The Chinese Communist Party is coming to town next week for their big Congress, at which the next generation of leaders will be “elected” and announced. Because the word has gone out from on high that nothing unexpected or “un-harmonious” is to happen in Beijing, the local authorities are doing what they do best in […]
My post last week about Chinese bumper stickers was quite the hit. Here’s this week’s installment for you: SOMALI PIRATES HAVE HIJACKED THIS CAR TO BRAKE OR NOT TO BRAKE, THAT IS THE QUESTION KEEP YOUR DISTANCE Until next week….
I zipped down to Tianjin this afternoon on the bullet train to take part in walking tour of the old city, conducted by Doug Red, of Asia Walking Tours. We started out near the Kiessling, an historic German bakery, then spent the next two hours wandering around the old British and French Concessions. Doug’s knowledge […]
This morning I was attending a conference of business leaders in China. One of the speakers was talking about the importance of ‘localizing’ products, and gave the example of Chinese-made Buicks. “Sitting in the back seat of a Buick in China,” he said “is nothing like sitting in the back seat of a Buick in […]
This is one of my favorite photos from this weekend in Shanghai. Holy Trinity Church, opened in 1869, was the cathedral church for the Anglican Diocese of North China. It continued to function as a church until being closed in 1966, at the start of the Cultural Revolution. Unlike many other churches in Shanghai and […]
It’s always a treat to spend time in Shanghai soaking up the history that emanates from the streets and buildings of this city. As is always the case, I find myself wanting to read every book I can get my hand on about Shanghai. In case you’re interested in learning more about Shanghai, here are […]