Few people outside China have heard of Shenzhen. And since Shenzhen, as we know it, is just 30 years old it might not be surprising. Still, Shenzhen is a city unique city in this world. I believe no other city other than Shenzhen has experienced such a rapid development! If you want to appreciate it, you need to compare photos of 1980 and today.
In my last post I mentioned that I mainly saw Chinese tourists at the BMW World and BMW Museum when I visited last month. Actually, I shouldn’t have been surprised. Chinese people are absolutely car crazy, especially the young generation! Continue reading “Chinese and their cars: A love affair”
The question of “the real China” is sometimes puzzling. There is the People’s Republic of China (PRC) but also the Republic of China (ROC), mostly referred to as “Taiwan”. So what’s the real China?
Have you ever wondered where all those “fake” paintings are from? Paintings you see in five star hotels all over the world. Maybe “fake” is a bit too harsh. Let’s classify them as “replica”. You would be surprised to know that most of them originate from Shenzhen, a city bordering Hong Kong. In fact, the area where they’re all from is just one square kilometer. Continue reading “Where are all the paintings from?”
Well, it’s very simple. You learn it. Just memorize it, like you used to do with your English or French vocabulary at school.
However, Chinese is a lot more challenging due to the characters. How do you look up characters in a dictionary for example? This used to be very difficult as there are many ways of ordering characters. But know there is help – technology!
Few people in the Western world have heard of Foxconn. The Taiwanese company is where most of iPhones and iPads are being assembled. Foxconn made headlines about a year ago when some of the workers committed suicide. Now. a TV crew from ABC news visited Foxconn for the first time.
Hong Kong is under threat! No, it’s not greedy speculators, bad air or the shortage of housing. It’s babies! More than half of all babies in Hong Kong are actually “Mainlanders”, babies born in Hong Kong to Mainland Chinese parents. Hong Kong seems to get flooded with Mainland babies which puts an unprecedented strain on Hong Kong’s society. Or does it? Continue reading “Babies at the gate”
Sometimes I’m just lost for words. Some things are so strange, so utterly crazy that make me just shaking my head in disbelief. If you had told me that a bloke cut off his own private parts and kills himself afterwards I’d laughed at you. But it happened in Beijing.
I never understood the fuss about Google’s new music service “Google Music”. If you read the papers and blogs out there, Google Music might break Apple’s monopoly, kill iTunes and finally offer consumers a compelling alternative apart from Apple. Ok, listen guys: Google Music has been around for more than five years – in China. And it’s totally FREE and LEGAL! Continue reading “Google Music – Download for free”