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115 Pre-Paid GPRS Sim Card in China

I bought a Shenzhouxing Card directly from China Mobile today. They stated that it did not support GPRS, but through your blog, I assumed that it did. However, bringing it home, and trying to activate frustrated me quite a bit.
After talking with many representatives, they all were firm on the fact that it does not support GPRS. Therefore, there isn't a way of me getting PrePaid GPRS/Internet in China on my iPhone. :(
Posted by David at 2009-06-29 18:25:02. More

114 Train from Beijing to Shanghai

I took a Z train from Shanghai to Beijing and then back from Beijing to Shanghai in early March 2009. I think the biggest thing to consider after reading all the posts here is that "your results may vary".

I went from Shanghai to Beijing on a Monday evening and bought the ticket 2 nights in advance. I bought the ticket from Shanghai to Beijing the day before departure, which was on a Thursday. Both times I bought the ticket from the train station and on both trips most of the lower berths in the soft sleeper cabins were occupied but I didn't see a single person in any of the top berths, so it's hard to imagine every cabin being full, some more than full, as was mentioned in one of the previous posts (unless of course it's during a major holiday). I also don't think it would be difficult to buy tickets a few days before departure as some mentioned here. Tickets aren't available for purchase that soon before departure really (which is one of the reasons ticket prices are so expensive when bought online so far in advance, you're paying them in some cases quite literally to 'camp out' to buy your ticket when it goes on sale).

As of this post the cost is the same as mentioned, 499RMB for a lower berth soft sleeper on a Z class both BJ > SH and SH > BJ.

Dinner was not served on Z14 despite it being listed on the 'dinner' list above. I do not recall my train from BJ to SH's number but dinner was not served on that one either. Someone did come around in the evening selling breakfast for the next morning, but I passed.

The Z trains looked the exact same now as they did in the pics above, from the upholstery down to the placement of the flower and hot water pot on the table.
Posted by David at 2009-03-10 17:05:48. More

113 Seoul Changes Chinese Name

How come almost all of you think that the name "Hancheng" was changed to "Shou'er" in 2005?

"The city saw changing its name of Hanyang (漢陽) into Hansŏng (漢城) when it became the capital of the Chosŏn Dynasty in 1394 (It was known under this name in Chinese - Hancheng - until October 2005 when the city of Seoul requested Chinese government to call it Shou'er 首爾). It was renamed Kyŏngsŏng (京城 -- Keijō in Japanese) at the time of the Japanese occupation, but upon the National Liberation on August 15, 1945, Kyŏngsŏng was renamed "Seoul,” a pure Korean word meaning "national capital,” which had been used since the Silla Kingdom of the Three Kingdom Period."

The South Korean government didn't change the name of the modern-day country and the name of its capital recently; they already changed them from "Chosŏn" (Chaoxian in Pinyin) to "Republic of Korea" (Dahanminguo or Hanguo in short) and "Hansŏng" (Hancheng 漢城) or "Kyŏngsŏng" (Jingcheng 京城) to "Seoul" over sixty years ago.

Not knowing this, most Chinese people had been calling this country "Nanchaoxian" and its capital "Hancheng" until recently.

In the recent years, the South Korean government found out that most Chinese people still call their capital "Hancheng," and they noticed that there has never been any Chinese characters to notate "Seoul," so they decided to officially ask the Chinese government to call their capital "Shou'er" (the closest pronunciation of Seoul in Putonghua) with "首儿" or "首爾" instead of "Hancheng." (If Chinese people called Japan's capital by its former Tokugawa government's capital "Edo" or something else than "Dongjing" (东京/東京) or "Tokyo," they would've ask the same, too.)

Regardless the time-frame or whatever the reason, some of you don't seem happy that they decided to change the name of their capital from "Hancheng" or "Keijo" to "Seoul," but that's their choice. It's like the modern-day China is no longer called "Qing" Dynasty, and "Edo" is not the name of Japan's capital anymore.

When a new, modern-day country is formed out of their last dynasty, they can call themselves (or their capital) whatever they want, so that they can distinguish themselves from their old kingdom.

And Chen, about "Dahan Min'guo" or "Dahan Hangkong Gongsi"... Well, you have your freedom to say about "insecure country" and whatever, but at the same time, I think they also have freedom to name their country (I guess Korean Airline took the first two syllables of their country's name.) with "great/grand," so that they can "dream" about becoming a great nation.

Actually, that small country of South Korea has already become the top four countries in Asia in terms of economy, haven't they? (They used to be very poor right after the Korean War in 1953.) Also, did you know that they ranked the 7th in winning gold medals (4 more than Japan) at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing? I guess it pays to be positive. ^_^

I had been in China over 3 years and have seen a very fast economic growth. (China's GDP is the top 4 in the world right now.) I also watched the Olympic games (including the Opening Ceremony) in Beijing last summer, and I was amazed at how China won 51 gold medals (while USA won only 36 gold medals). Doesn't it feel good to be part of a great nation?

I think many other countries around the world also want to become a great nation. You know what I mean. ^_^

- an American Sociology grad student who had studied in China and in South Korea before
Posted by David at 2009-02-16 03:26:13. More

112 Rent an Apartment in Shanghai

Rooms for rent options one month no deposit or start a new contract. Apt on a very nice apt great compound in Xujiahui on hongqiao rd. near panyu rd. 3 rooms, 1 masterbedroom own bath, fully furnished, 10 mins walking to line 1,3 and 4, and Jiaotong University, master bedroom 3000, room 1 2700, room 2 2300, for more info call 13472890495 or send an email to davidgg1@msn.com
Posted by David at 2009-01-17 13:39:12. More

111 Faster Bullet Trains in China

hi! Are there any d train from shanghai to Ningbo return and yes at what time. Thanks!
Posted by David at 2008-12-17 13:17:19. More

110 Pollution in Taihu (Lake Tai)

One person has oppose the pollution, informing gov official about which factories do not respect the standards...

To thanks him, he got in hause arrest without trial for month. maybe he is still...

