1. Her idea was to carve out a new market by advertising Weida’s high quality dinner napkins to China’s nine hundred million farmers. Surprised by her cocksureness, I asked her if she knew how farmers wipe their mouths after each meal. She returned my question with a misgiving look. I raised my hand and wiped my mouth on my sleeve. She looked at my graceless action with contempt.

    — Why Many in China Sympathize With Occupy Wall Street - Damien Ma - International - The Atlantic (via urbanerds)

  2. A man holding a bucket was seen walking out of the office of Shenzhen Luosha Engineering Development Co, a real estate firm that will build a new project at the complex. The man poured something from the bucket into apartment windows, a witness surnamed Li told the website. Li later found the street was crawling with scorpions, the report said.

    Police and residents spent the whole night capturing nearly 50 kilograms of scorpions.

    All the apartments are scheduled to be demolished but home owners haven’t signed compensation deals yet, the report said.

    — Scorpions on the loose in Shenzhen, shanghaidaily.com

  3. Please take good care of children!
Please offer seat to anyone in need!
Quiet please!
Please do not lean on the door!
No smoking!
Please do not litter!
Welcome aboard!

But no English translation for this one:
To support sustainability, the train car’s air conditioning temperature has been set according to regulations. Thank you for your support.

Or this one:
Cherish the facilities, share the harmony

    Please take good care of children! Please offer seat to anyone in need! Quiet please! Please do not lean on the door! No smoking! Please do not litter! Welcome aboard!

    But no English translation for this one: To support sustainability, the train car’s air conditioning temperature has been set according to regulations. Thank you for your support.

    Or this one: Cherish the facilities, share the harmony

  4. Above: The ‘town square’ of the urban village, filled with b-ball players and porters in the evening

    If you walk north from the Windows of the World theme park, you will cross over Shenzhen’s main avenue on the Golden Gate Bridge to enter another world entirely: the Shangbaishi urban village (上白石村).


    View Shangbaishi Village 上白石村 in a larger map

    The village’s density, diverse housing, affordable food, and public activities are the antidote to the overcultivated OCT that surrounds it—and it has so far resisted the gentrification that has set upon other villages, such as Caiwuwei or Dafen. 

    The repetitive fabric of third-generation ‘handshake buildings’, in fairly good condition, are still punctuated by the second-generation village housing, which are low-rise and deteriorating fast: 


    The alleys were fully utilized, with everything from pool tables to overflowing hair salons and restaurants. If only the OCT Loft would allow even a monthly Pool Night, the creative park might be perceived as much more welcoming to the surrounding community…

    At the heart of Shangbaishi, there is a square parcel of traditional row houses that are in much better condition than most of the other urban villages we have surveyed in Shenzhen. In this elongated courtyard, a migrant woman prepared her fishing nets for returning to the sea.


    As we turned the last corner to leave the village, we discovered a dumpling restaurant that had two veg options—that’s two more than any other dumpling house in the OCT. 

  5. 'You don’t understand Chinese people!' Mr. Wang said, laughing, and the other men nodded their heads in agreement. As a foreigner, I often heard that, and it had a way of ending discussion.

    — 

    Peter Hessler, Country Driving

  6. Alongside the Xi’an city wall, the most picturesque exercise equipment yet.

    Alongside the Xi’an city wall, the most picturesque exercise equipment yet.

  7. first time in fuxing park, despite living on fuxing lu for three years.

    see the waypoint descriptions on the google map below.




    View Fuxing park to tianzifang in a larger map

  8. paying respects to buddha and the Guaranteed Vegetarian Noodles at longhua temple




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  9. tat gets some love from the longgang district government, after presenting the ‘urban eco-thread’ project from the pilot sub[urb] urban design workshop

  10. shanghai actually received some sticky snow—before and after views from my window

  11. Things are going well here for China. America remains a deeply politically polarized country…We’re particularly optimistic because the Americans are polarized over all the wrong things.

    — From WikiChina - NYTimes.com

  12. Lashihai circumambulation

    More media coming soon…


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  13. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

    More media coming soon…


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