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Ageism

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jmyfish Dec 28, 2011. 189 Replies

We have our resident blogger on the evils of racism, but I’m not going to put that much effort into it, so just a Discussion.   For me to enter a club in Worcester means that I get stared at, at…Continue

Tags: David - any more worth adding?, My Generation - The Who, Father and Son - Cat Stevens

Don't Feed the Trolls

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cynic May 19, 2014. 152 Replies

Someone I respect once described SZStuff as "the most troll-friendly site he'd ever been on".I have had a pleasant few days with the forum behaving more like a forum.  Some interesting Discussions…Continue

Where is your life in Shenzhen going?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Coffee Break Mar 3, 2010. 142 Replies

For me I have had the career and family – both still continuing – so my life doesn’t really need to “go” anywhere.  I have enough money to last the rest of my life and my main interests are in seeing…Continue

Cute guy or sexy guy,which do you prefer?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike46 Jan 3, 2011. 134 Replies

Important question,As the title.........PS Any girl who manages to include me in either category gets a free dinner and a big kiss.PPS Thanks to Bunny for giving me the plagiaristic idea.Continue

You can't fool all the people all the time - but it's fun trying

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ning Oct 17, 2009. 125 Replies

I notice that there are none of our standard discussions showing right now so let's talk about playboys again - ready Kami? One in particular - that Mike61 guy.In my days as a moderator [retired for…Continue

Girls - Do you prefer to date single or married guys?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike46 Aug 12, 2009. 107 Replies

OK, if you're looking for marriage then that narrows the field down a bit, but what if you're looking to develop yourself and have a good time?Advantages of married guys:....Don't get ridiculous…Continue

Where would you hide your sex toys?

Started this discussion. Last reply by NZ All BlACKS Apr 25, 2012. 96 Replies

A friend of mine has a few sex toys and may have a male friend staying in her flat for a while - some of the time when she would be out at work.  I asked if he would approve of them and she said that…Continue

Tags: Competition for Kev's Discussion at Kami's Request

How do you decide where to live?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peace Mar 26, 2011. 92 Replies

In particular, do you take into account the probabilities of natural disasters?  I’m not talking about the people who were born and grew up there, but we mobiles who choose where we live to some…Continue

What Will You Do with One Million RMB?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hell en Sep 29, 2009. 88 Replies

You have been left a million in the will of a rich uncle, but there are conditions. You are only allowed two choices about how to spend it:1 Buy an apartment for 0.7million, a car for 0.2million and…Continue

Soulmate? Bullshit!

Started this discussion. Last reply by SD Apr 18, 2013. 87 Replies

I disagree.No man is an island entire of itselfI think that it is possible to find people who complement oneself so perfectly that soulmate makes a good description.  I think that I have found two…Continue

 

"It's not getting old that stops you doing things, it's stopping doing things that makes you get old."

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Titus Andronicus commented on Mike46's blog post Lonely Planet Names Shenzhen as Second Best City in the World to Visit in 2019
"LP must be taking advertorial."
Friday

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Zen on my back commented on Mike46's blog post Lonely Planet Names Shenzhen as Second Best City in the World to Visit in 2019
"The city must have gone through a total makeover since I left in 2015."
Dec 2

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Zen on my back commented on Mike46's blog post If You're Not Allowed to Cheat - Why Run Marathons?
"Running is the overall goddamn point of it... I don`t really understand what brings someone to go all the lengths to gain something they don`t deserve... Anyways, marathons are overrated, halves are much much better."
Dec 2
The Kev commented on Mike46's blog post If You're Not Allowed to Cheat - Why Run Marathons?
"Completing a marathon is a good milestone for anybody who's into fitness, but really, they're overrated. "
Dec 1
Mike46 posted a blog post

If You're Not Allowed to Cheat - Why Run Marathons?

