6️⃣4️⃣ Celebrate freedom of speech!

Today is June 4th, a date that doesn’t exist in China for the past 30 years. It’s like nothing happened 30 years ago, what a shame.

I don’t like to talk about politic stuff, nit that I grew up in China and it’s kinda tabboe or something but because it’s all jokes, politic parties, politicians, hehe. But let’s never forget the history.

Since I moved to Europe, sometimes around this time of the year, they block my IP so I can’t post on Chinese media sites, such as weibo, can’t post or upload pictures. I haven’t checked if I could do that now because I stopped using all Chinese social media once such things happened. They are becoming a joke anyway. I actually don’t think such sensorship can go anywhere, but I also don’t see any change in this in the coming years.

I’ve heard many fellow Chinese Steemians that these few days it’s becoming more and more difficult to access VPN, you know why? Because it’s the 30 year anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre.

I remember 10 years ago, it was the day they firstly blocked sites like facebook and such.

Now it’s getting worse, one site (something like Chinese version reddit) I used to visit sometimes (because phone number verification was required) recent month has also disabled due to the anniversary.

I won’t say I’m disappointed, because I’ve already been disappointed too many times, that I reach to a point that I can’t care about it (China or whatever) any more. Nowadays when I hear people talking bad about China or Chinese people, I never get any angry, necause most of the time I kind agree with them lol.

F*ck them very much! Seriously.

I totally believe all the troubles they left for us, nearly useless passport, no freedom of speech is partly or mostly due to that event. Now how long are they planning to cover it I wonder?

(picture taken in an Aiweiwei exhibition recently in Dusseldorf, not really his fan, but heard a lot of his stories with Chinese government. Anyone with that kind of experiences deserves some support. )

BBQ night snack

Have I ever mentioned that I’ve lost 5kg effortlessly since I moved to Europe?

Not that food in Europe is that bad, just the portion is probably a bit smaller and I’m used to eat less in the evening.

In China, every night some old friends invite me to have BBQ as night snack. So I end up eating a lot these days….

Some food pics. Hope I’m not gaining weight haha.

Shantang Rd! 🛶

Here are some touristy photos from Suzhou. So happy to be back.

Shantang Rd

Boat ride was fun but there were a few who play their music loudly, a bit noisy. I don’t get it, some people in China really feel like sharing their music like this lol.

Shantang Rd is still quite super commercialised and crowded like any other touristic sites, with shops selling all kinds of similar stuff like any other sites all over China.

Yet the weather at this time of the year is just perfect, and the site itself isn’t bad at all.

We had fun!

Random shot from the boat tour

Craftsmanship revival in China: an indigo blue printed Calico fabric

In China’s Jiang Nan area (south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, now mainly in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang province), there is a special traditional indigo-coloured patterned textile called the Blue Calico. Jiang Nan area used to be the most important region for its fabric product, back in time, this indigo tone printed fabric was widely used in home decorations, clothes, etc.

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