The last stretch of the Qinghai-Tibet railway between Golmud and Lhasa has now been completed. The first train left from Goldmud, Qinghai on Saturday the 1st of July after president Hu Jintao cut the ceremonial ribbon. The day of the opening was the same as the 85th anniversary of the Communist Party of China.
Lhamo Tsering is a young Tibetan woman who lives in a village with her family in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Dechen. In 2003 I did anthropological research for my master’s thesis and Lhamo and her family graciously offered me to live with them. I stayed with them for seven months.
Most village houses have electricity for lighting, but…
We’ve got a wonderful new contributor at Virtual China — Kathrine Hoersted, Danish social anthropologist. Kathrine is going to be exploring non-Han (something like 90% of mainland China identifies as belonging to the Han group) Chinese virtual places and spaces. Think Tibetan, Mongolian, Uighur, Naxi, and more. We’re trying to map out where non-Han online activity and expression shows up, and how much of it…
The May Day vacation has apparently succeeded in spurring Chinese consumers onward and upward. This Sichuan water park has 20,000 revelers. As one Netease commentator asks: is it vacation or is it misery?
In the spirit of May Day travels, a dedicated Netease poster has a treasure trove for railroad architecture enthusiasts: dozens of Chinese stations. The one above is from Kunming, the capital of southwestern Yunnan province. One of my favorites.
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