IKEA Chengdu by Michal Pachniewski.
Nearly every other China blog has linked to this amusing piece (so we will too) in the L.A. Times, because, I suspect, it's kind of feel-good in its own way, letting us feel smug in knowing that huge multinationals aren't immune to culture shock either. ... Though I don't see the logic in going to a superstore to tuck myself up in bed and enjoy a good book. Is Chengdu's Ikea the same these hot sticky days?
According to this selective survey of Chinese women's gripes with their husbands, translated on Chinasmack, Chinese men are lazy, maintain questionable hygiene standards, and hog the computer for hours ... much like men elsewhere, then.
China Newswrap translates a People's Daily op-ed that argues that Japan, Korea, and China should stop mocking each other's failures and gives South Korea a few good kicks along the way.
China Digital Times translates Chinese tweets about upcoming National Day from those stubbornly Twittering away despite the block.
From Danwei, a translated piece looking at recent changes to the traditional formula of CCTV's evening news. Need proxy to view link.
And, finally, Chinayouren blogs about being on the receiving end of unasked-for, subversive phone calls.
Fran likes surfing the China blogosphere, and every Sunday she shares her picks of the week with GoChengdoo readers.