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Water calligraphy is a poetic activity that you can observe in many Chinese parks: Artists use a large brush to write Chinese characters using water instead of ink. Minutes after the characters are written, they disappear.

Media Artist Nicholas Hanna built a tricycle that writes Chinese characters on the ground as it moves.

His tricycle is part of an exhibition for Beijing Design Week: You can see it at the Northern Electric Relay Factory in Dashilanr, south of Qianmen gate. The exhibition opens 6pm  on Saturday September 24, 2011, and runs until October 3.

The video below was shot ands edited by Jonah Kesssel. You can also watch it on Vimeo and on Tudou.


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A wealthy Chinese business owner commutes to work with his secretary on horseback.

From QQ:

Shanxi boss and female secretary riding horses to work becomes famous on the internet

Recently, a set of photos and video called “Boss and female secretary ride to work on horses” has become famous on the internet. The man in yellow in the photos is the boss of a private company in Xianyang, and the woman next to him is his secretary. Old He [the boss] has many nearly cars that cost nearly 1 million [RMB] each at home, but being unable to put up with the traffic of going to and from work every day, Old He decided he would switch to riding a horse to commute to and from work, and apart from special situations has over the past two years done so regardless of the weather.

A wealthy Shanxi boss rides a horse to work with his female secretary.

Old He says that the neighborhood he lives in is about 7-8km away from work and it normally takes 20 minutes to drive, whereas riding a horse can also get him to work in 20+ minutes but is more environmentally friendly and low-carbon.

In Shanxi, China, a passerby riding a motor scooter is surprised by a man riding a horse on the public road.

Old He says what he enjoys the most are the surprised looks of passersby when he is horseback riding.

Old He is a wealthy business owner in Shanxi, China who rides a horse to work everyday to avoid traffic.

The name of the horse he is currently riding is “Wu Zhui”, which he purchased for over 80,000 yuan, and pays Keeping a horse costs 50-60 thousand yuan each year, and he places the horse in a stable after arriving at the factory plant. Over the past two plus years, he has often rode his horse to work, and has gotten used to the feeling of riding a horse to go out, becoming uncomfortable all over if he does not ride a horse at least once a day.

A wealthy Chinese businessman and his secretary riding horses to work.

As for the question of whether or not horses can go on public roads, Old He says that he has already inquired about relevant regulations and discovered that so far there are no relevant rules and regulations restricting horses going on public roads, and as a result him riding his horse to commute to work is not illegal.

A rich Chinese boss riding horseback to work with his secretary.

Regarding this question, this reporter made an inquiry at the Xi’an Municipal Public Security Bureau Traffic Enforcement Beilin Division Deputy Chief Fei Tao, and Fei Tao said that in the “Road and Traffic Safety Regulations of the People’s Republic of China”, Article 73 has regulations pertaining to animal-powered vehicles but does not have any regulations pertaining specifically to horseback riding.

A news report:

In the above video, the boss Old He says he rather enjoys the looks he gets, which are a mix of envy, surprise, and disbelief. He also says a horse is cheaper than a car, that a very good horse can be purchased for about 20,000 RMB, with 4000-5000 RMB per year being enough for upkeep costs. Old He lists five additional advantages: No traffic, no traffic lights, no need to get gas, no annual inspection, and no traffic tickets.

Comments from QQ:

腾讯湛江市网友 狮子:

Good…I support this… This is a real baoma [Chinese name for BMW but literally means "precious horse"]… The Machine Age will soon end… [it is] too polluting of the environment…

腾讯乌鲁木齐市网友 假若明天来临:

Riding every day, this is simply about showing off. If it is traffic, then ride a bicycle! No exhaust or feces, and what more, I’m willing to bed that in the city, it’s much faster than a horse.

腾讯绍兴市网友 冷雨:

The female secretary and the boss on the road, always together.

腾讯泸州市网友 纠结:

Always saying this or that has become famous, if its that easy to become famous then tomorrow I’m going to go to work on stilts! Fuck!

