Survival Tipps (German)

Survive in Shanghai – ein paar schnelle Tipps für First Timers

Da ich öfters gefragt werde: hier ein paar Tipps für den “Shanghai-Frischling”:

Allzu viel muss man gar nicht beachten. Shanghai ist eine internationale Großstadt, es gibt nichts, was es nicht gibt. Aber: die Leute sprechen fast nie Englisch, auch wo man es erwarten würde, können die Menschen Dich oft nicht verstehn. Niemals ungeduldig werden oder gar rummeckern, bringt nichts, ganz im Gegenteil.

Adresse

Die Adresse, wo man hin will vorher vergrößert, also gut lesbar mit chinesischen Schriftzeichen ausdrucken und dem Taxifahrer vor die Nase halten. Ihn gut beobachten, ob er kapiert, wo Du hinwillst, sonst fährt er Dich spazieren und irgendwohin, wo er meint, wo Du vielleicht hin solltest. Ansonsten deutsch-/englischsprachigen Chinesen (z.B. im Hotel) anrufen und dem Taxifahrer mit dem sprechen lassen. Taxifahren ist sehr sehr billig und es gibt Taxameter (sollte natürlich an sein, ist aber sehr selten, dass da einer tricksen will). Im Taxi gibt man KEIN Trinkgeld (auch sonst nicht, auch nicht in Restaurants).

Ankunft Pudong

Der SH-Airport ist sehr weit draußen, die Fahrt dauert 1-1,5 Stunden (Nachtrag März 2010: die Straßenarbeiten für die Expo sind jetzt abgeschlossen, geht also etwas schneller). Kostet aber nie mehr als 200 RMB (24 Euro). Das China-Büro oder Freund in Shanghai soll Abholdienst anrufen, das ist billiger (ca. 140-160 RMB).

Man kann ein Stück mit dem Transrapid fahren, bringt aber zeitlich nicht viel. Es ist aber durchaus interessant, mit 400km ein paar Minuten durch Pudong zu sprinten.

Geld

Für Privatpersonen, die nach China reisen, besteht eine Ein- und Ausfuhrbeschränkung von maximal 20 000 Yuan (rund 2500 Euro). Am Flughafen bereits bei der Gepäckstation – also INNERHALB der Arrival-Area – kann man Geld wechseln.

Visum

Rechtzeitig in Deutschland das Visum beantragen. Touristenvisum ist das schnellste für einen kurzen Aufenthalt, für Geschäftsvisum wird Einladung und Stempel benötigt aus China. Ein Visum mit mehreren Einreisen und/oder für längeren Aufenthalt ist schwierig zu bekommen. Mal klappt’s, mal nicht. Muss jedenfalls sehr gut begründet werden. Mindestens 14 Tage vorher beantragen.

Reiseführer

Einen Reiseführer kaufen, wo die Adressen der Sehenswürdigkeiten in Chinesisch drinstehen oder noch einfacher: dem Taxifahrer das Bild zeigen, wo man hinwill. Ein Ausflug zum Bund (Waitan) ist ein Muss. In Pudong, – also auf der anderen Seite – sollte man das neue Financial Center (den “Flaschenöffner”) besichtigen. Nett ist das Xintiandi 新天地 -Zentrum, man kann shoppen, Essen und zum Paulaner 😉 Ist aber etwas teurer und touristisch, aber ok für Kurzaufenthalt. Dort kann man hervorragend Essen im T8 (teuer).

Essen

Essen (auch Chinesisches) ist völlig unbedenklich. Hunde, Katzen etc. sind Spezialitäten und werden einem nicht untergeschoben wie manche meinen, das diese “Spezialitäten” eher teuer sind. Gehört auch nicht zum Speiseplan der Shanghaier. Spezialität in Shanghai sind Xiao long bao, so eine Art Dim Sum, das solltest Du unbedingt probieren. In Shanghai wird nicht scharf gegessen. Es gibt übrigens nicht “den Chinesen” sondern Restaurants, die jeweils regionale Spezialitäten anbieten. (Bei uns gibt es auch nicht “den Europäer”, sondern Italiener, Franzosen, Spanier etc. und auch da gibt es jeweils noch große lokale Unterschiede in den Küchen…).
Bei den Garküchen an der Straße kann man ohne Bedenken sehr gut und billig essen.

