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

'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…


Added by Mike46 on November 30, 2018 at 1:47pm — 4 Comments

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


Top things to do in SZ by Lonely Planet


ShenzhenDaily …

Added by Mike46 on November 1, 2018 at 10:11am — 4 Comments

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…


Added by Mike46 on October 26, 2018 at 12:51pm — No Comments

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?

Added by Mike46 on October 16, 2018 at 11:44am — No Comments

Trying the New Train between Futian and West Kowloon

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…


Added by Mike46 on September 28, 2018 at 10:34am — No Comments

The Great Train Tour

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…


Added by Mike46 on September 20, 2018 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Temporary Residence Registration in Shenzhen

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…


Added by Mike46 on August 27, 2018 at 9:57am — 5 Comments

English Language DiDi

 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…


Added by Mike46 on August 21, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Cultural Significance

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 and…


Added by Mike46 on August 13, 2018 at 6:58am — No Comments

That's the set of five great mountains

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…


Added by Mike46 on August 6, 2018 at 2:53pm — No Comments

It's Still There

One of the most famous SZStuff photos, with over 500 views and it used to have over fifty comments. Now it looks like I'm talking to myself.

A long-term friend was going to Beihai last weekend, so she went and had a look for it.…


Added by Mike46 on June 21, 2018 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

Myanmar Trip - November 2017

I have loaded enough photos of this trip, and then I will carry on and add photos from the earlier Silk Road trip, the Shanxi trip and Anhui trip. To view them in chronological order it is:

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Added by Mike46 on May 15, 2018 at 1:10pm — 7 Comments

Would you Adam and Eve it? But Hey TiC.

Chinese sex doll rental service suspended amid controversy

A Chinese company offering sex dolls for rent has withdrawn its services just days after launching.

Touch had begun offering five different sex doll types for daily or…


Added by Mike46 on September 20, 2017 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Thank You Canon

On our recent trip my son was teaching our companion how to sand slide. She was holding the camera. It got dropped. Fine sand was everywhere and it was making most uncameralike grinding noises when zoomed. I thought I could get it fixed here, but I had to take it to HK.

They inspected it and said it…


Added by Mike46 on September 4, 2017 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

First they came for the Hispanics

But I am not Hispanic.....
Who's next?

Added by Mike46 on August 26, 2017 at 10:44pm — 1 Comment

Dawn over Wutong

I woke early on Saturday morning and went out on my balcony. This is what I saw - dawn approaching over Wutong, with the moon in the middle of the picture and the planet Venus near the…


Added by Mike46 on August 22, 2017 at 8:51am — 6 Comments

Television in the 1950s used to show these films, so happy memories

A few favourite quotes:

Those are my principles, and if you don't likethem...

well, I have others.

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats.

Marriage is the chief cause of divorce.

I remember the first time I had sex - I kept the receipt.

Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a…


Added by Mike46 on August 18, 2017 at 6:16pm — No Comments


So, in preparation for my Silk Road trip, I've been learning to pronounce the places better. What I called Kashgar as a boy should really be Kashi, similarly Urumqi should be Wulumuqi and Turpan Tulufan.

Then today we has an Uyghur driver and asked him about the names and he rolled of Kashgar, Urumqi and Turpan. So it's all a problem with Han Chinese being unable to pronounce the words, and not my problem.

Added by Mike46 on July 24, 2017 at 4:55pm — 4 Comments

Money Makes the World Go Round

Or is it the other way? Money goes round the World?

Mine has or will do so. I've worked for an American company for much of my life and built up a fairly substantial pension fund. According to the rules of the fund I must make annual withdrawals, starting from 2014 when I was 67. The pension company, Fidelity, are based in Boston. They have some inconvenient rules for foreigners such as myself. They will only communicate by phone, not email. They will only do a bank transfer of money…


Added by Mike46 on February 22, 2017 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Saving the Planet

We must all do our bit towards reducing our carbon footprint, and yesterday I found out what my company's contribution seems to be. I am having problems drawing from my US pension fund and needed to call the UK yesterday while at the same time accessing files on my computer. So I got to the office at 3pm to find my phone was dead. I tried the receptionist phone, tyhe head of office phone - all dead. Then I wandered around for 15 minutes looking for a likely place to make them undead. I found…


Added by Mike46 on February 20, 2017 at 12:06pm — 2 Comments

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