Ho-Ho-Hohhot

It’s travelling season again.  I’m getting ready to take the night train to Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia.  Up over the mountains and across...

Redactological Society

There’s another crackdown.  This time against language errors in the media and publishing industries. The government agency that oversees press and publications has declared that...

No Smoking! Dream On!

In China’s "crackdown-of-the-month" culture, we seem to have hit upon something that cannot be cracked down against:  smoking. A government official  recently proclaimed his fear...

Toilet Ushers

With the opening of the Olympics a little over 500 days away, the locals are in a never-ending search to make the city more tourist-friendly. ...

Red Underwear

I recently finally made it to the new Wal-mart in Wudaokou.  Just inside the entrance was a wall of red underwear.  All kinds-boxers, briefs, bra’s,...