I’d like to mention that the Chinese paddlefish is close to extinction. The American paddlefish was close to extinction in the 60′s until artificial spawning became possible. It should work on the Chinese species as well.
Here is a biologist, Steven Mims, who I met through email and he can spawn a single female by using irradiated sturgeon sperm.
I hope to be able to help save these fish which get over 1000 pounds and produce valuable caviar. I don’t happen to care about caviar, but this fish could eventually pay for itself if we give it the chance.
TIPS TO BEIJING VISITS
I have heard that a phone book exists, but I have never seen one and I hear it is practically useless in most cases. I think the “Wong” entries take up over 100 pages alone.
Maybe it is the size of an inhaled accordian or something. So don’t count on a phone book being around. Ordering food could be easy. No matter what, you can assume that you are ordering something edible.
It might end up being tiger penis soup or duck feet, but you will probably live. The cheaper places don’t have that much wierd stuff. Popsicles from the little vendors are excellant and about 8 cents. China is way ahead of the U.S. in popsicles.
If you like 50 50′s then you’ll go crazy. They have about 5 choices at least of 50 50 type popsicles plus a lot of other’s. Going to a store to buy things is easy.
Probably taxis are easy if you are going to larger business or tourist site and have the address on a card. 99% of my taxi rides were with very nice honest drivers.
The one negative ride I had was a taxi driver who drove in a large “S” for 25 miles when he should have gone straight for 10 miles in order to gouge us. He was dispatched quickly by my wife.
I had a neutral ride once when a taxi driver told me that I must have been handsome. That was in Chinese so it wasn’t that he got his tenses mixed up. Most of my rides around town were under $10.
The “S” ride ended up about $7.50. The neutral ride was $10. I remember my first trip to China and expected some military search at the Customs. I just walked past the lady in uniform and went to a taxi and that was that. No searches or metal detectors.
You rarely see military or police in China except traffic signal police. Of course there is the honor guard at the Tianamen Square and troups doing things like digging water and sewer lines.