View Full Version : There are nine million bicycles in Beijing

Katie Melua
29-11-2007, 21:37:04

29-11-2007, 22:21:46
And I don't own any of them-FACT!

30-11-2007, 08:15:17
not many songs make me change the radio channel, but that one does.

C.G.B. Spender
30-11-2007, 08:30:51
I got a brilliantly brilliant dutch biketje

Mr. Bas
30-11-2007, 09:35:11
you can ride it if you like!

30-11-2007, 09:35:51
and ring your bell?

Lazy Lemonade
30-11-2007, 15:11:18
Doesn't everyone drive cars there now?

30-11-2007, 15:13:08
Originally posted by C.G.B. Spender
I got a brilliantly brilliant dutch biketje

Let Nav use it!

30-11-2007, 15:14:14
jesjes near some heavy traffic

30-11-2007, 19:12:22

01-12-2007, 03:08:37
I bet the Chinese DMV sucks worse than the one here... imagine the lines!

01-12-2007, 03:58:23
They don't know about lines in those countries. "Pushing in" is considered an art form.

03-12-2007, 10:41:35
Originally posted by Katie Melua

Beijing bicycle authority says over 10 million now. Time to re-record.

Resource Consumer
04-12-2007, 11:03:30
Is there a Beijing bicycle club?

04-12-2007, 11:06:39
I'm too lazy to register the AE but if I wasn't:

Katie Melua: There are 9 million bicycles in Beijing.

Alanis Morissette: But all I needed was a knife.

04-12-2007, 11:26:43
Originally posted by Resource Consumer
Is there a Beijing bicycle club?

It's called the Chinese Communist Party?

04-12-2007, 11:55:02
Originally posted by Lazy Lemonade
Doesn't everyone drive cars there now?

They're buying a lot more oil, so I expect there are a lot more cars.

04-12-2007, 12:00:49
They are using a lot of it to fuel power stations and as raw materials for all the cheap plastic shit we buy.

04-12-2007, 13:25:03
well, the colored plastic stuff is a little safer than anything painted

a little

04-12-2007, 21:13:06
There's a kind of (racist) genius to giving someone a bad design, then complaining when they come back having made exactly what was directed. =/

05-12-2007, 09:05:45
Oh, I blame us in the west entirely for our terrible taste and demand for cheap stuff.

05-12-2007, 11:43:39
I have a little experience with Chinese manufacturers, and they're just as susceptible as anyone else to cutting corners to increase a profit even when given good instructions. I don't think it has anything to do with race.

05-12-2007, 13:43:49
How about just blaming the people who are actually responsible, instead of ironic comments about consumption and generalities about human nature?

05-12-2007, 13:50:16
I don't even understand what discussion we're having.

The Chinese demand for fuel has a lot to do with their increasing industrialisation which in turn is in a large part down to us in the west outsourcing most of our manufacturing to China because it's so much cheaper.

If we weren't getting our shit manufactured cheaply in China we'd get it manufactured slightly more expensively somewhere else.

The only reason I specfied plastic shit specifically is that the plastic is also made from petrochemicals.

I don't see how anyone's made any negative slur about the Chinese, or about people in general. Unless wanting to buy stuff cheaply is a slur.

05-12-2007, 14:34:12
Your shit gets manufactured in China?

Of course... why use your own bowels when you can rent someone else's.

As for the bicycles - 10 million is not a lot for the number of Chinese. I mean, if they had to evacuate in a hurry that's 5 people per bike - unrealistic even by Asian standards.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
05-12-2007, 14:44:16
Where would you get the extra 40 million people form? Bus them into Beijing to evacuate them 5 per bike?

10-12-2007, 17:18:05
Originally posted by Cruddy
I mean, if they had to evacuate in a hurry that's 5 people per bike - unrealistic even by Asian standards.


10-12-2007, 17:38:14
Originally posted by Dyl Ulenspiegel
Where would you get the extra 40 million people form?

The Chinese beauracracy are only too glad to supply the correct form, providing you fill in the appropriate request form, in triplicate, in Chinese, and signed by both your grandmothers.

10-12-2007, 17:54:56
what if your parents had been adopted by gay couples and you have 4 granpas?

Dyl Ulenspiegel
10-12-2007, 18:18:43
No bike for you!