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Beijing, Tumblr, and China: natgeotravel: A purple haze falls over the Forbidden City in today’s Travel 365. Photograph by Lucas Vallecillos, VWPics/Redux
Beijing, Tumblr, and China: natgeotravel:

A purple haze falls over the Forbidden City in today’s Travel 365.
Photograph by Lucas Vallecillos, VWPics/Redux

natgeotravel: A purple haze falls over the Forbidden City in today’s Travel 365. Photograph by Lucas Vallecillos, VWPics/Redux

America, Anaconda, and Beijing: questionablefindings everything-is-connected penroseparticle My favorite thing is that Europe is spooky because it's old and America is spooky because it's big meduseld The difference between America and England is that Americans think 100 years is a long time, while the English think 100 miles is a long way." -Earle Hitchner burntcopper A fave of mine was always the american tales where people freaked out because 'someone died in this house and all the europeans would go ...Yes? That would be pretty much every house over 40 years old My school is older than your entire town. Sorry, you think *how far* is okay to travel for a shopping trip? American looks up at the beams in a country pub* Uh, this place has woodworm, isn't that a bit unsafe?' 'Eh, the woodworm's 400 years old, it's holding those beams together bedlamsbard A few years ago when I was in college I did a summer program at Cambridge aimed specifically at Amer- icans and Canadians, and my year it was all Ameri- cans and one Australian. We ended the program with a week in Wessex, and on the last day as we all piled onto the bus in Salisbury (or Bath? I can't remember), the professors went to the front to warn us that we wouldn't be making any stops unless absolutely nec- essary. We're headed to Heathrow to drop off anyone flying off the same day, then back to Cambridge All right, it's going to be a long bus ride, so make sure you're prepared for that." We all brace ourselves. A long bus ride? How long? Were Americans; a long bus ride for us is a minimum of six hours with the double digits perfectly plausible. We can handle a twelve hour bus ride as long as we get a bathroom break. The answer. "Two hours." Oh. derinthemadscientist English people trying to travel around Australia and wildly underestimating distance are my favourite thing marzipanandminutiae a tour guide in France told my school group that a particular cathedral wouldn't interest us much because "it's not very old; only from the early 1600s" to which we had to respond that it was still older than the oldest surviving European-style buildings in our country guana-sneeze China is both old and big. I had some Chinese colleagues over, we were discussing whether they wanted to see the Vasa ship (hugely expensive war ship which sank on it's maiden voyage after 12 min). They asked if it was old, I said "not THAT old" (bearing in mind they were Chinese) "it's from the 1500s." To my surprise they still looked impressed, nodding enthusiatically. Then I realised l'd forgotten something: ". mean it's from the 1500s AFTER the birth of Christ" and they went "oh, AFTER... ceescedasticity My dad's favorite quote from various tours in Italy was "Pay no attention to the tower- it was a scornful tone] tenth century addition." My last boss was Chinese, and she said when her parents came to visit her from Beijing they pronounced Chicago "A very nice village." blondegingersaxon This post keeps getting better 2thefingerfuckingfemalefury What I'm getting from this is both distance and time are Utterly Terrifying Source: penroseparticle America is so young.
America, Anaconda, and Beijing: questionablefindings
 everything-is-connected
 penroseparticle
 My favorite thing is that Europe is spooky because
 it's old and America is spooky because it's big
 meduseld
 The difference between America and England
 is that Americans think 100 years is a long time,
 while the English think 100 miles is a long way."
 -Earle Hitchner
 burntcopper
 A fave of mine was always the american tales where
 people freaked out because 'someone died in this
 house and all the europeans would go ...Yes? That
 would be pretty much every house over 40 years old
 My school is older than your entire town.
 Sorry, you think *how far* is okay to travel for
 a shopping trip?
 American looks up at the beams in a country
 pub* Uh, this place has woodworm, isn't that a bit
 unsafe?' 'Eh, the woodworm's 400 years old, it's
 holding those beams together
 bedlamsbard
 A few years ago when I was in college I did a summer
 program at Cambridge aimed specifically at Amer-
 icans and Canadians, and my year it was all Ameri-
 cans and one Australian. We ended the program with
 a week in Wessex, and on the last day as we all piled
 onto the bus in Salisbury (or Bath? I can't remember),
 the professors went to the front to warn us that we
 wouldn't be making any stops unless absolutely nec-
 essary. We're headed to Heathrow to drop off anyone
 flying off the same day, then back to Cambridge
 All right, it's going to be a long bus ride, so make sure
 you're prepared for that."
 We all brace ourselves. A long bus ride? How
 long? Were Americans; a long bus ride for us is a
 minimum of six hours with the double digits perfectly
 plausible. We can handle a twelve hour bus ride as
 long as we get a bathroom break.
 The answer. "Two hours."
 Oh.
 derinthemadscientist
 English people trying to travel around Australia
 and wildly underestimating distance are my
 favourite thing
 marzipanandminutiae
 a tour guide in France told my school group that
 a particular cathedral wouldn't interest us much
 because "it's not very old; only from the early 1600s"
 to which we had to respond that it was still
 older than the oldest surviving European-style
 buildings in our country
 guana-sneeze
 China is both old and big. I had some Chinese
 colleagues over, we were discussing whether they
 wanted to see the Vasa ship (hugely expensive
 war ship which sank on it's maiden voyage after
 12 min). They asked if it was old, I said "not THAT
 old" (bearing in mind they were Chinese) "it's from the
 1500s." To my surprise they still looked impressed,
 nodding enthusiatically. Then I realised l'd forgotten
 something: ". mean it's from the 1500s AFTER the
 birth of Christ" and they went "oh, AFTER...
 ceescedasticity
 My dad's favorite quote from various tours in Italy
 was "Pay no attention to the tower- it was a
 scornful tone] tenth century addition."
 My last boss was Chinese, and she said when
 her parents came to visit her from Beijing they
 pronounced Chicago "A very nice village."
 blondegingersaxon
 This post keeps getting better
 2thefingerfuckingfemalefury
 What I'm getting from this is both distance and time
 are Utterly Terrifying
 Source: penroseparticle
America is so young.

