Travel is a Habit Changer

Due to jetlag, I wake up at 3:00 AM, and 5:00 AM. At 6:00 AM, I cannot sleep and left the bed at 6:30 AM. For me, when I am feeling sleepy and don’t want to wake up at 8:00 AM, I know my jetlag period is over, which I expect to be 3 days later.

Travel is an very important habit changer. It changes the time you wake up, the way you think about things, the way you make appointments, the way you eat, and many aspects of your life, especially the bay area, which has a strong tradition of doing things.

I am even thinking about the breakfast meeting, which is never thought of in Shanghai.

Dinner in Downtown Mount View

Dinner with RC in downtown Mount View, and the visited the Red Rock at the Villa and Castro there with Yi Jin, Henry and Teresa (is this the right spelling). Yi Jin seems to be the person I meet every time I am in bay area. He was heavily involved in the HYSTA (Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association), which is a very nice Chinese technical community. Time flies and I have know Yi Jin for 2 years.

The atmosphere of Red Rock is great, as many of the coffee in the Bay Area. It gives me the feeling that if you are in the Nanluoguxiang, you don’t want to have coffee in Starbucks.

Many appointments ahead. Looking forward to it.

P.S. I still have about several hour in the next few days unallocated. If you would like a meetup, since I am here, do drop me an email at jianshuo at Let’s meet.

Call Back China from Abroad: **139*#

When I want to make an emergency call using my China mobile in US, the best way to call is to use the **139* service.

How it Works

It works this way.

When the China Mobile user is roaming in US, the charge for him/her to call back to China is relatively very high. However, if there is someone in China call his/her mobile, the charge will be at the rate of receiving phone call, and is much lower.

How to Dial

Just dial

**139*86mobile number#

Calling fixed line looks like:

**139*86fixed line number including area code#

It works pretty well.

Get to Airport Early is Important

I am in San Jose now – hello world! I am in San Jose!

There are several very tiny mistakes I took during the trip.

United Airlines, or Others

1. I am still flying with United. Many friends told me to avoid the airline, and try something else, like the India airlines. Maybe because of the tendency people have, I never thought of change before. UA858 is my first flight I visited the States, and since then, 10 out of about 11 visits to US is via UA858…. I am thinking about a change the next time.

With the excitement to visit a new country fade out gradually in the last 8 years, the requirements for the airlines get higher. The earphone does not work, the channel 9 is not available this time, and the water drops from the ceiling from time to time all contribute to a bad experience this time. The good thing is, however, I don’t care that much as before.

Book the Seat that you Care

2. I should have arrived at the airport earlier, or select my seat online the day before. Their seat selection starts 24 hours before departure. When I take the 10:00 AM Maglev train and arrive there around 10:30 AM, there is only one window seat left – my favorite. However, when I try to book it on the United EasyCheckin counter, it is gone. And even worse, there is no aisle seat. Hmm…. So I have to put myself into the slot between two seats – 32J this time. My favorite 46A (46A is the best seat on Boeing 747) is gone, of cause.

The next time for long trip, it should be better to get online to grasp the seat I like. I talked around the airplane, and find out that the economy seats start from row 32 to row 65. The window seats at the end of the airplane (at the irregular shape of the plane) enjoys both a window and the comfort space on the side as an aisle seat. Recommended

Trip Ahead

I am going to go downstairs to get something to eat, and then sleep for the afternoon. I have appointment from 7:00 PM tonight, and from that moment, I have booked all my wake time with appointments. I think I really fully utilized this trip with the more than 10 appointments.

Starting the Longest Day

Every time I fly over the pacific, the day become one of the longest day I have. I am going to be stuck in the day of Sept 13th, for 40 hours.

I am flying to San Francisco at 12:25 via UA858 (I know many people recommend me to avoid this flight), and in the several days ahead, most of my blog entries can be out of order in terms of publishing time due to the time difference.

My hope for the trip today is to get rid of the jet lag quicker.

Dinner with Mayors in US Again

This is the second time I host the dinner of US Mayor Delegate (see the

last dinner). As always, it is part of my highlights in normal daily life.