'Deeply shameful': 258 runners caught cheating in Shenzhen's half marathonFake race numbers, imposters and those cutting corners to face penalties, including lifetime bansOrganisers of the Shenzhen half-marathon have said the 258 participants caught cheating during Sunday’s race will not be able to run away from punishment for their actions.As many as 18 runners were found to wearing fake bibs, and three were running on behalf of others. They face lifetime bans from the event, the Chinese…See More
Nov 30
Mike46 replied to Dr. Jones's discussion “Ms You Know Whom”
"In fact, somewhat less strange than I thought. I now know why she approached me in particular. We met about ten years ago and she came to one of my birthday parties. But I did not know that until we met again last Friday, when I made a brief visit…"
Nov 27
Mike46 replied to Zen on my back's discussion Thou shall not pass!
"Or indeed follow the ICAC investigation into Mr Jones. Latest news "It is not our policy to comment about on-going cases"."
Nov 22
Mike46 replied to Melani Li's discussion SZstuff is too slow, how do you gwt over it?
"Unfortunately there has never been anything close to replacing it. It's slow because the servers are slow and there must be very little revenue coming in to upgrade."
Nov 19
Mike46 replied to Zen on my back's discussion Thou shall not pass!
""Ils ne passeront pas!" - Nivelle during the Battle of Verdun, possibly when it was raining? "All Things Must Pass" - George Harrison's first solo album after the break-up of the Beatles. I still find it very useful for…"
Nov 13
Mike46 replied to Melani Li's discussion SZstuff is too slow, how do you gwt over it?
"Switch to a computer or the desktop view on a phone. Maybe get faster Wi-Fi?"
Nov 8
The Kev commented on Mike46's blog post Lonely Planet Names Shenzhen as Second Best City in the World to Visit in 2019
"I hate dim sum almost as much as Randal Foley hates himself. "
Nov 2
Mike46 posted a blog post

Lonely Planet Names Shenzhen as Second Best City in the World to Visit in 2019

QTop things to do in SZ by Lonely Planet快收藏!“孤独星球”总结的超强深圳游玩攻略!ShenzhenDaily 4天 The world's leading travel brand Lonely Planet has revealed the top 10 countries, cities, regions and best value places to visit in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2019.Shenzhen takes the second spot in the best cities list.Lonely Planet has also rounded up the top things to do in Shenzhen which are listed below.Arts CentersDafen Oil Painting VillageThis folksy urban village of…See More
Nov 1
Mike46 left a comment for B10 Live
"I see you guys got a strong mention in the Lonely Planet listing of Shenzhen as the No. 2 city in the World to visit in 2019. Keep up the good work. This city has changed so much since I arrived in 2003."
Oct 28
Mike46 posted a blog post

Transit WithOut Visa (TWOV) through Shenzhen - Yes or No or Both?

Someone asked me if it was possible to TWOV through Shenzhen Airport (SZX). I looked it up on TIMATIC which is the official IATA website that airline check-in personnel use to decide if someone has the right bits of paper to be allowed on their flight. There are many sorts of TWOV - you can stay in Beijing or Shanghai for six days without a visa, Guangzhou and bunch of other cities for three days. There is also the 24 hour TWOV which lets you transit through many Chinese cities as long as it is…See More
Oct 26

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Oct 16
Mike46 posted a blog post

Shenzhen becomes national forest city

SHENZHEN has officially won the status of a National Forest City after meeting the 40 requirements for the title, according to a national seminar on the construction of China's forest cities held in the city yesterday.A National Forest City refers to a city whose urban ecological system is mainly forests that meet the forest standards set by the State Forestry and Grassland Administration.Who'd a thunk it?See More
Oct 16
Mike46 replied to Dr. Jones's discussion Richard Cheung - what an enormous knob
"I was a Mick till about 1964 when Mick became synonymous with Jagger and I became Mike."
Oct 5
Mike46 replied to Dr. Jones's discussion Who the f*ck stole my photo?
"I had one or two of the books - maybe early 1950s."
Oct 1
Mike46 replied to Dr. Jones's discussion “Ms You Know Whom”
"Nothing like that. She was quite active on SZStuff a few months back then deleted herself and vanished. She put up a couple of blogs recently and asked to talk to me. I won't explain more in public - I don't think she would want that."
Sep 29
Dr. Jones replied to Mike46's discussion Decisions Decisions
"Should try that rat hotpot place."
Sep 29

Profile Information

Relationship Status:
It's Complicated
Hometown/Country:
UK
Where are you now?
Shenzhen
District (in Shenzhen):
Huaqiangbei
Job:
Strategic Transport Planning Consultant
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About Me:
I spend half my life in Shenzhen and half in the UK. I have travelled the World for the last 35 years, living in Hong Kong, Singapore, Algeria, Bolivia and the USA as well as visiting about another 50 countries. Honestly, I often think that it would be good to act my age, but it is so difficult.

I don't have msn so don't bother to ask. I prefer that we talk on the public comment boards here so that I can remember what I've told you. At the moment I'm getting a lot of comments and, while I try to respond to all, I may miss one. So if you think that I'm ignoring you, I'm not so just resend it.

Outline of my Travels

For those who requested it. There were many other short stays in other countries, but these were places that I lived in a house or flat.


1946-1965 Home and school in Slough just outside London

1965-1968 Studied Pure Mathematics at University of Bristol – an interesting historic city in the west of England. A great time.

1968-1973 Worked in London and lived as various places, at home, in flats, with gfs – usually no money by mid-month.

