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    #16
    Re: Only in China!

    China is thinking big: they are planning to flatten 700 mountains to make a new city (video):

    http://www.dagbladet.no/2012/12/07/n...jekt/24734981/
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

    Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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      #17
      Re: Only in China!

      Not only in China, but all over the world there are people celebrating what is commonly known as Chinese New Year.
      Wherever there are Chinese there will be celebration, but it is also the biggest festival in Vietnam, (known as Tet) and in other countries in Asia, such as Singapore, where it is known as CNY. (We love TLAs in Singapore)

      Here is a link to some basic information on this year, which happen to be year 4711 in the Chinese calender and the year of the Water Snake: http://chinaunique.com/holiday/
      Last edited by ombugge; February 15th, 2013, 18:54.

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        #18
        Re: Only in China!

        Here is a link to some basic information on this year, which happen to be year 4711 in the Chinese calender and the year of the Water Snake: http://chinaunique.com/holiday/
        Quote from the main page: "Chinese New Years celebrations last 15 days, and ends with the Kite Festival. New Years is the most festive holiday of the year. It is a time to be home with family and fiends. It is a time to cook and enjoy food together." (My underlining)
        Should be fun!
        Ivy

        "To thine own self be true.......
        Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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          #19
          Re: Only in China!

          I have never seen anything like this ever before - only in China, apparently:

          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

          Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
          Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

          Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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            #20
            Re: Only in China!

            You've gotta love the yellow siding and blue roofs. The only thing missing is a nice, big, green lawn.

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              #21
              Re: Only in China!

              About the Pie in the sky;
              I'm trying to scale those 'luxury villas' on that roof there to the rest of the picture, and to the doors and person coming out of them on the street level of that main building.
              Aren't those villas on top rather small....?
              "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                #22
                Re: Only in China!

                I agree, Svein, at first sight they do look like dolls' houses. But compare them with the buildings beyond them (at the top of the picture) and they become more in scale. It's just the flattening of perspective, presumably.
                Ivy

                "To thine own self be true.......
                Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                  #23
                  Re: Only in China!

                  Not a bad idea actually, especially in densely populated cities with little or no green spaces, like many of the mega cities in China.
                  Why not utilize the flat roofs of major buildings for some greenery, or for some "bungalows" with a bit of landscaped garden around, like here. (Sub-urban living in central locations)
                  Assuming the roof is designed and strengthened for it and all necessary permits are in place, obviously.

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                    Re: Only in China!

                    Not a bad idea actually, especially in densely populated cities with little or no green spaces, like many of the mega cities in China.
                    I agree - I love that idea too.... it's absolutely not a bad idea at all!
                    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                    Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                      #25
                      Contrary to popular belief in the Western world, maybe especially in the US, China is doing a lot to reduce air and water pollution. China also see business opportunities where many see hindrance from environmental restrictions. They are developing so called "Green" products and technologies for use domestically and for export to the rest of the world. China is the leader in Solar Panel production,among other things, much to the annoyance of Western producers.

                      Another thing is that as China develops clean energy they become less dependent on dirty coal and oil fired power supply, thus the need for transportation of coal and oil by sea is reduced, which weaken the market for bulk carriers and VLCCs owned and operated by Western companies. Here is an article from gcaptain yesterday about the subject: http://gcaptain.com/worlds-powerful-...ipments-china/

                      Watch the embedded video about the Three Gorges Dam to get a better understanding of the benefits and problems created by such mega projects: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gze9QVt6EfQ#t=13

                      I'm afraid that when the world wake up to what is happening in China and realize that China is no longer only a place where cheap labour can be exploited to make cheap products for Western consumers, or where copies of Western products are made on the sly, it is going to be too late to regain the leadership position in the world.
                      China is a place where more Engineers, Scientists and Academics are "produced" then in all of the Western world put together. Many of them are educated at Western Universities, but the majority is "home grown" in some of the best Universities in the world.

                      Another thing that is hard to comprehend is the size of China, both in terms of population and geographically. Yes, everybody knows that China has a population of 1.35 billion people, mostly Han Chinese, but with many smaller ethnic groups, speaking different languages,mixed in. Even the Han Chinese is not a ****geneous population with one common language, although the a well under way to make Mandarin Chinese a common language for everybody, but it still has a long way to go.

                      To see that in context with better know entities like Europe and the US is a bit harder. All of Europe, incl. the European part of Russia, has less than half of that, divided on 40 some odd Nation States and even more enclaves aspiring to be. If you add on North America, incl. Mexico, that increases the population to abt. 1.0 Billion, which still leaves it 300 mill. short of China.
                      We have to add on South America, or all of Africa, to reach the same population as China.

