February 2008 Entries
Beijing might be famous for many things, like Peking Duck, the Forbidden City, and Great Wall of China nearby, but clean air is not one of them. In fact, if anything, air pollution is probably one of the city's achilles heels, especially as the eve of the Olympics draws nearer.
He's brought the world some of its most memorable films, from Jaws to Jurassic Park, and was set to direct one of the most impressive visual spectaulars ever: this year's Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
Sitting in the heart of Rome, eating the most delectable noodles I will probabably ever taste this side of heaven, my mind was drinking in the wealth of history and culture.
Chinese lion and dragon dances, fireworks, and street vendors selling paper parasols, lanterns, and balloons for the Year of the Rat. None of these things would be unusual rituals for traditional Chinese New Year celebrations throughout Asia, but yesterday I was thousands of miles away in London's Trafalgar Square.
As China's over 210 million Internet users in China will soon surpass those in the U.S., Google's quest to lose its also-ran status in China continues.
Happy New Year! Today hundreds of millions of Chinese around the world will celebrate their most important holiday of the year, the Lunar New Year, and start of the Spring Festival. While the Spring Festival traditionally lasts 15 days, most countries only have official holidays for the first three.
While Super Tuesday's record voter turnouts didn't disappoint the hype, the resulting outcome is far from earth-shattering. Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton remain in a race that's too close to call, and even though John McCain has emerged the Republican frontrunner, neither Mitt Romney nor Mike Huckabee appear ready to hand him the nomination.
For political junkies, the really Super event about this past week had nothing to do with the Giants and Patriots, and has everything to do with this Tuesday. The number of potential candidates has dwindled, but the passion and conviction of those still in the race continues to ignite hundreds of thousands of voters.
If you've read this blog in the past week, there's definitely been one overarching theme: China's had its worst snowstorm in 50 years, disrupting plans of potentially 180 million travelers and causing billions in damage.
While Guangzhou travelers experienced a sliver of hope as trains are up and running after China's worst snowstorm in 50 years, the costs of the devastation are piling up.