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Member since Dec 2011 • Last active Jun 2019

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    It's horrible, those kids are so young and their future is grim. The evil law is just the beginning - no way will the clock run to 50 years. The legco won't give up and even if the protestors win this battle, they will lose the war. Makes me really sad.

    I'm in Shanghai. On Sunday the news here said the crowds were people supporting the law (cos China is so benevolent and wants to make things better for the world). Nothing today - pictures on WeChat are being censored, the few official mentions on weibo talk about US-backed riots... I'm sure there are other posts on weibo but more oblique. Very strict political atmosphere at the moment anyway due to the big anniversary last week and our new police chief.

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    Stay safe, sounds horrible from the reports I've read. I've heard the police have been itching for a fight all day. Obviously nothing reported here in mainland China, cross border buses are disrupted due to "special conditions"...

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    Yes, very similar to pounds then I guess. Either that or I have the numbers wrong (very likely, can't google). All I know is that jin are stupid and not standard. Kg or bust!!

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    I actually came here to say that I really, really, really hate Chinese internet and the Great Firewall and the fact that every VPN is down right now cos of the IMPORTANT ANNIVERSARY THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN next week.

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    In China we use Jin to measure things - one jin is approximately 500g so suddenly my weight appears to double and everyone's like wow you weigh over 100, so fat. Fuck off I'm significantly taller than all of you.

    Also one jin isn't exactly 500g, it's something like 450g. In Taiwan they use the real jins and on the mainland we just pretend it's 500g - so why not just use the real metric system given that these are fake jin?

    Niche rant I know.

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    The only chocolate my local shop sells is hersheys, a gross overpriced galaxy rip off and spicy snickers. I'd kill for a peanut butter cup.

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    Congrats on a massive PB!
    When I did London a few years ago I almost certainly posted to say how much I hated the crowds and the noise from the supporters - having since moved to China where people shout in my face all day long I've decided that I'm probably more acclimatised to it, so I entered the ballot for next year. And in the meantime I will stick to trail races, where ideally I will see no one for 3 hours.

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    My recommendations for things to do in SH:

    1. Walk along the Bund, take the public ferry over to the other side,
      gawp at tall buildings and have lots of people try to take pictures
      of you
    2. Go to a temple: Jing'an Temple is the most convenient but it's not the best or in anyway authentic. Longhua Temple is really nice and serene. Jade Buddha Temple has (surprise!) a massive jade buddha.
    3. The French Concession (or the french connection, as my mum calls it) is great for a wander, Tianzifang is good but touristy. Xintiandi is shit.
    4. Some good museums: Propaganda Museum, Shanghai Museum, Urban Planning Museum (my fave), West Bund art museums (power station, yuz, long museum, etc)
    5. The water towns nearby can be nice, I think Zhujiajiao is the easiest to get to (on line 17) though I've never actually been. Nicer ones are further away.
    6. Shopping - Huaihai Road is better than Nanjing Road. Swankiest malls are IAPM, IFC, Kerry Centre. Fake market is beneath the Science & Tech Museum on line 2, it's quite an experience but you can get some good stuff.
    7. Treat yourself - massages, bathhouses etc. Chinese massage is great and it's so cheeeeeap. Just don't accidentally go to a brothel like someone I know... There are a few bathhouses in SH, the korean or japanese ones are best, you bathe naked so don't go if you don't like lots of nudity.
    8. Have a cocktail at sunset by the Bund - Captains or Pop Bar are my choices.
    9. Too much food to list.... Shanghainese food is (in my opinion) horrible, but there's food from all over China and the rest of the world, ranging from cheap but delicious, to eyewateringly expensive but (hopefully) mouthwateringly good.

    That's all I can think of for now, I should get back to work...

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    Though if you're staying anywhere on the east side of the river I suppose the maglev is quite convenient, and literally anything is better than line 2 to the airport.

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    I actually find the maglev really scary so don't recommend it to people... I'm not keen on dying at high speed over a wasteland in Pudong new district.

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