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Buying original art in china

I will be in Shanghai and Beijing for 2 weeks. What are the best places to look for and buy original chinese art? [more inside]
posted by typography on May 21, 2009 - 9 answers

Things to do/see/eat/avoid/meet in these countries, on my first RTW trip?

Things to do/see/eat/avoid/meet in these countries, on my first RTW trip? Finally heading out on a very unplanned RTW trip with one of those Star Alliance tickets. These are the flight routes I have set at the moment (three weeks before heading out, so still malleable) [more inside]
posted by avocade on May 17, 2009 - 17 answers

Last-minute Chinese visa

I have a U.S. passport. Same-day and rush processing for Chinese visas in the U.S. has been suspended as of 4 May 2009, likely because of swine flu fears, leaving everyone with a 6-business-day wait. But I leave sooner than that. [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer on May 16, 2009 - 4 answers

Appropriate Visa for China Visit?

US Citizen traveling to China for business - how do I get my wife an appropriate visa? [more inside]
posted by bkhahn on May 13, 2009 - 12 answers

I'd like to enroll in the Chinese Graphic Designer 101 program, please.

I'd love to get tips/resources for 1) learning more about the Chinese language and culture for work travel, 2) doing graphic design for a Chinese audience and 3) learning more about working with Chinese writing (this was helpful, for example).* Thoughts? *Bonus points if anyone can tell me if there are any Chinese typefaces I could access that have a particularly whimsical, fun, or child-like feel. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Apr 12, 2009 - 12 answers

China is really big! Where do I go?

After many other ideas have fallen through, I think I'll be going to China about 7 days in May. But it's so big! Inner Mongolia sounds cool; is it worth traveling around Hohhot? I could go surfing in Hainan, but how is the beach compared to Ha Long Bay, or Copacabana, or Playas del Este...? [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Apr 10, 2009 - 15 answers

China for a non-Mandarin Speaker?

My girlfriend of six years is getting an expat position in Beijing for 2+ years. Her company originally said they would help me find a job, but with the economy going down it seems they are less optimistic about me being able to find a expat position. How can I optimize my chances of getting a job in a foreign country? We are from the United States. [more inside]
posted by Jimmie on Mar 27, 2009 - 10 answers

China hates skype?

How can I overcome bad Skype quality when calling into China? [more inside]
posted by kinakomochi on Mar 14, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me find a Grass-Mud Horse t-shirt on the Web!

Apropos of the recent MeFi front-page post concerning Grass-Mud Horses: could the Mandarin-speakers in the audience help me locate a place on the Web to buy a t-shirt featuring said animal? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Mar 14, 2009 - 2 answers

Where to get local China news, in China

I like keeping up with the local news and issues where ever I live. It's not been a problem in the US, Europe or A/NZ. Now that I'm close to moving to China after 18 months of business travel in the country, I'm looking for good local news sources and how best to view them. [more inside]
posted by michswiss on Mar 8, 2009 - 3 answers

pan. zoom out. repeat.

gmaps filter: what am i looking at? [more inside]
posted by sponge on Feb 20, 2009 - 5 answers

Asia: Historical Fiction

Anybody have recommendations for good historical fiction/nonfiction books set in China or Southeast Asia? [more inside]
posted by ebeeb on Feb 19, 2009 - 20 answers

Where's the best place in China to see the upcoming solar eclipse?

Where in China should I go to best experience the total solar eclipse this July? [more inside]
posted by the duck by the oboe on Feb 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Good books about the Three Kingdoms period

Good books about Chinese history during the Three Kingdoms period? I'm getting lost trying to read about it in Wikipedia entries. Something with excellent writing that really captures the scope and complexity like Judt's Postwar does for post-WWII Europe.
posted by schroedinger on Feb 8, 2009 - 4 answers

who paid for the Great Depression bailout?

Who paid for the bailout during the Great Depression? [more inside]
posted by shawnzam on Feb 4, 2009 - 8 answers

What would YOU buy if YOU were traveling to China?

What would YOU buy if YOU were traveling to China? [more inside]
posted by monkeymadness on Jan 31, 2009 - 26 answers

help! china passport expires in June and I need 1 month more to get Indian Visa for my trip

I'm a US permanent resident with a Chinese citizenship and my passport expires in July 2009. I already booked a trip to India leaving on February 7th, thinking there was plenty of time to get my Indian Visa. I just found out while applying that I need to have my passport valid for 6 months beyond the date of visa application. Please help me save my trip! More inside [more inside]
posted by I like to eat meat on Jan 26, 2009 - 3 answers

But Everything's Made in China

What kind of gifts to bring to Chinese colleagues? Since practically everything is already "Made in China", what can I bring from the United States for two women in their early-mid 20s? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie on Jan 22, 2009 - 17 answers

We want a Wii and we want it now.

