Advocating the banning of fireworks, especially big loud ones shows a colonialist attitude toward China, Chinese and the 5000 years of Chinese culture. Besides, the Chinese invented fireworks and the loud bangs are necessary to frighten and drive away evil demons and monsters with big heads.
I don't know what "capitalist greed/desire for profits" has to do with Chinese employers not paying employees in China. Nor do I understand the point of invoking the "capitalist" canard. The logic of assigning a group, or class, collective guilt for illegal or fraudulent behavior is to ignore it is dishonest individuals cheat other individuals and smacks of an unthinking, jingoistic view of society.
Not paying teachers was/is a common sport in Beijing, especially teachers working second jobs, working illegally, doing part time work or working without a contract. The usual school paradigm is that students prepay all tuition and teachers are paid monthly at the end of a month's work. Being told "I haven't been paid yet so I can't pay you" should set off alarms. Agreeing to teach for 150 per hour but then being told 1/3 would be retained until the term is completed is a clue things will go bad. Sometimes the school/agency will state the retained 1/3 is subject payment based on student evaluations. Sometimes the school/agent will impose fines or penalties on teachers. All of these must be recognized as "cost reduction" techniques at the teacher's expense.
My one experience as part of a group of teachers attempting to get an administrative remedy for an abusive school management who decided to ignore our contracts and Chinese law resulted in the arbitrator ruling it was a cultural problem. Essentially, the ruling was that the school's failure to perform to the terms of the contract was due to our attitude at being screwed and we foreign teachers were not aware of Chinese culture.
No results found.
Good for quality, but pricey, hand tools.
Be aware they will push whatever they are selling. Some of the staff have no idea about the technical side of appliances.
I went there to buy a stove. I repeatedly told them I would be using bottled gas. They sold me a stove. When I went to my local gas guy, I learned there are at least three kinds of gas sold. Luckily, B&Q did not deliver as promised. I went back to the store and discovered they had sold me a stove they needed to be hooked up to the gas main. I got my money back.
The sales lady was almost in tears, 没有问题！I don't know if it a safety or design issue, but I would think B&Q would know and care.
Last week had an 8:45am flight.
Subway starts at 9am. I have no idea where to catch an airport express bus. Eight taxis refused to go to the airport. After almost an hour standing on Beijing Lu took a black taxi, this dude drives slower than my mother, 120 yuan.
Flight back was delayed so I learned the subway stops running at 6:10pm.
Getting a taxi back was easy, more taxis than customers. Taxi was 87 yuan including 1o yuan toll, airport to Beichen area. Yes, he took a longer route than necessary.
Kunming imagines being a gateway for international travelers. New airport but hard to get to and from it.
World Class Airport, NOT!
Tonight "Peacock", a performance by Yang Liping (杨丽萍), to begin her world tour, 8pm, 100-1680 yuan at Yunna Haigeng Auditorium.
Saw this lady perform at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, in California, in 1995. Quite a good and interesting show.
I'm going to try to make it.
Not so good. Kimchi had a very sour taste. Other food was nothing to brag about. I don't think I would go back.
This bus station is not located as indicated. It is further North!