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Huge Chinese industrial cities: which to visit to get a feel for Chinese urban life?

I live in Beijing. I want to take a 3-day solo trip to another Chinese city to get a feel for how the majority of urban Chinese live--outside of Beijing/Shanghai/Shenzhen. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by jbb7 on Oct 9, 2006 - 16 answers

How many in Hong Kong supported reunification?

How many Hong Kongers supported reunification before it happened? Now? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Oct 6, 2006 - 2 answers

Food, clothing, tourism in Shanghai and Beijing China.

My SO and I are in Beijing 1-11 October, Shanghai 11-18. 1st-6th is taken up by travel and a conference, but vacation after that. Help us have an awesome vacation... [more inside]
posted by juliewhite on Sep 22, 2006 - 11 answers

The brown can is getting lighter and lighter.

Mainlander resupply mission to Hong Kong. [more inside]
posted by trinarian on Sep 7, 2006 - 1 answer

Staying in China for a long time without any official reason

Staying in China for 10 months on tourist visas: is it possible? Does the Chinese government impose a limit on the number of tourist visas they'll grant? [more inside]
posted by jbb7 on Sep 5, 2006 - 7 answers

Will I survive in this city?

ChinaFilter part III - Give me advice for living, teaching, and learning Mandarin in Jiangmen! [more inside]
posted by dihutenosa on Sep 4, 2006 - 6 answers

Chinese greens

What vegetable is this? [more inside]
posted by louigi on Aug 26, 2006 - 30 answers

U.S. Customs and Chinese knockoffs

I'll be entering the U.S. after spending 2 months in China. In my luggage I'll have 3 fake watches, 3 fake Polo shirts, a pair of fake shoes, and a fake North Face backpack. Will U.S. Customs find out, and if they do, what would they do? [more inside]
posted by jbb7 on Aug 26, 2006 - 28 answers


Give me some ideas about what can be done with those disposable chopsticks at Chinese restaurants once they've been used (I live in China, so there's lots of 'em). [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Aug 24, 2006 - 17 answers

should I have fun and make money or go through hell and pay dearly?

Should I study at TaiDa and incur a US$10,000 debt or teach English in Jiangmen (near HK) and, you know, not be broke? Primary focus: learning Mandarin for future international business/applied technology grad school/career. [more inside]
posted by dihutenosa on Aug 19, 2006 - 7 answers

English Pronunciation Learning Tools

Can anyone recommend websites that would be useful for Chinese people wanting to learn English? [more inside]
posted by boosh on Aug 18, 2006 - 2 answers

What should I import from China to sell on eBay as a side-job?

What should I import from China to sell on eBay as a side-job? [more inside]
posted by weiler63 on Aug 14, 2006 - 20 answers

Photographic Sniper

How do I overcome camera shyness as a foreign photographer? Much [more inside]
posted by trinarian on Aug 13, 2006 - 15 answers

How to ensure Internet privacy in China?

I'm living in a Chinese university dorm. I was running Web traffic through an SSH tunnel, and about 10 minutes into reading about China's Internet censorship (which naturally includes lots of blocked terms as examples, like "falun gong" and "Tibet"), the service staff in this building knocked on my door. [more inside]
posted by jbb7 on Aug 10, 2006 - 17 answers

How do I find a printing manufacturer in China or Korea

I would like to find a printing manufacturer in Korea or China who manufactures Silk laminated business cards and postcards. Presently I wholesale 4 color printing to printers and would like to add this service. I know they have distribution in the U.S. and I would like to find the source. Any ideas?
posted by aisleofview on Aug 9, 2006 - 0 answers

historical fiction identification: rome, china

Historical fiction children's book ID filter: scholars and bandits in 1930s China and bull-jumping children in Rome. [more inside]
posted by nonane on Jul 26, 2006 - 7 answers

Boffin hats on chaps, what the hell is this about?

What is going on in Huangyangtan? [more inside]
posted by longbaugh on Jul 20, 2006 - 16 answers


[DIY-filter] Need creative ways to protect an iPod in a far away land. [more inside]
posted by trinarian on Jul 10, 2006 - 8 answers

What the heckaroni is this thing?

China Filter: Ok, on the way to see the Great Wall at Badaling I was in a car with a woman who spoke very little English. We passed by this deserted amusement park looking castle thing. There was part of it that looked to still be under construction but the whole thing looked as though it was mostly forgotten about. Does anyone know what I'm talking about and, if so, what the heck it is?
posted by josher71 on Jul 8, 2006 - 9 answers

Movies of China

Can anyone recommend any good Chinese language films? [more inside]
posted by graventy on Jul 1, 2006 - 23 answers

Shouldn't have registered for china!

My wife and I received some fancy china for our wedding. Now that we have been married 6 years and have only ever used it ONCE ... we think we want to sell it. Any ideas where to get the most money for it? And how would we ship it without it breaking?
posted by Wiggo on Jun 16, 2006 - 11 answers

giant stomach

Seeing this picture, I was wondering about China's One-Child policy: What did they do with twins, triplets & births of multiples?
posted by growabrain on Jun 14, 2006 - 10 answers

Unicorns, faeries, non-Chinese cordless phones?

Do you know of a decent cordless phone that isn't made in China?
posted by melvix on Jun 11, 2006 - 6 answers

Chinese Children's Music

ChineseFilter: Help me find music for a dance party for four year olds! [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon on Jun 7, 2006 - 4 answers

Necessities for China

My sister is moving to Shanghai in eight weeks, for a six month position. Is there anything that I should get her for her trip? [more inside]
posted by graventy on Jun 6, 2006 - 8 answers

Worth a thousand words, but $175?

