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Chinese and their cars: A love affair

Chinese and their cars...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! Read More…

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So what’s the real China?

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?

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Where are all the paintings from?

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. Read More…

The best Chinese tool for your iPhone / Android – Pleco

“How do you learn Chinese? How do you manage all these strange characters?” is a question I frequently encounter, especially when talking to friends in Europe who haven’t made it to Asia.

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!

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Inside Apple’s factory – a visit to Foxconn

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.

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Babies at the gate

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?  Read More…

No penis on Valentine’s day

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.

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