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Burger Favorite WasPark Joins Deal Beer for Late Night Munchies in Jiaodaokou:

What's better than a nice, bubbly craft beer? A nice, bubbly craft beer with a burger, of course! The good people (person) behind Fangjia Hutong's much-missed hole-in-the-wall burger joint WasPark understands just that, having resurfaced from his run-in with the Great Brickening and stumbling upon a much large space and some nectar-full accompaniments in Deal Beer's Jiaodaokou Bei'ertiao venue.

The new menu features five kinds of burgers and sandwiches (RMB 35-70) as well as bar food (RMB 20-40) such as fries, chili cheese fries, popcorn chicken, cheesy shrimp rolls, shrimp crackers, fried sweet potatoes, and a Sichuan pepper chicken fillet.

Loyalists to Was Park's old establishment will delight in the cheeseburger (RMB 45), which comes packed with a thick beef patty, pickles, tomato, lettuce, and cheese. Don't be tricked by its humble appearance and McDonald's-like bun, this burger will kick your need for late night munchies exactly where it counts: in the gut. However, should you need another bite, there's also the double cheeseburger and a host of sandwiches: pulled pork, mushroom and egg, bacon and egg, and the more experimental Beijing stir-fried mutton with leek.

The chili cheese fries (RMB 40) were also incredibly filling, with fries covered in a generous layer of cheese and chili. This is the steaming-hot comfort food that entire cities run on and comes with enough kick to have you eating along to the rhythm of the heavy metal blaring inside the venue.

So, take your burger in one hand, balance your fries in the other, and sip straight from your pint on the bar, for this truly is the pit-stop-worthy combination that Jiaodaokou needs right now and will set you straight no matter how your day may have been.

WasPark
Daily 5.30pm-midnight. 4 Jiaodaokou Beiertiao, Dongcheng District (inside Deal Beer) (156 5222 8194)
东城区交道口北二条4号

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Feel the Burn: VSports Threaten to Knock You Out With Their Inimitably Spicy Chicken Wings:

In the wake of TBJ's inaugural Hot & Spicy Festivalour fiery restaurant coverage continues with Feel the Burn, in which we look back at what our vendors brought to the event so as to make you sweat. Head to these chili-rife eateries to relive the fiery memories.

At each of our events, VSports never disappoints. Their formula is not an easy one to discern, but something about the Gongti restaurant's pub grub and American-style barbecue satiates the crowd no matter what their specific tastes may be. VSports' showing at out inaugural Hot & Spicy Festival was no different, as their booth tested the crowd with some particularly potent chicken wings covered in chili (see the picture above).

The kitchen's penchant for fire doesn't end there given that they also serve one of, if not the, biggest burger in Beijing, aptly dubbed the Hell Burger (complete with its own 30-minute eating challenge). When they're not tempting Beijing's epi-dangerous eaters, VSports is of course best known for its well-stocked bar, a plethora of in-house bar games, and morning thru late night sports coverage, boasting a huge 20 TV screens and a number of projectors, as well as shared toilets with Mix (should you want to ramp up the action next door).

Below we catch up with VSports' management to see what they brought to our fest as well as what they recommend munching on next time you drop by their venue.

What did you bring to our Hot & Spicy Fest? 
At the festival, we brought a range of new products such as our "devil's spicy" chicken wings, chuanxiang pork ribs, grilled sausage, and fried chicken with chuanxiang sauce. Our chuanxiang ribs have been especially well-received by people who like to break from tradition and improve on the traditional American barbecue taste with an added splash of spice.

What spicy dishes do you sell in your restaurant?
Our chuanxiang pork chops, spicy chicken wings, and Sichuan pork chops are the most popular. For the latter, we select the cuts from Spanish black pigs because unlike with domestically-bred pork, Spanish pork meat has a relatively uniform distribution of fat, which we marinate with spices for 48 hours before firing at a high temperature for 15 minutes.

