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Qingdao (Part Three) Posted by on Dec 5, 2011

So far in our video tour of Qingdao, we’ve seen the famous pier, the Yellow Sea, a couple of churches, the governor’s mansion, and an incredibly crowded stretch of beach. Now it’s time for the main event – the Qingdao International Beer Festival! In its 21st year, this celebration of the nectar of the gods…

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The PRD Michael Jackson Theory Posted by on Mar 9, 2010

Since moving to South China, I have developed a 理论 (theory) about the presence of 迈克尔杰克逊 (Michael Jackson) music.  Namely- 不管在什么地方 (no matter the place), 不管怎么样 (no matter what), you will be no further than 一公里 (1 kilometer) from a place where you can 听见 (hear) a Michael Jackson song.  This theory is based on…

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Credit Card Cancellations Posted by on Feb 26, 2010

Last month, a friend of mine lost his 钱包 (wallet), containing his 信用卡 (credit card), which he then had to 取消 (cancel) before his 账户被盗 (account [could be] taken).  A larger concern than the money inside was his 个人资料 (personal information).  Personally, I 宁愿 (would rather) lose my cash than have to report a missing…

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Real Estate in China Posted by on Feb 25, 2010

Yesterday I was walking in a 商场 (mall) in Shenzhen, and I found the 走道 (corridor) to be rather 暗 (dark) except for emergency lighting.  It’s difficult to say if this was an early sign of the 房地产泡沫 (real estate bubble) in China, but at least 20 storefronts had 旺铺招租 (hot shop for rent) signs…

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Dryer Woes Posted by on Feb 24, 2010

In my previous apartment in Beijing, the washer broke.  In this apartment, the dryer does not work.  Because the dryer does not work, we had to purchase a 超静型干衣机 (super-quiet dryer), which occupies a significant amount of floorspace and resembles an inflated 气球 (balloon).  My washer has a 烘干 (drying) 功能 (function), but it appears…

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Border Delay Posted by on Feb 23, 2010

Yesterday I was crossing back into Shenzhen from Hong Kong when something out of the ordinary happened.  The immigration officer at the desk felt strongly that the photo on my 护照 (passport) did not 像 (look like) the person standing in front of her.  She consulted with the officer sitting adjacent to her, and then…

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Shanzhai Phones Posted by on Feb 20, 2010

When I told a friend of mine that an overwhelming amount of of the world’s 山寨 (bandit, or knockoff- see below) phones were manufactured within a 半径 (radius) of 2 miles from my apartment, he 怀疑 (suspected) that there was no way it could be true.  Just yesterday, I sent him an article from the…

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