The student ID in Munich has an RFID with which I can pay in the cafeterias. The Tongji one too. If I want to recharge my card in Munich I go to one of several machines, put the money in the slot, hold the card against the sensor and wait.
If I want to recharge the card in Shanghai I need to get a form, fill it in, wait and pay at the counter:
Chinese test tomorrow morning, I’m learning hanzi. It’s impossible. I can mostly recognize and read them and if I see one I know how to write it. But if I shall write one with given pinyin or on my own I’m totally lost.
And I still can’t memorize the tones, not to mention that even if I know the right ones I’m unable to pronounce them. Instead of “two yuan” (liǎng kuài) I say “cold weather” (liáng kuài) and my noodles (miàntiáo) tend to become sanitary napkins (miántiáo).
When I stumbled upon Coral Content Distribution Network I thought it might help to view blocked pages in China. It does. Not always, but the German Wikipedia - not the English one - can be found as well as this blog.
You just need to append .nyud.net at the end of the URL to load it via Coral. For this site it’s http://thisandmine.com.nyud.net.