The dinner was again at the Lugang at the opposite side of the Jin Jiang Hotel. (This is the traditional place for NCUSCR gatherings.)

I am happy to meet with Sam Adams in person, the Mayor-elect of the city of Portland, Oregon. I am particular interested in Portland since I have a brother in Portland. He sits on the right side of me during the dinner. We also have David Everitt, the Chief of Staff of Office of the Mayor in Salt Lake City. The other mayor is Mayor from Northglenn, CO, Kathleen M. Novak, and Albuquerque, NM mayor Martin… (I hope I record everyone’s name correctly, and feel free to correct me if I am wrong).

Along with the mayors joining the dinner include Ken Rosenfeld, and Donald J. Borut of National League of Cities, and Katherine Forshay from NCUSCR (thanks for coordinating everything), and last, but not the least, my respected friend and leader, Stephen A. Orlins, President of the National Committee on US-China Relationships.

With their permission, I am recording the wonderful dinner, so maybe in the years to come, we can reference to this blog entry at least to remember who came. :-)

Here are some of the topics I feel interesting to discuss. I do want to write more about what we talked (a chance for me to share my thoughts about China issues), but it is already 0:10 AM, and I am flying out to San Francisco via UA858 (need to leave home at 10 AM) to catch flight, AND, I didn’t pack anything for my trip yet. So let me just record it with future articles on it.

  • What’s your view on pollution in China?
  • How do you view nationalism in China?
  • Why it is so hard for people in China to get to us?
  • If you are given a US passport, will you take it? Why?
  • Democratic implementation in China.
  • Generally, is there positive or negative expectation about the future?
  • Tell more about the education system in China? What is Hukou?
  • Do you think Expo can bring good to Shanghai? How about Olympics…

Again, for all my mayors and staff of NLC and NCUSCR, thanks for joining me in the dinner, and I enjoyed it a lot. I just hope packing my cloths and things for US trip is as pleasant…

6 Years of Blogging

Let’s celebrate my 6 years of blogging.

To be honest, this is the make up blog entry that I write on the second day. On the anniversary of my 6 years of blogging, I am still on the plane from Beijing to Shanghai, thinking about what happened in the last 6 years.

At the stage of the 6 years of blogging, I am just in the middle of many travels. I am just back from Beijing and heading to San Francisco tomorrow morning. It is already very late and as always, I haven’t have my things packed yet.

So…. Let me defer the anniversary post a little bit to later, when I have more time. Then I hope I can write more about this important moment.


Yogurt in a Bottle

In Beijing (and in other north cities in China, like Luoyang), yogurts are sold in the small bottle, like coke.

I love this kind of Yogurt a lot. Didn’t see any of this kind in Shanghai, but in Beijing, it seems most store selling ice cream or coke sell it. You have to stand at the store to eat it because you have to return the bottle to the store. I love this unique experience in Beijing a lot.

Nanluoguxiang Is Special

I am in Beijing.

After June this year, I started to switch to cost saving Hanting Hotel (a cheap hotel chain) when I travel in Beijing. To me, to be honest, I just feel better in Hanting Hotel than the previous hotels I stayed – say, Shangri-La, or Renaissance. I am not saying it is better, but at a price that is 1/4 of 5 star hotel, and have all the things you need, it is just great.

  • Good location
  • High speed Internet (free)
  • Clean bed
  • Can take bath

The more important reason is, I feel closer to the city.

Like this time, the Hanting Inn in Houhai area is at the Nanluoguxiang 南锣鼓巷- direct translation of the name will be: South Drum and Gong Lane…

smugsmug has some great photos.

This lane is very special – the mixed feeling of Beijing and Lijiang. It is hard to tell what is the origin of that feeling. Or to generally call it, the feeling of travel. They have many bars and stores, featuring the things travelers may like. You should pay a visit – it is not far from the Houhai.

The map is here.

3 Days to 6th Anniversary of Blogging

Three days from today, Sept 11, is the 6 year anniversary of my blogging. I cannot believe that I have been blogging almost daily for 6 years. Wow. Isn’t exciting to review all the 2118 entries in the last 2187 days?

