Where are You – Part II

It is amazing! I got so many high quality and genuine introduction about people from around the world in this blog entry: Where are You?. Thanks for the great comments.


I am from Finland. A small, population a little bit above 5 million people, country in the Northern Europe. The neighbours in the map are Sweden, Russia, Norway and Estonia (Estonia doesn’t share any land with us in the borders).

Finland is part of the European Union and nowadays has Euro as the currency, we used to have our own currency, markka. Finland has been ruled by Sweden and Russia in the history but we have been independent since 1917.

They say that Finnish people are shy and quiet but if you get to know us then you will make a friend for a lifetime. I don’t know about that, I think the younger people are not so shy any longer but we still tend to appreciate friendship very much.

Finland is known to be a country of thousands lakes, it is actually true. According to some general definition for size of a lake, we actually have thousands of lakes, which are bigger than the definition. As we are small country by population, then there is still lots of land untouched and nature is one of the beautiful reasons for living or visiting here.

Winter time is a little bit depressing as sun will set very early and rise quite late. You get used to live in the darkness but it gets easier when it snows and everything turns white. During the summer time, people get really happy as sun practically doesn’t set so well. It is so nice to walk out from the nightclub at 4am and see that there is still lots of light available and temperature is such that you don’t feel chilly at all.

Posted by: Miikka on October 22, 2006 12:35 AM

I live just outside Washington, D.C. It is a very international city. One out of every eight residents here were not born in the United States. You can meet people from just about very part of the world. I have roommates who are Indian and Bulgarian. I love it here!

Давид <-- My name in Bulgarian Posted by: Dave G. on October 22, 2006 01:31 AM

Hello! Mabuhay! Greetings from Manila,Philippines.we are located on the southeastern part

of Asia, between south china sea and Philippine sea. I am from an archipelago consisting of

more than 7000 islands. Aside from the year round warm and summer like weather, beautiful beaches and great hideaways, the filipino people are what really is the real deal.

From a long history of Western colonial rule, interspersed with the visits of merchants and traders, evolved a people of a unique blend of east and west, both in appearance and culture.

The Filipino is basically of Malay stock with a sprinkling of Chinese, American, Spanish, and Arab blood. It’s hard to distinguish, accurately. but who cares, we are unique, both in

appearance and character. You have to visit us, to see, feel, and get the vibe!!

BTW, Thank you Mr.Wang for giving us, your readers, a chance to be known and heard.

You are doing wonderful.

Posted by: mariz on October 22, 2006 03:43 AM

Hallo, my name is Andrea. I am a psychologist in a childrens hospital in Stuttgart (600 000 people), Germany. 30 Years before I have studied Chinese at the university of Tübingen, but I never had the opportunity to go to China… Now will my husband go to Hangzhou (and Shanghai) tomorrow. He will meet people of the BOSCH plant there, because he is the chairman of the workers council (Betriebsratsvorsitzender) in the German plant in Leinfelden/Stuttgart.

I am excited to hear about the China of today.

Today we had a big manifastation against the government in Germany, also in Stuttgart, Munich, Dortmund and Berlin!

Many greetings, Andrea

Posted by: Andrea on October 22, 2006 04:36 AM


I’m from Düsseldorf, Germany. Düsseldorf is the Capital of North- Rhine- Westfalia, the biggest Country of Germany (17 Mill. Residents, Germany: 80 Mill.). You may look at this Website for more information about Düsseldorf: http://www.duesseldorf.de/zh/index.shtml (in Chineese) and: http://www.duesseldorf.de/en/index.shtml (in english).

Düsseldorf is associated with Chonqing, so we have a lot of chineese People here – and also a lot of Chineese Restaurants, Supermarkets, Taiji- Chuan- Teacher (My taiji- chuan- master is from Shanghai), etc. There is also a direkt Flight Chonqing- Düsseldorf.

So, if you want to visit Germany, I would be happy to welcome you…

Xiong Shui

Posted by: Xiong Shui on October 22, 2006 05:08 AM


my name’s Gabyu, I’m from Paris, France, used to travel back and forth from Shanghai to Paris since 10 years by now. Well, The world is much more smaller than we think, especially using the internet and jets …

Paris is full of many different foreigners, from northern African people to Southern asian people, and also Chinese people for sure. 2 chinatowns in Paris, essentially made from Wenzhounese. The city is very quiet compared to Shanghai… Less pollution, less CO2 et definitely less hot.

Here, people’s concern is to avoid polluting, to feel as quiet as they can, to hear silence, to avoid wastes, and to go to cafés after office time :)


Posted by: gabyu on October 22, 2006 06:28 AM


My name is Ben. I am originally from Shanghai, and now in Austin, the state capital of Texas. It’s a beautiful city with many mountains and lakes with blue water, though there are few Chinese people or restaurants. Life here revolves around live music performances (check out austinist.com) and enjoying nature. :)

Thanks for writing this awesome blog, it makes me want to return to Shanghai and do something big, bigger than myself. There are definitely more professional opportunities there.


