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Posted on: Dodging Hong Kong Sales Tax
May 26, 2011, 02:10 PM

I just wanted to say that the title is a bit misleading (it is slightly clearer in the dialogue).

Hong Kong has no sales tax (销售税).

What people are trying to evade is actually the Custom Duties (关税) and 17% Import VAT (进口增值税) collected by PRC Customs at the internal border between Hong Kong SAR and mainland China.

And remember, folks: tax evasion is a crime...

The real reason to go to HK to get an IPAD is to buy a 3G version, as in the mainland it's wifi only (at least for IPAD2)!

Posted on: How to Protect the Environment
December 22, 2010, 02:40 AM

I wonder what is the use of the "Sentence reordering" section of the Exercise tab, when the dialogue offers no specific clue as to how it should progress, such as in this lesson? It turns into a pure memory exercise which has little value for Chinese study in my view.

Posted on: A Rarely Washed Car
December 17, 2010, 12:06 PM


Posted on: NGO Guy
June 29, 2010, 02:35 AM

In practice, it's not easy to register an NGO in China. You actually need to be government sponsored (and therefore supervised) to go through the registration process with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, which kind of defeats the point of being "Non Government".

Most foreign NGOs I know therefore register as a company (or at least a rep office of a foreign company. As a consequence, these entities must pay income and business taxes that they would in most case be exempted from overseas.

Fupin is very clearly a government sponsored organisation, which doesn't mean they don't do good work. It's website is here:

The history page of that website's English section states "Since its inception in 1989, China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) has actively followed the party’s call and implemented its mission to mitigate social sufferings and disturbances, deliver love and charity and promote social harmony. "

I rest my case...

Posted on: An Unplanned Tan
June 28, 2010, 06:50 AM

In expansion sentence, you have with the pinyin "mouse-over" saying gān To do

Shouldn't it be gān To Dry?

Shouldn't To do be gàn?

Posted on: A Tour of Xi'an
June 22, 2010, 05:17 PM

I second that. Tang dynasty's Wu Zetian's resting place is well worth a visit: beautiful scenery and unusual history (she was China's only "female emperor" as opposed to the many emperesses who were merely wives of emperors)...

Posted on: New Clothes
June 02, 2010, 05:30 PM

高跟鞋 (Gāo gēn xié)

Posted on: Traditional Chinese Paintings
June 01, 2010, 02:20 AM

More 徐悲鸿 available here:

Posted on: A New Jug for the Water Cooler
May 26, 2010, 04:08 AM

There's a cute 田螺姑娘 video in Chinese here:

(probably intermediate level)

Posted on: A New Jug for the Water Cooler
May 25, 2010, 05:17 AM

Thanks to you all!