Tag Archives: Rural area

Tom chats about rural China on ChinaBlogcast.com


I had the chance last night to record a podcast with Mike from the new website ChinaBlogcast.com. We talked a bit about my last few posts on life in rural China, and I shared a few other thoughts and anecdotes. You … Continue reading

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China’s tourism push – Does every city really need a new old town?


Yesterday we looked at a few of the pros and cons of rural life, today we’ll be looking at the development plan for this region. “China is a large country with a large population,” seemed to be the catch-all excuse … Continue reading

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Trading family for a washing machine – Are China’s poor really better off?


China’s rise has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty, but has life really improved as much as that claim implies? As a recent study shows, life satisfaction in China has not increased over the past 20 years, which seems to … Continue reading

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