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Residence Registration: My Experience

I recently went through the process of registering my residence.

In my case (Gangxia area) it was pretty simple.

WARNING: This was the procedure in my area. Yours may differ. Taking along a Chinese-speaking friend is advised. You may also want to be prepared to return home for something not on this list.

1. Ask your building management which police station to go to. It shouldn't be too far beyond walking distance, since it's the station for your… Continue

Added by James Baquet on June 28, 2008 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

ANZAC Day Celebration, Shenzhen, 2008

G'day, Mates.

Well, tie me kangaroo down, sports, and waltz me Matilda, if it ain't ANZAC Day again.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shenzhen is hosting a commemorative event with the traditional feast of pizza, wine, and beer (guess they couldn't find any Vegemite). You can read more about this on Shenzhen Buzz.

So hop on down and get some NYPD Pizza and Aussie Red into your pouch this Friday from 7 pm… Continue

Added by James Baquet on April 21, 2008 at 11:17am — No Comments

Talk of the Wok

Well, friends, like the butcher who backed into the meat grinder, I've been getting a little behind in my work.

Over at the Buzz, the writers are writing, but I have been slow to post their work.

But tonight I managed to "catch up" on one of the columns. A certain Shenzhen Drifter really knows his way around Chinese food. You may be familiar with his… Continue

Added by James Baquet on April 17, 2008 at 12:07am — No Comments

Where has all that COWBOY'S gone?

Yes, it is my sad duty to report the impending closure of what has become my favorite restaurant in Shenzhen.

Cowboy's Coffee and the Buffalo Grill will be closing in "1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks" according to the owner.

Already, some of our favorites (that MILKSHAKE!) are off the menu. When they run out of veg patties, no more veg burgers.

So get in there and get a taste of the old west while you can. And bring your friends, to help some nice people reduce their… Continue

Added by James Baquet on April 5, 2008 at 2:40pm — 6 Comments

Earth Hour Shenzhen 2008! REPORT

Thanks so much to all you crazy Stuff-ers who came to the park Saturday night! (Alex155--you know who you are!)

I've written a little report on the event at

The Shenzhen Daily gave a full page report, too. I've linked it in my report.

Looking forward to Earth Hour Shenzhen 2009!

Added by James Baquet on March 31, 2008 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Hey, Expats! You're not alone!

Ever feel like you're the only one suffering from being far from home?

Read this article and discover that you're not alone.

Got Chinese in-laws? Look Asian but can't speak Chinese? Been mistaken for a foreign celebrity (or fictional character)? Considered Chinese in your home country, but foreign in China? Or do you just not fit -- literally?

Read about others in your predicament. Funny, yet sobering.

And… Continue

Added by James Baquet on March 27, 2008 at 12:54am — 1 Comment

Earth Hour Shenzhen 2008

Shenzhen's First-Ever Earth Hour Event!

Saturday, March 29

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Lianhuashan ("Lotus Hill") Park


Come join us as we celebrate Earth Hour, a global event to show that the people of the world care about the future of the planet

6:00-7:00: Picnic and Informal Games

Bring enough food and drink for two people, a groundsheet (towel, blanket) to sit on, some mosquito… Continue

Added by James Baquet on March 25, 2008 at 6:38pm — 1 Comment

NEW: Columns and Features at Shenzhen Buzz

[Note: You probably know by now that this blog isn't the ONLY thing I write about Shenzhen. My screen name, Shenzhen Buzz, is also the name of my website. David at Shenzhen Stuff has graciously agreed to let me mention it; we feel that our sites complement rather than compete with each other.]

So anyway, in this blog I usually try to write about what's happening around Shenzhen "offline," but today I can't help myself: I just HAVE to write about the BUZZ.

We have launched… Continue

Added by James Baquet on March 19, 2008 at 3:42am — 1 Comment

Bienvenidos a un Andes Cafe nuevo

At this very moment I'm seated in the new Andes Cafe at Poly Cultural Plaza, amid the excitement of their opening party. This is the fifth Andes Cafe now opened, with two more coming soon in Dafen (the painting village in Buji) and another at Rose Garden in Shekou.