What drink do you like to pair with spicy food?
I mix my own iced drinks at home by adding frozen fruit to juice before blending and serving with a dollop of jam.

What's the hottest thing you've ever eaten? 
The spiciest food I've eaten is our grilled "devil's spicy" chicken wings.

What’s your go-to spicy comfort food?
Usually, I'll eat some hot pot or barbecue.

In one word, how does eating spicy food make you feel? 
Spicy food changes my taste, my satisfaction, my happiness, and my enjoyment.

If what you're eating becomes way too hot, what do you use to cool off?
If something is too spicy, I'll drink beer (or cider), carbonated drinks, or milk to cool off.

Can you handle more heat? Be sure to check out the latest issue of our Hot & Spicy themed magazine as well as our ongoing chili related restaurant coverage.

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Beijing Park Bee Sting Fatality Prompts Family to Sue City RMB 2M:

Although it signals an end to dreary winter chills, spring in Beijing also brings with it the dangerous aerial concoction of air pollution, sandstorms, and flying catkins. And, if Beijing's skies weren't already full enough, there is a new threat to contend with: killer bees.

A Haidian court is currently conducting a trial in which the bereaved family is suing the city for RMB 2 million (USD 317,600) after a man named Zhao died from a bee sting while visiting a Beijing park.

The victim's family are accusing the Beijing park of not having implemented any preventative measures that could have prevented the death while also naming the city's ambulance dispatch as a co-defendant in the case for not arriving in time to save the victim.

Police say Zhao died from an allergic reaction to the bee sting that immediately incapacitated him, causing his death minutes later.

Wang Xueyan, director of the allergy department at Beijing Shijitan Hospital, described Zhao's death as "a classic allergy case" during the trial.

Wang said Zhao had exhibited common symptoms of allergic reactions like anaphylactic shock and swelling of the throat and lungs that restricted his air flow and suffocated him to death.

The case is still underway; no verdict has yet been reached.

Media reports of the case omit major details such as the date of the incident, at which park it happened, and whether or not Zhao is a Beijing resident. Furthermore, Chinese news is vague about the specific type of insect that administered the fatal sting; most reports are seen using a broad term that could mean "bee," "wasp," or "hornet."

According to Wang, only a tiny minority of the public is extremely sensitive to bee stings resulting in death. In 2016, a visitor to a Shenzhen park died from a bee sting.

Bee attacks have been an issue for Beijing parks before when three people were injured by bees in the city's east-end Yunhe Park back in 2014. And although they didn't have to defend themselves in court, city parks have also tried to avoid the blame for such incidents.

In another bee attack, in that same year on a family of 10, a Chaoyang Park worker explained that the city's waterways department is responsible for the incident since it occurred by the lakeside.

Beijing courts have seen a number of litigation recently in which victims are suing for large damages.

A Beijing woman is suing IKEA for RMB 1 million after one of their glasses allegedly exploded, knocking her unconscious. Last year, the victim of a tiger mauling sued Badaling Animal Park for RMB 1.5 million after she got out of her car while driving through the dangerous animal exhibit.

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EAT: Mosto Happy Hour, Yunnan Food Festival, Pre-Cinco de Mayo Celebrations at The Local:

With all the shake-ups and closures in the Beijing bar scene over the past year or so we've often been left wondering where to go for a drink these days, especially around Sanlitun. The folks at Mosto clearly feel the same way because they have just launched The Bar @ Mosto, serving a selection of classic cocktails concocted by Francesco Agnotti, alongside their signature great value house wines. Even better, those cocktails and wines are on offer at RMB 40 each from 5.30-7pm and 9-11pm every day. The bar stays open until midnight every night and late on Fridays and Saturdays. Try the Blood and Sand, a classic cocktail made with Scotch, cherry brandy, Martini Rosso, and orange that you don't often see on menus here.

