Posts Tagged ‘China’
The Chinese celebrate New Year’s a bit differently than we do, but it’s certainly spectacular.
This is the largest chunk of jade I’ve ever seen, and the only piece larger is a carved statue in China. One hopes the miners who discovered this huge deposit have earned a bonus, but since it was found in Burma — oh, it’s called Myanmar now, isn’t it? — I view that as unlikely.
Since jadeite is responsible for half the country’s GDP, this find is certain to provide a significant boost for the economy, though those in China who turn the discovery into jewelry will take a big cut of the profits.
Could the famed terracotta warriors in China have had a Western influence? I personally find it unlikely, but it just might be possible.
If the glass bridge is perfectly safe, why would the Chinese authorities close it less than two weeks after its grand opening to do “an internal system upgrade” on the structure?
Would you send your child to school if he had to negotiate an 800 foot high cliff coming and going? These Chinese parents do. Life is still considered cheap in China, at least for the peasants and the impoverished, but the trek is considered so dangerous that these children board at the school and return home only twice a month.
Would the government have considered doing anything about the situation if the photographs were not online? Probably not. Communism is government by force which need not consider the sensibilities of those who suffer under it. Of course, that disregard for human life is one reason Chinese medicine advanced so rapidly. They had plenty of subjects to use as guinea pigs, and they kept detailed records of their studies.
UPDATE: My bad — the cliff is 800 meters, not feet, meaning it’s more than 2,500 feet. If there is any good news, it’s that authorities are considering replacing the bamboo ladders with steel stairs.
Or so a speeding taxi driver in China learned when he ignored the warning signs and drove straight into a patch of freshly poured concrete. Fortunately for him, the police were able to drag his vehicle out before it became entombed.