Today in China, Nov. 26th

#0. School buses in China

China offered high qulity school buses for Macedonia

On Nov. 25th, China offered assistance of school buses to Macedonia. The handover ceremony was held at Macedonia Prime Minister’s office. Cui Zhiwei, representative of China and the ambassador to Macedonia, officially delivered the school buses to the vice minister.

Cui Zhiwei said on the ceremony that although China is still a developing country and faces many difficulties, it would go on offering as much assistance as it can to other countries. Earlier than this ceremony, China has offered many other assistance projects to Macedonia.

This is Chinese school bus

It is really generous for China government to offer school buses for other countries, which improve the reputation of China among the international communities. However, many Chinese netizens don’t think so, because we even don’t have enough school buses for our own kids.

Only one week ago, a damaging car accident killed more than 20 kids. One reason is that the school car was stuffed with 64 kids while it was only allowed to take no more than 10 people. In addition, students in some China rural areas have to walk ten miles each day to go to school. At the same time, Chinese government spent 900 billion RMB (about 150 billion US dollars) on buying cars for government staff and leaders last year. It is believed that China has enough money to provide enough high quality school buses for Chinese students, but the money isn’t spent rightly.


All Good Dads Deserve a Cute and Beloved Daughter

So much fun just with your daughter

Each time I see a girl riding on her dad’s neck, the scene would warm the cockles of my heart. I deeply feel happy for the girl and her great dad. In Chinese parents’ eyes, daughter is just like the close-fitting cotton-padded jacket for them in the cold winter.

All good dads deserve a cute and beloved daughter. Why?

From the birth, you can let her wear her hair long or in a fringe. Putting cute little boots on for little daughters would be the most pleased thing for dads.

In spring, you can take them to the wild and then weave a garland for them. It would be enjoyable just to see their smile on the face.

In summer, you can buy your daughter ice cream and just enjoy the joy that she would bring you.

In autumn, you can take them to walk on the stone road just among the falling leaves.

In winter, you can take them to have a snowball fight and just pretend that you are not able to defeat.

Make your crying daughter laugh is the most rewarding

Good dads never let their beloved shed tears. Good dads also like their daughters calling them bad guys when they are upset. Having a cute daughter and protecting them would be the happiest thing for good dads.

Lastly, say a HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all of you.

Today in China, Nov. 9th

#1. An old photo shows Chinese peasants in 1927

This photo was taken in a cold winter in 1927. Winter is a slack season for the peasants in north part of China. Just like what this photo shows, peasants were at leisure during this time and they could take their time in sleeping, smoking, drinking, playing finger-guessing game and chess.

#2. Waste treatment center becomes cattle farm

A waste treatment center in Changsha, Hunan province has become a cattle farm. Villagers around the center keep their cattle on the piles of garbage. The full-grown cattle would be slaughtered and the beef would be sold on the market.

From the pics we can see that the cattle are looking for musty leaf and peel to eat. Food safety experts claim that germs and heavy metal would be accumulated in the body and cattle. Some workers in the center said that the meat from these cattle tasted a little sourer than normal beef.

#3. Grand court building becomes a place to shoot pre-wedding photos

What the grand building in the pics remind you of? Yes, Capitol Hill. In fact, this building is for a Chinese local court and has been criticized for its luxury. Because of its glory and European building style, many local residents shoot their pre-wedding photos here.

However, taking pre-wedding photos is forbidden now, which is ridiculous.

#4. “Bad” students had to take exams outside classroom

In a middle school in Nanchang, the so-called “bad” students were arranged to take exams outside classroom. In November, it has been cold outside. However, the school proclaimed that taking exams outside room was just aimed to let the “bad” students understand the hardships of studying, which I think totally makes none sense.

#5. Posting online may be dangerous sometimes in China

Internet content censorship is very strict in China. Government has the right to shut down your sites without any reasons. The text message on the left pic is sent by a police officer who threatened the site owner to delete some posts. Netizens often said that Chinese internet is a large Local-Area Network, which is separated from the world internet.

Today in China, Nov. 8th

#1. Yao Ming began his studies in Shanghai Jiaotong University

Classes seem a little more frustrating for Yao Ming than basketball.

Yao Ming started his college life in Shanghai Jiaotong University on Nov. 7th. On the first day, he had linear algebra, English, Modern Chinese History classes. Just a few months ago, Yao Ming officially announced his retirement from NBA and his loved basketball business. Therefore, he may be not used to the new university environment.