腾讯上海市网友 寻找→¥¥¥:

And the horse shit, who sweeps that up? Is it still environmentally friendly?

腾讯网友 LED=巴鲁斯=何:

[I] support riding horses, it’s environmentally friendly. Wasting your own time driving is one thing, but the key is that you’re also wasting other people’s time, and it pollutes the air!!

腾讯网友 镜猪猪【:

Yet another publicity stunt! So stupid!

腾讯网友 乱林独舞蝶:

Who is that girl? There must be someone who recognizes her, is she really his secretary? Why doesn’t the boss buy a horse for his wife, but buys one for her?

上海市 超超:

I don’t have any cars in my house, but I do have some pigs, so can I ride my pigs to work?

腾讯网友 墨↗″子笨:

Fuck! Now just riding a horse can make you famous, and environmentally friendly? Why not just walk, wouldn’t that be even more environmentally friendly!? First this boss, then that boss, all people with money and nothing better to do than to find things to whittle away their time. I really don’t know what people are thinking these days if even this can make someone famous! I bet us insignificant city residents can ride Superman and not become famous!

腾讯网友 紫色爱情蝶:

[He] spent over 80 thousand yuan to buy it and must spend 50-60 thousand yuan each year to keep it. Us poor people can’t afford to ride horses.

腾讯网友 Μ□δουσ:

Riding a horse to work, boss, how about donating your luxury cars to Project Hope since you don’t use them anyway.

腾讯网友 紫色爱情蝶:

Look at those rich people, cars are no longer worth showing off! Private planes are no longer worth showing off! What’s fashionable now is horseback riding, and bringing your secretary along with you!

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Look away now, Kaz, because it looks like this KIRF NGP is on track to beat the real deal to market. Known as the iReadyGo RG on Chinese forum CNGBA, this shameless rip-off is set to be a near-carbon copy of Sony’s upcoming console with the same 5-inch touchscreen, though it isn’t clear whether this will also be of OLED nature or of identical resolution. Other differences include the missing touchpad on the back, as well as the buttons’ color scheme that’s no doubt “inspired” by the Xbox 360 controller. The rest of the rumored specs include a 1GHz Cortex-A8 CPU, 720p camera, HDMI-out, and video playback compatibility for MP4, WMV, AVI, and many more. But what’s most interesting is that apparently we’ll be seeing some Android love here, and indeed, iReadyGo is currently recruiting six senior Android developers. No word on pricing or availability yet, but we’ll probably wait for Sony’s quad-core offering, thank you very much. Head past the break for a shot of the RG’s glossy back.

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A report commissioned by the World Bank’s infoDev unit has cast fresh light on one of the more fascinating aspects of our brave new interconnected world: the virtual economy. The “third-party gaming services industry” — where wealthy but impatient players have someone else grind away at online games for them in exchange for monetary reward — is one of the focal points of the study, chiefly owing to it having generated revenues in the region of $3 billion in 2009 and now serving as the primary source of income for an estimated 100,000 young folks, primarily in countries like China and Vietnam. What’s encouraging about these findings is that most of the revenue from such transactions ends up in the country where the virtual value is produced, which contrasts starkly with some of the more traditional international markets, such as that for coffee beans, where the study estimates only $5.5 billion of the $70 billion annual market value ever makes it back to the producing country. The research also takes an intriguing look at the emerging phenomenon of microwork, which consists of having unskilled workers doing the web’s version of menial work — checking images, transcribing bits of text, bumping up Facebook Likes (naughty!), etc. — and could also lead to more employment opportunities for people in poorer nations. To get better acquainted with the details, check the links below or click past the break.

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ritz-carlton hong kongWant to get high … legally? No, we're not talking a Salvia trip à la Miley Cyrus, but a literal 118 stories high.

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong yesterday announced the opening of their 16th property in Asia, which boasts the title of “highest hotel in the world.” Located at the very top of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in Hong Kong and occupying floors 102 to 118, the hotel takes the honors away from the current title holder in Dubai.