We're big fans of Yunnan cuisine here at the Beijinger and we're happy to see one of the big hotels championing the food of the province. Hotel Jen has teamed up with Yunnan restaurant Hani Gejiu to put on a Yunnan cuisine festival at their all-day dining restaurant, San Wu Tang. Diners can sample dishes like cold red rice noodle salad, tofu skin with mint, banana flower salad, and grilled goat's cheese with cured Yunnan sausage, the ingredients for which are all brought in from the Honghe area of Yunnan. The promotion runs until May 6. 

This Friday, Apr 27, join mental health awareness charity CandleX for a family-style dinner at Arcade, followed by a couple of rounds of bingo. For RMB 160 (payable via the QR code in the poster), you'll get a Middle Eastern-style set menu and two bingo tickets. Extra bingo tickets can be purchased for RMB 15. Proceeds from the dinner will be contributed to CandleX's biweekly Mental Health Peer Support Group. 

Get a headstart on your Cinco de Mayo celebrations at The Local, where they'll be putting on daily specials, including new food items, margaritas, beer buckets, and new summer cocktails, in the week leading up to Cinco de Mayo (starting Apr 30). The taco brunch on Monday and Tuesday, which will introduce new items such as breakfast tacos and quesadillas, sounds like a fun way to spend the May Day holiday. Full details of deals in the poster above. On Saturday, they'll celebrate Cinco de Mayo with daytime drink specials on the patio, and specials on tequila shots, frozen margaritas, and more from 8pm until midnight.

Hungry for more? For all of Beijing's current food promotions and events, click here.

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The Beijinger Among Nominees for the 2018 Pride of Africa Awards:

Appreciate Africa Network – a cultural group aimed at coordinating events for and offering support to African expats in China, along with their friends – has announced the nominees for its 2018 Pride of Africa Awards. Over 100 nominees have been selected across 28 categories that encompass awards such as African Woman and Man of the Year, African Young Achievers, Award of Creativity and Enterprise, Outstanding China Africa Organization, Outstanding Achievement in Media, and more.

James Sserwadda, an artist and co-coordinator of events like BlackEXPO, was nominated in five categories, an honor that he described as "humbling." He adds that the awards are crucial because they showcase "the beauty and culture of Mama Africa! I am proud to be part of this event and am encouraged to aim higher in the fields of Visual Arts and Creative Directing."

"This is a pivotal time in the culture and a great chance to highlight Africa and the talented people that come from her," Sserwadda adds.

Such sentiments were shared by Mikka Kabugo, a Ugandan student at Peking University who heads the campus' African Students Association (PUASA) and was nominated in the Pride of Africa Awards' Community Champion category. He said the nod "makes one feel celebrated and recognized. Any child of my generation will tell you how much excitement the mere prospect of that can garner."

Kabugo also says the awards are important because they highlight "the work of different people who would otherwise have gone unnoticed. I think one's growth in their work is definitely upgraded in that respect [through prizes and nominations]."

The Beijinger, meanwhile, has been nominated in the Outstanding Achievement In Media category alongside top media insiders like Daniel Mmereki (Botswana) and Nina Solange (Togo), along with Opopo Magazine (or One People One Purpose, a Beijing-based publication whose mission statement is "uplift and empower Blacks everywhere"; find them on WeChat at gh_187a43139332) and Thrive Beijing (which bills itself as "an open market for international musicians").

TBJ garnered its nomination in part because of its coverage of Africa-empowering events like Africa 2.0's "Being Black In China" seminar, the aforementioned BlackEXPO that Sserwadda helped coordinate, along with Beijing-based Africans' efforts to nix a racially charged exhibit in Wuhan this past fall. That being said, it's no secret that we're up against considerable competition from the other forward-thinking and ambitious nominees in this category, people and organizations who will only challenge us to up our coverage in future.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Beijing Marriot Hotel North East on Jun 16. To vote for your favorite nominees, scan the QR code in the poster below:

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China's Peak Travel High-Speed Train Ticket Prices to Increase Nearly 50%:

The difference between taking a plane and taking a train in China has just about disappeared: The cost of high-speed train tickets are set to fluctuate widely this year as China's railway fully embraces the open market.

