The United States Consulate General in Chengdu would like to inform U.S. citizens that Chinese and international media are reporting that at least 33 people (29 victims and four attackers) were killed and 130 wounded in Kunming, the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, when at approximately 9:20 p.m. (China time) Saturday, March 1, a group of approximately 10 men carrying knives entered the city’s main train station and began indiscriminately attacking people. The Consulate General recommends that U.S. citizens pay attention to their surroundings when traveling in China and report any concerns to the local police.
The number of American men who have completely left the workforce to raise children has more than doubled over the past decade to 176,000, according to a New York Times report on census data. Some half a million other dads serve as primary caretakers for their families while maintaining freelance or part-time jobs. More men now feel it's socially acceptable to be stay-at-home dads, even if secure jobs are available to them, the Times says.
Original article can be found here.
The above picture is from 1898 and is part of a growing collection of pictures that have been donated in order to document China's past. The collection is growing at an incredible speed and already contains thousands of pictures. One of the largest contributors has uploaded 1.970 images.
Have a look at this astonishing historical library here:
China's history is almost incomprehensibly rich, long and detailed, especially when you approach it from a North American perspective (land of "history in two minutes"). Much as modern China has cities of nearly ten million people that you likely haven't heard of, it's easy to get lost in the shuffle of China's history. Perhaps that's why Qi Jiguang (戚继光, Qī Jìguāng) isn't as well-known internationally as some of his fellow Chinese war heroes and pioneers like Zheng He (郑和, Zhèng Hé), but he was a notable, interesting, and courageous man nonetheless. During the Ming Dynasty he defeated Japanese pirates and helped build the Great Wall, so we're going to take a closer look at the life, times, and death of 戚继光, born 424 years ago!
In order for you to be able to plan your vacation you might want to have a look at the dates below. These dates are the official National Holidays for 2012. Not included is the fact that some may need to work the weekend before these holidays (depends on the company).
Spring Festival - January 22 - 28
(New Years Eve Jan. 23)
Qing Ming Festival (Tomb Sweeping) - April 2 - 4
(Sweeping Day April 4)