNZ…
  • naive?

    wangbo
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Well, I’m kinda hoping for David Shambaugh’s sake that there’s a bit of misreporting going on here, quotes being taken out of context, or something like that, because: “Google is down. Yahoo is own Bing is down. You can’t access the outside world.” And that, dear friends, is BULLSHIT! I have my gmail open in another tab, I just googled David Shambaugh and opened the Wikipedia article on him and his page at the George Washington University website, and all of that without a VPN or any other jiggery pokery to get me outside the tender embrace of Nanny and…
  • well, well, well

    wangbo
    18 Jun 2014 | 2:31 pm
    And now that I have access to Blogtown again…. This post at the Repatriates I would’ve preferred to put here, but wound up posting over there thanks to a crapped out connection yesterday. And now over at Public Address Russell Brown has weighed in. I find myself agreeing with him.
  • in which I rant a bit

    wangbo
    7 Jun 2014 | 4:49 am
    I didn’t quite know where to put this particular rant, as it doesn’t quite fit on any of the little online projects I have going. So I put it over here. Short version: I find the idea of requiring foreigners to pass a test before being allowed to drive on New Zealand roads obnoxious and ridiculous.
  • xenophobia?

    wangbo
    3 Jun 2014 | 2:26 pm
    *note: This was written yesterday, but my connection to Blogtown crapped out so I couldn’t post it, so I posted it over here instead. Now that Blogtown is accessible again, I’ll post it up here where it belongs: Xenophobia of many kinds seems to be a fairly common weapon in politics, and New Zealand is no exception. But what’s got me interested is the talk of foreigners in NZ politics this year, what with the election coming up. You’d think it’d be the same old Winston Peters hating on Asians, but no. First up is National’s apparent inability to stop its…
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    China Post Online - Taiwan , News , Taiwan newspaper

  • Student survivors testify in Korea ferry trial

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Teenaged student survivors of South Korea's ferry disaster began giving video testimony under tight security Monday in the murder trial of the vessel's captain and crew.
  • US ups pressure on Israel as UN demands Gaza truce

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:56 pm
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The UN Security Council Monday joined US President Barack Obama in calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, after Israel and Hamas ignored calls for a truce despite mounting civilian casualties.
  • Hamas asks for new truce as assault resumes

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The Islamist Hamas movement on Sunday belatedly accepted diplomatic calls for an extension of a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza shortly after Israel said it was resuming its devastating military assault.
  • Shelling around MH17 site blocks international police

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Heavy shelling around the crash site of downed Malaysian flight MH17 forced Dutch and Australian police to scrap a planned visit as they sought to secure the scene 10 days after the disaster.
  • Calls for student participation as forum proceeds

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - A national economic conference organized by the government entered its second day amid calls for more student participation as speakers discussed a range of issues, from Taiwan's global trade strategy to its cultural industry.
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    Simpson's Paradox

  • Feminist Magical Realism, in Cambridge, Plus Books

    Meg Stivison
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Menna Van Praag’s The House at the End of Hope Street is magical realism set in Cambridge, which pretty much explains exactly why I wanted to read it. A young Cambridge grad student, Alba, stumbles upon a house she’s never really noticed before. The house host, Peggy, isn’t at all surprised to see her, since the house at the end of Hope Street draws in women, and gives them ninety-nine days to sort out their problems. Alba naturally decides to stay, which is exactly what we should all do if a magic house offers us ninety-nine days to fix our lives. The house is constantly giving the…
  • Rollers of the Realm

    Meg Stivison
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    like an experimental game jam prompt or a drunken IndieCade conversation I had the chance to check out Phantom Compass‘ Rollers of The Realm at this year’s SXSW , where it was a finalist for the SXSW Gamer’s Voice award. Rollers of the Realm is a pinball-RPG hybrid, which sounds a bit like an experimental game jam prompt or a drunken IndieCade conversation, but the result is polished and playable. In Rollers of the Realm, players manage a traditional adventuring party of typical RPG characters like a healer, a rogue, a melee fighter, and so forth. Each of these is a pinball,…
  • Enjoying It Wrong

    Meg Stivison
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Some days, it’s hard to like things. I’m super excited about this latte! I say, and the internet laughs back at me, a stupid (white, thirtyish) lady with my cliched Starbucks drink. Dumb for enjoying the foam patterns and the seasonal flavors, and double-dumb for even thinking about Instagramming that, a silly sheep who just blindly enjoys the things that are marketed to my white-thirtyish-lady demographic. Starbucks coffee is burnt (Apparently? This is a thing?), I’m clearly enjoying it wrong. I’m super excited about this game! I say, and the world shouts back that games are for…
  • Everyone Knows That

    Meg Stivison
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    One of my littlest students from my afterschool classes in is back my summer class this week. He’s an adorable and intense 8-year-old who runs Linux at home and says Fusion is at least easier than Eclipse, but he can have a little difficulty with which way letters should face, and with reading social cues from others. Mostly because he’s so little, but he seems to struggle with social cues even more than other students who are the same age. Anyway, this student walked up to me at lunch today, and told me shyly that he’d reinvented his hero loads of different times in his…
  • Blog Book Tour: Children of the Gods

    Meg Stivison
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    Children of the Gods: The Talon Project is a short, self-published story of investigative reporter Micheal Cohen receiving either the greatest tip of his career, or a huge set-up. An aging Kentucky politician and his beauty-queen wife invite Cohen to their home, where the mysterious Bible code is revealed. This explains that the different lifespans in the Old Testament are actually alien races (Adams and Methuselahs lived longer than average humans), the Milky Way is the Garden of Eden, and that humans have made alien contact multiple times… or it’s all a massive set-up from…
 
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    China Bystander

  • Another Day, Yet Another Food Safety Scare

    China Bystander
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    IT IS AN embarrassment for a company that says “food safety and quality assurance are guiding principles in delivering products that go above and beyond our customers’ requirements” when it is accused of supplying meat to fast-food chains that has gone … Continue reading →
  • China’s Second-Quarter GDP Growth Exceeds Expectations

    China Bystander
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:42 pm
    CHINA’S SECOND-QUARTER growth came in at a slightly better-than-expected 7.5%. That is 0.1 percentage points up on the first quarter. Thank a series of targeted stimulus measures for that. Both retail sales and industrial production rose in the quarter. With … Continue reading →
  • A Beijing Boost For China’s Electric Vehicle Makers

    China Bystander
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    CHINA SEES ELECTRIC vehicles as the way to leapfrog its way to leadership of the global car industry. Promoting green technologies will also help the country tackle its widespread and worsening pollution, even though the impact of electric vehicles will … Continue reading →
  • Trade Drives Shifting Alignments Of Northeast Asia

    China Bystander
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    LET US LOOK at President Xi Jinping’s visit to Seoul and Japan’s embryonic rapprochement with Pyongyang in the hard light of commerce. To this Bystander, it is that more than politics that is reshaping the alignments of the region. China … Continue reading →
  • Gauging Hong Kong

    China Bystander
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    THE TURNOUT FOR Hong Kong’s annual July 1st rally in support of the territory’s continuing autonomy was the largest in a decade. This year’s protest had added appeal as a way for Hong Kongers to show their distaste for Beijing’s … Continue reading →
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    Silicon Dragon

  • Copying China Business Models In The U.S. Catches On As A New Tech Startup Trend - Quite the Reverse!

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Globally minded startup teams in the U.S. are beginning to adopt Chinese business models and getting funding from American venture capitalists with China experience. An example of this newly unfolding trend is Curse, Inc., an online gaming media company in Huntsville, Alabama that just raised $10 million from Silicon Valley and Shanghai-based GGV Capital.This new trend is the reverse of the copy-to-China phenomenon of a nearly a decade ago when look-alike sites of U.S. Internet brands such as Facebook, Google and Amazon sprung up in China and…
  • China Tech Innovator With 200 Patents For LEDs Gains $80 Million More To Break Through

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Silicon Dragon tours LatticePower lab in Nanchang A lot of people are skeptical about China’s potential for technology innovation. But one Chinese company I wrote about in my book Silicon Dragon in 2008, and have been tracking since then, has certainly been setting some new standards in cleantech — and ability to raise venture investment. LatticePower Corp., which grew out of research by physics professor Jiang Fengyi at his Nanchang University lab in China, claims to be the first company to commercially develop high-quality, reliable and affordable LED lighting — a major step in a goal…
  • It's Not All Roses But Thorns Too As Alibaba IPO on NYSE Nears

    29 Jun 2014 | 11:59 am
    As Alibaba prepares for its gigantic IPO on NYSE, more concerns over investor risks are popping up. Central to the issues is the corporate structure for Alibaba. Its use of a variable interest entity (VIE), which allows for foreign investment through an offshore holding company, has been under the recent spotlight of Capitol Hill — and Wall Street too. While VIEs have been the accepted way of investing in venture-backed China-based companies listed in the U.S., Chinese courts could strike down its legality in China, which in turn could leave investors with fewer rights. If that all sounds…
  • China Gets A Lot Of Credit In Meeker's Annual Tech Trends Analysis

    2 Jun 2014 | 3:47 pm
    China gets a big section on its own in Mary Meeker’s annual Internet report. That should be no big surprise considering the wave of innovation that’s been emerging for the past couple of years from China’s online and mobile markets. China’s mobile Internet has more critical mass than anywhere in the world, Meeker points out in the report that pegs the number of mobile internet users in China at nearly 500 million, 80 percent of total Internet users in the country. China Internet brands are also fast on the rise. A year ago, China counted only one Internet brand among the top 10 —…
  • China's Twitter-like Weibo Tests Its Appeal With NASDAQ IPO

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Interest in the IPO of Chinese microblogging site Weibo is building as fears over investing in China tech stocks have subsided despite lingering risks. Weibo is seeking to raise $380 million in a spinout from Chinese Internet portal SINA, the third China-based company to list in the U.S. in 2014 after a drought of China IPOs on Wall Street ended last year. Weibo’s public market debut will give China two major social media sites on U.S. exchanges – the equivalent of Twitter and Facebook. Renren RENN +2.76%, considered China’s Facebook, went public on the NYSE in 2011. Weibo, likened to…
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    chinaSMACK

  • Japanese Man Executed for Drug Trafficking, Chinese Reactions

    Fauna
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    From NetEase: Death Sentence Carried Out for Japanese Drug Smuggler in China, 5th Person in 4 Years Global Times Consolidated Report — Japan‘s NHK television channel reported on July 25th that a 50-year-old Japanese man sentenced to death for trafficking narcotics in Dalian, China was executed in China on the morning of the 25th. According to reports, this is the fifth time China has executed a Japanese person since 2010 April. The report says the executed Japanese person had conspired with another Japanese man, attempting to smuggle drugs out from Dalian, China and into Japan.
  • Toxic Sodium Chloride in KFC & McDonald’s Fries, Chinese Reactions

    Fauna
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Currently the third most popular post of the day on Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo… From Sina Weibo: @黑化_番長: KFC and McDonald’s French Fries Tested to be Poisonous/Toxic — Through laboratory testing by authorities, McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken’s french fries were both determined to contain sodium chloride (which is potentially toxic). Among them, KFC has 390mg/100g, while McDonald’s has 360mg/100g. The report says long term consumption of low amounts of sodium chloride will result in such symptoms as hydrophila, migraines, and…
  • Air Algerie Flight 5017 Plane Crash, Chinese Netizen Reactions

