Spring Comes to Shanghai

Spring comes to Shanghai. The full spring has arrived.

This two weeks, the tune of the Blue Danube of Johann Strauss is the background of my thoughts. I see the flowers blooming in my garden and new leafs come out of the trees. What a pleasant surprise to see some trees in my garden that I have claimed to death boom again and turned on a green look in the last two weeks. I was not able to tell the name of the trees (桂花,红枫,黄杨). But I love to see them in green dress again. The grass started to grow quickly too. The long winter completely passed.

The winter of this year is colder than any year before. It snowed several times (I, II, III) which is rare in the previous years. This winter is longer than before too. In the recent month, we cannot tell the weather of the next day. It goes completely out of rational. The temperature difference can be as large as 10 degrees. :-) The good thing is, it is over. The spring comes!

20 thoughts on “Spring Comes to Shanghai

  1. 桂花 — English name “Tea Olive trees”. I was surprised to find some in the U.S. and I bought a whole bunch and planted in my backyard. My yard smelled very good since Christmas.

    By the way, love your blogs. I am in Jacksonville, Florida.

  2. Cold Winter is not the worst thing you have. The worst comes when you have the cold Winter and nonstop rain for the whole week. Anyway, you are still lucky man!

  3. spring~~a time of renewal. May you also be renewed as the trees in your garden. Happy Spring =)

  4. Hi, dear Jianshuo:

    It’s me. I finded your blog and took a short look. It’s perfect wonderful and I think gradually I will know you more via it.

    Is it a surprise? :)

  5. Welkin, welcome! I hope you enjoy your stay here, as I enjoyed my stay in Zhejiang University. I hope you are as excited to meet me as I do when I meet you in ZJU.

  6. Jianshuo:

    Are you from Luoyang? I come from Xi’an and we were so near to each other! One of my friends named Liu Yansong also graduated from Luoyang No.1 High School. My original hometown is Jiaozuo Henan province. What an amazing coincidence!

  7. Yes Zhang, I am very curious about the anti japanese news too. I have been reading in many other Shanghai blogs about the anti-japanese demonstrations except for this blog and received emails from my japanese friends in Shanghai too. I like Wang’s blog very much, but after this sort of semi “censure” in this blog of this huge news among Shanghainese, I am very disappointed.

    Wang but I sure would like to know your opinion, whether you participated in the demonstration and general idea about whats happening in Shanghai regarding this. Thanks!

  8. I was in university today (see today’s entry). What I can confirm is, from 3:00 to 9:00 PM, in the north eastern part of Shanghai, I didn’t see it around me. I guess the major gathering place is at the People’s Square. I just don’t know how I should comment on this. I have a very mixed feeling. It is big news, but I may have different oppinion on this. So, I’d like to keep silence on this for a while. It is not about censorship. It’s a little bit about confusion.

  9. i agree with you, jian shuo. we have the freedom to keep silent (maybe for a while)as the same as the freedom to express.

  10. well jianshuo, I wasnt looking for you to make controversial statements about the demonstrations, but since this post is dedicated to whats happening in Shanghai, I just thought you would at least let your readers such me, know whats happening. It is better than to pretend nothing is happening.

  11. Jianshuo, I guess I may know a little bit about why you don’t comment on the anti-Japanese demonstration. you have the right to decide what to put on your blog. You have a very careful and serious attitude toward your public articles and don’t want to say something you are not sure or not clear, or for what ever reason. That is right. I respect it.

    But I also agree with what Chinese said as above:

    “…since this post is dedicated to whats happening in Shanghai, I just thought you would at least let your readers such me, know whats happening…”

    My suggestion is that you can just report it as a REAL JOURNALIST. A REAL piece of NEWS should be very plain, just presenting the event, without any justment.

  12. At the second thought, Jianshou, you’d better not say anything about it.

    I am serious.

  13. Here is my observation:

    1. I didn’t see any one protest during my day of April 16, since I was at home working on PPT in thie morning and went to university from 4:00 PM.

    2. I didn’t hear any report on TV or radio about this.

    3. I did receive documents about the protest from a student

    4. I did learnt that the protest went on the whole day in the Xian Xia road area, and HEARD some Japanese store was crashed, and some Japanese cars were pulled down and destoried. I didn’t see it, and cannot confirm this news.

    5. I did see 5 cars of anti-violent army forces near the Shanghai Library this afternoon.

    6. I cannot get any information on the Internet about this event. Maybe because I didn’t search hard enough.

    That is all the obversation. Thanks for your understanding that I don’t want to put my comments along the report.

  14. “…since this post is dedicated to whats happening in Shanghai, I just thought you would at least let your readers such me, know whats happening…”

    Oh, really? Wow, such a thoughtful reader.

    “It is better than to pretend nothing is happening.”

    Is it?!! Hmm…. such a thoughtful reader?

    In any journalist publications, classical or modern, what will be published and editorialized are determined only by the editor and publisher. The owner of this blog states his charter very clearly: “Events (in Shanghai) that affects my life (and others’)” and a reader ought not to test the stretch of the charter just for his/her own curiosity but, instead, should be very considerate of the blog writer’s stand point, if the reader truly is fond of this blog. Let’s enjoy reading.

  15. Yes, spring has finally arrived in Shanghai, also the beginning of the forest fire season.

    In the event of fighting forest fire, there is a technique called “Controlled Burning”, that is to set a fire prior to the fire path. The technique is like a sword with two edges, it can exhaust the burning at the control line and serve to the favour of the firefighter, but if the wind shifted or the firefighter miscalculated, the whole technique may back fire to the face of the firefighter who orginated the the plan often with a devastating consequence.


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