                      Now try to imagine governing all of those people by one entity and from one place, that should put the task of the Chinese Government into perspective.

                      Geographically China stretches from the Amur River, at border with Russia, abt. 57 degr. North to Hainan Island, China's tropical paradise, at abt. 17.5 degr. North latitude.
                      In longitude it stretches from the border with Afghanistan and Tajikistan, at abt 75 degr. East to across the river from Khabrarovsk in the Russian Far East Republic, at abt. 135 degr. East.
                      The area within the boarders of China is roughly 9.5 mill. Sq.km. while all of Europe is abt. 9.8 mill. Sq.km. (Incl. European part of Russia)

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                      • Tommi
                        Tommi commented
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                        I agree, China has definitely became a very important country that nowadays affects the lives of almost all people around the world.

                      • Seagull
                        Seagull commented
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                        The mention of the universities struck a chord with me. We had a Chinese academic in Edinburgh for a sabbatical. I initially thought he was telling me the number of staff in his entire university. The huge figure wasn't even the number in the science and engineering faculty, or even in the geology department, but the number of palaeontologists!
                        And that must have been getting on for two decades ago now.

                      • ombugge
                        ombugge commented
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                        I disagree Tommi, China hasn't suddenly "become a very important country", it always have been when seen from Asia. There was a short blip during the Imperialistic period of abt. two centuries where European powers dominated the world, but China was the cultural and technological leader in the world for several millennium, only the Europeans did not know about it. When they did learn something of Chinese might they were too arrogant to see it.

                        I remember reading in the history book my sons had in Norway in the 1980s that; "Marco Polo discovered Peking". I'm sure the Chinese knew about it before he arrived??

                        PS> In fact the imperial capital was not even in Peking at the time, it was in Nanking.

                      #26
                      China has come up with their own special way to copy Norway's "What does the fox say"....



                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxzgwJ8tSE0
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                      Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                        #27
                        Somebody with what in good Norwegian is called "englevakt" survived being run down, or run over, three times: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/article10397010.ece
                        He should have gone to Vietnam to learn how to cross a busy road with impunity; if you start crossing just keep on walking at a steady and predictable speed. Don't ever stop, that only confuses the drivers.

                        PS> It does not work as good on high speed Highways as it does on slower streets. Also; do not try it anywhere in Nigeria.

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                          #28
                          Some have all the luck: http://www.vgtv.no/#!/video/105599/h...stoerste-frykt

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                            #29
                            Videographer Trey Ratcliff captured this stunning aerial footage for Beijing using a drone.
                            Titled “Beijing from Above,” the video was made with a quadcopter and a GoPro, before having a little run in with the law.

                            Read more at http://rare.us/story/a-man-took-an-i...vely-stunning/
                            Beijing From Above, and The Story of How I Was Detained by the Police for flying my DJI Quadcopter

                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8I5Z01OKvw
                            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                            Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                              #30
                              Chinese New Year is coming up soon (1st day of CNY is19. Febr.) There will be celebrations all over the world where there are Chinese and Vietnamese residing. (CNY = TET in Vietnam)

                              As you may know each year is given an Animal symbol in a 12-year cycle. Next year is the "Year of the Goat", which is also "my year" as I was born in 1943.
                              If you wonder about which "animal" you belong to, here is a list for the past and near future years as posted at a temple in Butterworth, Penang:


                              Confused be the ages and the year of birth stated here? It is fairly simple; when you are born you are regarded as being 1 year old, since life begins at conception.
                              To make it more complicated, if you are born between the Gregorian New Year and the Chinese New Year you belong to the animal of the year before that stated by western counting.
                              One of our sons who was born in Jan. 1977 is thus a "Dragon", although 1976 is listed as Dragon Year.

                              There is also the "Five Elements" of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. 2015 is the year of the Wood Goat. Here is what is going to happen to you this year: http://www.gotohoroscope.com/2015-horoscope/chinese-new-year.html

                              To find out under which animal sign and element you belong, just fill in your birth date here: http://www.chineseastrologyonline.co...eAstrology.htm
                              You get to know yourself better.

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                              • wherrygirl
                                wherrygirl commented
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                                Bah! That list doesn't go back far enough for me.

                              • nari
                                nari commented
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                                Apparently I am Brown Rat and Soil. Whatever that means, as I did not understand the complexity of it all!

                              • ombugge
                                ombugge commented
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                                Well it took the Chinese 5000 years to create this so no surprise it is complex.
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