Reference to this Blog

Blog is a community. By referencing each other, the network of hobbies or information is exchanged in a way that is not possible in traditional website. I am always amazed by how other blogs referenced my site. Here are some interesting references.

Bamaster, an active participator in BBS (with 2036 posts) quoted my article of Stop MSN Messenger Spam as his signiture

Robert Scoble mentioned:

Wow, did you know that Bill Gates was murdered by the media in China? Turned out to be a hoax, but it had Microsoft employee Jian Shuo Wang worried.

I’d like to meet Jian someday. His weblogs about life in Shanghai are great.

Well. I am very hornorred to be mentioned in his wonderful blog.

Bryan wrote to me days before:

I wanted to write you and tell you how much I enjoy the information you have provided on your web site. I hope you keep it going for a very long time.

This piece is also interesting, by G:

I am sure you have received a lot of email from overseas and helped a lot of visitors to Shanghai. Shanghai Tourism should hire you as minister of tourism.

You are well qualified for this position. You can travel to the world and promote Shanghai.


Trekking Kanas – Detailed Plan

This is the detailed plan following up my previous draft plan to Kanas, Xinjiang.

Day 0: From Shanghai to Urumqi by air. Staying at Urumqi.

Day 1: From Urumqi to Burqin by mountain car. Arrive at night after 6-8 hours via G216.

Day 2: Drive from Burqin into the mountain and begin trekking. Stay at the interaction of the two rivers.

Day 3: Continue to march to Hemu and stay in the village that night.

Day 4: From Hemu to Heihu (Black lake) and seattle down near the lake.

Day 5: Last walking day and reach Kanas Lake at night.

Day 6: Start from Kanas and return to Burqin.

Day 7: Come back to Urumqi via the west route and pass the Ghost City.

Here is the route map I draw before again:

Update: July 23, 2003

I am sorry that my trip to Xinjiang was canceled.

Learn to Drive

I am learning to drive a car from today. To get a driver’s license is not easy – it is both complicated and expensive.

I try to get a driver’s license in two months. It is type C which is good for the cars under 3 ton.

I am lucky to learn on completely new Volkswagen Santana GLi – it is really new since the odometer shows 42 km when I drive on it and after one afternoon, it shows 102 km. :-)

It is interesting that I begin to drive on the real road at the afternoon of the first day. It sounds astonishing, right? I think so too. I believe I need to put a large notice board on the area I drive:

CAUTIONS: Jian Shuo Wang is driving here. Do escape, as fast as you can

In case you really what to know the most dangerous area in the city, it is in Xinzhuang near the Xinzhuang Central Park. :-)

Lupu Bridge Opens

The infrastructure of Shanghai is improving at amazing speed. After the new outer ring tunnel opened in Shanghai last weekend, the 6th bridge on Huangpu river opens today.

When I first came to Shanghai in 1995, the Yang Pu bridge was just completed. There are one tunnel and two bridges over the river. Now, from the north to south, six bridges are ready:

  1. Yangpu


  2. Nanpu


  3. Lupu


  4. Xupu


  5. Fengpu
  6. Songpu

Meanwhile, five tunnels are ready (from the north are outer ring tunnel, Yanan Rd tunnel, Tourism tunnel, Metro Line #2 tunnel, Dapuqiao tunnel). Two more (Dalian Road Tunnel and Fuxing Road tunnel) are under construction. By the year 2005, 20 tunnels will connects the Pudong area and the Puxi area.

Express ways

With increasing number of the new express way, I suggent found the new names for the express ways. Here are a list I found on the Internet.

A20 The outer ring



A30 The county ring

























A8 Shanghai-Hangzhou Expressway



A9 Huqingping



A11 Shanghai-Nanjing Expressway



A12 Shanghai-Jiading Expressway



A13 Shanghai-Chongming Expressway






Server Down Again

I believe I am one of the most frustrated persons in the world now. The server goes down frequently. That is the reason you cannot visit the server in the last few days.


