North Korea: We slipped over the rim and into the volcano under the fog that filled the ChangBaiShan crater.  As we dropped down the steep volcano walls snow-skiing style on loose rock we entered the forbidden border zone between JiLin, China & North Korea  and this photo is looking across to North Korea.   When the fog lifted the Peoples Liberation Army soldiers on the volcano rim saw us swimming inside the forbidden crater lake and intercepted us back at the rim.  We had to pay a fine and I got to keep my camera.


Teachers’ ‘special skills’ a social media rage in China

Social media users in China have been applauding the remarkable skill of a history teacher who apparently can draw the map of the world freehand.

The pictures of the teacher drawing the map on the blackboard were posted by a student on Sina Weibo.

The student, who goes by the handle @xuxuxuermao, said that it took the teacher, surnamed Zhao, barely a few minutes to draw the entire map. The student also said that this was something that Zhao did on a regular basis.

The post attracted a number of users, who were not only appreciative of the skill but also began sharing the unique and creative skills that their teachers have displayed.

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Meet Babe, the pig who was born with two snouts. The two-month-old was part of a litter born on a farm in Deshengtang, Jilin province, northern China. He can use both his mouths to eat and appears otherwise normal, say his owners.(Source)

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China’s Red Eagle air demonstration team makes its debut during an air show for the Changchun First Aviation Open Day in Changchun, in northeast Chinas Jilin province, on September 1, 2011. China’s defence budget will rise 12.7 percent in 2011 to 601.1 billion yuan (91.7 billion USD), a government spokesman said in March, amid persistent regional concerns about Beijing’s military build-up.