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Vanda Room Brings Authentic Singapore Fare Back to Shuangjing:

With venues around the city continuing to close down, it can be comforting to see some familiar faces finding their way back home. Vanda Room is just one example. After shutting down their old location in Shuangjing, they then moved to Parkson Mall in Fuxingmen, before finally opening a second branch in Shuangjing, where it all began in 2012.

Located next to the modern Chinese restaurant Shijiu, Vanda Room greets patrons with its veranda-like seating area under large umbrellas and surrounded by plants. On humid days with occasional rains, you would feel you had been transported to Singapore. This venue is rather smaller than their Fuxingmen restaurant but more appealing in its design – the uncovered bricked walls are reminiscent of the now closed 1949 Hidden City, high ceilings complement the neat décor, and modern and comfortable chairs furnish the dining area, which can seat a manageable 30-40 people.

Past the improved design, we were happy to see that Vanda Room's menu provides the same authentic Singaporean fare that we've come to expect. Highlights include the laksa (Singapore-style seafood noodle soup, pictured at top), bak kut teh (literally "meat bone tea," or pork rib soup), Hainanese chicken rice, satay, and assorted curry dishes. Of the new dishes, we especially liked the chili prawns (RMB 98), which could be viewed as the prawn version of Singaporean classic of chili crab. The tiger prawns are incredibly fresh and covered with an amazingly rich sauce that's mixed with eggs, juice, nuts, and chili. The result? A spotless plate courtesy of the deep-fried mantou that come with the dish.

The spicy-sour steamed seabass (RMB 58/98) is also perfect for steaming-hot days. Deboned fish fillets are flavored with slices of fresh lemon, lime, chili peppers, and cilantro, and the addition of preserved plum gives the soup a surprisingly zesty and acidic finish to cleanse the palate.

As the country's most popular deep-fried street food, the curry puff (RMB 16), or karipap, plays an important role as a snack, throughout the day and deep into the night. The renditions here are handmade and come with hot savory fillings of chicken, egg, and potato, and seasoned with various spices. As you bite into the flaky pastry, the flavorful and curry aromas fill your nose and ignite your senses. Of the curry puffs, Vanda Room founder William Ding says, “It took us a long time to experiment and find the right recipe,” adding, “this puff brings me back to my childhood.”

To round off the meal, we recommend the pandan swiss roll (RMB 25); a delicious combination of salty, sweet, and herbal flavors in one, creamy and light palm sugar-covered dessert.   

Best yet? Thanks to this new Shuangjing location, we no longer have to travel all the way across Beijing to get a hearty taste of Singapore. Given its small space, we'd recommend making a reservation if you're intending to visit during peak hours.

Vanda Room
Sat-Sun midday-10pm; Mon-Fri midday-2pm, 5-10pm. Guanghualu Beiyijie, 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (8775 4120)
朝阳区东三环中路61号(麦乐迪对面)光华北一街

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Speed Reader: Beijing to Double its Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores Within Two Years:

Beijing wants to guarantee its future in writing by doubling its bookstores in just two years.

In a Tuesday press conference, the Information Office of Beijing Municipality announced a new policy that will use RMB 50 million to increase the number of local brick-and-mortar bookstores from 70 to 150 by the year 2020.

The plan calls for the development of a centralized bookstore in each of Beijing's 16 districts and territories to serve as a "backbone" for a "comprehensive cultural experience center."

READ: Sanlian Taofen 24-Hour Bookstore Wants to Make Dirty Bar Street Clean Again

To promote more new bookstores, the local government will provide rent subsidies for retailers while also opening up vacant spaces and warehouses for their development. Furthermore, new bookstores that fulfill government requirements for hosting public welfare cultural activities will be eligible for further rewards.

To encourage book consumers, authorities intend to make retail and wholesale book purchases exempt from value-added tax (VAT).

While primarily focusing on bookstores, the policy also included one development that didn't involve the selling of books. Beijing also intends to establish "15-minute public reading services," though reports don't specify how it would work.

The policy is an upgrade from a 2016 policy that used RMB 18 million in funds to help create a recent boom in Beijing bookstores. Newly opened book retailers include two locations in Sanlitun that emerged from the ashes of the former Dirty Bar Street as well as several 24-hour bookstores that already number a half-dozen.

READ: Cleaning Up Nice: City Bookstore Opens on Sanlitun's Formerly 'Dirty' Bar Street

Bookstore development has continued to receive firm support in Beijing after the 19th CCP Plenum. Officials have repeatedly referred to bookstores as "spiritual landmarks" and "quiet cultural sanctuaries" that provide "rich spiritual sustenance."

With dozens of new bookstores set to compete with each other amid growing pressure from online retailers and digital formats, there's one thing the government-supported retailers won't have to worry about: libraries. Even though it became known as one of the "world's most beautiful libraries," Beijing shut down its famous Liyuan Library last year for having "vulgar content."

In keeping with its use as a national buzzword, the promotion of bookstores has been described in Chinese reports as a "revival," a term that also coincides with the spirit of Beijing's ongoing urban rejuvenation campaign. And yet, by ensuring it will be home to a glut of bookstores selling an outdated product instead of promoting literacy, Beijing will ensure a premium on reading when the writing is already on the wall.

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Twitter: @Sinopath

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Newly-Opened Feast Brings Fancy Meat-Free Dining to Wanda Plaza :

Although Beijing’s vegetarian-only dining options have grown exponentially in recent years (we’re thinking of places like Root Pop and Lin’s Dining Lounge), it can still be hard to know where to take vegetarian guests out for dinner in the capital, particularly if you're looking for somewhere high-end. Thankfully, newly-opened Feast restaurant in Wanda Plaza has taken on the bold aim of filling that gap. 

Feast professes to specialize in creative, refined vegetarian banqueting. Thanks to a team of three executive chefs who have backgrounds in both Chinese and western cuisine (specifically,  Zhao Bin, longtime vegetarian chef; Liu Peng, one of China’s best-known Western cuisine chefs; and Yang Jie, expert in historical cuisine), Feast’s food melds together cooking techniques from around the world. That means you can expect everything from Cantonese-style clear soups to creamy veloutés to puff pastry parcels.

The restaurant is currently offering two different set menus, priced at RMB 518 and 688 per person, both served course by course. The kitchen espouses a low fat, low oil, low salt cooking style, choosing instead to rely on the flavors of the raw ingredients. They don’t throw many carbs in, either, so even though you might end up having eight to ten courses you won’t leave feeling particularly weighed down (or won’t be full enough, depending on your appetite). 

We tried the RMB 688 menu, which seems to boast the highest concentration of “signature” dishes. Our favorites included the eggplant wellington, a meat-free take on the classic beef Wellington, and a deep-fried sweet pepper stuffed with century egg, served with a shiso-flavored vinegar (note that some of the dishes are not purely vegan). Not every dish was so successful. For example, a dish of grilled baby corn with corn foam was, well, grilled baby corn with corn foam, the raw ingredients not necessarily providing enough flavor to stand up to this simple treatment. 