    Fauna
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Currently the second most popular microblog post on Chinese social network Sina Weibo… From Sina Weibo: @央视新闻: #Air Algérie Passenger Plane Crash# Passenger Plane That Algerian Air Traffic Controllers Lost Contact With Confirmed to Have Crashed — Today, contact was lost with an Air Algérie MD-83 passenger plane operated by Spain’s Swift Air 50 minutes after take-off and it has been confirmed to have crashed in Niamey, the capital of Niger. The plane was carrying 110 passengers, and 6 flight crew. (CCTV reporter Ge Ziyi) Comments from Sina Weibo: M怪客: Next…
  • Chinese Parents Have Child Poop on Airplane Seat, Reactions

    Fauna
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The following article was among the most-discussed articles on Chinese web portal NetEase at time of translation yesterday evening… From NetEase: Ethnic Chinese Elders Have Child Defecate In Airplane Seat July 23 report — According to information from the World Journal in the United States, a Mr. Wang from Rowland Heights said that while he was on a recent Delta flight from Beijing to Detroit, there was a little boy who needed to defecate, and his accompanying grandparents and parents unbelievably laid out newspaper on the seat to have the child “relieve” himself on…
  • Xi’an Home Invasion Leaves 3-Year-Old with Fractured Skull

    Fauna
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Violence is often used to intimidate “holdouts” into selling their homes on land that is to be redeveloped. Sometimes the thugs to do this are sent by the land developers, and sometimes they are sent by the local government. This was the second most-discussed article on NetEase yesterday… From NetEase: Xi’an Households Attacked for Refusing Relocation and Demolition, 3-Year-Old Girl’s Bones Broken 2014 July 20 early morning, Shaanxi province Xi’an city, two private residences in Andi village of Xi’an’s Baqiao district were attacked, causing…
 
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    China Briefing News

  • China Regulatory Brief: RQFII Expansion & Bilateral Currency Swap Agreement

    China Briefing
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:14 am
    In this China Regulatory Brief, we review recent expansion of the RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) program and a new bilateral currency swap agreement between China and Switzerland. The post China Regulatory Brief: RQFII Expansion & Bilateral Currency Swap Agreement appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • New Provisions on EIT Liability for Foreign Transportation Service Providers Set to Come into Force

    China Briefing
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Provisions clarifying the tax liabilities in China for foreign transportation service providers doing business with Chinese charterers are due to come into effect on August 1, 2014. The post New Provisions on EIT Liability for Foreign Transportation Service Providers Set to Come into Force appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • Adapting Your China-Based Manufacturer to Meet the Country’s Evolving Manufacturing Needs

    China Briefing
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    As low-cost production moves away from China, and other Asian nations become efficient at mass manufacturing, healthy economic growth require that China create higher-skilled manufacturing jobs, become more innovative and develop high-tech production. The post Adapting Your China-Based Manufacturer to Meet the Country’s Evolving Manufacturing Needs appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • Shanghai Raises the Stakes to Attract Multinational Headquarters

    China Briefing
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    With a recent set of provisions, Shanghai has pushed further ahead in the competition among China’s first-tier cities to attract multinational corporations to set up their regional headquarters in the city. The post Shanghai Raises the Stakes to Attract Multinational Headquarters appeared first on China Briefing News.
  • McDonald’s, KFC Scandal Exposes Limits of Foreign Reputation for Food Safety in China

    China Briefing
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:04 am
    China's newest food scandal exposes the complex workings of brand reputation in China and the economic and political forces bearing upon it. The post McDonald’s, KFC Scandal Exposes Limits of Foreign Reputation for Food Safety in China appeared first on China Briefing News.
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    Xinjiang: Far West China

  • Urumqi Walking Tour | The REAL Xinjiang

    Josh Summers
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    If you have a little extra time in Urumqi and you don’t quite know what there is to do, I have a suggestion for you. Perhaps you’ve already bought all the souvenirs you need at the Urumqi Grand Bazaar and you’ve said hello to the mummies on display at the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Museum - but that would be pretty sad if that’s all there is to do here. Why not take a walking tour of the back alleys of Urumqi? Experience real life in the city instead of the tourist facade. If this interests you at all, then join me as I share with you one of my favorite…
  • Biggest Uyghur Wedding I’ve Ever Attended

    Josh Summers
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This last month I had the privilege to attend the Uyghur wedding of a friend here in Urumqi, capital of China’s Xinjiang region. This is my 4th Uyghur wedding (I wrote an entire series on Uyghur weddings a few years ago) but this one was by far the biggest I’ve ever seen! Weddings give incredible insight into cultures around the world and the Uyghur culture is no exception. From special dances to beautiful dresses, I hope this video and accompanying description will allow you to experience this part of Uyghur culture even if you never have the opportunity to attend one yourself. Uyghur…
  • 5 Thrilling Ways to Experience Xinjiang, China

    Josh Summers
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Most people who travel to Xinjiang, China – and even those like me who live here – all tend to experience this beautiful region in the same way: either from the window of a taxi/bus or on our own two feet. It’s safe, it’s cheap and it can still be exciting, especially in such a remote region as Xinjiang. I’m sure that’s the way most people prefer too, but every once in a while I get an email from somebody who asks me “Is it possible to _________ in Xinjiang?”. You can fill in that blank with pretty much any extreme sport or activity, really.
  • Review of Urumqi’s Foreign Restaurants

    Josh Summers
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:05 am
    My son is a little over two years old now and I couldn’t help but laugh yesterday when I asked him what he wanted to eat for lunch. Without hesitation he calmly turned to me and says: “Pollo, daddy. I want to eat pollo.” My son doesn’t want pizza, he doesn’t want a hamburger or ice cream. He wants pollo, a signature Uyghur dish here in Xinjiang. There are no “expat enclaves” here in Xinjiang and although that’s part of what I love about living here, it does make getting away from local cuisine difficult. I want my son to at least appreciate Tex-Mex food, even if he…
  • 5 Beautiful Views of Urumqi, Capital of Xinjiang

    Josh Summers
    30 May 2014 | 2:42 am
    Urumqi, the capital of China’s western region of Xinjiang, is not as bad as everybody says it is. At least I don’t think so and I hope to prove that to you with these recent photos I’ve taken. Travel guides generally steer you away from Urumqi in favor of other Silk Road outposts and unfortunately with all the bad international press the city has received lately many people never get a chance to see the beautiful side of the capital. I’m not going to lie and say that Urumqi is my favorite city in Xinjiang even though I live here, but I believe in making the best out of…
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    The China Observer

  • Chinese Outbound Investment to Exceed Inbound?

    Joel
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    According to a recent article in the Economist, based on the UNCTAD’s World Investment Report, Chinese outbound investment will likely surpass direct investment into China within the next two years. This comes after the United States Chamber of Commerce, a U.S. lobbying group, reported that Chinese investment in the United States surpassed U.S. investment in China for the first time in 2013. Keep in mind though that this refers to flow of new investment, NOT accumulated stock of investment.
  • Can Chinese Brands Go West? Video Interview

    Joel
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The China Observer’s founder, Joel Backaler, was interviewed by Thoughtful China in Shanghai last month. The interview covered his new book China Goes West – specifically how likely is it that we will see global brands emerge from China. For viewers based in China, the segment is also available on Youku here.
  • China Goes West: 4 Perspectives on Chinese Outbound Investment.

    Joel
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:24 am
    I have just returned from an extensive China roadshow promoting my new book, China Goes West: Everything You Need to know about Chinese Companies Going Global. The timing of the trip coincided with Putin’s visit and the United States’ charging five Chinese officials with cyber espionage. I kicked off my tour in Beijing where I spoke in front of more than 200 people in my first week at organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce, the European Union Chamber of Commerce and the Carnegie Endowment’s center at Tsinghua University. One of the greatest parts of the trip was…
  • China Goes West [Video Trailer]

    Joel
    30 Mar 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Are you interested in better understanding why Chinese companies are expanding outside of China? China Goes West presents an unrivaled overview of Chinese companies’ expansion into international markets and the opportunities and challenges it brings. Watch this video to discover: Who are the current winners and losers? What are the risks and benefits? How should we approach this complex global phenomenon? You can also pre-order the book on Amazon today.
  • Why Do Chinese Companies Want To Go West?

    Joel
    1 Mar 2014 | 9:22 am
    (image from: carsroute.com) The following excerpt is from a 6-part series in Forbes about Chinese overseas investment. For the original article click here. “Is a Chinese government strategy pushing corporate champions to invest overseas or do straightforward commercial motivations explain this phenomenon? The answer is both. Chinese companies go global because of government objectives as well as business necessity. It would take an entire book to do this topic justice, but the following sections offer a high-level overview of the multiple motivations for Chinese companies to expand…
 
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    China Private Equity, Published by China First Capital

  • Chinese PE Firms Too Tech-Focused: Report. AsianInvestor

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:49 am
    Chinese PE firms too tech-focused: report By Elva Muk | 28 July 2014 Company valuations are being pushed up as PE firms chase the same targets, and market domination by big players like Alibaba is squeezing profit, says China First Capital. Spurred by the success of the likes of Tencent and Alibaba, Chinese private equity and venture capital firms have become too focused on technology and e-commerce investments, argues a new report. Nearly all publicly announced deals this year have been in the technology sector, says the China Private Equity 2014 report from China First Capital, a private…
  • Neue Zurcher Zeitung Interview

    admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Monday’s “Neue Zurcher Zeitung” of Switzerland published an article based on the interview I gave last week while in London with the newspaper’s financial editor Christof Leisinger. For those whose German is up to the task, click here to read the article in full. To get a flavor of what we discussed, here are some of the quotes, in English: “China has the world’s second largest economy and capital market. GPD growth and corporate earnings are both growing far faster than in OECD countries. And yet, global institutional capital is in almost all cases seriously underweight China.
  • Going for broke: the PE world’s big risky bet on China’s internet and mobile industries

    admin
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:49 pm
    The World Cup has begun. Along with being the globe’s most watched event it is also certainly the most gambled upon. Thirty-two teams, sixty-four matches to determine the winner on July 13th in Rio de Janiero. To choose the winner, you want to look at the individuals, the team management, the history of past success, the competition. In other words, it’s a lot like the process a private equity or venture capital firm uses to choose which companies to invest in. It would be ill-advised, if not borderline crazy, to bet one’s life savings on the USA team to win the World Cup this year.
  • Tiananmen 25 years later. I was there. I was wrong

    admin
    3 Jun 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Twenty-five years ago on the evening on June 3, 1989, I was standing in the northeast corner of Tiananmen Square as Chinese soldiers emerged in large numbers from inside the National History Museum a short distance away. From loudspeakers came instructions that all those gathered in the square should leave in an orderly way. The Tiananmen Square Protest, begun seven weeks earlier, was entering its final and most brutal phase. It would be another seven hours or so on the morning of June 4th before the last of the demonstrators would be led unharmed out of the Square. The violence that night…
  • Who should own China’s land and who should farm it remain the central questions of China’s five-thousand year-old civilization

    admin
    20 May 2014 | 5:27 am
          When I first came to China 33 years ago, 80% of China’s population was rural, mainly small-scale peasant farmers. Today, half the 1.3 billion population is off the farm, living in cities. Two obvious results: China is over twenty times richer per capita in dollar terms. And, from a country with a handful of major cities three decades ago, China now has 160 cities with a population of at least one million. The Chinese government’s plan is for another 150 million Chinese to go from farm to city in the next decade. But even then, there would still be as many as 300mn…
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    China Internet Watch

  • China Online Shopping Total Transactions Reached $101B in Q2 2014, Exceeding 10% of Total Retail

