Monthly Archives: December 2015

Terrorist threats and the police

There was some kind of terrorist threat against foreigners in the Sanlitun area (which has a high concentration of foreigners) over Christmas. My apartment also happens to be on the outskirts of Sanlitun. Here’s a screenshot of a US State Department … Continue reading

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Cigarette warning labels; air pollution part 2

Cigarette warning labels Cigarette warning labels here are text only: . The text on the right translates (roughly) to “Smoking is harmful to health. Quitting smoking can reduce health risks.” It’s interesting to compare the state of Chinese cigarette warnings with cigarette … Continue reading

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Chinese Taipei

I went to Taipei on a business trip December 13-15. This was my first visit to Taiwan ever, even though my parents grew up there. Aside from going to a bunch of meetings, I had the chance to do a few touristy things, … Continue reading

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Siem Reap

Another post not about China, but at least it’s about a place in Asia. This is mission creep happening in real time: The scope of this blog is changing and has changed from “Charles’s activities in China” to “Charles’s activities.” This is … Continue reading

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Targeted web ads

Now that I have my location on Facebook listed as Beijing, I get interesting targeted web ads: .

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District heating

Many Beijing apartments, including mine, are heated partially by steam provided by municipal authorities. The way this works is that steam comes into the apartment and is used to heat radiators, and then the cold steam (water) goes back to the city. … Continue reading

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Air pollution

Prior to coming here, one of my main concerns about life in Beijing was poor air quality. It turns out that I moved here at a time of year (fall) that typically has good air quality, and this year had an unusually pleasant fall. Because … Continue reading

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