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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A new city before Beijing Olympics 2008!

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The 2008 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad will be celebrated from August 8, 2008 to August 24, 2008, with the opening ceremony commencing at 08:08:08 pm at the Beijing National Stadium in Beijing, China. Some events, including football(soccer), sailing, and new 10 km marathon swimming events will be held in other cities of China. With the equestrian events being held in Hong Kong, this marks the second time the same edition of the Olympic Games has been hosted by two National lympic Committees(NOCs). The Olympic games were awarded to Beijing, China by the IOC on July 13, 2001. The official logo of the games, titled "Dancing Beijing," features the character jing(meaning capital), referencing the host city. The mascots of Beijing 2008 are the five Fuwa, each representing one color of the Olympic rings. The Olympic slogan, One World, One Dream, calls upon the world to unite in the Olympic spirit. Athletes will compete in 302 events in 28 sports, just one event more than was on the schedule of the Athens games of 2004. Several new NOCs have also been recognized by the IOC. The Chinese government sees the games as a chance for China to highlight its economic rise and emergence as a world power. Despite the efforts of the Communist Party to tightly manage press coverage of the event, there will likely be issues over the environment, human rights violations, and Tibetan independence. This being so, former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch has still boasted that the Beijing games will be "the best in Olympic history." Now here´s what I do think about this. I think China is already emerging as this world power in all aspects without the olympic games. The olympic games will only be a feather in the hat! But you will have to rememberthis is a very large country with many people living there, and it is difficult to totally control all things going on in all corners of this enourmous country! Many chinese are already very much aware of the environment questions. They are truely working on this and the future process will show it to the world. Now to the point of my blog post! Unlike many large cities in the world there are a lot of bicykles in this city, and also a lot of the local distribution go on bicykles. There is also the question of the hutongs being taken away. Now of the remaing 3000 hutongs some 1000 will be renovated and left for all to see, visit and live in. But my main point here is how has life been living in these old hutongs? You must remember that there are no toilets in the houses, and the fire brigade can not go there in these narrow streets and so on. So all of this is not bad. I think the government of Beijing is really trying to find a working solution for all living in the hutongs as well as for the future and the tourists! But you must cooperate with them or this will not work for you. It will be bad to go against this developement. Though we do really need to preserve the hutongs for the future generations, so they can know how life has been in Beijing. Liping´s home in Maoer Hutong is now becoming an alley street going straight through this hutong. So we know what it is loosing this living. But still the solution is very good. But these some 1000 hutongs must be preserved for the future generations to see and live in. Now, when in Beijing, we are living in the old Dong Yang Wei Hutong at Dong Yang Wei Jie!

Zai jian!

Peter


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Coming Back home at night in Dongzhimen 东直门!

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Coming home late at night from a long days sightseeing in Beijing, this is what we see walking home from the Dongzhimen Subway Station.There is always a very special feeling about coming home after a hard days work! And going sightseeing and shopping all day is the same kind of feeling. It means now you can relax! We come up on the long stairs from the Dongzhimen Subway Station, and are now on the Dongzhimen Wai Dajie side of the 2nd Ring Road. First we stop directly at the stairs ending part, because here they sell souvernirs and vegetables. We buy some vegetables for eating later at home. I wanted to find somewhere to buy some chinese CDs, so we entered the building you see at the left of the first picture. It is the Oriental Kenzo Building. It is a residential building with a shopping center at the lower floors. It is really super stores here. They have many different stores, but they are looking very expensive too! So we leave after a while, and walk into a side street looing for my CDs! We ask some girls if they know where we can find a CD shop. We find some in the area, but when entering I feel I do not know enough about he chinese artists to be able to buy the right CDs! The price is very low by a westerners eye though! We wait, we do not buy today. The search will go on later during our stay here, and I can tell you that the end of the story was that I bought 6 double CDs with the different top chinese artists. Both male and female ones! And by the way one of them is Wei Wei, who has sold over 200 million CDs in the world. Mostly though in China. She lives in Sweden since 9 years ago. Now she lives in Stockholm, my home town. After this we walk across the 2nd Ring Road to the Dongzhimen Nei Dajie, the restaurant street! Also the southern border of the Minan Residential Complex, Minan Xiao Qu, where we live. Here in the corner of this street and our home street, Dong Jang Wei Jie, we can buy some fruit to eat at home. More street salesmen! This area was earlier called Dong Yang Wei Hutong, but now it is named after it´s northern border Minan Jie! The western border is Dongzhimen Beizhong Jie with my local favourite restaurant next to the Nan Guan Park. I will tell you about this street now. It begins from Zhenxian Hutong in the west and ends at Dongzhimen Nei Dajie in the south. It´s about 520 meters long and 22 meters wide. It was called Yangweiba Hutong in the early Republic of China and Dongyangwei Hutong in 1947, and remained so after 1949. The west part of the alley was named Dongyangwei Hutong in 1956, and renamed Dongzhimen Beizhong Jie in 1979. In the northern tip of the street, there was the mansions of the Prince Lu and the Prince Yunqi, which became the Russian Orthodox Eastern Church and the General Church of the Orthodox Eastern. It became the former Soviet Embassy after 1949. Today north of the northern border, Minan Jie, is the largest embassy area of one country in Beijing. The Russian Embassy is our neighbour here! Back to the eastern border. It is the Dong Yang Wei Jie, where our home and apartment is situated at number 1! The last picture shows you ou home street seen from the south. You can not see our house from here, but you can see directly on the left in the middle of that house is the place where we cut our hairs. And right to the left after this house is the local street where we go and buy our food and Tsingtao beers! Outside this to the east are some tall buildings and the 2nd Ring Road.

