How to recharge

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:

Tongji
Tongji
Tongji

Writing hanzi

Hanzi

A Kazakh classmate and I had to write the hanzi for the new lesson on the whiteboard. With the help of the book, so it wasn’t too difficult.

Hanzi

The result.

Hanzi

Only one minor correction on my side.

Hanzi

The horizontal stroke at the first character of number eleven was wrongly inclined.

107 Yuan

Pizza

But very good and enough for two meals.

Heping Park

Heping Park
Heping Park

What looks like a playground is a place where grown-ups exercise.

Heping Park
Heping Park
Heping Park

View to Rainbow City 2.

Heping Park
Heping Park

At school again

Tongji

DHL

Tongji

Fodder

Tongji

They turned on the fountain.

Bananas?

Bananas?

Hot pot

Hot Pot

Menu

Hot Pot

Sauces

Hot Pot
Hot Pot
Hot Pot
Hot Pot

The pot

Hot Pot

Small eggs

Hot Pot

And now with rain

Hongkou

Here’s the scene without rain. I haven’t been at the noodle man’s since I found out about the oil. And I also haven’t seen him. Where did he go?

With and without

Chinese Food

Chinese food with meat, as you can easily see.

Chinese Food

Vegetarian food. According to the Chinese definition…

Heater

Heater in front of the cookshop.

Heater

Hanzi he fayin

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).

Coral against the golden shield

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.

Tongji in the news

German news site Spiegel Online cites Tongji professor Xie Weida, deputy director of the Railway Institute who says it’s “unlikely” that China will buy the Maglev technology.

An English article can be found at The Earth Times.

Construction site on Siping Road

Construction site on Siping Road
Construction site on Siping Road

I think the construction of a new metro line would look different in Germany.

Another day in paradise

Chinese food

Food from the International Students Cafeteria. The lower one was quite good but I finally realized that I don’t like the egg and tomato thing which seems to be some kind of Chinese national dish.

Tongji
International School of Tongji University

International School

Bike

My bike, attached to a tree.

My landlady cooked

And it was the first time that I’ve had enough Chinese food and couldn’t have eaten more.

Artifical language

Why don’t I learn Lojban. Seems to be so much easier than Chinese.

Lift

When I wrote about my inability to communicate with some classmates Karl commented:

did you speak chinese..? ;)

Today I did. And it worked. We had kind of the same vocabulary. Mine was a bit smaller as I’m still trying to catch up. At least we could have the simplest form of a conversation. Wow.

85 Yuan

Shoe store

I needed cheap shoes to wear with a suit very fast. The shop was on my way home. I’ve never bought shoes that quickly, didn’t even try to bargain. Maybe that’s why he called me “pengyou”, friend, when I left. I didn’t understand much of the other things he said.

Shoes
Shoes

(No) meat

Chinese Arabic food

More Chinese Arabic food. As hard to eat as the one before. They said it was without meat. Following the Chinese definition of vegetarian food: You don’t see the meat at first glance, you find it when you’ve eaten half the food. That was the time I stopped.

In the meantime they were doing something with a large piece of meat that was lying on top of a cardboard on the ground.

Bad smell

Yesterday I bought noodles at the noodle man’s. But the noodle man himself wasn’t there so another one cooked them. When I put the empty box in my trash bin it started to smell very bad. Like animal oil. It didn’t help to open the window, I had to get rid of the thing. No more noodle man for now.