    CIW Team
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:20 am
    Total transactions of China’s online shopping market, a combination of B2C and C2C markets, reached RMB6,28.76 billion (US$101.58 billion), 10.1% of total retail transactions in China, according to iResearch data. China online shopping total transaction last year was 1.89 trillion yuan, an increase of almost 60%. It’s expected to increase by over 45% to RMB 2.76 trillion this year according to iResearch estimation. China B2C Market v.s. C2C Market Transactions generated from Chinese B2C platforms reached 40.4% of China’s total online shopping transactions and is expected to…
  • China’s Third-party Internet Payment Exceeded $302B in Q1 2014

    CIW Team
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
    China’s third party internet payment totalled RMB1873.15 billion (USD 302.71 billion) in Q1 2014, with a YoY growth rate of 84% according to iResearch. With over 300 million users, Alipay remains the market leader in China’s third-party payment market by total transactions, followed by Tenpay and Unionpay; the top 3 has a combined market share of over 80%. Alipay, Tenpay and Unionpay are also the top 3 in China’s mobile internet payment market according to Analysis International.
  • Baidu Reported 1.932B Revenue & 488K Active Online Marketing Customers for Q2 2014

    CIW Team
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:37 am
    Baidu personalized homepage for log-in users Baidu reported total revenues of RMB11.986 billion ($1.932 billion) for the second quarter of 2014, representing a 58.5% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. Online marketing revenues for the second quarter of 2014 were RMB11.837 billion ($1.908 billion), representing a 57.0% increase from the corresponding period in 2013. Baidu had about 488,000 active online marketing customers in the second quarter of 2014, representing a 4.3% increase from the corresponding period in 2013 and a 9.4% increase from the first quarter of…
  • LinkedIn China Daily New Users Up 80%

    CIW Team
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    LinkedIn launched its Chinese version in China this February since when the number of daily new users has increased by 80%, Sina Tech news reports. According to LinkedIn CEO, Shen Boyang, LinkedIn China’s operation is better than expected and the users are more active than a year before. Mobile will be LinkedIn’s strategic focus in China and they may even develop a China market specific app. LinkedIn has recently achieved bi-directional connection function with Wechat accounts. Users can add Wechat profile as part of LinkedIn contact information and their LinkedIn profiles,…
  • ECharts: Baidu’s Interactive Charts Creation Tool

    CIW Team
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Baidu released an updated version of its interactive charts creation tool: ECharts, capable of creating 17 types of charts with wide compatibility of all major web browsers. Let’s see what ECharts can do: Connecting multiple charts Interactive Maps Easy data editing Data zomming Auto-updated charts with simple dragging Charts based on real time data Special effects Easy adding and removal of data series Easy changing to different chart type Capable of processing million data sets
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    China Hope Live

  • “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Mandatory Fun Chinese propaganda posters!

    China Hope Live
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    “Weird Al” Yankovic is promoting his latest album Mandatory Fun with two Chinese propaganda poster spoofs. One poster has Chinese. To find out what it says, mouseover the Chinese characters here or scroll down: “I’m not wearing underwear” wǒ méiyǒu chuān nèikù And here’s the other one: Click the images for the original source.
  • In China, math spells romance! (Secret Chinese love codes)

    China Hope Live
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    With only 409 syllables in the entire language, Chinese has too many homophones. That might sound judgmental but hear me out: Jessica’s Chinese name, for example, has in it. If I type “yi” on my phone, it’s the 90th (!!) yi in the list of yi characters to scroll through. It’s a good thing I love her so much, because inputting her name is serious 。 So the Chinese totally go to town on homophone wordplays. They don’t even need to be true homophones; drunk language student pronunciation is apparently good enough to get the meaning across. In fact they…
  • Things That Are Awesome (Fushan, Qingdao edition 青岛浮山)

    China Hope Live
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:32 am
    Things That Are Awesome (in sharply descending degrees of awesomeness): #2. The views on top of Qingdao’s Fushan mountain (). #3. Those portable personal fanny-pack radios popular in Mainland China. #4. Those portable personal fanny-pack radios popular in Mainland China on top of Qingdao’s Fushan mountain. #5. Those portable personal fanny-pack radios popular in Mainland China on top of Qingdao’s Fushan mountain playing We Are The World: Aaaaand…. #1! Those portable personal fanny-pack radios popular in Mainland China on top of Qingdao’s Fushan mountain playing…
  • How many construction cranes can you count in 30 seconds?

    China Hope Live
    29 Jun 2014 | 12:22 am
    One thing that still amazes me about China is how things are sometimes done on a massive scale, bigger than anything I’ve even heard of anywhere else. Took this video from a Qingdao taxi as we passed a construction site today. How many construction cranes can you count? I stopped counting after 30. It’s embedded from YouTube, so you’ll need a VPN if you’re in China. Screenshot below, of only one portion of the entire building site:
  • Why are they removing crosses & bulldozing churches in China?

    China Hope Live
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:20 am
    There’s an official campaign on in Zhejiang province, home of “China’s Jerusalem” (a.k.a. Wenzhou , the epicenter of traditional Chinese Christianity), in which the government is either forcibly removing crosses from the tops of the church buildings or simply bulldozing them. One Catholic news site had documented 64 demolitions as of May 21. A Protestant human rights advocacy group puts the current total at around 360. And it continues with another one reported this week (Telegraph). Demolition crews come in at 3am, and churches are warned that if they don’t…
 
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    ChinaHush

  • Offshore bank accounts in China

    Sean Maples
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Offshore bank accounts in China provide you with a number of different benefits. Nowadays, more and more people are beginning to realize that opening offshore bank accounts in China is becoming a more and more viable option. People are becoming more aware of how the government siphons their money off from their bank accounts. Don’t pay your money, and the government will take it from you! And now, the new generation has become more receptive to this problem. That is why they opt to open offshore bank accounts in China. In lieu of the vast amounts of people who are opening offshore bank…
  • Anhui police officer dismissed after refusing to drive dying boy to hospital

    Nona Tepper
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    image courtesy of people’s daily After a police officer refused to drive a one-year-old to the hospital, the Anhui boy died due to lack of medical treatment on June 30, according to People’s Daily. Wenfang was playing in the street about noon when he was struck by a car in Fuyang City, located in Anhui province. The responsible car quickly drove away, and the boy’s father rushed to the middle of the street, cradling the seriously injured one-year-old in his arms. Onlookers, neighbors and the distraught dad carried the boy to the nearest intersection, and tried to hail a ride to the…
  • Armless Hubei man drives 99,500 miles, arrested for not having license

    Nona Tepper
    5 Jul 2014 | 3:36 am
    image courtesy of people’s daily A Hubei man drove 99,500 miles before being caught for not having a license on July 2, according to People’s Daily. The man was apparently traveling east on the Huyu Expressway—a major expressway connecting Chongqing and Shanghai— when he was pulled over for switching lanes to avoid a “high-speed/ drunk driving” police check point. What officers saw when they looked through the drivers-side window amazed them. The armless man was apparently steering with the big toe of his left foot, switched into park with his right foot and then turned the…
  • Government official fired for worrying about wet shoes when visiting flood victims

    Nona Tepper
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:19 am
    image courtesy of people’s daily A Jiangxi government official forced a man to carry him on his back to avoid ruining his expensive shoes while visiting a rescue site, according to People’s Daily. Rain slammed Guixi City about 12:30 p.m. on June 20, flooding the streets, sidewalks and overflowing streams while children were sent home for lunch. After falling in water on their way home from school, one student drowned and another went missing. Government officials rushed to the scene but, before jumping to the rescue, the deputy director of Guixi City forced a lesser cadre to carry him…
  • Foreigners in China: Is there really an expat exodus?

    Key
    18 Jun 2014 | 10:10 am
    From SmartIntern: 2013 saw several high profile foreigners exit China, with three of them, Marc Van Der Chijs, Charlie Custer, and Mark Kitto, penning articles explaining “Why I’m leaving China”. These articles, combined with record pollution in Beijing, sparked talk of an Expat Exodus from China. A year and a half later, we at SmartIntern were curious- is there really an Expat Exodus? What follows is our attempt to find out..
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    China Quality Control

  • Jewelry QC: Stone Placement and Setting

    John
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    Jewelry QC inspections generally require very little equipment, despite the often high value of the product. Last week we covered inspection methods and assessing quality of casting, soldering and glue assembly. Jewelry items need not only be highly presentable and appealing, but they also need to stand the test of time. There are few other products for which expectations of durability and craftsmanship are higher. That’s why our focus this week is on stone placement and setting. A ring with the best casting work and the most highly-prized gemstones can really take a tumble in terms of…
  • Jewelry QC: Casting, Soldering and Glue Assembly

    John
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    Have you ever spent a significant amount of money on an item of jewelry only to be ripped off by poor quality materials or workmanship?   Jewelry QC requires precision and a trained eye. Whether you buy jewelry for resale,  investing, for giving to someone else or for when you just feel like treating yourself, you know how expensive it can get. Jewelry is a luxury good, and nothing takes away more from its value than a quality defect like a crack in the metal casting or soldering. All of us at Quality Wars want to make sure you’re getting what you pay for, especially when it comes to…
  • Chairs: 6 Essential Quality Assurance Tests and Checks

    John
    12 May 2014 | 1:28 am
    How much of your life is spent sitting down? Vincent’s Chair, a 1888 painting by Vincent van Gogh According to one study, the average adult spends more than 90 percent of their leisure time sitting – 90 percent! That figure doesn’t even include the time you might be sitting at work or, as most of us in the Western world tend to do when nature calls, sitting on the toilet. As long as you’re spending so much time sitting, wouldn’t you like to be sure that the chair you’re sitting in is one that’s not only comfortable and durable, but safe and stable as well? That’s why…
  • Cultural Caveats: The Power of Guanxi

    John
    25 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    How many times has networking played a pivotal role or, more still, been critically decisive in the success or failure or your career or business? Who needs to wait in line at a popular night club when you’ve got guanxi? The people you know can introduce you to friends, business partners even your future husband or wife. Your network can even help you get your name to the top of a list of applicants. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs in the United States are found through networking. We sometimes refer to a powerful friend as a connection or a…
  • Always Verify the CDF

    Megan
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    A halogen oven damaged during use due to sub-standard parts used in manufacturing. A distributor of household electrical products has been receiving reports from their clients that a table top oven has been sparking, and in some cases, catching fire. Upon investigation, it is discovered that, although the manufacturer of the product had gotten it tested at an ISO-certified laboratory, they recently started replacing critical components with inferior parts bought from cheaper suppliers. Barring sending a sample to the lab for costly and time-consuming function testing each order, how was the…
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    East Asia & Pacific on the rise - Making development work for all

  • Liability insurance for climate change

    Connor Spreng
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Our response to climate change at the global level clearly needs improving. While some governments are managing to set and enforce limits on the emission of greenhouse gases, an international agreement that is both enforceable and meaningful remains elusive. Measures undertaken by private individuals and organizations, though plentiful, largely fail to connect to the political process and continue to fall short in aggregate. Is there a way to combine these public and private efforts? We think there is, as we’ve explored in a recent NZZ article and ETH blog post: a new type of liability…
  • Philippines: Drones and spreadsheets to the rescue

    Erik Churchill
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    A multipurpose building in Bantayan Island in Northern Cebu, collapsed after typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Photo: Justine Letargo/World Bank The images were unbelievable, entire cities decimated, thousands of hectares of arable land under water, and infrastructure destroyed. These were the scenes when the central Philippines was struck by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November 2013. In the immediate aftermath of disasters, while the cameras are rolling, NGOs, national governments, international organizations and individuals often make extraordinary pledges. But once the journalists go home,…
  • When, what, and how to survey after a disaster strikes – an experience from Tonga