Zai jian!

Peter

Monday, September 17, 2007

Have you ever seen this in Beijing 北京!

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How about the beer distribution in Beijing on bicykles with three wheels, or the sales of easy street food also on bicykles with three wheels and with an oil can as the barbecue cooking place between the two back wheels, or how girls sit riding back of a bicykle! What ever you do don´t park your car on the street! It will be very exspensive and your car is gone when you come back for it. The police takes away your car very fast! So when you walk on the pavement you should better watch out because the cars drive on them to park! Don´t relax or you will be runned over! Don´t throw you cigarett end in the street or pavement. It will cost you 50 yuan in legal fee from the police! These are some of the things you will notice during your visit here. It is better to know them before you go here! In another earlier blog post have already told you about the toilets! Always be prepared for these things. Don´t forget to bring your own toilet paper and so on. Another thing is that I was told before going to Beijing was that the taxi drivers can fool you on the money by putting on the night fares as you don´t understand the chinese sign for night. Maybe they do this, but it´s no money! If I were you I would rather know the shortest way to your destination, because they try to take you there the longer way! I have seen them doing this also with a chinese person in the taxi, though without a major success! Some people they would better not try this thing with! Like Liping! And I tell you again that the chinese people in Beijing have a very hot temperament, goes away and all is forgotten very quickly, and are very nice and friendly to all, specially the foreign guests in their city! I almost get the same feeling as being visiting southern Europe, and specially Rhodes in Greece! Everything here seems and works the same way. Don´t get fooled by the fact that this country is a communist state, as it is much harder in the USA! In this country half of the enterpises are privately owned, and you are confronted all over with the capitalistic way of living and thinking! A word of warning here though. This country is growing right now to become a capitalistic society within the communistic system. Don´t criticise the chinese government, only do as they tell you to do. And you will feel like at home! You´d better let the chinese develope their own country in their own special way! They do it in a very unique way!

Zai jian!

Peter

Sunday, September 16, 2007

What to see the next trip to Beijing 北京!

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You know I have seen most of the famous sights in Beijing. There are still some more left to see! The most famous are the Ming Tombs, the Temple Of Heaven, The Peking Man, many other temples, muslim and christian churches, many other parks, the underground city. I have seen the some of them from the outside, but it´s not the same thing. There is also the Drum and Bell Towers, visiting the Nanjing Brewery, and many different market places. I would also like to visit some museums, other than the Beijing World Art Museum, the different Beijing Railroad Stations and the CCTV Tower. I have seen the tower though. Just like many other of the sights. There is also a Botanical Garden and the Old Summer Palace ruins. So get ready for some more interesting reports of my next visit to Beijing!

Zai jian!

Peter



Saturday, September 15, 2007

General advice during your stay in Beijing 北京!

