Click HERE for my Chinese Edition. Cool?
Actually, any web page can be auto-translated in this fashion by Google. It’s a really cool feature though I’m guessing the translations must leave something to be desired. My understanding is that you still need humans to pull quality meaning from one language to another. Still, this is a huge step forward and the advent of hand held translation units, online translation, and a lot more global travel is breaking down one of the barriers to international understanding – language.
China is expected to be the world’s top travel destination by 2020 and I don’t doubt that estimate. It is one of the reasons I’m anxious to get over there to SES China in Xiamen, the Xianglu Grand Hotel (though I’m not clear if this is the SES China venue or not), The Great Wall of China, Beijing and the Forbidden City, Hong Kong Harbor, Hong Kong, Kowloon, and much more of the amazing China Travel landscape. I want to start exploring and understanding the nation and culture that may eventually eclipse the USA in terms of global influence (I’m not predicting that – just noting it is a possibility. What is a certainty is that China will continue to be one of the most influential nations for some time to come). One of the most interesting graphs I have ever seen showed the global GDP of about 1850, noting that India+China were over half the global totals, and the USA was not even in the same league. The USA’s remarkable industrial rise since that time led us to the global economic dominance we now enjoy, but things could change … again. I don’t see this shift in Economic dominance as a negative, rather more an inevitable balancing and levelling of an increasingly globalized playing field – the world Tom Friedman has described so well in his book “The World is Flat”.