femmefauxpas: Sounds awesome, @helenisawinner :) I tried the recipe in this post last night and much to the delight of myself and my roomies, it was wonderful. I didn't have cinnamon sticks so I used gui pi (looks more like tree bark than it does cinnamon sticks), which has the same general flavour :)
helenisawinner: I find that if you add the same amount of water-to-wine and also slip in some star anise ... and I am definitely pro-Shenzhen pepper ... and then a glug or five (well, it is Christmas after all) of port and you get a lovely winey cordial, which is till boozey and delicious.
femmefauxpas: Hi @hutonggirl I'm sorry to hear you feel this way. As someone who lives in a hutong, I wrote this piece to share information that's been useful to me when it comes to heating up my home, and lots of people who are new to winter in Beijing could do with some of this information. The Yashow recommendation was part of a larger suggestion, including things you can buy on Taobao which have really worked for us. We're working on getting more suggestions on these lists up and will be adding to this piece as we get further into the cold season. Any tips you have to share are most welcome too!
hutonggirl: I like when City Weekend does pieces related to hutongs and hacking daily life in the rougher parts of the city, but this is truly disappointing. It's barely a list and, besides number 2, gives no valuable advice besides purchasing things. Also, when giving tips about how to stay warm on a list of 4, one of them absolutely cannot be 'go to Yashow and buy winter clothing.'
rdtj23: I think that, living in Beijing, I have to say Smog. (Smoke + Fog) - not necessarily because its great, but that its a fact of life, and I didn't even realize that it was a mashup at first!
Admittedly, since everyone on here had listed most of the common ones, I went and looked a few up. My next favorites were Tarmac (Tar and Macadam - because I never thought it could be a mashup word), and Chortle (Chuckle +Snort, because it was originally from Through the looking glass).
femmefauxpas: @webdude "Questions for everyone: Does setting a good example mean simply behaving in a civilized manner, according to western standards? Does it mean ignoring jerks, or does it mean confronting them and risking unknown consequences?"
Good questions. Given the feedback that this issue has brought about all over the web, I'd say the power to the people spirit comes through nice and strong. The car being the greater power who gets to throw weight around, and the bike being the everyday person going about his/her business. It's encouraging to see these reactions, but I do wonder if this will inspire more pro-active behaviour in similar situations, for both other laowai and the locals who have supported someone standing up to this.