Toilets: You're doing it wrong

Avoiding squatters? You’re doing it wrong

We tend to lend a lot of letters to the discussion of using toilets in China here at Lost Laowai. We have Erika's post delivering some truths about the Chinese lady's room, which continues to rack up rather heated comments three years after being published; as well, we have Travis' humourous account of the first time he used a squat toilet.

I suppose it's because it is a vulnerable moment in most every day that ca…

Thousands stranded at Guangzhou train station due to landslide. Photo

Avoid Guangzhou train station, 80,000 stranded after landslide

From the Global Times:
Train service of Guangzhou Railway Station, a rail hub in south China, has been suspended after landslides blocked a railway artery linking Guangzhou and Beijing, Guangzhou Railway Corporation said on Sunday.

The company could not confirm when the train service could resume.

More than 80,000 passengers would not be able to board their trains, according to the company's estimates.

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“This is Sanlitun” needs your help, sorta

Synopsis: Gary is in Beijing to make it big, after failing to impress his Chinese investors he soon takes up English teaching and gets life lessons from Frank, an incompetent mentor. Gary's real reasons for staying become apparent when his son and Chinese ex-wife enter.

The film looks hilarious, and while I don't know if all the comedy will connect with the non-China expat crowd, there's surely enough ex-China…


Illegal foreign teachers arrested in Shenzhen

The bureau did not reveal how many foreigners had been arrested or give further details as investigations into the cases are still continuing.

At present, there are about 13,000 foreign residents living in Nanshan District, accounting for 42 percent of the expatriate population in the city.

According to the Shenzhen Administration of Foreign Experts, about 11,000 foreigners with valid work permits were empl…

DIY air purifier from the Particle Counting blog.

Breathe easier in China with this inexpensive DIY air purifier

A PhD student and Fulbright scholar based in Beijing has a great little Tumblr blog that shows, with data, that you can skip the expensive air purifiers and make your own for about $30.

This post goes through the details of how to make the air purifier, and where to buy a proper filter. The principle is embarrassingly simple: Buy a typical box fan, stick a HEPA filter on the front of it, breathe clean air -- no …

12-year-old Lei Xiaoxia's parents tearfully retell their story.

‘Living with Dead Hearts’ an afflictive & important film

When 3-year-old Kienan Hebert was abducted in 2011, an entire country paid attention. For four days Canadian news agencies ran story after story. Child abduction was everywhere, permeating the collective Canuck consciousness. And when he was safely returned by his kidnapper, the relief and joy of the parents was shared across the country, and in the case of this Canadian, across the globe.

I couldn't help but …

Beijing Airport. Photo by Luke Blacks.

Travel Advisory: Chinese airport security beefed up, expect delays

In addition to SWAT officers being deployed to the capital's airport, explosive checks are being carried out at both the arrival and departure halls, with security personnel swiping palm-sized testing paper on passengers' luggage.

Shanghai's Pudong and Hongqiao international airports have been checking for explosives at exits and entrances since Sunday, according to the Shanghai Airport Authority, which opera…

Beijing State of Mind

Beijing State of Mind: Commie jungle where dreams are made of

There have been a lot of laowai-led China-tribute pastiche music videos circling the interwebs over the last year or so, which is why when "Beijing State of Mind" began buzzing through the tubes about a week ago, I only gave it a raised eyebrow and moved along. My bad.

Filmed by one-time-laowai Mark Griffith, and starring Andrew Dougherty and Princess Fortier, the video is a very well done Beijing-tweaked redux of…

Andrew Hales: Taking people's umbrellas

Stealing umbrellas just for laughs in Chengdu

Youtube celebrity and prankster Andrew Hales, who makes awkwardly funny videos for his channel Losing All Hope Was Freedom (LAHWF), is currently in Chengdu, Sichuan, and messing with the locals.

In his first video from the city, he randomly approaches people and takes their umbrella. Reactions range from confusion to tight-fisted objection to laughter. Watch for yourself:

And for you VPNless folks, Youku ve…

Photo by James M. Turley

China Daily foreigner photographer contest

The China Daily has announced a contest for foreigners interested in spending two weeks travelling around to some of China's best tourist attractions -- all expenses paid.
A FREE trip to China’s top tourist attractions, including Mogao Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the picturesque city of Hangzhou and its must-see West Lake! You can also feel the economic pulse in the world-renowned small commodity tr…