Yes, there are some amazing golf courses in China, definitely. I would argue that most of the propaganda concerning China comes from the media, as opposed to from the government, though. But that's really neither here nor there.
I agree with you on the contact pics thing, though I don't really care too much about it. But do people really look that closely at the keyboard? Honestly, I didn't even notice the bold OR the all-caps (which have been there for HOW MANY versions?) until they were pointed out on message boards.
Whenever I hear the word "bling" now I'm reminded of Alien's epic rant about all of his "sh*t" and how awesome he is because of it. Unfortunately, I can't reproduce it here due to language issues. :) Man, I may have to rematch that again tonight!
There is a massive black-market. Well, the black-market isn't as huge as it once was, now that all the major carriers in China sell the iPhone. But before China Mobile, and before the others, there were still a lot of Chinese with iPhones.
Nope, you're right: It's pretty huge news. And pretty much anyone should have seen this coming a mile away. China has a middle class that grows by leaps and bounds every day. Sure, there are a lot of poor people China -- because there are a lot of PEOPLE in China. But there are also a lot of people who have the money to spend on premium items. I mean, the women's tennis tour (WTA) has something like NINE tournaments in China this year. And for those who don't really...