A Car in Shanghai

I have been considering to buy a car in Shanghai for some time, but till now, I believe this is still not feasible.

I enjoys the cars in north Amerian but cannot bear the boring life there. In Shanghai, I love the life but I still want to have a car. It is a problem though since

  1. It is impossible for me to ride a car to work due to the heavy traffic.
  2. The car is too expensive – it is about 120,000 – 200,000 RMB for normal cars and cost more for better one.
  3. The car ID is way too expensive. It costs about 20,000 RMB for the car ID alone.
  4. It is too expensive for parking and oil.

20 more tunnels in Shanghai

Today, I read this piece of news:

Shanghai set to build 20 expressway tunnels by 2010 – NOV 23, 2002

Shanghai is set to have 20 expressway tunnels snaking under the city’s Huangpu River by the year 2010, making it the world leader in the number of underwater tunnels.

It is just amazing. The road infrustracture improves a lot but it is still a bottle neck for Shanghai. I hope the tunnels and more roads will change the situation so I can have a car soon.

8 thoughts on “A Car in Shanghai”

  1. The no. plate is cheaper now, perhaps you can try to bid for one next month.

    Do you know how to bid for a car no. plate on the internet?

    I have been trying to find the address of the bidding Hall and also the webpage for bidding, not sure where to inquire.

    Lee Siew

  2. I read today’s Shanghai Daily with sadness and anger. Pls see the clipping further down.

    Today also Shanghai wants to be a world class host of the World Expo, the implementation of emission control from cars.

    However the behaviour of Shanghai road users are still a behaviour of uncivilised people. Many traffic jams, traffic accidents are attributed to this barbar manner of drivers who dont give a damn about others.

    Remember a nation can be judge by the way people use the road. What I mean this includes the pedestrians, bicycle riders, motorbike, and cars alike. We are all user of the traffic. If we can not be civilised on the road, more and more tragic accident like what we read today at Shanghai Daily will happened.

    The social cost for this is just too big to bear. We might have killed a future Noble price winner, a good governor of a province, an excellent teacher, a brilliant business person.

    We never know. Too many death, accidents that disabled people happened due to our bad behaviour of self centered attitudes.

    If we are serious about being a civilised nation, then let us all change our behaviour on the street to begin with.

    ________

    Driver slams into 3 women while trying to beat red light

    Yang Lifei and Fu Yingqing

    2006-02-16 Beijing Time

    http://www.shanghaidaily.com/art/2006/02/16/242262/Driver_slams_into_3_women_while_trying_to_beat_red_light.htm

    THREE women were injured by a speeding truck yesterday morning when the truck driver allegedly attempted to beat a traffic light at the intersection of Gaoyang Road and Zhoujiazui Road in Hongkou District.

    The truck driver, a migrant man surnamed Li, told reporters that he stepped on the accelerator to pass Gaoyang Road when the traffic light was about to turn red.

    “The moment I drove across the zebra lines, some pedestrians and a cyclist moved in front of the truck and it was too late to put on the brake,” said Li, who got his driving license just two months ago.

    Li’s truck ran into two female pedestrians and a third woman who was riding on a bicycle trying to make a left turn.

    The trio was rushed to Shanghai No. 1 People’s Hospital at around 11:30am, where they all underwent emergency treatment.

    “They all had head injuries, and two were bleeding badly,” said a doctor surnamed Huang.

    Huang said two of the victims were stable while the third victim, Wu Aying, 84, had some internal bleeding that might be fatal.

    Liu Yujian, 50, who was injured on the right side of her forehead, said that she only recalled seeing the light switched to green.

    “I guess I was hit as soon as I stepped out,” mumbled Liu, who had a bandage on her forehead, swollen lips, and traces of dried blood under her nose.

    Liu said she was walking to the market to get some food for dinner.

    Liu’s son, Yang Jun, a young private business owner, said the man behind the wheel should be fully responsible.

    Another victim, Wang Liping, 28, a migrant from Anhui Province, was still vomiting hours after the accident. The truck hit the right side of her head. Her husband, Zhu Weidong, said they just returned to Shanghai last week from their hometown, and he doesn’t know how they will handle the medical bill.

    “We gave our last year’s saving to our parents back home,” said Zhu. “After paying the rent, all we have is 200 yuan (US$24) for this month.”

    The woman will have to stay in a hospital hallway this evening, as she can’t afford to pay for a room.

    Police wouldn’t discuss the accident yesterday, saying they were still investigating. They didn’t say if they plan to take the driver into custody for questioning.

  3. Hello friends,

    I really liked the beautiful thought of Concern Huaqiao caring about others, who majority of people ignore, especially following sentence: “We might have killed a future Noble price winner, a good governor of a province, an excellent teacher, a brilliant business person.”.

    It represent how nice chinese people think. I am glad that I read this.

    Thanking you.

    I also liked one more blog:

    http://blog.arjamand.com

  4. Oh sorry I forgot to tell you that the guy’s blog i wrote referred me to install the software what on search I found tutorial to install from Mr. Jian Shuo Wang, so thank you sir.

    I installed successfully.

  5. “The car ID is way too expensive. It costs about 20,000 RMB for the car ID alone.”

    It has been jumped to RMB 55,000 at Jan. 2008 for a shanghai license plate. As for used car, I found shangcar.com provides some good options.

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