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42 Salary in Shanghai - Part II

Hi all,

I am a graphic/web designer with 5-6 years working experience. Australian graduate, Chinese proficiency. Was wondering what kind of salary should I be looking at in Shanghai. And what is the common allowance/benefit. Thanks!
Posted by Susan at 2009-09-10 14:23:11. More

41 Hangzhou to Shanghai D Train Schedule

My family is planning to visit Hangzhou and Shanghai but have booked hotel in Hangzhou. Please let me know how and where to take train to Shanghai, cost of a ticket, first train-what time, last train from Shanghai-what time? What are the `must see` places in Hangzhou and Shanghai? Any local tours that we can join? What bus to take from Hangzhou airport to Xiaoshan?
Posted by susan at 2009-06-20 13:44:38. More

40 Surrounded by Negative News in US

The average Americans spend a lot and save very little (or none at all). Matter of fact, credit card debt is a huge problem in America, not because they have lots of "expenses", but because they spend more than they make/have. Maybe the mentality is that they can always make more so they spend first? Perhaps the recession is finally hitting them and they realize that they might not make enough....

In China, the older generation folks have always learned to save. However, I see similar patterns (like the Americans) among young people, spending all their money and not saving much. Part of the reasons could be the only child syndrome (2 parents/4 grandparents providing for one child). So young people today have lots of spending cash and don't worry as much about saving for the future. If China ever faces an economic downturn, the same problems will arise here.

Posted by susan at 2008-09-16 10:46:34. More

39 Is 10,000RMB/Month a Ridiculous Offer?

This article was posted in 2005, so a lot of numbers have changed since! Regardless of what the current (and acceptable) salary range it is right now (2008), one thing to consider as foreigners is that the cost of living in Shanghai is different for foreigners than for locals. I wrote an article on my blog listing a few things to consider. Locals tend to think foreigners get paid much higher salaries, which might be true for the most part, but they don't realize how much more foreigners have to pay for basic living expenses.
Posted by Susan at 2008-08-30 18:50:16. More

38 The Chinese Elements - Part II

I really enjoyed watching the Opening Ceremony. I just watched the ceremony AGAIN, in HD quality. The CCTV live version was very poor quality and colleagues shared the NBC HD version with me today.

The video quality of the NBC version was fantastic! It was also interesting to listen to the commentaries by the Americans. I didn't pay much to the CCTV commentaries because I was so focused on watching the performance, but I don't think they explained the symbolic significance of the performance. The NBC version explained the meaning of each performance although they cut out significant portions due to commercial breaks.
Posted by Susan at 2008-08-13 00:14:20. More

37 Register with PSB During Olympics?

The law has always required all foreigners to register within 24 hours of arrival although it wasn't strictly enforced except for those who are applying for longer visas. Then lately (several weeks ago), they required all foreigners who already have visas/permanent resident to register EVERY TIME they leave the country.

Now they are "strictly" enforcing ALL foreigners to register regardless. I wonder how they will enforce that if for example visitors are staying with family or friends.
Posted by Susan at 2008-07-02 11:59:14. More

36 Gas Price and Plastic Bags

I saw in the news about the gas price increase in China and how that will lower the gas price in the U.S. and other countries.

I wonder if taxi fare in Shanghai and other cities will go up soon. I feel bad for the taxi drivers because the starting fare only went up 1 RMB in the 8 years I have lived in Shanghai while living expense went up by 30-40% and housing went up 300-400%!!
Posted by Susan at 2008-06-21 02:33:40. More

35 MovableType 4.2 is Disappointing

Hi Jianshuo, I know you are a big MovableType fan. Have you considered or tried using WordPress before? I've been using WordPress and I personally believe WP is the best blogging software -- all versions.
Posted by Susan at 2008-06-14 02:02:52. More

34 Introduce Yourself

Hi Jianshuo,
My name is Susan and I live in Pudong Shanghai. I work as a technical writer for National Instruments. I love reading you blog!