Server down time

I hope I can find a better place to host my site soon. The ISP I am using is

Sorry for the inconvinience this brought to you.

Life, An Accumulation of Mileage

Life, an accumulation of mileage – I loved the sentence when I first saw it on the airplane of China Eastern Airlines.

My Hobby

I love to travel. Actually, I seldom see people who do not like travel. What I mean is, I am very keen to map and compass. With the simple tool, I can get around. Last serveral days, I cycled to Tai Hu (Lake Tai) and covered 147.72 km. If I setup a frequent bicycle club, I can accumulate this mileage and give me a big prize.

My accumulation on mileage with frequent flyer program

screen-marriott.rewards-logo.gif MarriottRewards Membership ID: 982 789 265. Their service center in Singapore is very helpful. United Airlines Mileage Plus Membership: 0153 106 2422 Northwest Airlines WorldPerks Membership ID: 530 503 411

China Eastern Airlines Golden Swallow Club Membership: 500 912 874

PriorityClub Member: 260854870

Golden Circle 503 041029 980


o AIR CHINA CLUB 180 022 183

o SKY PEARL CLUB 2800 0643 2374



Another repository of membership ID is at here.

AVIS Wizard Number Z6P94J

Back from Taihu by Bike

As I forecasted before, I completed my trip to Taihu by bike today, covering 147 km in distance. Here is the actual route.


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I started at 7:30 AM of Saturday from 77 Caobao Road – near the Metro Caobao Road station. Then I headed to Qibao 七宝. Within two hours, I arrived at Sheshan 佘山. At noon, I passed the Oriental Green Boat 东方绿洲 and Zhujiajiao 朱家角 and arrived at #8815, Huqingping Road and had lunch there – free lunch.

In the afternoon, I cycled on the best road for cycling – from Daguanyuan – Shangta – Zhouzhuang – Tongli (大观园-商榻-周庄-同里). At 1700, I arrived in Zhouzhuang and took pictures below. After having dinner there, I continued my journey to Zhouzhuang – it is about 10 km between and I finally get Tongli at around 1915. The sun just set.

The night at Tongli is amazing – my personal advice for anyone who want to visit a historic town like Tongli, Zhouzhuang or Luzhi 甪直 have to go there at night. The village looks so nice with all doors (the doors for shops) closed and all visitors just left the town – I didn’t see anyone in the town during my stay.

The next day, I started late at 0800 and arrived in another historic town Mudu 木渎 at noon. Having lunch there, I completed the last 3 km from Mudu to Xukou 胥口. It was so hot at the time I arrived – 34 degrees C or even higher since 1400 is the hottest time for the day and there is no tree alone the road. After that, it seems no possible for me to get back home within that day and I have to get back since I have already booked my flight to Beijing early next morning. So I ride back for a while and took the bus from Suzhou to Shanghai. As luck would have it, there is a car model called “North” from Neoplane. It is large enough to accomendate my bike and I left Suzhou on bus from 1820 and arrived at around 2000.

Below are technical metrics of the trip

Dst = Distance (km)

Av = Average speed (km/h)

Mx = Maxium speed (km/h)

Odo = Odometer (km)

Tm = Riding time (hh:mm:ss)

Nw = record time (hh:mm)

8815 Huqingping 沪青平 Rd.

Dst 54.95

Av 15.8

Mx 33.3

Ca 574.8

Odo 65.5

Tm 3:28:30

Nw 12:44

Zhouzhuang 周庄

Dst 81.00

Tongli 同里

Dst 97.30

Av 15.1

Mx 33.3

Ca 1010.7

Odo 107.9

Tm 6:24:27

Mudu 木渎

Dst 139.73

Av 15.2

Mx 43.4

Ca 1439.9

Odo 150.3

Tm 9:04:23

Nw 13:37

Taihu @ Xukou 胥口

Dst 147.72

Av 15.3

Mx 43.4

Ca 152.41

Odo 1581.3

Nw 14:26


Below: Reached Zhouzhuang

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Below: My bike and I on the bridge in Zhouzhuang 周庄.

