Waibadu Bridge and the Russian Consulate. Photo by le niners.
A few links to finish off your day:
- The Shanghai Finance Bureau reports that income from vehicle license plate auctions in the city has topped a combined 6.7 billion RMB from the past two fiscal years, with an income increase of 60 percent from 2009 to 2010.
- An architect involved in the construction of Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital Airport says substandard materials and installation, rather than design flaws, are to blame for the recent roof-fail incident.
- According to Strategy Analytics, China overtook the United States as the world’s largest market for smartphones in the third quarter this year, besting America’s 23.3 million shipped smartphones by 600,000 units.
- Party in the city where the heat is on! China Daily reports that the idyllic city of Xiamen in Fujian province plans on becoming the Chinese Miami, since, you know, the two cities have so much in common. Hopefully they’ll import Gloria Estefan and Pitbull as esteemed Foreign Experts.
- Foreign Policy reports on “Hometown U.S.A.”, a resort in Hebei province that allows tourists to play at being cowboys, just like Billy Crystal and Daniel Stern in City Slickers.
- Time looks at how marketers are using nostalgia to cater to the post-80’s generation.
- The Economist analyzes the Guangdong Model, a relatively liberal form of government which stands in contrast with the rest of China.
- The phenomenon of high school prostitutes in Shanghai, which we wrote on earlier, gets investigated in a comprehensive new article from China News Weekly. The girls reportedly chose to sell themselves for money in order to buy face-giving luxury goods, which is apparently what all the kids are into these days.