“The opening of this landmark hotel in Hong Kong is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication to delivering the very best product, facilities and service in this international gateway city,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

Arrival
Don’t prep for a long elevator ride just yet. The hotel’s arrival lobby is actually located on the ninth floor of the building, where guests will pause before being transported to floor 103, which offers panoramic views of Hong Kong and the harbor.

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Recently few websites and forums published the information about artificial hym€ns being popular among Chinese women who want to fake their virginity. These hym€ns are distributed under the brand of “Joan of Arc”, who is also known by the name “Virgin of Orleans”.

The funny fact is that these hym€ns are coming packed TWO in a wooden box or paper bag. That’s really weird. Why two? Wouldn’t just one be enough? Well, I’ll leave this question to the consideration of readers and meanwhile will provide the adapted translation of website homepage, distributing this irreplaceable (?) product.

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Introduction: The origins of Joan of Arc Red

For women, hym€n is very important. But due to participation in various sport disciplines, premarital tasting of the forbidden fruit and other acts, the hym€n can be damaged and broken. This can haunt the woman’s whole future life. Joan of Arc Red came to solve this problem. “Once you try it, your secret sorrow will be solved”

“J@panese Joan of Arc Japan” was invented in 1993 by Dr. Shiro Hisaki from the Human Science Research Center in Kyoto, Japan. It first became popular among the college students in Seto Inland Sea. In 1995 it was popularized in Thailand and nowadays is used by many women in Southeast Asia, South Asian subcontinent and the Middle East.

I. Who should use Joan of Arc Red

1. Female whose hym€n was broken due to physical exercise (gymnastics, track and field sports, martial arts, etc.)
2. Females whose hym€n was broken due to premarital s€x (active or passive)
3. Females whose hym€n was broken as a result of childhood games
4. Females whose hym€n was broken due to m@sturb@tion
5. Females with congenital defects of hym€n

II. The principle of Joan of Arc Red

Put the artificial hym€n, Joan of Arc Red, into v@gin@. When being dissolved by secretions, it changes into gelatinous mass and quickly binds. After penetr@tion of p€nis and friction, red pigment from Joan of Arc Red will be spread over male’s and female’s s€xual organs.

III. How to use Joan of Arc Red

1. Wash and dry your hands. Take out the hym€n from the aluminum foil package and rub it with your hands. Don’t rub it too vigorously in order not to affect the liquid absorption.

2. If v@gin@ is moist, you can put the hym€n directly into it. If v@gin@is dry, before insertion, the hym€n can be moistened with cold or warm water. Insert to the depth of 5 cm (about the second joint of the middle finger). Do it quickly so that it doesn’t stick to the fingers when you take them out.

3. You can have s€x 3-5 minutes after putting the artificial hym€n, Joan of Arc Red (put it in few minutes before the foreplay, generally speaking it can be broken 20 minutes after insertion).

4. Using it is not painful. In order to achieve the better result, woman should moan as if the real hym€n is broken. After s€x, go to the washroom to clean the bloody excretions. Use cleansing lotion 3-5 times.

5. Easy to use. Clinically proven to be non-toxic and without side effects. Painless, no allergic reactions.

IV. Is Joan of Arc Red safe?

Many [women] seeing the ad are initially tempted by Joan of Arc Red, but worry about its effectiveness and safety. These worries are unnecessary. Joan of Arc Red was invented in 1993 and after nearly 20 years’ development and improvement, it is mature product, with most possible problems taken in account. Dear customers, rest assured with your purchase.

V. Is the breaking of Joan of Arc Red painful?

Not very painful, just a little bit. Otherwise it will create confusion. The material sticks to v@gin@’s wall and its breaking causes little pain as with the rupture of the real hym€n. Moreover, it will emit a small amount of “blood” which is similar to a mixture of real blood with v@gin@l secretions as with the real flow during the first time

VI. Composition of Joan of Arc Red

Natural proteins (without any side effects to human body), synthetic membranes, hemoglobin, water-soluble sodium carboxymethyl, cellulose-based agents and so on. [...]