Feast may not be cheap but it is well-suited to special occasions thanks to the set menu format, sculptural subterranean space (which for us brought to mind an art deco ballroom — see lead blog image), and several private rooms. 

Feast
Shop 102, Building 17, 93 Jianguo Lu (Wanda Plaza), Chaoyang District (8620 0250)
席: 朝阳区建国路93号17号楼102商铺

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Say Cheese! On the Joys of Coagulated Animal Milk:

We have a rule in the Jenne/Zhang household that any snack food purchased for common consumption must pass the “bait test,” i.e. “Did Jeremiah ever at any time use said item as bait while fishing?” If the answer is “yes” (squid chips, anybody?) then it shall not be purchased.

My wife thinks this is, culturally speaking, complete 100 percent mollusk shit. Who am I, she wonders, to call her beloved food preferences – squid chips, chicken feet, duck necks – weird? Weird means “not normal” with “normal” equaling “what most people do.” Well over half of the world’s population grew up in Asia, including my wife. I am not, she points out, a member of that club.

Besides, I love cheese. I would rather eat a hamburger braised in squid droppings than eat one without cheese. American. Cheddar. Pepper Jack. Blue. Does not matter. Lay a slab on the burger and melt. A burger needs cheese like Donald Trump needs retweets.

But cheese is really fucking weird.

I tried explaining cheese to an old woman in our neighborhood once.

“Let me get this straight,” she asked warily, “you take milk from a cow …?”

“Or a goat,” I corrected.

“Right. Or a goat. And you … wait until it gets hard, moldy, and smells like what, again?”

“Like Yao Ming’s jock strap.”

“Right. And you put this on scrambled beef bits?”

“Yes. Along with lettuce, tomato, Heinz 57, and a French-fried potato.”

“Right. That’s the most disgusting thing I’ve ever heard.”

And my neighbor has a point. Cheese isn’t the most intuitive food product ever. In fact, the whole dairy thing is a little odd when you get down to it. One can only imagine the scene, on some Neolithic hillside, where two dudes sat watching a calf snuffle around the utter of his mom while thinking to themselves, “Hey! I wonder how we might get the calf out of the way and get in on that action?”

Dairy products in China are also often associated with pastoral nomads (in centuries past) and foreign barbarians (of more recent vintage) suggesting a possible – although yet unproven – connection between “lactose tolerance” and “a tendency to want to enslave the Chinese people.” This is a PR problem which is not likely to be resolved any time soon.

Just last year, the fromage-dependent in China scurried for surreptitious suppliers after customs officials banned soft and mold-ripened cheese including brie, gorgonzola, Roquefort, and camembert for containing high bacteria counts … which is, of course, the point of soft, smelly cheese. Fortunately, authorities reversed course a month later just as chefs, cheeseheads, and reportedly the entire French embassy began muttering about illicit air drops and advanced contraband techniques that would have impressed Pablo Escobar.

There are parts of China where cheese is not only enjoyed but is nearly a staple. One of my favorite foods is rubing from Yunnan. The best I’ve ever had comes from the Naxi nationality areas of the province around Tiger Leaping Gorge. There, plates of goat milk cheese are hoisted on platters and suspended over cooking fires allowing the cheese to absorb the smoke and flavors for a week or more before being fried and served with a little spice or some sugar. Absolute cheese perfection.

There’s also our family’s not-so-secret shame: I’m not the only one in our household in thrall to the almighty curd. My wife – Tianjin born and bred and a pious devotee of squid chips and duck necks – loves cheese, probably more than I do. Seriously. The woman would eat gravel if I poured melted pepper jack over the rocks and called them nachos. I still remember how disappointed she was the first time we went to Q Mex and chef Marcus Medina cooked us authentic Mexican food.

“Where’s the cheese and sour cream?” my wife wanted to know.

I can’t be certain, but I think I saw Marcus die a little bit inside.

The Beijinger Burger Cup is my favorite food-based event in the capital’s calendar. I have some serious favorites and have no doubt taken years off my life in pursuing the perfect burger. And regardless of what burger you may have voted for this year, my personal choice will always be the one covered with cheese.

No matter how weird my neighbors think it might be.

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Fed Up: Visitors Caught Feeding Uncooked Vermicelli to Beijing Zoo Animals:

Owing to a grand tradition of supporting a stifling bureaucracy, it makes sense that Chinese culture has come up with its own term to describe a loophole. And yet, it appears that some Chinese zoo visitors are taking the metaphor "making your way through cracks" (钻空子 kuānkòngzi) way too literally. 

Zoo visitors are feeding zoo animals uncooked vermicelli by fitting them through tiny air holes in their cages, say Chinese news reports.  

A reporter with the Beijing Youth Report said he personally witnessed several people engaging in the practice at the Beijing Zoo after having seen several such instances posted online.

READ: UPDATED: Club Sir Teen Apologizes After Use of Cow Draws Ire

Zoo officials confirm dry vermicelli feeding has been trending with families since 2016 because it serves as an "interactive activity" with children. Upon seeing others do it, one zoo visitor told the Beijing Youth Report that he came "prepared this time" with his own supply of uncooked noodles.

In fact, the practice has become so ingrained in the public consciousness that visitors use uncooked vermicelli to feed animals by hand at this Shanghai petting zoo.

Despite signs that expressly forbid it, animal feeding remains a big reason why patrons go to see wild animals, such as when a visitor to Badaling Wild Animal Park threw a carrot at a bear last November.

READ: Crawfish Claw Machine at Beijing Mall Sparks Outrage

As it turns out, feeding raw noodles to animals is not good for their health. Animals such as primates and herbivores cannot eat carbohydrates because they damage microorganisms called ciliates used to break down fiber, putting them at risk for bloating, diarrhea, and death.

And while the practice can be seen at other places such as the Tianjin Zoo (where most of the above photos are taken), the Beijing Zoo continues to see its patrons abuse its animals in a number of ways. Last month, Beijing Zoo visitors were seen throwing pebbles at animals through cages while a man threw orange peels at a chimpanzee to the delight of onlookers back in May (shown below).

Unfortunately, animal feeding has become fatal at some Chinese zoos where animals have died after mistakenly eating plastic bags thrown at them by patrons.

As much as zoos may serve to educate the public, they have also had the supplementary purpose of feeding them. Back in 2010, the Beijing Zoo justified its serving of foods like "crocodile, kangaroo tail, antelope and hippopotamus foot" as "perfectly fine" because the exotic animals were "bred on farms."