Here some news:
(buy googleling his name you can find much more article on this story)
Posted by david at 2008-10-21 11:52:25. More

109 One Ceremony, Many Perceiptions

Ok for Chinese flag but:
Why does the Chinese soldiers raised Olympic flag? why not athletes ?
I do not remember seeing that elsewhere... but am I wrong?
is it always like that?
Posted by david at 2008-08-15 13:31:56. More

108 Rent an Apartment in Shanghai

I am looking for a room mate or mates to share luxury apartment. In Xujiahui district. less than 5 minutes walking to line 1,3,4 Must be nonsmoker. No pets. Must have good reputation as I have students coming to house during the day. Prefer someone gone during the day as I work evenings and weekends. Please contact me at David808@gmail.com 3000 per month for short contract. 2500 For year contract.
Posted by David at 2008-07-27 22:00:35. More

107 I Felt Afraid of Public Opinions Now

I agree with you. . As you say, personally we can give how much as we want as is our money but corporate money is not ours so we have to accepted up decisions. It is stupid and hipocrita.
Well, 2 million rmb is money.
Posted by david at 2008-05-29 21:21:27. More

106 Grace Wang Called a Traitor

I thought I was reading a passage from my uncle's writing during the Cultural Revolution. Have we as Chinese learned nothing in 30 years? The same ignorance, the same hate-mongering, the same demeaning words. Whether you agree with one side of the Tibetan issue or another, it does not matter but how you treat other people's ideas as you would like your own ideas to be treated. We have learned nothing and I am ashamed of us all.
And, by the way, yes, my uncle was a teacher killed during the Cultural Revolution for being a "traitor" and "too western".

"Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds."
--Albert Einstein
Posted by David at 2008-05-25 01:39:05. More

105 Introduce Yourself

Hi, I am David from Singapore.

I run Shanghai's hottest and coolest event site.

Posted by David at 2008-05-09 01:55:45. More

104 Photos of Carrefour after Boycott

Nice photos. I was in the Shanghai Carrefour in Hongqiao on Wed April 23rd around 5pm and it was packed with at least 200-300 people in the aisles shopping...like any other market in Shanghai. So these photos are pretty shocking.

Next time they boycott, they need to tell everyone to go to the store, but only spend 1 rmb....that will be proof of the dissatisfaction of the Chinese consumer.

Of course I'm against the humanitarin violations of the authoritarian CCP government, but as a US citizen...lets take care of our own transgressions first before we attack the Chinese people about Tibet........maybe starting with Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.....
Posted by David at 2008-05-05 15:41:18. More

103 Expression to Appropriate Impression

it's really amaizing if you drawed the maps without coping any existing
maps and only do it with your memory,so great.

I read your blog often these days and i am wondering why you have not made a english name for yourself yet?

Posted by david at 2008-03-26 21:48:26. More

102 Shanghai Zoo

The zoo was located in the middle of nowhere 20+ years ago. The city has grown.

The zoo is a shadow of its former self. It was a decent zoo back then, when the entrance fee was 0.5 Yuan. It's no longer the case.

You know, I loved going to the zoo as a child. When I went back to the zoo 3 years ago, it was in a sorry state with few animals, a lot of empty cages/buildings.

Do not want.
Posted by David at 2008-03-21 03:38:09. More

101 MSN Messenger Virus BR2002

hay someone is trying to send me a virus through msn messenger. Anytime one me and one of my friends are talking a spanish writing comes up and a file is trying to send, and non of my friends are sending anything. I know its a virus isn't there a msn anti virus scan that i can use to get rid of it pls.
Posted by David at 2008-02-02 22:01:52. More

100 A Car in Shanghai

"The car ID is way too expensive. It costs about 20,000 RMB for the car ID alone."

It has been jumped to RMB 55,000 at Jan. 2008 for a shanghai license plate. As for used car, I found shangcar.com provides some good options.
Posted by David at 2008-01-04 00:19:18. More

99 Car Insurance in Shanghai

For those who are looking for updated informaiton about auto insurance in Shanghai:
Posted by David at 2008-01-03 23:02:24. More

98 Living Cost in Shanghai - Driving

oops... it's http://www.shangcar.com/buy_your_car_insurance_in_shanghai.htm
Posted by David at 2007-12-17 15:46:17. More

97 Living Cost in Shanghai - Driving

The Car Insurance cost in this article need to be updated. It's not like 2000 RMB or something like that. Even for a car of 100,000 RMB per year.

For very basic car insurance in Shanghai. You have to have at least 4 insurance products to cover your car. Which are:
A. Traffic compulsory insurance
B. Third party liability insurance.
C. Car Damage Insurance
D. Car Theft Protection Insurance
It will be approx. RMB 4,300 if you covered above.

I found out that Shangcar provides a very informative intruction about car insurances in Shanghai: http://www.shangcar.com/buy_your_car_insurance_in_shanghai.htm/

Posted by David at 2007-12-17 15:02:40. More

96 Just Few Steps Away from My New Car

Their site is under reconstruction, the guy from shangcar mentioned that they will have a new site soon. I got my Siena from shangcar.com , it's a used car and actually it's quite fast to register this car. It took me about 1 week to get everything done. I like my siena very much and drive the car almost everday here.
Posted by David at 2007-11-21 21:40:35. More

95 Congrats Victor for Getting Car Plate - at 46500

The latest car plate price [Nov. 2007] is RMB 51,000 now, can't belive that. The time we purchased our car from Shangcar.com, it was about RMB 33,000.
Posted by David at 2007-11-11 16:19:41. More

94 Happy Birthday to Goudaner (3rd Year)

Hi Jiansuo,

Congrats. We have the same car. Mine was purchased from http://www.shangcar.com it's a used car has about 68,000 KM and we are very happy with this car, the car makes our life in Shanghai easier.