I am thinking about what I should do to celebrate the event (in courtesy of people who cares about the 9-11 events, I want to say, this is just an coincident, and that coincident was not intentional).

One year ago, when I celebrated my 5 year anniversary of blogging, I happened to be in the Six Apart’s office (the maker of MovableType, the wonderful software I am using for blog in the last 6 years). They had a wonderful gathering for me and a nice chocolate birthday cake. Ginger in Six Apart was so kind that she still remember 11th is my birthday (to be exactly, it is my blog’s birthday), that she asked about it via email yesterday. Thanks Ginger and the team.

I am not going to do any offline celebration this time, since on that day, I will be on the plane from Beijing to Shanghai, but I do want to do some thing special – instead of give my readers surprise with an announcement on that date, let me do a 3 day in advance notice of the important day for me (for the first time in the last few years), so if you have any ideas, please share. As always, it is not just an anniversary of a blog, it is a milestone of this great community. The 28,269 comments I received so far are still the main part of this blog – in terms of users contributing, total words, diversity of POVs, and even helpfulness. We should celebrate, shouldn’t we?

P.S. Here are the previous entries about the big milestones of this blog:

Yilin Blindman Massage

What is the best of Shanghai? I asked my friends. Besides sightseeing, night life, food and many other things, it is for sure that massage is part of the Shanghai experience. I didn’t talked about this topic before – how I can just mention Xiang Yang Market without talking about massage.

My Favorite: Yilin Blindman Massage

In the last few years, I tried some massage place, and I found Yilin is definitely the best. The gap between them and others are not a little – it is huge. I’d like to recommend them to my readers.

Massage in Shanghai

In Shanghai, when you wander on the street, you may see as many massage shop as real estate brokers, as 24 hour convenient stores. They are some of the key street shop elements in Shanghai.

However, most of the massage place is just for recreational. It means, they have massage girls or boys who give you body massage, or foot massage. Most of the places in Shanghai are serious massage, nothing about erotic services. There are some types of massage that is in that category, but they are not on the street, and I do have no idea about that part.

Why Yilin is Good

Yilin are not only recreational, they are even providing medical help to people with problems with their necks or bones. Most of the massage people are blindman, or are sight challenged. They make a living by providing really good massage.

Here are their addresses:

Xuhui Store: No. 1, Lane 110 Nandan East Road 南丹东路100弄1号 64643786 <-- This is the one I visit most often since this is maybe their oldest one. Pudong Store: Hmm... I don't have their exact address - they are at the Huanlong Road, and the Beiyuan Road and Huantong Road, near the Subway Line #6 Shanghai Children's Medical Center Station. It is not on the street. It is hidden deep in the Yidong Garden. I have created a map for that location.

These are the only two I have been. They have two more locations, but I have never been there:

#521 Xujiahui Road 徐家汇路521号

#1842 Changning Road 长宁路1842号

My favorite guy are employee #4, and #12 in Xujiahui and #12 in Pudong, but it turned out everyone there was almost as good. I am curious about how they did quality control so good.


52 RMB for 60 minutes body massage.

52 RMB for 60 minutes foot massage.

Be prepared that it is very pain when you do massage in this place, because it really helps. They are not fancy places to visit – you will be disappointed to see the narrow and ugly decoration in their rooms, but people came for massage, not for the environment, while many spent too much time on decoration and environment, but offer too bad massage.

The Meetup on ICS Tonight

Thanks for my friends who attended the Wangjianshuo’s Blog Meetup on August 30. As you obviously saw, Mr. Tang, and his team was recording the whole meetup, and interviewed some of participants.

Tonight, it is possible that they show the program in A Tale of 3 Cities. Here is the more detailed information:

Time: 9:30 PM, September 6, 2008.

Channel: International Channel Shanghai

The channel is now only available in Shanghai.

If you want to watch it online, here is the online real time streaming:


Click the link above to view the channel online. They should have the program uploaded to YouTube shortly after live broadcast.

If you see yourself, please leave a comment here.

P.S. Tonight, the Paralympic will open in Beijing at 8:00 PM. It is a conflict in schedule though.