WorthaBuyFilter: So I was perusing an antique store and came across an old photograph of U.S. Army soldiers in China during the 1890's. The price was $175. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by Atreides on May 21, 2006 - 15 answers

Can you identify this Japanese tea cup?

Please identify this Japanese tea cup. A friend is looking to find other pieces of the set. She is hoping that someone can identify the brand or provide more information, probable dating, etc. First picture, Second picture. Thank you.
posted by user92371 on May 9, 2006 - 7 answers

Chinese good luck charm?

Appropriate good-luck gift for a Chinese friend defending her doctoral thesis? [more inside]
posted by diocletian on May 5, 2006 - 11 answers

I've got (no idea how to get) a ticket to ride

I'm heading off to China in August to do some volunteer work in a rural area near Xi’an. Can anyone help me work out how to get there and what to do once the project is over? [more inside]
posted by boosh on Apr 29, 2006 - 7 answers

dear china, let me in, please please please!

remember that time i was going to china? i need to pick up our visas (which are ready), but it looks like the visa office is closed (for 'office overhaul') for the next 2 days, and our flight leaves before the office opens friday! help! [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Apr 19, 2006 - 10 answers

MLB in Asia

I'm visiting China (Beijing and Shanghai) and Thailand this summer and fall. However, I'm a baseball fan. Does anyone know of any bars or anywhere where I can see some baseball games? I know soccer is huge everywhere but what is a baseball fan to do?
posted by josher71 on Apr 17, 2006 - 7 answers

How to stay in China for as long as possible?

I'm taking Chinese classes this summer in Beijing. After that, I'd like to travel a bit and then find a job. How do I make this work, with regard to visa issues in particular? [more inside]
posted by jbb7 on Apr 13, 2006 - 6 answers

Ju Ming Beijing Show

Online coverage Ju Ming show in Beijing? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 on Apr 3, 2006 - 5 answers

Gap-year destination advice

I am going to take a gap year at the end of my time as a sixth former at school, and I need advice on making itinerary decisions. [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest on Mar 28, 2006 - 6 answers

What job should I look for in China?

I am an American planning on moving to Shanghai, China. What are my employment options if I don't know Chinese? [more inside]
posted by thebbxx on Mar 25, 2006 - 10 answers

Big trip to Asia

We are finally going on the big trip to Southeast Asia (and China) in a few weeks. Would love some advice on a few general and specific travel topics. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Mar 21, 2006 - 17 answers

Understanding Hong Kong

Resources on cultural ideas/identities/images of Hong Kong. Not for travel, for a kind of research. What City of Quartz does for LA, what Maximum City does for Mumbai. What does that for HK? [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher on Mar 19, 2006 - 1 answer

Resizing images in photoshop.

Photoshop question about resizing images... [more inside]
posted by mushroom_tattoo on Mar 18, 2006 - 10 answers

China book

Does anyone know of any good modern books about China? Nonficiton preferably, along the lines of Maximum Bombay, but for Beijing or Shanghai? Stuff that reveals the nature of the place as it undergoes rapid change...
posted by jgballard on Mar 13, 2006 - 8 answers

"shanghaied to beijing" hurts my brain

Help me with my China vacation! [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Mar 7, 2006 - 19 answers

How do I start researching development of a DVD swap site?

Idletimeprojectfilter: What do you think a computer-clueless jerk like me would need to know to build a used DVD trading/selling site? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Feb 18, 2006 - 11 answers

Help Me Unlove Google

What search engine should I use instead of Google to protest their agreement to provide a censored product for China? [more inside]
posted by alms on Feb 13, 2006 - 16 answers

Laptop in Chinese Internet cafes?

Chinese Internet Cafes - is there a chance to plug in my laptop? [more inside]
posted by themel on Feb 1, 2006 - 6 answers

What do kids write in, in Chinese schools?

I'm looking for an image of a notebook that is used in schools in China. [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Jan 30, 2006 - 14 answers

china news

Your suggestions for China news sites in English (Chinese equivalents of Al-Jazeera, CNN, BBC, etc) and/or any other good sources of China news? [more inside]
posted by Voyageman on Jan 30, 2006 - 4 answers

Giant sausages full of what?

In this photo, does anybody know what these bicycle riders are transporting in the giant sausages? Does the Russian caption (which I don't read) explain it?
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts on Jan 24, 2006 - 14 answers

What should I do with the next few years of my life?

I'm a high school senior trying to plan the next few years of my life. I'll definitely take a year off before college, but everything else is still up in the air. [more inside]
posted by jbb7 on Jan 14, 2006 - 30 answers

Chinese wedding gift customs

Chinese wedding gift customs: A close friend of mine is from mainland China, and she recently got married to a guy from England. I'd like to buy them a very nice wedding gift. Are there any Chinese customs that I should be aware of? Are certain gifts traditional? Should I stay away from certain colors? [more inside]
posted by gd779 on Dec 15, 2005 - 20 answers

Which area of the Great Wall is the greatest?

What is the best area of the Great Wall of China to see, with one full day to devote to the trip? [more inside]
posted by evadery on Dec 5, 2005 - 13 answers

Billing for SMS/phone services in China and Saudi Arabia

I'm looking to break into paypertex/call SMS and/or phone services in untapped markets like China and Saudi Arabia, and need some suggestions for SMS or phone billing systems that will give me a platform accessable by citizens in these countries. Any suggestions?
posted by DecemberRaine on Nov 24, 2005 - 5 answers

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