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From Value One, Spring 2013 No.40
Metal One (Beijing) Commerce Co., Ltd.
New Year's Spring Festival Celebrated with Firecrackers and Red Decorations

China's year begins with the Spring Festival (the old Lunar New Year). The whole city of Beijing bustles as the Spring Festival approaches. Red and gold decorations increase in number, and paper lanterns are hung in great numbers. Fireworks are simultaneously launched all over as midnight marks the change from the old year to the new. Quite a few large fireworks are launched in the Guomao area where our office is located, and they are tremendously powerful, to the extent that they damaged a skyscraper several years ago.
The air also resounds with the sound of firecrackers everywhere. The firecrackers and heavy use of red during China's Spring Festival have their origins in Chinese legend. It seems that a demon appeared in a certain village, abducting and eating villagers, and only villagers who wore red and children burning bamboo in a bonfire were left unharmed. The demon fled because he disliked the color red and the boom! boom! of the burning bamboo. This myth is respected as a tradition even today.

Spectacular Growth in Just Fifteen Years

There is quite a bit of discussion about the rapidity of China's growth, and I have also felt this keenly. There were relatively few tall buildings when I came to Beijing on business for the first time in 1997, and the city had what you might describe as a laidback atmosphere. Fifteen years on, however, skyscrapers and chic buildings—including the 74-story, 330-meter China World Trade Center Tower III and uniquely shaped China Central Television headquarters—rise up everywhere, and you see numerous shops that carry premium overseas brands.
The National Stadium, known as the “Bird's Nest,” and other symbolic structures were erected for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. With regard to transportation, high-speed rail lines and subways have been built with remarkable speed, and the city has become an effervescent place in which historical architectural edifices such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City mingle with the latest architecture. It will be fun to see how the city grows and changes from here on.

China's Elaborate Language and Cuisine
As you may know, it is extremely difficult to pronounce Chinese, and this causes me anxiety daily. At a restaurant the other day I asked the waiter to bring me a couple of straws (xiguan) and he brought two large watermelons (xigua) instead. Mandarin is especially full of tongue-twisting pronunciations, and I learn something new every day.
China is also the “land of food,” and the depth of its cuisine is amazing. We say “Chinese,” but each region has its own culinary style and there are said to be around twenty regional cuisines when you look closely. Beijing-style fare differs from other kinds of Chinese cuisine by being the capital city's cuisine. In other words, delicious recipes gathered from all over the country and talented cooks have refined them. There are many varieties, including wheat-based dishes such as jiaozi dumplings, steamed buns, and noodles, mutton dipped in hot broth, and traditional xiaochi light meals, as represented by the Manchu Han imperial feast and Peking duck. I think that Sichuan cuisine's mala xiangguo chili stir-fry is well suited to the Beijing winter. Please be sure to try it when you visit Beijing.

China Central Television's uniquely shaped headquarters building


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Goodwill Ambassadors Promoting Better Sino-Japanese Relations outside Work
Considering the recent state of Sino-Japanese relations, it is natural that criticism of China in the Japanese media grabs your attention. Looking at China's domestic scene, however, governing a population of 1.3 to 1.4 billion is clearly no easy task. As symbolized by the majestic Great Hall of the People, there is a strong desire to protect their native land, but there are also many people who think that Japanese culture, products, and unity are wonderful. We hope to do our best to serve as intermediaries between China and Japan during the course of our daily work and our lives here.



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