What are the consequences/difficulties in the US of running a modded Wii purchased in China? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Jan 19, 2009 - 10 answers

My friends are moving to China, what should I call their going-away party?

I am having a going-away party for my friends and I need a theme/name! They're moving to China for a year and are brothers, in their 20s. I wanted to come up with something funny but I am blanking today....
posted by edrewes on Jan 13, 2009 - 6 answers

Will a Motorola SLVR work in China?

My girlfriend has a Motorola SLVR and is going to China in the spring. Can she use her phone there? [more inside]
posted by degoao on Jan 12, 2009 - 3 answers

Sorry, Mrs. Cranford, I'm an atheist but I know you did your best

When I was a kid, I was taught a miracle story of a Chinese Christian lady who was saved from a firing squad by a holy light. Later, this actual person visited our school. Were you ever taught any version of this story? Did this lady, whose name I know only as Pearl, visit your church or school? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Jan 10, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me find the chimera of her dreams

I badly want to buy a replica of the statue seen here. [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker on Jan 4, 2009 - 2 answers

Pretty please don't profit off torture?

If you knew someone considering doing business with the Chinese Government, how would you convince them of it's moral reprehensiveness as neatly and concisely as possible?
posted by radgardener on Dec 29, 2008 - 13 answers

I'm going to Beijing for Christmas. Any recommendations for Christmas Dinner?

I'm off to Beijing for the Christmas break and want to take my friends out for a big xmas dinner. It's my first time to the city and I'm struggling to find any good guides to food there. Any recommendations for a good slap-up meal on the 25th? I'll be staying around Chao Yang.
posted by hydrophobic on Dec 17, 2008 - 6 answers

Were China's Olympic greening efforts short-term?

Will China's efforts to go green for the Olympics be instituted for the longer-term or for a broader geographic range?
posted by GIMG on Dec 5, 2008 - 3 answers

Good Gifts for Chinese Relatives

What are good gifts to bring to China, from the US, for Chinese in-laws who live there? [more inside]
posted by breath on Dec 4, 2008 - 16 answers

What should I do in Beihai, China?

What would you recommend seeing and doing around Beihai in China? [more inside]
posted by jmmpangaea on Dec 3, 2008 - 1 answer

How does the Chinese media deal with climate change (esp. during the Olympics)?

How does the Chinese media handle climate change, and what (if any) difference did the Beijing Olympics have in this? [more inside]
posted by GIMG on Nov 26, 2008 - 1 answer

Chant Box lowdown

On a whim I bought a cheap electronic Buddhist Chant Box off Ebay--Not FM3's Buddha Machine, but one of the myriad (so I'm led to understand) cheap boxes sold outside temples in China. [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Nov 11, 2008 - 4 answers

Where's the best place to host a .cn version of a website?

Where's the best place for us to host the .cn version of our website? [more inside]
posted by Hartster on Nov 5, 2008 - 2 answers

Looking for a professional digital print shop in Beijing

I'm looking for professional digital printing services in Beijing similar to this one in Shanghai. I've used the Shanghai service several times for very large prints including gallery mounting and I need a comparable service in Beijing. It's important that the technician speak at least moderate english and that they have a good selection of professional papers and inks. FWIW, I've spoken quickly to a couple of shops at Wukesong in Beijing and haven't been impressed yet.
posted by michswiss on Nov 1, 2008 - 0 answers

Food in China that won't kill you?

My (adult) daughter is about to go on a 3-month theatrical tour of China. Not that I have any control over this, but should I be worried about the food additives scandal? She eats prepared/boxed and restaurant food only on these tours. What can she do to protect herself against the crap they allow into their food supply? [more inside]
posted by nax on Oct 7, 2008 - 13 answers

Possibly the longest post on askmefi ever

D...d...dowryfilter? Maybe? I'm getting married to a Chinese woman, very soon, and her rather wealthy parents are asking (hinting, in this face-sensitive culture, so I think that's what it is, but it could mean something else?) where my divorced, broke parents' contribution to the marriage is, or, in lieu of theirs, mine. They've tossed a $140,000 duplex our way, a prime rental property, and a ton of financial support for their daughter. I have about $400 in the bank and an okay freelance career. Barring 10 years to save up and match that...what, exactly, can I do to prevent this from getting really, really, really awkward? A long, rambling explanation follows. [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Sep 29, 2008 - 19 answers

Beijing or Shanghai

This is something of a follow up to this question earlier this year. I've spent most of the last year working in China but haven't moved yet. Question is, Shanghai or Beijing? It's basically my option. I've spent a lot of time in both cities and both have qualities I can appreciate. What are your opinions, which city is more livable, and why.
posted by michswiss on Sep 26, 2008 - 11 answers

slow boat to china.

