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How to wash clothes in China

By roving hack Ignatius Rake

Posted May 01, 2018
How to wash clothes in China
An automatic top loader: Actually, that's in Japan but you get the picture. © Ignatius Rake

Need to do some washing in China? Well, you'd better read this then.

There are many vexing questions in life.

Why is the sky blue?

Where do babies come from?

And what's your favourite type of spanner?

But probably the biggest question on everyone's mind right now is how do Chinese people wash their clothes?

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Well, fortunately, there's an excellent vlogger out there called SerpentZA who can answer just that very question among many others.

So, give the following vid a click because there's much more to the subject than you might at first think.

In fact, some of the little gems this dapper British South African throws out there while strolling the streets of Shenzhen (a city I visited a few years back and very much liked) could be very handy to know if you land in the land that seems to manufacture everything these days.

Indeed, for that very reason you could well find yourself there with an important meeting looming only to discover you've just pappered your kacks.

Hey, it can happen.

I know.

I had to wear mine for three days straight.

Now, over the years, I've travelled a fair bit in Asia and, what's more, I've been binge-watching this guy's YouTube channel a lot while hungover in Japan lately, so I can happily attest that SerpentZA knows his onions.

Seriously, check him out if you haven't done so already.

And on that note, I also strongly advise anyone with an interest in China to mooch round his other channel, ADVChina, which he co-hosts with an American chap called C-Milk.

Yeah, I wondered that too.

Perhaps he likes chocolate milkshakes or something.

Who knows?

Either way, as with SerpentZA, he comes across as a very sound bloke who also knows a fair few things about the nation that gave the world gun powder, bum wad and the very first folding beer tokens, not to mention a heck of a lot else.

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Anyway, ADVChina is a flippin' excellent channel not only in terms of content, but also with regard to its highly original concept.

Essentially, the two of them, who have both lived in China for a fair few years (married with youngsters and the like) discuss shedtonnes of China-related topics all while riding around the place on motorbikes.

As a result, the viewer is treated to top-notch visuals (drones play a big part in proceedings too) while gaining invaluable local int on subjects ranging from food (they eat a lot when not gunning their engines) to high-brow socio-economic stuff my old geography professors would have given their hind teeth to know.

So, embedded here for you now on the Rake & Herald is a very succulent taster from their fascinating smörgåsbord of info and bike-based action.

And before you ask, China's 'human flesh search' has nothing to do with looking for scud under a bush or even trying to pick up a pro.

Seriously, it's much more alarming than that.

Watch and find out, yeah?

And while I'm on the subject of China, you really ought to watch the next vid that just landed on my desk courtesy of my mate Ohio in Venezuela.

While it doesn't mention washing machines once, it does talk about something very ominous, something very sinister and something that will no doubt be coming to a country near you soon.

Very near and very soon.


Ain't it marvellous?

Be warned, mind.

The following is embedded from FaceBook so a) you'll have to turn the sound up and b) it's full of trackers.

Not that FaceBook snoops on you or anything.


See also Boxy but good, posted 20/4/18.

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Ignatius Rake is a journalist, geographer, filmmaker, artist, musician and life-long Fortean who blew the lid on the 2017 Eden UFO hoax. He has so far visited 75 countries on six continents. When not travelling, he divides his time between Cornwall and Poland. You can view some of his art here.

Engage with the Rake & Herald on Minds here and Vimeo here. And if you use FaceBook, Twitter and/or YouTube, then you can also follow us here, here and here, respectively. Not that we endorse snooping, censorship and the ghettoisation of thought, mind.

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