1973-1976 Moved to HK for a big salary increase, so “rich” at last. Lived in the mid-levels with plenty of social life. My HK gf wouldn't marry me because it would mean leaving HK.

1976-1978 Moved to Algeria a mixture of Arab and French background. Interesting cities and splendid mountain and desert scenery. Good strong wine and excellent food. Met my wife – a long and romantic story, both in the normal sense and Jane's.

1978 Columbia, SC, USA – not very interesting.

1978-1980 La Paz, Bolivia, South America at 4000m elevation in the Andes Mountains. Everything about the place was great – the people, the parties, the incredible scenery. Go to Bolivia if you have the chance.

1981 HK again. Birth of my elder daughter, Kathleen, now living in South Africa.

1982-1983 Singapore – quite boring after HK. Birth of my elder son, Alex.

1984-1985 HK yet again. The two kids limited us, but we had a good time.

1985-1988 New Haven, Connecticut, USA. It was time to settle down, so we went to live in America. We made very few friends and were poor again.

1988-1999 HK once more. Rich again – my wife was in property and earning more than me. The peak of my career – if you talked about transport in HK you talked about me. Birth of my younger daughter, Shelly, and my younger son. Chris. Death of my elder son.

1999-present Bought our house in Worcester for a nice quiet life and I commute to various places – mostly SZ – for work and excitement.

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If You're Not Allowed to Cheat - Why Run Marathons?

Posted on November 30, 2018 at 1:47pm 2 Comments

'Deeply shameful': 258 runners caught cheating in Shenzhen's half marathon

Fake race numbers, imposters and those cutting corners to face penalties, including lifetime bans

Organisers of the Shenzhen half-marathon have said the 258 participants caught cheating…

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Lonely Planet Names Shenzhen as Second Best City in the World to Visit in 2019

Posted on November 1, 2018 at 10:11am 3 Comments

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Top things to do in SZ by Lonely Planet

快收藏!“孤独星球”总结的超强深圳游玩攻略!

ShenzhenDaily …
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Transit WithOut Visa (TWOV) through Shenzhen - Yes or No or Both?

Posted on October 26, 2018 at 12:51pm 0 Comments

Someone asked me if it was possible to TWOV through Shenzhen Airport (SZX). I looked it up on TIMATIC which is the official IATA website that airline check-in personnel use to decide if someone has the right bits of paper to be allowed on their flight. There are many sorts of TWOV - you can stay in Beijing or Shanghai for six days without a visa, Guangzhou and bunch of other cities for three days. There is also…

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Shenzhen becomes national forest city

Posted on October 16, 2018 at 11:44am 0 Comments

SHENZHEN has officially won the status of a National Forest City after meeting the 40 requirements for the title, according to a national seminar on the construction of China's forest cities held in the city yesterday.

A National Forest City refers to a city whose urban ecological system is mainly forests that meet the forest standards set by the State Forestry and Grassland Administration.

Who'd a thunk it?

Trying the New Train between Futian and West Kowloon

Posted on September 28, 2018 at 10:34am 0 Comments

I took the train from Futian Station to West Kowloon and back yesterday, just to see what it was like and to stock up on Marks & Spencer’s pork pies for the holiday. It costs 68rmb each way and takes about 15 minutes in the train. The stations are big so there’s quite a lot of walking involved, getting to the station and within it. Both sets of Immigration are in West Kowloon station and I was through mostly quickly, but not any faster than at Luohu/Lo Wu - probably slower because of the…

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The Great Train Tour

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 2:03pm 0 Comments

Well we did it. Just me and the boy so virtually no Chinese ability, but armed with WeChat and DiDi, we toured China for 25 days using only trains for long-distance travel. So:

Shenzhen to Shanghai by sleeper train

Shanghai to Tai'an to see Taishan

Tai'an to Beijing for all sorts of things

Beijing to Zhengzhou for Yuntaishan and Songshan

Zhengzhou to Guiyang to Anshun for Huangguoshu

Anshun to Zunyi for the Meeting Place where Zhou and Mao took over…

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Temporary Residence Registration in Shenzhen

Posted on August 27, 2018 at 9:57am 5 Comments

If you are a foreigner and staying in someone's apartment in China, you are supposed to register with the police/PSB within 24 hours of your arrival. If you are a resident who has a friend staying you need to tell them this. My son arrived a month ago and I wanted to register him.

It's a pain going to the police station and going through this procedure so many avoid it and do not register. However, now the…

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English Language DiDi

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 7:00am 0 Comments

 In Shenzhen it's very unusual to have problems finding a taxi, but on our recent trip things were different. In Beijing you can stand waiting and watching those empty taxis zoom past because they're already answering a call. It was the same in Zhengzhou, Guiyang and a bunch of other cities.

