Monthly Archives: May 2015

May 27

The Tea Party in China

By Mitchell Blatt | Politics and Government

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.”

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“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.”

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“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.

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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.

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Guesthouses and bbq.