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In this blog post I will try to show you a litle bit more about general advice during your stay in Beijing! First you have to understand that everybody is very nice, curious of us westerners(Lao Wei) and friendly. Most of the times when somebody seeks contact with you, they want to take your picture or talk to you so they can practise their english and learn more english from you! The chinese, specially the younger ones, are very interested in you as you are a westerner. You both look and behave different to them, and you really have to understand this as they come on to you all the time. Need a break from this, don´t come to China! My advice is take your time with them, talk to them, let them take a picture together with you in their mobile phone! You will make new friends and learn a lot about how the chinese people are! I will tell you about some examples of this, but firstly I want to tell you about the bad side also. It never happened to me during one months stay, but must have happened to others as I have heard about it. As a man you may be contacted by young female students that wants to sell sex or make you go to very exspensive restaurants with them. This is what I have heard from others. but as I said it never happened to me. Maybe I was in the wrong places or what ever. Just a warning as everybody wants your money. The same when you buy something, don´t buy at their price. Always negociate and you will get a much lower price! Now I will tell you about one day when I was sitting down on a chair in a hutong street next to a bank. Now the bank on the picture here is not this one. In every bank I visited you have two guards. Liping was cueing at the bank, and during that time a guard came up to me and asked if I speak english. He sat down next to me, and he could all the time see the bank, and we started talking. We talked for 30 minutes about almost everything. His country, my country, how would I find t-shirts with chinese text(I only see with english text as it´s very popular in Beijing), and most interestingly we talked about world environment questions. His english was very good. A very nice young man with, I think, a very good future ahead as he was very clever too! Another time I was contacted near our home by a very nice young woman. Maybe she was some 30 something years old. We talked for also something like 30 minutes about most things in the world, though not about environment issues. I understood that she wanted to improve her english with my help. I met her two times later during my stay during my walks in the Nan Guan Park, and then we only said hello to each other. My advice is always be open to talk to the chinese interested in you, because they always are that! You will make many new friends in this wonderful country.

Zai jian!

Peter


Friday, September 14, 2007

A little about toilets In Beijing 北京!

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In this blog post I will give you some tips on toilets in Beijing. You wonder why? I will tell you why! You only have to visit one of them to really understand why I am telling you this! Now you are in a hurry going to the toilet and you have just now found the place to go to. Number one you will find out that there are only porcelain toilet holes in the floor inside every door you open. They are called squat toilets in english. Now you will have to learn how to use them. Time is running out! I really needed to go here! The next thing you will do is to look for the toilet paper holder. There is no holder, and still worse there is no paper! This is what can happen to you if you do not read this blog post! My number one tip to you is: always bring your own toilet paper with you! If you do not have paper with you, you will find it very difficult to ask anybody for it, because your chinese language is very poor! My very useful and good second tip is: where ever you are in central Beijing and in need of a toilet, you just walk into a Hutong street. Why! Because within the next 150 to 200 meters you will find the toilet that you are looking for. In the Hutongs they do not have their own toilets at home. They are all shared by all living there and you must respect that too. You are welcome to use them free, but remember you are the guest here. Also the toilet signs are mostly with english text and international symbols on them. My third tip for all western visitors is: in all newly built toilets you will find the toilet chair to sit on behind the handicap signed door! If you are unlucky like me, I at one time found this one occupied by a man using the chair and the lamp light just sitting there reading his newspaper. Out in the street there was no light to read. Bad luck as I could not speak to him in chinese! I had to use the squat toilet. You also will get very strong legs using them! I know! And finally I will also tell you that in our apartment in Beijing we have a sitting chair toilet with duoble flush choice! Home sweet home!

Zai jian!

Peter


Thursday, September 13, 2007

My local restaurant and pub in Beijing 北京!

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My local restaurant and late night pub at Dongzhimen Beixiao Dajie is my favorite restaurant to go to. It is my local place to go for beer and talking to people at night. I go here after my busy day touring all over the Beijing sights and walking the Nan Guan Park. After that eating at home or at another local restaurant. The personal is very helpful and service minded. They all speak chinese and some also speak russian. For me as an english speaking person this was a little bit more difficult. As I do only speak very little chinese. However the personel there had four persons working there that could speak some english. I give you some nique pictures of some of them. This place became something like a second home for me at late night. Here I could really sit down and relax after eating and Bejing sightseeing at late night. I used to go there something like 9 o´clock at night, returning home like 11 o´clock. In my regular way of sitting here included listening to the Beijing Music Radio while drinking beer. I usually start my evening at this restaurant with a chinese draft beer for 5 yuan, sometimes buying two! The next beer would be a Heineken for 20 yuan. Anyway one night we where eating at a local restaurant at Dongzhimen Nei Dajie only 6 minutes walk away from home. We where eating a Sichuan Hot Pot and I was very happy about this evening! Later I go to this local restaurant. The other restaurants at Dongzhimen Nei Dajie tell me I can go there, but it is much more expensive! It is, but for a westerner it is a price level that is ok! Here I also meet westerners from countries like Russia, Italy, White Russia, Rumania, Spain, Germany, USA, England and many more countries. I must confess one thing that I did not do at this restaurant! And I do really regret it! But first you must understand anoher thing in life in Beijing! At our apartment Liping´s mother is living, and she wants to give us free food all the time! This is very nice and free, but we also have to eat out during our stay. This is the main reason I did not eat at this restaurant, but I can tell you that all other persons eating here was more than satisfied with the food and service here! Everybody was happy with their food and the prices of it! I talked to many peoples during my nightly visits. One night I talked to a man in english and he also talked to Liping in chinese. Then through her I found out he spoke german and we started talking as I know fluently german. After some 20 minutes we both found out that his family was from Denmark, and now we started talking swedish! It´s a very small world we live in! He had been living in Beijing for 6 years and working with selling apartments in Beijing. We talked for a long time about everything, but also some of the value of Liping´s apartment. Now we know that it has in one year gone up to at least three times the original value! So I strongly recommend this place for dining out at night! Also we where very lucky with the local wheather during our 30 days in Liping´s home town Beijing. The summer started 10 days earlier than in 2006. So we had hot summer with temperatures between 25 to 35 degrees celsius during all our stay! We could sit outdoors at night every night here. Lucky ones we are! So good!

