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People of the People’s Republic

November 24, 2012

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Hats, motorcycles and other accessories.

A window on the world – portraits of China

November 15, 2012

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Artists, acrobats, the army and holy men… A still-life drawing class – Yellow Dragon Spring Ancient Town, Sichuan Province

The Pace of Change

November 12, 2012

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After a few weeks out of China, it’s always exciting to see what has changed, and how much. When I previously spent a week in Xian, I came back to find all of the road between Sanlitun and the office had been dug up.  By the time I came back from England, they’d all been […]

By the people, for the people…

November 5, 2012

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It won’t have escaped the attention of even the most casual political follower that the coming weeks see potential changes in the leadership of both China and America.  The Chinese leadership is certainly changing hands and whether or not the US also ushers in a new leader, there is no doubt that those who emerge […]

Two changes in Chinese leadership?

October 24, 2012

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It’s become increasingly clear over the past few weeks that something fishy is going on with Google in China. It’s not generally the most stable search engine and can often hang and even drop off entirely; many’s the time I’ve had to rethink and even use Baidu to get what I need.  But as we […]

Facing up to modern China

September 5, 2012

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It’s a country of nearly 1.4billion people – here are just a few of them.

Saving face or saving money?

August 20, 2012

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Understanding what something’s worth is never as straightforward as it might be.  Yes, there’s supply and demand, but there’s at least three extra dimensions in Beijing.  Distance, Haggling and Face. Distance is a factor everywhere, of course, as convenience always comes at a premium – but when nipping to the shop at the next corner […]

The Dragon Smokes

August 13, 2012

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It’s difficult on days like these to work out whether the fugg that has enveloped the whole of Beijing is due to pollution or simply the amount of cigarettes that nearly 1.4 billion people are able to get through in a day. And, believe me, some really do spend all day trying to get through […]

IKEA – with Chinese characteristics

August 6, 2012

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Anyone trying to get to grips with modern China could do worse than head to IKEA in Beijing on a Saturday afternoon. Not only do they have one here (actually, they have 10 across a variety of cities with at least 2 more planned in the next couple of years) but, as might be expected […]

Olympic Legacy

July 30, 2012

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People talk a lot about legacy when they talk about the Olympic Games.  In London’s case, the word has never been far from the spotlight – and casting a glance over the previous two host cities can be telling in determining what that legacy for London might be. Athens has not fared well.  Amidst the […]