This week you’ll find Apple-lovers and shopaholics alike jumping for joy. It’s official – Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment service, is planning to launch in China. According to reports by the Wall Street Journal, Apple has already made deals with four major Chinese banks. China is set to join the super-exclusive club of countries with Apple Pay services, including the US, UK, Australia and Canada.
Time Out Beijing: “Eat it: Da Dong’s duck burger”
When you walk into a restaurant where the bizarre concept is ‘duck burger fast food joint‘, the biggest shocker is that it’s, well… not that bizarre. The décor at duck master chef Da Dong’s new fast food joint is sleek, and the restaurant is filled with smartly dressed customers scoffing duck burgers and Salt and Pepper Duck Chops before heading back to the nearby offices.
The counter is made to look like a Western fast food chain, but the menu is unlike any other. Forget nuggets and chips, here customers can expect laoganma spicy mashed potato (5RMB), Petite Meat Moon Cakes (9RMB), and egg tarts (8RMB). Oh, and let’s not forget the whole point of the place: the Classic Crispy Lean Roast Duck Burger. That name’s a bit of a mouthful already!
Time Out Beijing: “More hints that Google might be returning to China”
Wait …what? Does that mean there’s a chance Google might be getting unblocked in China? Well, Schmidt seemed to be hinting at just that.
Time Out Beijing: “Construction begins for new fast train to Hong Kong”
Could it be? A high-speed rail that takes you from Beijing to Hong Kong in just eight hours? It seems like our romantic dream to speed down south by train might actually be coming true. At least now that the recent plans to construct a new 2,400km high-speed rail have been approved by officials.
The construction is going to start in December 2015 and, according to News 163, it should be ready to go by May… 2019. Okay, so maybe don’t start buying your tickets just yet – but still, we love having something to look forward to.
Time Out Beijing: “Forbidden City blacklists misbehaving tourists”
Guardian: “Here’s the truth about Shanghai schools: they’re terrible”
“Shanghai tops the Pisa rankings thanks to their focus on test-taking. Their model would be a nightmare for US schools…
The western world watches China’s rise as a formidable world-power with a mixture of awe and apprehension. Sci-fi films depict a futuristic world where Baidu.com is the new Google and Mcdonalds has been replaced by Grandma Wang’s Dumpling Emporium. And yet again Shanghai is number one on the Programme for International Student Assessment’s (Pisa) 2012 ranking list of international education, and the US is once again at a low rank, this time 36th place. The US is desperate, and naturally the Chinese educational system seems like an answer. But let me tell you – this is not the case. I know; for two years I attended a local Shanghainese high school and this is the truth: they are terrible.”
The Local: “China teaches its kids to sit exams, Sweden its kids to think”
“In an open letter to the Swedish education minister, Lund high schooler Saga Ringmar asks him not to fear China, despite Shanghai beating Sweden by 37 places on the recent Pisa ranking. Her test-loving school in Shanghai left her disillusioned and her kid sister depressed…”