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Below: Early morning (3:40 AM) in Tongli.

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Below: Too tried so I lied down on the ground on my way from Suzhou to Mudu 木渎

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Below: Finally reached the destination – Taihu.

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Below: It is the hottest day of this year. It was 34 degrees C. When this picture is taken, it is 2:00 PM, the hottest time of the day.

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Below: Boats waiting on Taihu to enter the river.

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Below: returned from Taihua, on the bus from Hangzhou to Shanghai

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PVG: From Pudong Airport to Nanjing

It is hard to find the answer to this question on the Internet:

How can I go to Nanjing from Shanghai Pudong Airport?

I definitely know the problem people meet. This can be seen from my website log. A lot of people are searching hard for terms like Pudong Airport to Nanjing train. :-)

I hope this page will help you if you are among the many to seek for the result.

Locations of Pudong Airport and Nanjing

Before I offer the route, I suggest you to take a look at my hard work – the map of East China. Thanks for NASA‘s Visiable Earth project, I created the map below using the satellite image of the eastern China cities AND the Pudong Airport.

On the map, the dark spots are cities. The right most largest brown sport is your Shanghai. From Shanghai and moving westward, you will pass Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou and at last, arrive in Nanjing. This map will give you clear concept about how far Shanghai and Najing is and the relative locations for the two cities.

Pudong Airport is far from the downtown Shanghai. I marked it with a red dot on the map. Yes. There are still 40 km from PVG (Shanghai Pudong Airport) to downtown Shanghai.

How many options do I have to go to Nanjing?

Well. Based on my current information, there is no direct bus or train connecting the airport and the city of Nanjing. Here are your options:

  1. By Bus
  2. By train
  3. By taxi

(listed in order of recommend level)

By bus

As I said, there is no direct bus to Nanjing, but there are at Hong Qiao Airport. Well, we meet the new name – Hong Qiao Airport. Where is it?

Again, I mark it on another satellite image of Shanghai since I trust what the land really looks like more than maps. It is a pitty that the image scope is small and I cannot mark Pudong Airport directly on the map. Fortunately, you can get some idea by referencing the two satellite maps with each other.


Credit: NASA. Used with permission

In case you want to see the runway of the airport more clearly, here are the image:



There are 50 km between the two airport. You can take the Airport Bus Route #1 to get there.

Price: 22 RMB / 2.65 USD

I have a special page for the buses. It is clean and comfort. See picture below. Bus interval is 15 minutes.

After you arrive in Hongqiao Airport, you can take the bus to Nanjing at the same bus stop of Airport Bus Route No.1.

Price from HongQiao to Nanjing: 20 USD (Actual price should be cheaper since the source I got included $8 for handling fee)

By train

If you are first time visitor, don’t try to go there by train since the railway station is very confusing. If you do want to take this route, here are some suggestions:

  1. Take airport bus route No. 5 to Shanghai Railway Station (marked on the map). Price: 18 RMB /

    2.16 USD

  2. Buy train tickets there. There are many trains to Nanjing eveyday – with average interval of less than one hour. I suggest you to take T712 (SH14:10->NJ17:20). See my previous experience.

By taxi

If you do want a comfortable trip, AND you don’t care too much about money, hire a taxi and ask the driver to take you directly to Nanjing. Most drivers will be more than happy to do that if it is not too late. Let me check the average price and be back with you.


Use the comment system below if you have any question regarding the trip. Not surprisingly, I will not garentee an answer. :-)

This is part of the series article on Pudong Airport to help visitors to the airport. After SARS, the traffic in Pudong airport dramatically increased, so does page views of my Pudong Airport website and query emails I got. If anyone interested in volunteering to gather more information or help to answer emails, please send email to me. Please be advised that I reserve the right to publish your email with your name if you don’t instruct me not to do it in the mail.