    Liana Razafindrazay
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Winny, an elementary teacher enumerating for the household survey (Uiha Island, Tonga, April 10, 2014). With the support from the Ministry of Education, 35 teachers from Ha'apai participated during the survey. Back in March 2014, I had the opportunity to be part of a World Bank team supporting the Tongan government to develop a reconstruction policy after Tropical Cyclone Ian hit earlier this year. To implement the policy, the Ministry of Infrastructure led a series of surveys to inform housing reconstruction. This post, which does not intend to be scientific or exhaustive, is to share some…
  • From “High-Speed” to “High-Quality” Growth: Shenzhen, the birthplace of China's economic miracle, goes low-carbon

    Xiaodong Wang
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    Shenzhen, in south China, has grown from a small fishing community to a metropolis of 10 million people in just 35 years. Shenzhen occupies a special place in modern Chinese reform history. Set up as the first Special Economic Zone under economic liberalization in 1980, the city has grown from a small fishing community to a metropolis of 10 million people in just 35 years. Today, Shenzhen continues to play its leading role in low-carbon development for its strong commitment and innovative policies, moving from “high-speed” to “high-quality” growth model. Shenzhen launched the first…
  • Tonga: a national effort to reconstruct Ha’apai after Tropical Cyclone Ian

    Liana Razafindrazay
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Woman with her baby in a shelter after Tropical Cyclone Ian hit the Ha'apai Islands (Haano Island, Tonga, April 9, 2014). The woman left Haano to deliver her baby in Lifuka Island (the capital of Ha'apai). When she got back, her house had been completely destroyed by the cyclone. She stays in a shelter with her baby and husband. In the morning of January 11, 2014, after an early warning from the Department of Meteorology and the National Disaster Management Office on the upcoming category 5 tropical cyclone Ian, power and radio transmission went off on the Island of Ha’apai, one of the most…
 
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  • Why Excessive Stock is a Big Problem in a Factory

    Renaud Anjoran
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Most Chinese factory managers have never completed advanced education. But they are generally very savvy at certain aspects of their job. There is one thing they can’t wrap their head around, though: the fact that the rules of physics and mathematics apply in their factory’s operations. And that’s a problem. If they accepted that fact, they could accept counter-intuitive conclusions much faster. I am going to walk you though a few such conclusions below, based on Little’s law. As Pascal Dennis writes, Little’s law in factories is the equivalent of Force = Mass…
  • Direct Sourcing in China: What Functions Do Importers Need to Perform?

    Renaud Anjoran
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Direct sourcing has been the dominant trend over the last 20 years. Importers have reduced FOB prices by going “factory direct” by eliminating trading companies. But, in some cases, it has often resulted in higher overall costs and lower reliability. The good news is, importers can work much more professionally if they manage the whole process themselves. The bad news is, it takes serious work. Fifteen years ago, most importers were working with trading companies (either intermediaries based in Hong Kong, or “import & export” firms on the mainland). This setup had a cost…
  • Reset your Mental Models when Buying in China

    Renaud Anjoran
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Every year, tens of thousands of new businesses start purchasing directly in China. And many of them have a bad first experience. The key to successful China sourcing is not a set of tools — it is primarily a change in mental models. For example, here is a dangerous way of thinking: “It is the supplier’s responsibility to ensure my products are made up to specs, in responsible working conditions, and shipped on time.” Well, not really. When you buy in your own country, it is true. But not in China. Chances are, the supplier has gotten paid in full by the time you…
  • Three Simple Steps to Reduce Risks when Buying in China

    Renaud Anjoran
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A client asked me this question recently: Is there any way I can get some assurance of the validity of the company as well as the quality of the final product before sending full payment? They have asked for a 30% deposit by T/T. I get many similar questions from relatively inexperienced importers, so I thought it might be a good idea to share my response with my readers. Here is what I can advise, in a few paragraphs. First, before you send an advance payment of 30%, you need to make sure they told you the truth about the factory (its size, what products it makes…), and how well organized…
  • How to SUSTAIN Improvements in a Chinese Factory?

    Renaud Anjoran
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    When a Chinese factory is in crisis and its boss is open to new ideas, it is possible to make a lot of changes quickly. These improvements are usually driven by consultants or by a strong and experienced manager. And the problem is, once they are gone, the whole organization goes bad to old habits very quickly. What Chinese companies really lack is the discipline to keep moving in the right direction, day in and day out, after the initial excitement is gone. To be fair, this is not a challenge unique to China. Mike Rother applies the entropy rule (straight out of a physics textbook) to…
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  • At work; upgraded kieskeurig.nl

    Joop
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I met a colleague in the hallway last week and he asked me about the planned upcoming release of Kieskeurig.nl; He called it a “major league” event. Weirdly, as technical manager of the site, I wasn’t worried about the launch event at all. “major league”? well, ok, with 2,7 million visits a month a lot was at stake, but we had gone through the entire launch procedure dozens of times. Nothing could go wrong. Personally, I couldn’t wait to launch the user-friendly and responsive site, with improved search and support for new product groups like garden,…
  • A long weekend in Limburg

    Joop
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    My father in law came over from Korea. A rare occasion so Suna and me wanted to do something special. Whilst planning his trip, we realised that during his last visit, we had already shown him most of the popular spots we knew. But not the southern provence of Limburg! After booking a holiday house, we decided to give him a full tour in that area, we visited Maastricht, Aachten (DE), Monschou (DE) and Spa Francorchamps. It was a nice week. Had a chance to run in the area, made barbeque in the yard, played games (go-stop is a Korean card game) and I got some reading done there. Since we were…
  • Sailing in Holland

    Joop
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:35 pm
    I was looking forward to this day. It would be all about summer. But instead, I got up in the morning (very early) and it was grey outside, and the rain was falling. I told myself it wouldn’t be bad and drove the 1,5 hr all the way up north to Enkhuizen. By the time I got there, the sun came through and I met the crew of this epic sailing event specialisterren.nl, Although we met in the office before, it was nice to get acquainted with a coffee. We then headed out. The destination: Stavoren (on the opposite of the lake) and I quickly realised sailing isn’t about relaxing and…
  • 100 years from now

    Joop
    12 Jun 2014 | 1:48 pm
    You learn something new every day; what did you learn today? How reddit imagine the world 100 years from now? . Some of my favorites: TIL Google started out as a search engine. TIL the term “rewind” comes from having to wind magnetic ribbons around a spool to go backwards in a song or video. TIL People once actually drove cars completely manually, and this was before human augmentations. They were crashing and killing people all the time and they just accepted that as normal. What the fuck dude… TIL every home electronic device had to be plugged into walls to get power. They…
  • China = Mobile Commerce Innovation Leader

    Joop
    28 May 2014 | 12:04 pm
    KPCB Internet trends 2014 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers These and other great insights from Mary Meeker at slideshare.
 
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    Speaking of China

  • How to have an incredibly imperfect 10th wedding anniversary in Hangzhou (just like us)

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    When you’re getting ready to remember 10 years together with the person you love most in the world, you want it all to be as perfect as that diamond wedding ring. After all, isn’t 10 years of marriage called the “diamond anniversary”? But the reality doesn’t always sparkle like that most coveted of all jewels, just as John and I discovered this past Saturday when we set out to celebrate our 10th anniversary together. Here’s how our day ended up losing some of its luster: 1. Celebrate it right smack in the middle of the hottest days of summer. Notice the…
  • Photo Essay: Celebrating 10 years of marriage to my husband!

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Ten years ago on July 26, my husband and I stood before a government representative in Shanghai, promising to spend the rest of our lives together. It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed since that moment, yet I love John just as much as the first time I stood before him and said, “Wo yuanyi!” (“I do” in Chinese — and yes, like most of us in China, I did it more than once for reasons explained in this post). To commemorate those 10 incredible years I’ve enjoyed with the love of my life, a guy who still makes me swoon after all this time…
  • Are we more vulnerable to one-sided relationships when it’s cross-cultural love?

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    (photo by Helga Weber via Flickr.com) The e-mails from Western women that land in my Ask the Yangxifu inbox never cease to surprise and even shock me with their tales of relationship woes — particularly the ones marked “confidential”. Invariably when it’s confidential, it’s a story of unimaginable difficulties. In the end, though, these women almost always want an answer to one simple question: “What can I do to make it right?” Here’s what they hope I’ll say: “It’s totally normal in Chinese culture, and here’s a cultural tip to smooth things over.”…
  • FREE in Beijing! “Leftover Monologues” about love/sex/marriage in China on stage (includes an AMWF story)!

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    Are you in Beijing? Or will you be there on July 26? Would you love to hear a performance of fabulous monologues about love, sex, marriage and relationships in China? One that includes an AMWF love story? Then you don’t want to miss the “Leftover Monologues”! Here’s the scoop: Join us for an evening of sparkling entertainment that unites a dozen brazen Chinese (and foreign) in rousing adaptation of the “Vagina Monologues;” a play which provides stirring new insight into the complexities of love, sex, marriage and relationships in China. We’ll regale you with…
  • Double Happiness: Xi’an native introduces Kiwi fiancee to his hometown

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Jo and Kane in Xi’an. A few weeks ago, Kane Gu graciously regaled us with the story of how one “foreign student-turned-party boy” found the love of his life in New Zealand. It’s a beautiful love story and worth a read. But what happens when Kane finally introduces his fiancee to China and his hometown of Xi’an for the first time? A fiancee that has never stepped foot in the Middle Kingdom and doesn’t speak of word of Chinese? It’s one big cross-cultural adventure that the two of them will never forget.  If you want to be like Kane and have your…
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    Hidden Harmonies China Blog

  • Opium Wars…….War on Drugs

    N.M.Cheung
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    When I came to U.S. in 1961, people who knew I came from China sometimes asked what was it like to be brainwashed. I could only smiled and change topics. To me the history of Opium Wars always stick out more than anything else I learned in school. In high school, cigarettes were ubiquitous among students. In college, every Saturday night, I usually vacated the dorm and left for student center until around 1 AM, so my roommate can entertain his girlfriend coming North from Providence. When I returned to sleep there always was the sweet smell of marijuana lingering even with windows wide open.
  • Model Minority and Race

    N.M.Cheung
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:27 pm
    I have been U.S. for more than 50 years. Every decade or so there would be a flurry of articles about the Chinese-Americans being the model minority. Most of us consider it to be a compliment, hard working, family oriented, responsible, and not making any waves. I myself have mixed feelings about the attention. For we are being used as a deflection target for other minorities. For white Americans, we are a perfect example for how a minority should behave, law abiding, hard working, not protesting against discrimination, as contrast to African-Americans. We are used as example against…
  • Some Reflections of a Chinese American

    N.M.Cheung
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    Recently I read an account of a Chinese Uygur presently in U.S. from the Chinese edition of the New York Times. He talked about events while he was in school in China and how they mark and mold his world views. As a blogger I have been very positive about China and here I would like to share some of my reflections on where my views come from. I don’t pretend to be an expert and happy to exchange different view points with others. My father was a mechanics working on an American merchant vessel when he was stranded with the liberation in U.S.. He eventually became a citizen and applied…
  • US Censorship Poisons Internet At the Front End, with 100,000′s of Secret Gag Orders