China's railway ministry said it will begin following a new pricing scheme on Apr 28 that will provide off-peak travel discounts while simultaneously introducing price hikes of nearly 50 percent on the same route within days of each other.

Effective until the end of the year, the new plan will see 28 inter-city routes begin offering ticket discounts of 20 percent during weekdays and non-holiday periods.

At the same time, train ticket prices will rise exorbitantly during peak travel periods.

During the upcoming Labor Day long weekend, the price of a soft sleeper ticket on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed corridor will increase to RMB 860 on Apr 28, whereas the same ticket will cost RMB 740 the next day and fall further still to RMB 560 on Apr 30.

At present, a ticket for a soft sleeper berth on the Beijing-Shanghai D312 costs RMB 650 during the week and RMB 740 on the weekends.

The new pricing scheme will not affect all train tickets; non-sleeper train seats are not expected to change in price.

Beijing Transportation University deputy professor Ma Minshu lauded the price fluctuations, saying that the "public at large will benefit." Ma said the fluctuating prices will encourage people to travel during off-peak seasons, thereby allowing vacancies for those who need it.

Meanwhile, CCTV television broadcaster Voice of China reminded its readers that some people fully expect China's railway to uphold a sense of "public welfare" and reduce prices to ensure publicly accessible travel.

Vacations in China normally occur during the country's few holiday seasons during which travel and tourism peak overnight.

China introduced fluctuating train ticket prices in 2015, allowing for an airline-style marketplace that changed according to consumer supply and demand. 

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Relax in the Hutongs With a Blissful Cup of Irish Coffee From Wild Child Coffee:

Having opened three months ago, Wild Child Coffee in the Dongcheng hutongs thankfully missed the unending mess that was the Great Brickening, delivering us an experience more akin to a hint of spring among the ruins of its surrounding neighborhood.

That's because the founder of Wild Child Coffee got his start as a barista's apprentice, gradually working his way up over 10 years to become the owner of his own small coffee shop in the hutongs.

Walking into the cozy, wood and concrete venue, you'll feel like you're entering a friend’s home, with neat furnishings and friendly staff making Wild Child a strong contender for your go-to daily spot for joe.

Posters of movie stars like the late Leslie Cheung and a playlist of Cantonese pop demonstrate the owner’s obsession with '80s Hong Kong culture, whereas the minimalist menu is written in Chinese and English and features coffees that range from RMB 25-30, with hand-poured coffees costing the most at RMB 35. Though a little pricier than what we're used to at our local chain, Wild Child Coffee makes up for the extra price with some exquisite and delicate foam work added to each cup.

In need of something with a little extra kick, we opted for the zhongdu huanzhe (RMB 38, pictured above), literally "severe patient", a modified version of Irish coffee in that it switches cream in for a small cup of milk, giving it a richer and rounder feel that allowed the coffee notes and boozy aroma to shine. The cup came with a wallop of bitterness and a nicely balanced rich roasted flavor, thanks to the coffee beans having been hand-roasted by the owner.

Since they were out of tiramisu at the time, we opted for a slice of chocolate cheesecake (RMB 38) instead to accompany our afternoon treat. The cake did not disappoint as a suitable alternative thanks to its light mousse-like texture and a sprinkling of milk powder.

Overall, Wild Child Coffee presents those nearby with a relaxing hangout with just enough noise seeping in from the outside – a reminder of the vivid and frenetic nature of life in the hutongs – and represents another venue that is helping Beijing's beloved alleyways return to form.

Wild Child Coffee
Daily 10am-10pm. 28 Xiguan Hutong, Dongcheng District (158 1130 2699)
东城区细管胡同28

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EDM Heavyweight Deadmau5 to Play Gongti Club One Third, May 3:

Get ready to strap on your mau5head and rush to the dancefloor, Beijing EDM fans, for Canadian electronica titan Deadmau5 is set to perform at One Third on May 3, a mere 10 days away.