Update September 7, 2008

I took some screen shot of the TV set when the program was running. It is not very clear though, but hope to share with my readers, especially who came that day.

Chris on TV:

Below: This is Jeremy:

Below: final group photo.

China-US Economy Discussion

I am not an economy expert (or even entry level learner), and actually I don’t know too much about the discussion my reader Rimbaud initiated, with DB following the comment. But I think it worth some serious discussion. The decrease in value of US dollar and strong RMB trend IS an important issue to discuss, and so is the losing of wealth from China because of it. This is what I am going to do. Let me post Rimbaud and DB’s comments here, and then open for discussion. I think it will be an very interesting thread, and it will be very educational for me.

Hi jianshuowang,

A bit off-topic but I had to bring this to your attention:

So, the Chinese Central Bank has bought over ***$1 trillion*** of US Treasury Bills and other bonds and debt securities… yet with only a few billion dollars in capital? I live in the USA, and we’re suffering major inflation here as our dollar stays weak– which means that China is effectively LOSING ALMOST 1 TRILLION RMB on your US dollar foreign currency reserves (those US Treasury Bills) that you’ve been buying. What is your Central Bank thinking??? The best quote in the article, from a Chinese blogger: “It is as if China has made a gift to the United States Navy of 200 brand new aircraft carriers.”

I’m not sure how familiar you are with American slang, Jianshuowang, but in the USA, we would say that “the USA has played China for suckers”– i.e., the USA has tremendously screwed over China. Honestly, the transfer of wealth out of China now is worse than the Opium Wars, the Unequal Treaties and the Boxer Rebellion Treaty combined! The USA has essentially stolen perhaps $150 billion = 1 trillion RMB out of China, because the Chinese Central Bank has been investing the hard-won savings of Chinese people into US debt (mainly US Treasury Bills). Yet our economy is shake and on the brink of collapse– the USA (individuals and government) is deeply in debt, and we make it much worse since we still spend trillions on war weapons and the War in Iraq. In other words, the US economy is not viable over the next 20 years– we’re going to default on our debt. So you Chinese are losing over a trillion RMB on those T-bills you have bought.

Look, I’m sorry but I have to be honest here– why is the Chinese Central Bank being so tremendously stupid? You are essentially giving us Americans trillions of renminbi that you Chinese have earned from hard work– just giving it to us, for free, even though we Americans spend way too much and save too little. We don’t save for ourselves– so, you Chinese (via the Chinese Central Bank) have been giving us your savings.

We Americans are deeply in debt right now, our real estate sector is in collapse and we are entering a recession. Our schools are terrible, our infrastructure is crumbling and our manufacturing and knowledge sectors are in terrible shape– in other words, the United States is rapidly declining and our economy is slowly collapsing. Whereas, you Chinese work hard, have good schools, and are actually generating savings and wealth.

Yet then you waste your trillion RMB of savings and wealth, which you earn from hard work, and you give it to us profligate, non-saving American borrowers. So Americans are basically taking advantage of the Chinese, I mean honestly– your Central Bank has basically been letting the US steal over $100 billion of Chinese savings away! And with recent major inflation in the United States, all those T-Bills and bonds that the Chinese Central bank has been buying, continue to fall in value.

Even though I’m an American, I respect the Chinese I’ve worked with, and I hate to see you trusting the US system so much when our system is clearly broken. My advice to you would be as follows:

1. DIVERSIFY YOUR FOREIGN RESERVES!!! For goodness’ sake, if the Chinese people have extra savings, don’t invest those savings in declining, worthless US Treasury Bills, not even we American investors do that! Spread out your reserves– get some Euros, yen, Korean won, rubles and ringgit. Rather than buying up worthless US Treasury paper, also use your reserves to get raw materials (copper, coal, petroleum, gold, silver and land). In other words– get things with tangible value, not US Treasury paper. You can still buy some US dollar-denominated assets to prevent the yuan from rising too quickly– you want a slow, gradual rise in the yuan, not the kind of rapid rise in the yen that ruined Japan’s economy in the 1980’s– but get things that are tangible, not just financial paper.