Zai jian!

Peter

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Nan Guan Park in my heart and in Beijing 北京!

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The Nan Guan Park in Dongzhimen Area, Dongcheng District in Beijing, is my local place to go to in the afternoon. I go here for one or two hours every day to relax and enjoy the beauty of this park! I am amazed by the local activity here in this park. Everybody living around here goes to the park to relax. All have their own reasons for going. It could be a lunch walk or an exercise round, or just to sit down and talk to friends or play checkers together. Some read the newspaper, some play the guitar and sing, some play congas or whatever! The old ones go there and the young ones go there. The Beijing chinese go there, so I don´t see many westerners go there. This park and the area around it is a residential living area for the richer chinese and westerners living nearby. But it is also the area for the average chinese people living in the old hutongs nearby. Entrance to the Nan Guan Park is free, and the service is good. The toilet facilities are very good as they have a handicap toilet with a seat to sit on! To be sure bring your own toiletpaper! This is my great tip for you all staying in Beijing. You always bring your own toiletpaper, as it may be no toiletpaper there when you need it! You always find a store nearby to buy it, if you have not brought it with you from home. Anyway I go here after a long day out after seeing some Beijing sights. Then I want to relax so I go to the Nan Guan Park to just walk around it and sit down on a bench to smoke a cigarett and think about life in general. It gives me a total relaxation for two hours in my afternoon walk around the block! I think about what I have seen around Beijing during the day, and I think about what will I see the next day! I believe that in China everybody find their time to spend a moment of relaxation every day going to the park or doing something else. No one sits indoors doing this. They all go outdoors! So I do the same to find out what I have done today and what I will do tomorrow. I find this is a very great way to spend my evening. After these two hours I go home to eat with my family and then I go to my favorite restaurant for some beers! I am totaly pleased by this way to live. It is really a chinese way to live! I just love it! This is really the way to live and I wish we could do the same in Sweden! Maybe it is just a dream! Maybe!

Zai jian!

Peter

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Minan Residential Complex in Beijing 北京!

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A small blog post telling you about The Minan Residential Complex at Dongzhimen Nei Dajie in The Dongzhimen Area, Dongcheng District in Beijing. The southern border of the complex is Dongzhimen Nei Dajie. The northern border is Minan Jie, with Dongzhimen High School and The Russian Embassy on the other side of the road. The eastern border is made up by the 2nd Ring Road. The western border is Dongzhimen Beixiao Dajie, with the Nan Guan Park and Club 19 on the other side of the road. The Chinese name of the complex is Minan Xiaoqu. The area has at least seven guarded entrances. There are many small roads inside and the one our apartment is situated on is Dong Yang Wei Jie. It is very close to the Dongzhimen subway station. Here we go shopping daytime or nighttime! We buy food and Tsingtao beer inside the complex. We buy ready made food, vegetables, bread, noodles, eggs and early in the morning also our ready made breakfast! I go there myself and buy my own Tsingtao beer. They don´t speak english, so I have to speak some chinese with them. I buy the beer, 60 cl bottles, for 2 yuan and I get half yuan back when returning the bottle. No problem for me as I can speak very easy daily chinese! And the people there are very friendly and helpfull. I get a family feeling from them all the time. It really feels like home! On the first two pictures you will see these stores, and we pass them many times every day during our month here. We go there buying breakfast, we pass them on our way to the buss or subway going shopping or sightseeing, we go there shopping day or night time, we pass them going to the Club 19 restaurant for drinking beers at night or going to eat at some restaurant at the Dongzhimen Nei Dajie! We pass them all the time, also on our way back after all this! The last week here we went to the local barber shop to cut our hair. They washed our hairs both before and after cutting it. The price was amazingly low, only 20 yuan! So cut your hair before going home! Daytime or nighttime most people spend their time outdoors, with different activities. Some play games in local bars, or eat at local restaurants or meet up for things to do in local small parks. Everybody is ut in the streets, very unlike what we do in Sweden. The third picture shows you the local street where all this happened. Now the fourth picture is showing a local map of Minan Residential Complex. Our house looks like an X at the northeastern corner. We live on floor 5 of 15 floors in the house. When we go out or come home there is an elevator girl pressing the floor button for us in both elevators! It feels very luxury! While they wait for us and others they read books. I love Beijing! I love that they are there waiting for me to come home late at night from my beer round at our local Club 19 restaurant next to the Nan Guan Park. They are waiting for me to get home and Liping is also waiting for me! I feel very safe here.
Zai jian!

