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about Snow, the best selling beer in the world

Now that we’re on the subject of drinking, I came across this CNN article about the best selling beer in the world. Apparently it not my home town’s Heineken, nor is it any of the American bestsellers Coors, Bud or Miller. It’s not even Tsingtao, the brand that I thought was would have a good shot at the number 1 since it’s consumed by a large share of the people in China.

None of that. The best selling beer is a Beijing-based lager by the name of Snow. Apparently, it’s a big hit in mainland China. And that helps in generating volume for sure. And for as far as taste goes, it sounds like it doesn’t do under for the aforementioned American ‘classics’: “I think it’s light, crisp and refreshing. Very good as an initial thirst-quencher. But to be honest, once you have a couple of them, you’d tend to go for a heavier beer.”

about Chinese rice-smugglers

Out of all the things we know people smuggle, would you have expected rice to be up there with the best of them? Apparently, in Hong Kong it is.

“While shoppers have begun hoarding daily items like napkins, baby formula and snacks, the Hong Kong bestseller is still rice. Hong Kong authorities have long limited buyers to only 15 kilos, imposing a HK$6,400 fine for anyone found going over their limit. Ever resourceful, mainland smugglers pay women and children 80 yuan each to go to Hong Kong and bring bags of safe and high quality rice into China. Women and children make better rice “mules” because customs officers typically target men for inspection.”

I bet that leads to the occasional sticky situation here and there.