Category Archives: China

kuaidi and didi merger — a new moment in Chinese infrastructure

On saturday Kuaidi dache announced that they had agreed to merge with their biggest / bigger rival, Didi dache. Techinasia has a good write up about it, but I took issue with the suggestion that the merger has something to do with Uber.  I went on a twitter rampage about the deal, and Jon Russell told me to write it up (he already has a piece on techcrunch about the merger that has all the details).  I often confuse more words with a better argument, so I’ll just try to channel the twitter brevity but expand my point.  Here goes:

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The best description of Baijiu I’ve ever read

Imagine discomfort. It’s 3a.m., and you’re sitting in the back of a long-distance bus. The man sitting next to you scratches his whale-sized belly and giggles as he sleeps. The bathroom door keeps slamming open, and the smell of urine tinged with vomit wafts into your nostrils.

Bottle that experience and you have baijiu,[…]

Isaac Stone Fish really nails it, then goes on to profile the people trying to bring the above experience to the west.

Also: Make time for the video.

Some great photos of China by bike

Back in April my friends Tyler, Jeff, Drew & MMC from Factory 5 took internet-famous bike-blogger & photagrapher Prolly is not Probably and the Mission Workshop founders on some long-ass rides around the Yangtze river valley (so… Shanghai and the bits around it).

John’s posted a lot about that trip, but in what I can only imagine was a year-end “inbox zero” push, he just put up some last photos of the journey which I think are great. This one’s my favorite. I call it “Venus de Trash Heap”.

Venus de Trash Heap photo by John Prolly from Prollyisnotprobably.com
Venus de Trash Heap photo by John Prolly from Prollyisnotprobably.com