Peter

Monday, September 10, 2007

The China Millenium Monument in Beijing 北京!

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The China Millenium Monument in Beijing 北京. All over the world, celebrations and festivities to usher in Year 2000 make up one of the grandest spectacles at the end of the century, as mankind strides towards the new century and millennium. New opportunities, challenges, and hopes are emerging over the horizon of China of the 21st century. The Chinese nation, with its splendid civilization of 5000 years, is on the threshold of an epoch of great renewal, as a future of yet greater splendour is arising in the East of the world. At the turn of the century and millennium, the China Millennium Monument. with its oriental cultural overtones and contemporary architectural art, will promote the national spirit by embodying an original style, displaying a modern aestheticism, and expressing hopes of the future. The China Millennium Monument, as China' s symbolic and commemorative building to welcome the Year 2000, is a gift for the world of the 21st century from the Chinese people, forever standing in China' s capital Beiling. The China Millennium Monument stands along a north-south axis between the Military Museum and the Central Television Complex, with the scenic Yuyuantan Park to the north and the West Beijing Railway Terminus to the south, occupying an area of 4.5 hectares and a total floor space of about 42,000 square metres. The Monument is a grand structure ingeniously combining the spirit of traditional Chinese culture with modern architectural art, and integrating architecture, landscaping, sculpture, mural painting, and various other art forms. It will not only be an eternal memory of the turn of the millennium, but also serve as a centre for cultural, artistic, and scientific exhibitions both at home and abroad, as well as an inspiration in patriotism. inside the southern entrance to the Monument is the Plaza of Holy Fire, one metre below ground and 960 square metres in area, standing for China' s vast territory of 9,600,000 square kilometres. With the gentle centripetal rise of the ground suggesting the rise of the Chinese nation, the Holy Fire of China is located right in the middle of the Plaza. The fire originated at the site of Peking man at Zhoukoudian, Beijing, and is fed on natural gas. The everburning flames, rising some 45 centimetres high, are a token of the unceasing creativity of the Chinese civilization. Along both the eastern and western side of the plaza, there is a steady current of water cascading down the steps, reminding the visitor of the mother rivers of the Chinese nation: the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers. Walking along the plaza, tourists will see a 270-meter long bronze causeway that has inscriptions on its walls with chronogram that dates from when humans first appear to 2000 A.D. Inside The China Millenium Monument is an art museum, The Beijing World Art Museum, which includes a grand century hall, a museum of eastern and western art, modern art museum, and multi-media art museum. Here you will find a lot of old cultures art from all over the world. In the grand century hall is an encircling mural painting with a circumference of 117 meters. It is one of the best in China. Good!
Zai jian!

Peter

Sunday, September 9, 2007

What about bicykles in Beijing 北京!

