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Snack attack
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The capital's early birds don't have to munch worms to eat for dirt-cheap. Beijing's traditional snack spots, such as Shougongfang, offer bountiful breakfasts of fare for the frugal. For just 4.5 yuan, you can start the day with a roast cake, an aiwowo - a soft mashed bean cake stuffed with mashed red bean, a "donkey-rolling-over" - a soft multi-layered bean cake, and a bowl of bean curd jelly. Low-cost meals make for high competition among the capital's eateries, making it tough for dim sum diners - especially the pricier places - to keep the lights on and the trolleys rolling.

But Shougongfang is confident enough in its cuisine, it made the gutsy move of opening a mere 20 meters away from Huguosi traditional snack restaurant - a longstanding Beijing institution.

The reason for the eatery's hyperactive self-confidence is that the chef, Wang Shihua, comes from a lineage of pastry-makers spanning back to the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) who have remained local legends for making the best sesame cakes and fried crisp flour loops in the city. Indeed, the restaurant's "smart Wang" sesame cake is made a terrific treat by its distinct layers and rich herbal flavors.
China's Netizen Population to Become World's Largest This Year
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China had 210 million Internet users at the end of 2007 and its online population is on course to become the world's largest at the beginning of this year.

There was only a gap of 5 million between the Chinese and U.S. internet populations, according to a survey released on Thursday on the web site of the China Internet Network Information Center (CINIC).

China's internet penetration ratio has risen to 16 percent, although it is still below the world average of 19.1 percent.

Last year, 73 million people were added to the nation's total netizen population. Of the increment, 29.17 million, or 40 percent, lived in rural areas. This brought the number of rural Internet users to 52.62 million at the end of 2007, up 127.7 percent year-on-year.
Markus Willeke Solo Exhibition
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: Ends Jan 31st, daily

Where: Platform China Art Institute.(319-1, East End Art Zone A, Caochangdi. Opposite Guanghantang Antique Furniture)

With two large gallery spaces in Caochangdi and a small experimental space in 798, Platform China exhibits a range of cutting-edge artists from in and out of China. Director Sun Ning has established an impressive curatorial program that emphasizes video and new media work as much as it does painting.
China selects top 10 Internet-related events of 2007
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China selected its top 10 important Internet-related events and publicized the list on Monday, disclosing that the number of Chinese netizens exceeded 200 million.

The selection was sponsored by the Internet Society of China and Internet News Research Center with the guidance of the Information Office of the State Council.

At the top of the list was the event that "the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) proposed new requirements for Internet construction and management."

The Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee held a group study on the World Internet technology development and China's Internet culture construction and management on Jan. 23. General Secretary of CPC Central Committee Hu Jintao stressed to well build, use and administrate the Internet.
Peking roast duck producer doubted for planned computerized cooking
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China's oldest Peking duck restaurant chain, Quanjude (Group) Co., Ltd., has come under fire from the public as it plans to use electric ovens to replace traditional hand-roasting procedures in cooking ducks.

The electric ovens, based on computerized operation jointly developed by Quanjude and a German company, will keep the handmade techniques and simplify roasting procedures, said Xing Ying, general manager with Quanjude, earlier.

Many of the Beijing-based outlets, particularly those in other regions of the country, must use the new ovens that will ensure quality standards and automatic duck production, according to Xing.
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