China On The Brink - Hangzhou en When Fuel Prices Rise in the Land of Production <p><i>Editor's Note: Excerpts from this story appear in the August 2008 edition of the <a href="">China Economic Review</a>. The article can be found <a href="">here</a></i> <i>(subscription required).</i> </p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> business development Fuel Growing Pains Hangzhou Shanghai Tue, 24 Jun 2008 06:47:41 -0600 Michael R. Jeffers 375 at Traditional Medicine Faces Uncertain Role in Chinese Development <p><!--StartFragment--><br /> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Verdana">Bins of white mice, racks of sealed test tubes and beakers with unidentifiable residue are organized on shelves in a sterile room. When it comes to the practice of Chinese medicine today, the habit of reaching into a gallon-sized bin and mixing a potion of fresh and dried herbs has left the labs in Chinese medical schools following the integration of Western medicine.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Verdana"> <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Beijing Growing Pains Hangzhou medicine Shanghai Tue, 24 Jun 2008 04:00:13 -0600 Marjon Rostami 371 at China's Crowded Churches Stifle 'Religious Warmth' <p><!--StartFragment--><br /> <p class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 13px"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The group of eight assembles every Sunday morning, risking arrest.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">On a Sunday morning in June, they filed into a tiny, windowless underground apartment in Beijing to attend a Christian church service in the second little room to the left of the front door. Pastor He Xian spent the next two hours leading his small flock in hymns and delivering a sermon as congregants sat attentively on plastic folding chairs about four feet away.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Beijing Christianity Growing Pains Hangzhou religion Shanghai The New Citizen Xian Tue, 24 Jun 2008 02:47:50 -0600 Zachary Warmbrodt 351 at hayes_jeffers_line_003 <p>Song Xianjiang, a truck driver from Jiang Su Province, carries fruits and vegetables across China. </p> Travel Diary diesel Growing Pains Hangzhou truck driver Mon, 23 Jun 2008 23:24:06 -0600 Katie Hayes 305 at Big Brother (and Everyone Else) is Watching <p><!--StartFragment--><br /> <p class="MsoNormal">A 20-something woman takes off her pants in a doctor’s office. She stands wearing purple-striped bikini-cut underwear in a room full of strangers. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">A mother holds her toddler over a bush in an elevated squatting position. A convenient tailored opening allows the kid to do his business, major or minor, without the burden of diapers, or any protective layer. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary Beijing Hangzhou Shanghai Mon, 23 Jun 2008 06:04:05 -0600 Marjon Rostami 293 at China Hikes Domestic Fuel Prices <p>A day after I wrote my <a href="/content/with-low-fixed-gas-prices-china-soaring-oil-costs-mean-long-lines-pump">blog</a> about the fuel shortages caused by China’s artificially low state-controlled prices, the government raised the price of diesel by 18 percent, the equivalent of $3.83 a gallon.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary Fuel Growing Pains Hangzhou Shanghai Sat, 21 Jun 2008 09:51:22 -0600 Michael R. Jeffers 288 at With Low Fixed Gas Prices in China, Soaring Oil Costs Mean Long Lines at the Pump <p>A long line of lumbering two-ton trucks were backed up for at least a mile along one of Hangzhou’s major highways by 11 a.m. the other day. As we crept by stopped trucks and gruff-looking drivers passing time on the roadside, our taxi driver said the holdup was at the fuel station. We soon learned that the state-owned <a href="">Sinopec</a> station would only be selling diesel until 4 p.m.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary business Growing Pains Hangzhou oil Tue, 17 Jun 2008 03:55:26 -0600 Michael R. Jeffers 274 at In Rural China Enterprising Villagers Are Elected to Leadership <p>“Everything for the peasant!,” proclaims village head Ding Jingang, as trailed by his entourage, he strides down the main road of Tihucun, a rural community located in Shaanxi province in central China.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary development Hangzhou politics Xi&#039;an Mon, 16 Jun 2008 01:24:38 -0600 Zachary Lown 273 at