Posted by David at 2007-11-11 13:02:12. More

93 Just Few Steps Away from My New Car

We bought our first used car in Shanghai through www.shangcar.com who are quite a reputable company, they did all the purchasing and insurance paperwork. The whole procedure took us about 1 week.
Posted by David at 2007-11-11 12:52:01. More

92 Thanks for Giving Credit to Me...

Internet is internet, something comes, something goes, the website(http://www.zhouhongquan.cn/) is not avaliable now,what a pity!
Posted by david at 2007-09-16 12:00:13. More

91 Train from Beijing to Shanghai

Hello - is there some type of lockbox to secure passport and wallet during the night ?

Another traveller mentioned bathroom were dirty - is this correct from your experience ?

Thank you for your reply.
Posted by David at 2007-08-06 16:02:41. More

90 Red Restaurant

Hi Wangjanshuo,

Love your site. It actually was the only English resource I found when I first came to China and wanted to get WAP on my China Mobile phone. Sorry for posting this on your message board, but I don't see an e-mail address for you here.

Anyway...Could you add http://www.ShanghaiStuff.com/ to your links page? It's a search engine for bars, clubs, restaurants and apartments in Shanghai.


Posted by David at 2007-07-31 19:55:00. More

89 Where to Buy Genuine Software in Shanghai?

Went to HuaiHai Lu yesterday 28 Jul 07 to buy a Toshiba A200 laptop with 2Gb memory upgrade, genuine Windows Vista English version, and pay by AMEX. Paid, and they installed OEM Chinese version Vista, then wanted to installed pirated English version. I refused, and got the card refunded. This was the Toshiba shop appearing to be the manufacturer's outlet. The other Toshiba supplier openly said they would use a pirated version.

Went to the big computer centre in Pudong, not far from DongChang Lu - the story was the same.
Posted by David at 2007-07-29 14:20:54. More

88 Shanghainese Girl Marrying Foreigners

Dear Lucius - you are a brainless, dimwitted little prick! If you are saying (from your observations) that most chinese women are whores, then I'd like to meet with you to see if you have the courage to say it to my face. My partner is chinese, I am western. I've many other friends in inter-racial relationships and we socialize together regularly. Some of my friends are chinese boys with western wives. You call chinese women whores, then you are talking about my partner - I really want to meet you and we can talk about this face-to-face! But I think you probably wouldn't have the guts - or maybe you cannot get a partner and that is your problem. Maybe you are gay?

I can introduce you to a whore. My ex-wife. And guess what, she is western. I can't even count the number of affairs she had while we were married.

So before you tell anyone to 'shut the f**k up', pull your little head in and think before you speak or write. Don't hide behind a blog site, come and meet with me. I want to talk to you up close about what you have called my wife. What is your home address?

Posted by David at 2007-07-27 21:05:16. More

87 Train from Beijing to Shanghai

Hello - where do you store you luggage while on the train ?
Thanks for your help I have large bags with me.
Posted by David at 2007-07-26 05:29:52. More

86 Train from Beijing to Shanghai

My wife and I took the Beijing to Shanghai night Z7 train soft sleeper last Wednesday night, July 18/19. Our hotel bought them for us and agreed that the train is usually not full because the tickets are expensive. So we didn't buy the top bunks (we decided it was worth the risk to save $100). The cost was 500RMB each, 1005RMB total including 5RMB delivery of the tickets to our hotel. So, it was about $132 total.

The train station, Beijing city central, was busy and bottlenecked at the entrance. Our train left at 7:44pm and so we arrived by taxi at the station at 6:44pm.

The train was very full. Every compartment had at least four people. We saw groups of six or more in some compartments. So if you gamble on having a compartment to yourselves during a weekday night trip, you may find that an increasing number of people are buying the soft-sleeper and, as it seemed, even sharing bunks. I spoke with the attendant for our car when we boarded and then again just before, and then ten minutes after, we left the station. She explained that every bunk was sold and that every one got on the train, so we couldn't buy our upper bunks or swap out.

We shared a four-bunk compartment with two college age Chinese guys. They were polite, sat outside the compartment to eat their McDonalds food and mainly played on their PSP's. They kept to their upper bunks until we arrived in Shanghai. So although we didn't have a private room, we were fortunate to have polite roommates and a nice attendant.

We brought our own food and drinks. But we tried not to drink much because the bathrooms were, from the start, in poor condition and busy.

We'll fly next time, to have similar or better cleanliness, even with Air China, and a much shorter trip. If we had to take the train, we wouldn't hesitate to buy the private double.
Posted by David at 2007-07-23 11:42:53. More

85 Rent an Apartment in Shanghai

one bedroom apartment on South xiangyang Rd, 15 minutes walking to Middle huaihai Rd. 20th floor,well equipped!RMB4000 only, via email:sanddy44@sina.com
Posted by david at 2007-06-11 17:07:07. More

84 How to Get to Dishui Lake (Dishuihu)

anyone wants to go by bike?
Posted by david at 2007-05-17 13:35:16. More

83 How to Get to Dishui Lake (Dishuihu)

can i go by bike from longyang road ( i think i can not put the bike inside the train)?

can i go by bike from Donghai Bridge to the lake?
Posted by david at 2007-05-17 13:32:57. More

82 The Village I was Born

Beautiful Pictures. I would love to visit !!
Posted by David at 2007-04-20 11:00:44. More

81 Train from Beijing to Shanghai

Thanks for the pictures, the Z's look really clean and smart, but I'm sorry, an overnight or multiday train without showers really sucks. Even Amtrak has showers in their (very nice) duplex sleepers.

I want to take that Lhasa train to 16,000 feet! Contributions strongly welcomed!
Posted by David at 2007-04-19 14:39:21. More

80 My Own Cartoon Picture with Home Style+

can i make a cartoon picture????
Posted by david at 2007-04-17 01:15:47. More

79 My Own Cartoon Picture with Home Style+

can i make a cartoon picture????
Posted by david at 2007-04-17 01:15:16. More

78 Rent an Apartment in Shanghai

Are you going to rent an apartment in Shanghai?

It's really easy to pay far too much, or end up living in a place that's either inconvenient or unsuitable. There are some great apartments for rent at far less than most websites written in English lead you to believe.

In fact, there are some easy pitfalls to avoid, and some things you should always check.

