There’s a lot of holidays in China, some traditional, some national. The traditional ones tend to be the most important, I would rank Chinese New Years the most important, it typically lasts about a week. Other holidays are much shorter such as Autumn Festival (think Thanksgiving) which is usually 3 days. The shorter holidays will start on Thursday, but unlike the U.S., you don’t come into work on Monday, but rather, you have to come into work on Sunday to make up the day you missed due to the holiday. OUCH. That sucks. Be thankful for your 3 day holiday this thanksgiving.
edit: National Holiday is 7 days, the same as Chinese New Years.
On a different note, this Autumn Festival Claire and I took a tour around Qingdao and some small villages on the outskirts of the city, Qingdao is really a beautiful city no wonder I’ve been living here so long. It was nice to see the villages with favela like mountain views of the ocean, it was very green and tranquil in those parts but I couldn’t help but notice that in between there was a lot of construction and big buildings being built in between. What once lied in that area? Will the villages clinging to the cliffs be next? Who knows. I got a chance to record and take some nice video of the tour, I’ll start editing them tomorrow and hopefully have a vlog up later this week it’s been a year since I’ve made a video, even made a couple of sound tracks for it. Let’s see how it goes.
I was going through my timeline and realized my front page looked like a soundcloud. I should probably stop doing that or at least mix it up a bit more. This is, after all, a blog about china.
Today’s topic will be about taking a taxi as a black person. Now I really don’t like getting into china and ‘racism’ because I don’t like to call what they do here racism. Its ignorance. They just don’t know and are afraid of the unknown. They go by stereotypes they see on tv and make vast assumptions, its not their fault, its a country with 1.4 billion people and they’re all yellow, even the internet is chinese *cough cough*.
Uber has been god sent, I no longer have to deal with this but about a week ago I was reminded of what I had to go through when I first moved here. If you’re waiting for a taxi, especially during rush hour or near a chinese person, the odds are you will be passed up. I don’t know why this is, it’s not like they don’t pick you up at night (shouldn’t they be more afraid at night?), it’s not like if you’re alone during the day and on an empty small street they don’t pick you up, they do, in fact its much easier to catch a cab when it would be the most dangerous time to pick up a threat lol, but a busy street next to a chinese person, especially a girl, forget about it you will be passed up 8 out of 10 times. I’ve learned to adapt however, typically I tell the chinese person I’m next too I have next dibs, so when they inevitably drive past me and to said person 3 yards away, that person knows I have next and they just allow me to get in, some will even open the door for you :). Problem solved. Anyways, I no longer have to do this, uber to save the day, Murica coming in and regulating without even knowing it. 🙂
I was told this saying by a chinese person who was complaining about how Chinese companies abroad are taking over massive projects effectively, yet, within China companies are ran horrifically (not all, but many), having such traditions such as bribing your way to the top, hiding errors from your boss to save face which in turn affects production, floods of poor quality products. Yet, when you look at some of the chinese companies abroad they can pretty much compete with anyone. Pakistan have some new state of the art ports, they’re building hydro dams in africa, many solar panels and real estate projects in the U.S (they’ve got one of the biggest offices in the twin towers). One can only take such a saying to heart. It really does make sense. When the Chinese are individual, or outside of China, their work ethics magically change, but when there is nothing but chinese in China, something changes. I wonder what that is? Is the fact that within China they follow chinese culture/tradition? and abroad they have to be more modernized and use global standard? Imagine what would happen when china finally breaks free from its save face culture, and really starts to have an open mind and evolve from it’s older style way of thinking. Tradition is great, but we no longer think the way we did in the 1500s, and times have changed, it’s time to get with the program. And when the Chinese are on the program, they are dragons, it’s proven.
WBK had a show in Qingdao, obviously being an MMA fan I had to attend.
3 KOs, 2 subs and 1 TKO. T’was a good event, I was impressed.
They didn’t sell any snacks, beer or water (drink tap from the fountain if you dare lol) – I sat there for 4 hours hungry, thirsty and cold, but it was worth the experience. Chinese audience are comedy. The Thai coaches would make a sound every time their guy would land a leg kick, so, the Chinese started randomly making the sound all through out the fight even when there was no contact, and when the guy was leaving haha. They were trolling suuuuupeer hard. Yelling “bite him”, “look at his stubby legs, stop kicking your kicks suck”, ” he fights like my son and he’s 9″. Then the roar when a chinese fighter KO’d a japanese fighter, they went bananas. Whole experience was gold. Not a big turn out and sometimes they were laughing during the fight, but I have no idea what they were laughing at, apparently leg locks are funny, I don’t know. All in all, would attend another for sure.
As you know Thanksgiving is around the corner, and I find myself on http://www.taobao.com (chinese amazon) shopping around only to see Thanksgiving sales banners all over the place. Not even the europeans do that. I had to check my url and make sure I wasn’t on amazon. I have no idea what relations china has with thanksgiving but that is weird as hell. A country 5,000 years old is copying a country that is 300 years old.
I guess the real question, is why?
Is American culture so mainstream and commercialized that people are willing to install our culture and use it to sell products? Is that the power of capitalism? Or maybe its so sad that people don’t see any importance in our holidays (they’re not) and just a means to sell products (which it is). Even the chinese are jumping at the opportunity to make money on these superficial days, they can’t have america’s stock market have its weekend jump all alone, now can they? I find it remarkable that even here, I see halloween, thanksgiving, valetine’s day (there is also a chinese valentine’s type of day which is ancient) , christmas, just about every holiday that isn’t ‘national’ like independence day (for obvious reasons). I’m not exactly sure what to make of it or how to feel about it. I came here with the idea that I left that commercialized superficial bullshit behind, and that I was going to have spring, autumn festivals (which are ancient holidays with a lot of meaning) and the many other interesting chinese holidays which follow ancient folklores, and I do, but to see american capitalism in full force where you can see a starbucks attached to a temple, in such an ancient rich-in-history country like China is a bit disheartening.
Ah well. It is what it is.
Although I quit, I couldn’t let a rare gift from my Russian friend Kristina, go to waste. North Korean cigs? Don’t mind if I do.
Review: It’s actually pretty good. Smells a bit ‘different’ almost sour-ish but all and all it hits very smooth, clean (for it being cigs) and I don’t taste any chemicals, in fact its like a smoother American Spirits but without the harshness on the throat. I was quite surprised. I guess when you live in a non-capitalist society there is no need to cut corners or cut your tobacco with 42 other additives. I’ll give the DPRK some props, they have good cigarettes on their hands.
This is what I smoke now. Ecig review: The subox mini starter kit by Kangertech. Great device! It comes with everything except the battery, mod box, tank, and 3 atomizers (2 are sub ohm). I used to use a cloupor mini with an atlantis tank, bit over kill, heavy but leet. but this thing is more than enough for me, and half the price, it also goes up to 50w!!!!! No leaks from the tank so far either which was a surprise because my big kanger subtank not only leaked, it had loads of spit back, this has neither or, small, sleek and stylish looking and surprisingly light with all the accessories. I am very very happy with this device and recommend anyone trying to quit, to switch to ecigs. I went from 6mg nicotine to 0. It’s pretty must a cloud blower with flavor.