I find this really interesting, and about time the rules were enforced. I don’t think I have taken a flight in recent memory where the somebody has not been using their phone during take off or landing. The only strange thing with rules in China is that they will not allow a mobile phone to be used in Airplane Mode, yet a cellular based iPad in Airplane Mode draws no attention.
It turns out that China was actually serious when it warned passengers against using phones on planes last year. Shockingly serious, in fact.
Source: Three Chinese passengers have been jailed this year for using their mobile phones during flight: Shanghaiist
I’ve often wondered this while putting on my thermals to keep warm despite having the air conditioner on full blast.
Due to budgetary limitations, however, this heating entitlement was only extended to areas to the north of the geographical dividing line between northern and southern China – the Huai River-Qin Mountains Line. The logic being that they have a longer winter, which last for at least 90 days (meteorologically, a winter day is defined in China as when the average daily temperature falls below 5 C).
Source: Explainer: Why Beijing Gets Central Heating Yet Shanghai is Left in the Cold – Thatsmags.com
Some recent China news suggests VPN is now banned in China. Is VPN banned in China? We will discuss the news and whether you can still use VPNs in China.
Source: Is VPN Banned in China? – VPNDada.com
This is probably the best article I have read based on the recent new VPN laws announced in China. Many of the other articles pain the picture of the end of the internet as us Expats know it. Although we cannot be sure exactly what will happen, I think VPNDada.com have assessed the situation well.
As much as China excels at putting up buildings, they are they are just as good at taking them down.
Source: WATCH: 19 buildings blown to rubble in 10 seconds in downtown Wuhan: Shanghaiist
This is pretty cool, but what’s interesting is that the Shanghai Tower will soon be the third tallest building in the world!
Thank Donald Duck for that…..
Airpocalypses not withstanding, China is continuing to take the lead in the global fight against climate change, announcing that plans for 104 proposed coal power plants in the country will be halted.
Source: China slams brakes on construction of 104 new coal power plants: Shanghaiist
Beijingers are used to seeing soy used to produce all manner of foodstuffs – tofu, soy milk, edamame, protein supplements, soy sauce … but soon we may be using this miracle bean to protect us from the city’s notoriously bad air.
Source: Is Tofu the Answer to Our Smog Problem? This Scientist From Beijing Says It May Just Be | the Beijinger
Now I know what I want for my birthday!
We have seen a lot of connected coffee machines last year, from Auroma Brewing Company to Smarter Coffee. This year in CES 2017, iGulu, the company behind an automated home beer brewing machine, wo…
Source: This Shanghai startup is making it easier to brew beer at home
This is an interesting piece. I always think China manufacturing is better than it actually is. Hopefully things are now changing for China which is great!
China is close to producing a fully domestically-made ballpoint pen after a long struggle.
Source: Pen power: China closer to ballpoint success – BBC News
So the many hours trekking around around numerous foreign supermarkets in search of Marmite were indeed in vain.
Ever wondered why you can’t find Marmite, American beef and proper
Source: ☠ BANNED! 4 foods you want, but just can’t have in China: Shanghaiist