China | Dominik Mayer – Products, Asia, Productivity

Don't Call Me

I just learned that I have to pay when someone calls me because the costs are shared. (The headline is just a joke, calls are very cheap here.)

Twenty Kilograms

It’s a joke, and not a very good one. I don’t know how I should bring the most needed stuff if I am only allowed to take twenty kilograms. Why on earth did I decide to go to China? Why couldn’t I just stay here, keep the apartment, enjoy the semester break, …? Next week the lecture period will start at Tongji. The fun continues.

Countdown

For about a year I’ve been knowing that I would go to China. It has always been in the future. Months, weeks and now it’s only days. 10…9…

It Appears

My calendar shows the next four weeks. That’s the time left, here in Germany:

Calendar

Chinese Visa

Chinese F Visa

I thought I’d get a student (X) visa but this is a business (F) one. So I don’t have to apply for a residence permit and can avoid the health check. But, and I hope that won’t be a problem, I have to get re-entry visas when I visit other countries. And I have to extend in order to do an internship.

Consulate General

In order to apply for a visa I went to the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Munich. Interesting. Waiting, talking, trying to get a copier working and finally my first encounter with a Chinese official.

I learned that I can either get a Single Entry Visa for six months or a Multiple Entry one which would only be valid for sixty days at a time. I chose the first one. When I travel to another Asian country now, I have to apply for a new Chinese visa there or I won’t be able to come back. Strange.

Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Munich

Here’s a shot of the massive plates at the door

Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Munich

The Consulate building

Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Munich

And that’s what you see when you step back a bit more

Medication

Having payed 180 Euro, I think I’m prepared for everything to come. Including bad food.

Salt Sticks

A Chinese friend suggests taking salt sticks to China because – according to her – I won’t be able to eat anything else during the first weeks and they’re not available in Shanghai.

Risk?

Preliminary discussion of the thesis I’ll write in China. They told me to stop the moment I think it’s getting too dangerous…

Two or Three Days

I still don’t have the admission to Tongji. According to the friendly woman, they sent them out out on Friday so I should get mine in two or three days.

The Beginning

Took off the harddisk. In the external case I can transfer the most important files to the laptop and take the rest with me to China. With all my things gone, my computer feels so strange now.

Anti

I don’t want to write on my semester thesis, don’t want to study for the exams, don’t want to clear out my appartment and don’t want to go to China. Although I have to admit that the images Jan and Michael took look quite good.

Helsinki With Two Vegans

First view of Finland

A first view of Finland while disembarking

M/S Mariella in Helsinki

M/S Mariella in Helsinki

Finn's favorite letters

Finn’s favorite letters on a poster in the tram

Tourist intruding Finish living space

Tourist intruding Finish living space

Downtown Helsinki

Downtown Helsinki

Counter area of a Finish bank

Counter area of a Finish bank

Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki Cathedral

Ship seen from Helsinki Cathedral

Ship seen from Helsinki Cathedral

House with display in Helsinki

Building with display

Helsinki Central railway station

Helsinki Central railway station

Vegetable cheese pasta

Vegetable cheese pasta, not vegan

Looking vegan food

Near central station, too expensive

Looking vegan food

Perfect restaurant with dishes without “any animal matters”. Doesn’t serve à la carte food until 3 pm.

Vegetarian chicken

Vegetarian chicken

Chinese restaurant with vegan food

Final destination

Rice noodles with vegetables

My Rice noodles with vegetables

Noodles with vegetables and separated egg

One-week vegan’s noodles with vegetables and separated egg.

Tofu

Hardcore vegan’s tofu with vegetables

Finish record store

Finish record store

Pedestrian lights in Helsinki

Pedestrian lights

M/S Viking XPRS being built in Helsinki

M/S Viking XPRS being built in Helsinki

Posters aboard M/S Mariella

Advertising for tax free shopping everywhere aboard M/S Mariella.

Santa in Shanghai

NORAD just tracked Santa in Shanghai:

Santa in Shanghai

Now he’s in Kowloon.