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Hung out to dry, 光大想 Guangdaxiang [Everbright Lane], Chengdu

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Chengdu Metro

Line 1 of the new Chengdu Metro opened in October, after years of excavation and torn-up streets and sidewalks.  The north-south line runs under the city’s main street, Renmin Lu (People’s Road) roughly from the North Railway Station to the “New City” in the south, including a convention center and software business parks.   My friend Mark and I went exploring on a weekend afternoon a couple of weeks ago, and descended into the sleek, efficient netherworld of the new subway system. The ticket machines offered transactions in Chinese and English, and there were many employees stationed at access points to make sure the ride was smooth for everyone. This was the first subway I’ve encountered that has sliding doors at the edge of the platforms as well as on the trains, like an elevator. Although good from a safety standpoint, the glass walls guarding the tracks also make it impossible to look down the tunnel for oncoming trains (always good photo ops), or to feel the welcome rush of air that signals a train arrival.     For our first stop we chose “Incubation Park” in south Chengdu, primarily for the name. Envisioning some mysterious, looming factory where human cloning or secret research was carried out, we were a bit disappointed to find merely a big banking center called “La Defense,” roughly modeled after La Grande Arche de La Defense in Paris. Apparently, the center was for incubating new business, not new life forms. Descending back into the depths, we rode northward

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more internet trouble

Published on November 23, 2010, by in China.

The Chinese internet is at it again – now WordPress blogs are blocked.  Thanks to one of my students, I was able to install unblocker software to sidestep the Great Firewall of China, and I can access my Dashboard for the first time in 3 weeks. Long story short, I’ve obtained a new [paid] domain, and will migrate my blog there when I have the knowledge to do so (migrate  now being a transitive verb – do you think a group of birds gets together and says “Let’s migrate our flock this winter?). Here is the new address, where you can view my blog if and when it’s up and running: http://runningintomyself-blog.com/   Dorway in Patan, Kathmandu, July 2010

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Central Bus Terminal, Delhi, India – early morning