But there are some curious things going on in Mao's creation...the New China (or more accurately, Deng Xiaoping's China.
09.08.2013 - 20.08.2013 88 °F
This may be mostly pictures. While I'm not sure they speak louder than words, the combination causes the observer to ask some serious questions.
I am of the age to remember reading about and seeing the China of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. We even began to be impressed by the Chinese goods that started coming into the country, and began speculating on how ever larger doses of modern capitalism would affect the People's Republic of China. In the 21st century, we are witnessing a China we could not have imagined just a few short years ago.
First, there is the wealth. It's not just foreigners who are buying designer goods, going to 5 star hotels, and dropping tons of cash into the service sectors of the economy. Frankly, most Chinese would much rather cater to other Chinese; not because of racism, but because when Chinese go on vacation, they almost compete for the titles of "who dropped the most cash on this trip."
Let's look at some of the signs of rampant Chinese modern consumerism: (for those playing at home, the exchange rate is @ 6 Yuan or RMB (Stands for Remimbi, or "people's money")
Sheraton Guilin: we saw few foreigners; almost all guests were Chinese.
Note this ad on the toll booth from Hefei to Huainan:
What evil capitalist organization is that hiding in Hefei?
Not only is the text on this one kinda fun, I like the "product placement." It's a local liquor.
A classic. We see a lot of signs that look like no one dared proofread it so that the author would lose face if his mistake was identified.
They have a few mobile phone stores in Hefei alone...like here and here and here . There were dozens. These three were in three blocks. Wow.
Cultural fun: right out of a Charlie Chan movie:
Of course...just what I would expect in Yangshuo County:
Hey, get him out of the road. Do you want to get run over?
Wow, still carrying on great traditions? I hear the Tang Dynasty's lawyer is sending a cease and desist letter.
Many guestomers prefer the peanut meat more well done
One of our favorite warning signs.
If you thought our old Warner Brothers cartoons were violent, you ain't seen nuthin' Read the title up on top of the box. It says it all.
Hmmm....good idea. They look pretty hungry in there.
Why would holding a stick be the proper persuasion article in this warning sign...?
And if you thought teasing and frolicking were bad, there is also a problem with
More reliable than Wal-mart, is ....
Get the Chairman that new bag.
I told you that short sleeve shirt makes you look ridiculous
Has anyone ever seen this MG plate before?
They are everywhere...
I don't know if you can tell, but the Windows program crashed on this billboard for all to see...
Guess who they like in China: The like him in Guilin --->
They like him in Nanning --->
In Hefei --->
I seriously love this picture. See you all tomorrow,