China: Fifty-three things you may not know

As if learning Chinese wasn't hard enough, did you know that all bloggers in China are security encryption experts?

‘An effective way to visit Wikipedia’ [zh]—which is blocked in China—from Bokee blogger KangKang:


Wikimedia now offers a way to safely access Wiki websites via HTTPS. Use the following links:

* 中文维基百科

Chinese Wikipedia

* 中文维基新闻

Chinese Wikinews

* 英文维基百科

English Wikipedia

如果访问其他语言版本,将上述URL中的zh, en换成相应的语言代码;如果访问其他计划,将上述URL中的wikipedia,wikinews替换为相应项目的名称。例如:

If you visit other language editions, replace the ‘zh’ and ‘en’ in the above URLs with the relevant language code; if you visit other Wiki projects, replace the ‘wikipedia’ or ‘wikinews’ in the URLs above with the relevant project name. For example:

* 维基共享 ->

Wikicommons ->


Special Circumstances:

* 维基文库公共入口 ->

Wikilibrary Public Entrance ->


The problem with these kinds of visitation methods is that cross-project or cross-language links won't work. A partial solution is to enter Template:SSLFixupjs into the custom configuration file on the user page. Method as following:

* 进入 Special:Mypage/monobook.js。你可以在沙箱或者自己的用户页写 [[Special:Mypage/monobook.js]]然后保存,通过生成的链接(如果之前没有编辑过,一般是红字)进入编辑。
* 在编辑框输入{{Subst:SSLFixupjs|100}},然后保存。
* 当页面重新显示后,Mozilla/Firefox用户点重新加载(或ctrl-r),IE/Opera用户点ctrl-f5, Safari用户点cmd-r,Konqueror用户点ctrl-r。这一步骤可以刷新页面,强行加载新的js文件。之后,就可以使用了。

Enter Special:Mypage/monobook.js. In the sandbox or your own user page write [[Special:Mypage/monobook.js]] and then save. Via the link this creates (if has not yet been edited, there will usually be a red cross) enter the Editor.
In the Edit frame type {{Subst:SSLFixupjs|100}} and then save.
When the page reappears, Mozilla/Firefox users click Reload (or Ctrl-R), IE/Opera users press Ctrl-F5, Safari users press Cmd-R, Konqueror users press Ctrl-R. This step will refresh the page and force load the new js file. After that, it's ready to use.


* 只能用于登陆用户,IP用户不能使用。
* 如果你采用其他方法访问维基,所添加的代码不会起任何作用。
* 如果你通过这个方法去访问跨项目和跨语言链接,你在其它项目上也应该有一个用户名并且按照将刚才的模板所生成的代码复制到该项目相应的配置文件,否则你在哪个项目就不能使用这个功能。另外,目前维基文库上的这个模板稍有点不同,请不要直接复制生成的代码,而是使用{{Subst: SSLFixupjs|100}}这种方法。

Characteristics of this method:
-logging in can only be done by registering as a user, IP logins cannot be used.
-if you use other methods to visit Wiki, any attached code won't have any effect.
-if you use this method to visit cross-project or cross-language links, you should have a username for other projects and copy the code created in the above template to the respective configuration files in those projects, or else you will not be able to use this function in that project. In addition, the present template in Wikilibrary is a little different. Please do not directly copy the code created, but use {{Subst: SSLFixupjs|100}}.


Webpage Proxies


Many websites now offer proxy services; just type the URL into the text frame on the front page and you will be able to visit the website of the requested URL.
Due to webpage proxies’ instability, listed here are only a few examples of how to visit Wikipedia via webpage proxy service.


If any dialog boxes appear while the webpage is loading, please click the Accept of OK button. Some links might not be able to save cookies or accept CSS; therefore you may not be able to register/create a user account or the page might appear incomplete.

