07 Jan 2015
Here are a couple cafe recommendations in Chengdu for people who are looking for good coffee, good wifi, and an environment for working or studying.
The first three are all in a quiet residential neighborhood full of small restaurants, dessert shops, cafes, bars, teahouses, and mahjong rooms. If you go to any of the three and walk around a bit you will surely find more options nearby. The other recommendations are more centrally located (on a subway line) and convenient but don’t feel as independent or cozy.
04 Jan 2015
Throughout downtown Guiyang there seem to be people standing everywhere on the edge of the sidewalk or in the curb lane trying to get a ride somewhere. Guiyang does not (yet) have a subway system, and for some reason there’s a severe shortage of available taxis even at non-peak hours. This is not uncommon in China (available taxis can be hard to find in central Chengdu, though in my experience not as hard as Guiyang), but I have not been to another place that handles taxi shortages like Guiyang.
28 Dec 2014
When I told a friend I had arrived in Changsha and began to mention the weather, she shared with me an old joke about winters in Southern China:
A southerner said: Today was really cold; the high temperature was three degrees. A man from Shandong heard this and laughed: it was three degrees below zero where I’m from. A man from Beijing also laughed: up here it’s thirteen below. A man from Heilongjiang heard this and laughed even harder: up here it’s twenty-three below. The southerner heard all of this, sneered, and replied: I was talking about indoors. Indoors! Ok?
26 Dec 2014
Banned from Douban Reviews, so no review score
6.8/10 on IMDb
Lost in Beijing is a story that superficially feels like a soap opera; it includes a fight over parental rights, a complicated rape scene, a seemingly endless game of revenge, and a messy love triangle. But this storyline is used by director Li Yu as a canvas for social commentary about modern life in urban China: the way money can dominate love and family, the search for opportunity and pleasure, the divide between rich and poor, and the disregard of individual agency especially for women.