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News Pictures of Shenzhen & Guangzhou

  1. Nov 8, 2005 #1
    Just some pictures of ordinary folks in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, I hope they help to demystify and neutralise some of the glam and glist and hype, and therefore fear and suspicion of the area. We are just people, muddling along :smile: .
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  3. Nov 12, 2005 #2

    I'm confused. Then again, I guess thats nothing that extraordinary, I've seen worse in LA.
  4. Nov 12, 2005 #3
    Where is Guangzhou and Shenzhen?
  5. Nov 12, 2005 #4
    seems like a lot of people dying or attempting suicide over there...
  6. Nov 12, 2005 #5
    both in china...i believe south china by the china sea.
  7. Nov 13, 2005 #6
    Is this a joke? The majority of those pictures have something very abnormal going on.
  8. Nov 14, 2005 #7
    :biggrin: hehe, I thought some of you might be shocked.

    No, this is perfect normality for those of us living around the Mainland, just another day of the "crude accumulation of wealth" in China. Gotta remember that the Chinese are rising from abject poverty and just 30 years ago they were growing up with no pants. I do agree though that the contrast between the modern infrastructure and the quality/mentality of the people is very stark.

    Here are some pictures of pick-pockets in Xinjiang:
  9. Nov 16, 2005 #8
    :biggrin: I hope by now I have successfully persuaded you guys that there is plenty of freedom going around in China, as we have seen there is freedom to be amoral, lawless and quite greedy :biggrin: . So when Bush urged the Chinese not to be afraid of freedom, it really is quite unnecessary.

    Look, we even have our "dreams" too o:) .

    Tomorrow, I promise, there will be something less shocking :wink: .
  10. Nov 17, 2005 #9
    wow, 200 people have viewed this thread? :shy: Anyway here is a humourous account of the big cities in China by a Westerner. Readers are urged to keep previous pictures at the back of their minds.
    http://www.lewrockwell.com/reed/reed77.html [Broken]
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  11. Nov 17, 2005 #10
    Some of these images show clearly, that the Chinese are free to have bad comb-overs too.
  12. Nov 17, 2005 #11


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    There is a Japanese Honda Accord factory in Shenzhen that produces a car that is identical to the Japanese Accords made in Marysville, Ohio.

    Why does that sound odd to me??
  13. Nov 17, 2005 #12
    Yup, looks like people are people wherever you go. I just hope that the Chinese will be nice, since I get to live with China as the center of the world*.