Posted by: Ben on October 22, 2006 08:37 AM

I am in New Zealand, the South Island. Air New Zealand has just started (or will very soon start) direct flights to Shanghai so next time to Shanghai it will be much faster and less tiring :-). I live in Christchurch and frequently eat at Chinese eateries without any other Europeans around. There are also lots of Chinese shops and the Mayor of Dunedin is Chinese.

Since my first visit to Shanghai I check your blog daily, there is always something interesting and relevant. Since my second visit I feel I “know” Shanghai a little (!) and feel very comfortable there.

Posted by: kiwiuncle on October 22, 2006 11:51 AM


I am from Chicago Illinois USA and visit China on Furniture business often. I really enjoy your blog

Lee Rosenberg

Posted by: lee rosenberg on October 22, 2006 12:11 PM


I am from Singapore. I came to know your blog through a friend working in Suzhou in 2003, just a day before I left for Shanghai. I had stayed there for a month. Since then on my second trip to Shanghai, I moved around very comfortable like a local. Thanks all these to your blog. The next thing I want to do is to learn Shanghainese and plan for my next trip to Shanghai..

Jian Shuo, if you have chance to come to Singapore, please email me. I wish to give you a treat.

With Best wishes


Posted by: Joyce on October 22, 2006 07:02 PM

Hi to all!

I’m also from Singapore, typically described as a ‘tiny red dot’ (on the world map). We are just 1/10 the size of Shanghai with a population of 4 million hence it is little wonder that many people don’t know our existence!

Like any other places on earth, there are good and bad comments about Singapore, the most common one being it a very clean country. Negative one would be that our government is too strict (think of the chewing gum ban, caning and death sentences) though I personally don’t think it is necessarily bad.

Although I stay in Shanghai for my work now, hopefully there will be an opportunity in future to show you or any readers on this blog around in Singapore!

Posted by: zee on October 22, 2006 11:21 PM

I come from Melbourne, Australia. U visited here a couples of week before. Do u like it? U really good in observe things.

I would definitely want to come to shanghai try the maglev.

Posted by: Ryan on October 23, 2006 07:49 PM

Hi, I’m Ying.

I was born in Shanghai, then moved to the UK. I lived roughly half my life in China and half in the UK. Currently I live in Manchester.

I’m really facinated by the difference between cultures and also discovering how much similarity there are. I enjoy travelling. The last time I visited China was in 2005.

Posted by: Ying Zhang on October 23, 2006 08:02 PM

Hi, I’m from Italy…seems like I’m the only one here :-) I studied Chinese and like to keep updated on all kind of things about China, that’s how I stumbled into your blog…months ago, can’t stop reading it now! keep up the good job please.


Posted by: elena on October 23, 2006 10:29 PM

Hi, I am from Kentucky in the USA. I live in a very small town, less than 1000 people. I have visited Shanghai twice, the most recent time being in July of 2006. My husband and I have three daughters adopted in China. We hope someday to live in China for a while.

I enjoy reading your blog and learning more about China.

Posted by: Carolyn on October 24, 2006 12:44 PM

Hello, I am from San Francisco. I really enjoy your blog and learned many things about Shanghai. The first time I was in Shanghai was in 1980, just when China opened up. The 1980 version of the city clouded my vision of Shanghai for many years. I returned in late 2003 on a business trip, and on arriving at the airport I was amazed. I could not believe the change. Taking the highway into town and checking in to the Grand Hyatt was a fantastic eye opener.

I took my family to Shanghai just to let them experience the transformation. Have returned a few times and Shanghai is now one of my favorite cities. I love your blog, thank you for your time and you effort.

Posted by: Alex Lee on October 24, 2006 01:51 PM

Hi, I’m from the Portuguese Island of Madeira!

It lies about 360 miles from the coast of Africa, 535 miles from Lisbon, 230 from Gran Canaria. More info (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madeira_Islands).

Nowadays my HQ’s is Barcelona but I had a chance to spend 6 days in shanghai last week.

Posted by: Paulo Martins on October 25, 2006 06:52 AM

Hi, I am a Chinese originally from Malaysia, and now in Busan, South Korea.

Malaysia is a federation of 13 states in Southeast Asia.Although politically dominated by the Malays, modern Malaysian society is heterogeneous, with substantial Chinese and Indian minorities. Nonetheless, Malaysia is considered to be a model of racial harmony.

I enjoy traveling a lot and my last trip was to Shanghai in April 2006.

Thanks for writing this blog and it make me understand more about China especially Shanghai. Keep up the good job.