    Black Pheonix
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    A national security letter18 U.S.C.§ 2709), an administrative subpoena used by the FBI, has an attached gag order which restricts the recipient from ever saying anything about being served with one. The government has issued hundreds of thousands (100,000′s, exact figure unknown) of such NSLs accompanied with gag orders. The gag orders have been upheld in US court. This type of SECRET NSLs is warned as far more sweeping than even the web “take down” notices.  Google receives only a few hundred “take down” notices from US government a year, affecting a few…
  • Growing anti-Beijing sentiment is shifting focus away from Hong Kong’s real problems

    Guancha Affiliate
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:47 am
    Hong Kong saw another big demonstration on July 1, when more than 100,000 people marched against the local government and Beijing. Despite having established an even closer economic relationship with mainland China since the handover, anti-Beijing sentiment has now become prevalent in the special administrative region. But this is a manufactured problem. Beijing has been adhering to the “one country, two systems” policy on Hong Kong since 1997. Interference in Hong Kong affairs has been minimal. Instead, Beijing has offered tremendous assistance and support during difficult times.
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    Red Luxury

  • LVMH Profits Hit By Weaker Chinese Demand

    redluxuryc
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    LVMH, the world’s largest luxury group and owner of Louis Vuitton, saw a marked slowdown in sales in the second quarter. The French conglomerate, known for their fashion, spirits, and cosmetics, reported significantly weaker demand driven by lower Chinese spending at home and abroad, and that protests in Hong Kong may be partly to blame. [&hellip
  • Tod’s First Mens Shop Opens in Hong Kong

    red luxury
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Good news for all you men — there are now more places to shop. Men-only shops are the latest trend in luxury. Recently, Hong Kong got its Topman store. Italian fashion brand Tod’s opened its first men’s shop in Hong Kong. The store, which opened late June, offers a large selection of Tod’s collection of [&hellip
  • Mulberry Is The Latest Luxury Brand to Launch on WeChat

    red luxury w
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    British luxury leather brand Mulberry hopes to give Chinese consumers a richer digital experience with the launch of an official WeChat account. Created in partnership with digital agency Hot Pot Digital, Mulberry’s WeChat account was the logical next step in breaking into the Chinese social media scene after creating an official account on Weibo in [&hellip
  • HK Private Equity Firm Buys British Brand Cath Kidston

    redluxuryc
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Cath Kidston, a London-based designer known for her 1950s-reminiscent prints and home-ware, has sold off another portion of her company’s shares in a multimillion-pound deal with Hong Kong-based Baring Private Equity Asia. This is the second time Kidston has banked big. In 2010, she first sold shares of her company to TA Associates. Kidston’s retro [&hellip
  • Venezuela Woos Chinese Tourists with New Chinese Language Website

    redluxuryc
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Caracas, the capitol and largest city in Venezuela, is working hard to attract Chinese visitors. Their tourism initiative has been spearheaded by the introduction of a Chinese language site. The site, which was launched on June 20 by Venezolana de Turismo, provides information about hotel accommodations, transportation and popular attractions. One thing that the city [&hellip
 
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    Bikedan in Asia

  • Mountain Bike Stage Racing in Asia

    Bikedan
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Mountain biking seems to be seeing a resurgence in popularity, especially with multi-day stage racing that provides riders with new experiences and adventures in exotic locations. Multi-day MTB stage racing is already popular in Europe and USA, and its slowly taking a grip on the Asia circuit. Its a perfect way to see and experience the country close up while meeting other like-minded MTB endurance riders from all parts of the globe. I had my first taste of MTB stage racing when I took part in the Genghis Khan MTB Adventure in Inner Mongolia back in 2010. It has now become a firm fixture on…
  • Cycling Secret: Durian Fruit the New Super Food?

    Bikedan
    7 Dec 2013 | 10:41 am
    It is a stinky putrid smelling fruit. I’ve always steered clear of this fruit despite friends on numerous occasions trying to convert me to eating Durian. Last year, I had a flat-mate from Canada who loved the spiky fruit and would bring it home; I would instantly know it was around, even though it was put out in the laundry room. The smell just pervades the whole apartment. I was offered to try it but never could get past the evil smell. I did try it and was pleasantly surprised at the sweet creamy taste of the fruit, however it did leave a slight after taste.  My wife also tried to…
  • Racing: Bikedan’s 2013 Tour de Bintan

    Bikedan
    14 Nov 2013 | 3:32 am
    I had always wanted to go back and do the Tour de Bintan race for the past several years but always ended up doing something different like the 7-day Tour de Formosa race in Taiwan followed by the KOM Taiwan Challenge in 2012. I was invited to go back  and do the KOM Taiwan again, but chose to do Tour de Bintan instead as it more suited my abilities as a rider.  I first competed at the Tour de Bintan event in 2010 as a Cyclingnewsasia cycling journalist, my report can be found via this link: Cycling Tour Bintan Island.  Also check out a 2010 report on Cyclingnewsasia.  Read about…
  • Cycle Travel: Discovering Fujian

    Bikedan
    22 Oct 2013 | 6:59 pm
    China has a stunning variety of places to discover by bicycle and this Cycle Travel series is part of my goal to show-case the cycling opportunities in China as well in other Asian countries. Expect to see more inspirational ideas and photographs to inspire you to travel with your bicycle more often. I have not yet gone myself to visit the Tulou’s but that is one of my listed destinations. There is a cycle invitational race this week in Fujian and hopefully we’ll get the chance to visit the UNESCO sites. Images and words kindly provided by Bruce Foreman. Cycling in Fujian is…
  • Racing: Tour of Matabungkay iTT stage

    Bikedan
    21 Oct 2013 | 7:33 pm
    The 2013 Tour of Matabungkay kicked off with a 10km individual time trial followed by three action-packed road race stages and ending with the final 40km team time trial; this made for a highly interesting and challenging race that is not over till the very end! I had been doing the press releases for the Tour of Matabungkay so I had no time for my own blog site to update on my personal progress. On paper this looks to be a flat time-trial, however it is deceptively difficult due to the little rolling kickers with a nice little 6% climb 2km from the end. I had come into this race unprepared…
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  • Chinese Outbound Investment to Exceed Inbound?

    Joel
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    According to a recent article in the Economist, based on the UNCTAD’s World Investment Report, Chinese outbound investment will likely surpass direct investment into China within the next two years. This comes after the United States Chamber of Commerce, a U.S. lobbying group, reported that Chinese investment in the United States surpassed U.S. investment in China for the first time in 2013. Keep in mind though that this refers to flow of new investment, NOT accumulated stock of investment.
  • Can Chinese Brands Go West? Video Interview

    Joel
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The China Observer’s founder, Joel Backaler, was interviewed by Thoughtful China in Shanghai last month. The interview covered his new book China Goes West – specifically how likely is it that we will see global brands emerge from China. For viewers based in China, the segment is also available on Youku here.
  • China Goes West: 4 Perspectives on Chinese Outbound Investment.

    Joel
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:24 am
    I have just returned from an extensive China roadshow promoting my new book, China Goes West: Everything You Need to know about Chinese Companies Going Global. The timing of the trip coincided with Putin’s visit and the United States’ charging five Chinese officials with cyber espionage. I kicked off my tour in Beijing where I spoke in front of more than 200 people in my first week at organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce, the European Union Chamber of Commerce and the Carnegie Endowment’s center at Tsinghua University. One of the greatest parts of the trip was…
  • China Goes West [Video Trailer]

    Joel
    30 Mar 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Are you interested in better understanding why Chinese companies are expanding outside of China? China Goes West presents an unrivaled overview of Chinese companies’ expansion into international markets and the opportunities and challenges it brings. Watch this video to discover: Who are the current winners and losers? What are the risks and benefits? How should we approach this complex global phenomenon? You can also pre-order the book on Amazon today.
  • Why Do Chinese Companies Want To Go West?

    Joel
    1 Mar 2014 | 9:22 am
    (image from: carsroute.com) The following excerpt is from a 6-part series in Forbes about Chinese overseas investment. For the original article click here. “Is a Chinese government strategy pushing corporate champions to invest overseas or do straightforward commercial motivations explain this phenomenon? The answer is both. Chinese companies go global because of government objectives as well as business necessity. It would take an entire book to do this topic justice, but the following sections offer a high-level overview of the multiple motivations for Chinese companies to expand…
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    East Asia Student

  • 李白 早發白帝城 translation: Setting Off Early from Baidi City, by Li Bai (下江陵)

    Hugh Grigg (葛修远)
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:24 pm
    This is a very rough translation and annotation of the poem 早發白帝城 (Zǎo Fā Báidì Chéng), ‘Setting Off Early from Baidi City’, by the Tang Dynasty Chinese poet 李白 (Lǐ Bái).If you have any suggestions, please share them in the comments at the end of the page. Note that the goal here is to make the original text more accessible, not to provide a conversion into English.  Zǎo Fā Báidì Chéng [early] [set off] [White] [Emperor] [city] Setting Off Early from Baidi City  Cháo cí Báidì cǎiyún jiān, [morning] [take leave] [White] [Emperor] [colour]…
  • 李白 勞勞亭 translation: Pavilion of Misery, by Li Bai

    Hugh Grigg (葛修远)
    12 May 2014 | 5:45 pm
    This is a very rough translation and annotation of the poem 勞勞亭 (Láoláo Tíng), ‘Pavilion of Misery’, by the Tang Dynasty Chinese poet 李白 (Lǐ Bái).If you have any suggestions, please share them in the comments at the end of the page. Note that the goal here is to make the original text more accessible, not to provide a conversion into English.  Láoláo Tíng [sad] [sad] [pavilion] Pavilion of Misery  Tiānxià shāngxīn chù, [heaven] [under] [hurt] [heart] [place] The world’s place of heart-breaking; láo láo sòng kè tíng. [sad] [sad] [see off]…
  • China to abolish Chinese characters, replace with pinyin

    Hugh Grigg (葛修远)
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Just seen this article on BBC News:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-42674542.htmlBad times. I guess I should’ve seen it coming, really. The CCP are planning to abolish all use of Chinese characters in the PRC, and replace them with pinyin.Chinese characters, or hanzi, are arguably the most famous emblem of Chinese culture.During their 5000 year history, they have developed into one of the most recognisable written scripts in the world.The Chinese government, however, has decided that the ancient writing system is out-dated and needs replacing with a more modern, efficient…
  • 《时间都去哪儿了》 lyrics translation: Where Has the Time Gone?

    Hugh Grigg (葛修远)
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:30 pm
    The song 《时间都去哪儿了》 has been popular recently in China, especially since it was performed by 王铮亮 (Wáng Zhēngliàng) on 春晚. It came up on the radio again just now so I thought I’d have a go at annotating the lyrics in English.The lyrics were written by 陈曦 (Chén Xī) and the tune by 董冬冬 (Dǒng Dōngdōng – I know, right?).As always, this is an annotation not a translation – the English here isn’t supposed to work as lyrics.One thing I wasn’t too sure of was whether to translate certain lines into first or second person in…
  • A “Chinese” puzzle sent to me by a reader: 冊月水三 了口臼尺 山月了 七口…

    Hugh Grigg (葛修远)
    10 Jan 2014 | 8:56 pm
    A reader sent me this “Chinese” text and asked if I could translate it, apparently having found this ancient post about free Chinese translation.It was pretty clear from the start this wasn’t standard Chinese! I did wonder for a moment if it was some sort of bizarre Classical Chinese poem, before I remembered all of that Chinese alphabet nonsense I’d written about before.Then it was just a job of writing out the substitutions:月 a 官 b 匹 c 力 d 三 e 下 f 巨 g 升 h 工 i 水 k 心 l 冊 m 內 n 口 o 戶 p 尺 r 弓 s 七 t 臼 u 人 v 山 w 了 yI’m lazy…
 
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  • How to have an incredibly imperfect 10th wedding anniversary in Hangzhou (just like us)

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    When you’re getting ready to remember 10 years together with the person you love most in the world, you want it all to be as perfect as that diamond wedding ring. After all, isn’t 10 years of marriage called the “diamond anniversary”? But the reality doesn’t always sparkle like that most coveted of all jewels, just as John and I discovered this past Saturday when we set out to celebrate our 10th anniversary together. Here’s how our day ended up losing some of its luster: 1. Celebrate it right smack in the middle of the hottest days of summer. Notice the…
  • Photo Essay: Celebrating 10 years of marriage to my husband!

