Monthly Archives: March 2011

Daniel Rebecca, of Danny’s Bagel, passes away

One of Guangzhou’s most well-known personalities, Daniel Rebecca, who founded Danny’s Bagel restaurant, has died. Continue reading

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High-speed train allows dinner in Shenzhen, drinks in Guangzhou

China’s ambitious high-speed rail network is about to connect the cities of the PRD. In only a couple of months, the section linking Shenzhen and Guangzhou will open, cutting travel time down to only 30 minutes with connections to Zhuhai and Wuhan. Continue reading

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CCTV News to get a run for its money

The days of drab, state-run English-language broadcasting may slowly becoming to a close. Phoenix Satellite Television in Hong Kong has announced they are planning an English-language television station focusing on China, one that hopefully will be (mostly) free of propaganda and government influence. Continue reading

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Celebrating 100 years of dynasty-free rule in China

2011 marks a major anniversary in the history of China: the 100th anniversary of the overthrow of the last dynasty, the Qing, and the establishment of a more fair and just society. Taiwan and the Mainland agree on the significance of 1911, but not on what transpired in the years that followed. To learn more, two exhibits are now underway in the PRD celebrating the 1911 Revolution. Continue reading

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Sunday Photo Blog – Seaworld Construction Zone

Seaworld Square in Shekou is nothing like it used to be…. and if you don’t want to take our word for it, have a look at some of the pics we snapped over the weekend. Continue reading

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The Spin Doctor – Colin Stetson, New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

This week The Spin Doctor reviews Colin Stetson’s new record. Perhaps the greatest complement one could pay Stetson, is that he does not fit neatly into any one box. Although the saxophone is his main axe, to call “New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges” a Jazz record, would be to unfairly deny the scope and originality of Stetson’s incredible compositions. Continue reading

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Crowds gather in Huaqiangbei, gang fighting?

Hundreds of comments poured in on Sina Weibo about what appeared to be a very large gathering of people and police in the Huaqiangbei area of Shenzhen. One report says it was a gang-related altercation. Continue reading

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Shenzhen on verge of massive metro expansion

Shenzhen’s metro system is on the verge of massive expansion which will see 113 kilometres of new metro lines and 80 new stations open before the Universiade arrives in August. Testing is already underway on two key lines: Line 4, extending from Children’s Palace Station to Qinghu, and Line 1, connecting Bao’an Airport with downtown. Continue reading

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China declares war on the Internet; here’s how to get around the Net Nanny

We’ve all faced it since we got here: a bogged-down, heavily-censored Internet. But it’s gotten worse in the past few days, as the government blocks Gmail intermittently and some VPNs cease working. So what to do? We have a few ideas. Continue reading

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Mark Obama Ndesandjo’s thoughts on China’s city of dreams

Mark Nesandjo, the half-brother of US President Barack Obama and nine year resident of Shenzhen, had an opinion piece published in the International Herald Tribune on the weekend in which he describes his experience and the pace of change in China’s “city of dreams”. Continue reading

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