Me: I ordered pasta. These are noodles.
Chinese man: No, this is pasta.
Me: No, noodles.
Chinese man: Okay, this is spaghetti.
Me: The menu said pasta with pesto.
Chinese man: Ah! Pesto…wait.
Me: This is tomato ketchup.
The new China has forgotten a slice of old Shanghai. Read more
“…and he had once famously dined with a warlord in Yantai while the blood of his recently executed enemies dripped from the floor above into his noodles and shredded beef’’ _ Through the Looking Glass: China’s Foreign Journalists from Opium Wars to Mao, by Paul French. Read more
‘Girls looking for Mr Right, not right career’ _ headline in the government-run China Daily newspaper on June 11.
Excerpt: With job markets hit by the global financial slowdown, women say they are more likely to be interested in a date than a job interview, with many seeing marriage as their only chance to end their employment nightmares and secure a bright future’’. Read more
It’s hard to imagine the grandfatherly Premier Wen Jiabao being driven in a gas-guzzling Hummer identified with Arnold Schwarzenegger, while he tells the US not to blame only China for global warming. Beijing is unleashing government incentives for green auto technology and small cars, but the Chinese love flashy wheels and can still afford them.
A Communist Party delegation racing after recession discounts recently returned from Germany after ordering 37,000 BMWs and 27,000 Mercedes. Read more