2. Use the dollars that the Chinese Central Bank already has, to get things in the USA specifically that have real value– again, things like ships, ports, natural resources, factories, coal, food, even research labs with lots of technological expertise.

3. Get out of dollars as soon as you can. Every time the dollar gains a bit in value, take advantage of the gain to sell your dollars and make gains. Do this gradually so that the dollar doesn’t fall too fast, and you can get yourself out of dollars.

4. Remember that a few other countries (outside the USA) also use the dollar: Ecuador, Panama, Liberia, El Salvador, US Virgin Islands, East Timor and many Pacific islands. Use this to obtain dollar-denominated REAL ASSETS from them (natural resources and even land if possible) using the dollars you’ve built up. Again– get rid of your dollars gradually, using a method like this.

5. Exchange dollars for yen and buy up goods and resources in Latin American countries that use the peso, since the Japanese yen and the peso used in many Latin American countries, have not risen much against the dollar. So, your dollars can still get many yen– with the yen an undervalued currency likely to rise soon– and can also get many peso-denominated natural resources and other goods in Latin America, since the peso is one of the few currencies that has depreciated relative to the dollar.

Finally, 6. Please, when it comes to foreign languages, stop giving exclusive attention to English, and encourage Chinese students to learn other foreign languages. As I said, the USA (and UK for that matter) is in decline, but when your students know English and not other foreign languages, you’re essentially dependent on a declining system like the United States. So again, as with your foreign currency reserves– Diversify! Just make English an elective foreign language but learn others as well. I’d prioritize the following foreign languages:

A. German– the German-speaking Central European countries, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, E Belgium, N Italy and German-speaking regions in Eastern Europe– are now leaders in many fields of high-tech, especially in emerging Green Technologies, which will be the top technology of the 21st century. Learn German, the main language of the EU, and increase your trade and links with the Germanophone region of Europe.

B. Portuguese– among growing economies, Portuguese-speaking Brazil is by far one of the most encouraging and healthy, as well as an excellent source of raw materials. Portuguese would be very useful.

C. Hindi– Closer contacts with India and its own strong economy.

D. Spanish– Trade with Latin America, very rich in natural resources.

E. Arabic– The oil-exporting Arab nations will be among the wealthiest of the century, and obviously better business contacts can be quite useful.

F. Japanese and Korean– obviously valuable for trade close to home.

Again, I have to be honest here, because I feel that far too many Chinese are naive, and think that Americans are nice people who see the Chinese as “friends”: Most Americans either hate China, or fear and dislike you, and there is nothing you can do to change it. It’s not your fault– the reason for this is that the US media is full of anti-China propaganda and hatred. During the Beijing Olympics, when China was doing a magnificent job and being praised by the world, American news outlets basically spent the entire Olympics claiming that China cheated, claiming that China has a totalitarian and evil society, claiming that Chinese Olympic athletes are kidnapped from their families at age 2 and forced to train. It’s all false, but I’m telling you– this is what US media reports because they make money with it, and since most Americans get their information from the media propaganda here, they hate China.

There are of course, many millions of Americans who respect China and like the Chinese people, but unfortunately the majority aren’t like this– Americans can be extremely narrow-minded, provincial, xenophobic and even racist people at times.

So please, stop being so naive and be realistic, stop linking your entire economy and system to the United States so much. I like the fact that China is a humble power, hospitable, and does not interfere with other countries– that’s an excellent trait, and it will continue to serve China well. But at the same time, have some confidence, and stop pretending that the American system for education, business, technology and so forth is the best in the world. It used to be, but we aren’t the best anymore– we have some good qualities but also a broken, arrogant, small-minded system here in many ways. Just treat us like any other country– one to be respected, and treated hospitably, but just one country among many. DIVERSIFY your economy and system more and don’t depend on the USA so much, build up relations with the EU, Arab countries, Brazil, Latin America, India, Japan and other countries, and not so exclusively with the US itself.

Posted by: Rimbaud on September 5, 2008 4:25 PM

BTW, when it comes to investing your people’s savings in China, in general don’t give your savings to the USA with US T-bills and subsidize US borrowers. Instead:

1. Invest your savings in Chinese national infrastructure (roads, bridges, public transportations), in Chinese science and technology (and publish your scientific, technical and academic papers in Mandarin Chinese, you have to make Mandarin into an international language for publishing important ideas and findings, for Westerners to take China more seriously).

