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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Some local news

Not much has been going on since the last vacation, except a lot of work so I thought I would post about some local news items. This story is about how much Chengdu people love to play Mahjong...

Chengdu's nonstop majiang: Man dies, game goes uninterrupted

Chengdu residents are known for their love of majiang--and a recent video shows just how far this passion extends.

In the video, an elderly man has just fallen to the ground, and while onlookers crowd around and call emergency personnel to the scene, at the next table over, a group of majiang players are devotedly playing their game, not once looking up at the commotion around them.

What can I say... life is cheap here. Not sure of all the reasons that it is, but maybe I'll devote an entire post to that some day. Here's another article I saw the other day...

Chengdu To Encourage International Dining Enterprises

Chengdu will also launch a batch of major projects for building a gourmet city, including creating local leading dining enterprises, cultivating five dining enterprises with sales of CNY500 million, and developing five dining enterprises into multinational firms.

In addition, Chengdu will focus more on attracting investments and will introduce five well-know multinational dining enterprises, including Burger King, Long John Silver's, and Hardee's...

Not really gourmet, but it will be interesting to see if these places do well in Chengdu. Rumor has it that one of the five places will be a Romano's Macaroni Grill restaurant. That'll be nice!


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