For example, is one of the apartments sharing a common wall with yours just about to be renovated ('under decoration' as they express it locally...lol). 'Decorating' for weeks with the help of a sledgehammer will do little for your peace and quiet.

Find a free list of the '11 Rental Mistakes you need to know before you rent' on www.MyShanghaiApartment.com
Posted by David at 2007-04-12 12:15:15. More

77 Muzimei's Sex Blog Brought Trouble

My name is David. I live in Southern California. I enjoy oil painting, playing saxophone, travel and meeting with friends. I would like to share my art work with others of the same interest. See my work at
Posted by david at 2007-02-05 15:39:53. More

76 Meeting Place: Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

this appointment is what day and what is the purpouse to have a nice talk?
Posted by david at 2006-12-04 16:42:05. More

75 Rent an Apartment in Shanghai

I have an apt. for rent! No. 188 MING YUE LU,nearby Jin Qiao area,BI YUN international district!on 27floor,3bedrooms, 3livingrooms,3bathrooms,1kitchen,213Sq.m.Total,full furnished with good deco.!$2500/mon. any interest?call me:13917973955 David!
Posted by david at 2006-11-14 09:35:00. More

74 MSN Virus omg.pif

i got a virus yesterday but since usually the msn viruses they just sign u in no matter waht and send the link to all ur ppl on ur contact list. well first off turn off ur interenet and get rid of msn so it can't do anything...next plug internet back in and then go download Spy Sweeper. (google it) then go to options and make sure all the bxes are ticked except the very bottom one. then jsut run the scan and when its done quaritine them, then go to the quarintine section and select all and finally delete. u mgiht need to restart for it to take effect. after that it should be ok. tas for me :)
Posted by david at 2006-10-02 01:19:01. More

73 Skiing in Shanghai

Hey Guys, I am a Swiss ski instructor, so I suppose that this was not new for me or challenging, but I do admit that I had a lot of fun, and I miss the ski season so this was very nice for me. If you need ski lessons in Shanghai, I guess that you can contact me and I can teach you some basics hahaha
Posted by David at 2006-09-22 11:36:48. More

72 Rent an Apartment in Shanghai

2bedrooms apartment for rent,one bathroom!103sq.m total!good decoration!15 minutes walking from plaza 66!want to rent??call me:13917973955 david!
Posted by david at 2006-08-18 14:18:08. More

71 Shanghai Public Transportation Card

I am David in SJTU.Have you received my invitation letter to Mr Jiang?
I hope he can reply me soon.Thanks.
Posted by david at 2006-08-09 18:04:12. More

70 How Many Hotels in Shanghai?

It is one of the great blogs I hv ever visitied.
From here I can get words and topics around our life everyday. I think maybe it is a wonderfrl way to obsorb spoken English material. Could anybody who's native English people tell me if it is a right way I learned from it as teaching material ?? My e-mail:swimshen@hotmail.com. Many thanks in advance.

David from Xiamen,China
Posted by david at 2006-07-27 10:27:52. More

69 Hard to Buy a House in Shanghai

And it is´nt any better in Ningbo.
I am just waiting for the big boom, the I might buy...
Posted by David at 2006-07-04 17:12:21. More

68 My Own Cartoon Picture with Home Style+

I would like to get home style plus does anybody know how I can get a copy. Thanks .
Posted by David at 2006-06-13 23:07:42. More

67 Glass Doors Installed in Metro

So now, two years after the project to put doors on line one was announced (and was billed as `to be completed by the end of the year' in 2004), one station has doors. How long until the rest of the stations get them?
Posted by David at 2006-05-05 03:15:35. More

66 Rent an Apartment in Shanghai

apartment in puxi,jinan district,nearby metro line 2!2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms,good deco,full furnished,total 120sqm.rental is about 6000rmb/mon,phone number:13917973955 david,big surprise after calling
Posted by david at 2006-05-03 10:13:26. More

65 Pudong Airport Maglev in Depth

Dear Sir, refer to James' post of Dec. 27, 2005 re slower speed to save cost. I took the 7:20 AM Maglev from Longyang Road subway station to Pudong Airport on March 30, 2006. The Maglev reached its highest speed at 431 km/h. The one-way fare is RMB40 instead of normal fare of RMB50 if the passenger shows his/her air ticket on the day.
Posted by David at 2006-04-03 09:49:49. More

64 My Own Cartoon Picture with Home Style+

I am trying to get to the ger the microsoft personal edition

issued by japan that has the programme microsoft home office

can anyone help?
Posted by david at 2006-01-28 15:19:27. More

63 Cold Winter Comes

Kim, Sharon, Liza

Just be prepared with gloves, hat, raincoat and sweaters... so cold from December to end of February!
Posted by David at 2005-11-29 05:26:32. More

62 Fudan v.s. Tongji University

Hi Guys,
Thanks for the ideas. Wo shi Meiguoren!
I don't look Chinese, I look European, grew up in the states.
I already received my civil engineering degree, so I don't need to study at Fudan University. I just want a job in Shanghai that pays better than english teacher. I have construction engineering design experiences, I speak pretty good mandarin. What are the chances?
Posted by David at 2005-11-29 05:19:45. More

61 Fudan v.s. Tongji University

How can i learn about civil engineering jobs in Shanghai? I am in California, hoping to work in SHanghai.. I have learned conversational Mandarin. I would rather make more money than what an english Teacher makes in Shanghai.

Posted by David at 2005-11-17 04:58:57. More

60 Wireless Access in Pudong Airport

Is there a shop in the airport where I can buy local chinese cellphones and / or pay as you go sim cards??
Posted by David at 2005-09-11 23:19:34. More

59 Why We Use English Signs?

Hi. this is the best site about Shanghai I've stumbled upon so far. I think Jian Shuo is right. English is the most spread language because it's the customer's language. I am from Costa Rica. The main income source for Costa Rica is tourism, mostly from the United States. This has forced many people to learn english, if they want to succeed in the tourism business. If you walk by San Jose's central avenue you would be surprised by some beggars asking for money in english!!! Mostly to tall withe dudes, of course: "One dollar sir, please".
I am happy that signs in english are used in China, otherwise I would not stand a chance of getting around since my native language is Spanish and I don't think many people speak Spanish as a second language in Shanghai. I don't think english is the dominant language in the world but I do think that it's the first choice when it comes to second language learning.
English is my second language. It is for most people. That's what makes it so important.
I know a little french, and I do wish to learn some Mandarin, gosh it's so damn hard.


