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This year started with assurances that China’s internet was in fact “the most open” in the world. An Internet GFW flow chart would beg to differ. To kick off 2010 on the site, we sent our Junior Editor Cary Hooper up to Harbin, where he checked out its ice architecture and… some more of its ice architecture (there was a lot) and the best dumplings ever. Going to Harbin this winter? Take a look at his recs and bring an extra pair of long johns.
Here in Shanghai, we debated the New York Times’ overly fluffy coverage of the USA Pavilion and fretted over the possibility that one fifth of the pavilions would be delayed. In better Expo news however, the Expo Pandas, loaned from Sichuan, had arrived! We cooed over them in panda cam mode and praised their ability to keep it cool after such a long flight.
The Big Stories From Around China
China’s first gay pageant wasunfortunately shut down. Some blamed international press, but considering how international press was basically all positive, we’re not entirely convinced.
Only weeks after it stopped its ambitious plans to install Green Dam censorship software on every computer ever, China’s government was hit with another challenge – and this one was a doozy: citing hack attacks, Google issued an open challenge. The reverberation of that was felt through the rest of the year, and all our coverage on it is here.
China went absolutely insane for Avatar. So much so that they renamed a mountain after it and the film bureau was worried it’d screw up the opening for Confucius. When they tried to remove its 2d version, netizens got pissed, blasting the Chow Yun Fat vehicle probably way more than it deserved (though, let’s be honest, it deserved a blasting).
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- Want to roller skate in Shanghai? Here’s where you can join in the fun!
- Meet some of the people at BEAN Shanghai, a great organization (that we’ve ended up cooperating with a half dozen times this year) which provides volunteer opportunities to young professionals.
- We went for a wander around JIA, a boutique hotel right off Wujiang Lu.
- What’s Canadian food exactly? We went to Julie’s Food Experience to find out.
- A Liu Xiang documentary called “Chase.” Those legs (and all their ensuing problems) didn’t just come from nowhere.
- What’s the epitome of the modern Chinese woman? Not only is she fashionable, beautiful and good cook, she also knows how to kill trojans and write code. Sudo what?
- We played Army of Two and compared it to the real Shanghai. Eh.
- Tsk tsk, despite efforts to clean up the Chinglish in Shanghai, it was still rampant. We spotted this sign in Luxun Park.
- The makers of a pre-emptive iPad clone sued Apple over their iPad, calling it a clone of their clone.
Harbin: Snapshots from the Frozen Ground