I am always getting emails from people asking me what they should be reading on China politics, China travel, China food, China this and China that. My quick answer is to refer them to our blogroll. But that only goes so far because our blogroll is intentionally and decidedly quite narrow, confined almost exclusively blogs relating to doing business in or with China.
There are countless other excellent blogs out there, of course, and many of those are on China. I try to have all of those in my RSS feeder and I also try to at least skim them from time to time.
Just today I realized how much I enjoy and for how long I have enjoyed the Beijing Daze blog, and yet I have not once mentioned it on this blog. Until now.
Beijing Daze describes itself as “ramblings and comments about Beijing Live Music Scene, Chinese Restaurants in Beijing as well as any weird and quirky cultural ditties that I might come across!” It is heavily skewed toward Beijing’s music scene.
It is written by a “dude” who describes himself as follows:
I’m just another expat in Beijing with a fingers, a keyboard and enough IT knowledge to setup a blog and -as you might have noticed- I’m not afraid to use it!
I have been in China since Feb 2004 and in Beijing since Feb 2006 so it’s has been a few years. I love Beijing and can’t picture myself living anywhere else in this massive country! Why? The sheer diversity and complexity and simplicity of the experiences I’ve had in this mecca of smog!
This blog reflects more or less my interests in life which are food, music and IT! I spend quite a bit of time out and about in the city and can be found generally hiding behind a wine glass or a white russian in the greater chaoyang area with occasional escapades into dongcheng!
I started this blog to keep track of places I was looking for and present information/share experiences in Beijing in a way that I would have liked to find them thus the whole “biased perspective” thing.
I mean, where else can you read about a Uighur psychedlic rock band?
Beijing Daze is not likely to impact the profits of your China business nor will it help you better understand China’s laws, but it will increase your knowledge of Beijing and its music scene and if you have an interest in that, then I heartily recommend it to you.
UPDATE: Apparently, Beijing Daze is not the only place where one can read about China’s ethnic music scene. The New York Times just came out with a story entitled, “Ethnic Music Tests Limits in China.”