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Share Foreign tourist arrested
2017-1-15 20:12
China is very keen to develop tourism with its citizens, but more so with foreign travellers. However, many travel agents in China have little knowledge of restrictions to travel for foreigners. This can lead to worrying problems arising when a foreigner arrives at a booked destination only to find that they should not be there! Several years ago I went with a Chinese tour group to Henan to climb a mountain. The agent that booked us knew I was a foreigner and even had a copy of my passport. On ...
Personal category: Tourism|3393 views|11 comments Popularity 8
Share Brexit,Trump and a big mess!
2016-11-18 12:03
I have just read about President Trump's choices for his ministry. It is frightening. I have just read about Britain's Chancellor of the exchequer due to announce a ten billion pound black hole in the budget as a direct result of Brexit. There is speculation now of massive cuts in social spending, and tax increases despite assurances that the government would cut taxes!. Already I know personally about essential services being cut. I hear of Trump's plan to withdraw from climate change agreemen ...
Personal category: Media|4658 views|8 comments Popularity 9
Share Trump and the second coming
2016-11-10 10:30
I have an instinctive feeing deep down that some very bad times lie ahead. I hope I am just being foolish. The Middle East, ISIL, Putin, DPRK stupidity, Brexit.... and now Trump. I keep thinking of the first stanza of a poem by W.B.Yeats; "The second coming." Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of ...
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Share A disappearing China
2016-10-21 21:22
Last month I was delighted to be invited on a tour of North Shanxi by China Daily. It was with enormous pride that we wereshown the modern architecture of Taiyuan, the historic walled city of Datong, and the wonders of Buddhist art and sculpture. Perhaps strangely there was great enthusiasm shown in takingus to De Sheng (Victory Fort Village). I have travelled to many provinces of China and in each I findsimilar village scenes; deserted and derelict homes, bewilder ...
Personal category: Vanishing China|3976 views|8 comments Popularity 6
Share Banning scooters from Chinese roads!
2016-9-11 10:01
I have just noticed a questionnaire on CD main page asking about whether scooters should be banned from using the roads! I note from the answers so far that most people voting say they want them banned! Firstly a great majority of Chinese people use this form of transport and many now rely on it as their most convenient form of transport. To ban them is absolutely ridiculous. Secondly this questionnaire once again demonstrates the complete lack of common sense by its writer. It follows the t ...
Personal category: Traffic|2764 views|1 comments Popularity 1
Share Britain leaves the building!
2016-6-29 18:29
Having made replies to various blogs here concerning Britain’s exit vote, I have often been asked about my opinion by Chinese and British people. In my last reply I stated that there was much confusion about the issue and that intelligent and honest facts seemed lacking. Intelligent voting was almost impossible, leaving emotion and gut feelings to fill the gap. Large numbers of people voted, yet almost 30% did not, either being unconcerned either way or totally confused by the arg ...
Personal category: The UK|4834 views|10 comments Popularity 7
Share 2016-06-20
2016-6-20 22:31
Some time ago I wrote about my worries concerning so called "reality" television in the west. I will not repeat my comments but you can find them yourselves; "Western Reality programmes hit a new low." I advocate freedom of speech that is open and honest, to include all the wide spectrum of the media. However I also am aware of the effects of media on an audience. I have little time for those who abuse the right of free speech with offensive, abusive or irrational comments. Once again I am in ...
Personal category: Media|5247 views|11 comments Popularity 8
Share The Gaokao factory
2016-6-7 09:15
A Gaokao mill! The examination mill! Well that about sums up the attitude towards quality broad and balanced education in China; a factory for passing an outdated test that was resurrected after the cultural revolution. There are schools in China who are interested in more effective assessment of students. Reforms to change and replace this examination are hampered by fear of change and corruption in the system. Once again the lack of trust in the universities abilities to select students fairl ...
Personal category: Education|7631 views|13 comments Popularity 9
Share Teachers pay scandal.
2016-5-26 21:57
I just read in the opinion section about teachers not being paid in one area of China. The article states that, according to Chinese law, teachers should be paid above that of local public servants? How is it that I know many teachers who are paid well below this, some no more than 2500 yuan per month? As for not paying teachers in Zhouzhi county, Shaanxi for many months, the local officials should be fired and investigated for corrupt practice. When teachers are being developed into a profess ...
Personal category: Education|4343 views|7 comments Popularity 6
Share The great cheating game
2016-3-1 08:41
Once upon a time, in a country far away called England the great game of cheating grew from the usual cheating that had always been a part of everyday life on a small scale. Before the 19 th century cheating people out of their money and property was common. Villages, towns and cities were small and people were ignorant, poor and rarely travelled into the world. Cheating them was easy. In the markets rotten vegetables could be disguised or hidden within fresh ones. Old meat was ...
Personal category: Behaviours|4016 views|10 comments Popularity 9

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  • Foreign tourist arrested 2017-3-16 23:57

    Blonde Amber: "It could be something to do with 'face' or the fact that allowing foreigners in requires a licence that they can not afford."

    But you said "Thankfully not arrested"?  Why should a foreigner be arrested if the hotel is not great or doesn't have the special license? And the original blogger said "I could have been arrested at any time."  For visiting waterfalls and caves?  Doesn't China want to encourage its tourism industry?

  • Foreign tourist arrested 2017-3-16 14:20

    Gayle: What is the reason that some hotels and motels would say "NOT FOR FOREIGNERS"?  I can understand if a place has military activities going on ...
    5 star hotels in China are usually of about (at best) 4 star standard or less in Europe.

    my research has found that the hotels in China that refuse foreigners are usually of 3 star (local) standard or lower.
    It could be something to do with 'face' or the fact that allowing foreigners in requires a licence that they can not afford.

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