Q: Arriving late to PVG


Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2003 8:44 AM

Subject: PVG-> Nanjing question

Hello, Jianshuo,

I appreciate your website a lot. It provides lots of info. for visitors to Shanghai. Although I am not a first time visitor to Shanghai, I have not been there for a while and don’t keep up with the changes. Could you help me with the following question?

I will arrive in Shanghai PVG at about 5:50pm. It may be about 7pm by the time I claim my luggage and check out the customs. I wonder if there is still ‘route 1’ bus (via Hongqiao Airport) available to Nanjing by then? When is the last bus from Hongqiao Airport to Nanjing? How long does it take? If I decide to take a taxi, how much should I expect to pay?

Thanks and have a good weekend.


Daisy, you are right that after you claim your luggage and check out the customs, it should be 7:00 PM at least. (Maybe you are aware of that you check out the customer BEFORE you claim the luggage.)

According to Pu Dong Airport Bus Services (+86-21-68346612) via Pudong Airport Service Hotline +86-21-68341000, via Yellow Page Service +86-21-114), the scheduled last bus leaving Pudong Airport is 11:00 PM and the interval is about 30 minutes at night. They provide serivce that as long as there are still flights operating at the airport (due to delay), the airport bus will be available. It stops until that passengers from the last flight arrive.

I just got the latest information that buses from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Nanjing started operation recently. You can find the bus at Gate 19 of the Arrival Level. There are 6 schedule every day.

From: Pudong Airport To Nanjing

Departs at





Price: 122 RMB

Time: About 5 hours

Bus stop location: The Bus Center at the opposite side of Gate 19 of Arrival Hall

Note: It will stop at the Hong Qiao Airport to pick up more passengers before they continue the journey to Nanjing

The bus from Shanghai to Nanjing at Hong Qiao Airport will stop operation after 7:00 PM. So it is impossible for you to catch it considering the 1 hour transportation from PVG (Pudong Airport) to SHA (Hong Qiao Airport).

If you take taxi, it is about 1300 RMB (150 USD). You can call a taxi at PVG. I am sure the taxi will be extremely happy to send you there since this will be a very big business for him/her. However, some one may ask you to pay the money back from Nanjing to Shanghai (almost the same money) since they need to come back with an empty car. You may need to negotiate on this. I know you can also send an email to and they will arrange reliable taxi drivers for you and negotiate the best price for you.


Jian Shuo Wang

Updated Latest Bus Information September 22, 2004

Here is the updated information of the bus to nearby cities.

Hangzhou 100 RMB 1030 1200 1330 1530 1730 1930

Qing Tian 青田 192 RMB 1310

Kun Shan (via Hong Qiao Airport) 76RMB 1130 1230 1330 1430 1530 1630 1730 1830 1930

Suzhou (via Hong Qiao Airport) 82RMB 1050 1150 1250 1350 1440 1520 1610 1650 1750 1850

Wuxi (via Hong Qiao Airport) 100 RMB 1120 1220 1320 1420 1520 1620 1720 1820

Zhangjiagang (via Hong Qiao Airport) 110 RMB 1140 1250 1440 1540 1740

Nanjing (via Hong Qiao Airport) 122 RMB 1120 1320 1510 1640 1840

If there is any conflict between this table to other time table, this one should be more accurate since I recorded the time table from the poster of the ticket office at Pudong Airport for my visitors.

PVG: Car Rental Service

GL asked: Is there any car rental service in Shanghai Pudong Airport?

Yes. You can rent a car at Shanghai Pudong Airport easily. Your familiar car renting company AVIS has came to Shanghai.


You can call their reservation phone number 86-21-6229-1119 to contact AVIS.

AVIS Pudong Airport Office:

Phone: 86-21-68346668

Fax: 86-21-38480736

Office Hour: 8:30-17:00, Monday to Friday

Tip: If you are in U.S., diall 011-86-21-68346668 to reach the office. Shanghai is located at GMT +8 zone.