Posted by David at 2005-08-12 13:59:15. More

58 Pudong Airport Maglev in Depth

Today I rode the Maglev during Typhoon "MATSA". I was surprised to see the maglev was operating, despite the high winds and rain! When the other train passes you, if you are on the left side, it is very surprising! What fun.
Posted by David at 2005-08-06 22:02:01. More

57 Is the Real Estate Cooling Down? - Part II

re: Lane houses (and old houses), much harder to get financing (mortgages), tax situation is more complex, and in my opinion they are priced too high (compared to new developments). Also, often the neighborhoods suck (local Chinese squatters) and there are no services. They can do well (for investment), but it's much harder to make it work. My suggestion re: supply is choose your location wisely. Remember the three words of real estate -- location, location, location.
Posted by David at 2005-07-13 19:32:20. More

56 PVG: Book Domestic Flight in China

HI Jianshuo,

good job, this is a very nice web-site and I find many useful info there.

I do travel a lot from north america to China, and compare the airfares online.

there are a few website for travelers should check:


I bought my airline tickets from http://www.uschinatrip.com a few times, their airfares seems pretty good. you should check them out....
Posted by David at 2005-07-06 01:40:26. More

55 Meetup in San Francisco, CA

can any body help me get a nice car.i need somebody that wants to sell his own.please contact me with my email address
Posted by david at 2005-05-07 04:21:30. More

54 Meetup in San Francisco, CA

can any body help me get a nice car.i need somebody that wants to sell his own.please contact me with my email address
Posted by david at 2005-05-07 04:21:04. More

53 So Many Typos in Shanghai Metro

Public signs are not the only problem. I had my wedding pictures taken in China and spent a lot of money. However, when I went to pick it up, I noticed that ALL the pages with english words had misspellings or simply used the wrong words. Imagine how embarrassing it is to show it to your friends!!!
Posted by David at 2004-10-20 07:23:19. More

52 AutoComplete in Web Page

Hum, interesting... Where can we get the source code for it ?

Posted by david at 2004-09-14 18:18:19. More

51 Pause for One Night

You must have some big hands. I can't imagine typing capital 'T' with my left pinky on the shift key. Or capital 'B'...yikes!

Posted by David at 2004-08-13 08:55:16. More

50 HP Pavilion a610cl - My New Home PC

Ummm...if the only thing bothering you was the size of the small keyboard, why not just buy a full-size keyboard. I imagine this would be a cheaper option than getting a full blown PC :-)

Posted by David at 2004-07-21 08:08:52. More

49 PVG: One Million Passengers for MagLev

It is very sad that there is no signage/info at PVG and even worse nothing on the web! This is great technology being wasted!

Question: what time is the first run on a Thursday morning from Long Yang out to Pudong Airport?
Vancouver, Canada.
Posted by David at 2004-07-21 02:51:29. More

48 Alcatel OT715 Software

sorry to reopen this t3 .. but i have the same problem of Stefano : PbkInstall._GetBookNames

I've tried on win XP Home (with office 2003) and it works ! only on XP Pro i get that error
Posted by david at 2004-07-07 23:13:10. More

47 Living Cost in Shanghai

Hello Wang,

Thanks a lot for creating this homepage, i really love it and i can get most of the information i need.
I was totally blind about Shanghai until i read this website.

But still i would probably need some sort of idea from you and maybe also another readers here to help me with my confusion.

I applied a job in Shanghai without knowing any standard salary there through email and surprisingly the company replied me so fast with one question 'how much your salary expectation ?', i got stunned and didn't have any idea to answer the mail.

My job i am applying is to work as an Technical Manager (IT industry), i speak english, japanese and a little chinese that i think is an advantage for me besided my 7 years experience working in the same industry. It's a foreign firm.

How much do you think i should expect from the salary ? well, sure it would be nice if i can feel Shanghai as a heaven too ! :-)

Thanks in advance.


Posted by david at 2004-05-19 00:23:06. More

46 Back to Shanghai via Train 1660

How long was the train trip? I remember taking a train from Shanghai to Beijing about 20 years ago. I didn't remember too much because I was too young, but the most memorable was the bunk beds, stacked up 3 on each side and the toilet room! Oh boy...that smell I can still remember :(
Posted by David at 2004-05-10 13:59:23. More

45 Luoyang Tour - Day 1

My guess about the small boxes outside the building is that they are some type of airconditioning unit.

Posted by David at 2004-05-07 05:17:54. More

44 Maglev - A Failure?

How much is the Maglev train ticket now? That article from Singapore's Straits Times is not available anymore. Thanks.
Posted by David at 2004-04-21 14:49:11. More

43 Experiencing Maglev Shanghai

I'm surprised that a "futuristic" city such as Shanghai does not have more convenient public transportation to its main international airport. Both Hong Kong and Tokyo have excellent train service to their airports (and both airports are far from the city, just like Pudong). It is ironic that China touts Shanghai as the most modern and explosive metro area, but the transportation infrastructure to something as basic as airport is so lacking.
Posted by David at 2004-04-21 14:42:17. More

42 From Pu Dong Airport to People's Park

Hi JianShuo, I have been following your blog site for quite some time now...it is such a great forum and extremely helpful!!! I have a Pudong Airport question:

I need to get to Xujiahui, I think Bus No. 3 (to Zunyi Rd) is the bus to take? Do you know where in Xujiahui does the bus stop? I'm assuming near the center of all the shopping malls? Thanks for your help!
Posted by David at 2004-04-14 06:57:29. More

41 Just Few Steps Away from My New Car

I remember reading sometime ago about a new Honda car called the Fit. It seems like it would be a great choice for a compact car. Great gas mileage, nice looks, roomy, and Honda makes very reliable cars. So do they sell the Honda Fit in Shanghai? If they do, maybe you should go check it out.