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"Not All Bearded Arab Men Are Creepy!" Says Standup Comic Mohammed Magdi Ahead of Jul 21 Salud Set:

Life in Shanghai for the Egyptian-born comedian Mohammed Magdi can seem like a surreal joke or a sitcom (especially when righting the preconceived notions of his Chinese friends). But instead of taking such culture clashes to heart, Magdi mines those experiences for comedic gold. And it's been working out well so far. The Pearl City-based comic was the first runner-up at the China International Comedy Festival in 2016, following that up with a Best Comic win at the Bangkok International Comedy Festival in 2017. Now he's making his way to Beijing for a standup set at Salud on Jul 21. Ahead of the show, he told us more about breaking through Muslim stereotypes, in the silliest, most self-deprecating way possible, of course.

What was it like for you growing up, and how did you fall in love with comedy as a young guy?
I grew up in Egypt in a typical Middle Eastern middle-class family. I'm the middle child, and one of the first comedy shows I loved as a child was Malcolm in the Middle. You can see the word "middle" has a big effect on me.

But yeah, I would stay up late at night watching David Letterman and that's when I started obsessing with comedy, just as a fan. Then I watched Eddie Murphy's Delirious and a few other specials. I had one of those childhood dreams, like "I wish I can be like them one day." And the good news is, almost 20 years later, I'm still not.

What are your fondest memories of getting started in Shanghai's comedy scene?
The very first open mic I did. I absolutely crushed. I did so well that I thought "oh man, I'm so much better than these guys, I'm ready to headline." Here's the secret: everyone in the audience was my friend. I came back the week after, without so many friends in the audience, I died, and kept dying for a few more open mics until I finally wrote my first "real" joke.

Your bio says you started in comedy in Shanghai to prove that "not all bearded Arab men are creepy." Have you achieved that goal yet?
Nope. I think by now I have proved that you can be creepy and approachable.

Have you experienced any strange culture clashes while in China that inspired great material for your act?
I once told a Chinese person my two brothers' names, Sherif and Kareem, and he was legitimately shocked because he thought that if one child is called Mohammed, the brothers also have to be Mohammeds, like it's a rule in Islam or something. I told him he was right and that we are not good Muslims. I haven't turned that into material on stage, but other stories like that are in my act.

You won the Bangkok International Comedy Festival 2017, and finished as the first runner-up at the China International Comedy Festival 2016. What are those competitions like?
They are always good for networking with comics. I got to tour seven or eight different countries through connections I made mainly through the competitions. So it's a very good opportunity for exposure, especially in a developing comedy scene like the Asia circuit.

I've also shot an episode for Comedy Central Arabia that airs this December. So after it does we'll see how I'm perceived by the Arab audience as it'll be my first real exposure to the Middle Eastern and Arab market.

What have been some of your biggest accomplishments so far?
Well, I was very inspired by the Axis of Evil tour that came out on DVD in 2007, because they were all Middle Eastern comedians and they were so successful and funny. I really looked up to them.

Flash forward 10 years, and we brought one of these guys to China, Ahmed Ahmed. I did shows with him in Shanghai and Beijing, and he hosted the Hong Kong International Comedy Festival 2017 that I was also on. So for me, that was actually a dream come true. I would have never imagined 10 years ago when I watched those guys on Axis of Evil that one day I'd be sharing the stage with one of them. 

What’s next for you?
My goal for now is to go to as many places as possible with my show, especially new territories. I'm waiting for North Korea to open up. It'd be a lot of fun to do a show there!

I'm also developing a show now based entirely on my experience working for the Vodafone UK call center in Egypt, dealing with angry and racist British customers. When it's ready I'll take it to the Edinburgh Comedy Festival.

Mohammed Magdi will perform his "Brown Mirror" set at Salud on Jul 21 at 8pm. Tickets are RMB 60 presale, RMB 75 at the door.

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What I Wish I’d Known Before I Moved to Beijing:

A discussion among our colleagues in the beijingkids office had them wondering what advice expats wish they’d been given before moving to Beijing. So they did what everyone does here when they have a question that needs answering: they took to WeChat and asked in their networks. The responses were many and varied. Here are some of the best.

“I wish I’d taken the time to learn more Chinese.”
To this, we’d also add: Mandarin is hard for English speakers, especially if you’ve not been learning it from a young age, so don’t beat yourself up if you’re not fluent overnight. But while there are plenty of English-language signs and a big community, there’s no doubt you’ll get a lot more out of your time here if you can chat with the locals and read a few hanzi (characters). Find a good teacher, learn words and characters, and take HSK tests so you can measure your progress.

“If you’re shipping stuff over, make sure you fill out the customs forms!”
This can seem like an irritating minor task when you have a hundred other things to think about preparing for your move. But if you don’t, expect to have your possessions held up at Customs, to have to make a trip out to the airport to sort the problem out, and to end up paying huge sums of money on import duties (often more than the goods are worth.) Any reputable shipping company should supply you with the forms. As so often in China, just do the paperwork, no matter how pointless and tedious it seems.

“Download WeChat and connect with interest groups in advance. They are priceless for activity info and advice/help,” and “Try to have a bank card as soon as possible (if you want to join a big group in WeChat) in order to have access to expat groups very soon.”
See our WeChat guide about how to do this. WeChat limits access to the bigger groups unless you have a bank card linked to your account, so it’s worth setting up a local bank account even if you don’t expect to use it much.

“I did a decent amount of research before moving here but somehow missed that you can’t drink tap water.”
The authorities insist that tap water is safe to drink, and it may well be when it leaves the purification plant; but most people are skeptical about water supply pipes, and only drink bottled water.

“You aren’t supposed to flush toilet paper!”
Others reported that they’d been told toilet paper was unavailable here and arrived with a year’s supply. Of course, you can buy it in any supermarket, but don’t expect to find it in public toilets; it’s worth making sure you always have some with you, and wet wipes too. Public toilets can be a shock in other ways: the smell is often strong, even when they’re spotlessly clean, and for some older Beijingers defecation is a social activity, not a private one. Elsewhere Western-style plumbing is on the increase (though scientific evidence says that squatting is actually better for you.) But in many places you can’t flush paper down the toilet, you’re expected to put it in a bin at the side.

“Look in all directions when attempting to cross the road.”
Cars generally obey the rules of the road, apart from when they’re turning right at red lights and driving up bike lanes. (And pulling out without signaling, changing lanes erratically, or driving slowly down the road with their hazard lights flashing for no apparent reason.) The myriad of other forms of wheeled transport on Beijing’s roads though could be coming from any direction, at any speed, in any place on the carriageway or sidewalk, often with the driver more interested in their phone than the road. Be careful out there.

“If you ask directions, don’t assume the local is sending you the right way.”
“Face” is still a hugely important concept in Chinese society. If you ask for directions from someone who doesn’t know the answer, they might make something up rather than risk looking foolish. Alternatively, they might completely ignore you and walk away. The safest thing is to use your phone to navigate around; that’s what the locals do.