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What about bicykles in Beijing 北京! Everybody is talking about Beijing being the world capital of bicykles. This is true and it looks like everbody owns one. New cars are takeing over the scenery, but you will find very many bicykles on the streets also today! Beijing is believed to have some 10 millions bicykles on the roads. It is often a faster way to get around in this city. The more cars and busses, the slower traffic. If you don´t have a bike of your own you can rent a bicykle for some 10-30 yuan a day. It will deffinitely give you the best way of discovering Beijing in your own pace. A ride through some hutongs is recommended. China continues to be the world's leading country in bicycle production and consumption as the output of bicycles in China reached over 50 million in 2001. Chinese bicycles were also exported to over 100 countries and regions. The numbers of bicycles in Beijing has continued to increase over the past few years, reaching 10 million by the end of 2001. Bicycles will continue to be the main means of transport for Beijing residents in the coming years although the number of private cars has increased by a large amount. In order to help curb air pollution, Beijing will adopt administrative measures to encourage people to ride bicycles. No one knows exactly when bicycles first arrived in China, but in the late Qing Dynasty, the traces of bicycle tires could be seen in the Forbidden City. Pu Yi, the Last Emperor of the Qing Dynasty loved bicycles so much that he went so far as to order his servants to saw off the thresholds of the gates to make it more convenient for him to ride his bicycle. China is gradually moving from a state-planned economy to a market economy, and the bicycle enterprises in China are facing fierce competition. With the popularization of automobiles in China and the entrance of foreign bicycle manufacturers, a great deal of pressure has been placed on China's famous bicycle manufacturers to redefine their strategies and continue to expand production. You also find many tricyckles and rickshaws all around Beijing. The tricykles are used for distribution and transport of goods. Many of them are used for selling things like vegetables and fruit. Some are specially rebuilt with a big barrel at the back, and are used for barbecueing snacks. The idea is very good as they can change their location without putting out the fire! With the rickshaws you can shorten your walk to a destination from the subway station or take a ride in the hutongs.

Zai jian!

Peter

Saturday, September 8, 2007

What about beer in Beijing 北京!

