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RIP Laoximen

Excrescence It is not a secret that Shanghai is a modern and cosmopolitan city by international standards. Without a doubt it can be called a global metropolis with all economic indicators and standards of living growing for recent decades. Before coming here for the first time I had wondered whether there are any historical and non-commercial neighbourhoods still left. Turned […]

Shanghai in the time of plague

Thinking about writing this post I couldn’t get out of my head a picture-meme of Kermit the Frog. In the first picture Kermit is laughing jeeringly, the caption says: Europe two weeks ago. In the second picture Kermit is biting his lips, not laughing anymore and the caption says: Europe now. So what can I say. Nobody in Europe is […]

Collectivity strong in the nation

Especially when we talk about countryside and when there’s need for a whole village manpower to unite in one cause. I was lucky enough to witness such event in one of Yunnan Bai minority villages last year. Having hidden from rain, I noticed gathering of people at one of the courtyards. At closer glimpse I realised that villagers were striving […]