“When you first arrive, you’ll be a target for scammers. Know the usual cons, and be wary till you’ve settled in.”
Street crime in Beijing is astonishingly rare; you’re safer to walk around here, any time of day or night, than almost anywhere in the world. (Though you should always keep your wits about you.) However, there’s a couple of well-known scams which are regularly practiced on new arrivals. Beware of any stranger enthusiastically engaging you in conversation, “to improve their English,” especially if they suggest you go to a nearby teahouse or restaurant to sample local cuisine. They’ll vanish, and you’ll be left with a huge bill, and little choice but to pay it. Also, fake RMB 100 notes are rife. Watch for the taxi driver who switches your real bill for his fake one, then complains and makes you pay again. (Fake notes can be avoided by doing as the locals do and paying for everything using your phone.)

“Expect bureaucracy: If you get a red stamp it’s sorted. Anything else and it isn’t.”
A Confucian reverence for process and authority still underpins day to day life in China. If the person who handles your particular issue is not at work on the day you turn up, don’t expect that one of their colleagues will help you. You’ll just have to come back another day. Get all your paperwork in order, don’t question the reason for any of it, and you may be fortunate enough to get a “chop” – an official stamp with red ink which means you have triumphed against the bureaucracy, for one day at least, and come away with a victory.

“Have at least one good Chinese friend who you’d trust with your life.”
Obviously, it takes time to build up a friendship like this. But if there’s someone who can help you with navigating the complexities of life in Beijing, then that can make an enormous difference. Getting things done is very much easier when you have a personal connection – guanxi – with someone involved. Many Chinese people will be happy to help you in return for help with their English, but they’ll expect you to do favors for them in return. It’s impossible to separate business and personal relationships here.

“You may have a list of rights where you live, here you basically have diddly squat.”
Until recently the police turned a blind eye to whatever foreigners got up to, as long as it didn’t involve violence or espionage. That’s all changed, and laws about drugs and visas are strictly enforced. You can be subject to “punitive detention” without charge or representation, and a Chinese prison is not a place you want to be. However, there have been recent cases of teachers being imprisoned for visa offenses when they had been assured by their schools that everything was above board. We advise you to err on the side of caution, and not to risk any entanglement with the local legal system.

“Public transport and Didi aren’t expensive, so don’t worry if you don’t have a car here.”
In fact, we’d say that very few people will benefit from having a car in Beijing. There are many restrictions on driving within central Beijing, and even so, the traffic is often terrible. The subway is an inexpensive way of getting around, although uncomfortably crowded at peak times, and Didi Dache (an Uber-like ride-hailing service) will provide you with a car and driver to take you more or less anywhere, anytime, at low cost.

“Don’t be offended too easily, when people cut in line, spit/shoot snot/urinate, etc in public. It’s how they got accustomed to behaving due to the lack of resources they had to overcome in the past.”
Beijingers’ notoriously poor conduct in public is changing fast. Many of the younger generation would never dream of spitting on the street. For some older locals though, it’s a defiant expression of belonging, and they may even make a point of doing it when they see a foreigner passing. So when your taxi driver hawks up some phlegm, rolls down the window, and ejects it onto the road, look the other way and think of fluffy kittens.

“Don’t assume that people who’ve been here for a while know what they are talking about. There are many clueless people living in their own little bubble.”
Beijing is so big that most people only really live within a small section of the city, bounded by school, work, shopping mall, and favorite places to have fun. Not all the advice you’re given will be helpful, or even true. Use WeChat groups to get a wide range of opinions, and of course, make use of trustworthy resources like beijingkids and the Beijinger.

“Don’t expect China to change for you; be prepared to adapt or stay home,” and “Don’t ask ‘Why?’ more than once a day. You’ll drive yourself crazy looking through the lens of your own background trying to make sense of things here.”
China is different. That’s what makes it exciting, surprising, and fun. It helps though if you can cultivate an attitude of acceptance when dealing with some of the more frustrating aspects of life here. An angry insistence that the western way of doing things is better, is unlikely to help your blood pressure or get things done. Be patient, be respectful, don’t put people in an embarrassing position, accept that some things take time, and you’ll begin to relax and enjoy your time here.

An alternative version of this article first appeared in our sister publication beijingkids.

Photo: travelnews.ch, wikipedia.com, pexels.com, Didi

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Second Day of Continuous Rain in Beijing Brings More Flooding, Landslides, and Canceled Flights:

By Tuesday night, a second day of continuous precipitation meant more flooding and landslides as Beijing marshalls its strength against a citywide rain disaster.

READ: Summer Rains Again Bring Floods, Landslides to Beijing

An orange ecological warning is still in effect after 42 landslides were reported around Beijing after a quarter of the city received torrential rains. A category III emergency response was also issued early Tuesday morning as 4,136 local residents were been relocated out of harm's way.

Northern Beijing districts most impacted by the rainfall included Miyun where five of its weather stations recorded precipitation of 20 centimeters, of which Huangyukou received 11.9 centimeters in an hour alone. With its Bai River at its highest point in 20 years, five Miyun villages have become completely flooded (video here and here).

Although the major flooding and damage have been limited to rural parts of Beijing, the rain has still been more than troublesome in the city center.  

The downpour crippled traffic within the Third Ring Road, limiting motorists to average speeds of just 17 kilometers per hour. And while Monday's flood zone Huilongguan has resumed normal traffic operations, Beijing now has to deal with encroaching flooding at Xizhimen (shown below) as well as the strange phenomenon of exploding manhole covers (video here, here, and here).

READ: Safety Tips During Heavy Rain and Flooding

As bad as things are far locals, it's worse for visiting tourists. The rains have shut down 133 local scenic areas as well as stranding 19 tourists, each of which have been rescued safely. However, leaving town isn't a convenient option as Beijing Airport canceled 142 flights on Monday, allowing through just 30 percent of air traffic.

As dark as the clouds may be, tourists may yet find a silver lining. The Forbidden Palace not only remains open but has been lauded in the Chinese press as a well-engineered compound that somehow doesn't experience flooding despite being built hundreds of years ago. Meanwhile, tourists visiting Tian'anmen Square have found themselves at the darker end of the spectrum, seen huddling in groups with no protection against the elements (shown below).

Now that the weather is forecast to be back to normal as of today, we can start to enjoy the good things that it birthed. Take for example this enduring image (and now meme) from Monday of a man sitting atop a trash bin in Xi'erqi to get above the flooded streets:

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When Sweet Meets Spice: Beijing’s Hottest Desserts for a Fiery Date:

Spices have a magical power, an inherent force that tantalizes the consumer and lures them back over and over again. We readily admit to being such willing recipients of spice’s punishment, a throbbing deeply rooted in our senses. So you can imagine our delight when we discovered that a number of Beijing’s proprietors have undertaken the lord’s work (or the devil’s) in making desserts that combine fiery pain with the addictive rush that only sugar can provide. Below are Beijing’s best desserts to leave a lasting impression on you and your now swollen-lipped beau.

