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China has the world’s longest continuously used written language system, the Chinese language

ShaoLan: Learn to read Chinese … with ease!

America’s fastest “high speed” train goes less than half as fast as the new train between Shanghai and Beijing (150 mph vs 302 mph)

Bruce Lee – Wisdom and Philosophy

Going to School in Rural China –  Children Flying Nujiang Cableway

Children Flying Nujiang Cableway


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Jackie Chan – Drunken Master II

Non Stop Bullet Train in China – The train that never stops at a station?

A new Chinese train innovation – How to get on  the bullet train  without stopping. No time is wasted. The bullet train is moving all the time. There are 30 stations between Beijing and Guangzhou, so just stopping and accelerating again at each station will waste both energy and time. A mere 5 min stop per station (elderly passengers cannot be hurried) will result in a total loss of 5 min x 30 stations or 2.5 hours of train journey time!

The Chinese are innovative enough to come up with a non-stopping train concept. When the train arrives at a station, it  will not stop at all.The passenger at a station embarks onto to a connector cabin way before the train even arrives at the station. When the train arrives, it will not stop at all. It just slows down to pick up the connector cabin which will move with the train on the roof  of the train. While the train is still traveling away from the station, those passengers will board the train from the connector cabin mounted on the train’s roof. After fully unloading all its passengers, the cabin connector cabin will be moved to the back of the train so that the next batch of outgoing passengers who want to alight at the next station will board the connector cabin at the rear of the train roof.

When the train arrives at the next station, it will simply drop the whole connector cabin at the station itself and leave it behind at the station. The outgoing passengers can take their own time to disembark at the station while the train had already left. At the same time, the train will pick up the incoming embarking passengers on another connector cabin in the front part of the train’s roof. So the train will always drop one connector cabin at the rear of its roof and pick up a new connector cabin in the front part of the train’s roof at each station.

A Kayan Lahwi (Long-Necked Karen) woman with neck rings

Neck rings are formed with one or more spiral metal coils of many turns worn as an ornament around the neck of an individual. In a few African and Asian cultures neck rings are worn usually to create the appearance that the neck has been stretched. Padaung (Kayan Lahwi) women of the Kayan people begin to wear neck coils from as young as age two. The length of the coil is gradually increased to as much as twenty turns. The weight of the coils will eventually place sufficient pressure on the shoulder blade to cause it to deform and create an impression of a longer neck.

The custom of wearing neck rings is related to an ideal of beauty: an elongated neck. Neck rings push the collarbone and ribs down.  The neck stretching is mostly illusory: the weight of the rings twists the collar bone and eventually the upper ribs at an angle 45 degrees lower than what is natural, causing the illusion of an elongated neck.

Going to School in Rural China –  Children Flying Nujiang Cableway

Children flying Nujiang cableway

A_HIGH_CASTE_LADYS_DAINTY_LILY_FEETFoot binding (simplified Chinese: 缠足; traditional Chinese: 纏足; Mandarin Pinyin: chánzú; Jyutping: gwo2 goek3; literally “bound feet” or Chinese: 縛腳; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: pa̍k-kha) was the custom of binding the feet of young girls painfully tight to prevent further growth.   The process was started before the arch of the foot had a chance to develop fully, usually between the ages of two and five.

  A woman with her feet unwrapped

Women, their families, and their husbands took great pride in tiny feet, with the ideal length, called the “Golden Lotus”, being about 7 cm (3 inches) long.

Chaussure_chinoise_Saverne  A shoe for bound feet. The ideal length for a bound foot was seven centimeters.

Bound feet was a mark of beauty that became a prerequisite for finding a husband, as well as an avenue for poorer women to marry into money.

Ching Chong!  Asians in the Library Song (Response)


China plans to build massive buses that can drive over cars! 

Chinese Buses
Chinese Bus

A big concern on top of urban transportation planner’s mind is how to speed up the traffic: putting more buses on the road will jam the roads even worse and deteriorate the air; building more subway is costly and time consuming.

Well, here is a cheaper, greener and fast alternative to lighten their minds up a bit: the straddling bus, first exhibited on the 13th Beijing International High-tech Expo in May this year.

In the near future, the model is to be put into pilot use in Beijing’s Mentougou District (bjnews).   (The official site of the high-tech expo put it as 3D fast bus, which I think is more confusing, for now I’ll just call it the straddling bus.)

Transcript: Straddling a bus is a cheaper greener and faster alternative to commute

What you can see from the video are traffic jams, what you can hear is noise, and there is also invisible air pollution.  At present, there are mainly 4 types of public transits in China: the subway, the light-rail train, the BRT, and the normal bus. They all have advantages and disadvantages, for example, a subway costs a lot and takes a long time to build; the BRT takes up road space and produces noise as well as pollution to the air.  How can we develop environmental-friendly public transportation?  The straddling bus provides a solution.  Let’s watch a demonstration.

The highlight innovation of the straddling bus is that it runs above cars and under overpasses. Its biggest strength is saving road space, efficient and high-end capacity. It can reduce up to 25-30% of traffic jams on main routes. Running at an average 40 km/h, it can take 1200 people at a time, which means 300 passengers per cart.

Another strength of the straddling bus is its short construction life cycle: only 1 year to build 40 km. Whereas building a 40-km subway will take 3 years at best. Also the straddling bus will not need the large parking lot that normal buses demand.  It can park at its own stop without affecting the passage of cars. This is what the interior looks like: it has a huge skylight that will eliminate passengers’ sense of depression when entering.

The straddling bus is completely powered by municipal electricity and solar energy system. In terms of electricity, the setting is called relay direct current electrification.  It is a new invention, not available yet in other places.

About the ultrasonic waves put forth from the end of the bus, that is to keep those high cars or trucks away from entering the tunnel. Using laser ray to scan, cars getting too close to the passage will activate the alarm on the bus end.  Inside the bus, there are turning lights that indicate that the bus is intending to make a turn to warn the cars inside. Also a radar scanning system is embedded on the walls to warn cars from getting too close to the bus wheels.

The car can make the turn with the bus if that is the direction it wants to go too; if not, the red light will be on to stop the cars beneath while the bus makes the turn.

How will people get off the bus if an accident happens to such a huge bus? Here I introduce the most advanced escaping system in the world.  In the case of fire or other emergencies, the escaping door will open automatically.  I believe many of you have been on a plane. Planes are equipped with inflated ladders so people can slide down on it in an emergency. I put the escaping concept into the straddling bus. It is the fastest way to escape.

The bus can save up to 860 tons of fuel per year, reducing 2,640 tons of carbon emission.  Presently we have passed the first stage demonstration and will get through all of the technical invalidation by the end of August.  Beijing’s Mentougou District is carrying out a eco-community project, it has already planned out 186 km for our straddling bus.  Construction will begin at years end.

Thank you.

Chinese Express Coach - Chinese Buses


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