Posted by Susan at 2008-05-09 20:47:51. More

33 IKEA Becomes Cheap in China

IKEA Shanzheng just opened last week. We went there to shop for our houseware and so. It had every thing likely their other branch stroes. But the customer services are ghastliness. Especially their outsourcing storehouse & logistics partern. We bought some stuff and turstfully asked them to delivered to our house. They delicated the date but time. We waited for it whole day long but never show up and even one phone call to tell us what was wrong. We called their delivery partner and their answer always pushing around till we got really mad. They just told us the truth was our goods were lose. They said they will try to make up and deliver next day. I trust them again and disppointed again. Next day noon someone called from the warehouse to comfirmed our address again and said they will arrive one hour later. Then the time already passed without and phone call for explanation. They call us around 2pm said they will arrive around 3:30pm. Well, of course we didn't see any pice of our goods arrived. We called again to ask if our goods already arranged out from the warehouse. They just told us they didn't even move our goods to the truck. In the end they told us will be arrived at 5:45pm sharp but never showed up again. They make us wait two days without any motivation to tell their customer what's going on. What a customer services. BTW, IKEA didn't have any complain hotlines and e-mail address shows on their website. I really want suggust IKEA: Choice a right apartern to continue your services and keep your business reputation.
Posted by Susan at 2008-04-24 19:13:02. More

32 Tickets for Maglev Tour

About the fair:

Single trip: RMB 50
Round-trip: RMB 80
Posted by susan at 2008-04-06 00:03:42. More

31 Pudong Airport Maglev in Depth

My monther came to Shanghai to see me a week ago, I took her to ride Meglev Train, it is an intresting experience expercially at the moment when two trians met.
Posted by susan at 2008-04-05 23:58:20. More

30 I Didn't Escape from Puxi

No ideas on this theads
Posted by susan at 2008-04-05 23:50:07. More

29 Is the Real Estate Cooling Down? - Part III

If anybody telling you the price is going down, that is a lie. I am in the market and I know what is happening.
Posted by susan at 2008-04-05 23:47:32. More

28 Is the Real Estate Cooling Down? - Part II

It is a safe to buy old house and lane house at least it;s price wont drop so much when bubble breaks.
Posted by susan at 2008-04-05 23:43:54. More

27 Is the Real Estate Cooling Down?

You guys had a lot of debate about the real estate price in Shanghai back in 2005, now, its 2008, the proeprty sold at RMB 10000 now costs RMB 30000 on send-hand property market
Posted by susan at 2008-04-05 23:39:34. More

26 When the House Prices Goes Down

The residential property price is still going up steadily. The average price for inner-ring area is RMB 28000 per sqm. And for some top-end proeprties, the price is RMB 60000-100000 per sqm such as Lakeville(same time in Last year,it is RMB 40000) Richgate and some along Huangpu River, of cause it is just a austronomic numbers for us average people.
Posted by susan at 2008-04-05 23:27:48. More

25 New Rules to Push Down House Price

New rules also restrict forginers to buy shanghai properties:

1) Require one year residence
2) Only can buy one unit
Posted by susan at 2008-04-05 23:17:36. More

24 GPRS Package from China Mobile

Stickman, you can choose RMB 20,50,100 or 200 face value card, there is no addtional costs for the card itself, what you buy is what you can use.
Posted by susan at 2008-04-02 00:10:36. More

23 Shanghai Hotel Guide

Accoring to my clients, the two most impressive hotels in shanghai are Marriot and Westin
Posted by susan at 2008-04-02 00:01:43. More

22 Visited Yangshan Deep Water Port


If I drive from Xinzhunag to the Port, what is the best route to take, thanks.
Posted by susan at 2008-04-01 23:46:39. More