Volkswagen Santana 2000, 370 RMB or 45 USD

Passat, 520 RMB or 63 USD

Buick G: 600 RMB or 72 USD

Buick GL8: 680 RMB or 82 USD


Volkswagen Passat. Credit:


Buick GL8. Credit:

Tip: 1 USD = 8.3 RMB

Above price is RMB/day if rent within one week. If you rent longer, the price will be lower. Source: (Chinese site)

Disclaimer: The information provided is for your reference only. There is no garrentee for the accuracy of the information. This personal site is not affiliation of the sites mentioned.

Shanghai Says Goodbye to Masks

It is fantastic night. I walked along the Huaihai Road and the Maoming Road in Shanghai. The Jazz music came out of the pubs and the crowded people in the bars were dancing and singing. It is exactly what Shanghai looks like in summer!

In the metro train and on the street, I never see anybody wearing masks now. People are happy and relaxed. It is an enjoyable night. The only exception is the servers at some fast food restaurants like KFC…. Maybe masks will remain required for the dining industry for a long time no matter there is SARS or not.


As I am fan of cycling now, I bought a new Cateye Velo 8 cyclometer at price of 120 RMB ($14). I will install it on my GIANT right now.



Current speed

Elapsed time

Trip distance

Average speed

Maximum speed

Calorie consumption

Total distance

12/24 hr clock

Auto start/stop

Auto power saving

SARS Update in Shanghai

I didn’t update SARS situation in Shanghai in the last week. So my readers like Tracey began to worry about the SARS sitautation. :-) Well. Let me tell you the current Shanghai in my eyes – it completely returned to normal and SARS is over.

Indicator 1: Ban to events lifted.

According to new policy of Shanghai government, starting from June 15, 2003, the ban to large scale events and activities is lifted. Organizations are free to oraganize events and activities freely.

Indicator 2: Tourism became hot again

Last Saturday, in order to warm up the hard-hit tourism market, main scenic spots in Shanghai offered free entrances or 50% off in ticket price.

On Saturday, 220,000 made their way to 33 local venues that were either open to public free of charge or selling tickets for discounts of up to 50 percent, according to the Shanghai Tourism Administrative Commission.


Indicator 3: Crowded restaurants

It is not easy to find a seat at most restaurants in busy hours again.

Indicator 4: Busy airport

I went to Pudong Airport last week and found the airport was busy – even crowded at around 6:00 PM. It is said that the flight UA857 from San Fransisco to Shanghai was fully packed with people.

Conclusion: It is safe to come to Shanghai

Although the real situation in Shanghai still needs some time to spread out and reach those who are really interested in coming to Shanghai, Shanghai actually recovered from the SARS fear and is free of the disease. Regarding the mislead of information, my previous articles may also helped to mislead people since some readers just read the article I posted one or two months ago and think it is the CURRENT situation.

Cycling to Sheshan

After cycling to Chongming (186km) and Pudong Airport (30km), Wendy and I cycled to Sheshan together today.

Wendy bought a new bicycle so we have two now. Hers is very cool with good color and 5 speeds.


After four hours – God. How can it be possible for us to use as long as four hours to arrive in Sheshan? I made the mistake to take the route of G318 since I didn’t bring a map with us. This may cost us additional 16 km – almost double the distance. When we returned, we only used 2 hours.



There is a nice lake before the Sheshan. It has a beautiful name too – Yue Hu or the Lake Moon.


See the church on the top of the mountain?



P.S. Bus #92 broke down

I saw bus No. 92 broken down and all passengers got off and push the bus to the side of the road at the Cao Bao Road, when I returned. It was really funny.



Any one can tell me how to pronounce this word? Dr. Donald Dossey claimed that when you can pronounce the word your fear to Friday the 13th is cured.

Paraskevidekatriaphodia means the fear for Friday, the thirteenth. Today is the special day.



