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Poorly Made in China E-mail
Reviews - Books
Written by David A. Dayton
Like a couple other of my favorite books on China, River Town and Mr. China specifically, I’m admitting to you now that the reason that I like this book so much is that this is my life in print. This is what I’ve done for the past 7 years in China—solved other people’s problems, dealt with very “cleaver” Chinese factories and played go-between with suppliers and buyers who are not just from different countries but actually from completely different planets.

Poorly Made in China
tells the stories behind the products. Unlike Made in China, it’s not an agenda-driven call to political action, but rather a travelogue of successes, missteps, misunderstandings, adventures in manufacturing and scores of “I can’t believe what just happened” moments. If you think that “oh, China’s not so bad anymore” then you need to read this book. It’s a Mr. China for this decade—a direct look into the experiences of a China Hand deeply involved in manufacturing in Southern China right now. Despite the gleaming steel and glass buildings of Shenzhen and Guangzhou, Paul clearly shows that China is not a first world country.

Between two capitals: Xi'an and Beijing E-mail
Reviews - Travel
Written by Anda Melchior
In its long history, China had many capitals. Xi'an served as the capital during the Han dynasty (late BCs -- early Ads) and then again for almost 400 years in medieval times serving four other one-syllable dynasties.

Beijing was also a capital on and off, starting somewhere in the 12th century (the Jin dynasty, if you must know). Xi'an is a pleasant city. Like Jerusalem, it has a magnificent wall that surrounds the old city, and in it you may find the Muslim quarter. As pleasant and beautiful and happening as it may be, Xi'an is visited by scores of tourists chiefly because of the historic sites near it, the first and foremost of which is the famous army of Terracotta warriors. In 1974, while digging a well, peasants found what turned out to be one of the greatest archeological discoveries of the 20th century - underground vaults that stored thousands of life-size terracotta warriors, with horses and chariots.

Dunhuang: City of Sands E-mail
Reviews - Travel
Written by Bro Fan
The dry-mouth, red-eye 5am wake-up, the manic shower, the sudden realisation that you haven’t packed any underwear - and then out the door before you really resolve the pressing matter of how many pairs of shoes to take. One long cab ride, a characteristically stressful check in, and a mad dash for the gate: it could only be an early morning flight from Beijing airport.

An hour or two later, my eyes open and out the window I can see nothing but sand - as far as the eye can see, miles and miles of nothing. China may well be the most populated country in the world - but a rather large percentage of it contains a huge amount of nothing at all. I had a sneaky feeling that this trip out to the North West would confirm this suspicion of mine. As the plane came in to land, there was still nothing to be seen. “What the hell are we doing here?” I heard someone ask - excellent question, but I was very excited to be finding out the answer.

Kashgar E-mail
Reviews - Travel
Written by Bro Fan
So it is all very well being here in Kashgar and recounting tales of camel burgers, Tajik wrestlers and how I nearly got involved in a knife fight after a slight miscommunication on price one morning. Thing is, though, since I live in Beijing, on the other side of the damn continent, I have to somehow get all the way back home. Not really sure I should bother though - I’m closer to Europe here than to Beijing, so I’m half-tempted to pack in this China-thing, get the bus to Pakistan this afternoon and check out what Iran’s like in early August.

But I’m out of cash, clean underwear and on a three-line whip to make it back to the ‘jing before next week. Mei banfa I’ll have to train it. Whilst Kashgar is all great for all these Central Asians, it’s not all that fangbian for those of us wishing to head back to relative civilisation back East. The super-duper quick double-decker sleeper train still takes 24 hours as it skirts the Taklamakan desert - and as stunning as the mountains, dunes and millions of bizarre wicker fences are, it’s a damn long way back to Urumqi, before I even think about getting back to the capital.

One Day Trip to LuoYang E-mail
Reviews - Travel
Written by Noruma Mueller
My colleagues corrected me. It is not a 火车 Huo Che, a normal train, it is a 高铁 Gao Tie, which means high speed train. With the new GaoTie connecting Xi'an to Henan province, some attractive locations became „closer“, meaning faster and easier to reach. LuoYang, located 375 km to the east of Xi'an, is one of those locations.

I had not heard about this city before, but it had been China's capital at various times in history. It is said, that LuoYang was one of the first places where buddism set a foot in China. The three main attractions of LuoYang are: 1. The LongMen caves, a UNESCO world heritage site with thousands of stone buddas carved out of the limestone cliffs bordering the Yi River.2. The BaimaSi, which is said to be the first buddhist temple in China. 3. The Shaolin Temple, which is worldwide known for the martial arts. This spot is not directly in LuoYang but 60 km to the east.

Tai Shan - Live to be 100 E-mail
Reviews - Travel
Written by Peter
Local lore: If you climb Mount Tai, you will live to be 100. I arrived into Tai’an bus station at 10am, and greeted by friendly hawkers trying to off load hotels and private tours. Caught a taxi to Hong Men (Red Gate), and 30mins and RMB130 later I was passing through the entry gate at the bottom of a 6,600 stepped staircase.

Tai’Shan is one of the five sacred Buddhist Mountains in China. Some say this is the number one for numerous reasons, one being watching the sunrise from the peak you can see the first sun in China for that day. There have been traces of human existence found on Mount Tai that date back to the Palaeolithic period (Stone Age). Tai Shan has been climbed by a long list of who’s who of Chinese history, such as Mao Zedong and Confucius. Now, I can be added to that list, having successfully completed the arduous hike to the top.

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