Viel Spaß und einen schönen Aufenthalt in Shanghai!

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Kulturschock-woran-europaeer-in-china-verzweifeln

So manipuliert China seine Währung

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Disneyland in Pudong

Mickey Mouse (Paris)

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China Approves Disney Theme Park in Shanghai

The Walt Disney Company has won approval from the central government of China to build a Disneyland-style theme park in Shanghai.
The Shanghai Disneyland resort, with a mix of shopping areas, hotels and a Magic Kingdom-style theme park, will sprawl across 1,000 acres of the city’s Pudong district — with the theme park occupying about 100 of those acres. It would be a little bigger than Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and on par with the parks in Paris and Tokyo. It is expected to open in five or six years.

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Article in Nytimes.com

Article in the Guardian.co.uk

Sexy Shanghai Mickey Mouse Models 😉

Shanghai facts

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai

Das gesamte Verwaltungsgebiet Shanghais hat 18,9 Millionen Einwohner (2008). Davon sind 13,7 Millionen registrierte Bewohner mit ständigem Wohnsitz (戶口 / 户口, hùkǒu) und 5,2 Millionen temporäre Einwohner (流 動人口 / 流动人口, liúdòng rénkǒu) mit befristeter Aufenthaltsgenehmigung (暫住證 / 暂住证, zànzhùzhèng). Wird die Kernstadt (hohe Bebauungsdichte und geschlossene Ortsform) als Grundlage genommen, leben in Shanghai 13,9 Millionen Menschen (2008). Der Ballungsraum (einschließlich Vororte) hat 17,8 Millionen Einwohner (2009).

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Shanghai Impressionen (Vimeo Video)

Chinesen in Shanghai – Un art de vivre (Vimeo Video)

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Liebe Frau Jesek,Danke für Ihr nettes Schreiben.
Ich bin seit 2 Wochen wieder hier, war zwischendrin auf einer Konferenz in Berlin und hab mich halbwegs eingewöhnt. Habe aber immer noch nicht alles ausgepackt 😉

Aber ein Kaffee ja oder Tee können wir doch mal machen?

Gruß

Astrid Beck

Zai jien Shanghai!

在基恩 上海

It is time to say zai jien!

Dear Friends, I have to go, but I will be back….

“If there is a single way that my understanding has changed … or at least become fuller and more complicated, it is appreciating in a new way how big, varied, contradictory, sprawling, and impossible to describe in any simple terms ‘China’ is…”
James Fallows, The Atlantic’s foreign correspondent, Talk Shanghai August 2009

This guy put into words what I am thinking…

Well, ok, there are a couple of things I would never fully understand. I am still annoyed when it comes to

… spitting and body noises, pushing the close button first in the elevator, taxi driver stops in the middle of nowhere and admits that he don’t know where to go, people rush to get in, when you are still getting out … (either: … of a restaurant, of an elevator, of a taxi, …), people don’t say hello in the elevator, the enormous noise in typical Chinese restaurants…
This things might be funny, not so funny are topics like air-pollution and human rights… people got fined or even tortured for asking why so many village members have cancer (in a polluted area) or get the death-sentence for corruption. And unwanted female babies got thrown into the river…
Unfortunately, these awful things are preferably seen and reported in the West, a phenomenon known as “China bashing”. Of course there is no excuse for mistreating or killing people. In no country in the world! Sadly enough, I’ve heard it more than once that Chinese excuse deeds like that with similiar occurences in the U.S.

But there is another side aswell…

People are surprising friendly to Westerners. They try to make your life as nice as possible especially fellow co-workers or new friends you sure going to find here very quickly rush to your side to offer help and assistance. Chinese are good humored, funny, they love to laugh and sing (not only karaoke but in the open as well…).
Chinese are curious and mostly optimistic. Life in Shanghai is intense and fast pacing. There is always something to do… a new exhibition, a party, a new restaurant. Speaking of which: if you like to go out you will find a  myriad of restaurants, bars, clubs that suit your taste (and age group). If you love food and wine and going out, this is the place to be. I’ve been in dozens of places and there are still a lot I would like to try. And when you still feel a bit hungry after a long night there is always a street BBQ around the corner with delicious meat skewers for those in need. Friends call you in the middle of the night asking you which place you headed at. Or you meet them anyway in one of those many favourite places you visit a couple of almost every night. Taxi driving is very cheap, massage and beauty parlors are all over the place, strolling around the neighbourhoods is a delight… You can get a lot of nice hand-craftet stuff which is enormously cheap like clothes or glasses or for example.

