China in transit

Killing time at Beijing airport with delays, I offer you a sample of today’s headlines in the English-language China Daily:

Street food blamed for cholera outbreak.

Hand-washing practices urged for professionals.

A birthday cake for six-year old pandas Yuan Yuan and Tuan Tuan

And a story entitled “Smaller penalties for breaking family planning rules”, which states that parents should register extra births past their one-child policy before the upcoming census, and as a result, will face minimal fines. In the past, the fines have been nine times the average annual income.

The newspaper states that last year, around 100,000 babies were born in Beijing, and these ‘illegal’ newborns do not get citizenship.

[PS I would have posted this earlier, but my connection in Beijing mysteriously times out when I try to access not only Facebook but also Go figure.]

About the author

Fear is found on a creaking glacier in the Caucasus mountains and joy is encapsulated in the perfect Shanghai dumpling. And while I love a $500-a-night hotel room (who doesn’t?), sometimes the best stories are found in a $20 guesthouse. With an eye always out for good markets and great street eats, I write the travel news and features for the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s The Age newspapers, and features for whoever else asks. I have a particular soft spot for the wilds of the Middle East, scarves and carpets. My articles and photographs have been published in a range of consumer magazines and newspapers in Australia and abroad.

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