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China Connecting with South East Asia

Over recent years there has been a softening of travel regulations in South East Asia. This has come at a similar time to a reversal on the former ban of travel overseas by citizens of the People’s Republic of China. … Continue reading

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Expecting Gold

Chinese newspaper Global Times confidently claimed on the verge of the opening of the Rio 2016 Olympics that Chinese would get 30 to 36 medals. It is now day 12 and China have 17 golds while Team GB have 19 … Continue reading

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Relying too Much on Chinese Tourism

Mastercard published a survey that warned that Thailand was becoming too reliant on Chinese tourists to keep its important tourist industry afloat. In 2014 Thailand attracted 4.6 million Chinese  visitors. For that year one in five tourists in Thailand were … Continue reading

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The Contradiction between Capitalism and Communism

Any casual Chinese observer will tell you that the traditional ideological divide set out by Karl Marx in the 1800s between two forms of social and economic organisation called capitalism and communism is not a problem for those who dream … Continue reading

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Culinary Wars

The Chinese have always rightly prided themselves on their cuisine, or to be more precise the cuisine from their region or province. They can point to the fact that every major city in the world has a Chinese food restaurant … Continue reading

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Travel on Chinese Trains

I did a big tour of China in the summer of 1997. I started off in Hunan Province and went north to Beijing and then Xi’an. We carried on up to Inner Mongolia and then did the long haul west … Continue reading

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Catching the Chinese Tourist Buck

Chinese citizens were not allowed to travel to foreign countries until recently. With their growing amount of disposable income they are able to visit countries they previously could only dream about. Tourism makes up 9% of the global GDP. In … Continue reading

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Chinese Authorities Ban Wordplay

The edicts of the Chinese communist party can be a strange mix of the frightening and the absurd. Despite the window dressing of democracy and lip service given to the 55 ethnic minorities of China, the ‘party’ makes the rules, … Continue reading

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China and Tourism

China has over 2,000 years of continuous history. Along with India it has the oldest surviving civilization and history in the world. And along with India, China is the cultural heavyweight of Asia. For this reason alone, China will always … Continue reading

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Shanghai Mansion

We have mentioned elsewhere in this site the strong cultural connections between Thailand and China. It should not come as a surprise that Chinatown in Bangkok has one of the best Chinese themed hotels in the world. It is called … Continue reading

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Chinese Temples in Thailand

Thailand has the largest community of ethnic Chinese people in the world. For over 400 years the Chinese have moved to Thailand. King Rama VI (1910 – 1925) decided to fully integrate the large Chinese community into his Kingdom by … Continue reading

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Liuzhou

Liuzhou City in the People’s Republic of China is in north central Guangxi Province. It has a population of 3.7 million and covers an area of 18,700 square kilometers. The city is on the banks of the Liu River. It … Continue reading

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