The usual great Andes, and what a GREAT location! Poly is amazing, and the Andes is between Papa John's and a bar street that includes a 3D, Bar Leo, Crystal and… Continue

Added by James Baquet on March 14, 2008 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Adios, Taco Bell Grande!

Que lastima! We are sad to report that Taco Bell Grande's two Shenzhen locations have closed for good. That leaves Amigos (Shekou and Renmin Nan Lu) as the only fully "Mexican" restaurants in Shenzhen.

The TBG in the Mixc closed on Feb. 20th, with Central Walk not far behind on March 5th.

Not surprisingly, these closures actually followed the demise of the only other… Continue

Added by James Baquet on March 14, 2008 at 2:09am — 4 Comments

Saturday in the Park

Hi, y'all.

The Tokyo -- uh, sorry -- SHENZHEN Drifter has declared a picnic. Despite the fact that he has done so without my permission, I hereby give it my blessing. Join us!

Picnic at Lianhuashan: Food, drink, sunshine, conversation

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2008

Time: 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: Lianhuashan Park

Street: Hongli Road

City/Town: Shenzhen, China

Phone:… Continue

Added by James Baquet on March 13, 2008 at 12:00am — No Comments

Don't panic; it's just bureaucracy

Sometime in the past week or so, you may have gone to one of your favorite restaurants or other businesses and seen something that looked a little like police tape on the door.

Is it a crime scene? Was someone murdered here? Or maybe the health department shut them down?

No, nothing that dramatic.

You may have read about the tragic deaths of 15 workers in a Nanshan warehouse fire in late… Continue

Added by James Baquet on March 8, 2008 at 12:39am — No Comments

Robbing PRD to Pay All

As a writer, I am scrupulous about stealing ideas from others.

Unless I have a good reason.

The March issue of ThatsPRD has a nice article on the work of The Red Cross Society of China in helping victims of last month's weather disasters.

So I stole the idea and found the Red Cross China website. (And it's in English.)

Printed there (as well as in Thats) is the bank account number for those who would… Continue

Added by James Baquet on March 7, 2008 at 9:42pm — 1 Comment


I'd like to call to order this meeting of the Shenzhen branch of Chocoholics Anonymous.

If you like chocolate (and who doesn't?), that's one thing. But if you're addicted: STAY AWAY FROM LITTLEJIM'S.

Littlejim's Chocolate and Fudge are the most addictive I've had. You seriously won't find a better chocolate in China.

We're talking about choice local ingredients (apples, plums, nuts, marshmallows, red wine) dipped in imported chocolate from one of America's… Continue

Added by James Baquet on March 4, 2008 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

Happy Leap Day!

It happens once in four years. Check the calendar of events on the front page for lots of cool "Leap Day" events.

I'm kind of partial to the "Songs & Poems 4" and "Shenzhen Leaps Forward" event. (Well, I posted it.)

How does Shenzhen "leap forward"? Anyone who knows me or my Stuff page knows about my website. Tomorrow we unveil it--and Shenzhen will never be the same.

Hope… Continue

Added by James Baquet on February 29, 2008 at 1:14am — No Comments

Volunteerism in Shenzhen?

Hi, y'all.

I've been around Shenzhen a long time, and one of the recurring questions is: Are there opportunities for expats (and locals) to volunteer in Shenzhen?

The perfect volunteer opportunity would be:

--a one-time event (not a long-term commitment)

--at a convenient time (weekends? evenings?)

--less than four hours

--not requiring any special skills or heavy lifting

Do you know of any opportunities like this?

Or ANY… Continue

Added by James Baquet on February 27, 2008 at 3:26pm — 6 Comments


As David noted in today's Random Shenzhen Stuff, there's a profile of our friend Leon in today's Shenzhen Daily.

Leon is, of course, the general manager and musical director at The Terrace in Shekou.

Newcomers to Shenzhen: Do something nice for… Continue

Added by James Baquet on February 26, 2008 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments


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