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.
zorigtu: Grab the nearest massive glass dome, fill it full of water and fake snow and pop it over the 2 lovers. Every christmas we can recreate the scene while gathered round the fire with friends. Just give it a shake.
webdude: Oops. Meant to include the fact the Egomobile driver wanted me to get out of his way so he could turn right on red, rather than waiting a few more seconds for the traffic light to turn green so I could go straight, on my bike, in the marked bike lane.
webdude: Maybe there was sth in the air, besides the usual smog, during APEC. After more than two years here I threw my first one finger salute, directed to a self-important jerk in a late-model black SUV. Never mind that:
1) I was in the clearly marked bike lane, waiting for the light to turn green;
2) at least three cars had already turned right (at least one cutting off a driver who, going straight on a green light, had the clear right of way);
3) the pedestrian light was down to two bars when the ass began honking, and one bar (meaning the light would turn green in a few seconds) when he decided to lean on the horn because I wouldn't kowtow to him in his gas-guzzling, air-pollution spewing Egomobile.
Given those factors, I was finally pissed enough to salute. Yes, I could get away with it because I'm a laowai. On the other hand, as a laowai I'm aware I stick out like a sore thumb, so should set a good example.
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?
beijingphotowalks: 'Dalmadoodle', along with several other awesome dog breed names (as they are mashups of two breeds) like Goldendoodle and Cockapoo. As a dog owner we suspect we have a 'Schnaurier', a breed I just made up for our rescue dog Ruby who we guess is an unspecified terrier-Schnauzer mix. Shame we won't be able to bring her and our Husky Angel if we win! :-)