2. Also invest your savings in Chinese universities, provide seed capital to Chinese entrepreneurs to start more “Chinese silicon valleys,” invest in renewable fuel technologies and research (tidal, wind, solar, geothermal, fusion and hybrid/electric vehicles), a Chinese space program, the arts and so on.

3. In general, invest in and encourage the domestic Chinese economy instead of buying US T-bills.

Honestly, the way the USA has screwed over China with the loss in the T-bills’ value– it’s just like the Opium Wars all over again, except in this case it’s the naive Chinese Central Bankers who have just given the United States the equivalent of 1 trillion RMB of silver!

Posted by: Rimbaud on September 5, 2008 4:49 PM

I’d also strongly recommend these articles by the economist Henry CK Liu, with specifics on how China can productively “break the dollar hegemony” that is causing China so much damage, and leading Chinese citizens to lose so much wealth to borrowers in the United States:

He talks a lot about gradually shifting out of US T-bills and into the Chinese domestic economy, not just domestic consumption but domestic infrastructure, science and research (with good intellectual property protection and contract law), as I discussed above.

Posted by: Rimbaud on September 5, 2008 5:19 PM


if you intend to open a discussion on this, you should probably start topic of its own.


China’s leadership has deliberately chosen to manage its currency against the USD and has thus gained early front-loaded benefits (export growth + job creation in the export sector). Now they are incurring back-loaded costs (currency losses, pressure on the PBoC to continue incurring currency losses to keep the RMB from appreciating amid the global slowdown). It seems as it this was an unwise decision.

However, we always have to put everything into perspective. While we believe China’s leadership is responsible for China’s losses, Victor Shih – a well-known blogger – reports that “officials [in China] blamed the United States and believed the controversial assertions set forth in the book “Currency War,” a Chinese best seller published a year ago. The book suggests that the United States deliberately lured China into buying its securities knowing that they would later plunge in value. A lot of policy makers in China, at least midlevel policy makers, believe this.”

I agree with you that the China’s leaders have made a wrong decision. The question now is, how do we solve this problem? And who needs to act first? Is it up to China now to act? Or do Chinese politicians take the position that the bad and deceitful Americans, who have taken the Chinese to the cleaners, must take action first to clean their hands and compensate China for the currency losses?

In any case, this is and will remain a very exciting issue, and there are many great blogs covering the intertwinement of economies and the excessive global flow of capital at great length.

Posted by: DB on September 5, 2008 6:03 PM

Problem of Having a Good Email Address

I have a friend in San Francisco who has a very good email address:

The last year, I sent an email to him to his email address, and not surprisingly, I got a reply like this

From: —–

Sent: Monday, September 03, 2007 6:53:40 AM


This is an automated response – please read carefully. “”

receives several hundred eMails per day that are not intended for myself

but were addressed incorrectly. As a result I can only accept eMail from

known eMail addresses – your eMail address is not YET known to my eMail



***Please verify that you are trying to reach ——- @ BV.

***If that is the case, please reply to this Auto Response and

***include “To Tom” in the subject line***

***This will get your eMail past my filter directly into my Inbox.


I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you – once I receive

your eMail with “To Tom” in the subject line I will add you to my

filteras a “Known Sender” and you should be able to reach me easily for

as long as you use the same eMail address.

Your original eMail with headers is below. If there was an attachment,

please re-atttach that again if possible.

Thank you!


I think I don’t think there is too much problem for disclosing my friend’s email address since tom @, just as, or, is one of the most often used testing email address people may think of. It is so funny to have this “good email address” problem. I do believe he will get several hundred emails to his mail box, and maybe adding two or three after I publish this article. Good luck to Tom.

