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littleivy: I understand the appeal of these articles, especially for parents who are struggling with issues with their children (particularly during the teenage years). But, as a teenager, I also think these articles are extremely condescending and, to some extent, unnecessary. I won't write too much about it, simply because this sixteen-year-old student, in a letter to The Times, articulates it perfectly: http://www.buzzfeed.com/tasneemnashrulla/a-16-year-old-wrote-an-angry-letter-to-the-times-about-how-t
tracyhu1995: Awesome park. My family comes here often because it's very close to our house, and my parents would walk kilometers and kilometers every day. It's great because it's not very crowded, and there is a lot of open space. Definitely recommend this to everyone who want some exercise, or just get away from the city lights for a while.
zepp: I like the creativity of this piece but I also have to say that it's a little bit insulting to be saying Beijing's drivers & pedestrians are not operating in a safe fashion. Different doesn't translate into bad.
Yes, people bunch up in the intersection as the forward-moving traffic is at a red light and they inch by inch press upon the left-turn lane traffic that has the green direction arrow. But if it was so abhorrently dangerous the culture would shift away from such and thus, patterns would alter. The point is to some foreigners, what is witnessed may seem like nothing more than chaos. But keep in mind there are different attitudes/values/rules/laws which determine who has the right of way from country to country. The millions and millions of cars that take to the road every day in this city, I'm actually surprised I don't see significantly greater no. of serious collisions. The most typical thing to see is a fender bender suffered during rush hour, bumper to bumper traffic. And fender benders aren't unique to Beijing or China.
biglebowski: I love the question at the end of the article "Do you think this is an isolated case?" That is hilarious!!! Yes, nothing like that goes on in any other establishment in Beijing or anywhere over China! Thank you for making me smile today
brittneywong: One time some friends and I went to a restaurant off Xindong Lu famous for its RMB300+ crab zhou. The zhou was good, but I left still hungry and poor. And then I saw a thick, muscle-y rat scurry across the floor. A mistake all around.
zepp: There is some light which needs to be shed. Different cultures look at waitstaff differently. Some cultures look at them as staff who they desire entertainment from, to know about the menu and be bright and cheery and ask meaningless questions and push dessert, whilst other cultures look at waitstaff as a conduit to what the kitchen prepares and to ring the bell when something needed but otherwise let friends talk with friends. The L.A. Times did a recent story on this, with the growing no. of Korean restaurants opening up in that fair town. Essentially the article said the same thing...that some Americans were having trouble adjusting to the service because they feel like they should be waited on hand and foot. When the paper went to interview the wait staff, they were like "most of our customers are Korean, and we're an authentic Korean restaurant. If in Korea a wait staff comes up like an American server girl, they will find it bothersome to ask if they need anything when the customer never asked for it. The patrons are their to socialize with their friends and only call for something when they need it. Our job is to get it to them as quickly as possible without the chit chat." Something to that effect.
In China I have found it to be largely the same. Yes, customers might ask what are some great dishes you'd recommend but I haven't heard people ask things like "so what's fun to do around here?" or "do you have any tips for when we visit Disney World?" I have seen non-Chinese complain about the service because they found the wait staff "cold," (never mind they don't speak a lick of Mandarin anyways and wouldn't be able to chit chat with them) but then I point out that our dishes were all the ones we ordered, our bill was correct, and our food was served hot and empty beer bottles replaced with full ones. I then explain that they're no longer in THEIR home country and they need to realize that in China and elsewhere, things may be done differently. It gets them to re-evaluate what they define as "bad" wait staff.
And Mr. Cunningham, not tipping at ALL if it's customary in your country to tip? If service is so bad that you don't believe a tip is in order, why do you not leave the restaurant? Why not give a paltry 10% if the service was bad, or ask to be seated in a different area or served by a different waiter? If the service was such a huge turnoff from your dining experience, I have no idea why you would continue to take up space in the booth. Explain to the manager that it's SO bad and tell them you're not paying for the food due to the server's inhospitable attitude. But if someone doesn't smile when they see you or mind your water glass like a hawk, that's perhaps deserving of only 10% but not a refusal to pay whilst continuing to eat your food at the restaurant's table!
liuwen62: This girl just got a text msg from her secret lover to meet at the door who's love she probably could never get......But she always ignores the true love watching behind her......Let's call it a life
zepp: Soon Google and Microsoft will have devices which take in a foreign language and translate what's been said into the person's native language. These services and even the need to hire an interpreter or learn a new language will be things of the past. We'll have these devices in our pockets or on our wrist (if not simply our mobile phones) and soon we'll all be interacting with each other with no go between. Just a nicely written piece of software and a data connection will be all that's needed.