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Ten years ago on July 26, my husband and I stood before a government representative in Shanghai, promising to spend the rest of our lives together. It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed since that moment, yet I love John just as much as the first time I stood before him and said, “Wo yuanyi!” (“I do” in Chinese — and yes, like most of us in China, I did it more than once for reasons explained in this post). To commemorate those 10 incredible years I’ve enjoyed with the love of my life, a guy who still makes me swoon after all this time…
  • Are we more vulnerable to one-sided relationships when it’s cross-cultural love?

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    (photo by Helga Weber via Flickr.com) The e-mails from Western women that land in my Ask the Yangxifu inbox never cease to surprise and even shock me with their tales of relationship woes — particularly the ones marked “confidential”. Invariably when it’s confidential, it’s a story of unimaginable difficulties. In the end, though, these women almost always want an answer to one simple question: “What can I do to make it right?” Here’s what they hope I’ll say: “It’s totally normal in Chinese culture, and here’s a cultural tip to smooth things over.”…
  • FREE in Beijing! “Leftover Monologues” about love/sex/marriage in China on stage (includes an AMWF story)!

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    Are you in Beijing? Or will you be there on July 26? Would you love to hear a performance of fabulous monologues about love, sex, marriage and relationships in China? One that includes an AMWF love story? Then you don’t want to miss the “Leftover Monologues”! Here’s the scoop: Join us for an evening of sparkling entertainment that unites a dozen brazen Chinese (and foreign) in rousing adaptation of the “Vagina Monologues;” a play which provides stirring new insight into the complexities of love, sex, marriage and relationships in China. We’ll regale you with…
  • Double Happiness: Xi’an native introduces Kiwi fiancee to his hometown

    Jocelyn Eikenburg
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Jo and Kane in Xi’an. A few weeks ago, Kane Gu graciously regaled us with the story of how one “foreign student-turned-party boy” found the love of his life in New Zealand. It’s a beautiful love story and worth a read. But what happens when Kane finally introduces his fiancee to China and his hometown of Xi’an for the first time? A fiancee that has never stepped foot in the Middle Kingdom and doesn’t speak of word of Chinese? It’s one big cross-cultural adventure that the two of them will never forget.  If you want to be like Kane and have your…
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    Blog - Digital Jungle

  • Insights: How Chinese Perceive Foreign Brands

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:55 am
    Every marketer will tell you to adapt your strategy to the market you are targeting to be able the break into it effectively. When it comes to China, there isa great amount of differences, which make this market truly different…
  • Why Develop a Mobile-Optimized Website

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    In June 2010, about 420 million of Chinese people were using the Internet making China the biggest Internet market in the World. It perhaps is a little simplistic to say but many Chinese consumers went straight from using the phone…
  • Search Optimization: How to Break Into the Chinese Market

    8 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    When it comes to Search Optimization in a foreign market, brands should always look for the best search engine to reach their target. It is known that Google Hong Kong does not own the main piece of cake in China…
  • Game of Thrones: Buzzes on Weibo

    20 Jun 2014 | 3:11 am
    « Have you seen the last Game of Thrones? » « No! Don’t spoil it! ». If you are not a fan of this show then you probably know people having this conversation every week.  Since it has started, the…
  • The World Cup不会说中文(The World Cup doesn’t Speak Chinese)

    13 Jun 2014 | 2:06 am
    Yesterday, June 12th marked amemorable day in sports history. The whole world, including China, was watching the Opening Ceremony of The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Although, if you were not watching it on TV many Chinese Internet users…
 
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    China Debate

  • China ECommerce–Engaging And Informative Presentation

    Malcolm Riddell
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Most of our CHINADebate hedge fund Members are particularly interested in two things: China gaming and China Internet, especially ecommerce. So, as I am keeping up with what’s happening in China, I pay attention to these industries. Today, on SlideShare, I came across an excellent summary about China ecommerce, presented with clear and well-ordered slides, from Totem Media, a Chinese social media solutions company. I found it engaging and informative, and, done so well, entertaining. Interesting to anyone following trends in China business. Let me know what you think. Here’s the…
  • Longtime CHINADebate Expert Julian Chang Joins Schwarzman Scholars

    Malcolm Riddell
    11 Mar 2014 | 8:59 am
    Longtime CHINADebate Member and Expert, Julian Chang, has left the Harvard KennedySchool to join Schwarzman Scholars as Associate Dean of Student Life in Beijing. From the press release: Inspired by the prestigious Rhodes scholarship, Schwarzman Scholars is designed to educate future world leaders about China. 200 elite students from around the world will spend a postgraduate year studying at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious academic institutions. As part of that experience, they will gain unrivaled exposure to China through mentorship opportunities, cultural…
  • CHINADebate Expert Carl Walter on ‘The China Dream: China and Its Financial Priorities

    Malcolm Riddell
    28 Feb 2014 | 8:06 am
    Among the speakers at the February 26 CHINARoundtable was Carl Walter. Carl is best known as the co-author of Red Capitalism: The Fragile Foundation of China’s Extraordinary Rise, a book that caused us all to revise our opinions about China’s financial and banking system. Underlying Red Capitalism‘s analyses is Carl’s long China experience and education. He lived and worked in Beijing from 1991 to 2011, and retired after serving as COO of JPMorgan (China) and CEO of JPMorgan China Commercial Bank (China).  Before this, he was COO of China International Capital…
  • McKeown on the CHINARoundtable

    Malcolm Riddell
    19 Feb 2014 | 2:51 pm
    My friend, Kevin McKeown, president of LEXBLOG, put an all too flattering profile of me on his excellent blog, Leadership Close Up. Thanks, Kevin! Kevin McKeown As much as I appreciated his kind words about me, I appreciated even more his introducing the CHINARoundtable to his many readers. Especially the upcoming February 26 CHINARoundtable at the Harvard Club of New York. We’ll tackle an issue that threatens to tank not just China’s economy but the whole world economy: the deepening financial and banking crises. We’ll hear from four leading China experts and have a full morning of…
  • Bullish On China Real Estate: Carol Wu, DBS Vickers

    Malcolm Riddell
    24 May 2013 | 5:48 am
    Carol Wu of DBS Vickers (and Wall Street Journal’s Analyst of the Year for Hong Kong) is bullish on the China property markets. Maybe I like her remarks because they are about the same as mine. But I think she gives a good argument for why China real estate is going to continue with fits and starts to be a driver of the China economy (and why the ‘ghost city’ stories are exaggerated). Have a look:
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    Chengdu Living

  • Measuring PM2.5 for 200rmb: the SamoAir Review

    Charlie
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Spend some time in Chengdu and you might find that the most common concern among expat residents is the polluted air. Many of us track pollutant levels using our smartphones everyday, wear protective masks when running or cycling, and outfit our homes with low (and high) cost air filters and automation systems. For me, the next step after setting up filters and automation in my home was to measure indoor pollutant levels myself to identify and troubleshoot potential problems. A common and trustworthy device used to measure air pollutants is the Dylos 1100, which is American-made and…
  • China’s Social Institution of the Polite Lie

    Eli
    28 May 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Recently I was reminded of something I learned ten years ago, while studying in Beijing. It was a month ago, and I was walking into a restaurant in Chengdu, around closing time, with a group of my wife’s friends. It was nearly 9pm and most of the staff were eating their shift meal or clearing tables, waiting for the last diners to finish. I asked a waiter if we could get some food and he responded apologetically that they were closing. Knowing that our dinner options were dwindling, I pleaded our case, asking that they seat us. To deflect my request the waiter said, ‘sorry, we are out of…
  • How to Wirelessly Control Your Air Filter Remotely for 99 rmb

    Charlie
    12 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the spring of 2013, Chengdu witnessed the worst sustained bout of air pollution that it had seen. We published a post on how to protect yourself from the pollution, posted daily photos of the Chengdu sky along with air quality readings, and saw a flurry of forum posts like these discussing the air pollution. We’ve come a long way since then. Air filters are more common in Chengdu, awareness of the pollution has become widespread, and the skies are less dirty than they were a year ago according to both US Consulate and local Chengdu data on air quality. Last Sunday Chengdu…
  • Split Crotch Pants: China’s Environmentally Friendly Non-Diaper

    Sascha
    5 May 2014 | 12:14 pm
    About halfway into my long sojourn here in China, I met an ebullient young man who was on his second week. He kept telling me how great everything was in China, and this in the middle of a drawn out China Blues period for me, and it took everything I had not to “destroy something beautiful” just because I could. Instead, he turned me on to the light, “Chinese are so plucky,” he said and I knew exactly what he meant by that. He reminded me of my first days here, before I heard the bitter sermons of long-time expats and disgusted Peace Corps volunteers. Before I endured…
  • 5 Steps to Renting an Apartment in China

    Zak
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Having tallied six apartments in three different Chinese cities, the apartment hunt has become one of my least favorite but most fundamental routines here in China. Why so important? A great apartment is the launchpad from which you can set your life hurtling towards a bright, glimmering future. Misfire on your living situation and fling yourself into the dark, cold outer reaches of a Chinese city’s orbital system. Abstractions aside, the difficulties of searching for the perfect apartment in China leave many disheartened, dejected, and hungover. This article will present a few steps to…
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    eWallstreeter

  • GSK opens issue of spinning off consumer arm

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Chief executive Sir Andrew Witty has opened the possibility of the group being broken up in the future as he pushes through a sweeping overhaul of UK drugmaker
  • Safer food should be freely copied

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Stroll through a local market in China and there is little sign of quality control or hygiene while dishes are washed in cold water with little soap
  • China’s military and economic fortunes

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Beijing gives an air of invincibility in the debate over its might but seems on the brink of implosion in the one about the fragility of its economy
  • Swift growth at root of China food scandal

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    An undercover investigation of unhygienic practices and relabelling of expired meat has led to the closure of a giant meat processing plant near Shanghai that supplied KFC, McDonald’s and Starbucks
  • China to put €2bn into Italian power grid

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    The deal by China State Grid reflects a shift in attitude towards Chinese investments and comes as Italy’s economy minister visits the Asian nation
 
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    Welcome To China

  • lets eat.. Cicada

    Rodney
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    Cicada make for a tasty snack… At first I was a little reluctant but once I got over thought of it, I really look forward to munching on these tasty little critters.. They are simply fried in a little oil till crispy, a little salt, and munch away.. A meaty almost peanut buttery kind of […]
  • Shaoguan and Nanhua Temple

    Rodney
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Shaoguan is a quick and easy getaway from Shenzhen or Guangzhou being linked by the High Speed Rail. It takes about 2 hours from Shenzhen and 1 hour or so from Guangzhou. On this trip I came from Qingyuan, I missed the fast train having ended up at the wrong train station but I managed […]
  • 兴隆寺 Xingfu Longgu Temple – Qingyuan

    Rodney
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    Out along Provincial Road there’s numerous sight seeing attractions and one of those is Xingfu Temple across from the Niuyuzui scenic area. Getting to either is easy, take the bus number 24 which terminates at the gate of the scenic area, then walk through the main gate and follow the path for 5 minutes. Map […]
  • A morning at Fei Lai Temple of Qingyuan

    Rodney
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:18 am
    Reading the net and according to locals, during the week boat hire to Feilai Temple is quite expensive, so I was pleased to find that you can walk there. There’s actually lots of tour boats going up and down the river, but most are private chartered for tour groups and they don’t stop at the temple, […]
  • 太和古洞 Qingyuan Taihe Ancient Cave

    Rodney
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:16 am
    Here’s an amazing spot in Qingyuan that you should definitely take the time to visit. Featuring amazing natural scenery, a temple and pure mountain water rock pools for swimming. I will never forget swimming in amazing rock pools after the walk to the temple at the top of the mountain. The temple is not big, […]
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    China-Family-Adventure.com News

  • What is Dim Sum? Way more than just Chinese Food!

