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It is reported that the beneficial policy of free transportation will be canceled due to the heavy traffic burden which has far exceeded capacity of the city’s transport systems. Just one week of its implementation, the policy has to be annulled. 

I’m wondering why such absurdities happen repeatedly all over China. It reflects an irresponsible attitude of our local governments when formulating or enforcing a new policy. Can they be more considerate when putting a new regulation into operation?

This reminds me of the personalized car plates in Beijing several years ago. The local traffic administration announced that the residents could have their car plate numbers tailored by providing the numbers they figured out by themselves. The policy met heating popularity soon after it was carried out, and the administration received numerous applications within a few days. However, problems came up. Some applicants used inappropriate or even vulgar wordings such as USA-, SEX-, you name it. This was beyond the authority’s consideration. They issued another circular that the service had been suspended for further notice. 

Those government officials seem to have always been taking stopgap measures and have never given further thought about the possible unforeseen situations when they’re making a new policy. Thus, such often happen as the urban gas pipelines have been digged up for refurbishment though such work had been done the previous year. Why are they wasting time and money instead of doing something more meaningful?

 Think before you leap, can those bureaucrats think more before they really do something? Try to be well-planned and do not waste our taxpayers’ hard-earned money!

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The Magic ATMs

Another interesting news. A new type of ATM has begun serving the money drawers in Guangzhou recently. What is magic about this machine is that drawers who wear masks, sunglasses or hats trying to hide their appearances will be rejected. The physical appearances will be required when a drawing request is being processed.

This is indeed a novel idea. Considering those kaleidoscopic ways used by some illegal money drawers, this machine may provide some safety for us card owners to some extent. At least, it will scare some of them away.

However, the more illumination, the more temptation. Some risk takers may figure out more novel ways to circumvent this latest preventive measures, who knows?

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Last night I received a message from sina microblog administrator ,informing me one of the comments I made had been deleted due to some sensative wordings in it. To be honest, I made the comment on a news covering a case in Shanxi Province related to house demolition. A man in his early 50s was beaten to death by some men because he had refused to be relocated due to his disagreement with the developer. Meng, selling tofu for years to save money for his son’s wedding house, was a well-behaved peasant. However, he finally turned to antagonism against the developer when he realized they were plotting to occupy his house without getting nothing but a slip of receipt. The man was beaten to death in an extremely barbaric way.

 I chilled at the administrator’s notice. I feel the power of censorship here.  It’s just like an invisible hand behind you, ready to muffle your mouth any time you’ve said sth’improper’.

How pathetic…..

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Let’s spotlight Shenzhen this time. A recent sensational news blasted the internet. In a list publicized by Shenzhen local government shows that some billionairs are among those who are receiving housing allowances. The news has aroused great indignation among the netizens and has triggered heating discussions nationwide. The topic has turned into several big question-marks: are these guys whose wealth has to be calculated on billions eligible for receiving such allowances?What on earth is the purpose of housing allowances? Is it something to help a lame dog over a stile or just to paint the lily?
What is Shenzhen local government like in this case? Through this I consider the local government as an apple polisher, a wealth worshipper,a policy-maker as well as a trouble maker who has created further social disparity. It reflects its indifference to the common people. This in their mind, how can they place the common folks in priority and put themselves in our shoes? However,this conception has been so deep-rooted in our officials’ mind that virtually nothing can remove it. A nation in need of the people-first spirit is hopeless…

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Just read an interesting piece of news a while ago. The local government of Ningbo,Zhejiang Province, carried out some ‘affordable graves’ for its residents. Each grave will cost no more than rmb7800.

We Chinese are leading a tough life now, and it’s indeed not easy to make a living in here. So, do give a second thought when you choose to die due to your failure to get an ‘affordable apartment’, coz it may be equally costly for you to get an’ affordable grave’!? To be or not to be, it’s not only a question for Hamlet, but all people of the middle or lower classes in China.

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While the Melamine-tainted milk powder still stinks , the major domestic dairy producers are being involved in another ignominious scandal recently. Rumour has it that Mengniu, one of the leading dairy producers in China, is being blamed for sabotaging the reputation of its domestic counterparts by hiring a PR company who had been plotting to defame the other competitors. The victims include Yili and Synutra. (Source:Baidu) It is said that the previously Synutra scandal ( some babies who had used the producer’s product showed signs of precocious puberty) has been plotted by Mengniu, aiming to beat the producer by ruining its established reputation in the market. The move was successful and Synutra has been suffering from financial loss and reputational damage ever since, and is still struggling to restore its damaged corporate image. Yili, another dairy giant in the same area with Mengniu (Inner Mongolia), also claimed that Mengniu’s staff were trying to defame one of its baby milk brands by spreading some false news in the market. It also claims that the police has tracked down the case and a Mengniu personnel involved has been arrested. It’s indeed a shame for the domestic producers, another solid proof that many Chinese producers don’t follow the rules and try to win the competition by some illegal means. While we call for integrity in business, why do they keep doing such unscrupulous things only to put the Chinese image to shame? There is no winner in this smear campaign, only to bring more humiliation to China’s dairy industry, or even worse, disgrace the global image of China. We Chinese often boast of our long history and profound wisdom, but this time, these people have employed their wisdom in a wrong occasion, and in a wrong way. A cow provides milk for us, but it turns threatening when it’s contracted MCD.

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Finally…..Reluctantly, though.

It’s a pretty long holiday and I really enjoy it very much although I didn’t go outside Beijing the whole holiday. Then, tell you what I did and where I went, which was not as what I had scheduled it previously. 

I did go to Shunyi, the suburbs of Beijing and spent a whole day there. It was the first day.  The spot was kind of a leisure park. We strolled among the green trees, camping on the green meadow. We kicked shuttlecock and flew kites.  We didn’t have anything in the countryside. After fishing a while, we returned to downtown for dinner.  

Then , we went to Beihai Park and went boating for some time. When the night fell, we had dinner at a Hakka-style restaurant, a frequented place of mine with my customers. It was nice enjoying the tasty food beside the neon-lit lake, with the noises and melodies from the bars around your ears. 

We didn’t go to the concerts and postponed it till the end of this month, when a famous dance show called “Si Lu Hua Yua”(丝路花雨)will be staged at the Big Egg. It is a show from my hometown province featuring the long history of Dunhuang Grottos. So, it’s worthwhile to be there enjoying something from the place I was born. 

For the rest of the holiday, I mainly stayed home simply relaxing myself.  It was great staying indoors, doing house chore, doing some reading, listening to music, or even taking a nap.   It is a time to slow the fast-paced life style a bit, and enjoy some real leasure time of life. 

A plain holiday is over, and there’s tons of work waiting for me ahead. So, buckle up…….and here we go!

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