From the monthly archives:

January 2010

China’s Merging Of Western And Chinese Holidays

by Ray Ally on January 30, 2010

Red and green Christmas decorations have only just come down across China, but are now being replaced by red and gold Chinese New Year decorations. Year by year in China, the biggest holidays in the western calendar are merging with the biggest holidays in the Chinese lunar calendar. Plaza 66, Shanghai’s premier shopping centre has […]

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Barack Obama appears in Weatherproof advert in Times Square When Obama visited Beijing last year he took time out from his busy schedule to take in some city sights. The Great Wall is a must see for any visitor, so naturally he was photographed on the wall. I remember watching the news that night and […]

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Mr Gay China Shut Down By Police

by Ray Ally on January 20, 2010

I gave an interview last week with Emily Chang from CNN, just before the first ever Mr Gay China pageant was due to be held in Beijing. Surprising the event was shut down at the last minute due to the organiser’s ‘paperwork’ not being in order. Last summer I wrote about Shanghai’s Gay Pride event, […]

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ABC Banking On An Acronym

by Ray Ally on January 13, 2010

Photo: Ray Ally Agricultural Bank of China (ABC), one of China’s Big Four State run banks has recently unveiled a new retail fascia using the English acronym ABC. This brings it into line with other Chinese banks, most notable Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, which uses the acronym ICBC. This new look is undoubtedly […]

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“Naked” wedding: a blessing or a disaster? For the last few weeks everyone has been putting together their own ‘best of the year’ or ‘best of the decade’ stories and events. One story that seems destined to continue into this year is the trend in China for Naked Weddings. The rising cost of property in […]

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Dim Sum Stories…Coming Soon

by Ray Ally on January 7, 2010

Photo: Ray Ally A new year, a new decade and a new feature to this blog called Dim Sum Stories. Often in my work I come across interesting stories that I want to shed some insight or share with my readers, but then just don’t have to time to write a full blog post. So […]

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Photo: Ray Ally Despite China’s huge population, I guess that less than 1% of its people would know who Ben Bernanke was and that he was voted the Time Magazine Person of The Year in 2009. However I estimate 99% of China’s population would know the person who was one of the runners up in […]

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