Monthly Archives: May 2015

May 27

The Tea Party in China

By Mitchell Blatt | Uncategorized

I was showing another passenger photos of life in America on the train from Zhuzhou to Nanjing last night when I got to photos from the Washington, DC Tea Party protest on July 4, 2009.

“Here’s something you can’t do in China,” I said.

“Yes, you need a permit.”

“This person is saying Barack Obama is a dictator. You couldn’t say that [in a public forum] about Xi Jinping, could you?”

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“This person is saying she opposes Barack Obama’s policies.”

“This person says Barack Obama is a socialist. That is something you could say in China. Xi Jinping is a socialist.”

“You can’t say he is a capitalist.”

Being a capitalist myself, I have uploaded some of my Tea Party pictures to Dreamstime where you can purchase them. Visit Dreamstime to purchase the following shots:
Tea Party Protesters Raise Signs
Tea Partiers Stand in Front of Capitol at Protest
Tea Partiers Saying the Pledge of Allegiance
Tea Party Sign: Read the Bill

May 15

Guilin Guesthouses and One of the Best Train Rides

By Mitchell Blatt | Travel

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The three hour train ride from Guangzhou South to Guilin North station must be one of the most beautiful in China. The view out the window transitions from a sprawling view of Guangzhou’s skyline when you depart to views of farmland and mountains and then into the steep rocky, karst points of northern Guangxi.


Once you arrive at Guilin North, there is a whole street of cheap hotels and guesthouses just at the side of the station. Don’t go to the first ones you see. You might think 100 RMB for a single room is cheap if you are coming from Guangzhou. But the guesthouses further down the road and in the allies have rooms starting at 40 or 50 RMB.

Guesthouses and bbq.

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Mitchell Blatt is an intrepid travel writer, and an author of two top China guidebooks, who brings his readers deep into the cultures of the places he explores. Subscribe now to get real stories of real people in real places around the world delivered right to your inbox.