Long word

I just wonder why there are such a long word Paraskevidekatriaphobia? I did spend some time to memorize this word. I told my friends about this word and they are all very surprised. 275 items were returned by Google for this term at the time when this article is written.

Joy of memorize long terms

When I was young, I was passionate to memorize Pi. I was marching toward 200 digits but now, I can only clearly recite the first 80 digits of Pi.

Pi = 3.1415926 535 8979 323 8462643 38327950 2884 19716 93993 7510 5820974 9445923 0781640 6286208 9986280

Longer Pi

According to this page, they have longer Pi:

Pi = 3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 0628620899 8628034825 3421170679

8214808651 3282306647 0938446095 5058223172 5359408128 4811174502 8410270193 8521105559 6446229489 5493038196

4428810975 6659334461 2847564823 3786783165 2712019091 4564856692 3460348610 4543266482 1339360726 0249141273

7245870066 0631558817 4881520920 9628292540 9171536436 7892590360 0113305305 4882046652 1384146951 9415116094

3305727036 5759591953 0921861173 8193261179 3105118548 0744623799 6274956735 1885752724 8912279381 8301194912

9833673362 4406566430 8602139494 6395224737 1907021798 6094370277 0539217176 2931767523 8467481846 7669405132

0005681271 4526356082 7785771342 7577896091 7363717872 1468440901 2249534301 4654958537 1050792279 6892589235

4201995611 2129021960 8640344181 5981362977 4771309960 5187072113 4999999837 2978049951 0597317328 1609631859

5024459455 3469083026 4252230825 3344685035 2619311881 7101000313 7838752886 5875332083 8142061717 7669147303

5982534904 2875546873 1159562863 8823537875 9375195778 1857780532 1712268066 1300192787 6611195909 2164201989

3809525720 1065485863 2788659361 5338182796 8230301952 0353018529 6899577362 2599413891 2497217752 8347913151

5574857242 4541506959 5082953311 6861727855 8890750983 8175463746 4939319255 0604009277 0167113900 9848824012

8583616035 6370766010 4710181942 9555961989 4676783744 9448255379 7747268471 0404753464 6208046684 2590694912

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6782354781 6360093417 2164121992 4586315030 2861829745 5570674983 8505494588 5869269956 9092721079 7509302955

3211653449 8720275596 0236480665 4991198818 3479775356 6369807426 5425278625 5181841757 4672890977 7727938000

8164706001 6145249192 1732172147 7235014144 1973568548 1613611573 5255213347 5741849468 4385233239 0739414333

4547762416 8625189835 6948556209 9219222184 2725502542 5688767179 0494601653 4668049886 2723279178 6085784383

8279679766 8145410095 3883786360 9506800642 2512520511 7392984896 0841284886 2694560424 1965285022 2106611863

0674427862 2039194945 0471237137 8696095636 4371917287 4677646575 7396241389 0865832645 9958133904 7802759009

9465764078 9512694683 9835259570 9825822620 5224894077 2671947826 8482601476 9909026401 3639443745 5305068203

4962524517 4939965143 1429809190 6592509372 2169646151 5709858387 4105978859 5977297549 8930161753 9284681382

6868386894 2774155991 8559252459 5395943104 9972524680 8459872736 4469584865 3836736222 6260991246 0805124388

4390451244 1365497627 8079771569 1435997700 1296160894 4169486855 5848406353 4220722258 2848864815 8456028506

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They have 400 million digits of Pi…. I don’t think anyone want to memerize so many digits…

Chongming Trip

I put more pictures to Chong Ming with Chinese descriptions at

Update December 2, 2003 All pictures and links are removed to reduce the size of this site.


