My Two Pence on the Media in China, HSR, et al

Posted by on Jan 5, 2013 in David Feng Views, Media | No Comments

As of late I’ve been the subject of a major debate regarding HSR on Sina Weibo. I won’t go into that in too much depth other than saying that I made a comment, which simply read:

It’s weird that some media with little better to do can give factual inaccuracies about Chinese high speed rail — and yet freak out when their editorial gets changed all of a sudden.

That on its own got more than “a few people” upset.

However, I’d like to clarify on that a little.

Time To Take In That Wider World

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Media Appearances, Travel | No Comments

2013 is a new year for us, but this year is special — it will be the first year since 1987 where each of the four digits of the year is a different number. And that’s a hint for you to “be different” this year. Much like Apple’s former slogan, Think Different, set it out from the rest of the pack, being different and going to different places is probably the best way to start the new year right, and to give you one of those beginnings you won’t quite easily forget.

Probably the best way to start this new trip is to take to somewhere totally new on the first day itself. I still remember my first short-haul trip right on 01 January 2012, when I took the train to Langfang — not too far away, a mere 60 km outside of Beijing. But at least I got off my sofa and went somewhere. I think you can do more than just 60 km in the new year: try heading to a city or a country you’ve never been to — ideally on the first day. It’s time to get out of your comfort zone and into newer territories.

After being probably scared to death last year about “Are we going to die in 2012?”, I’m sure you’ve been scared as much as I’ve been. The good news is: We just about all survived. So here’s a thing: take into the new year and go places.