Good flight

The Mother of Shanghai has left. The city thanked her for her dedication with a beautiful last day and a starry starry night.

147 stations

Matt Mayers, creator of the great Metro map ExploreShanghai (review at CNReviews) is going to do the Tube Challenge next Monday. He’ll attempt to visit all stations of the Shanghai Metro that day. More information in his blog.

I loved Shanghai

Seems that I love Shanghai moved to a new location. There was still a small light in the old place, the interior and a blackboard: “Bar for Leasing”.

Two pairs

An afternoon at the glasses market. It’s nothing new that I can’t decide which ones to take. This time I just got two of them. No problem for 150 Yuan (about 15 Euro) each.

Foam

No electricity in the middle of a Skype call. Maybe because of the foaming over washing machine. Always the same when washing the bright clothes. No problems with the dark ones. 房东明珠 is not so happy and told me about the different spoon sizes trying to convince me that I better don’t use any detergent.

English maps, Chinese maps, beautiful maps and no maps

Google has been offering a Chinese map of Shanghai for quite some time. Not at maps.google.com but at ditu.google.com. Ditu, 地图, is the Chinese expression for map.

Now I stumbled upon a new, English one:

It doesn’t only show the public transportation but also restaurants, banks, cinemas, theaters, … Here an example of the area around Nanjing Lu:

But the most beautiful maps of Shanghai come from edushi (E都市, E-City):

Bund, Pudong and Old City

Bund, Pudong and Old City (lower left)

Hongkou Stadium and Lu Xun Park

Hongkou Stadium and Lu Xun Park

They have already covered many Chinese Cities and seem to want more.

So why Yahoo, why, why, why don’t you make maps, buy maps or allow the use of one of the above mentioned ones in flickr?

Tomato and egg

I stumbled upon this picture of a common dish around here (although I’ve never seen it with onions):

Stir Fried Egg and Tomato

While I still don’t like the version they serve in the Tongji Cafeteria, I’ve eaten quite good ones in the meantime.

Su-Lin, the cook and photographer, posted the recipe in her blog. I haven’t tried it yet but you can do it. And if you want to enjoy the real Chinese experience just get tomatoes that are not yet ripe or contain black spots or holes and don’t cut them away. :-P

Finals

When I saw the final of the Euro 2004 in the Bierzelt of a small town in Bavaria, I would have never thought where I’d end up four years later…

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Shanghai

The tenthousandst picture I took with this camera since I got it for Christmas 2006 shows a ship on Huangpu River and the Oriental Pearl Tower in Pudong seen from Gucheng Park.

Third chance

I’ve tried twice but never got beyond two posts. With me being in Shanghai and twitter’s increasing popularity I’m thinking about giving it a third chance. Let’s try it for a few days.

Labor day, work on Sunday

Because of Labor Day on Thursday Tongji moved the classes from Friday to Sunday giving us three days off. The downside is that we have to go to school on Sunday. At first I thought it was a joke but it’s obviously not.

Teamwork

The midterms are over and learning for them has improved my Chinese quite a bit. Inspired by a student of Sinology I had decided not to study any tones as memorizing doesn’t work, I can’t speak them anyway and most Chinese also understand me if I don’t use them. That doesn’t mean that I won’t try to learn them by speaking.

In the midterms we solved some exercises in teamwork and I would have never thought that one day a Chinese would copy from me in a Chinese exam. ;-)

Maybe more

According to Tongji it’s no problem to stay longer as long as TUM agrees. So the question is: Do I really want to stay longer? I don’t know. Fortunately I don’t have to decide right away.

More?

I asked my coordinator in Germany and she said I could stay longer. Let’s hope that I’ll get another admission from Tongji. If everything works out I would fly to Munich, write my exams and come back to Shanghai.

From Shanghai to Linan

The beginning of our two day study trip to Linan organized by the International School. Price: 50 Yuan (about 4,50 Euro).

Leaving Shanghai

Five buses in front of the International Students Building.

Leaving Shanghai

Large houses being built in the middle of nowhere. We’ve also seen developments with dozens of new, empty houses.

Leaving Shanghai

Oriental cherry?

Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall

Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall

Watch the video here.

Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Lamp

The only thing I bought. Very useful. And only 32 Yuan (+ 2,90 Yuan for the bulb).

Wood and food

Chinese restaurant
Chinese restaurant
Chinese restaurant
Chinese restaurant
Chinese restaurant

We just said we want something without meat and something with. I always said yes when the man, seemed to be the owner, asked about tofu, corn, etc. as I eat all of them. I never intended to order all the things… A great deal too much food for two persons and not as cheap as it could have been. But very delicious.

Chinese restaurant

For they know not what they do

Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou

Ok, better than this.

Hongkou

Match your bedding to your dress. Or the other way round.

Hongkou

Better than living food.

Hongkou
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall

Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall

Hongkou night

Women Hospital

Women Hospital

Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou

My barber’s. We think the sign says they will reopen on April 30th.

Hongkou

As usual: We know many characters but have no clue about their meaning in combination.

Hongkou

My street.

Hongkou

The house on the other side.

The 3 Kingdom Restaurant

Korean restaurant

The upper thing was also yellow, I have no idea why it’s green on the pictures.

Korean restaurant

Every table has its own fume hood and barbecue grill.

Korean restaurant

So many people are running around in the restaurants but no one takes care of your clothes. You always have to put them over your chair. I did it and then someone came and put this thing over my coat to “protect” it. Weird.

Korean restaurant

Free appetizers.

Korean restaurant

Gou rou, dog meat. No one wanted to order it and I only eat dogs when I can kill them myself. :-P

Korean restaurant
Korean restaurant

A waitress cooked the vegetables at another table, away from the meat.

Korean restaurant

The barbecue was changed very often. The waitresses came with a new one, put the meat on it and took the used one away.

Korean restaurant

Korean cutting the meat.

Korean restaurant

You eat the things wrapped in a lettuce leaf.

Korean restaurant

No idea why our Koren friend poured her tea in her rice.

Korean restaurant

Dessert

Korean restaurant
Korean restaurant
Korean restaurant

Air conditioning with jet engine

Korean restaurant

Cleaning

Just a little bit

Chinese restaurant

My vegetarian food didn’t even comply with the Chinese definition as I could spot the meat easily. The waitress said it’s just “a little bit” but they finally cooked the dish again.

Chinese restaurant

Mifan. I could eat tons. And I begin to understand why Chinese like it that much.

Chinese restaurant

Waitresses standing around. As all Chinese restaurants this one also had personnel en masse.

Just around the corner

Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou

Old and new. The World Financial Center.

Hongkou
Hongkou

I think my house is the second one on the right. (Update: Ok, it’s not.)

First time KTV

Partyworld

KTV is very popular here and one of the things I wanted to try since I arrived. We finally decided to go but didn’t know where. After hours we chose Partyworld in Fuxing Park.

Partyworld
Partyworld
Partyworld
Partyworld
Partyworld

We paid 824 Yuan (about 75 Euro without food and drinks) for more than four hours.

Partyworld

The Asians seem to be naturals. The three Koreans were fabulous, the four Chinese also very good and we three Germans… Ah mei. In our defense: We couldn’t sing in our mother tongue but I doubt that German songs would have made any difference.

Partyworld

The terminal allowed to adjust the volume of the music and the two microphones, toggle the singer on the video on or off, call for the waiter, add songs to the queue and so on. There were also two smaller panels in the wall so it’s possible to jump to the next song without having to stand up.

(Thanks to Ouwen for pictures 4 and 7.)