Spicy Fruit Éclair – Xbek
Using a traditional Yunnanese method of mixing slices of fruit with chili, Xbek goes one step further and merges it with a classic French pastry: the éclair. In this delicate but robust dessert, preserved strawberry and pineapple cubes sit atop a lady’s finger covered in whipped cream and mingle with a vigorous helping of chili flakes, fresh birds-eye chilies, lemon and lime rinds, thyme, and sea salt. Each bite of these éclairs is a journey through Yunnan cuisine, bursting with spicy sweet, fruity, and salty flavors, and a strong zesty jolt to finish.

Flavor of Chocolate with Chili – Combal
This spicy dessert is the equivalent of a souped-up and deconstructed Ferrero Rocher-Mars bar hybrid, which is to say that it’s our dream version of both. Presented like a work of art, cones of milk and white chocolate and meringue sit in the center under a meticulous dusting of chili powder. Each heaped spoonful of creamy chocolate, chili, and salty biscuit base is an indulgent combination that the scoop of vanilla ice cream does little to temper, but oh how gloriously it cools off the tailing hint of chili.

Spicy Eggs in a Bird’s Nest – The Rug Café
This delicacy sits among other sweet and savory treats on Chat Room’s three-layered iron tower tea set. The nest is made using countless threads of deep-fried pastry which act as a haven for several chocolate truffles. In contrast to the crispness of the pastry, the soft chocolate balls are peppered with chocolate chips for an extra bite and dusted with cacao powder, peppercorn powder, and sea salt to give a luxurious mix of sweet, savory, and spicy notes, heightened by the accompanying deep-fried peppermint leaves.

Hazelnut, Mango, and Peppercorn Cake – Blanko Café
Served on a stylish plate and with a golden fork, Blanko Café’s chocolate mousse immediately makes a statement, namely, you better be eating this on a hot date. The mousse is covered in a sumptuous ganache, a white chocolate frame, and a single piece of gold foil on top. Once you’ve dug in, the center parts to show its layered core of hazelnut and vanilla cream, mango jelly with Cointreau and peppercorn powder, hazelnut chips, and an almond biscuit cake. The combination of textures works seamlessly and the unabashed sweetness is balanced with the kick from the peppercorns and a subtle hint of booze.

Coco Cici – Pak Pak
Pak Pak’s spicy Thai-inspired take on a chocolate mousse features a smooth texture, a dense but moist base, bucket-loads of chocolatey goodness, and is topped with whipped cream, caramelized banana, shards of dried coconut, and a tinge of chili pepper for a little added tropical flavor and a lingering smoldering on the palate. The accompanying scoop of homemade coconut (or durian) ice cream take the flavors to a whole new level.

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"We Want to See Robin Li!" Baidu Waimai Agents Protest in Front of Headquarters:

Baidu Waimai, a takeaway service previously owned by Baidu and now under Alibaba’s Ele.me, is facing protests from its commercial agents. More than 50 agents employed by the company gathered in front of its headquarters on July 16th to voice their grievances and ask for a meeting with Baidu-founder Robin Li, local media is reporting.

The protest is just one in a series organized by Baidu Waimai agents and delivery staff. Baidu Waimai itself wrote a letter to Baidu in November accusing the company of making them lose thousands if not millions of renminbi when promised subsidies for food delivery never came through as well as misleading them about future prospects of the service. Baidu Waimai stated in the letter that 90 percent of its contractors suffered serious losses.

Baidu Waimai has been strained by internal restructuring since the merger with its previous rival Ele.me in August last year. In the meantime, Ele.me was taken over by Alibaba which bought the remaining shares in the company in April this year.

At the beginning of this year, Baidu Waimai announced that the number of urban channel managers will be cut, retaining about 35 of them in total. At the same time, the market share of Baidu Waimai has been slipping affecting incomes of the distribution staff, according to a report by Lieyun Wang.

Rumors have also been circulating since May that the company is facing layoffs. Baidu Waimai also saw a large number of its executives leave since the takeover. Aside from its former chairman Gong Zhenbing who moved to ride-hailing company Yidao Yongche, CTO Geng Yankun left to join SF delivery service (顺丰), and COO Chen Qing joined Yum China. Some of the other high ranked staffers joined Didi’s new food delivery platform Didi Foodie, others Daojia Meishi.

Protesters published a letter including 10 questions to Robin Li. The letter accuses Ele.me of trying to destroy the company and Baidu of taking the money and refusing to recognize the role that over 400 commercial agents played in building Baidu Waimai. The first question of the letter states:

You said that since the creation of Baidu Waimai in 2014, more than 400 commercial agents enrolled in it across the country. Do you know the money, time, youth, and effort they spent on the local takeout industry? Do you admit it? Do you recognize the fact that young entrepreneurs all over China are selling their houses, selling cars, borrowing money and taking out loans to devote themselves to the Baidu takeaway business? Pressured by the KPIs demanded by our headquarters, we invested nearly RMB 1 billion of our hard-earned money. Do you admit it?

More than 95 percent of Baidu Waimai’s operations are contracted out to exclusive agents within cities, while Baidu runs a few of its own operators outside of the cities. The agents are responsible for handling city logistics and covering staff wages, welfare, clothing, and equipment, and even traffic accident risks. Some agents pay up to 20 percent commission to use the Baidu Waimai platform.

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The BEST VPN for China: Our Top 3 Choices |July 2018:

After hours of extensive testing here in China, we’ve updated our Best China VPN guide to help you unblock the web and access Facebook, Google, Youtube, Instagram, Whatsapp, and others. If you are coming to China for work or travel, a fast and reliable VPN will be the most essential app for your smartphone or computer. […]

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The Best Mandarin Chinese Learning Apps that Really Work!:

Learning Chinese has never been more convenient now that everyone carries a smartphone in their pocket. There are a number of Mandarin Chinese learning apps for iPhone and Android out on the market, ranging from simple games and flashcard apps to full-blown language courses with your own virtual tutor. Advantages of using apps and online […]

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Woman Makes Daughters Take Care Of Her, Gives Money To Sons:

An old woman with two daughters and two sons was recently hospitalized, but only appointed the two married daughters to come and take care of her, and when her bachelor sons came to take care of her she drove them away. The old woman gave all of her property to her older son for him […]

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Woman Faces Family Pressure Because Of Poor Boyfriend:

A post online has lead to heated debate. A women from Shanghai said that she and her JiangXi boyfriend returned to his village for a festival, but immediately after seeing the food she wanted to break up with him. She expressed that her parents were against her being with an outsider, especially such a poor […]

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Pictures of Gold-Covered Bride Draws Internet Attention:

Recently a wedding in Guangdong has drawn everyone’s attention. During the wedding, the bride’s entire body was fully covered in gold jewelry. The groom dressed as The Yellow Emperor to welcome his bride. According to the news, the groom gave the bride’s family several million RMB. A netizen responded that even looking at these pictures […]

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Accro au Durian: Je vous le disais à la fin de mon dernier article : le Durian c’est en fait délicieux ! On avait déjà testé un morceau de Durian lors de notre premier voyage à Hainan il y a plus de 6 ans… Mais voilà on l’avait acheté au supermarché, il ne devait pas... View It.

