...it can be a bit rough around the edges.

13th June 2012

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No electricity today…but they’re prepared for that. Unlike the UK, where if the power goes out, nothing gets done and everything grinds to a halt.

7th June 2012

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End of term at school. Old textbooks no longer required. 

6th June 2012

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More public park apparatuses or devices. I’ve worked out what you’re supposed to do with some of them, the rest are still a mystery.

6th June 2012

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Fake Apple Stores in Xilinhot. There’s four of them in my neighbourhood. One is quite convincing, the rest are not so convincing.

http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2011/07/21/the-ultimate-knock-off-a-fake-apple-store/

3rd June 2012

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Exercise machines or kinky devices? 

You see them in many public parks and apartment complex courtyards. Vivid, garish, blinding apparatuses made of cheap aluminum, polystyrene and whatever plastic was available at the time of construction.

3rd June 2012

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Rusty and rickety….Xilinhot’s very own theme park.

I’ve never actually been on a ride at a theme park or fairground in China, except for  Hong Kong Disneyland…I certainly wasn’t about to start here, that’s for sure. I know what they can be like for NOT maintaining and servicing machinery in mainland China. The pirate ship ride (top left picture) was certainly making some really horrible and worrying noises. 

3rd June 2012

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I’ve started but I will not finish..II. That rusting crane hasn’t moved an inch in over two years.  

I’ve started but I will not finish..II. That rusting crane hasn’t moved an inch in over two years.  

28th May 2012

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The red carpet treatment at a Hong Kong shopping mall… no stealing, no smoking, no eating, no drinking, no spitting, no littering, no sitting, no tripping, no stumbling, no breathing…. but your credit cards are always welcome….and remember to smile at the cameras.

The red carpet treatment at a Hong Kong shopping mall… no stealing, no smoking, no eating, no drinking, no spitting, no littering, no sitting, no tripping, no stumbling, no breathing…. but your credit cards are always welcome….and remember to smile at the cameras.

12th May 2012

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Ten green bottles sitting on the wall,
Ten green bottles sitting on the wall,
And if one green bottle should accidentally fall.
There’ll be nine green bottles sitting on the wall.

Ten green bottles sitting on the wall,

Ten green bottles sitting on the wall,

And if one green bottle should accidentally fall.

There’ll be nine green bottles sitting on the wall.

12th May 2012

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More electrics..400 VOLTS!! Armoured 3-phase 400V supply cable coming straight from the substation, connected to a rather thin domestic mains cable with sticky tape, which was feeding a 300 AMP welder. No fuses, no breakers, no RCDs and of course no electric meter.