Here is the schedule and route:

  • 0700 – K0 – Start at 77 Cao Bao Road 
  • 1230 – K33 (+33) – Baoyang Habor, Wusong 
  • 1330 – K33 – Baoyang Habor, Wusong – the ferry left for Chongming 
  • 1450 – K33 – Arrived at Baozhen Habor at Chongming 
  • 1900 – K71 (+38) – Arrived at Dongwang Hotel 
  • 0400 – K71 – Start from Dongwang Hotel to Dongtan 
  • 0500 – K79 (+8) – Arrived at Dongtan and observed the birds 
  • 0640 – K79 – Started from Dongtan. 
  • 0720 – K87 (+8) – Arrived at Dongwang County again and had my breakfast 
  • 0730 – K87 – Left for Forrest Park 
  • 0750 – K91 (+4) – Arrived at K0 of Beiyan Highway 
  • 1000 – K111 (+20) – Arrived at K20 of Beiyan Highway 
  • 1200 – K126 (+25) – Arrived at K35 of Beiyan Highway 
  • 1320 – K131 (+5) – Arrived at Dongping National Forrest Park 
  • 1550 – K131 – Left Forrest Park after slept there for one hour 
  • 1600 – K136 (+4) – Arrived at K44 of Beiyan Highway 
  • 1800 – K148 (+12) – Arrived at Nanmen Habor of Chongming 
  • 1830 – K148 – The shuttle boat left Nanmen 
  • 2000 – K148 – Arrived at Shidongkong Habor of Banshan District of Shanghai
  • 2400 – K186 (+38) – Arrived home where I started

How to read the above route?

The above route was recorded in the following format

Time – Knnn (+nn) – Description

Time is in army format (24 hours a day) without the colon between hours and minutes. The K186 means the 186th kilometer after I started. The number +nn means the length of the route between one point to the other, which is also the increase number of Knnn. The last field is the description.

Server down

It is very bad that my site experienced technical difficulties continously last week. About 1/4 of the time was down. The ISP has promised to replace the server with a completely new one and plug the hard disk of the old one to the new machine this week. I hope the situation will be better.


Cycling to Pudong Airport

I become so passionate to travel by bicycle – it offers very good chance to experience the different life at the passing villages and see the wonderful views. All these are not possible for taking buses or cars.

I rode to Pudong International Airport from Xujiahui today. It took me 4.5 hours from 12:30 to 17:00. It was not far – only 35 kms but the wind – east 11kph wind made it very hard to ride – I was directing to exactly the east side of the city.

Riding a Bicyle to Chong Ming Island

From tomorrow, this blog will be paused for two days (namely, Friday and Saturday) since I will travel by bicycle to Chong Ming island in the center of Yangtze River. The isolated island is the China’s third largest island after Taiwan and Hainan.

The idea of travel by bicycle was inspired by some European people and by the dream of hiking in Kanas. October is just too long from now so I cannot help going out to see the island. Above all, the SARS months of May and April have almost driven me crazy. Think about, staying in the same place for the whole two months.

Thanks to They really did wonderful job on the GIS (Geographic Information System) of Shanghai. With their help, I found the island is not as far as I though. After the optimization of routes, it reports the distance between my house and the port of the ship shuttle is only 31,122 meters. Here is the big map.

The route ChinaQuest has suggested. I paste it in Chinese so it is more helpful.







































Chongming Map

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Chongming Pictures

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My new bicycle

After evaluate the pros and cons of rent a bicycle (refer to P.S. Bicycle renting service section at the end and the discussions) or to buy one for the short 3-day trip, I finally bought a brand new Emmelle bicycle at 368 RMB (44 USD). Pretty nice. Here is the picture.


I am very happy to start my journey. The previous experience really taught me to enjoy life instead and not be be a working machine. If you are still interested in my Starbucks plan, yes. I still plan to visit all Starbucks in Shanghai by walk.


Traffic Rules in Shanghai

If you come to Shanghai, at least one thing will surprise you – the ignorance to traffice rules. I remember about one year ago, I read about this on (now Shanghaiexpat.comarticle “There were no traffic rules, but only traffic suggestions”. Andrew said the same thing in his article.

It is illegal to use the pedestrian Shanghai

The article writer (sorry I forgot the name and cannot find it on the site again) even joked: “It seems illegal to use the pedestrian in Shanghai since people cross the road from every direction at any place except the pedestrian.”

