Posts Tagged ‘china’

“Beach wrestlers”, in Qingdao, China.

Posted 12 Jul 2012 — by jordan
Category china

Many old ladies (but very few young women, fortunately) in Qingdao and Qingdao only, are now wearing a nylon mask to protect their skin from the sun. Shopkeepers say it also protects your neck from this green algae which blankets Qingdao beaches every summer since 2008. A “Facekini”, as it’s now called (see bottom of the page) costs 20 rmb, so hurry up ! I bought the blue one. To purchase my pictures, or videos, on the subject: jordanpouille @ gmail.com


edit August 22: We shall thank the genius who created the word “Facekini”. It now brings so much attention to this delightful subject. I chose to add it on my link, to boost traffic.

 

“Let’s build our love nest, comrade”

Posted 22 Jun 2012 — by jordan
Category china

Chinese nespresso

Posted 20 May 2012 — by jordan
Category china

I always wonder why, when it comes to introduce a product to the Chinese market, most western companies believe they have to put a dragon on it. Here is the Dragon nespresso machine, sold in a luxury shopping mall in Chaoyang Beijing. Chinese people consumption of coffee grows by 15% every year.

China Auto Show, in Beijing

Posted 23 Apr 2012 — by jordan
Category china

China auto show opens on April the 23rd and closes on May the 2nd.

“Golden Beach”, Changli, Hebei province

Posted 16 Apr 2012 — by jordan
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Let’s get married, shall we ?

Posted 20 Mar 2012 — by jordan
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Catholics in rural China

Posted 21 Feb 2012 — by jordan
Category china

Somewhere in Northern China, priests are re-evangelizing a village with a long christian history.

^”happiness

I have been reporting about the tumultuous life of Chinese catholic church, both underground and official since 2009. Here are some examples:

- In Hebei province, Cangzhou diocese, where an official bishop choosed to join the underground Church
- In Inner Mongolia, with underground lay people
- In Beijing, at Nantang cathedral
- In Tianjin industrial zone, with underground bishop Melchior Shi
- In Shenyang, with Vatican approved bishop Paul Pei Junmin
- In Leshan, with excommunicated bishop Paul Lei Shiyin
Etc…

Leshan, photovoltaic city

Posted 13 Aug 2011 — by jordan
Category china

The city of Leshan, in Sichuan province, South-West China, is world famous for his 70 meters high and 2000 years old Buddha. But in town, locals are prouder of living in the “Silicon Valley of China”. Why? Maybe because Leshan massively moved to photovoltaic industry 4 years ago, for which silicon is the main raw material. Leshan is now developing quickly, with construction sites everywhere and … pollution. ”Praise the Party for Accelerating Leshan’s Development” say propaganda banners near the 30 km2 Sichuan Leshan hi-tech industrial zone”.

From illegal silicon mines in the nearby mountains of Emeishan to crystal polysilicon plants run by secretive state-owned companies, we show you how Leshan has helped China to become global leader of pv industry. But at what cost? For which sacrifice? This was the purpose of my trip there. Hopefully soon to be published in a French magazine.

Here is a introduction.

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In Sichuan, Xinguang Silicon and Tianwei New Energy are the two main state-owned companies that produce polysilicon and turn it into solar cells. Their presence in Leshan show how the governement subsidizes this “green” industry. Indeed, out of the USD$41.8 billion invested in the global solar industry in 2010, USD$33.7 came from the Chinese government.

Xinguang and Tianwei are regarded as “Number One Project” by the provincial party committee of Sichuan. Despite an approval from Tianwei CEO Ding Qiang that we met in Beijing, the Party secretary of Tianwei Leshan factory refused to let us in. We could only take pictures from outside. “Because Tianwei is now listed on stock exchange, any information about us can affect our revenue. Don’t worry, We also refused CCTV and People’s Daily journalists” the Party secretary told us.

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And below is Tianwei New Energy factory at Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

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To produce crystal polysilicon that Tianwei workers will later slice into solar cells (called wafers), some process is required. It combines silicon, hot temperature, hydrogen, water and highly toxic chemicals. Used water is rejected into Leshan Dadu river after being treated in this big machine. But some rivers in Leshan are already polluted and this is not hidden at all. On the Sichuan Environment bureau website, water quality results are published every week. For July the 30th, Minjiang river in Leshan showed a pollution level of IV (out of V) including “dissolved oxygen”. When we call local officials about these results published by upper officials in Chengdu, the answer “no, you must be wrong”.

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This local farmer grows peanuts and sweat corn for his family, just in front of Xinguang Silicon. He told us that this industrial plant releases toxic gaz every night at 2 am, “which prevent my flowers from growing. He’s using more fertilizers, as a consequence. But this farmer now suffers from breathing troubles. He had decided to cure himself by studying traditional medicine. Let’s hope he is a fast learner…

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Raw material. After speaking to a silicon mine owner that we met online, we’re heading to the mountains of Emeishan on his suv. We’re greeted by local Party secretary and farmers who turned into silicon workers a few years ago. “I saved 118 people during the 2008 earthquake” says the exacavator man who has been named “Leshan Hero” by the Communist Party.

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With China’s rich youth

Posted 01 Aug 2011 — by jordan
Category china

From a bicycle to a Bentley, what’s like to have “nouveaux riches” as parents? Contact me if you would like to see the full set of pictures (jordanpouille @ gmail.com).

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People’s Liberation Army: Guards of Honor

Posted 21 Jul 2011 — by jordan
Category china

You saw them raising the national flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, walking on Tiananmen square for the 60th anniversary of the Republic or standing along the red carpet at the latest State leader visit in Beijing… Here are the Guards of Honor of the People’s Liberation Army.

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