Chinese media reported with shock in January 2012 that the airport in the city of Changsha, the capital of China’s Hunan province, was charging 68 yuan (US$10.7) for bowls of instant noodles the would ordinarily cost at most six yuan in the city. Despite nationwide reporting of these incredible prices, Changsha’s airport continued charging them as usual. In this cartoon, posted by Cao Yi (曹一) to his blog at, TV cameras attempt to surround the Changsha airport, where a chef smiles self-assuredly as he offers bowls of noodles for 68 yuan — but the airport, disguised by a giant turtle shell, is utterly impervious.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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