The Gongti nightclub announced the set, organized by Live Nation, earlier this afternoon (Apr 23) via its official WeChat channel, and aside from plenty of colorful gifs and photos of the famed DJ and producer's signature oversized mouse headgear, the post also featured an official poster for the show (see below).

Making the announcement so shortly before the set is sure to surprise many fans, but they'll more than likely clear their calendars for it. That's of course because Deadmau5, real name Joel Zimmerman, has risen to the very upper echelon of dance music, thanks to hypnotic smash hits like "The Veldt", "Ghosts n' Stuff", and "Aural Psynapse". He's also been nominated for six Grammys.

Apart from his successes in terms of record sales and awards, Deadmau5's famed headgear and bombastic stage setups have also gained wide renown. Fans have been known to sport Mickey Mouse-esque mau5heads of their own at his shows, which of course can be cribbed off of Taobao if you've yet to acquire your own. For example, try this one for RMB 800 or this even gaudier golden one for RMB 1,400 and hope that they're delivered before the big day.

Deadmau5 is no stranger to China, having played Shanghai previously, but this will be his first Beijing show (which at time of writing had not yet been announced on his official website). He'll also hit up Shanghai on Apr 29 and 30 before moving through Asia and onto the US.

Deadmau5 will perform at One Third nightclub on May 3. Early bird tickets cost RMB 180. For more information and tickets, click here or scan the QR code on the poster above.

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Feel the Burn: Ci Dongwai Xiaoguan Sets Mouths of Fire With Spicy Crayfish and Chuanchuan Xiang:

In the wake of TBJ's Hot & Spicy Festivalour fiery restaurant coverage continues with Feel the Burn, in which we look back at what our vendors brought to the event so as to make you sweat. Head to these individual chili-rife eateries to relive and maintain the burn.

If you're a loyal follower of our food blogs, you will likely be familiar with Ci Dongwai Xiaoguan (formerly Dongwai Xiaoguan). One of our go-to venues for the authentic Sichuan chuanchuan xiang (think malatang in hot pot broth), Ci Dongwai Xiaoguan has recently revamped the menu at their Dongzhimenwai-adjacent restaurant, adding a number of homestyle dishes like crayfish cooked in seven different ways, while keeping more popular dishes such as beef with chilies, poached chicken, and poached beef in chili oil.

Having quickly downed a bowl of crayfish in 13 spices, featuring numerous crayfish with tender and tight meat (a sign of good quality), we spoke to co-owner Liu Tao about his experience at our Hot & Spicy Festival.

What did you bring to our Hot & Spicy Fest?
Crayfish and chuanchuan xiang. I previously worked in Jiangsu for four years and found the crayfish there was better than the type found in Hunan, so when I came back to Beijing, I decided to open a restaurant that only sells hand-washed crayfish from Hongze Lake in Xuyi, Jiangsu province. As for the chuanchuan xiang, it is popular at our restaurant for its special broth which is made with Sichuan laoying tea, a balancing agent for the chili and peppercorn-laden broth.  

What spicy dishes do you sell in your restaurant?
Spicy crayfish, Sichuan chuanchuan xiang, spicy braised beef, and spicy frogs with ginger are the most popular dishes in our restaurant, and all feature recipes that use key ingredients from Sichuan.

What drink do you like to pair with spicy food?
Since spicy dishes have a strong influence on diners' taste buds, we provide suanmeitang, or sour prune juice. All the ingredients come from the time-honored traditional Chinese medicine drugstore, Tongrentang (同仁堂). Often iced, suanmeitang is full of smoked plum, rock sugar, osmanthus, hawthorns, orange peel, and licorice, and can easily ease the burning sensation on your tongue.

What's the hottest thing you've ever eaten?
I accidentally had a Sichuan bird's-eye chili once, and almost died.

In one word, how does eating spicy food make you feel?
Scratching my ears and head.

If what you're eating becomes way too hot, what do you use to cool off?
A lump of rock sugar should do the trick.