Cambodge: Nous sommes donc partis 7 petits jours au Cambodge: nous avons avant tout séjourné dans la ville de Seim Reap à côté des temples d'Angkor. Nous avons passé à peine une journée à Phnom Penh (juste le temps de pouvoir visiter le palais royal). C'est difficile... View It.

Les temples d'Angkor: Bonjour :) Je vous propose sans plus attendre quelques photos de notre voyage au Cambodge: les temples d'Angkor. Je n'ai pas grand chose à dire à part que c'est un endroit manifique, magique... Bref pas évident à partager ce sentiment avec quelques malheureuses... View It.

Saint Valentin: 2 en 1: Hier c'était non seulement la St Valentin, mais aussi d'après le calendrier lunaire 2014: la fête des lanternes... Et qui dit Fête des lanternes (元宵节 yuanxiao jie) dit "yuanxiao" 元宵(汤圆, les boulettes de riz gluant). Et pour moi St Valentin = chocolat!... View It.

Poils aux oreilles: Un petit street style à Shanghai en bas de chez moi :) avec comme pièce phare: la capuche à oreilles de heuh chien/ lapin nain (?). Je dois quand même dire qu'il avait la classe (enfin moi j'aime bien). View It.

Sur la route...: (Merci à Matt pour cette photo !) Bonne année 2014, et bonne année du Cheval! Comme vous l'avez remarqué je ne suis plus très inspirée pour ce blog... Non pas que je vois jamais de choses "marrantes" à Shanghai, j'ai un peu perdu l'habitude de bloguer.... View It.

Grande taille et marketing à la chinoise: Après avoir subit la canicule à Shanghai cette été (on a eu 2 semaines à 40°c et bien 2 semaines à 38°c), on se sent enfin revivre un peu... :) Ceux qui ont eu le courage de se prommener/faire des visites cet été dans nos régions, ont toutes mon admiration.... View It.

Les bestioles: Jusqu'à peu, j'ai toujours essayé de me convaincre que c'était de ma faute: je n'utilisais pas de boites assez hermétiques, ou alors je laissais les graines/céréales dans leur carton d'emballage ou les pates/riz dans leur emballage plastique mal fermé... View It.

Quand mon appartement tombe en ruine...: Aujourd'hui je vous propose un sujet plus léger: rions donc un peu avec l'appartement que nous louons depuis début 2011. (un appartement qui a été refait il y a environ 5 ans) Commençons d'abord avec la cuisine: j'ai eu l'honneur au fil du temps de réparer... View It.

De mauvais goût: Bonjour bonjour, Qui l'eu cru je suis toujours vivante? :) Merci à tous pour vos messages, je suis un peu en manque d'inspiration ces derniers mois... --- Passons à ce qui m'a donné envie de passer un coup de gueule ce soir: Comme régulièrement je faisais... View It.

Quel signal vont donner les derniers contacts de haut niveau entre la Chine et les Etats-Unis ?: Les 18 et 19 décembre, la 23e Commission Conjointe sino-américaine sur le Commerce et les Echanges (CCCE) s'est tenue aux tats-Unis. Il s'agissait là du premier contact important en face à face entre l'administration Obama, sur le point d'entamer son second mandat, et la nouvelle direction collective du Parti Communiste Chinois désignée à la suite du 18e Congrès. Le mécanisme de la CCCE a traversé près de 30 ans d'un parcours extraordinaire, reflétant trois caractéristiques des ... View It.

Mécontentement de la Chine face à l'accusation du Royaume-Uni concernant les droits de l'Homme: La Chine a exprimé mercredi son fort mécontentement après que le ministre britannique des Affaires étrangères Hugo Swire eut déclaré lundi qu'il était profondément préoccupé par la situation des droits de l'Homme au Tibet. "Nous en sommes fortement mécontents et nous nous y opposons fermement", a déclaré la porte-parole du ministère chinois des Affaires étrangères, Hua Chunying. Le Royaume-Uni a formulé une accusation infondée sur des questions concernant le Tibet et s'e ... View It.

Ouverture des négociations commerciales annuelles sino-américaines à Washington: La Chine et les Etats-Unis ont entamé vendredi à Washington leurs négociations commerciales annuelles pour renforcer leurs relations commerciales. Le vice-Premier ministre chinois Wang Qishan, le secrétaire américain par intérim au commerce Rebecca Blank et le représentant américain au Commerce co-président la réunion de la commission mixe du commerce Chine-Etats-Unis. Etablie en1983, la commission mixte est une plateforme permettant à la Chine et aux Etats-Unis de promouvoir le ... View It.

Chine: un rapport sur la lutte anti-corruption propose de restreindre le pouvoir des fonctionnaires: Un rapport sur la lutte contre la corruption en Chine propose de restreindre le pouvoir des fonctionnaires afin de prévenir les mauvaises décisions et les abus de pouvoir. Le Rapport sur la lutte contre la corruption et la promotion de l'intégrité, publié mercredi par l'Académie des sciences sociales de Chine, appelle à l'amélioration du système de déclaration des biens des fonctionnaires et à intensifier les efforts pour identifier ceux qui modifient les règlements locaux afin de ... View It.

Chine: You Quan nommé chef du Parti pour la province du Fujian: You Quan a été nommé secrétaire du Comité du Parti communiste chinois (PCC) pour la province du Fujian, succédant à Sun Chunlan, selon une décision annoncée mercredi par le Comité central du PCC. &$

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Xi Jinping rencontre une délégation du parti Russie unie: Le dirigeant chinois Xi Jinping a rencontré mercredi une délégation du parti Russie unie. La délégation, dirigée par le président du Conseil suprême de Russie unie Boris Gryzlov, est actuellement en visite à Beijing pour participer à la troisième réunion du mécanisme de dialogue entre les partis au pouvoir en Chine et en Russie. M. Xi, secrétaire général du Comité central du Parti communiste chinois (PCC), a salué le bon déroulement de la réunion qui s'est également te ... View It.

