January 31, 20126 Comments

Extortionate admission fees for tourist attractions in China

From NetEase Magazine The Economist introduced the Big Mac index in the last century based on the theory of purchasing-power parity: it benchmarks many countries’ prices of a Big Mac burger sold at the local McDonald’s against the U.S. average Big Mac price and thereby enables a comparison between many countries’ currencies. We’ve borrowed the idea to [...]

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October 4, 20118 Comments

Photos: What tourist attractions in China look like during the National Day holiday

Shanghai: The Bund Nanjing: Confucius Temple   Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum Beijing: Forbidden City Tiananmen Square The Great Wall Selected comments on Sina Weibo BM_YoYo Go, let’s take a head count!~ 奋起直追 Sooner or later, (places) will be destroyed by tourism. 享受平淡V Tourism of Chinese characteristics! So sad! 维也纳陈英 Can this count as going on [...]

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October 4, 20112 Comments

Cabin crew worship cartoned fruit juice, praying for flights to be on time

From Sina Chinese flight attendants are quite religious these days. The practice of their belief, however, comes across as funny, even though they cannot be more serious and pious about their prayer. They stack orange juice cartons on a table in the pantry on board to form “正点zheng dian,” the Chinese characters for “on time,” [...]

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August 31, 20114 Comments

Chinese sexagenarian backpackers go around the world

A Chinese married couple have both reached 60 of age, and have remained playful nonetheless. After they retired from work, they decided to size up the world with their itchy feet. They finished their backpacking trip around the globe that spanned 180 days and over 20 countries in five continents, including the Antarctic. They even [...]

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July 21, 2011No Comments

Peking University, Tsinghua treated as hot spots for Chinese tourists, face vandalism, overcrowding, scalpers

Since the beginning of this summer, Tsinghua University receives over 10,000 visitors daily, while Peking University opens its gate to 6,000 outsiders a day. The flood of tourists has brought unbearable pain to the two most prestigious institutions for higher learning in China as well as its students and staff. Peking University’s Boya Pagoda and [...]

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January 29, 2011No Comments

Inspired partly by Kerouac’s On the Road, Chinese student hitchhikes 2,300 miles home

From China Newsweek 13 days, 3,700 kilometers (about 2,300 miles), 25 free rides. A senior college student at Nanjing Normal University finished Spring Festival Rush of excitement and warmth without spending a penny on transportation. Hu Beilei only brought a sleeping bag, some clothes, a camera, cookies, a map, a few postcards and some cash [...]

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January 9, 20115 Comments

“Capsule inn” to open in Shanghai; Chinese netizens’ comments

From QQ A staff member tries the bed at a “capsule inn” in Shanghai, east China, Jan. 6, 2010. A “capsule inn” covering an area of more than 300 square meters with 68 “capsules” where guests could rest overnight will open near Shanghai Railway Station soon. Each capsule, in fact cuboid, charges 88 yuan, or [...]

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December 6, 20103 Comments

Chinese on the Train: photojournalism that documents all walks of life

Wang Fuchun was born in 1943. He is a freelance photographer within the railway system. After graduating from the School for Engine Drivers early on, he worked as a train technician and therefore has a special attachment to the railroads. After photography became his career, he still makes sure railroads and trains are in his [...]

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October 31, 20104 Comments

Impressions of North Korea: A Chinese Tourist’s Photo Diary – Part 2 (of 3)

Previous part: Impressions of North Korea – Part 1 (of 3) 13. This is our coach. Before dinner, our tour guide decided to take us to Kim Il Sung’s former residence, which was not far away from our hotel. One of our tour guide’s name is Li Jun, and we call him Li Dao [Dao [...]

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October 29, 20102 Comments

Impressions of North Korea: A Chinese Tourist’s Photo Diary – Part 1 (of 3)

Chiafu: Howdy MiniTofu fans. Today I present you the first part of a three-part North Korea trip diary with wonderfully detailed photos and accounts. The post was originally published by an unnamed Chinese national, who had the fortune of visiting North Korea as a tourist back in 2005. It has since been reposted on a number [...]

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