Someone ripped off my Wuhan-themed pro wrestling character’s finishing move

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From the SCMP:

After failed attempts to stop a fellow passenger on a subway train illegally eating her “hot and dry” noodles – a popular local snack – in a rush-hour car, Ye said she took out her mobile phone and snapped a picture of the young woman, according to her Weibo account.

The woman, realising she was being photographed, exploded with anger.

She stormed in front of me and slammed her bowl of noodles on my head,” Ye wrote, “then she tried to grab my phone to delete the photo.”

Chuhehanjie!

Something to check out on my next visit to Wuhan is the “Chu River / Han Street” area (chuhehanjie, 楚河汉街). Basically, they took the point where the tunnel under the Yangtze River comes out in Wuchang and extended the road across the Sha Hu, the large lake in the middle of Wuchang between the (even larger) East Lake and the river. In the section of the road between the two lakes they squeezed in a canal and a Jianghan Lu-style walking street, complete with the Euro-style architecture and narrow streets of the foreign settlement area in Hankou. Continue reading “Chuhehanjie!”

Wuhan Update — June 2011, part 1

Arrived in Wuhan on a Saturday morning a few weeks ago after a comfortable soft sleeper train from Beijing. On our nifty private TVs in the sleeper car they played the Karate Kid remake with Jacky Chan and Jaden Smith. The Beijing portrayed in this movie is ridiculous — the temperature is never remains mild through month after month of training; it rains all the time; the streets are narrow and the buildings rarely more than two or three stories tall; the city is lush with trees and greenery; repair guys speak fluent English; parents can call their kids, find out where they are, drive to pick them up, then take them to the  music conservatory — all in 20 minutes; and, best of all, and groups of 12-year-old Chinese mini-hoodlums roam the streets and beat up smaller foreign kids in public parks with impunity. Continue reading “Wuhan Update — June 2011, part 1”

Wuhan Update, December 2010

Arrived at Hankou train station this morning. The plaza and roads in front of the station are a mess, though the new facade, designed to look like old European buildings in the concession area, is an improvement over the old Social Realist look.

Spent at least half an hour in the taxi from the train station to Jianghan Lu, by far the longest that trip has ever taken. Total cost: 21 RMB. Continue reading “Wuhan Update, December 2010”

Wuhan-Guangzhou bullet train = China Wins Everything

The biggest story about Wuhan in the English language media is the recent completion of the Wuhan-Guangzhou bullet train. The comments after every article include much moaning from Westerners, Americans in particular. The complaints usually cover following themes:

  • Trains are so much more awesome than all other forms of transportation
  • Why can’t our government be more efficient, like China’s, and build us some bullet trains?
  • China is ahead of us in eco-friendly technology, or soon will be
  • Give up, China owns us and is taking over

Below I give my rebuttal of these arguments, along with a summary of what most Chinese people think about them: Continue reading “Wuhan-Guangzhou bullet train = China Wins Everything”