Chine: Peng Qinghua nommé chef du PCC pour la région autonome du Guangxi: Le Comité central du Parti communiste chinois (PCC) a annoncé mercredi qu'il avait nommé Peng Qinghua secrétaire du Comité du PCC pour la région autonome du Guangxi. Guo Shengkun, prédécesseur de M. Peng, sera nommé à un autre poste, selon l'annonce. &$

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Un ancien responsable provincial condamné à mort pour corruption: Un ancien responsable provincial de la province du Jiangxi (est) a été condamné à mort avec un sursis de deux ans pour avoir accepté des pots-de-vin, selon le verdict prononcé mercredi par un tribunal local. Le Tribunal populaire intermédiaire de Jiujiang a déclaré en première instance Wu Zhiming, ancien secrétaire général adjoint du gouvernement provincial du Jiangxi, coupable d'avoir accepté des pots-de-vin pour un montant total estimé à 47,32 millions de yuans (7,53 million ... View It.

La Chine déplore le décès d'un sénateur américain: Le ministère chinois des Affaires étrangères a déploré mercredi le décès de Daniel Inouye, ancien président par intérim du Sénat des Etats-Unis. La porte-parole du ministère Hua Chunying a présenté ses condoléances à la famille d'Inouye, indiquant que ce dernier avait soutenu le développement des relations sino-américaines et notamment l'élargissement des échanges entre les organes législatifs des deux pays. M. Inouye, membre du Parti démocrate, est décédé lundi des ... View It.

Qui est le meilleur papa du monde?: C'est le.... Petite photo prise à Canton, spécialement dédicacée à mon papa, à Mike et puis à tous les papas du monde qui le méritent. Bon week end à tous! View It.

Kaiping diaolou 开平雕镂: On a eu la chance de pouvoir visiter les Diaolou de Kaiping (à environ 2h de Canton). Enfin on a eu aussi un peu de malchance: je me suis fait volée mon appareil photo, mes téléphones portables et un peu d'argent... En fait j'ai été vraiment bête: lors... View It.

Liangcheng 凉城: Oups, je me rend compte que je n'ai toujours pas partager les photos de la meilleur partie de notre voyage en Mongolie interne: notre petit séjour à Liangcheng. C'est en regardant la carte de la Mongolie interne et les environs de Hohhot que j'ai "découvert"... View It.

Wang Zhaojun王昭君 et les Xiongnu匈奴: Wang Zhaojun l’une des fameuses 4 plus belles femmes de l’histoire de Chine. Elle est célèbre pour son mariage politique avec un chef Xiongnu (les Huns*) afin de garder la paix entre les Xiongnu et les Han (environ 33 avant JC). * D’après Wikipédia, les... View It.

Sur la route de Liangcheng 凉城: Nous avons aussi passé 2 jours à Liangcheng 凉城 ("ville fraiche"): et j'ai adoré! Cette petite ville se situe à environ 200 km de Hohhot. La route entre Hohhot et Liangcheng est particulièrement pénible à faire car en très mauvais états (beaucoup trop... View It.

希拉穆仁草原 Xilamuren: Je vous mets des photos et j'en profite aussi pour partager quelques infos sur la "steppe" de Mongolie interne où on est allée: Xilamuren 希拉穆仁草原. Avant notre voyage, j'ai recherché sur le net et sur nos différents guides des informations et conseils utiles... View It.

呼和浩特 (Hohhot) Mongolie interne: Enfin j'ai un truc vaguement un peu intéressant à mettre sur mon blog: des photos de notre petit séjour de 5 jours en Mongolie interne. Bon je vous avoue que j'ai été un peu déçue tout de même... Déjà lorsque que notre avion s'est posé sur Hohhot (capitale... View It.

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Typhon Haikui: Au fait... un petit message à la suite du typhon Haikui la semaine dernière (notamment pour ma famille): tout va bien ici. Les vents ont été relativement forts, vers mon entreprise pas mal d'arbres ont été déraciné (enfin je ne sais pas si ça a été totalement... View It.

Anatomie d'un bouchon: Une des origines des nombreux bouchons shanghaiens est la "non-patience" et la créativité de certains conducteurs. L'autre jour j'ai même eu le temps de prendre en photo un manifique bouchon proche de l'hopital n°6 de Shanghai. J'ai essayé de délimiter... View It.

L’employé idéal: * Qu’est-ce que l’employé idéal d’après notre entreprise/chef de branche de Shanghai ? (rappel : je travaille pour une entreprise chinoise aux méthodes de management chinoise style paternaliste). Je me faisais dernièrement cette réflexion, et la réponse... View It.

Soleil brûlant: Heureusement qu'il y a des bornes d'icendie pour se rafraichir... :) Photo prise non loin d'où je travaille (avec mon téléphone portable...), au vue de la chaleur (35°c) j'étais tendée de faire la même chose... Je pensais qu'il y avait une fuite au niveau... View It.

DSK: la reconversion: DSK: le roi du poulet? Photo prise au Yunnan (Dali) en 2009, comme on reparle de DSK en ce moment, c'était l'occasion ou jamais de la sortir. Note: Si nous on le surnomme "DSK" à la place de son nom entier, en chinois ça devient "卡恩" (Ka en) View It.

Mon entreprise chinoise: Histoire de fêter le fait que je travaille enfin de manière totalement légale en Chine, je vais déroger à ma règle de ne pas du tout parler de ma vie professionnelle sur mon blog, en évoquant un peu mon entreprise chinoise. (Note: Mon entreprise chinoise... View It.

Aventures "beauxparentales": Bonjour à toi cher lecteur, J’ai préparé un rapport condensé sur le sujet de mes beaux parents, mais j’avoue que ça me désespèrent quand même un peu ... Du coup ça fait déjà quelques jours que j’hésite à poster. Enfin bon mieux vaut en rire, n'est-ce... View It.

Xiamen: dernière partie: Bonjour, Je vous mets quelques dernières photos de notre voyage à Xiamen (après Gulangyu, et les tulou première et deuxième partie)... La vieille ville (vers Zhongshan lu) L'université de Xiamen, juste à côté de la mer... Et ses couples de cygne noir.... View It.

Immolations: Lundi, au monastère de Kirti dans le Sichuan, un jeune moine de 17 ans aurait tenté de s’immoler par le feu. Ce tragique incident rapporté par International Campaign for Tibet serait la cinquième immolation de l’année à Kirti, les quatre … Continuer la lecture View It.

Ecoles Buissonières: C’est la rentrée en Chine également et près de 30 000 écoliers de Pékin risquent de se retrouver devant des grilles fermés le jour de reprendre cahiers et crayons. La plupart sont des enfants de migrants, arrivés à Pékin il … Continuer la lecture View It.

Nuits d’été: Arrive l’été, Pékin se fait sauna, le ciel bleu n’est plus qu’un lointain souvenir, l’air comme plombé par la chaleur est immobile. On rêve d’ailleurs. Mais la nuit est une autre histoire. Une récompense pour avoir supporté le jour. On … Continuer la lecture View It.