One hundred and one other tips here [zh], and if you have time check out secure Gmail at

Special interests aren't getting any special treatment whatsoever, says a post [zh] from Daniel Wu at Blogbus, looking at a government move to see lobbying groups in China to grow and work without shady funding, ostensibly on their own merit:


An October 4 report from Xinhuanet reads: “At the same time as the ruling party encourages market competition, it is preparing to take measures to restrain and monitor “special interest groups”, to prevent harm to public interests and the destruction of a harmonious society. The report quotes Chinese Academy of Social Sciences researcher Lu Xueyi as saying, “from now on regulations and democratic processes will be used to harmonize relations with interest groups, regulate conflicts of interest and reach consensus with all interest groups from the same level playing field. The reporter finally says, “there exists an intimate relationship between the formation and development of ‘special interest groups’ and commercial bribery; the action currently underway in cracking down on commercial bribery also illustrates the precautions taken in regards to the possible forming of ‘special interest groups’.”
From the report it can be seen that those in power are now attempting to prevent reform from sinking into a quagmire of influential capitalists. Although the report only mentions the desire to “prevent certain government departments and officials from becoming the agents of ‘special interests groups’,” when considered in context with the recent situation, it's not hard to feel the anger the highest levels bear towards the growth of inner-party and inner-government special interest groups, and anxiety to be seen as equals with the core. The background to the several large monopolozied industries named in the report are certain current and past Party higher-ups considered to have significant vested interests. Put another way, the conflicts of the people's internal interest groups mentioned at the Second Plenary Session of the Thirteenth Central Committee of the Communist Party of China have already pervaded the upper levels of the ruling party and may prove to be a threat to the Hu and Wen's political program of “harmonious society-ism”. Therefore, we believe:


1. Prior to spring next year, the authorities’ focus will be on cracking down on “parochial and exclusive” ‘special interest groups, and not on “the people's internal interest groups’. This should not be misread as the higher-ups no longer tolerating the existence of “interest groups” and their legal activities (including lobbying activities).
2. Despite there being no necessary or intrinsic connection between commercial bribery and lobbying activities, cracking down on commercial bribery inevitably entails cracking down on the existence of certain harmful occurrences and tendencies. Not ruling out the possibility of short-term ‘overcorrecting’.
3. This stands to make China's still-toddling lobbying activities face new public and supervisory pressure on, but at the same obtain a new healthy development force. ‘Relying on regulations and democratic processes to harmonize relations with interest groups, regulate conflicts of interest’ might also obtain status within the system for China's lobbyist activities as well as provide major opportunities.

Funding isn't the issue for eBay in Asia, says Sina blogger Shang Jin, but incompatible local attitudes towards doing business:


eBay's retreat and estrangement from pan-Asian business
eBay Taiwan closed its doors yesterday. They were down to just three employees, but they weren't even eBay staff, according to what Wang Jianshuo says, but Kijiji guys.


This is not just about eBay selling itself off, or who is fighting off foreign rivals then succeeding at listing on the market. This is a reference topic for research into the age of internet commerce. eBay's innovation in using internet interactivity, over ten years, spread the c2c business model, and succeeded in winning the world over. But in moving towards b2c and b2b, globalization became a problem. The retreat from Taiwan also includes ebay being beaten off the mainland by Taobao, actually a problem worth reflecting on. Asian local business culture, particulary how consumers identify with the product as well as the issue of trust in business culture, is vastly different from Europe. eBay may have a monopoly existence in Germany, which goes to show the feasability of American-style commerce in Europe. But this doesn't apply in East Asian deeply Confucian political culture circles. Aside from differences in business culture, societal structure and modes of interaction between people, even on an internet interface, are very different in Asia.

So just what are these local attitudes? Here's a fun little piece [zh] blogger Ayok borrowed from entitled ‘A New Fifty Chinese Characteristics as Seen in Foreigners’ Eyes‘:

1.百姓收入是欧美的几十分之一 ,房价却要赶超欧美

1. People's incomes are several tenths of those in Europe or America, but house prices are quickly overtaking those in Europe or America.


2. The flat may be yours, but the land forever belongs to the state! A recent addition is, “the flat is just a part of the land”!


3. International long-distance, the price of calling from within China to abroad is over ten times the cost of phoning from abroad to within China! This is called supporting national industries—respect “China Mobile“!


5. Crying “the Chinese nation's great rebirth”, “educate for a prosperous nation”, “education is fundamental” all day long……but the go-vern-ment invests so little money into education as to compare with the poor African country Uganda. Money the people dig up themselves for education costs gets invested in many global crowns. This is called socialism's superiority!


5. Civil servants’ salaries aren't at the national average, but over three times above it. This is called “high salaries foster a well-off society”


6. Civil servants throughout the country don't need to pay a single penny towards ‘old-age pension’, but their pensions after retirement are over three times as high as anyone else in the country. Neighbor country's Koizumi didn't pay his old-age pension for three months and CCTV stations across the country aired the scandal day after day. This is called “the pot calling the kettle black.”