Yes. The ignorance of traffic rule is very popular. That is a big problem in the city since a modern city not only needs skyscrapers, it also needs the civilization in the people. I am very interested in this topic. Everyday, when I come to a cross road, I will stop and check the traffic light on the opposite site. If it is red, then stop and wait. If it is green, you can go. What a simple rule it is. Unfortunately, I always see the MAJORITY of people – yes, the majority of people will go straitly ahead even when there is a red light over there.

It is shame for the city – a city without good traffic orders. The interesting thing is, the people who break the rule cannot get to the opposite side as quick as they wish. They need are forced to stop in the middle of the road when big vehicles and lines of cars rushing by – it is dangerous to be jammed in the middle of the heavy traffice road. I oftern find myself the only person to wait for the green light on the road from Xujiahui to Cao Bao road.

Push-for-green-light button

New equipments were installed at some cross road one year ago. They are a big palm-size button on the pole of signal lights. You need to press the button for a green-light on the opposite of the street. Unfortunately, the equipments were ignored again along with the traffic rules. Seldom can I see anyone borthered to press the button. They just directly go across the road no-matter it is red light or green light.

Not working botton

It is even worse some time the buttons do not work. I walked across the cross road of Nandan and Cao Xi North Rd at mid-night two days before. I pressed the button but nothing happened. All the four signal lights for walkers were red. I waited for serveral cycle of vehicle lights. At last, after waiting for about 15 minutes, I was so frustrated and go under the red lights to cross the road.

I reported the buttons to the hotline of Oriential TV. Two days later, that is today, I got a phone call from a report from OTV Wide Watch Program asking to interviewing me and thanking me for my report. Under the insist of the reporter, I went out of the building and met with them.


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I described the experience before the camera for about 5 minutes. The report also asked me some questions like “What do you think the use of the buttons?”, “what do you expect the transportation administration to do to help the residents?”… Then I returned to work.


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The program should be broadcasted to 1.6 million people in Shanghai at the hottest time: 19:10 tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.

OTV Wide Watch Program is the most popular news program in Shanghai broadcasting at the golden time when all family members just gather at the dining table.

About SARS

Today, there is no new reported SARS case country wide.

Tour Resumes

The Shanghai city tour resumes today. The tour bus lines heading to surrounding areas start to operate after pausing for about one month. Starting from July 1, 2003, 41 international travel agents in Shanghai are allowed to host international tourist. That is a strong signal of the positive move of the SARS situation.

Summer comes

It is announced that from today, Shanghai formally entered summer.It is defined that sequential high temperature above 22 degree C is treated as the begining of summer. Nice!

SARS is Over in Shanghai – II

SARS is over. After claiming the end of SARS two days ago, I feel even sure when all the information I gathered in the city these two days.

Taxi drivers removed their masks

According to Shanghai Transportation Adminstration, the regulation for all taxi drivers to wear masks was canceled. Starting from June 1, only attendants on air-conditioned buses, attendants in subways, and staff in long-distance bus stations are still required to wear masks.

Revenue increase for shopping malls, restaurants

According to Shanghai Morning Post of today, shopping malls see 16% increase in revenue. Restaurants return to 70% of the normal level. We begin to see people line up at some hot restaurants.


The Century Park received 20K visitoers every day last Saturday and Sunday. The Forest Park, Sheshan and other near places begin to surfer from the large traffic. People begin to line up for the buses, parks, tickets and dining. Some of them began to complain for that.

Congratulations to Shanghai

It was nightmare in the last two months. The city has experienced the hardest time in the recent year. Although it is still not the right time to officially announce the end of SARS, the daily life is returning to its original status.

P.S. Bicycle renting service

I found a bicycle renting company. Phone: 63144085 Address: Room 309, #1088, Zhongshan Road South. They offer new bicycle at 50 RMB per day, 60 RMB for two days and 90 RMB for three days.