    *My take on the future.
  14. Nov 18, 2005 #13
    Some more pictures :smile:
    1. Two street sweepers.
    A student from the University of Science and Technology in Beijing helps his mom with her street sweeping job. She denies it to the reporter, presumably to protect him from the humiliation of her humble job.
    2. Old Man with Placards.
    One reads "Extra-marrital affairs, divorce, cohabitation, teenage pregnancy, and condoms provided by schools. Is this civilisation or atavism?"
    The other reads "Anti-corruption is a special warfare. With numerous undistinguishable enemies in our own camp. We must overcome their animosity with virtue and punish them according to the law."
    3. Man & Child
    Crumpled paper reads "49 year old man seeking woman under 49 or companionship."
    The picture was taken in 2001, 3 years later he was still seeking.
    4. Card reads "Electricity Vendalizer"
    A picture taken in the "special era".
    5. Post-festival Royal Palace
    6. Trendy Girls
    Rappers without the blink-blink?
    7. Police Notice
    It reads "Prostitutes are known to frequent this section and lure men with cheap charges who are then led to motels where they are robbed. Horny men (sic) are advised to stay out of trouble and avoid the loss of property and the disappointment!"
    8. Bystanders staring at a car used in a hijack.
    9. Pilgrimmage
    10. Zoo goers relishing their persimonies in the 80's
    11. In 1982, unable to feed his family of 6 with the meagre income from tiling the field, this 53 year old man left his home town and started whetting knives all over Inner Mongolia. He ate left over food from his customers and RMB 10 (about USD1.2) would last him 10 days.
    12. My wheelchair
    13. A family of 8 (9?) staring at a poster that reads:
    At the invitation of the local Census Office, Yubai Drama Company presents "Birth-Control Guerrilla Is In Town", featuring Li Dan and Qu Di on
    20/6 at 8 pm.
    Venue: ........Theatre
    14 An old man who came to town centre to air grievence and lodge complain in the 80's.
    15. Medal
    16. Dumpling and Affection
    17. "Blood and Sweat Money"
    A peasant worker is owed RMB 2,536 (about USD300) by his contractor. 150 others owed a total of over RMB900,000 (USD111,000) gethered to collect the debt.
    18. Lunch
    19. Paupers in Tibet
    20. A man who has donated RMB350,000 to the cause of education.
    21. Mother
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    Looking at your link a question struck me which has nothing to do with the OP :smile: but how many chinese characters are there in your language? There seems to be 1000s Do your computers use 20 metre long keyboards :biggrin: with all of these Chinese characters or do you use english style keyboards? Just curious. :confused:
  16. Nov 19, 2005 #15
    There are more than 100,000 characters in the most comprehensive Chinese dictionary, but in ordinary life, for instance for the purpose of reading a newspaper, you need to master about 8,000. Yes Chinese could easily have been a dead letter language has not a Mr. [Zhu] from Taiwan devoted 30 years of his time to study the "genom" of Chinese character and devised a way to deconstruct them into combinations of 108 principal and subordinating radicals in 1976 as well as to incorporate the inputing system into CPUs.

    I hear IBM and the US airforce have collaborated, with the help of around 1,000 Asian experts, to work out a similar product for about 10 years but to no avail.

    We type Chinese with 1 to 5 strokes of the fingers on an ordinary keyboard and it is not any more difficult or time consuming than typing English. :smile:
  17. Nov 20, 2005 #16
    :tongue2: It's me again.
    Here is the national highway plan to be realised in the next 30 years. What is interesting is that it contains a highway crossing the Taiwan Strait. Chen's government has of course dismissed it as propaganda, but the fact is a few dozens experts have been meeting every year in the province across the strait since 1998 to discuss the project. Anyway, some pictures of the landscape, but may take a while to download.
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    Thanks for that Polly but one more question does each character translate to one word? In English a vocabulary of 8,000 words is considered very high. Most people would know only a fraction of that. In fact I remember being told many years ago that most people get through a full day using a vocabulary of only a few hundred words. In fact for many of the tabloid newspapers a couple of dozen would suffice. :biggrin:

    p.s. re. your pics. Are these roads not open yet? Where's the traffic???
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  19. Nov 21, 2005 #18
    I was told the Chinese language is a very nebulous language, better suited for poems and creative writing than any purpose requiring precision and exactitude. Indeed a character is sometimes capable of 7 or 8 meanings. As such it takes a combination of two words to pin down the meaning, for instance, tight/taut/close and tension/spread/open gives you nervousness, tight/taut/close and pressing/rapid/speedy/anxious/impatient gives you emergency, tight/taut/close and dense/thick/secret/close gives you intimate and tight/taut/close and shrink/withdraw/contract/recoil/huddle gives you retrench.
    Again, 100,000 and 8,000 were the numbers we were told in primary school. I suspect there should not be a great deviation from reality becaue 1. it is not difficult to find out from any newspaper printer for the latter, 2. just to give you a flavour, the Oxford Advanced Learner's English-Chinese Dictionary (4th edition), intended for secondary and tertiary students, alone contains 57,100 entries, 99.99% of which I am sure you know.
    Yeah the traffic is kind of slow. :biggrin:
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    Type setting in pre-computer days must have been a nightmare. The news would be a year out of date by the time the printer had his blocks sorted. I'd say there'd be mass suicides if the front page had to be changed at the last minute due to important breaking news. :rofl:
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