I just received this email from my new best friend in Yichang: Dear Zhou Laoshi, Greetings! Thanks for your email. It is my pleasure to help you & your friend.I would buy 2 first class boat tickets from Yichang to Chongqing. (2 beds in 1 room).The departure date is on March 5,2012. If it is possible,please transfer the tickets fee in advice. Zhou […]
In one hand I hold this ticket – a first class seat on the new super high speed train from Beijing to Shanghai. When I hand this ticket to the attendant and board the train next Thursday, I will be setting off on the first leg of a journey that has come to be known […]
Even though their future leader has been touring the US this week, the big buzz among the laobaixing (common people) the past couple of weeks has been the story of Jeremy Lin, the NBA’s first Chinese-American star. The puns that have flowed forth have been endless (including, you might notice, in the title of this […]
Thanks to those of you who came out to my talk last week about China books. It was great to see you. Those of you who didn’t make it might be curious to know which books I consider key in my understanding and love for China. I am posting here the list for your reference. […]
I was in my local supermarket earlier today picking up some groceries and spotted a promtional table piled with boxes near the entryway. I glanced up to read the sign that was hanging above the table and laughed out loud when I saw 内衣节, which translated means "Underwear Festival." Who knew underwear had its only […]
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