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August 1, 2012

Beijing notes

The main problems here are the air pollution, and that no one, including taxi drivers, seems to know how to get anywhere.
The rate of change is high and many people are from the provinces, so there is a real information gap. Most of all, I am struck by how Taiwan is more Chinese than is China. -- Marginal Rev

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 1, 2012 6:29 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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It's huge, it's crowded, the smog reminds of LA circa 1950s, and it is hard to get around. Everything I saw in Beijing and Shanghai was indicative of fast and furious growth. But the water in even first class hotels is not potable, and the public restrooms are often holes in the floor with marked footprints to stand on. I call it the "Big diamonds and ragged underwear syndrome." If you happen to find yourself in a crowd trying to get through a doorway, such as some in the Forbidden City, be prepared to push, shove, and elbow your way forward or you will be pushed backward. Well worth visiting for what you will learn, not just the Peking Duck.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at August 1, 2012 8:03 PM

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