Exploring Harbin, China’s Spectacular Ice Sculpture Festival (哈尔滨国际冰雪节)
Each winter, thousands flock to frigid Northeast China for the spectacular Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (哈尔滨国际冰雪节).
The festival officially began on January 5 and lasts for one month, but construction on the massive snow and ice sculptures started months ago. The structures—which range in form from animals to full-scale buildings—are just as impressive after dark as they are during the day thanks to colorful lighting embedded within the ice.
Festival spectators face temperatures as low as -35º Celsius (-31º Fahrenheit), but people from around world can explore the striking sculptures through photos and videos shared to Instagram.
Xiaomi sold 7.2m handsets last year, in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, earning revenues of 12.6 billion yuan ($2.1 billion). Apple sold 125m smartphones globally, earning about $80 billion of its $157 billion sales. But since it was founded in 2010, Xiaomi has grown fast. A recent funding round valued it at $10 billion, more than Microsoft just paid for Nokia’s handset unit. That made Xiaomi one of the 15 most heavily venture-backed mobile start-ups ever, says Rajeev Chand of Rutberg, an investment bank. In the second quarter of 2013 Xiaomi’s market share in China was 5%, says Canalys, a research firm—more than Apple’s (4.8%) for the first time.
I’ve heard of some serious converts with the Xiaomi smartphone. Nice to see the Economist making a realistic commentary about the state of the Apple smartphone trend in China — meanwhile Business Week is still trying to promote the iPhone as a contender by talking about pricing strategies. Problematic, because only now is there a product launch in China (really? Apple never “treated China with respect” and gave them their own product launch before?) In my opinion, it’s too little too late. So many more phones have flooded the market these days and it’s starting to show. And if you want to talk pricing strategies, if you haven’t partnered up with Tencent in a major way (which Xiaomi has, while Apple still restricts many of Tencent’s many other various apps across different Chinese iTunes stores (Mainland vs. HK vs. Taiwan), then you will be losing a large part of the game. Once any Taiwanese film/Hong Kong TVB show does a product placement in their romantic comedies that features a Xiaomi phone, that’ll be a major gamechanger for Apple. And adding another product launch in Shanghai (wow? 2 product launches in the largest country on the planet? *gasp) won’t do anything to stop the flow of money to change towards a locally grown, Amazon-type online retailer in this land of tomorrow.
“I never used Excel at work but I saw other people making pretty graphs and thought, ‘I could probably draw with that,’” says 73-year old Tatsuo Horiuchi. About 13 years ago, shortly before retiring, Horiuchi decide he needed a new challenge in his life. So he bought a computer and began experimenting with Excel. “Graphics software is expensive but Excel comes pre-installed in most computers,” explained Horiuchi. “And it has more functions and is easier to use than [Microsoft] Paint.”*
Effing genius! (And gorgeous)
#Spotted: #oldschool rip and tear advertisement… But a little different #Shanghai #latergram I dare you to scan the #QR code
Reverse racism. Nice. [Chinese man looking for “Western” woman]
they’re called filth.
Failed In London, Tried Hongkong