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What about beer in Beijing 北京! China has three major beer brands. Yanjing beer is a malty, smooth lager beer from China. Brewed in the Shunyi district of Beijing, it is the most commonly available beer throughout Beijing, is the official state beer of China, and is one of the major sponsors of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The beer was first brewed in 1980, and continues to be made today. It is also exported to countries around the globe, including the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. The beer is brewed the Beijing Yanjing Beer Co., Ltd, and its name comes from a former name for Beijing during the 5th-3rd century BC. Today, the Yanjing Beer Co. covers an area of 2,220,000 m². The company has approximately 20,000 employees, and is the largest beer manufacturer in China. They produced 3.11 million tons of beer in 2005 alone. In Beijing, Yanjing is widely available in restaurants, but is not generally available in bars and nightclubs. Because of Yanjing's low price, bar owners claim that they cannot make enough of a profit selling it; thus, they stock the popular beer brands Tsingtao and Zhujiang, or foreign brands of beer instead. Yanjing Beer/Ale Facts: • Brewed with mineral water, first class wheat and barley imported from Canada and Australia, together with the state-of-art German Krones technology and equipment. • A Pilsner-style beer with refreshing sweetness, smooth clean finish and crystal clarity. • Specially treated clear bottle is stable from anti-oxidation of the sunlight caused by the UV-rays of the sun. • 4.5% ABV. Zhujiang beer 福尔摩莎债券is a lager beer from China, and is one of 3 Chinese national beer brands (along with Tsingtao and Yanjing). With an abv. of 5.3%, the beer is characterised by a pale straw appearance, with a subtle malt flavour highlighted by a delicate hop balance. Zhujiang is the 2nd most consumed Beer in China; 48,000 bottles are consumed per hour. It is particularly successful in the South of China. The beer is also exported to countries around the globe, including Canada, France, Australia, USA, Sweden and the UK. Zhujiang is brewed by the Guangzhou Zhujiang Brewery Group Co., Ltd in Guangzhou, in the South of China. The Brewery itself is one of the largest single site production facilities in the world. The Beer is brewed with water piped from the natural spring source of the Pearl River direct to the brewery to guarantee the quality and freshness. The fresh spring water is then combined with Czech hops, German yeast, Chinese Rice and Canadian Barley Malt. Tsingtao Brewery 青岛啤酒厂 is China's largest brewery. Founded in 1903 by German settlers, it claims about 12% of domestic market share. The beer is produced in Qingdao in Shandong province, but the name of the beer uses the old École francaise d´Extreme-Orient transliteration. The beer's present-day logo displays an image of Zhan Qiao, a famous pier on Qingdao's southern shore. History: The brewery was founded in 1903 as a German-British brewing company to produce German style beer in China, producing beer mainly for Germans and other Westerners in China. In 1915 the brewery was taken over from the German management and until 1945 was under Japanese management, who had confiscated the German share and bought the British share afterWorld War I. After the defeat of Japan in World War II the Qingdao Brewery was turned into a Chinese brewery under the supervision of the Nationalist government in Nanjing. However, this period of ownership only lasted until 1949 when the People´s Republic of China was founded and the company became a state-owned enterprise. The company was privatized in the early 1990s and in 1993 merged with three other breweries in Qingdao and was finally renamed Tsingtao Brewery Company Limited. Today 27% of the company is owned by Anheuser-Busch. The company now owns several other breweries in China, some of which also produce Tsingtao Beer. Beer styles: Tsingtao Beer, a well-hopped standard pilsner of 4.8% alcohol, is the flagship brew, accounting for most of the brewery's production. An unpasteurised version is sold as Tsingtao Draft Beer. Tsingtao Beer was long advertised as being "brewed with mineral water from the Laoshan Spring", which contributed to its characteristic flavour; however, this now applies only to beer produced in Qingdao, not to that produced in the company's other breweries. Like many beers made in China, Tsingtao beer contains a proportion of rice in the mash. The brewery also produces a number of other beers, mostly for the local market. Those sometimes encountered outside China include Tsingtao Dark Beer (5.2% alcohol), and more rarely Tsingtao Spirulina Green Beer, also sold as Tsingtao Green Beer, a 4.5% alcohol green-coloured pilsner containing spirulina as an additive, and claimed to promote good health. (Note: alcohol content of export versions may vary slightly.) Export orientation: The beer market in China was very underdeveloped until into the '80s and the brewery was forced to concentrate on overseas markets. However, while concentrating on international markets, the brewery also attempted to sell its beer on the domestic market and competed with other domestic brands as well as foreign brands. The main export company for the brewery was the "Good Harvest of Five Grains Corporation" based in Hong Kong. The Good Harvest of Five Grains Corporation also tried to market the beer in Hong Kong itself and later built a wholesale network consisting of up to 300 companies. Tsingtao Beer was introduced to the United States in 1972, and soon became the top-selling Chinese beer in the U.S. market; it has maintained this leadership within the United States ever since, despite increasing competition from other well known Chinese beer brands, Zhujiang Beer and Yanjing. The Tsingtao brand is sold in more than 50 countries worldwide and accounts for more than 50% of China’s beer exports. National Marketing: Before the 1949 takeover by the new PRC government, the brewery had been using imported raw material and water from the Laoshan mountain. Due to the outbreak of the Korean War and the resulting embargo of the People's Republic by the West, the brewery was forced to use domestic products and the government encouraged the peasants in Shandong to harvest the necessary raw materials (mainly hops and barley) themselves. The government used various incentives to achieve this goal, e.g. free seeds. The brewery had previously used nationalistic marketing strategies, and after the switchover to production using only domestic material this nationalist and patriotic marketing effort was increased. However, the brewery still mentioned its international roots. International Beer Festival: The brewery first applied for permission for a Beer Festival in 1991 and received approval and great support from the Qingdao municipal administration, even to the extent that the city became the main sponsor. The first festival was opened on June 23rd, 1991, and has been held annually ever since. The festival was named "International Beer Festival" to attract foreigners as well as Chinese, although the main purpose of the festival was to make the brand more popular for domestic consumers. Quality debacle: Tsingtao Beer suffered a quality debacle in the late-1990's, but a subsequent investigation revealed that the beer had become a victim of Chinese pollution: the barley grown in China was heavily polluted by the pesticide, chemical fertilizers and other industrial chemical wastes that it was no longer qualified for use. As a result, all barley used for Tsingtao Beer is currently imported from France, Canada and Australia. Hops used are grown in Xinjiang Autonomous Region. In my last picture I show you that much beer distribution is made by bicykle in Beijing! Beer!

Zai jian!


Peter

Friday, September 7, 2007

TV and radio in Beijing 北京!

Ni hao!


