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Member since Dec 2011 • Last active Aug 2019

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    This is weekly news in China, some company will list TW/HK as separate countries and people go ape shit. I like to mess with things from the inside and I'm working on a report at the moment with plenty of references to Taiwan, and I have insisted we refer to it throughout as a country.

    General consensus in mainland China is that HK is acting like a spoiled brat, there was a meme going around to that effect. Other than that, and all the "foreign influences" provoking a "colour revolution", there's not much about HK. Fucking shit loads of nationalistic propaganda everywhere though, things are really gearing up for 1 October.

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    Next step is glue traps - didn't want to go there, but also don't want to be bleaching my work surfaces and floors every single day.

    We have rats in the office, so now we have glue traps everywhere. The one rat we caught wasn't dead when we got in, it was appalling.
    Also be careful not to stand on the glue traps, they are VERY sticky.

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    What is needed is a small missile that is acoustically targeted - literally it seeks the loudest noise and seeks to collide with it, possibly with a payload of glue and glitter to immobilise whatever the noisy thing is.

    The only flaw in this plan is that the missile would head straight for my downstairs neighbours, an old, slightly deaf couple who breed birds on the communal stairs.

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    Spring Airlines. Worst airline in the world, with its hub at the worst airport in the world.

    Fly with them often enough and BA feels really luxurious.

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    Press conference from Beijing today promising to back Carrie Lam and punish unlawful actions, in the interests of stability. CCP is the original strong and stable.

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    Yep, apple maps is fine and pretty up-to-date. Like you found, google maps drifts all over the place and it's also not totally current, there are metro lines missing from it apparently. Even if you can read chinese, the mapping situation is pretty poor here - the map in the equivalent of yelp is absolutely horrible and once asked me to scale a wall. Baidu maps also suggested swimming across a river, I was not impressed.

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    A chinese friend told me that google is blocked in china because google wants to spy on chinese people and know what they're searching for - that privilege is reserved for baidu and the government. (disclaimer: I use baidu maps)

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    Sounds like a good plan! Feel free to PM me.

    I gave another friend (who speaks/reads zero chinese) the same plan so it should be doable with no chinese skills though I can't guarantee foolproof as TIC (This Is China). When I was at the top of the mountain the visibility was terrible so seeing the signs wasn't always easy but they were in chinese and english.

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    I've been to Huangshan twice - once to the actual mountain and once to the general vicinity.

    For the mountain itself, there's now a high speed rail line to Huangshan North station opened last year, though if you're going from Nanjing then just take the K train. I went before the HSR opened so took train K645 (overnight) to Huangshan station (which is not actually that close to Huangshan!). From there you have to take a bus (or taxi) to Tangkou, which is where the entrance to the 'scenic area is' (takes maybe 30 mins by bus). When you get to the scenic area, you need to buy an entrance ticket to the scenic area and a ticket for the bus to wherever you want to go on the mountain. There are a couple of cable cars (likely to be busy) plus walking routes. I arrived at Huangshan at 10am or something so walked up the West Steps (12k) that day, stayed at the top, then walked down the East Steps (7k) the following day. All the hotels are shit, I stayed at one in the Beihai area at the summit. The weather at the top is notoriously awful, it rained a lot when I was there, no sunset as it was just a huge cloud. Got up at 4am for the sunrise, which was PHENOMENAL. After I walked down the East Steps I got a mini bus back to the scenic area entrance and stayed in Tangkou overnight, not a lot to do there but it's very chilled and cheap and I actually quite liked it as far as random chinese towns go. The following day I got a bus back to the train station, though actually I missed the train cos I'm a moron, but that's another story. Tips: make sure your bag is waterproof, take a travel towel, have a raincoat with you, take snacks, beware of crowds, watch out for monkeys. I think I wrote a blogpost about it if you are really bored and want to read it, can find the hotel links too.

    I went to the Huangshan region again this year, drove there, stayed in a homestay in a village - it's a cycling/running/hiking homestay, would totally recommend: https://www.wildhomestay.com/

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    What about a nice cream cheese topping on the tea? When do we add that?

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