It’s a common business strategy for restaurants and bars to offer discounts or free food and drinks for customers who come in groups or dress up as the opposite gender.
Beijing yakiniku restaurant Yakinikunin (烧肉人) promises customers a little literal tongue for a little metaphorical tongue. Read More
A Dutch man was caught attempting to smuggle live hummingbirds from French Guiana into Brazil by taping them to the inside of his pants. Read More
McDonald’s is one of the most prominent symbols of modern globalization. Yet while it is possible to order a Big Mac in all corners of the world, many travelers seek out the golden arches to see what regional specialties are served in that country.
Throughout my own travels I’ve encountered many a fascinating and exquisite McDonald’s hamburger not available here in Japan. Wishing to share my findings with other potential McTravelers, I have compiled a list of my top 10 regional McDonald’s hamburgers.
Part of the fun of traveling on long-distance trains in East Asia is eating the lunch boxes that they sell within the train network, called ekiben in Japanese. Everyone knows how outstanding Japanese ekiben are, and Taiwanese ekiben are just as delicious. The other day, I hopped on a Chinese bullet train and prepared to find out where the Chinese version stacked up!
An apparently unwitting weather forecaster walked into the WZTV studio in Zhejiang Province, China wearing a T-shirt bearing arguably the most offensive (and versatile) word in the English language.
The censors slumbered and studio personnel allowed the young woman to give her cheerful report of the day’s weather with said word emblazoned across her chest above an angry and possibly homicidal cousin of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh.
We’re smack in the middle of summer’s stifling heat, and it’s hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. It’s hot enough to boil a monkey’s bum. But is it hot enough to cook meat and vegetables on your car dashboard?
A Chinese girl with a face like that of a shoujo manga character has been attracting attention on the Internet. Read More
Snail cream is a natural skin care product made from snail mucous, the liquid they secrete to climb along walls without falling. The medicinal and cosmetic effects of snail mucous on human skin have long been recognized, and snail cream is popular among some women as a miracle cream that works well against wrinkles, acne, stretch marks and other conditions.
Recently, one woman in China was so impressed by the effectiveness of snail cream that she decided to cut the middle man and let living snails spread their mucous around her body directly. However, this romance was short lived: within a week of using the snails, they began to mysteriously die off. Read More
The 2011 World Aquatics Competition is set to take place in Shanghai from July 16 to 31. The athletes here in Japan are training hard and things are starting to heat up as the competition gets closer.
Like any other event in East Asia, China has created a mascot character to represent the event. However, the character design is so awful that it only serves to take away from the excitement surrounding the event. Read More
In our last post we wrote about China’s fascination with other country’s school uniforms and dissatisfaction their own. While Japan has the cute sailor outfit and Thailand has the sexy black miniskirt, China has to settle for 12 years of tracksuit.
However, photos showing the school uniforms used in the city of Zhuhai, posted to a Chinese image sharing site earlier this month, suggest the tracksuit may soon be on its last lap. Read More
The sailor outfit is the most commonly used school uniform in Japanese junior and senior high schools. It is also something of an international symbol of Japanese pop culture: in China the uniform has become fashionable among young people in recent years due to the extreme popularity of Japanese anime and drama, which often features characters wearing a sailor outfit.
Obviously, school uniforms are prevalent in other Asian countries as well. Here’s how news site jznews.com.cn weighs in on several female school uniforms from around Asia: Read More
Construction is often thought of as a man’s job. The work can be physically demanding and dangerous, and many women may not be interested in drilling nails and operating heavy machinery. However, in the Sichuan province of China rumor is going around of one lovely young lady who’s got the wrecking balls to sweat and grunt with the big boys. Read More
On April 26, police in the Jinlin province of China crashed a local brothel, causing panic as staff and customers fled to avoid arrest.
One customer and his escort were caught in the heat of the moment and, having no time to dress, ran frantically through the building and outside to the roof full monty.
Fortunately for the Internet the scene was caught on camera.
Jilin Province, China—Last year, Mr. Zhang’s beloved pet dog Hu Zhi (Tiger) suddenly stopped eating and died for reasons unknown. As Mr. Zhang was burying his companion, he noticed a hard lump protruding from the dog’s stomach.
When Mr. Zheng took the dog in for an autopsy to find out the cause of the protrusion, a gallstone about the size of a chicken egg inside was found in his stomach. Mr. Zhang decided to keep the stone as a memento. However, Mr. Zhang was soon informed of a shocking fact: the stone removed from his dog’s stomach has a value of nearly 500,000 Yuan (US$76,487).
Why is this stone worth so much?
The 2001 comedy film “Shaolin Soccer” caused a sensation at Hong Kong box offices, becoming the highest grossing film in Hong Kong cinema history at the time. The film tells the story of a group of six Shaolin monks who draw on their acrobatic and martial arts skills to play soccer and spread the word of Shaolin kung fu to the masses.
While the superhuman ability of the monks in the movie is something confined to the realm of fantasy, the real warrior monks of the famous Shaolin Monastery are currently training to make ‘Shaolin soccer’ a reality.
Social network service Twitter provides users with a legitimate platform to casually write whatever thoughts may come to their head. Unsurprisingly, there have been many instances of people posting thoughts they probably should have kept to themselves. The fallout from these cyber-gaffes is usually limited to people having a few laughs at the poster’s expense, or some loss in credibility for those with more celebrity.
However, several ‘tweets’ on Chinese Twitter clone Zuosa have recently caused an uproar among the Internet masses for their cold-heartedness, and the utter lack of common sense requisite to post them.
It can be said that the McDonald’s Dollar Menu is a true testament to the fruits of modern civilization. When we live in an era where an individual can purchase a McChicken, Small Fries and Hot Fudge Sundae for the price of one United States dollar a piece, it’s difficult to imagine how much further mankind can really progress. Some of us may even think, ‘At such low prices, how can McDonald’s even turn a profit? Surely they must be sacrificing themselves for the greater good of everyday values!’ Read More
For many of us the word ‘homeless’ brings to mind a very particular stereotype. Perhaps an old man with dirty skin and disheveled hair, wearing several layers of grungy clothing, standing on the street corner, begging for change. However, despite common preconceptions, it’s important to remember that people from all walks of life are pushed into homelessness. Read More