America is so young.

Anaconda, Beijing, and Tumblr: goddamnedzubat: sixpenceee: A Chinese artist nicknamed Brother Nut, made a brick out of dust he collected from the smog in Beijing in the past 100 days Hail Brother Nut
Anaconda, Beijing, and Tumblr: goddamnedzubat:
sixpenceee:

A Chinese artist nicknamed Brother Nut, made a brick out of dust he collected from the smog in Beijing in the past 100 days

Hail Brother Nut

goddamnedzubat: sixpenceee: A Chinese artist nicknamed Brother Nut, made a brick out of dust he collected from the smog in Beijing in the p...

Beijing, Usain Bolt, and Gold: Usain Bolt winning his first Olympic gold medal (2008,Beijing)
Beijing, Usain Bolt, and Gold: Usain Bolt winning his first Olympic gold medal (2008,Beijing)

Usain Bolt winning his first Olympic gold medal (2008,Beijing)

Beijing, Black History Month, and College: <p>Black artist history day 28: Opera singer Camilla Williams.</p> <p>Camilla Williams was born in 1919 to a laundress and a chauffeur. She was the fourth and youngest child of the family. The Williams’ were poor, the music was an important part of their lives. Camilla’s grandfather was a choir leader and she grew up singing and playing piano.</p> <p>She later trained at Virginia State College, now Virginia State University, and received her bachelor&rsquo;s in music education. She was then awarded a scholarship to study music in Philadelphia with a prestigious voice instructor, Marion Szekely Freschl.</p> <p>In 1946 Williams became the first African American to receive a regular contract with a major American opera company, making her debut with the New York City Opera in the title role in Puccini&rsquo;s Madama Butterfly. She continued to sing throughout the United States and Europe with other opera companies and in 1951 she sang Bess in the landmark, first complete recording of Gershwin&rsquo;s Porgy and Bess.</p> <p>In 1977, she became the first African American appointed as Professor of Voice at Indiana University. She was also the first African-American vocal teacher at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. </p> <p>I really hope you’ve enjoyed this series on black artists for Black history month. We’ve covered singers, dancers, actors, musicians, painters, sculptors, poets and more :D I’ve had a lot of fun researching for this project and sharing what I’ve discovered with you.</p>
Beijing, Black History Month, and College: <p>Black artist history day 28: Opera singer Camilla Williams.</p>

<p>Camilla Williams was born in 1919 to a laundress and a chauffeur. She was the fourth and youngest child of the family. The Williams’ were poor, the music was an important part of their lives. Camilla’s grandfather was a choir leader and she grew up singing and playing piano.</p>

<p>She later trained at Virginia State College, now Virginia State University, and received her bachelor&rsquo;s in music education. She was then awarded a scholarship to study music in Philadelphia with a prestigious voice instructor, Marion Szekely Freschl.</p>