Posted by David at 2004-03-10 05:59:12. More

40 Shanghai Map Viewer

JS, this is great stuff you have here. I just used your map tool to locate a property in PuTuo district close to SuZhou river. I just wanted to know what orientation the property would have in regards to N,S,E,W. Thx!
Posted by David at 2004-02-03 14:15:26. More

39 Wangjianshuo's Blog Meetup

Doh!!!! So close but no cigar. I've been hoping to meet you for some time now Jianshuo, but looks like my trip to SH in January will be too late for this meeting. Have fun at Starbucks!

Posted by David at 2003-12-17 06:10:48. More

38 Matrix Revolutions

Hi Wangjian,

Please post a spoiler note on this blog entry :-) I didn't know the matrix was going to make peace with Neo. DOH!!!!!

Posted by David at 2003-11-15 05:18:54. More

37 JW Marriott in Tomorrow Square Opens

Nice pics of the marriott! I wonder if you might be able to help me out... i want to book a room at the JW for New years eve...december 31st, and have a small party. I need an executive suite, but it's very expensive...350 us dollars. do you know of any way to get a better rate?
Posted by david at 2003-12-17 13:56:24. More

36 Why I Added Google Adsense to My Blog

Here's my two cents (literally -- I clicked the banner which I hope will give you two cents ;-). This is a great non-offensive way to advertise. Kudos.

Posted by David at 2003-10-23 14:11:52. More

35 China Sent a Man to the Space

Hi Tutu,

The Shenzhou 5's design is based on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. But it's by no means an exact copy. I think the dimensions of the Shenzhou 5 are a bit bigger than its Russian counterpart and it's made completely in China. Even if it shares many of the same design principals of the Russian vessel, I don't think it's something to be ashamed of. It's smart to use existing technology that has been proven to work. Why invent the while right? Congratulations to the first successful Chinese Taikonaut!!!


Posted by David at 2003-10-17 04:32:51. More

34 Eager to Drive Soon

Hi,JianSuo,I am Jia Guo and I look forward to join the same club as you with Henry.You can give us more detail contact information.
And if you have chance to HangZhou , we found some companys provide the "peijia" service .the price is about 60 Yuan/hour(car provided).You can try it.
Posted by David at 2003-09-06 09:52:30. More

33 PVG: From Pudong Airport to Hangzhou

Great site! I am in Holland and will visit Hangzhou in two weeks. I tried to find travel info from PVG to Hangzhou. Via internet search "pudong international airport hangzhou", I found this very useful article in your site. Thanks a lot.
Posted by David at 2003-10-15 05:28:56. More

32 Shutdown DefeatMessenger And FightPopups Spam

you better quit sending me pop-ups 10 tens a day about your blocking shit. you are fucking pissing off mother fuckers. Thank you
Posted by david at 2003-08-24 12:07:17. More

31 Shanghai Hotel Guide

Dave, just in case you weren't being sarcastic I think he means "hospitable" :-) Why would the Hilton be his favorite place to stay if it had a hostile staff? But you were probably being sarcastic :-D

Posted by David at 2003-08-16 05:34:24. More

30 PNR on United Airlines Ticket

Maybe I'm not reading very carefully, but if the six digit PNR can uniquely identify a passenger does that mean that at any given time, there can be at most 999,999 people flying in the United Airlines system, including those with advanced bookings? That seems quite limiting. But I'm probably missing something here.

Posted by David at 2003-08-02 07:09:00. More

29 Typical Rush Hours in Shanghai

Hiya. Im going to China and living away from home- i live in Scotland- for the first time: i leave for Shanghai on Sept.1st to teach English (Im 17). Your sites been really handy, so thanks very much.
Posted by David at 2003-08-02 06:43:47. More

28 EndAds and BlockMessenger

Endads should be castrated. Its time this type of stalking was made illegal internationally. Since installing a firewall the only one that still appears is endads ( May their gonads shrivel and fall off) At the same time the firwall alert pops up with a message that 'Generic Host Process for Win32 Services v5.1.2600.0' is trying to access the internet illegally. I wondered if endads had managed to install a program of some sort that activates the message from your computor. Does anyone know if this is possible and how you could delete it.

PS thank for the advice
Posted by David at 2003-09-10 02:50:17. More

27 EndAds and BlockMessenger

I can't believe it..........I've been online twenty minutes and NO MORE Pesky ENDADS, BLOCKMESSENGER, MESSENGERBUSTER, STOPMESSENGER or KILLMESSENGER messages!..I have only been using Windows XP for a week or so, but I have: I HATE WINDOWS XP on my screen saver marque. Hehehe!

I was keeping my cool about those damn ads, but I was getting to the end of my rope, so I typed in: endads, at GOOGLE and found this page first try!

I followed the simple directions to disable Windows messenger service and...IT WORKS!! I, like so many others have refused to get "fished in" to buying something from the very place that's sending those ads! I am very angry at Microsoft for not helping XP users with this easily fixed annoyance!

But I'm so happy to have found this website and following your simple instructions, solve this problem. Five GOLD stars to you! * * * * * THANK YOU!!
Posted by David at 2003-07-23 02:59:59. More

26 EndAds and BlockMessenger

I am totally frustrated by this. I can't even type a page without these pop-ups. I have considered using the telephone instead. (there goes another pop-up, Defeat messenger .com). I am thinking of homacide.
Posted by David at 2003-07-12 21:51:35. More

25 Paraskevidekatriaphobia

It doesn't matter how you pronounce it. Who is going to call you on it?

My favourite English word is "antipenultimate", as in "This is your antipenultimate chance to pronounce paraskevidekatriaphobia correctly."
Posted by david at 2003-06-15 01:14:47. More

24 SARS is Over in Shanghai - II

Isn't 90 RMB for three days a bit excessive? Here in Beijing you can buy a new single-speed steel bike for slightly over 100.