Posted by: Teresa on October 25, 2006 10:21 AM

I am so excited to see people from around the world gather on this small blog and share their lives, and know more about others’ lives. Among the list, I have been to some places, like Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, U.S., and there are so many for me to explorer: Finland, Germany, New Zealand, and France…

The early days of my travel was mainly triggered by the desire to see “how different people are” in many places, and my recent travel is more about enjoying the commonality between people around the world – nice, friendly, having dream, and enjoy small happiness like sitting in the Sunshine. That is just so beautiful!

Kudos to everyone who posted on that entry.

P.S. I just checked my site log, and found out the top 20 countries/regions where my reader came from.

United States


United Kingdom





Hong Kong














Source: Google Analytics data for Wangjianshuo’s blog for 2006 (from 2006-1-1 to 2006-10-25)

This is the Geo overlay so we have some idea about how global this community is. :-)


Source: Google Analytics data for Wangjianshuo’s blog for 2006 (from 2006-1-1 to 2006-10-25)

12 thoughts on “Where are You – Part II

  1. Jian Shuo

    It is amazing! I like your blog . I am not worried if you are running out of topic. I am starting to take some times reading all your blogs from the beginning.

    Keep it up.

    Best Regards


  2. Very cool Jian Shuo.

    I am a transplanted Chinese living in Chicago area. I saw Lee Rosenberg is in Chicago too.

    Joyce, I wonder if you are my aj. In any case, good to see you here…

  3. I love your blog! I used it when I went to Shanghai back in 2004! I hail from Boston, Massachusetts USA! It is the in New England and also alot of American history is here from the “Boston Tea Party” to the Pilgrims coming to Cape Cod (south of Boston about an hour and a half drive away). Our city has great entertainment, world class cuisine and wonderful colleges (Harvard, MIT, Wellesley amongst others in the area), world renown hospitals —Mass General, Beth Israel, Children’s Hospital and great art museums—Glass Flowers collection at Harvard, Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Garner Museum. I love the fact we are short driving distance away to Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island and NYC is only (4-6 hour drive away depending upon traffic). Once a year, Boston hosts a world class and world renown Head of the Charles Regatta (for crew enthusiasts) and of course the Boston Marathon every April.

  4. Great appreciation for your blog. I live in Los Altos, CA (in Silicon Valley, near to your favorite US business school, Stanford :). I travel frequently to Shanghai and China and find your site extremely useful and interesting. Please continue to share your ideas and opinions. Here’s to making the world a better, and more connected, place!

  5. Amazing, US and Canada comprised of 50% of traffic on this site. I contribute a little bit too.

  6. 27oct2006, 21:00

    Hello JS,

    I am Howard from Bangkok, Thailand. Today I received the ASIA NEWS magazine, October 27 – November 2, 2006 issue, with my newspaper. Surprise, you are one of the featured articles inside, page 22, “Blogging Shanghai”, by Ida Rellsted in Shanghai, China Daily. Congratulations JS with your super human effort to keep your blogs interesting. Today is the first time I read your blog.

    Take care my friend,


  7. Hello Jian Shou

    Here is a topic and a question.

    What do you know of the background to Alipay removing the ability to use VISA to make payments (to Taobao traders and others) to China?. It was announced with much fanfare in April 2005 and I have been happily using it to trade with Taobao small traders since then. But on August 17th is was stopped , I have just found out.

    Interestingly, the Taobao trading was not just a trade thing. Some of the traders have become personal friends and we have even met in China on visits, expanding my horizons and theirs. All because of the ability to pay them with VISA! All now gone.

    Since you are part of this business world, you might know something about the rationale and if the stop is likely to be only temporary. It seems inconceivable that China can be part of the modern world and advancing, if this kind of thing is not reintroduced. It is surely preventing capital flowing INTO China !

    The Alipay VISA facility was level 3D protected so was more secure than most VISA cards as only some banks had that level of security available on their cards.

    I had to hunt around until I found one that did.(The “Verified by VISA” system)

    Interestingly, Alipay still has the logo on the bottom of the home page :-)

    Is the Alipay VISA restriction also part of some bigger restriction on the use of credit cards in China?

    As always, appreciate your blog and insights.

  8. Wow, this is really interesting to see where so many of your readers are from! I live in Cupertino, California, and have been fortunate enough to host Jian Shuo when he has visited Silicon Valley on business a few times in the past. I think next time you come, JS, we should have a big “meet-up” for all your fans in the Bay Area. And, to Anna from Boston: I grew up there, and your description of all that area has to offer has made me homesick!

  9. hi, jianshuo, i started to read your blog 3 years ago, stopped for a while due to my busy job, but i think i used to contribute the some dots in your geo map in particularly Europe as i live in Belgium, :-)

  10. Don’t forget Des Moines, Iowa. we have corn fields, soy beans and 4H*.

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