    1 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Let's go for Dim Sum! The very words that get the kids out in a hurry! Dim Sum is probably one of their favorite Chinese Foods, and for Chinese around the world, Dim Sum is more of a social occasion when family and friends gather to enjoy the endless repertoire of delightful dumplings and little bites served in the bamboo baskets and the fun hectic atmosphere at the restaurants. How to eat? What to eat? Check out our picture guide and get ready to order like a pro!
  • For All Champ Rowers... Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is on June 2, 2014.

    31 May 2014 | 4:58 am
    On the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival takes place. This year it will be on June 2, 2014 There are many legends as to the origin of this festival. One states that it probably got started as a celebration for the planting of the rice crop and to pray for a good rainfall since it was believed that Dragons controlled the rain and rivers. Another legend tells the story of Qu Yuan, an old man that drowns himself by jumping from a boat, because he couldn’t stand to see his country being destroyed by the poor leaders. Nowadays, what characterizes the…
  • Writing Chinese Numbers

    12 May 2014 | 7:07 am
    Let's learn to write the numbers 1 to 10 in Chinese! We should be able to count to 99!
  • 9-Day Tour of China with Airfare and Excursions from $999

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Tour of China with Airfare from Friendly Planet Travel9-Day Tour of China with Airfare and Excursions from Friendly Planet. Price Per Person Based on Double Occupancy.More details at Groupon
  • Xian to Allow 72-hour Visa Exemption

    5 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    Foreigners from 51 countries in Europe, America, Oceania and Asia will be able to visit Xi'an, Shaanxi's capital city, and Xianyang City without visas within 72 hours when they are en route to a third country or region via Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (XXIA), according to a statement issued by the provincial government. The policy which is already in effect in 8 other cities in China, including Beijing and Shanghai, is expected to be implemented in the next two to three months. Xian is of course, the gateway to the famous Emperor Qin's Terracotta Army.
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    Beijing Cream

  • This actually happened: The ‘Night of “Expats in Chinese Film and TV” Awards’

    Beijing Cream
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Good day, mortals. Enjoy the weekend? Unless you were at the inaugural Expats in Chinese Film and TV Awards, not as much as these players. Er… what?   Described by one excited attendee as “the stupidest, most Z-list thing ever… a fake award ceremony with fake red carpet,” the “expat Oscars” (as no one is calling it) was hosted by this nubile pair:   On the right is Mark Regan, a “Weatherman Anchor” at CCTV. (Mark’s previous role was “Import / Export Manager at Beijing W&G Trading Co,” so TV was the obvious next step.) His co-host is Shenzhen TV’s…
  • New Android Phone Comes in “Baby Skin”

    Patrick Lozada
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:47 pm
    It’s kind of like that old joke – What’s nastier than a dead baby in a trash can? A dead baby wrapped around a series of phones and then sold on Taobao. I like how they only wrote it in English too, like it’s a little Easter Egg for 老外. I’m pretty sure when you order, they do their best Yashow and tell you it’s 真皮. — h/t Riley Hageman for this find. And yes — I get that it’s “Baby Skin White”, but that’s weird too so…
  • Dispatches From Xinjiang: “Encounter On The Silk Road” At The Xinjiang Art Biennale

    Beige Wind
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This is a follow-up to last month’s piece on Liu Xiaodong at the first Xinjiang Biennale in 2012. A lot of people turned out for the final day of the Xinjiang Art Biennale on July 20 at the International Expo Center. The massive complex, situated next to a giant Buddha and Hilton Hotel in the city’s northeast, echoed with the sounds of an original score by Philip Glass called “Encounter on the Silk Road.” Indeed, exhibition was heavy on spectacle. Giant video screens, paintings, and sculptures drew the largely Han crowd into massive spaces lit by natural light.
  • Rui’s Anatomy: Black Behavior At The Heart Of TV Scandal

    Valentina Luo
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    The finger is now being pointed at Rui Chenggang The arrest of another journalist in China is normally cause for concern: as the news is shared across social networks, tweets of sympathy accumulate, human rights groups and lawyers protest, and diplomats may even issue statements of public concern. But the detention of economics anchor Rui Chenggang (pictured), reportedly “dragged” from his offices by investigators just hours before his show was due to go live, has prompted almost the opposite – the overwhelming response, as the NY Times’s Ed Wong noted, has been one of schadenfreude…
  • State Media Coverage of MH17 Possibly Written By Monkeys

    Patrick Lozada
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    The pundit aftermath of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is now upon us and the Global Times’ recent opinion piece on the topic is full of actual words and letters that call allegations of Russia’s involvement “yet another example of the power of Western opinion as a political tool.”  While their ability to cobble together phrases might indicate intelligent life, we must turn to experts like early 20th century mathematician Emile Borel for guidance without preconditions or preconceptions. Emile Borel once famously wrote of what has since been termed the…
 
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    Everyone's Blog Posts - Study More Chinese

  • Rana Mitter - Oxford Professor of Chinese History - a new World Journal Article on his Books

    Thomas Doherty
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    As has been becoming increasingly well know, Oxford Professor of Chinese History Rana Mitter has written a current best seller released last fall 2013 entitled "Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937 - 1945", available in ebook, paperback or hardcover.  Here is a link to the Amazon kindle page:       http://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Ally-China%C2%92s-World-1937-1945-ebook/dp/B00AUZS5OI/ref=tmm_kin_title_0; A few of his other books are worth reading also:     China's War with Japan ( hardcover only ...  I have not read it yet and wonder if new book is a rewrite )        …
  • On YangYang's Blog -- Ways to say Good Bye in Mandarin

    Thomas Doherty
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Over on YangYang's Blog ( yoyochinese.com ) there is an article by   Julie Tha Gyaw  on different ways to say Good Bye  in Mandarin.  Check it out at this link:     http://yoyochinese.com/blog/learn-mandarin-chinese-how-chinese-people-normally-say-goodbye;     
  • World Cup Words in Mandarin

    Thomas Doherty
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I recently visited the easymandarin site and they had a great list of Mandarin Football ( soccer ) and World Cup words. See the list at this link:     http://www.easymandarin.cn/world-cup-vocabulary-talk-about-football-in-chinese/;
  • Articles of Interest over on East Asian Student Net

    Thomas Doherty
    8 Jun 2014 | 3:30 pm
    I recently visited I site I have neglected to go on for probably 1 year.  That was a big mistake not reading the excellent articles posted at this excellent site.   Here are the first 4 articles I read. The first article I read was the book review of "Tuttle Reading and Writing Chinese" and, having read about 1/2 of this book, I totally agreed with the review. The second article I read was "China to abolish Chinese characters, replace with pinyin" The third was "   What is the main Chinese language? What is Standard Chinese? " and the 4th was "  How to learn to write Chinese: Key…
  • italki.com articles on the Informal Chinese Interjections

    Thomas Doherty
    29 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Nicole Yin has authored 2 articles over on italki.com that should be looked at by most Chinese learners.  These articles are about the Informal Chinese Interjections ( that you are sometimes hearing while at a Chinese eatery, supermarket or watching a Chinese movie ).    Part 1:  http://www.italki.com/article/105/informal-chinese-interjections-part-1#.U4gPrnawVSV;    Part 2:  http://www.italki.com/article/123/informal-chinese-interjections-part-ii#.U4gOx3awVSU;
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    China Law Blog

  • Where To Locate Your Business In China Or Asia

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    A reporter recently asked me why our clients that had chosen to locate in Vietnam had chosen Vietnam over China. I mentioned lower costs, less competition, and how some had told me that it was because they just flat out preferred spending time in Vietnam to China. He replied: “But it must be strictly the low costs in the end, right?” I said that could not be the case because if companies were choosing their locations on low costs alone, countries like Yemen and Niger would be on the top of their lists, rather than nowhere on them. I then mentioned that because we have an experienced and…
  • China Domain Name Emails. It Is Still A Scam.

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    One of our China lawyers just got the following email which, interestingly enough went to the spam folder.  I mention that it went to the spam folder because it shows that Outlook recognized it for what it contained, a fairly standard China domain name scam email. The email our China attorney received was the following: I am a longtime reader (and occasional commenter) of your blog, and I received an email that seems to be a warning from a Chinese company about a potential domain squatter in China, I thought you might be interested in it. the email seems like an fishing expedition,…
  • China: Do Just One Thing Redux. Trademarks.

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    More than three years ago, we did the following post, entitled, China: Do Just One Thing. Trademarks. From time to time I get calls from start-up companies about to embark on manufacturing in China. They are calling to ask what they need to do “to protect themselves.” I tell them about NNN Agreements and how they can help prevent potential manufacturers from replicating their product. And I tell them about how important it is that they have an OEM Agreement with their Chinese manufacture Then I tell them how if they do nothing else, they should immediately register their trademarks…
  • Stiffed By Your China Manufacturer? It’s Probably Your Own Fault.