Who are these businesses targeting? Tourists?
Posted by david at 2003-06-03 21:30:00. More

23 Aerial Picture of Anyplace in US

Hi Wangjian,

I hope you're joking about the hidden GPS thing :-) I don't think the pictures on terraserver are realtime though. At the top of each individual aerial photograph is the date it was taken. So no one should be able to watch you drive around hehe.

Posted by David at 2003-05-30 13:36:10. More

22 My New Camera - Sony DSC-P8

Hi Wangjian,

That's a great camera. It's too bad Canon's aren't that well received in Shanghai. I have a Canon S30 and I've found that it's a very good camera in terms of features and price, but when I came to Shanghai earlier this year, people were saying Canon only made printers. I like Sony's but they are a bit too pricey for me plus you have to buy proprietary Sony memory gear. Anyways, here's to hoping you take many great pictures in the coming months.

Posted by David at 2003-05-22 04:31:35. More

21 Webcam Shanghai Resumes

Hi Wangjian,

Just finished setting up a broadcast as per your cookbook. GREAT STUFF!!!!! Only instead of broadcasting my house which is boring ;-), I'm using my TV-Tuner card as input so I was broadcasting a local FOX channel on the internet. Unfortunately, my ISP charges me for upload bandwidth so I can't turn it on 24/7. BTW, if you could broadcast a Shanghai TV channel such as CCTV-4 instead of the street in front of your house that might be really cool to see!!!! Although, there are probably copyright laws preventing you from doing this :-( Anyways...thanks a million for the cookbook. Keep up the great work. Bye.

Posted by David at 2003-05-23 12:37:42. More

20 Flight to Shanghai: A Journey in the Plague Year III

Dear Jian Shuo Wang,

thanks for suggestion I didn't consider, I check data has some strong points,next week I will visit computer market in Xu Jia Hui to give a check hoping to find this model.
Weight for me is important since I move frequently and I don-t care so much about strong performance,to watch DVD or listen music (I'm old fashioned person I prefer to go out when I'm free).

I will compare with ASus S1N if I can find this model with Centrino.

Thank you I see you are really a good expert.

Posted by David at 2003-05-24 04:52:21. More

19 Flight to Shanghai: A Journey in the Plague Year III

Dear Jiang Shou Wang,

well decision is taken.I booked flight ticket to come there.
End of this month I will arrive in Shanghai.It is strange but after contacted different Hotels I got totally different replies.
Some Hotel (Holiday Inn) they accept all customers (even coming from other province) but they checp temperature and health.
Some as Jianguo they do not accept people from Zheijian province,but they accept from Hubei and abroad.
Some as Peace Hotel (technically closed) but they replied with a lot of application form (where you go ,where you eat,with who you go out).

At the end nothing is clear,even the story about move from and to Shanghai (my factory is just 20 meters outside Shanghai custom border) in Zheijian Province.

Some says no checking, some say there is,some says forced to quarantine some no problem.I don-t know who believe !

Even Government web site do not specify well.

So ,in Chinese way,I will accept the situation, if they stop me I will stop according to rules, if they let me move I will move.

Anyway I plan at my arrival to stay in Shanghai 3/4 days to check around,even I'm thinking not so much around,maybe I have still to avoid crowdy places.

About Virus and temperature at 56 degree Celsius the virus survive about 5 minutes on plastic surfare, at 36 C take maybe 10/20 minutes to die.

I found interesting your note about wireless use around the city ,even since I work with computer all time I always try to find excuse do not use it!.

SInce I see you are expert about computer, do you know about last Centrino Intel laptop ? I'm looking for S1N (the version with Centrino Intel),but I'm not sure to find in the Computer MArket of Xiu Jia Hui,do you know a better place ?

Actually my old ASUS MP8300 keep good efficiency,but since the long time start to lose some pieces (it was a good choice at that time),so I'm looking for a new very light (weight) and good laptop.
I'm not interested too muc to performance,since I always travel I look for low weight,good monitor (actually 13") and very stable.
In order to have low weight,I always look for laptop that has all accessories (floppy,cd..) all detachable,because in real I use very few time.

If you have some suggestion,thanks in advance.

Posted by David at 2003-05-22 04:46:37. More

18 Flight to Shanghai: A Journey in the Plague Year III

Dear Jian Shuo Wang,

I completely agree with you about your forecast, I'm thinking that since few people around (also because scared) and high level of control paradoxical to move in China cities became more safe.

About point 2. I agree with you ,but I'm asking to myself a question : Hong Kong and Guandong are regularly hot place..all the year we can say..so why the virus developed with so high magnitude in that area?

About real situation (I think cases must be little higher in Sh) some big hotels closed (even Peace Hotel),they said because no customer.
Do you think is the real reason ?

In Xu Jia Hui I think this time the people will be very few ,to visit the Computer Market there this time will be hard,it is a pity because I plan to buy a new lap-top and I always bought there all my computer things I love to go around there to see all new state of art and (I admit I like bargain in chinese).

Probably the best place is the Wai Tan.

I will continue to read your web site hoping to find some good news..I plan even to visit that shop managed by Caroline..I think you have a good future in marketing.

Posted by David at 2003-05-17 04:14:50. More

17 Flight to Shanghai: A Journey in the Plague Year III

Dear Jian Shuo Wang,

It is one month I check regularly all information from official and unofficial sources and even tight contact with my friends in Shanghai and even in Toronto as well (the two place that I love: China and Canada were the two place in worst situation strangely).

I thanks a lot for your advice and be sure I have read well all mandatories and news from Shanghai Government,in order to be aware.

Also I'm planning to reduce a lot my movement in China,even staying in voluntary quarantine if necessary.Some people already are working to arrange safety movement for me.

I really hope during next 10 days the situation will show a better control,surely if I will consider to high the risk I can postpone again, but I will get trouble with some matters.

Congratulation for your wedding and pls be sure I love China so much and Shanghai first,that I will never put on risk local residents.

