- For profit and patriotism, Chinese flock to antique auctions in Japan, where they buy a lot of old Chinese items.
- Chinese swimmers are going to take on Cook Strait, and then the Bering Strait, Red Sea, Panama Canal, and Strait of Gibraltar.
- South Korea braces for another toxic sandstorm from China.
- You mean Tibet wasn’t always part of China? A Chinese scholar says different.
- US veep Dick Cheney, in Australia, criticizes China’s arms build-up.
- The ghost of Spring Festival past—celebrating the new year in 1961; translated interviews from Geremie Barmé via Danwei.
- We didn’t know that there was a way to measure civility, but that’s what they’re doing in Beijing:
A “civic index” — measuring compliance with health and social rules, attitudes towards strangers, etiquette in watching sports events and willingness to contribute to the Olympics — is improving, the study said.
The index stood at 69.06 last year, up 3.85 points from 2005 but still well done on the goal set of 72-78 for August 2008, when the world will focus on Beijing for the
- A meteorologist says that it wasn’t the mist from firecrackers and fireworks that caused the cancellation of 190 flights at the Beijing airport.
- Shanghai residents don’t mind celebrating Chinese New Year with “foreign foods” such as pizza and hamburgers.
- (Useless) factoid: In January 2007, Shanghai imported an average of 3.2 billion USD worth of foreigns goods per day.
- The Washington Post on China’s internet addiction treatment centers.