Two data tables about China’s manufacturing labor wages show the concentration of employment opportunities is still in rural areas instead of urban. However, higher wages and an accelerated wage growth is taking place in urban manufacturing areas.
According to a recent Wall Street Journal article published on May 17th, 2013, countries such as Bangladesh, Vietnam and Cambodia are receiving more manufacturing jobs in garment sector as their wages are relatively lower. Apparently, $1.74 an hour for manufacturing jobs is just too expensive! Geez, aren’t international corporations loyal to their hardworking employees. Now, Chinese government officials have to consider if $1.74 is just too high a wage per hour in order to retain those profit sucking corporations. If that’s not enough, the RMB is expected to increase in value up to 3%.
Hong Kong melds eastern and western cultures better than Martha Stewart mixes spices with seasons. A former British Colony known best for its quality opium, you won’t have to hit the hookah to enhance your views of the harbor. Now a major financial center in Asia, Hong Kong is known for its dense population and its famed housing shortage. International trade freely flows through the city’s port and Hong Kong’s film industry makes it the Hollywood of the Orient. The city is divided into 18 unique districts and which better district to explore than the one that is known as the dark side of Hong Kong.
The Chinese Yoyo is a toy from China that is made of two equally sized disks and connected with a long axle. Two sticks are used to keep the yo-yo spinning and mastering the skill requires a lost childhood, overbearing parents and long periods of isolation in a small windowless room.
It is believed that the yoyo was invented in China but evidence currently shows that it was used in Greece as early as 500 BCE. Historians have evidence that the Chinese yoyo was invented sometime during the Ming Dynasty between the 14th and 17th century. There must be a shortage of yoyo historians to research and provide conclusive evidence of the yoyo’s existence. Strange, I thought that Yoyo history was the leading major in most history departments.
The Chinese Basketball Association is the professional league for men’s basketball in China and is also known as the CBA; it should never be confused with the less prestigious and defunct Continental Basketball Association. The league was founded in 1995 and is comprised of 17 teams eagerly awaiting to compete for Xi Jinping’s love and affection. The season begins in October and ends in February just in time for Valentine’s Day. During the regular season, each team plays each other twice, once on the road and once at home for a total of 34 regular season games. The All Star game is held at the end of the regular season each year.
Bai Ling is a famous Chinese actress that has had a successful acting career in Hollywood. Born in Chengdu, Sichuan on October 10, 1966, Bai Ling began her performing career as a member of the Peoples’ Liberation Army. She entertained troops stationed in Tibet. Imagine that many a monk considered renouncing their monk hood after seeing Bai Ling perform.
Rice grows on every continent in the world except Antarctica and has 21 different wild varieties. Strange, I thought that polar bears ate a healthy diet of rice with penguin on the side.
- In 2007, China consumed the most rice in the world with 102,640,324 metric tons of rice. Wonder if all of that rice could fit into the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium. Probably not.
- China accounts for 26% of all the rice production in the world. When you have 1.3 billion people, I am pretty sure you produce 26% percent of the world total of anything you want.
Jackie Chan was born in Hong Kong to Charles and Lee Chan in 1954. The first seven years of his life he lived in a mansion because his father worked as a cook for the French Ambassador. His parents moved to Australia when he was seven years old because his father won a job as a cook and he thus enrolled in the Chinese Opera Research Institute in Hong Kong, which focuses on Peking Opera. The next ten years of his life he intensely studied martial arts, singing, acrobatics and dancing.
The port of Shanghai is located at the Yangtze River basin; it is managed by Shanghai International Port Group and is the exclusive operator of all of the terminals in the port. The group became a shareholding company in 2005. The Shanghai Board of Directors and Board of Supervisors oversee the President of the port. The Chairman of the port is Chen Xuyan and the Vice Chairman is Su Xingang.
The Shanghai Port’s location in the middle of China’s eastern coastline provides it a strategic geographic location. In 2010, the port became the busiest port in the world, overtaking Singapore, with 29 million Twenty Foot Equivalent Units passing through every year. There are three main terminals in the Shanghai port: Wusongkou, Waigaoqiao, and Yangshan.
Found only in eastern China, the Chinese alligator usually attains a length of 5 feet and a weight of 80 pounds. Female alligators are known to be smaller than male alligators. Compared to American alligators, Chinese alligators are much smaller. There are only two known species of alligators in the world and they are Chinese and American alligators.
Kung Pao chicken originates from the Sichuan Province and its name literally translates to governor’s diced chicken. Ingredients in the dish include soy sauce, rice wine, rice vinegar, sugar, hoisin sauce, peanut oil, dried chilies, ginger, green onions, and chicken stock. The Sichuan peppercorn is the ingredient that gives the dish its spicy flavor and is called hua jiao in Mandarin or flower pepper.