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      Squatters are the common toilets here in China,...

      Squatters are the common toilets here in China, and I don't care how good they are supposed to be for you - I hate them. I go out of my way to avoid using them, and I've been fortunate in my 8 years...
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      Except, of course, that China is doing a lot to...

      Except, of course, that China is doing a lot to try to change this, which is something it rarely gets credit for. Growth in coal consumption is dropping rapidly, with the government committed to...
    3. I don't know why they don't just call it the...

      I don't know why they don't just call it the Nissan Bluebird, considering that's what the Chinese name is. It looks awkward, but that's par for the course for small sedans these days, especially in...
    4. Especially since it's built in China while the A8...

      Especially since it's built in China while the A8 is not. Chinese import taxes on cars are pretty big.
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      Yes, because it's dirt cheap and because the cell...

      Yes, because it's dirt cheap and because the cell reception in my apartment (concrete building) isn't great so a landline has better call quality when I'm at home.
    6. Learning Chinese, especially teaching myself to...

      Learning Chinese, especially teaching myself to read and write the language. It's such a challenging language to learn and I'm really proud to have learned as much of the language as I have without...
    7. This is exactly why I don't go out on public...

      This is exactly why I don't go out on public holidays here - everything gets way too crowded.

      But in this case, the overcrowding appears to only part of the problem - apparently, some geniuses...
    8. It's a great language to learn, but it takes a...

      It's a great language to learn, but it takes a LONG time. I've been in China now over 7 years and I'm still far from being fluent. I can carry on a conversation, and if people talk slow enough I can...
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      Somehow I don't think I'm going to listen to a...

      Somehow I don't think I'm going to listen to a guy who thinks that ozone layer destruction and acid rain weren't real, man-made environmental problems. :rolleyes:
    10. Sorry, I should have said no other country is...

      Sorry, I should have said no other country is embargoed just because they're communist. Other countries are embargoed because they're actively working against world peace in some way, which Cuba is...
    11. The hypocritical thing about the embargo is the...

      The hypocritical thing about the embargo is the fact that no other country is embargoed by the US. I mean, they do business with VIETNAM, for goodness sake!

      Besides, while political freedom...
    12. Both of the Chinese shows are about the same size...

      Both of the Chinese shows are about the same size - they are held in alternate years. This year was the Beijing show, so next year will be Shanghai.
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      I thought the Spirior was just a Euro Accord/TSX.

      I thought the Spirior was just a Euro Accord/TSX.
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      http://www.popphoto.com/files/imagecache/article_m...

      http://www.popphoto.com/files/imagecache/article_main_photo/_images/201204/sigma105macro_0.jpg

      Sigma 105mm f2.8 OS Macro lens for my Canon 7D. Decided I wanted to get into macro photography, and...
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      Spirior is what they badge the Acura TSX/Euro...

      Spirior is what they badge the Acura TSX/Euro Accord as here in China, where both it and the larger North American Accord are sold.
    16. I'm impressed that they can fit an airbag in that...

      I'm impressed that they can fit an airbag in that tiny steering wheel hub. Is this a sign of things to come for all manufacturers?
    17. Exactly. Freedom of speech =/= freedom from the...

      Exactly. Freedom of speech =/= freedom from the consequences of that speech.

      Based on the nasty stuff those twins have said, I certainly wouldn't give them a TV show, and I can understand why...
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      Hongqi (pronounced hong chee) is made by FAW, one...

      Hongqi (pronounced hong chee) is made by FAW, one of China's largest automakers, and one of VW's partners in China. They, along with pretty much all of China's major automakers, seem to have figured...
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      How is this any different from car manufacturers...

      How is this any different from car manufacturers designing for the US market? China is now the largest automobile market in the world - how can it be any surprise that all the car makers are...
    20. In Calgary, Canada, where I'm from, lights are...

      In Calgary, Canada, where I'm from, lights are always mounted horizontally, as in this picture.

      There's quite a few places in China that I've been to that have horizontal lights, and from what...
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