Get India Visa in China

After I setup this site, I am often mistakenly regarded as Mr. Know-Everything… I am surely not. I only took the advantage of knowing both Chinese/English languages. :-D

XHJ asked me about how to get India visa for Chinese citizen. I didn’t know that before, but I saw this information may help XHJ to get married with the girl he loves. I read some Chinese website and got the following information:

Visa Type: Business Visa

Valid period: 2 months

Max days to stay: 30 days

Requirement: All passport visa holder

Materials needed: two 2′ photos, photocopy of national ID (both side), passport valid for 9 months.

Source: http://www.china.org.cn/chinese/TR-c/215864.htm

More information on India Visa:

U.S. Paused All Visa Application in China

My friend is in bad mood these days. His visa application to U.S. was rejected so he cannot attend TechEd 2004 in San Diego. This is the second time he missed the chance due to Visa problems.

Visa is one of the biggest barriers for people to go out of the country. I heard it is due to SARS, but it is not confirmed. There is no report on this on major international media, but many of them reported “Illegal US visa call centre closed“.

Maybe due to security concerns, the United States Consulate in Shanghai has replaced the tall gate with tall walls at the interaction of Huai Hai Rd. and Wulumuqi Rd. Now there is only a small gate at Wulumuqi Rd. now.

Sony Ericsson GC75 in Shanghai

Eric kindly lent me his Sony Ericsson GC75 GPRS Wireless Modem.

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Image in courtesy of Sony Ericsson

With this card and my GPRS enabled China Mobile SIM card, I can access Internet at any time. Here is the driver (download from jbhg.com.cn). It has pre-entered all the information needed to connect to China Mobile network.

After downloading, simply open the GC75 Manager and I am connected to the next work in few minutes. Now, I can update my blog from home. It is great!

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Screen short of GC75 Manager

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Speed is good

Hehe. Wireless + Pudong is a great combination.

Dan is Going to Travel Across China

Check this article: Traveling Across China: Need Your Help!. I am excited about Dan Washburn’s plan to travel across China. Dan is my friend I never met. We planned the Kanas trip last year via phone and email, but never met up. My wife and I didn’t go there at last, but Dan managed to go with my other friends, Eric and Simon.

His Plan

His plan to travel across China is so exciting. This is quoted from his plan:

To me, the most interesting stories are found far away from what is considered “famous,” far away from tour busses and tourist sites marked by colorful flags. I want to see the China not often seen … so my readers can see it, too.

There’s a good chance that I might be making this trip alone – and my Chinese language skills are just a little bit better than bu hao. So, wherever I go, it would be great to have a guide or a translator or just someone to have a beer with. Interested? Actually, if you are fluent in Chinese and English, have a sense of adventure – and have some time to kill this summer – maybe you could tag along for part of the trip. And if you happen to be an unemployed documentary filmmaker, all the better. (But you’d need to be able to pay your own way … otherwise, I’ll probably be broke by Beijing).

Help Dan

Since I know my blog has large number of reader in many different places in China, and they know both English and Chinese, I’d like to ask help for Dan. Please visit Dan’s plan and give him suggestions. If Dan happens to be in your city, just invite him for a cup of tea if you have time. That must be valuable memory for both you and Dan.

P.S. This is his plan on his Shanghai Diary.

SARS is Back in China

According to news report, more and more new SARS cases are discovered these days. 4 patients were discovered around the previous SARS patient found in Beijing.

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Image credit: Sina.com.cn

Shanghai

In Shanghai, every protection measures started automatically. The building I am working at start to post the daily disinfected report in all the elevators.

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© Jian Shuo Wang. Taken at Metro City in Shanghai

Since I don’t take taxi any more, I don’t know what is happening on taxis. Anyway, people here are quite skillful to handle SARS and I am not worried at all.

Sunset at Pudong

In my First Week in Pudong report, I wrote:

After I moved to Pudong, I can see the sun set again. I can see the redish clouds on the west before the sunset. There is a long preriod of time from sunset to completely dark. This recalls the life in my home town in Luoyang. This is so common in most places in the world, but not in downtown in Puxi. It seemed to me that in Puxi, when the Sun sets, it becomes dark very soon. There is no colorful clouds after the sunset. I suspect it may because of the high buildings that blocked the view and the reflection of the remaining sunlight after sunset.

I didn’t find a chance to take the red-clouds yet, but here is a picture I took when I drove back home (I took it at a long red light, not during driving.)

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© Jian Shuo Wang

This is what I called “a long preriod of time from sunset to completely dark”.

P.S. Since I don’t have Internet access at my current temp home, this article is created offline and uploaded in a batch when I can access Internet.

Public Market in Beicai

I hope my reader don’t mind too much for irregular update these days. There are some short pause during the updates (two days at most). It is because there is no Internet access in my current rented houes. So I will create the blog offline – using Notepad – and store it. When I can access my site, I will upload them in batch, so it is still at least one post everyday.

Today, I am in very good mood. I wandered in the public market with my camera in Becai, Pudong, Shanghai. Here are some interesting pictures.

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© Jian Shuo Wang

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© Jian Shuo Wang

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© Jian Shuo Wang

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© Jian Shuo Wang

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© Jian Shuo Wang

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© Jian Shuo Wang

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© Jian Shuo Wang

Maglev at Long Yang Station

Curious about the other end of the Maglev, after seeing the pictures at Pudong Airport? Here you are:

The building with curve roof is the Maglev station. The white building behind is the station of Shanghai Metro Line #2. So you can take Metro directly after you get off the Maglev train.

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© Jian Shuo Wang.

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© Jian Shuo Wang

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© Jian Shuo Wang

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© Jian Shuo Wang

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© Jian Shuo Wang

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© Jian Shuo Wang