<p>In 1946 Williams became the first African American to receive a regular contract with a major American opera company, making her debut with the New York City Opera in the title role in Puccini&rsquo;s Madama Butterfly. She continued to sing throughout the United States and Europe with other opera companies and in 1951 she sang Bess in the landmark, first complete recording of Gershwin&rsquo;s Porgy and Bess.</p>

<p>In 1977, she became the first African American appointed as Professor of Voice at Indiana University. She was also the first African-American vocal teacher at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. </p>

<p>I really hope you’ve enjoyed this series on black artists for Black history month. We’ve covered singers, dancers, actors, musicians, painters, sculptors, poets and more :D I’ve had a lot of fun researching for this project and sharing what I’ve discovered with you.</p>

Black artist history day 28: Opera singer Camilla Williams. Camilla Williams was born in 1919 to a laundress and a chauffeur. She was the f...

Beijing, Crazy, and Future: Hypersonic Jet Could Take You From Beijing to NYC in Just Two Hours @balleralert Hypersonic Jet Could Take You From Beijing to NYC in Just Two Hours-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ A group of scientists in China are now looking to build a hypersonic plane that would reportedly make trips from Beijing to New York City, only two hours long instead of the normal almost 14-hour flight. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ To shorten the length of the trip, the plane would have to travel at more than 5 times the speed of sound. According to Newsweek, scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences are the ones responsible for the new aircraft design, which has been dubbed ‘I-plane’. They revealed details about the hypersonic jet in a paper published in the journal Physics, Mechanics, & Astronomy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ While the project is only in the beginning stages, the authors have already begun testing a smaller version of the jet in a wind tunnel. Through testing, they found that the jet was able to hit high speeds without experiencing any oppositional force. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “It’s a crazy design, but somehow they’ve managed to make it work,” said one Chinese aircraft designer, who currently works on military research projects, to the South China Morning Post. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ He also mentioned that the new design is connected to the country’s hope to develop new strategic weapons before the United States. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “This will require original rather than knock-off designs,” he told the publication. “It could lead to a huge step forward in hypersonic technology.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ In the United States, similar aircrafts have also been in the works. In January, Boeing showcased their hypersonic vehicle design that could “pave the way for a future high-speed strike,” according to Aviation Week. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ What do you think about this new creation?
Beijing, Crazy, and Future: Hypersonic Jet Could Take You
 From Beijing to NYC in Just Two
 Hours
 @balleralert
Hypersonic Jet Could Take You From Beijing to NYC in Just Two Hours-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ A group of scientists in China are now looking to build a hypersonic plane that would reportedly make trips from Beijing to New York City, only two hours long instead of the normal almost 14-hour flight. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ To shorten the length of the trip, the plane would have to travel at more than 5 times the speed of sound. According to Newsweek, scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences are the ones responsible for the new aircraft design, which has been dubbed ‘I-plane’. They revealed details about the hypersonic jet in a paper published in the journal Physics, Mechanics, & Astronomy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ While the project is only in the beginning stages, the authors have already begun testing a smaller version of the jet in a wind tunnel. Through testing, they found that the jet was able to hit high speeds without experiencing any oppositional force. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “It’s a crazy design, but somehow they’ve managed to make it work,” said one Chinese aircraft designer, who currently works on military research projects, to the South China Morning Post. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ He also mentioned that the new design is connected to the country’s hope to develop new strategic weapons before the United States. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “This will require original rather than knock-off designs,” he told the publication. “It could lead to a huge step forward in hypersonic technology.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ In the United States, similar aircrafts have also been in the works. In January, Boeing showcased their hypersonic vehicle design that could “pave the way for a future high-speed strike,” according to Aviation Week. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ What do you think about this new creation?

Hypersonic Jet Could Take You From Beijing to NYC in Just Two Hours-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ A group of scientists in China are...

Beijing, Children, and Memes: 0 AP Photowg an Guan First Lady MelaniaTrump wrapped up her trip to Asia with a trip to the Beijing Zoo. She visited Gugu the panda and gave out bald eagle dolls to children.
Beijing, Children, and Memes: 0
 AP Photowg an Guan
First Lady MelaniaTrump wrapped up her trip to Asia with a trip to the Beijing Zoo. She visited Gugu the panda and gave out bald eagle dolls to children.

First Lady MelaniaTrump wrapped up her trip to Asia with a trip to the Beijing Zoo. She visited Gugu the panda and gave out bald eagle dolls...

Beijing, Melania Trump, and Memes: President Donald J. Trump walks with China's President Xi Jinping, First Lady Melania Trump, and Xi's wife Peng Liyuan in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday.
Beijing, Melania Trump, and Memes: President Donald J. Trump walks with China's President Xi Jinping, First Lady Melania Trump, and Xi's wife Peng Liyuan in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday.