So, if you're going to travel get DiDi on your phone, and if, like me, you can't read Chinese then get the English language version. Just search and find it. If you don't have a card linked…

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Cultural Significance

Posted on August 13, 2018 at 6:58am 0 Comments

We're returning to Shenzhen today from our last stop at Zunyi, Guizhou. That's the site of the party meeting in 1935 where Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong took over the running of the PLA. It marks a major decline in Russian influence and is extremely important. It looks like this:

If you turn round…

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That's the set of five great mountains

Posted on August 6, 2018 at 2:53pm 0 Comments

So today I've been up Song Shan in Henan, being my fifth great mountain. I started on this in 2013 with Hua Shan in Shaanxi, which is still my favourite of the five. Later that year dropped by Heng Shan in Hunan on the way to Zhangjiajie. A gap then to 2016 with the Heng Shan in Shanxi. Then…

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At 8:11am on August 1, 2018,
My Weixin is on my page
Lemon Chen
said…
Thanks for your reminding. Only I misunderstood dating meaning, I deleted it from my profile.
At 6:29pm on May 28, 2018,
My Weixin is on my page
Zen on my back
said…

I left Shenzhen in 2015 and China in 2017. I live in Tokyo from last summer and can’t really complain about anything. My job is good so is my family life. I’m very busy, and it sees to be the word here in Tokyo, but still find the time to entertain myself.

At 11:23pm on May 27, 2018,
My Weixin is on my page
Zen on my back
said…

Hi,  Mike, you seem to be the only one still interested in keeping this website alive... I come once a day to do some cleaning and that’s all...

At 2:06pm on May 25, 2018, Emily Feng said…

Why on earth you pay so much attention to my blog. I just put on some information. Someone might have interest in it!

At 3:51pm on May 12, 2018, andy said…
add me,make afriend
At 8:50pm on May 11, 2018, andy said…
add me weixin zham2003
At 8:39pm on May 11, 2018, andy said…
At 3:06pm on September 4, 2017,
My Weixin is on my page
Shirley Lin
said…

Ok Mike, no problem. u can contact me at your convenient time. The consumption in HK is much higher than Shenzhen. i think the dental cost will be also higher. u can have a check-up first in our hospital and then decide whether to do treatment or not after the dentist offer u price and treatment solutions. 

At 3:01pm on September 2, 2017, 7up said…

If you need help pissing the off, just give us a bell!

At 11:11am on August 31, 2017,
My Weixin is on my page
Shirley Lin
said…

Hi Mike, 

Shenzhen A.K.J Stomatological Hospital has 22 years dental experience, the headquarter is located in Luohu railway station near Luohu Checkpoint (Line 1 C exit), only 3 stops far from you. you need a check-up first, the check-up is free of charge, there will be rmb 35.00 for registration and if need to have a CT, then another rmb 150.00 is required. you can check up first and the dentist will give you exact solution and prices, then u can decide to do treatment or not. If you need, u can contact me by email: shirley@lovelytooth.com for appointment or free consultant. or u can type here.  

At 4:43pm on August 7, 2017,
My Weixin is on my page
Shirley Lin
said…

hi, Mike, want to add u to learn more from u 

Shirley

At 1:01pm on July 11, 2016, chun said…
Thanks, Mike
At 9:22pm on May 19, 2016, y said…

Thanks . 

At 4:04pm on May 12, 2016,
My Weixin is on my page
steven marshall
said…

Thank you, I am already finding that employment and visa will be the largest obstacles. 

At 12:10pm on May 5, 2016, Lexie said…

Hey Mike.I quit looking here because I feel this environment is not what I expect. I was hoping it is a more  friendly community.

At 2:34pm on April 29, 2016, Lexie said…

Hey Mike,Thank you! That's very nice of you.

At 10:45am on April 29, 2016, Lexie said…

Hello Mike,thank you for your information. Accutally I have no idea why I am on the popular list and basically I did not do anything to get people's attention. I just realized the things I wrote on my profile probably are very naive and nonsensical in foreigners' eyes. I will figure it out later. Have a good day!

At 10:01am on March 25, 2016, Asia Stuff Media said…

Thanks. Sorted.

At 10:21am on January 29, 2016,
My Weixin is on my page
Fiona
said…

I actually like You Page, because so many members didn't decorate their pages, buy you did and the color is great! @ Mike

At 12:06pm on January 28, 2016,
My Weixin is on my page
Fiona
said…

don't worry, if you want to learn Mandarin, I will not sell Mandarin course to you, only be friends.

 
 
 

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