Mar 18 2022

Covid-19 testing in 2022

The two self-test kits were ordered on Jan 18, 2022 from and delivered by US Postal service a couple of weeks later. They are free and were made in China.

In a WeChat group, a woman who lives in German, causally mentioned that Germany’s test kits are from China too.

⇐ Shanghai residents are lining up for their test. Would someone get affected this way?

At the moment, WeChat and major media are filled with news about Shanghai’s battle with the disease. The lockdowns are severely disruptive and affecting residents gravely. From lining up to be tested multiple times again and again (guess they aren’t allowed to do the test at home, like we’re here in US/New York), as early as 6:30am on (April 4th), being lockdown at work places/offices (no condoms are provided), to shortage of foods, to deaths (a nurse was refused by the same hospital where she worked … ), corruption by officials with donated foods, to a group of volunteers in white suits are seen beating up a man (Shanghai seems to have a Lianyang 联阳小区), to how people walk there dog/pet, migrant workers aren’t being discriminated,  … Some are posted by my friends while others are forwarded by friends, which I couldn’t vouch for (maybe true or maybe just a prank). 强菜. The lines for required repeated testing 测核酸 are very long: Shanghai, Shanghai, 临时出入证 temp pass. Beijing, Qingdao, Tianjin and Tangshan, etc. are also experiencing area lockdowns. Xi’An, like Wuhan in 2020, had more than four week city-wide long lockdown (Dec 22 to Jan 24). Army descend on April 3 (4th in Shanghai). There are humors too, lessening the dire situation.

This contagious disease starting from WuHan since 2019, and now the Coronavirus Omicron variant (CDC), is still raging on. Most of us have the buster shots, and many others refuse even the first shots – such as the episode played out by Joker (Djokovic) at Australian Open – because he wasn’t vaccinated and therefore was deported.

Initially, China seemed to contain the virus better than U.S. and the West, after lockdown Wuhan (武汉封城) in 2020 for nearly three months (Jan 23 to Apr 8). It would be months before President Xi Jinping was seen in public. The bragging of ‘抄作业…copy homework’ as “they don’t know how to copy our homework” on the Chinese social media was deafening.

Nearly two years later, at the moment, China is experiencing another wave of attack from the virus.

Here is my question: If we can have made in China test at home, why can’t the Chinese in China?

这两个试剂盒是我于2022 年 1 月 18 日从一个 .org网站免费订购,几周后由邮政服务免费递到邮箱. 它们是在中国制造的. 一位住在德国的女士在我们的微信群里, 随意提到德国的试剂盒也是来自中国. 问题: 为什么国内的亲朋戚友们需要去排长队测验呢? 祈望大家都平安无事健康快乐 [拥抱][拥抱]

An elderly couple who are 90 years old, have to come down to do the testing. I’m wondering is this really necessary? My friend’s kindergarten granddaughter, after testing, returned home, lined up her toys to be tested.

我们小区笫4轮核酸了, 1是清晨我到门囗抢着买了点带鱼和夹心肉, 蔬菜亲家送了点过来. 2刚才开始排队测核酸了,  今天是2O人一队也就20人混一管测核酸. 3是我们楼上一对90岁的相依为命的老夫妻, 老先生是个总程程师老太太是个小学校长. 5儿子也要为他们俩与小孙女准备午饭了, 媳妇因工作关系已在单位吃住睡好多天了. 6是小孙女把她心爱玩具排成一圈给她们做核酸.

New York streets ⇓

I don’t understand, why Chinese in China have to line up get tested, repeatedly? Can’t they use the same testing kits that are available to us? Also, there are so many testing tents on the street in the City and hardly anyone is using them.

这两个试剂盒是我于2022 年 1 月 18 日从 免费订购,几周后由美国邮政服务免费递到邮箱. 它们是在中国制造的. 一位住在德国的女士在我们的微信群里,随意提到德国的试剂盒也是来自中国. 为什么国内的朋友们需要去排长队测验呢? 无意拉仇 只是想不通.

Sep 14 2021

White Mansion 白公馆

Bai’s Mansion
210 Duolun Lu/Road

Bai Chongxi (白崇禧 1893-1966) used to live here, Bai’s Mansion/Garden House.

白公馆现是医院门诊部. 其他几幢老宅也蛮有味道的.多伦路上各种建筑均有百花齐放的.

Sep 11 2021

The old UK Consulate, Shanghai

33 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, 中山东一路33号
Waitan, Huangpu, Shanghai

Feng wrote: 英国领事馆旧址,一西一中的建筑,2种式样的彩色地彩也很配套的.



Aug 26 2021

Shun Pao 申报 Shanghai News

Shen Bao (short for 申江新报) formerly known (transliterated) as Shun Pao or Shen-pao, in English as Shanghai News, was the second longest running newspaper in China, from 1872 to 1949. It was formed by British businessman Ernest Major 安纳斯脱

Mar 26 2020

An old house in Shanghai

3 Baoqing Road 宝庆路3号
Shanghai, China

According to the post, this is one of ten old luxury houses in Shanghai 榜上有名的豪宅约有十幢, and there are 3,000 (short for yangfang 独立花园洋房.) The following photos are taken by Hu Ping.

It’s the Shanghai Symphony Museum now 上海交响音乐博物馆. Aunt Jennie started her career at Shanghai Symphony, spending four years there (1956-60) before moving to the Central Philharmonic 中央乐团 (CNSO since 1996). The exhibits in the museum are from the Symphony and Shanghai Conservatory of Music 藏品主要来自上海交响乐团和上海音乐学院. The restoration of the property was rather decent, except the fire place.


Apr 22 2018


A great green tea, my dear friend brought from Beijing to Shanghai.


Apr 21 2018

Mingxuan 名轩餐厅 @ Raddison Blu

88 Nanjing Lu West, 3rd floor

Will return.

White glove service, literally. Delicious food, quite. The main dinning area is small – most area is private rooms. Clean bathroom and above average utensils.

Apr 9 2018

South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market

399 Lujiabang Rd, Huangpu Qu,
Shanghai Shi, China, 200000

Yes he’s sleeping.

An average mall. Shopkeepers are not aggressive, a little indifference. A young womam who was selling scarfs lied about the material – my fault, didn’t read the labels closely – I do trust people tho. My bad.


Apr 9 2018

Green & Safe

A two story, three parts French establishment, opposite from the middle school affiliated with Shanghai Music school, in the French concession. Clean, good service, delicious food and they sell wine by the glass. If I

Apr 8 2018

Anting 安亭

Wusong (Suzhou) River at 6pm on April 8th.

The Auto Park at this small town west of Shanghai.