7. Renting a private room requires paying a monthly fee to the police station (similar to a triad protection fee?)

8.禁止收看外国的电视节目!- (比塔利班的禁止收看电视可能要仁慈一点)

8. Watching foreign television programs is prohibited! (perhaps just a bit more merciful than the Taliban's ban on watching television)


9. Travelling inside the country even requires a “visa”. (Going to Hong Kong requires a cross-border visa; going to Shenzhen requires a border defense inspection certificate)


10. Oppose the ruling party and you'll go to jail. (I'd like to see who's brave enough to go on the street and yell “Down with…”)


11. Listed companies get into fraud, and shareholders take the losses, but national courts don't take this kind of compensation cases! (because there are no laws to fall upon)


12. It is forbidden to use one's own purchased flat as a company office (Shanghai has already written the law, which says you have no right of control over your own property)


13. Go to the internet bar and you'll need to show some identification.


14. Pornographic publications remain illegal, but sex toy shops can be found everywhere.


15. Prices for motorbike operating licenses (license plates) are several times more expensive than the price of the motorbikes themselves.


16. Internet content that can be browsed overseas might be unbrowseable in this country (it's not a glitch in your computer).


17. Making phone calls is getting more and more expensive; even if you don't call anyone you still have to pay (with dear China Telecom's mobiles, both parties get charged).


18. Rulings on malpractice cases are actually set by the hospitals themselves (courts refer to the respective hospital authorities’ appraisal reports reports when passing judgements.


19. Casinos are illegal, but lotteries fill the sky and are legal.

20.该国法官说的最多的一句话就是:”因还没有这方面的相关法律> “

20. The one phrase most often uttered by judges in this country is: “because in this case there is still no relevant law.”


21. The army belongs to a certain political party; it is not the government's.


22. People cannot directly take part in elections to elect leaders.


23. One country can have two kinds of system (of course this is forced, and not willing).


24. Every company has a position called Party branch secretary (of course, it's not responsible for company operations).


25. In this country there is a “retired cadre” class, which enjoys a higher salary than common citizens.


26. Leaders in this country like to show off their broken English in public occasions.


27. News media is funded by a certain political party, but using taxpayer money (news is the mouthpiece of our Party).


28. The people cannot change their place of residence at will (hukou system).


29. The currency of this country cannot be circulated in the world.


30. Every husband and wife couple are only allowed to have one child.


31. The citizens of this country are used to lies, are not willing to accept the truth.


32. In this country out of a hundred go-vern-ment officials, one hundred are guilty of corruption (of course, the amount and size of the corruption varies).


33. Inner party administrative warnings and punishments are used in place of capital punishment.


34. “Unemployed” in this country is referred to as “laid-off”.


35. Resources in this country are abundant, but many cannot be used (because they've all been polluted).

36.该国没有商业电视台 ,但电视广告却比国外台多好几倍.

36. There are no commercial television stations in this country, but there are several times more television ads than on foreign stations.


37. The less the people know the better; this is this country's “stated national policy.”


38. Over thirty percent of the population of this country is illiterate or semi-illiterate.


39. Within the legal system of this country there is a policy of “confession is met with leniency and resistance with severity” (although it hasn't been used over the last several years).


40. To open a bar in this country there are a hundred forms to get approved, but a thousand to open a company.

41.该国是目前世界上唯一的发展中的社会主义国家 ,它的最终目标是实现Communist主义–(是不是很伟大呀…哈)

41. This is the only developing socialist country in the world, its ultimate goal is to realize communism (isn't that so great? Ha).


42. There are color televisions in this country, isn't that enviable? However, they're used to receive the Party's directives.


43. Locals refer to non-locals as “outside unemployed influx”.


44. This country's ruling party monopolizes many industries; they're called ‘national industries’ (telecommunications, traffic, media, water, electricity and coal).


45. In this country, you can find any world-famous goods for cheap (although it's all fake…ha)


46. This country was once the largest consumer of opium, but now it's turning into the world's biggest consumer of cigarettes (the ratio of smokers to the total population is ranked highest in the world).


47. Many foreign companies sell their defective products to this country, because this country's products are even more defective than those.


48. The citizens of this country all seem to want to annihilate Japan, but then they often spend half their fortune on Japanese goods (agh, this way Japan will never be annihilated…ha).


49. The citizens of this country (most of them) think all they need is love……………


50. The citizens of this country (most of them) won't be able to help but laugh after reading this.


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