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What is the symbol in this geoglyph?

This geoglyph appears in Jiayuguan province, near the western end of the Great Wall of China. It appears to be made out of planted trees. What does it mean?
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Aug 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Gift to Chinese employee in non-tipping culture: how?

Our cleaning lady is taking her first holiday in a decade to visit her family. I was planning on giving her a cash present in lieu of the money she would have earned at our place, but I don't think she understands tips and I don't want her to feel further obliged to us. This has been a problem in the past because she has very strong views on hard work and duty &c. How should I present the idea (and money) to her in a culturally appropriate way? Am I just overthinking this?
posted by ICanHazQuestion on Jul 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Shipping a set of china to internationally

My mother is giving me her china. She and the china are in the US. The destination is Australia. Can you recommend a shipping company that specializes in international shipping of fragile items like this who will come pack it all up for her? If you don't have specific recommendations, are there things to look for/ask about when I talk to shipping companies? Are there other issues I should consider?
posted by olinerd on Mar 30, 2014 - 8 answers

Racism and China in Science Fiction

Is David Wingrove's Science Fiction series Chung Kuo Sinophobic? If so, why? And is it so racist that one should not buy or read the novels in order to avoid supporting Wingrove's point of view? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 1, 2013 - 12 answers

How many steps to China?

A question about business travel and visas [more inside]
posted by gillianr on Sep 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Is this really an "ancient Chinese proverb"?

I very much like the sentiment of this quotation, which an acquaintance informs me is an ancient Chinese proverb. But I'd appreciate any thoughts on its actual provenance, especially because I have no idea whether this statement (or something like it) is an ancient Chinese proverb or not. "The faintest stroke of ink in a record-book is more illuminating than the most vividly-recalled memory." Thanks for any suggestions!
posted by Mr. Justice on Aug 29, 2013 - 11 answers

What's in the mysterious (Chinese) bottle?

A Chinese colleague gave me a bottle of some kind of alcohol - photo. It's one of the most... err... distinctive things I've ever tasted. What on earth is it? (And are you supposed to drink it neat? Down it or sip it?)
posted by Luddite on Aug 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Experience with China Focus tours?

My wife and I are considering a tour with China Focus. Does anyone have comments, positive or negative, about their tours? [more inside]
posted by gnossos on Aug 9, 2013 - 1 answer

What happened to this lake?

Browsing google maps here, there's a lovely blue lake in the middle of the desert. If you look at the satellite/earth view, the lake disappears, replaced by more desert and an industrial facility. [more inside]
posted by Barry B. Palindromer on Aug 7, 2013 - 4 answers

What is this game called... "Asia ball"?

Earlier today I watched a short clip of 2 teams playing a game of... what, exactly? It was an indoor game, and there were field hockey / small soccer goals on each end of the court. Like soccer there were around 10 people for each team, but unlike soccer players seemed to use only their hands to pass the ball -- they couldn't kick it or dribble it, but they could bounce it to each other or into the goal. The ball itself was smaller than a basketball, maybe about the size of a small volleyball. Anyone know what this game might be? This game was between teams from mainland China and Taiwan and the clip was from a Hong Kong news show, so that all leads me to suppose this might be a game played only in Asia. Bonus points if you know the name of it in Chinese!
posted by ditto75 on Jul 10, 2013 - 5 answers

How to send an Amazon gift card to China

I need to set up someone in China with an Amazon gift card ($20). I live in Canada. Looking at the Amazon site, it's not immediately apparent how to do this. Any ideas?
posted by KokuRyu on Jul 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me recover my lost package sent to me here in China from USA

My SO sent me a package via USPS (and it is EMS on this end) on June 17, from Ohio. I can include the tracking number if that would be helpful but the tracking website's latest information says "Processed Through Sort Facility June 18, 2013, 10:29 pm ISC CHICAGO IL (USPS) PO to Addressee" Inside the package were just some inexpensive gifts, nothing that I think would get stuck at the border. Is my package lost? What steps can I (or the sender) take to recover it? any advice would be much apreciated
posted by denimchair on Jun 26, 2013 - 12 answers

Fiesta Fiasco?

