I heard today that one of the twelve animals on the traditional Chinese animal horoscope is being changed. From today, the dragon ("not a real animal and one with links to many other countries") will be replaced by the panda ("a real animal which is quintessentially Chinese"). I think it's a foolish decision...
Seems you can buy a smart anything these days. But the ability to cram technology into a pair of chopsticks is still very impressive. This pair, on sale from today, will set you back 700RMB (£70) but they do register and tally up all the calories you are eating and alert you when you should be feeling fool. I can't afford a pair, but I might just buy one?
Today's Kunming Post announced that a solution to Yunnan’s water shortage may have finally been found. Chinese scientists have worked out a clever way to drain the clouds surrounding the Province’s many mountains of their water by electrifying them via antennae erected on the peaks [see photo above].
This reclaimed vapour can then be desiccated and stored for future droughts. A single bottle of water added to the powder results in ten bottles of drinkable water. Chinese ingenuity never ceases to amaze me.
We learned today that next month we'll have to hand over JD for a full week of "Government propaganda". They'll give him a full medical, then read extracts aloud from Mao's "Little Red Book" to introduce him to the full communist ideology before issuing him an ID card. We are checking to see if having a foreign parent means we can avoid this full stay...
Shocking news coming out of Pianzi Prefecture in Sichuan Province of poachers aping real pandas to fool dazed cubs, and then smuggle them out of the country to rich collectors abroad. With schemes like this going on, it's no wonder pandas are an endangered species.
Thankfully, these undercover photos are expected to aid police in tracking down the culprits, especially as each panda costume apparently has unique markings, helping officers find out which fake panda is stealing which real cub. Let's hope so.
I sometimes see horses very early in the morning in streets of Kunming (they are banned during the day). But today, on the way to get a liver function blood test at the hospital, is the first time I've seen a camel being led down the street! Who would have thought it, especially on a day like today?
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