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    In the last five years, the China lawyers at my firm have been contacted literally hundreds of times by foreign companies (mostly American, Canadian, British, German and Australian) that have received bad product or no product from their suppliers in China. And no exaggeration, I cannot remember a single time where the foreign company did not bear at least some responsibility for its own problems. What are these foreign companies doing wrong, and so often?  Two things. First, buying product from companies that they do not really know, or at least do not know well. We have written so often on…
  • China Commercial Contracts: Writing the Contract Damage Provision

    and
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:06 pm
    In our standard commercial contracts we often include a specific damage amount for certain (not all) violations of the contract terms. We work with our clients to ensure that such provisions are not a penalty, but rather an honest assessment of what real damages might result from the breach. This system has worked well in China and actually helps prevent litigation due to the certainty of result these contract damage provisions provide. Common law lawyers often express concern about such contract damage provisions based on the general common law aversion to “liquidated damages.”…
 
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    Quality Wars - Your Boots on the GROUND in China

  • Jewelry QC: Stone Placement and Setting

    John
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    Jewelry QC inspections generally require very little equipment, despite the often high value of the product. Last week we covered inspection methods and assessing quality of casting, soldering and glue assembly. Jewelry items need not only be highly presentable and appealing, but they also need to stand the test of time. There are few other products for which expectations of durability and craftsmanship are higher. That’s why our focus this week is on stone placement and setting. A ring with the best casting work and the most highly-prized gemstones can really take a tumble in terms of…
  • Jewelry QC: Casting, Soldering and Glue Assembly

    John
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    Have you ever spent a significant amount of money on an item of jewelry only to be ripped off by poor quality materials or workmanship?   Jewelry QC requires precision and a trained eye. Whether you buy jewelry for resale,  investing, for giving to someone else or for when you just feel like treating yourself, you know how expensive it can get. Jewelry is a luxury good, and nothing takes away more from its value than a quality defect like a crack in the metal casting or soldering. All of us at Quality Wars want to make sure you’re getting what you pay for, especially when it comes to…
  • Chairs: 6 Essential Quality Assurance Tests and Checks

    John
    12 May 2014 | 1:28 am
    How much of your life is spent sitting down? Vincent’s Chair, a 1888 painting by Vincent van Gogh According to one study, the average adult spends more than 90 percent of their leisure time sitting – 90 percent! That figure doesn’t even include the time you might be sitting at work or, as most of us in the Western world tend to do when nature calls, sitting on the toilet. As long as you’re spending so much time sitting, wouldn’t you like to be sure that the chair you’re sitting in is one that’s not only comfortable and durable, but safe and stable as well? That’s why…
  • Cultural Caveats: The Power of Guanxi

    John
    25 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    How many times has networking played a pivotal role or, more still, been critically decisive in the success or failure or your career or business? Who needs to wait in line at a popular night club when you’ve got guanxi? The people you know can introduce you to friends, business partners even your future husband or wife. Your network can even help you get your name to the top of a list of applicants. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs in the United States are found through networking. We sometimes refer to a powerful friend as a connection or a…
  • Always Verify the CDF

    Megan
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    A halogen oven damaged during use due to sub-standard parts used in manufacturing. A distributor of household electrical products has been receiving reports from their clients that a table top oven has been sparking, and in some cases, catching fire. Upon investigation, it is discovered that, although the manufacturer of the product had gotten it tested at an ISO-certified laboratory, they recently started replacing critical components with inferior parts bought from cheaper suppliers. Barring sending a sample to the lab for costly and time-consuming function testing each order, how was the…
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    Blog - Digital Jungle

  • Insights: How Chinese Perceive Foreign Brands

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:55 am
    Every marketer will tell you to adapt your strategy to the market you are targeting to be able the break into it effectively. When it comes to China, there isa great amount of differences, which make this market truly different…
  • Why Develop a Mobile-Optimized Website

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    In June 2010, about 420 million of Chinese people were using the Internet making China the biggest Internet market in the World. It perhaps is a little simplistic to say but many Chinese consumers went straight from using the phone…
  • Search Optimization: How to Break Into the Chinese Market

    8 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    When it comes to Search Optimization in a foreign market, brands should always look for the best search engine to reach their target. It is known that Google Hong Kong does not own the main piece of cake in China…
  • Game of Thrones: Buzzes on Weibo

    20 Jun 2014 | 3:11 am
    « Have you seen the last Game of Thrones? » « No! Don’t spoil it! ». If you are not a fan of this show then you probably know people having this conversation every week.  Since it has started, the…
  • The World Cup不会说中文(The World Cup doesn’t Speak Chinese)

    13 Jun 2014 | 2:06 am
    Yesterday, June 12th marked amemorable day in sports history. The whole world, including China, was watching the Opening Ceremony of The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Although, if you were not watching it on TV many Chinese Internet users…
 
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    InternChina - Internships in China, Praktikum in China, Stage en Chine » Languages » English

  • Visiting a Chinese Family

    Rebecca Brueckner
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:36 pm
    It is becoming more and more popular for foreigners to stay at a Chinese host family while being overseas for studies or work. Visiting a Chinese family invariably provides a deeper insight into Chinese culture and local life, but in order to get the most out of it, there are some do’s and don’ts   […]
  • The Rules of Giving

    Lindzey Miller
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    While in China, I’ve had the opportunity to see and learn first hand about some of the more common practices. There are many little things that differ from the culture I grew up in and had never really taken the time to think about. For example, did you know that in a meeting it is […]
  • Ivan – New Intern in Zhuhai

    Hyacinth Garnett
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:31 am
    Good day everyone, I am Ivan and I am a new intern in InternChina, the company with field office in Zhuhai! This is my first blog, first impressions and first open letter in front of a crowd of people so I hope I can satisfy you with the next few lines. My China experience started […]
  • Angela Merkel: The Good Woman of Setzuan

    Sebastian Schrade
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:55 am
    “The most powerful women in the world” just visited us in Chengdu: Angela Merkel. So after Michelle Obama visited the city a few months back, the people of Chengdu were yet again delighted that such an important person found the way to their city. News on Chinese national and local TV channels covered almost every […]
  • Holiday in Inner Mongolia and Xi’an

    Gianna Wolfsen
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Hello everybody, It’s been a while since my last blog. So what news do I have today? Last week we made it a bit further away from Zhuhai. It was our holiday and we had two destinations: Inner Mongolia and Xi’an. For Inner Mongolia, which was the first stop, we didn’t have many plans. The […]
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    China Stock Research - China Stock Research - Blog posts

  • Home Inns & Hotel Management (HMIN) back to bullish

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
    Home Inns chugging along, building up support…positive The ticker is trending along the upper Bollinger band and in a nice neutral state looking at MACD (trend), Bollinger (volatility) and CCI (momentum) values. The attraction at this point for Home Inns & Hotel Management (HMIN, profile) is the support and juxtaposition of our triple exponential moving averages and the upturn in our proprietary stochastic signal. Bollinger bands in this narrow range for nearly three weeks could be telegraphing a breakout.   Current technical rating is: 1.5 (previously rated a -1.5) Note:…
  • Dangdang (DANG) Upgraded to bullish outlook

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    ECommerce Dangdang (DANG) building momentum, positive outlook It all looks good for Ecommerce Dangdang (DANG, profile ) except that close outside the upper Bollinger band. While the trend is strong and the price could continue to move higher, in the majority of these situations, the market penalizes a name for closing outside the volatility range and we see a retreat to near the middle of the channel. Our proprietary stochastic signal is positive and approaching an overbought condition – but not there yet.   Current technical rating is: 2.25 (previously rated a -1.25) Note:…
  • Eco data - HSBC July 2014 Flash PMI 52

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:24 pm
    June’s HSBC/Markit Flash China Manufacturing PMI was 52 (source), stronger than the 51 consensus estimate, and up vs. the 51.0 final PMI from the NBS and the 50.7 reading from HSBC in June. This month’s reading of a 52 was an 18-month high. According to the release, sub-indexes for output, new orders, backlogs, and output prices all changed in a positive direction vs. last month. The only somewhat negative reading for the month was employment (still negative, but not as bad as June). The reading, over 50, signals expansion in the manufacturing sector. In the release, HSBC Chief…
  • Qihoo 360 (QIHU) - outlook improves to positive

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    Up on volume, price trends – possible new trend Qihoo 360 Technologies (QIHU, profile) has been above and below a potential triple support level with all three of our exponential moving averages tightly stacked around the 89.xx level. Along with this apparent support, all indicators have a positive slope and relationship to signal line. A move through 100.00 will affirm a bullish environment for QIHU.   Current technical rating is: 2 (previously a -1.25) Note: technical ratings are -3 to +3 indicating bearish to bullish; a zero is neutral to cautionary.     Price and…
  • 51job Inc. (JOBS) - hustling back to a positive view

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    51job Inc. keeps up its hustle, climbs back to positive We recently took 51job Inc. (JOBS, profile) down a peg, after the stock was moving nicely from the end of June and most of July. However, as we noted at the time, JOBS’ time in the cellar may be short-lived, which it was. The recent moves since our July 15 negative outlook have triggered a switch back to a positive view. Only our MACD is not with the program; all other signals are pointing to bullish. Our unpublished trend indicator is just 6 points from maximum which also keeps the…
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  • LVMH Profits Hit By Weaker Chinese Demand

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    25 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    LVMH, the world’s largest luxury group and owner of Louis Vuitton, saw a marked slowdown in sales in the second quarter. The French conglomerate, known for their fashion, spirits, and cosmetics, reported significantly weaker demand driven by lower Chinese spending at home and abroad, and that protests in Hong Kong may be partly to blame. [&hellip
  • Tod’s First Mens Shop Opens in Hong Kong

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    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Good news for all you men — there are now more places to shop. Men-only shops are the latest trend in luxury. Recently, Hong Kong got its Topman store. Italian fashion brand Tod’s opened its first men’s shop in Hong Kong. The store, which opened late June, offers a large selection of Tod’s collection of [&hellip
  • Mulberry Is The Latest Luxury Brand to Launch on WeChat

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    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    British luxury leather brand Mulberry hopes to give Chinese consumers a richer digital experience with the launch of an official WeChat account. Created in partnership with digital agency Hot Pot Digital, Mulberry’s WeChat account was the logical next step in breaking into the Chinese social media scene after creating an official account on Weibo in [&hellip
  • HK Private Equity Firm Buys British Brand Cath Kidston

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    23 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Cath Kidston, a London-based designer known for her 1950s-reminiscent prints and home-ware, has sold off another portion of her company’s shares in a multimillion-pound deal with Hong Kong-based Baring Private Equity Asia. This is the second time Kidston has banked big. In 2010, she first sold shares of her company to TA Associates. Kidston’s retro [&hellip
  • Venezuela Woos Chinese Tourists with New Chinese Language Website

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    23 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Caracas, the capitol and largest city in Venezuela, is working hard to attract Chinese visitors. Their tourism initiative has been spearheaded by the introduction of a Chinese language site. The site, which was launched on June 20 by Venezolana de Turismo, provides information about hotel accommodations, transportation and popular attractions. One thing that the city [&hellip
 
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  • 12VPN Reviews | Pros, Cons & Discount Codes

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    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Perhaps you’ve come across this 12VPN review thanks to a Google search or maybe you’ve been browsing many of the other VPN reviews I’ve done. Either way, I hope you can find this useful. I’ve spent the past few months personally testing out quite a few VPNs and although I don’t claim to be an expert, I […] The post 12VPN Reviews | Pros, Cons & Discount Codes appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • My Top 5 Favorite Tools for Learning Mandarin

    Josh
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    You may not be fluent, but during your travels throughout China you’re going to want to speak at least some basic Mandarin Chinese. I’ve already spent a little bit of time talking about how it is possible to travel in China without speaking Mandarin, but for those of you who desire to experience the Chinese […] The post My Top 5 Favorite Tools for Learning Mandarin appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • What Should I Pack for my China Trip?

    Josh
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whether you’re an experienced traveler or this is your first time going overseas, it helps to know what is and isn’t available in a country like China so you can pack accordingly. Overpacking is a burden and under-packing is terribly uncomfortable. I don’t want to point out the obvious for you here (i.e. should you bring your […] The post What Should I Pack for my China Trip? appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • ExpressVPN Reviews | Pros vs Cons

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    7 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    More than likely you’ve come to this page thanks to a search on Google or some other search engine, looking for more details on ExpressVPN. I’ve been personally using ExpressVPN – as well as over 10 other VPNs - for quite a while now so I hope to share with you what I’ve learned in the process. […] The post ExpressVPN Reviews | Pros vs Cons appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
  • Best China Visa Services | Reviewed and Rated

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    30 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    In my experience, choosing a company to handle my China visa application process was nerve wracking. All I had to go by was their website (and they all had glowing testimonials, amazingly!) and chances are I would never meet people face-to-face. Worst of all, I was about to send them my passport, social security number and […] The post Best China Visa Services | Reviewed and Rated appeared first on Travel China Cheaper.
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