2_G_1272164329417VII. What’s the difference between the product packed in wooden box or paper bag?
Only the package is different. The principle itself, chemical composition and the size (5 cm * 3.5 cm * 0.02 cm) are the same. Wooden box is safer for transportation. Paper package can be put into handbag when going out. All packages are coming with two [hym€ns], each in its own sterile aluminum foil package.

VIII. Manufacturer of Joan of Arc Red

Miyamoto Brothers Company, Chiba, Kobe, Japan. Come with product certificate and other documents.

IX. Precautions for the usage of Joan of Arc Red

1. Wash hands and keep them clean when using. Don’t use it immediately after shower. The product can be generally retained in the body for 1-2 hours, and sometimes for 4-5 hours. However, the high body temperature and [v@gin@l] discharge will lead to earlier product melting.
2. Should not be used by menstruating or pregnant women. Women having v@gin@l wounds or gynecological diseases are suggested to get treatment before usage.

X. Guarantee of Joan of Arc Red

The expiration date for a product in wooden boxes is until 2012 while the paper boxes are valid until 2015.

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In conclusion I’d like to notice that not everyone in China knows French history and Joan of Arc. Thus, the wittiness of this brand name is possibly unnoticed by most Chinese consumers. I wonder if ChinaHush readers can come up with some creative names that could be used in the Chinese market.

And those of you who want to know if virginity is important nowadays in China, are invited to read my post about virginity complex of Chinese girls.

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High-price sports cars can be infuriating.

Yes, they are dreams to drive, but they also can catch fire, veer into ponds or impale pedestrians on their hood ornaments.

Sometimes it is almost enough to make you want to toss them in the junkyard–if only they weren’t so expensive. Yet one angry Chinese Lamborghini buyer has done just that.

According to news reports and auto blogs, a millionaire in Qingdao, on China’s northern coast, bought a Gallardo (price up to $700,000 in China) last November. Six months later, the engine wouldn’t start. The car was transported to the dealer, who allegedly didn’t fix the problem but dinged the bumper and chassis during the trip.

The irate owner tried unsuccessfully to get the problem fixed, to no avail. He escalates his case all the way up to Lamborghini CEO Stephen Winkelmann, but apparently the dispute wasn’t resolved.

So on March 15, World Consumer Rights Day, the Lambo owner hired a team of guys with sledgehammers to destroy the car in public. You can see the video here.

A spokesman for Lamborghini said the company solved the owner’s problem and that the owner smashed the car “for reasons that are unknown to us and that are independent from his relationship with Lamborghini.”

What is the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought and smashed?

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A Chinese government building in Tangshan.

Recently, Chinese netizens on various different popular Chinese BBS internet discussion forums have begun circulating and collectively contributing to a collection of photographs taken all around China. With a name that sounds similar to the recent “Photograph and Rescue Child Beggars” campaign, the “Photograph Your Area’s Government Office Building” Chinese netizen phenomenon “exposes” the government office buildings found in various provinces, counties, cities, and towns throughout China that “cause people to stare in awe”. It is said that these photos reveal that the scale and splendor of government office buildings even in impoverished areas of China’s western interior certainly do not “lose in the slightest” to those in China’s wealthier coastal areas.

Here, we have collected the images that have been posted by netizens so far on several posts found on Mop, China.com, & KDS.

Yantai city, Shandong province:

A Chinese government building in Yantai city of Shandong province, China.

A Chinese government building in Yantai city of Shandong province, China.

Tai’an city, Shandong province:

A Chinese government building in Taian city of Shandong province, China.

Qingyang city, Gansu province:

A Chinese government building in Qingyang city of Gansu province, China.

Shanghai:

A Chinese government building in Shanghai, China.

A Chinese government building in Shanghai, China.

Bayannaoer city, Inner Mongolia:

A Chinese government building in Baiyannaoer city of Inner Mongolia, China.

A Chinese government building in Baiyannaoer city of Inner Mongolia, China.

