Sure it's great having more drivers on the road but thentthey never go on the second ring or changanjie . That gets pretty annoying

"........ geographically-challenged embrace of the official taxi fleet."

Are you kidding? It's the Uber and Didi drivers that don't know the city, and can only rely on satnav even for places like the airport.

Actually, a car sharing scheme has been introduced here using smart cars. I had a friend who was trying it out last weekend after putting down a deposit, sorting out insurance and license details etc. I'm pretty sure it's only a trial period at the mo but wasn't that more expensive than taking a cab

I think it is a boner move when they cleared the streets of hukouless drivers.
Once I started to get local friends to order me a Didi I was very impressed that within a minute or less of stepping outside a car would be there if not there waiting. Then I heard that the powers that be clamped down. SInce then when a DiDi is called for me I had to wait 5-10 minutes for a car. Ended up I haven`t used on in a while now and have given up on them since I can usually get a regular cab within 5 minutes anyway.
However, 2-3 times in the last few weeks even the regular cabs wouldn`t stop to pick me up. One guy points to his cell phone as if he has a pick up or whatever. One guy flips down his pause sign and the other guy just ignored me.
Back to Didi. It was getting so convenient using Didi I was thinking that they are a good way to reduce the cars on the road in Beijing. Imagine if there were more not less of them. If it was so convenient that every time you wanted a ride a car was waiting for you I`m sure a lot of people would forgo getting one or get rid of the one they have. When you consider the cost of a car payment and gas and insurance and parking etc. taking Didis may even end up being cheaper.
Or a real good idea would be to have car-sharing just like the new WayGo bikes only with compact cars. Now that would be a dream come true!

Napoleon Solo wrote:

1. Beijing's smog crisis is not mostly due to smog produced with the city itself, therefore even if all the smog produced in Beijing was reduced to zero, Beijing would still have a bad smog problem thanks to Shanxi, Hebei, Henan and other nearby province's coal mining, coal-fired power plants and other heavy industry activity such as concrete and steel production sites that has very poor environmental regulation and oversight.

2. Beijing's population is already basically 22 million (technically 21, 240, 000) according to the United Nations. Go to page 14; http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/publications/pdf/urbanization/the_worlds_cities_in_2016_data_booklet.pdf

3. When you consider both of my previous points this entire story is very frustrating because these promises, even if fully delivered, will not solve the smog issue. Additionally I don't see what the issue with Beijing's population is. What are they blaming it for and why are officials aiming to "cap it"? If it's about smog then look at the Tokyo area, it has way more people and very little smog.

Money spent = money bribed

Are you crazy? Driving during chinese new year? If you want to test your level of patience/endurance/torture, if that's fun for you, go for it

No mention of our special New Years Celebration, tbj? We still have places available. Smile

http://www.thebeijinger.com/events/2017/jan/spring-festival-eve-culture-event

Question 9 is a bit wet! Mc Donalds and Walmart are both Global 500 companies, so if I have worked on the counter of both of these companies, then I have work experience of a global 500 enterprise. Right I am off to get a job at Mcdonalds for a week to get an extra 5 points.

Yeah I would recommend the train too, but honestly no idea what the roads are like at this time of year, probably icy if not dangerous!

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I'm wondering about the passport change as well. If you change your passport, will the old information carry over into the new. Does the author or anyone else have an idea?

Hi! I missed Dr Pieter Kerssemakers. Head of General practice and trusted doctor for many, mostly Dutch and German patients in International SOS / Raffles clinic

Obviously group dancing in the polluted days helps.*lol*

And of course this being China, there were actually two senior citizen beauty pageants in Beijing last weekend ... the other one being won by this 69-year-old Beijinger:

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This is awesome.

I love that China holds beauty pageants for senior citizens.

Doubt wisely; in strange way / To stand inquiring right is not to stray; / To sleep, or run wrong, is. (Donne, Satire III)

1. Beijing's smog crisis is not mostly due to smog produced with the city itself, therefore even if all the smog produced in Beijing was reduced to zero, Beijing would still have a bad smog problem thanks to Shanxi, Hebei, Henan and other nearby province's coal mining, coal-fired power plants and other heavy industry activity such as concrete and steel production sites that has very poor environmental regulation and oversight.

2. Beijing's population is already basically 22 million (technically 21, 240, 000) according to the United Nations. Go to page 14; http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/publications/pdf/urbanization/the_worlds_cities_in_2016_data_booklet.pdf

3. When you consider both of my previous points this entire story is very frustrating because these promises, even if fully delivered, will not solve the smog issue. Additionally I don't see what the issue with Beijing's population is. What are they blaming it for and why are officials aiming to "cap it"? If it's about smog then look at the Tokyo area, it has way more people and very little smog.

Here is Metallica's setlist as played in Shanghai on January 15:

Note: Setlist regulars like Master of Puppets, One and Creeping Death were not played due to Chinese government censorship. First public show that Hardwired was not played since its premiere, presumably for the same reason, and first normal headlining show where no songs from Master of Puppets were performed since 1985.

And BTW mr. Mayor, I hope someone out there briefed you that there is a law in physics called the Law of Conservation of Energy, which means that the electic energy used to charge the cars come from somewhere, which in northen China, means that they come from burning coals.

And I'm wondering, if in 10 years, 100,000 Beijingers will die because of the air, while some officials knowingly come up with a less effective plan after taking bribes, aren't they criminals who should be responsible for the deaths? 

The government can keep blaming on cars, and taking bribes from and letting go of local factories while the preponderance of evidence points to factory/indistrial emission as the biggest contributor to air pollution. In the meantime, the government can keep splashing money to Chinese manufacturers of electric cars who to all who have some sense are no one but a hoard of scammers and liars while putting up even higher taxes on Japanese and American (mostly Japanese) hybrid cars such as Toyota Prius.

Thanks. They share the same space (cafe by day, restaurant at night). Mentioned that briefly already, but should have clarified more. Have done so now, see above. 

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I wouldn't define Marky Wahlberg as the "Star" of Entourage, he did cameo in the show, but more accurately he was the inspiration for the main character in the show, and was the Executive producer.

thx

 

amended accordingly

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