According to the plan, Yao Ming has to go to the college four days out of one week and he need not to live in the university. In the interview, he expressed his gratitude for the college to provide him with a long chair.

#2. Fun pic

Never try to take my phone away from me.

#3. Picture and life

Marriage failure sometimes is not the result of choosing the wrong person but being making nothing of the meaning of marriage. Getting married means to live a totally different way of life.

It feels frustrated and depressed today partly because I really find it difficult for me to express what I want to say in English. You can feel me if you are learning a foreign language. In addition, I suddenly realize that I am not qualified for many jobs. I am not good at talking with people and have no special skills. Just feel worried about future…

Today in China, Nov. 7th

#1. Truck overturned just for dodging a flower

The car lied on its side about tens of meters far away from the flower.

When the truck driver noticed the flower ahead, his first response was to brake, which led to the collision with green belt and then the overturning of the truck.

Maybe it is not big news worth reporting, but I think a while after seeing the picture. I believe that, no matter good people or bad people, not matter subconsciously or consciously, we humankind have the primitive intention to protect the life and beautiful things.

#2. Sometimes sincere hugging means a lot

Guili He, 82 years old, has been on the tramp for about 50 years. When hugged by the staff in an aid center, he burst out crying. He said that only his father had nestled him during childhood and never dreamed of being hugged again by other people.

#3. Great writers have been changing the language

Lu Xun is a great Chinese writer, whose works are still students’ compulsory courses now. In one of his works, a famous paragraph goes, translated roughly, “In front of the door stand two trees, one is a jujube tree and another is jujube tree too.” Many Chinese have had the experience of being asked why Lu Xun did not write like “There are two jujube trees in front of the door.” I have to say that sometimes to understand the original meaning of writers is a tough work.

Maybe we would never have chance to know Lu Xun’s intention. However, some funny guy posted on the micro blog to say that Lu Xun told him the reason in the dream and Lu Xun told him that: “I used to think that there were a jujube tree and a peach tree in the front of the door. After I wrote ‘In front of the door stand two trees, one is a jujube tree and another is…,’ I threw my eye on the trees and, WTF, I realized that another tree turned out to be a jujube tree too.”

Just for fun, I don’t know if you can understand this joke.

#4: Netizens on Google+ help dissident Ai Weiwei

On the post, Today in China, Nov. 2th: #4, I have reported that Ai Weiei was fined 15 million RMB by the government for tax evasion. Until now, it is not sure that whether Ai Weiwei and his company has evaded tax or not. However, netizens on Google+ voluntarily denote money to him in different ways. As of 10:30 AM on Nov. 6th, 13,610 netizens have donated money and the number has reached 2,894,917 RMB. In Ai Weiwei’s words, he would return the money back to the netizens in the future.

#5. Pic and words

Never try to underestimate a heart with a will to sail on the sea.

Two People Popular among Chinese Netizens

To some extent, Peter Hessler knows China better than Chinese

#1. Peter Hessler and China

Peter Hessler has a Chinese name: Wei He. When speaking Peter Hessler, seldom Chinese know who he is. However, when it comes up to Wei He, most Chinese netizens would mention his famous three books about China and praise him for his deep understanding on China. In addition, his experience in China is worth reading.

Before his trilogy books on China, many Chinese may hold the idea that only we Chinese know China the best. However, after reading Peter Hessler’s books, we are surprised to find that we really don’t understand our motherland as well as a foreigner. As the saying goes, lookers-on see most of the game. From a foreigner’s view, we have a new understanding of our country. It is hard to believe but we must acknowledge that to some extent foreigners know more than us about ourselves and our coutry.

Therefore, if you would like to know something about China, you can learn from Peter Hessler’s books and his column on New Yorker.

PS: Peter Hessler’s trilogy on China: Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory, Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China and River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze.

#2. Degang Guo and his cross talk art in the new era

Degang Guo

Cross talk is a traditional art in China with a long history and uses the technique of using words and other ways such as imitating and singing to entertain the audience. Degang Guo is now one of the best known cross talk actors in China. However his performance is highly original but not liked by papers and some other cross talk actors. One of the reasons is that he likes to criticize and satirize the dark side of society during his performance, which on the other side makes him very popular among a large number of netizens and common people. Listening to his cross talk, the only thing you need to do is LOL.