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A rich merchant in Wenling, Zhejiang held a luxurious funeral for his mother in a local middle school. Classes were suspended and the playground was used. The funeral cost 6 million yuan. The vice-principal of the school has been suspended.

9 Lincoln limousines, 1 thousand people band and 8 video cameras appeared in the luxurious funeral in Xinhezhen Wenling on March 3th. The playground was crowded with people and full of luxury cars. A long carpet was in the middle. There was a large display screen on each side which showed the pictures of the elderly woman. Hundreds of monks performed religious rituals. It’s said that there were not enough monks and drummers locally, some of them came from Wenzhou and Ningbo. Many people, condoled on the death of the elderly woman. Most of them didn’t know the elderly women at all, but came for the gift of money. Anyone who condoled with incense could get about 200 to 1700 yuan and 2 packets of cigarettes.

The dead woman was Chen Laotai, 82 years old. She had 5 sons and 1 daughter, who held this funeral together for her. Chen had been a widow for many years. She raised her sons and daughter by herself so they are all very filial. The six are all successful in the real estate, hotels, or mining industry. Each of them gave 1 million yuan for the funeral.

For the funeral, they required the peddlers along the road not to work that day and gave them 500 yuan each in advance in order to keep the traffic flowing. The funeral was held in the playground of Xinhe Middle School, a local major school. Many students went to watch the funeral during break. Some P.E. classes were canceled. Students were commanded not to play on the playground.

This luxurious funeral was criticized on the internet, especially for the school. The local government has started inquiries into the funeral, considered it violating some rules of funeral management. New came from last night said, a vice principle of the school was already suspected over this.

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March 4th morning, Zhejiang province Wenling city Xinhe Middle School sports field, a local entrepreneur holds a funeral for his mother. Parked on the sports field are a large amount of luxury cars, and there were 20 music bands alone. The site was covered with carpeting, there were thousands of flower wreaths, even cannons for gun salutes, and 8 cameras alone for filming. The relatives and company employees who came to pay their condolences numbered several thousand, and after adding the onlooking crowds, there were more than ten thousand people. It was revealed the the cost of the entire funeral was around 5 million, arguably the most grand funeral in the history of Wenling city. The passing of the funeral procession caused traffic jams.

March 4th morning, Zhejiang province Wenling city Xinhe Middle School sports field, a local entrepreneur holds a funeral for his mother. Parked on the sports field are a large amount of luxury cars, and there were 20 music bands alone. The site was covered with carpeting, there were thousands of flower wreaths, even cannons for gun salutes, and 8 cameras alone for filming. The relatives and company employees who came to pay their condolences numbered several thousand, and after adding the onlooking crowds, there were more than ten thousand people. It was revealed the the cost of the entire funeral was around 5 million, arguably the most grand funeral in the history of Wenling city. The passing of the funeral procession caused traffic jams.

A few days ago, we reported about a Chinese man who built an extravagant cemetery and tomb for his father only to have it later torn down by the local government. Today, we have…

Zhejiang Wenling wealthy individual spends 5 million [RMB] to hold an extravagant funeral

March 4th, in Wenling of Zhejiang province, a local entrepreneur held an extravagant funeral for his mother. The site of the memorial ceremony had carpeting laid down, thousands of floral wreaths, and many luxury cars parked. The number of relatives and company employees who came to express their condolences numbered in the thousands. and when combined with the crowds of onlookers, the total people numbered in the tens of thousands. It was revealed the the funeral costs reached around 5 million [RMB].

Crowds of people at the site of the memorial ceremony.

Crowds of people at the site of the memorial ceremony.

The Lincoln stretched limousines and 16 cannons for the gun salutes.

The Lincoln stretched limousines and 16 cannons for the gun salutes.

Many luxury cars parked at the site.

Many luxury cars parked at the site.

The stretched Lincoln limousines at parked on the Wenling city Xinhe Middle School large sports field.

The stretched Lincoln limousines at parked on the Wenling city Xinhe Middle School large sports field.

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