President Donald J. Trump walks with China's President Xi Jinping, First Lady Melania Trump, and Xi's wife Peng Liyuan in the Great Hall of ...

Beijing, Memes, and Chinese: President DonaldTrump and Chinese President Xi Jinping participate in a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Beijing, Memes, and Chinese: President DonaldTrump and Chinese President Xi Jinping participate in a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

President DonaldTrump and Chinese President Xi Jinping participate in a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Apparently, Beijing, and Obama: China has decided to ban any mention of Winnie the Pooh from all of its social media platforms Posts that mention the Chinese name of the bear were suddenly censored on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, over the Any attempts to post Winnie's name on the site returns a message: Content is illegal. And a collection of Winnie the Pooh gifs was dramatically erased from the social messaging app WeChat No official explanation has been given, but the crackdown is apparently related to comparisons of President Xi Jinping and the chubby fictional bear, which ended up going viral. The bizarre ban comes ahead of the Communist party congress in autumn. Qiao Mu, assistant professor of media at Beijing Foreign Studies University, told the FT: Historically two things have not been allowed: political organising and political action 'But this year, a third has been added to the list: talking about the president.Qiao said he knew of a number of online commentators who were detained by officials after posting about the president, adding:'I think the Winnie issue is part of this trend. Although certain words are usually banned when big political events take place, they tend to be directly related to what's going on or the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), rather than about cartoon bears. Xi was first compared to Winnie the Pooh in 2013, when Barack Obama visited China. The two world leaders walking together were compared to a picture of Pooh walking with Tigger. The comparison stuck from then on. The next year, in 2014, a photo of Xi shaking hands with the Japanese PM Shinzo Abe was put side-by-side with a photo of Pooh and Eeyore. 习近平 Winnie the Pooh was banned in China for looking too much like Xi Jinping
Apparently, Beijing, and Obama: China has decided to ban any mention of Winnie the Pooh from all of
 its social media platforms
 Posts that mention the Chinese name of the bear were suddenly
 censored on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, over the
 Any attempts to post Winnie's name on the site returns a message:
 Content is illegal. And a collection of Winnie the Pooh gifs was
 dramatically erased from the social messaging app WeChat
 No official explanation has been given, but the crackdown is
 apparently related to comparisons of President Xi Jinping and the
 chubby fictional bear, which ended up going viral.
 The bizarre ban comes ahead of the Communist party congress in
 autumn. Qiao Mu, assistant professor of media at Beijing Foreign
 Studies University, told the FT: Historically two things have not been
 allowed: political organising and political action
 'But this year, a third has been added to the list: talking about the
 president.Qiao said he knew of a number of online commentators
 who were detained by officials after posting about the president,
 adding:'I think the Winnie issue is part of this trend.
 Although certain words are usually banned when big political events
 take place, they tend to be directly related to what's going on or the
 Chinese Communist Party (CCP), rather than about cartoon bears.
 Xi was first compared to Winnie the Pooh in 2013, when Barack
 Obama visited China.
 The two world leaders walking together were compared to a picture
 of Pooh walking with Tigger. The comparison stuck from then on.
 The next year, in 2014, a photo of Xi shaking hands with the Japanese
 PM Shinzo Abe was put side-by-side with a photo of Pooh and
 Eeyore.
 习近平
Winnie the Pooh was banned in China for looking too much like Xi Jinping

Winnie the Pooh was banned in China for looking too much like Xi Jinping

Basketball, Beijing, and Golden State Warriors: ChinaKlay sighting in the background of @ayeshacurry photo with Steph in Beijing! 🇨🇳 WARRIORSTALK
Basketball, Beijing, and Golden State Warriors: ChinaKlay sighting in the background of @ayeshacurry photo with Steph in Beijing! 🇨🇳 WARRIORSTALK

ChinaKlay sighting in the background of @ayeshacurry photo with Steph in Beijing! 🇨🇳 WARRIORSTALK

