Back when I was in California growing up, my parents would occasionally take us out to eat at western restaurants or fast food places. I was generally able to finish my food as a kid, but my sister used to be able to eat only a spec of food before she explodes (though these days she can eat a water buffalo and then ask what’s the main dish). My parents would try to force her to finish it, but when its obvious that she couldn’t, they’d always tell her to eat the meat because it’s more expensive.
In most restaurants here in the mainland, especially the Chinese fast food joints that I frequently eat at, the meat dishes are more expensive than the vegetable ones even if there is only a couple specks of preserved pork within a sea of noodles. For example, at my favorite Chengdu Xiaochi place, the Tomato and Eggs rice dish is 8 RMB while a Pepper and Preserved Pork dish is 10 RMB. Non-preserved meat would be around 12 RMB a dish. Of course this is more expensive since I’m in Beijing, but the price difference between meat and vegetables is pretty big throughout most of the country.
Yeah, so the article goes on to talk about how increased purchasing power has allowed more and more people to buy meat. It’s pretty good so I recommend taking a little time to check it out.
China Unicom sucks. It’s a pretty much accepted belief here in China. I once unknowingly got a non-China Mobile SIM card while I was in Guangdong and my students all stared at me in disbelief when they found out. For one thing, the roaming charges were ridiculous. Recently, I used my Beijing China Mobile SIM card in Guangdong for three days and I still had most of the 50 bucks I charged it with. When I lent my Guangdong China Unicom phone to my sister while she was in Beijing, all 100 RMB was gone after just two and a half days. Maybe I just got a bad plan, but right now I’m pretty convinced Unicom blows.
So maybe with all this reorganization, China’s telecom industry would be able to get more competition and encourage more innovative plans and adoption of new technologies. Maybe one of those companies will be able to sign a deal with Apple and get official iPhone support on the mainland. Good stuff.