Monthly Archives: August 2010

Industrial Tourism

One of my favorite parts of working in China as an industry researcher was getting to go to cities that most people – tourists in particular – avoid like the plague. These cities are not famous for their history (usually), … Continue reading

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Getting around – Taxis

Reading the Lost Laowai blog, I enjoyed an early rant complaining about the status of public transportation back home (for the author) in Canada. According to his calculations, taxis in China are less than the cost of public transportation in … Continue reading

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Understanding Scams and Reality

A quick visit over to Wikitravel’s China page will leave one somewhat worried about any Chinese person who approaches them with a smile. In my edits on that page, as well as the work of others, we have tried to … Continue reading

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And then there’s the food!

When people ask about what I miss most about living in China, the answer is always simple – the food! And I don’t mean just the banquets or home-cooked meals either – although both are sublime. The fact is China … Continue reading

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Bottoms up

The issue of drinking in China has been addressed at some length on other blogs and websites including the venerable “Lost Laowai” which includes a special page dedicated to just this subject. Similarly the “Middle Kingdom Life” online teaching-in-China guide … Continue reading

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They are not all out to get you…

Bargaining, haggling, fighting, attempting to screw one another, getting ripped off – all common expressions in the world of street market shopping. China, as the country that experienced the first commercial revolution (all the way back during the Song Dynasty … Continue reading

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Chinese batik

Dear friends, I began this blog in the hopes not just of speaking about living and traveling in China, but also to call attention to some of the less well-known facts of Chinese life and lore. Among these are the … Continue reading

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