Can you handle more heat? Be sure to check out the latest issue of our Hot & Spicy themed magazine as well as our ongoing chili related restaurant coverage.

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Beijing's Best Events That Won't Leave You Hungover, Apr 23-29:

Our Events Watch series aims to highlight happenings that aren't focused on alcohol and drinking, but instead take a more educational or productive approach. Events include comedy, talks, networking events, markets, and dinners.
 

Monday, Apr 23

24 Epic Solar Adventures Around China
Head to the Residence of the Embassy of Afghanistan at the beginning of the week for a journey through China's 24 solar terms, which were first mapped out nearly 3,000 years ago and are considered to be the country's "fifth great invention." Dominic Johnson-Hill of Plastered 8 fame has been traveling China for Xinhua as the host of a new television program to uncover how these 24 solar terms are ingrained in Chinese culture and history, including in the use of farming and harvesting. Johnson-Hill will now share some of his stories and pictures with the public. RMB 60, RMB 30 (students). 7.30pm. Residence of the Embassy of Afghanistan
 

Tuesday, Apr 24

Autonomy: Taking Ourselves Back
Beijing feminists are invited to the Bookworm for a night of discussion, performance, and wine this Tuesday. The talk will focus on ideas surrounding "autonomy" and the work of Kathy D'Arcy, who launched the project of the same name in Ireland in order to campaign towards a change in the country's strict abortion laws. This event is therefore geared to be a safe space to explore the true nature of bodily autonomy, and the consequences of women's private choices becoming the topic of public debate. RMB 50. 7.30pm. The Bookworm
 

Wednesday, Apr 25

Professional Development Series: Salary Negotiations
Having secured your dream job, how do you now go about getting the salary you deserve? Even if you're already employed, how do you convince your boss that you're worth more? According to the organizers of this event, statistics show that over 50 percent of individuals have never negotiated their salary, but the minority that do have a 75 percent success rate. Experts at the Beijing Women’s Network and JingJobs come together for this salary negotiation discussion to help you get the most out of your employment opportunities. RMB 60-90. 7-9.30pm. InnCube
 

Thursday, Apr 26

Ice Chiseling: The Art of Gong Chengyu
Artist Gong Chengyu exhibits his latest set of works, which have for the past two years seen him delve into notions of idols, worship, childhood, and mythology and how these are shaped by understandings of the "untouchable." These situations in which society creates its heroes, becomes the source of inspiration for Gong's latest paintings. RMB 10. Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Hive Center for Contemporary Art
 

Friday, Apr 27

CandleX Dinner: Eat, Play, and Love
Join Beijing-based mental health group CandleX for this family-style dinner on Friday night at Guomao's Arcade by Hatchery. The event hopes to let attendees make friends, laugh, and get some stress off their chest with a healthy dose of Middle Eastern food followed by some bingo. All proceeds will go towards helping CandleX continue its twice-weekly support groups (read more on those here). RMB 160. 7-10pm. Arcade
 

Saturday, Apr 28

Tibetan Historical and Cultural Relics
This exhibition of Tibetan cultural and artistic relics and monastery items is the largest exhibition in China and displays many artifacts for the first time outside of Tibet. The exhibition will be divided into four parts: Tracing Civilizations, Tianlu Plateau, The Snowy Buddha, and One and the Same. Free (passport required). Tue-Sun 9am-5pm. Capital Museum
 

Sunday, Apr 29

Dining Out for the Center
Finally, Sunday presents another chance to stuff your face all in the name of a great cause – support of the Beijing LGBT Center. This month, the gang have chosen Dr. Sommer Cuisine as their hangout of choice, which is run by Dr. Sommer, a German-trained chef who makes medieval cuisine. RMB 188. 7-9.30pm. Dr. Sommer Cuisine

Looking for more great events this week? See everything that's happening via our Events page here.

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The BEST VPN for China: Our Top 3 Choices (April 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.

lire la suite sur…: L’empire Weibo View It.

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.