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Another Gem of McDonald’s Piracy

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A few weeks ago I found these gorgeous McEggs at the local supermarket... McAwesome! But Jade Garden Jewelry has also jumped on the McBandwagon. Clearly, there's a new Beijing logo-piracy McMovement.

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A Sweet Series of Chinglishy Gift Fails

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Christmas wrapping paper always works well. Especially for Papa Pickles' belated birthday present... But the wrapping paper turned out to be a little more generic than we'd expected. And the greeting card, which Woo bought in Bangalore, turned out to have a rather unexpected adhesive. That's right, as in the maxi pads. At least we didn't have to ...

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Speaking of Revolution at The Beijing Police Museum

"Have you heard about the coup?" "Only that there may have been one." The Professor and I were making our way through Beijing's Police Museum, a few blocks from where a coup would have happened. We'd already broken the door of a fake interrogation cell, and almost knocked over a motorcycle. We shouldn't have been ...

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Two Chinese Beers The World Could Live Without

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Sitting in the back of my fridge, I just found a pair of abominations: lemon juice beer and pineapple flavor beer. Where they came from, god only knows. But it was time to get rid of them. Brewed in Beijing -- out in the chic and rural Shunyi, in fact -- the Yanjing-brand lemon ...

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Ain’t Eggs-actly McDonald’s

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New eggs from Jenny's seem a little McFamiliar.

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Steampunk, Eat Your Heart Out in the Basement of Beijing’s Printing Museum

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"There's nothing like that around here," said a shoe-repair man. Two waitresses laughed at us, and a woman selling onions gasped. "A watermelon museum?" she asked, "Really?" So we tried the Printing Museum instead. It was closed. The 12-foot-tall black doors, the entire four-floor building, was firmly locked. I'd read about a great statue of ...

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Hello Kitty Dreams, Hello Awesome Reality

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"You ever feel like you're stuck in a wind-up music box?" Michelle asked. The walls were pink. The waitresses were dressed as dolls. Piano keys tinkled softly. There were balloons and glitter and an off-season Christmas tree. We were trapped in a music box. That's how Hello Kitty wants you to feel. Welcome to Hello ...

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Sheep Placenta AIDS Soup

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Sure, every restaurant may have a maggot-filled dish called Insect Story, and what's a Chinese restaurant without a Jacopetti-inspired Monkey Head offering (even if it is just a bowl of fried mushrooms). I don't know, however, of a single other Beijing restaurant that boasts acquired immune deficiency syndrome sheep placenta soup. That's right: AIDS soup, the most ...

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Don’t Forget Your Cute Tiger Pictures

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After the horrors of the tiger park, I neglected to mention the cute photo ops at the end of the tour. I mean, how awesome is this vertical line of tigerocity? After taking the picture, the employee wrenched the doped-out cub from our cuddle. He shoved it in a medium-sized tupperware storage container. He clipped on ...

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Small Children Feeding Live Animals to Tigers in a Chinese Zoo

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In northern China there's a tiger park. Like so many things in China, it's nothing like you might expect. To start with, there's a menu at the gate. These aren't animals to take home and domesticate. They're fodder. Victims to be released on your tour. "Let's get a cow," I said. Michelle just ...

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Ear Fungus with Onions

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Trust Me, They're Better That Way The onions must help mask the ear fungus scent.

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The Great Chinese Chip Taste-Off

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Lobster and Cheese! Melon! Lemon Tea! Chinese potato chips enter a mad world of flavors... but are they any good? I invited over a dozen wary friends, and put these crisps-of-amazement to the AsiaObscura taste test... Oishi Melon Flavor Corn Curls Baked, not fried! 14 minerals and vitamins! 0g ...

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Hello Kitty, Hello Beijing!

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Asia's newest Hello Kitty restaurant, Dreams Hello Kitty, may not be open yet, but it's getting reeeeeal close. We snuck inside for a few sweet pix before getting ousted... Looking AWESOME! As cool as Seoul's Hello Kitty Cafe... but with maid outfits!!! I just hope we'll get the sweet potato lattes, too! But sadly, I ...

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Not Just Pork Balls, But…

Dim sum offering, a few days back.

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Sweet Sexy Dolls (and How to Make Your Own)

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You've seen those sexy collectable figurines around Asia, right? You know the ones... in Singapore malls, Beijing shopping centers, all over Japan? Nervous kids and creepy adults browsing the aisles... subtly saucy... Creepily paedo... GABOOMBAH with sweet pink hair and sword. Who buys these things? Who actually sets one of these ladies on their shelf, ...

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Iced Dung on a Stick

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Available in vanilla... Chocolate... and Nazi.

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Creepy Statue in an Abandoned School (in a neighborhood that’s almost gone)

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Last week, DK and I stumbled on a strange abandoned school in northern Beijing. We were looking for the city's largest recycling center, but this mad statue was a far tastier find. Seven demonic babes, lounging, suckling, emerging from the concrete. "Can you imagine seeing this every day? As a kid?" It was strange. But ...

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Black Friday Special: Four Products You Shouldn’t Live Without

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The Disastrous Fall of Sanmao

Remember the last time we visited that wretched and bruised little street urchin, Sanmao? Oh, what dark laughs we shared. Well, the other day I found two new Sanmao books. From 1980 and 1985, they were full of strips I'd never seen. I leapt with joy and overpaid for them -- they were antiques, the ...

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