Table Tennis is the National Sports of China

In this Olympic Game, as in many previous Games, China dominates in the Table Tennis – with 4 gold medal:

Women’s Team GUO Yue, ZHANG Yining, WANG Nan

Men’s Team MA Lin, WANG Hao, WANG Liqin

Women’s Singles ZHANG Yining

Men’s Singles MA Lin

It is not by accident since Ping Pong is really one of the most popular sports in China. I have been playing Ping Pong for many years, and tomorrow we will have a Ping Pong game within the company, after we have “friendship game” with other companies before.

Here is the Ping Pong table we placed in our lobby:

Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang

Google AdSense for Feed

Google started to provide AdSense for Feed, and I am doing some experiment to have the small image in my feed. Since, and is blocked in China, it is not easy to directly use it, so I setup a little proxy for people to check out the Google feed. Give me some feedback about how it works. Things I am particular interested is:

  • Is the ad in the feed annoying
  • Is there better location (there are options to put it to the top of bottom
  • Should I keep it?

I will also evaluate about whether to keep it or not in the next week. If there is not too much impression, and click, or any revenue, I would rather keep a clean feed.

First ibis Hotel Opens in Shanghai

In our Australia trip, Wendy and I stayed in Ibis hotel – in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. We found out ibis is a great hotel – it has everything a casual traveler needs.

Now, with the competition in the budget hotel market heat up in China, not only local brands like Home Inn, Hanting, and Motel 168 is joining the competition, international brand like ibis also joined.

Image in courtesy of ibis hotel

ibis in Beijing

The ibis I saw in Beijing is at Sanyuanqiao, the intersection of the third ring road, and Airport Expressway – just behind the Metro Line #10 Sanyuanqiao Station.

ibis in Shanghai

This is the 5th ibis in China and the first ibis in Shanghai. Tonight, when I visited the Liangyang area to have dinner, I saw it for the first time 0 the Lianyang Hotel. The logo of ibis is very visible in the dark night. According to its website, it opens in Sept, 2008, which is these days.

Here are the locations of ibis hotel in Shanghai:

Ibis Shanghai Lianyang – 上海联洋宜必思酒店




The price it shows on its website is 348 RMB including tax per night. It is significant higher than Home Inn (which offers 200 RMB rooms), but with the international brand recognition, and reasonable price compared to five star hotels, it is still very cheap.

Future ibis Hotels

According to ibis website, the following ibis hotel will open in China this year:


* Ibis Jinan : 2008

* Ibis Changshu : February 2008

* Ibis Yibin : 2008

* Ibis Tianjin the Centre Dabeiyuan : February 2008

* Ibis Chengdu Kehua : 2008

* Ibis Xichang : 2008

* Ibis Shanghai Lianyang : 2008

* Ibis Ya An : 2008

* Ibis Harbin : 2008

* Ibis Qiqihar : 2008

* Ibis Tianjin Tanggu : 2008

* Ibis Hangzhou Xiasha : February 2008

* Ibis Zibo Huaguang : 2008

* Ibis Shenyang The Centre : February 2008

* Ibis Chongqing Erlang : February 2008

* Ibis Beijing Phoenix : 2008

* Ibis Wuxi Hi Tech : February 2008

* Ibis Wuhan Hankou : February 2008

* Ibis Changzhou Wujin : 2008

In case you also enjoy ibis in many other international cities, you will be happy to know there is ibis in Shanghai too. However, I would love to see how it can compete with local budget hotels, and what is the result… I remember I read a report about its competition with Home Inn in Chengdu

At the very beginning, there is one ibis and one Home Inn in Chengdu. Soon, there are 10 Home Inn, while there is still one ibis there

Let’s see what the French hotel giant Accor is going to do with ibis.

P.S My Photo of ibis in Downtown Sydney

Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang. Ibis is the white one under the Sun

Experiment on Natural Search

Recently, at, we are testing Natural Search Optimization. We got some ideas, and I’d like to test on the ideas on my blog first, and see how it works – it is easier to test on a small blog than a big site…


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Now: Nanyang is in south of Henan province, China, in the Nanyang plateau. Wendy, my wife is from Nanyang, and we often go back to Nanyang and visit family and friends there. Here, you can find my observation of Nanyang’s social environment, street scenes, and trip reports from Nanyang, hotels, and tour like Baotianman. However, this is not the Nanyang Technological University (colleges), not about the Nanyang in Singapore, its MBA program. :-)


Previous: My story with my car – Goudaner, a FIAT Siena 1.5HL. Having a car is completely new kind of lifestyle, althogh I am pretty used to it – after I bought it 4 years ago. Hope you enjoy my stories with Wendy and Goudaner.