21 Donghai Bridge

It's just for image, or more presice, egonism, that's all. Having Mega-project make local goverment officals feel good and proud. Just like the megalev-trian project in Shanghai, it is a merely image-project and no boday care it is losing money everyday

Posted by susan at 2008-04-01 23:41:00. More

20 Mega-Projects and Raising Power of China

It's just for image, or more presice, egonism, that's all. Having Mega-project make local goverment officals feel good and proud. Just like the megalev-trian project in Shanghai, it is a merely image-project and no boday care it is losing money everyday
Posted by susan at 2008-04-01 23:39:06. More

19 Is this Water Safe to Drink?

Another advice: never drink tea in a resterant no matter what resterant it is. A frind of mine told me that most resterants are only buying very bad tea at very cheap price to provide the geust free. These tea sometimes are toxic and harmful to health.
Posted by susan at 2008-03-31 17:44:06. More

18 Vanke is a Good Real Estate Company

Vanke's managment is very good. But the apartment called Vanke Holiday is not as good as the one I am living now. I used to want to buy the renovated unit (phase 5) in Vanke Holiday, but after I visited the show apartment, I gave up becuiase I think the ceilings is not high enough and thus makes me feel a little cramed.
Posted by susan at 2008-03-31 17:33:26. More

17 Real Estate Price Keeps Crazy

I just found this topic today. Jianshuo's post was dated back to July 2007. Then we take a look how much an apartment cost to buy in today. The apartment Jianshuo mentioned may cost RMB 30000 per sqm. And Jianshuo may regret that he did not buy it that time:) In fact, everyboday in Shanghai maybe other cities as well regret that they did not buy an apartment, those bought already regret they did not buy more. Noboday knows why, huge demand? but since it is so expensive, who is buying??
Posted by susan at 2008-03-31 17:24:10. More

16 My Friend's Apartment for Rent

I beliver eric's offer is a very arractive one. As you know, the apartment rental price has been incresed in the past time. So I think RMB 3500 is a very competative price to get an apartment with size of 80m2
Posted by susan at 2008-03-31 17:14:00. More

15 Are American Economically Family-Independent

I find interesting your take on American "family" and its financial connection to generations. I am certainly no expert but can hopefully give additional clarification.

First, all Americans have social security numbers and are required by federal law to pay federal (and state in many cases) taxes from wages earned.
Taxes pay for many things, public education being one item. Therefore, as a taxpayer, even though my husband and I choose to send our children to private school ( and pay full private school tution ) we get no money back or discount for not utilizing one of the services we pay for. In the same manner, taxpayers who have no children or no longer have children in public school still pay the same taxes to support a service that they do not use.
My point is that public education is not free to anyone. Free meal programs in schools are paid for in the same manner, through taxes paid by the citizens.

Insurance is also not free. Insurance is paid for either through individual policies or through employers. Most employers deduct money from their employees pay checks to pay for the service. Health insurance is extremely expensive and many American's choose not to have it.

My husband and I care very much about the happiness of our children, part of that extends to their acheivement. I think most American parents hope that their children are as successful or more successful than themselves. We have paid for private school educations and will be paying for college for our childeren, hoping that not only will they find happiness and be able to support themselves, but also that they meet wonderful people, get married and raise a family. Currently, most American families have both the husband and wife as wage earners.

You are correct that many families do not support the elderly, but culturally that seems to be changing. For instance, we have brought my husband's elderly mother to live with us since her husband passed away. Many of our friends are doing the same thing.

I hope I have been helpful with my additional explanation.

Posted by susan at 2008-02-28 04:45:47. More

14 Chinese Middle Name for Erik's Baby

what about 天心?天霖?天宝?
Posted by susan at 2007-11-23 14:24:27. More

13 Chinese Middle Name for Erik's Baby

what about 天心?天霖?
Posted by susan at 2007-11-23 14:24:12. More

12 Seat-Belt? Oh. No. Thanks!

at this point,I think the situation in ShenZhen is good than in ShangHai!
Posted by susan at 2007-10-29 23:32:25. More

11 I Created a Photo Gallery

Try using the SimpleViewer or Autoviewer plugin for the Picasa. ( Both generate excellent and simple photo albums, using Picasa.
Posted by Susan at 2007-07-23 09:34:46. More

10 Grocery Cost in Shanghai, 2007

Thank you Wangjianshuo!!