Should I leave tonight and drive 700 miles to replace my crappy, crappy dishes? The Fiesta tent sale is this weekend and I am conflicted. Durable, colorful, glazed-stoneware snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jun 21, 2013 - 16 answers

Camper shoes: made in China?

Since when have Camper shoes been made in China? [more inside]
posted by gorcha on Apr 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me calm anxiety about travel to China.

I am travelling to China from Canada in the near future. I have hundreds of questions and concerns but mostly just need reassurance that I'm not forgetting anything. Bonus, what should I do for carry-on? [more inside]
posted by sarae on Mar 13, 2013 - 19 answers

Translation help - Text on what I believe is Chinese art

Just picked up some cool paper cuts. And was wondering if metafilter can help me translate them. I believe they are Chinese but honestly I am not sure. Two images are below: Paper Cut One Paper Cut Two Let me know if you have any trouble with the images. And thanks again Metafilter!
posted by WickedPissah on Mar 4, 2013 - 6 answers

What's the name of this Chinese neighborhood?

Name of unofficial urban island within Chinese city, possibly Hong Kong? [more inside]
posted by vincele on Nov 28, 2012 - 7 answers

What is this teapot?

I saw this tall teapot in the British tv-show Wartime Farm, so it's possibly British and from the 40s. I'd love to know what style it is, or anything that could help me find something similar - I've had no luck searching myself. Screencap of teapot
posted by Signy on Nov 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Bringing a cat to China...

Advice on bringing cat to China while teaching English... [more inside]
posted by eleanna on Jul 31, 2012 - 11 answers

Amazon.cn doesn't seem to have an English option...

Is there a China-based Amazon-style shopping website that I use to send a gift to someone in Shanghai? One that I can use from the US and is in English? thanks!!
posted by Bwithh on Mar 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Let 100 Podcasts Contend?

I am really enjoying the History of Rome podcast. I was hoping to find something on Chinese history that was in the same vein (those dynasties are a bit bewildering). The China History podcast is OK, but I am not loving his jumping around. Is there anything else out there?
posted by GenjiandProust on Mar 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Movies about ancient India or China?

Movies about Ancient Chinese or Indian history or culture? [more inside]
posted by dealing away on Jan 2, 2012 - 20 answers

What specifically is wrong / bad about skeletons in Chinese culture?

Skeletons wrong / bad / taboo in Chinese culture? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Dec 30, 2011 - 7 answers

How to Buy American ebooks in China for the nook?

How can you buy books and apps for a Nook in China through a VPN? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on Dec 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Chinese artists working for change?

Information about art and activism in China? [more inside]
posted by Cuke on Dec 20, 2011 - 2 answers

Man from China. Painted mural. Maybe in Minneapolis.

A question about a mural supposedly painted by a man from China at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. [more inside]
posted by typewriter on Dec 13, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me plan a great night out in Hong Kong

You're in Hong Kong on 12/13 January. You want to take someone out for a fun night. Where do you go and what do you do? Definitions of fun and budget are inside. [more inside]
posted by girlgenius on Nov 30, 2011 - 11 answers

Poor (but pretty) in pastel

Does anyone remember a big pink-, blue-, and white-striped shopping bag popular in developing countries in the '80s/'90s? It felt like waxed straw, or something Tyvek-y. It had handles, and was often big enough to cover a whole suitcase. [more inside]
posted by taramosalata on Nov 2, 2011 - 23 answers

Video chat US/China?

What is the best US/China video chat option? [more inside]
posted by skbw on Oct 21, 2011 - 9 answers

How to get the wood smell out of a chinese thermos stopper?

I have a traditional chinese thermos like this one with a wooden stopper. How do I get the smell out? My water tastes like wood.
posted by joshwa on Oct 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Therapists in Beijing

English-speaking, good, therapists/counsellors in Beijing? [more inside]
posted by smoke on Oct 3, 2011 - 2 answers

DC area ok for Chinese students?

(Passed on from an ESL teacher friend of mine, who got the question from one of her students...) A group of Chinese businessmen will be coming to DC to study at Georgetown. Their company is arranging accommodation on Michigan Ave. NE, and they're 1) worried about safety, and 2) wondering what the area is like. [more inside]
posted by theatro on Sep 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Help Us Leave Stuff At Home

My husband and I are taking this trip in China and Hong Kong (with some extra days on our own in advance in Beijing, and some more afterward in Hong Kong) in October. We're aiming to pack light but I'm starting to plan just what that means, in terms of both clothing and electronics. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by bearwife on Aug 12, 2011 - 11 answers

China's economic foreign policy in Africa?