What should NOT go in a care package to China? [more inside]
posted by hydrate on Sep 21, 2008 - 19 answers

Wanted: Pics of Pudong in the 80s

Looking for images of old Pudong prior to development. Coming up blank. Ideally, from the late 1980s. Plus anything else you stumble across that may be in interesting. Puxi is covered, but finding in hard the other side of the river. Pics will be used in a private seminar on development.
posted by priorpark17 on Sep 19, 2008 - 4 answers

Reliable, faster internet access from an apartment in Beijing.

Will be moving to Beijing and would like to have high speed reliable internet service in my apartment. We'll likely be living in one of the US or HK developed apartments along Chao Yang park. I've worked with DSL connections in serviced apartments in Beijing and Shanghai and was not thrilled with the throughput (70kbs) or reliability. The Great Firewall is not an issue as far as completely blocking sites, but I'm sure it affects transfer speeds from the US sites I'd be accessing. [more inside]
posted by bleecker on Sep 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Article on Chinese youth

I'm looking for a radio program or new article I heard/read in the past month about growing up in China and all of the pressures Chinese youth face to be successful in school and life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 on Aug 25, 2008 - 4 answers

Olympic number crunching.

How do you rate which country is "leading" in the Olympics? [more inside]
posted by markkraft on Aug 21, 2008 - 23 answers

China!

What are some good Chinese youth/pop culture blogs? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Aug 19, 2008 - 7 answers

Massive conspiracy or Olympic peace?

What news am I missing at the Olympics - what has been covered up or ignored by the Chinese regulators providing the video feed to NBC etc? I have to imagine there have been some outbursts or protests and the Chinese are not letting the media cover it (at least on live TV). Is there a good site noting these occurrences, or have the games just gone off nearly flawlessly? (excepting the drum tower murder last week.)
posted by pithy comment on Aug 18, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me want to go to China

Accidental Tourist: It looks like I have 8 days between planes in Shenyang, China in September. Will Beijing still have the cleanest skies it will ever have during my lifetime? Should I instead take the opportunity to see Harbin/Dalian/Dandong/the far NE? Is there somewhere I've forgotten? And how can I get out of Shenyang quick-like? [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Aug 11, 2008 - 2 answers

Recommendations and advice for visiting China?

Traveling to China in November. I've seen some of the famous tourist spots (Great Wall, terra cotta soldiers in Xian, gardens in Suzhou, etc.), but I would like to visit some places that are not as well known. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by extramundane on Aug 9, 2008 - 12 answers

What to ask the Chinese populace?

I am leaving for Beijing in a few days. I am bringing a video camera and plan to interview English-speaking Chinese people on the street. My goal is to edit the footage together into an informative and insightful piece. If you could ask the people of China any question, what would it be?
posted by srkit on Aug 8, 2008 - 32 answers

Which version of Journey to the West should I buy?

Which version of Journey to the West should I buy? After seeing Hewlett's production design for Monkey I want to dip into the source material. Digging around I see a fair number of translations but the reviews don't really offer much description beyond "great read." I'm looking for an adaptation/translation that captures most of the original epic for an adult reader, without being an attempt at scholarly word-for-word translation. Ideally, I'd like a dead-tree format that I can take to the coffehouse.
posted by KirkJobSluder on Jul 29, 2008 - 5 answers

English listing of artists from promotional video of Chinese 2008 Olympics?

Is there an English listing of all of the artists found in the China 2008 Olympics promotional video/theme? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jul 14, 2008 - 4 answers

Tank Man is Everyman

As an American, can I hand out flyers detailing the Tiananmen Square Massacre during the Beijing Olympics?
posted by plexi on Jul 11, 2008 - 34 answers

Looking for info about the "hong kong underground railroad".

Does anyone know more about the "underground railroad" that whisked some student leaders to safety after the Tienanmen Square massacre in 1989? [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer on Jul 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Visa service recommendations?

Visa service recommendations to get a tourist visa for China? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Jun 26, 2008 - 5 answers

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