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Needed: A Tiny Purple Car!

My 10-year old daughter wrote an essay about what she wants to do when she becomes a teenager. Of all the things she wants to do, one item in particularl made me not only smile, but think. She wants to drive a tiny purple car; tiny, because she wants to leave the smallest bio-foot-print possible and purple because she is really into it, "a royal color" as she describes it.She realizes there are not that many tiny or purple cars out there. But it doesn't stop her from wanting one. "I still...
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What? I am not Allowed to Drive Today? (A Story on Beijing's Driving Limitation Regulation)

I am planning a trip to the NE of China to visit my parents. I usually fly to Beijing and then take a train during the next day to arrive at their home. After booking my flights, I called my official chauffeur, a retired uncle living in Beijing, to arrange for my usual pick-up. This time, he asked a lot of questions about my flight arrival time and when my train will leave the next day. It seems his car is not allowed to be on the road from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m....
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How Many Cars Can this Little Planet Hold?

Before I came to the U.S. in 1992, one of my headaches living in China was finding a parking space for my bicycle when I went shopping in downtown Beijing. I was wondering where people would park their cars when I was helping GM gain the Chinese Contract to build a Buick plant in Shanghai and sell cars in China. Today, the GM Buick is built in Shanghai and it is one of the most popular cars in China. My brother in China owns one. Where does he park it? On the sidewalk at night.Almost every...
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