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还是别挤入大城市行列为妙 May 24, 2013

wherestip wrote:

Austin proper 11th largest city in the U.S.

10多年来,我亲眼目睹了奥斯汀的迅速发展。不过,号称全美第11大城市才只有84万人口,占地面积却多达700多平方公里。相比之下,北京市西城区占地50平方公里,人口却多达124万(2010年),其人口密度是奥斯汀的20倍!奥斯汀的市长应该到北京的西单一带去看看,再去挤挤北京的地铁。


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Indeed May 24, 2013

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还是别挤入大城市行列为妙



Oh, I hate it. Our current city infrastructure cannot support the influx of all these newcomers. A few weeks ago, I read that Austin ranks among the top 10 cities for the nation's worst traffic, right behind NYC.

I can't account for that ranking though. Traffic is indeed bad on I35, but it can't be that bad.


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2-person Powwow May 25, 2013

Yueyin,

Please don't forget to call me before you leave Austin. If you have time, let's get together sometime before you head back to Boulder.


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Sure May 25, 2013

Steve,

I've been quite busy lately, but I will be glad to see you again before I leave Austin.


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埃及古迹被涂鸦 May 27, 2013

年轻一代公共道德沦落, 简直不可思议。

看来出国旅游也得经过严袼审查才能签证。


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Documentary on Mao May 30, 2013

Yueyin,

I really enjoyed our visit the other day. Thanks for coming all the way out here to chat with me.

I just saw a preview of this hour-long documentary titled "Making Mao". The show time is 10pm on KLRU Q (PBS) tonight. It repeats at 2AM. I plan on taping it.

http://www.aptonline.org/catalog.nsf/vLinkTitle/MAKING%20MAO


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Interesting documentary May 30, 2013

Steve,

Thank you so much for the hospitality you extended to me during my visit. It’s always pleasant and beneficial to chat with you.

I've watched the documentary. Everything looks and sounds so familiar.

If you go back to Beijing one day, you would be amused by the fact that almost all taxi drivers there may have a photo of Chairman Mao hanging in their cars.


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Real Estate Bubble Jun 3, 2013

Yueyin,

Have you seen this "60 Minutes" segment reported by Leslie Stahl a while back? I've been meaning to post a link to it for a while, but held off because of it being unrelated to any on-going discussion and the somewhat negativity.

Your mention of folks purchasing real estate at all costs (in another thread) reminded me of the story ...

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50142079n


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China's Ghost towns in western styles Jun 3, 2013

Steve,

Thanks for the link! I didn’t see that segment before. I heard of the ghost town in Inner Mongolia, but didn’t know that there were also some ghost towns in Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin.

http://www.360doc.com/content/11/1019/04/5769371_157317057.shtml

I can’t imagine what would happen when the bubbles burst someday and what it would mean to the ordinary people in China.

BTW, look at those fake business signs such as KFC, Starbucks, Nokia, Adidas, Nike, PiageT and etc. Nowadays, cheating is one of the most important aspects in business practices in China!


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On-going saga of the red-hot Chinese real estate market Jun 3, 2013

One of Shanghai's high-end real estate developments, "Thames Town", fashioned after old English-style neighborhoods, was once again mentioned in Lesley Stahl's story. I remember it being featured in another "60 Minutes" segment six or seven years ago while still in development. Back then, the developers certainly had high hopes for it.


BTW, I was still able to locate the old CBS video clip on the web ...

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=1700087n

At the time, the CBS report certainly impressed the heck out of me, as could be seen by a couple of my old postings from 7 years ago. I was relatively new to the ProZ.com website. And before discovering the site, I really haven't been paying attention to what was going on in China. In the blink of an eye, China seemed to have transformed itself into a totally different new world.



http://www.proz.com/post/362110#362110

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What I hear... Jun 12, 2006

Last night "60 Minutes", a weekly TV program on CBS, had a segment about Chinese suburbs going European. On the outskirts of Shanghai, suburbs are being developed that resemble old Europe, with names like Thames Town that cater to the newly rich, wealthy neighborhoods complete with cobble stone streets, pubs, and cathedrals.





http://www.proz.com/post/362560#362560

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上海时尚新地标 —— 泰晤士小镇 Jun 13, 2006



Last night "60 Minutes", a weekly TV program on CBS, had a segment about Chinese suburbs going European.



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Lo and behold... I actually found the video clip I was referring to on CBS's website.

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It's an interesting little clip if nothing else. It certainly provides some insight into how the rest of the world views China's ongoing progress and development.



But now we find out the neighborhood and its cathedral mostly serve as a ceremonial facility for weddings.

All these empty developments and empty towns sure give a new meaning to the old Chinese military tactic of "空城计".


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看来那钱确实多得没处花了 Jun 4, 2013

wherestip wrote:

One of Shanghai's high-end real estate developments, "Thames Town", fashioned after old English-style neighborhoods, was once again mentioned in Lesley Stahl's story. I remember it being featured in another "60 Minutes" segment six or seven years ago while still in development. Back then, the developers certainly had high hopes for it.

又见令人惋惜的松江泰晤士小镇
http://blog.pchome.net/article/647347.html

北京“亚洲最大游乐园”拆除 荒废14年被称鬼城
http://biz.cn.yahoo.com/ypen/20130520/1747752.html


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Pics of 松江 Thames Town Jun 4, 2013

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又见令人惋惜的松江泰晤士小镇
http://blog.pchome.net/article/647347.html



All the cars shown in the 1st picture were parked along the street in front of the church. I guess they were driven there by people attending the weddings.

If you ask me, the lone woman sitting at her front stoop really cheapens the place. IMO they need a Home Owners Association deed restriction put in place. BTW, that reminds me of the saying: you can take the person out of the trailer park, but you can't take the trailer park out of the person.

Otherwise, it is a really nice neighborhood. Empty, but nice. With the throngs of people everywhere you go in China, IMO that is the ideal kind of place to live. Of course, affordability would be the main issue.


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无论如何,那肯定是一个“有一定身份的人” Jun 4, 2013

wherestip wrote:

If you ask me, the lone woman sitting at her front stoop really cheapens the place. IMO they need a Home Owners Association deed restriction put in place. BTW, that reminds me of the saying: you can take the person out of the trailer park, but you can't take the trailer park out of the person.

http://news.sohu.com/20130502/n374629135.shtml
不过在我看来,那“在香港购物数万元的有一定身份的人”与到香港打酱油的“完完全全的老百姓”并无本质的区别。不都是为了便宜吗?否则的话,现在内地什么东西买不到,需要到香港去买?

再说,当个“完完全全的老百姓”并不丢人啊!


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"The World According to China" by Hannah Beech Jun 8, 2013



This week's TIME cover story ... examines China’s place in the world as it forges ahead into a new decade of leadership under recently-installed President Xi Jinping. For years, the narrative surrounding the world’s most populous country has been one of ascension, of “rise.” Now, as Xi meets U.S. President Obama for a two-day conclave in California on June 7, China has arrived and is in many regards an equal partner to the U.S., the existing global hegemon.



http://world.time.com/2013/06/06/time-cover-story-how-china-views-the-world/


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