Af, Beijing, and Chicago: Two husky buddies @DrSmashlove PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR U MEN OUT HERE THINKING SHIT SWEET. IF U STUPIDLY JUMP OFF A STUPID HIGH DIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YO STUPID LIFE, NOTE THAT AFTER YO LEGS GLIDE GRACEFULLY THRU THE WATER LIKE A HOT KNIFE THRU BUTTER, THE FIRST BODY PART THAT WILL ACTUALLY SLAP THE WATER - HARD AF - AWKWARDLY AF - IS YO TESTES. REMEMBER THAT TIME IN FIRST GRADE U GOT INTO A FIGHT AND LIL HOMIE KICKED U IN THE NUTS? PICTURE THAT SHIT ALL OVER AGAIN EXCEPT NOW U OLDER AND YO BODY IS LESS RESILIENT AND U IN A POOL AND U CAN'T SHOW ANY PAIN OR ELSE THE 15 YEAR OLD LIFEGUARD WILL HAVE TO "save" YOU EXCEPT THEY DON'T GET PAID ENUF TO SAVE U SO IF U GET SAVED U GON BE KNOWN AS DUDE WHO HAD TO GET SAVED AND U GOTTA MOVE TO A NEW CITY AND CHANGE YO NAME AND EVEN THEN, U DEATHLY AFRAID THAT ISSA "lifeguard chat room" ONLINE WHERE THEY SHARE STORIES ABOUT THE COUPLE MOTHERFUCKERS EVERY SUMMER THAT NEED TO BE SAVED SO U SHOW UP IN DENVER LIKE "they don't even know me here ☺️" LIKE SHIT'S SWEET AND U SHOW UP AT A POOL AND THE LIFEGUARDS ALL CONSORTING AND GIGGLING LIKE "LOL that's smash, from Chicago - he had to be saved HAHAHAHA" AND THEN U GOTTA MOVE TO THE BEIJING OFFICE OF YO FIRM AND JUST NEVER SWIM THERE. THOUGHT SHIT WAS SWEET? NOW U LIVE IN CHINA. CURRENT SITUATION: HOLDING A BOTTLE OF ICE WATER BETWEEN MY LEGS AGAINST MY NUTS TRYING NOT TO PUKE. I WISH THIS PAIN ON *NONE* OF YOU 😩 eunuch castrated TurningOverANewLeaf WhichBathroomDoIUseNow HonestQuestion 🇨🇳😩😂😂😂
Af, Beijing, and Chicago: Two husky buddies
 @DrSmashlove
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR U MEN OUT HERE THINKING SHIT SWEET. IF U STUPIDLY JUMP OFF A STUPID HIGH DIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YO STUPID LIFE, NOTE THAT AFTER YO LEGS GLIDE GRACEFULLY THRU THE WATER LIKE A HOT KNIFE THRU BUTTER, THE FIRST BODY PART THAT WILL ACTUALLY SLAP THE WATER - HARD AF - AWKWARDLY AF - IS YO TESTES. REMEMBER THAT TIME IN FIRST GRADE U GOT INTO A FIGHT AND LIL HOMIE KICKED U IN THE NUTS? PICTURE THAT SHIT ALL OVER AGAIN EXCEPT NOW U OLDER AND YO BODY IS LESS RESILIENT AND U IN A POOL AND U CAN'T SHOW ANY PAIN OR ELSE THE 15 YEAR OLD LIFEGUARD WILL HAVE TO "save" YOU EXCEPT THEY DON'T GET PAID ENUF TO SAVE U SO IF U GET SAVED U GON BE KNOWN AS DUDE WHO HAD TO GET SAVED AND U GOTTA MOVE TO A NEW CITY AND CHANGE YO NAME AND EVEN THEN, U DEATHLY AFRAID THAT ISSA "lifeguard chat room" ONLINE WHERE THEY SHARE STORIES ABOUT THE COUPLE MOTHERFUCKERS EVERY SUMMER THAT NEED TO BE SAVED SO U SHOW UP IN DENVER LIKE "they don't even know me here ☺️" LIKE SHIT'S SWEET AND U SHOW UP AT A POOL AND THE LIFEGUARDS ALL CONSORTING AND GIGGLING LIKE "LOL that's smash, from Chicago - he had to be saved HAHAHAHA" AND THEN U GOTTA MOVE TO THE BEIJING OFFICE OF YO FIRM AND JUST NEVER SWIM THERE. THOUGHT SHIT WAS SWEET? NOW U LIVE IN CHINA. CURRENT SITUATION: HOLDING A BOTTLE OF ICE WATER BETWEEN MY LEGS AGAINST MY NUTS TRYING NOT TO PUKE. I WISH THIS PAIN ON *NONE* OF YOU 😩 eunuch castrated TurningOverANewLeaf WhichBathroomDoIUseNow HonestQuestion 🇨🇳😩😂😂😂

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR U MEN OUT HERE THINKING SHIT SWEET. IF U STUPIDLY JUMP OFF A STUPID HIGH DIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YO STUPI...