Westerners I met here told me, that they don’t want to stay for ever, but after a while in Shanghai they got hooked and don’t want to leave either… because the question is: where to go next??? There are not that many cities in the world so intrigiung and captivating as Shanghai…

Design 4 Disadvantaged

Design for the Disadvantaged D4D

Design for the Disadvantaged D4D was recently launched in Shanghai, a project to help those most in need by taking the collective knowledge and skills of designers.

Design for the Disadvantaged

Who are the Disadvantaged? No, these are not (only) disabled people but all those which don’t belong to the world’s fortunate 10% … Of the world’s total population of 6.5 billion, 5.8 billion people, or 90%, have little or no access to most of the products and services many of us take for granted; in fact, nearly half do not have regular access to food, clean water, electricity or shelter. Other problems are illiteracy, homelessness, lack of education.

Universal design aims for supporting those people in need.

Universal design is a relatively new paradigm that emerged from “barrier-free” or “accessible design” and “assistive technology.” Universal design strives to be a broad-spectrum solution that produces buildings, products and environments that are usable and effective for everyone, not just people with disabilities. Moreover, it recognizes the importance of how things look. For example, while built up handles are a way to make utensils more usable for people with gripping limitations, some companies introduced larger, easy to grip and attractive handles as feature of mass produced utensils. They appeal to a wide range of consumers.

Source: en.wikipedia.org

Principles of Universal Design

  1. Principle One: Equitable UseThe design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities
  2. Principle Two: Flexibility in UseThe design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.
  3. Principle Three: simple and intuitiveUse of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.
  4. Principle Four: Perceptible InformationThe design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities.
  5. Principle Five: Tolerance for ErrorThe design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.
  6. Principle Six: Low Physical EffortThe design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue.
  7. Principle Seven: Size and Space for Approach and UseAppropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user’s body size, posture, or mobility.

Source: The Center for Universal Design

Design for the Disadvantaged D4D in Shanghai was conceived by Douglas Wang from AutoDesk, to bring together the design community to create tools, services, and objects of everyday life to help those around us most in need, financially and physically disabled local Chinese.  D4D has gone from idea to organization in just under two months, and has brought on lead designers and executives from Frog, Microsoft, AutoDesk, and others.

The design profession has much more to offer our society than just basic aesthetics, functions and usability. Design can solve problems creatively and effectively, raise social awareness, improve the quality of life, and promote social interaction.

Project’s goal: support street vendors

Project’s goal will be to develop tools, services, products for street vendors in Shanghai. Though for example thousands of people enjoy their noudle soups and BBQ skewers from street vendors each night or others get cheap watches or DVDs from peddlers, street vendors are a disadvantaged group. In recent years conflicts between street vendors and the police forces chengguans have frequently went out of control, with officers and vendors both resorting to violence.

The development process

The project’s development process follows the approach of User Centered Design.

Student works opportunities

To my students at Hochschule Esslingen: contact me for oppurtunities (thesis work, internships) to take part in this project.

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Total eclipse…

Too bad: total eclipse totally hidden in the clouds….

It poured almost all day!

Eclipse in Shanghai at 09:02am

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Total eclipse tomorrow

Wednesday, July 22 2009, around 9:30 we will have a total eclipse in Shanghai, meaning that the rare situation takes place, that the moon totally covers the sun. During the day it will be pitch dark for 5 Minutes. Normally, temperature might drop a little aswell, but I am afraid this is not going to happen this time. We have more than 30°C also at night since a couple of weeks here.

It will be the first eclipse in Asia and the longest one in the 21st century. It will be the first for Shanghai since the middle ages (1575 was the last). It will be my third one, I visited total eclipses in Stuttgart (11.08.1999) and South Africa before.

We have brunch with friends at the VUE Bar on 32nd floor of Bund Hyatt to view the spectacle. This place features also the cities highest Jacuzzi.

Links

www.shanghai.bund.hyatt.com
www.focus.de/wissen/wissenschaft/astronomie/naturschauspiel-die-wandernde-finsternis_aid_418565.html (auf Deutsch)

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Shanghai eclipse

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