Les derniers nomades: « Dans dix ans il n’y aura plus de nomades ici. Bientôt nous allons partir pour le Kazakhstan ». C’était il y a un peu plus d’un an, dans une steppe sableuse sur la route des paysages édéniques du Lac … Continuer la lecture View It.

Mariés et algues vertes: La réalisation des photos de mariage est ici toute une affaire. Les photos ne sont pas seulement destinées à un album que l’on exposera au banquet de mariage, et sortira aux réunions de famille, elles viendront aussi s’accrocher ad vitam … Continuer la lecture View It.

Chongqing Express:   by gilsab   Jeudi dernier, en vol au-dessus du Yangtze. View It.

Le plus dur métier du monde: “Le plus dur métier du monde” c’est ainsi que Feng Caishan se souvient de son travail, il y a  30 ans. Il était alors responsable de l’application de la loi de l’enfant unique à Yicheng une région rurale du Shanxi. … Continuer la lecture View It.

Pékin 24h (4): Dimanche 6h-12h 6h12: Chaque matin, Liu Yonglun se rend au marché de gros à légumes. Lui et sa famille sont arrivés du Henan en 1994. Depuis qu’il est à Pékin, il a vendu des vêtements, tenu une épicerie et maintenant … Continuer la lecture View It.

Pékin 24h (3): Samedi 18h-minuit 20h42 : Cheng Gong : Shen Zijun du groupe Zero One, prie avant le concert. Il est musulman. 20h59 Deng Weimin, « La gare de l’ouest » 21h13 : Di Jinjun, « Week-end de Pâques » 21h40: Di Jinjun, “week-end de Pâques ” 22h14 Cheng … Continuer la lecture View It.

Pékin 24h (2): Samedi 13h-18h 13h45: La foire aux livres par Yuan Yi 13h56 : Pékin à la campagne par Zhang Lijie 14h15 : Le zoo de Pékin par Yan Yibo 14h42 : Le monde à Pékin par Yang  Yuanyuan 15h33 : Les nouveaux Pékinois par Ning … Continuer la lecture View It.

comme une hirondelle – édito libre: REUTERS/PETAR KUJUNDZIC Photo de Liu Xiaobo dans les mains de son épouse, Xia, le 3 octobre 2010.   D’un côté, Liu Xiaobo qui dit à ses géôliers qu’il ne leur en veut pas, qu’il les remercie de l’avoir traité dignement ; … Continuer la lecture View It.

#KimGetOut: C’est l’accueil donné par les Twiteratti chinois (les autres leur ont emboité le pas) au dictateur Nord coréen en visite en Chine sur l’outil de la contestation virale qu’est devenu Twitter. C’est la première fois que l’opinion publique chinoise donne … Continuer la lecture View It.

Feng Zhenghou, alive and twitting: Privé de ses ordinateurs juste avant le début de l’Expo, Feng Zhenghou s’est remis à twitter depuis sa résidence surveillée, dans le quartier de Wujiaochang à Shanghai. Il habite en haut d’un immeuble tout à côté du nouveau complexe Wanda. Une … Continuer la lecture View It.

Les nettoyens chinois demandent des comptes sur la censure: Oui à la censure de l’Internet comme « gouvernance » raisonnable et conforme aux lois chinoises, non à la dictature, réclament en substance les auteurs d’une lettre ouverte à Google et aux ministères chinois concernés en date du 3 mars 2010. Rebecca Mac Kinnon, … Continuer la lecture View It.

Chine : sous la révolution Internet, la démocratie ?: La mention de Wang Dan dans mon billet précédent semble avoir déclenché un coupe-circuit : plus moyen d’accéder à mon blog ces derniers jours. Reprise ci-dessous en copier-coller d’une analyse sur la Révolution Internet dans le Monde du 17 mars.  Chine … Continuer la lecture View It.

La révolution au bout de la souris: Wang Dan, le leader étudiant en exil de Tiananmen, 5 ans de prison à son actif, a lancé avec un petit groupes de dissidents le 12 février 2010, un Manifeste pour la Révolution internet. Il l’a fait depuis Taiwan, où il enseigne pendant un … Continuer la lecture View It.

Avec Bei Feng, tous pour #tanzuoren: Bei Feng, alias Wen Yunchao, avait les yeux rouges hier matin à l’annonce de la nouvelle des 5 ans de prison affligés à Tan Zuoren pour corruption. J’avais rendez vous avec lui dans un Starbucks de Canton pour parler pollution, … Continuer la lecture View It.

Feng Zhenghu, celui que Shanghai remet dans l’avion:   Feng Zhenghu, l’activiste chinois qui campe depuis le 4 novembre juste avant le contrôle des passeports de l’aéroport de Narita, à Tokyo, raconte sur son site internet et via Twitter, son quotidien de réfugié malgré lui. Un fil en anglais sur … Continuer la lecture View It.

Obama met la Chine dans tous ses états: Pendant qu’Obama répondait aux questions de vrais-faux étudiants chinois à Shanghai lundi…    …Hillary Clinton, qui l’an dernier voulait que George W. Bush boycotte la cérémonie des JO, tentait de faire bonne figure, sous la pluie battante, devant le pavillon … Continuer la lecture View It.

Learning from Cuba and Dwight Eisenhower: I think that the Iranian elections should make everybody sit back, take a deep breath, and try to see whether they really understand the dynamics of Iranian politics. View It.

Refuse to Recognize Ahmadinejad's Government: In this case the U.S. would not be supporting terrorist proxies, as Iran does, but supporting a truly popular mass movement. This would be more than legitimate. View It.

Iranians Deserve Our Solidarity: It is not a question of artificially feeding a conflict, but of supporting those in Iran who are ethically attuned to the West. Not to do so would be a shameful moral abdication. View It.

Iranians, You Are Not Alone: At the end of the day, this is a battle that Iranians themselves have to wage. But the world must stand with them and let them know they don't fight alone. View It.

Our Choice in Iran: Silence or Condemnation: Moussavi is not the charismatic leader who can lead a revolution. View It.

Democracy As Usual in Iran: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

OUT OF CONTROL - LET'S MOVE!: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Sarkozy et le Nouvel Obs ou le court terme selon Jancovici: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Une partie du tout de Steve Toltz: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Wanted!: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Sur le chemin de la grande école: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Viatiques: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

La serre sans verre de Ye Zhaoyan: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

SDF: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

The man from London de Béla Tarr: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

A l'ombre des Géants: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Piqûre de rappel: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Mr & Mme LaoZi, restauration à domicile: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Point de vue: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Parole d'homme: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Le temps des icônes: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

A la grande kermesse des maux: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

HOTTER THAN TEPPANYAKI: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

La grande illusion: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

A l'Est rien de nouveau: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Esprit, ouvre-toi!: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Ce que l'homme veut...: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Du mauvais esprit des lois: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Le casse de l'épargne: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

La réconciliation: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

G20 ans et la haine de l'Occident: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.