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Just to let you know, repeat posting is also uncivilized. :)

You do realize the Da7ai 7ama was in hot water for speaking in such misogynistic manner? Not even his "just joking" backpedaling was forgiven.

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Featured on CNN's front page, "Beijing bikini' is now considered uncivilized.

For those who haven't witnessed the Beijing bikini fashion in the summertime... it's when laobeijinger men, often beer-bellied, stroll down the street with their t-shirt or tanks rolled up above their tubby tummies.

"On Tuesday, authorities in Jinan -- a city of 8.7 million -- issued a notice ordering the public to keep their shirts on in public places. It came as temperatures rose to a sweltering 36C (96F) this week."

In May, "a man was fined around $7 for shopping shirtless in a supermarket." According to a Tianjin police.

Thanks to Spring City's cool 22 degrees average, we won't be seeing Kunming Bikini anytime this week.

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Original big four ranked:

1. Beijing
2. Shanghai
3. Guangzhou
4. Shenzhen

New first-tier ranking:

1. Chengdu
2. Hangzhou
3. Chongqing
4. Wuhan
5. Xi’an
6. Suzhou
7. Tianjin
8. Nanjing
9. Changsha
10, Zhengzhou
11. Dongguan
12. Qingdao
13. Shenyang
14. Ningbo
15. Kunming

Followed by "30 second-tier cities, 70 third-tier cities, 90 fourth-tier cities, and 128 fifth-tier cities."

Economic Attraction Index, based on five main indicators:

"- Concentration of commercial resources, including e-commerce and the retail industry

- The city as a hub i.e. the ease of transportation, logistics, and the location of commercial resources

- Citizen activity evaluated via the data of food delivery and online shopping

- Diversity of lifestyle as pulled from travel data, personal expenditure, and entertainment activities available

- City development, which emphasizes the city's level of innovation, how attractive it is to outside talent, and the city's consumption potential."

[Translated by Huang Chenkuang, blog]


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Allow me to elaborate.

The gradual easing of VPN restrictions starting with "foreign firms" to "attract more foreign investments," as mentioned...

which "may" possibly trickle down to expats "one day," as mentioned.

I did not mention anything about Chinese civilians. Nor did I imply this gradual easing would suddenly free up the internet for all, as you offhandedly concluded.

First of all from a legal perspective, this going against the grain first step creates policy transparency for foreigners conducting business in the Mainland,

For instance, Apple Inc. satellite R&D offices in several Chinese cities are prone to ramifications for something trivial like accessing their Facebook page via VPN if central government decided to retaliate against the U.S.-led Huawei ban. Currently AAPL is at the mercy & whim of tit for tat retribution.

With this official VPN permittance from Beijing, coming into effect in a few months, such murky political maneuvers are relegated back to aforementioned "dark ages,"

Of course this transparency chess move is meant to dissuade HQ of foreign firms from exodus to competitors in SE Asia, Yet from hindsight, laying out building blocks of transparent regulatory norms in trial cities such as the 1st tier Beijing or Shanghai, eventually spread across the map to other provincial capitals of secondary tiered cities. Particularly Kunming, which Beijing has designated as BRI investment gateway to SE Asia and beyond. It is a step in the right direction. Silver lining so to speak.

dolphin, perhaps Jordan Porter's target audiences are foreigners looking in.... to plant seeds of interest in those who have yet to visit China, let alone Yunnan.

As for us expats living inside the murky fish bowl, the silver lining is big brother's gradual easing of VPN restrictions in a bid to lift barriers to attract more foreign investments.

By end of this year, foreign firms will be permitted to invest in VPN services in designated trial zones in Beijing:[...]

Though Jordan's "Destination China" channel will continue to be blocked, VPN usage to bypass the GFW may one day be officially legalized in cities like Kunming. Expats won't need to look over one's shoulders with so much dread.

No, America's mass shootings are another beast.

Brutality by Cambodia's corrupt military police is disturbing. The shooting in Sihanoukville village earlier this year comes to mind.

They've also begun the national drug war campaign in '17, though not to the extreme extent of the Philippines under Duterte.


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