I found out your web site seriuos and well arranged ,simple but efficient, I have to compliments to you for this.

Thanks and Best Regards
Posted by David at 2003-05-14 04:01:54. More

16 Flight to Shanghai: A Journey in the Plague Year III

Dear Wang Jiang Shuo,

I was considering about my trip back to Shanghai (I work in China regularly) and I got a little positive situation from Dr. Glenwood's report.
I have postponed my trip back (I left China end of January) for one month already waiting for "good news".I'm in daily contact with China because the job and friends.
My problem,comparing with the author Dr. Glenwood is that normally my life in China is a travelling life between my main office in Wuhan (Hubei) and surround factories and Zeijian Province (Jiaxin) area and normally everytime I do this transfer I stop in Shanghai (to refresh and find my good friends there).
So my worrying is if they will let me move so quickly around different provinces or not,if somebody could give me first-hand news about it I will appreciate.
I think Dr. Glenwood not only is a good writer but also give me a good feeling,I know all places he visited even the same serviced-appartment where he have been (in 8 years I visited almost all Shanghai) so gave me the feeling to see exactly what he talk about.
Even during my next trip (before end of this month) maybe I will keep attention do not walk everywhere in Shanghai as was my habit before.
I normally stay in China 7 months per year,so my chance to get a virus is very high (in the past I got many but all normal and well known)
Thank you for your service.

David M. , Italy
Posted by David at 2003-05-11 16:32:07. More

15 Shanghai Quarantine - Mandatory

Hey Luo,

Looks like you will get the honor for most mosts this month :-) BTW, what universities are these? I haven't heard of anything this dramatic in Canada, so this comes as a bit of a surprise for me. Take care.

Posted by David at 2003-05-10 05:24:38. More

14 SARS Pictures From Beijng and Shanghai

Some of the information that we are getting tells us that many people in Beijing are only using cloth face masks. It has been reported that the only masks that are working are of type N-95. These are fine enough material that the virus can not go through. Cloth only traps the virus and then you breathe it in after time. Touching the mask also contaminates the mask. Also, we heard that people are using vinagre to clean things with. Bleach and boiling have been shown to be the only real disinfectants for this virus. You can get bleach at JiaLaFu.
Posted by David at 2003-05-07 13:10:49. More

13 East Radio Station Goes Online


The link to 101.7FM doesn't seem to work any more. Does anyone know if the site's been moved or if the service has been cancelled? I really enjoyed listening to it.

Posted by David at 2003-08-15 04:10:48. More

12 East Radio Station Goes Online

Hi Wangjian,

Just tried playing the stations with mplayer on Linux. It's a fairly easy to compile program and now I'm able to listen to Shanghai radio from Canada on the Linux box. Cool!!! Thanks for this link.

Posted by David at 2003-05-29 11:38:54. More

11 SARS Found in Henan

I watch big brother
Posted by David at 2003-11-29 21:44:36. More

10 SARS Outbreak - How Bad Is It?

It's getting kinda scary here in Canada too. Today, police in Toronto actually had to close down a hospital and quarantine it. Two weeks ago, this thing was on the back pages of the newspaper, but now it's in the frontpages right up there with that other major world event. Let's hope this thing gets put down soon.

Posted by David at 2003-03-27 15:55:12. More

9 Fixing and Changing on Wangjianshuo.com

Hi Wangjiang,
Love the look of the new page. Just a small typo though. On the main page the heading for [other months] is listed as [ohter months]. Just thought I'd point it out so you could fix it :-)Bye!

Posted by David at 2003-04-10 04:06:55. More

8 Alcatel OT715


I think there's a Perl module Net::SMS that's registered in CPAN. I'm not quite sure how much you would have to pay to send messages, but if you could get it working, it would be an awesome extension to movable type don't you think? In fact, this might be something I could do after work :-D

Posted by David at 2003-03-28 01:28:02. More

7 Alcatel OT715


The url for this is http://home.sina.com/sms/smsgreetings.cgi
definitely worth a try.

Posted by David at 2003-03-27 14:22:45. More

6 Alcatel OT715

Yeah, I signed up with Sina. Actually, this service that sina offers is specifically for long distance SMS so that friends of people living in China can send SMS to them from outside the country. In fact, the service is based in San Meteo California. Great service!

Posted by David at 2003-03-26 05:32:59. More

5 Alcatel OT715

Hi, thanks for your advice on the SMS. I recently signed up for Sina SMS and it works great. $5 US for 80 messages seems like a good deal and very useful.

Posted by David at 2003-03-25 06:42:00. More

4 Alcatel OT715

Thanks for the info (too bad they don't sell this phone here in Canada)!!! BTW, is there anyway for me to send SMS messages to Chinese mobile phones from a web interface? From what I gather, the receiver pays the charge so it should be free to send online right? Also, if I bring my CDMA phone from North America to Shanghai, can I get on the network? Thanks again Jianshuo, this site is quite a gem for information.

Posted by David at 2003-03-12 03:07:44. More

3 My New Mobile - Alcatel OT715

What is Alcatel? I've never heard of it before. Do you have any pictures? Thanks. BTW, this is a great site. I check it almost daily :-)

Posted by David at 2003-03-04 03:45:52. More

2 Guestbook

well done..!!
Posted by david at 2003-06-23 18:44:34. More

1 Cracking XBox

It's stealing if you were going to buy the game, but decided to get the pirated version because it was cheaper. If you never intended to buy the game in the first place, getting it on the street doesn't deprive the game maker of any revenue. And in China, few people intend to buy games at 50 USD.

Besids, how's buying a used game from an auction site any different than buying a pirated version? If you buy used from a third party online, the game maker does not get a penny of revenue, just as if you were to buy it from a street vendor selling a pirated version. The only difference is that some third party gets to make a tidy sum.

I'm not saying theft is good, but it's ridculous to suggest that digital piracy is equivalent to traditional theft. If the game maker doesn't lose money, there's no harm. And if there's no harm, there's no foul.

Posted by David at 2003-11-13 15:42:43. More