Now: My story with my car – Goudaner, a FIAT Siena 1.5HL. Having a car is completely a new lifestyle in Shanghai. I am pretty used to it now, after I bought it 4 years ago. Here you can find all my record of my car – how I bought it, how we initially hit the road, and how we navigate the city the the car, and all kinds of things related to my car. It is a story of Wendy, me and Goudaner – the car.


Title changed to Hotels

Before: Good hotels in Shanghai.

After: Many of my readers dropped me emails to ask for lodging information, discount hotels, budget hotels, tour guide or even asked me to help on hotel reservations, or other tour related services. This category is my own experience with Shanghai hotels. It contains a range of hotels from budget hotels to 5 star hotels and resorts. Since I live in Shanghai, I didn’t stay in many hotels myself, but I often attend meetings and events in their ballrooms, and sometimes use the lobby to meet people. Click on the links below to get my some idea about what I think of the hotel. Disclaimer: It is just my personal view of hotel, and resorts, and does not mean to be objective – it is very subjective view.

By Air

Title changed to Flights

Before: Travel by air in China.

After: I frequently travel by flights from Shanghai to Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Hong and other cities in China. I am not a travel agency, or ticket broker. Some of my readers asked me many questions regarding China flights, flights to a city, airfares, or ticket booking. I am sorry that I cannot help to plan your trip, or arrange your tickets. What I can, however, is to share my personal experience of my countless flight travel experience with you, and help you to understand what exactly flights in China looks like


Title changed to Shanghai Weather

Before: The weather of Shanghai. For the first time vistors or people relocating to Shanghai, is there anything more important than this?

After: The weather of Shanghai. For the first time visitors or people relocating to Shanghai, is there anything more important than knowing its weather? Shanghai’s weather is dry and hot in summer, and cold, humid and cold in winters. The worst weather in Shanghai, in my mind, is May to July, which is always rainy all the time. The best weather is typically in Autumn. If you are picky about weather, choose October to come to Shanghai. In this category, browse my record of weather of Shanghai since 2002, and get first hand information about weather in Shanghai.

Photos of Wujiang Road

Let me just post some photos I took on the Wujiang Road 吴江路 when ICS was busy shooting me with a camera.

Where is Wujiang Road

Wujiang Road is just at the exit of Metro Line #2, Nanjing West Road Station (formerly Shimen Yi Road Station). It is famous for its cheap and nice eatery. Recently, it is renovated to another Xintiandi (which I don’t like at all).

If you want to be there, just take Metro and exit at Exit 3 of Nanjing West Road Station of Metro #2.


I hope these photos can give you a sense of what downtown Shanghai typically look like during a normal Saturday afternoon.

Below: Building at 171 Taixing Road. It is built in 1925 – the 10 years of golden time for Shanghai.

Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang

The detail of the decor on the building.

Below: This stainless steel pole is a typical sign to tell all vehicles that it is a pedestrian only street.

Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang

Here are more of it:

Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang

Bike at the plate of a statue.

Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang

This is the statue:

Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang

Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang

Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang

I love this one: Bread Papa. Randy brought me the first one and I started to love it ever since.

Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang

Here is the Metro Exit. Now people do have more time, money and needs to turn the stair into a piece of art.

Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang

As in any newly built street, the dust bin are classified:

Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang

Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang

Old Wujiang Road

In this image, if you see it carefully, on the other side of the road, there are some lower houses with red roof. That is also Wujiang Road, the older section.

Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang

The bad news for me (or good news for others) is, they are going to turn that unique lovely place into the unified, internationalized street like this:

Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang

My Two Cents

If you have a chance, go visit the remaining part of the Wujiang Road and the newly built Wujiang Road. Do the comparison and tell us what do you like.

If you ask me, my short answer is, they are turning a Xiang Yang Market into a Parkson Shopping Center.