I am thinking about working in Shanghai teaching english next year and am researching the cost of living in Shanghai- your site has the best information! it is great that you have put in so much effort with pictures i can get a really good indication of how much I will need to live comportably.

Thank you once again, it its the best site for informationi have found so far :)
Posted by susan at 2007-04-19 09:15:40. More

9 111 Anniversary of Jiao Tong University

I just came back to my dormitory from the party that was held to Celebrate the 111 Anniversary of SJTU.
Posted by susan at 2007-04-08 22:40:19. More

8 Listen = Discover?

This is my first time to visit here,I am pleased to see so many wonderful comments.I know the purpose of some foreign friends who come here is to know more about shanghai.Among them,there are some people want to rent houses in shanghai,this is one of my purpose-to help the foreigners find a good place.


Are you confused by looking for a comfortable houses in shanghai?
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Posted by susan at 2006-12-08 18:09:39. More

7 Rent an Apartment in Shanghai

I am a property agent who specializes in renting and buying apartments in Shanghai. If you are interested please feel free to contact Susan for more details at MP: 13916308018 or Email:
Posted by susan at 2006-12-08 15:16:55. More

6 Shanghai Metro Map and Timetable

What is the best way to go from Shanghai to Yiwu city?

Any information will help. Thanks!
Posted by susan at 2006-09-27 14:55:13. More

5 Shanghai Metro Map and Timetable

Arriving in Shanghai Oct 3 and have some questions someone may be able to answer.

1. Pudong airport to Yangtse Hotel ... is there transport that goes directly to that area?and is the traffic bad at say 8am ?

2. How heavily are train tickets from Shanghai to Beijing booked ... can i get one on the same day i want to travel?

3. I need wholesale jewellery areas in and around Shanghai .

4. Is Li Wu a good area for buying jewellery wholesale?
Posted by susan at 2006-09-27 14:25:57. More

4 Smiling Saturday

Jian Shuo

I stumbled across your blog on Smiling Library while looking for something else (isn't that always the way?). I accessed the website and am vey impressed with what your organization is trying to do for communities. Education and literacy is SO important!

I worked for a year in Liaonong province and have developed a love for China and Chinese people. I am an elementary school library media specialist and a member of the American Library Assocation here in the US and would love to be able to somehow contruibute something more for the children of China. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.
Posted by Susan at 2006-07-13 00:23:04. More

3 I am on My Trip to Daocheng, the lost Shangrila


I am a frequent reader of your blog for about 6 months now. Thank you for sharing! I am writing to alert you of a possible hacker on your website. Did you see that under "Recent Comments" the link to your article called "I am on My Trip to Daocheng, the lost Shangrila" is listed under a different title, not so nice!
THought you might want to know.
Posted by Susan at 2004-12-10 01:49:03. More

2 PVG: From Pudong Airport to Hangzhou

I hope you can help. I would like to travel from Huanzhou to Nanjing. I read that there is one daily express train between the cities. Do you have any info on this train, or other means of transportation? I am trying to visit both cities while I am in Shanghai, and it would be helpful to travel directly between the two. Thanks, and what an awesome blog!
Posted by Susan at 2004-03-13 22:22:57. More

1 EndAds and BlockMessenger

Hi. Thanks very much for these instructions. Those popups were becoming very annoying. Should this also take care of those pesky "Buybeads" pop-ups? I started getting those at the same time that I started getting the Endads ones.
Thanks again for your help.
Posted by Susan at 2003-08-17 22:28:11. More