Today´s blog is about the TV and radio in Beijing 北京. China Central Television or Chinese Central Television, commonly abbreviated as CCTV 中国中央电视台 is the major television broadcaster in Mainland China. Organizationally, it is a sub-ministry of People´s Republic of China's central government within the State Administration f Radio, Film and Television and as such it does not have any editorial independence from the PRC government. Its news reporting follows parameters directed by the Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of China. No negative meaning of this, but it is a fact to remember when watching TV. Most of its programming, however, is a mix of comedy and dramatic programming, the majority of which consists of Chinese soap operas. Like many media outlets in China, CCTV has had its state subsidy reduced dramatically in the 1990s, and hence finds it necessary to balance its role as a government agency with the practical fact that it must attract viewers so that it can sell commercial advertising. In searching for viewers, CCTV has found itself in competition with local television stations (which are also state run) which have been creating increasingly large media groups in order to compete with CCTV. History: CCTV first broadcast on September 2, 1958, under the name Beijing Television, after an experimental broadcast on May 1, 1958. The name was changed to CCTV on May 1, 1978. In 2008, the new CCTV Headquarters will open. At the end of 1980s, like many other Chinese TV stations, CCTV only had one channel. At that time, it only had evening programs, with the broadcast usually ending at midnight. During the summer and winter time, it occasionally broadcast during daytime for the students who were on their breaks. Today, CCTV has 16 national channels, most with 24-hour broadcasting, and a High Definition channel at times airing certain American programs such as CSI: New York, CSI: Miami and Lost, Documentaries, Movies, and new Chinese television series shot in HD. Programs: Its thirty-minute evening news, xinwen lianbo ("network news", "news relay"), which is broadcast at 7:00 PM Beijing Time, is the most important news program in China which mainland Chinese watch to keep up with the government's politics. Although news reform has been a prominent feature of CCTV networks, the Evening News has remained relatively the same since its first appearance in the early 1980s, having mainly focused on leaders receiving foreign guests and going on visits to foreign countries, the CPC's leaders having top meetings or conferences, and stories of courage that are supposed to exemplify one form or another of communism. Many important political news stories are broadcast through that program. This program is uploaded onto YouTube daily by Duowei, a Chinese news network. Its yearly special program of celebrating the Chinese New Year, the CCTV New Year´s Gala, is undoubtedly the most watched program. In 2007 research data shows that the Gala was watched by over 800 million people all over the world. It started in the early 1980s. Each year, some singers and comedians become famous because of their single performance on that night. Channels: CCTV has sixteen different channels of programming content and competes with television stations run by local governments (such as BTV and several regional channels) and foreign programming which can be readily received via satellite television. Unlike US channel naming conventions, but similar to the situation in many countries in Europe, most CCTV channels are listed in sequential order with no discerning descriptions, e.g. CCTV-1, CCTV-2, etc. The sixteen channels are: CCTV-1 - Mixture, CCTV-2 - Economy, CCTV-3 - Arts, CCTV-4 - International, in Chinese, CCTV-5 - Sports, CCV-6 - Movies and series, CCTV-7 - Military/Agriculture, CCTV-8 - TV drama, CCTV-9 - International, in English, CCTV-10 - Science and Education, CCTV-11 - Opera, CCTV-12 - Society and Law, CCTV-News - 24-hour News, CCTV-Children - Children's channel, CCTV-Music - Music, CCsV-E&F - International, in Spanish and French, CCTV-HD - High-definition programming. All over China there is a lot of local TV stations. At home we have some 62 channels in our TV. Beijing has a local TV station, BTV, Beijing TV Station 北京电视台 is a government-owned television network in the People´s Republic of China and is chiefly broadcast in the Chinese language. It broadcasts from Beijing. The group has ten primary channels: BTV-1 (also known as BTV Satellite Channel; 北京卫视 - Mixture, BTV-2 - Arts Channel, BTV-3 - Education Channel, BTV-4 - Drama Series Channel, BTV-5 - Finance Channel, BTV-6 - Sports Channel, BTV-7 - Lifestyle Channel, BTV-8 - Youth Channel, BTV-9 - Beijing City Channel, BTV-10 - Cartoon Channel, BTV Theater Channel(京视剧场频道) TV Drama Channel (digital broadcasting), Loving Home Shopping Channel (爱家购物频道) TV Shopping Channel (digital broadcasting). Every day I listened to The Beijing Music Radio on my mobile phone. Beijing Yinyue Tai, but commonly called "Beijing Yinyue Guangbo" by the radio announcer with Chinese "北京音乐广播", is also known in English as "Beijing Music Radio" at 97.4 FM in Beijing, China. Since the broadcast is done in Mandarin Chinese, the English moniker "Beijing Music Radio" is only referred to on the hour for station identification. The radio station is one of the radio stations under the Beijing Ren Min Guangbo Dian Tai group. Beijing Yinyue Guangbo plays various types of music including: Classical Music, Mandopop and Cantopop. English various formats including English Top 40, Hot AC, and country music. They also have news on every hour that is from Beijing Xinwen Guangbo radio station. During my stay in Beijing I listened every day on Beijing Music Radio Yinyue Edition. I can listen to it here in Stockholm too! That is streaming online on the internet!
Zai jian!


Peter