Can you suggest the best, most recent articles that give an overview of China's economic foreign policy in Africa?
posted by paradoxflow on Jul 31, 2011 - 7 answers

Mailing Items to China

What is the best way to ship an iPhone from the US to China? [more inside]
posted by jef on Jul 26, 2011 - 7 answers

Car and driver hire in Hangzhou and region

I'll be travelling to Hangzhou, China and the region around it in a few weeks. There are six of us, and we're thinking of hiring a car/minibus and driver to transport us for the longer journeys, for example from Hangzhou to some of the nearby mountains. Is it possible for us to make arrangements with some kind of transport company beforehand, or should we just do it when we get there? [more inside]
posted by destrius on Jul 18, 2011 - 3 answers

Help us time our trip to Asia?

WeatherFilter: Help us time our trip! Online resources I've seen haven't been consistent about the weather in Beijing, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Phuket in late October/early November. Will we be OK? [more inside]
posted by unionsquarepark on Jul 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Using VPNS in China?

A friend of mine is moving to China in a couple of weeks and was wondering if anybody has any up to date information on getting around the great firewall with a VPN service? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on Jun 19, 2011 - 7 answers

Is there an equivalent to Nyquil in China?

Is there a commonly available equivalent of Nyquil in China? Something with same or similar active ingredients available at any of the huge local pharmacies.
posted by crawltopslow on Jun 13, 2011 - 6 answers

What's up with conservatives talking about Chinese treasury holdings?

Can somebody explain the current conservative talking point "China Has Divested 97% of Its Holdings In U.S. Treasury Bills" to me? Is this simply false, or is it creative statistics, or what? [more inside]
posted by mindsound on Jun 5, 2011 - 7 answers

In need of a Chinese Video Release

How do I find a Chinese Release form? Chinese-Language video resources needed... [more inside]
posted by seansbrain on May 30, 2011 - 7 answers

Student Loans for Foreigners in China?

I'm from the US and I've gotten into a degree seeking program at a university in China. Student loans from the US, whether private or otherwise, are not available. Does anyone know how to get loans for studying in China as a foreign citizen? [more inside]
posted by ignorantguru on May 15, 2011 - 4 answers

What to do during a free weekend in Shanghai?

I have a short weekend (Fri night to Sun morning) off in Shanghai during a work trip, and I'm looking for an activity - even a day trip to Beijing or the Great Wall. I'd appreciate suggestions and/or advice. [more inside]
posted by jonobarel on Apr 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Comic Book Communism

I'm looking for the name of a book I read back in the late 60's or early 70's. It was an illustrated, I'd almost say sequential art (that'd be comics to you and me...) book all about the Chinese Communist revolution. [more inside]
posted by jpburns on Feb 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Condense a few thousand years of history into a few hundred pages?

Is there a good overview or history of China to read? Or a few books together to read on the various eras of Chinese history? It's one of the areas of the world that I know surprisingly little about but really should. Ideally, I would love to find some books that are available for Kindle. This prior AskMefi question targeted Early Chinese History. I'd also like some suggestions on 19th and 20th century Chinese history and the Communist revolution, in particular, too.
posted by andrewraff on Feb 13, 2011 - 14 answers

...and don't forget to write!

Another gift-filter: our friend is moving back to China! [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Feb 2, 2011 - 3 answers

How do I get into Hong Kong equities?

How do I buy shares of a public company on the Hong Kong stock market? [more inside]
posted by nickrussell on Jan 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Books discussing China's abuse of political prisoners.

What books should I read to start becoming educated about China's gulags, keeping in mind my hazy goal of "doing something about it" someday?
posted by TheManChild2000 on Dec 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Do my visa plans for Asia make sense? Thoughts and advice greatly appreciated.

Do my visa plans for Asia make sense? Thoughts and advice greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Dec 12, 2010 - 11 answers

China for beginners.

What touristy things can be done in Shanghai and Beijing in January? [more inside]
posted by OompaLoompa on Dec 7, 2010 - 6 answers

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