Welcome to Qingdao! Now witness an arrest for proselytizing

In the neighbourhood across the street from us:

“Oppose evil cults and diligently study;
Uphold science not superstition”

We met a newly-arrived American the other day. She’s teaching English studying Chinese at Ocean University. On one of her first days in Qingdao she saw a woman get arrested in a bank for proselytizing (that’s how the Chinese acquaintance who was with her at the time explained it).

She didn’t have any other details, and it could have been one of a number of groups. But the group that stamps these messages on Chinese currency (I received the one below last week) is probably among the top three most-likely-to-get-hauled-off-for-proselytizing-in-China:
For more details about this kind of thing, see:

Brace yourselves: China’s coal season is coming

Every fall, we stock up on a new shipment of these things, and start the cold season with freshly-equipped, cheap D.I.Y. home air purifiers:
Strap-on HEPA filters
Find out how you can pass the winter in China while cheaply shaving less years off your life than you would otherwise:

China Essentials: DIY Air Purifiers

Happy dancers in Licun Park, Qingdao, China

One of the fun things about China is the out-of-doors, active, social culture. And ballroom dancing groups in parks or any large, flat, central public place are a happy sight.
This couple was one of many last Saturday morning at Qingdao’s Licun Park 李村公园