by Toffler



Monthly Archives / March 2008

The Great Firewall of China

China’s internet firewall has been working in overdrive lately in the wake of the crackdown on the Tibet protests.  Last week Google video and Youtube (owned by Google) were down all week; Youtube came back online on Sunday.  Google News in English,, was even down for a day!  Last week, I also ran into […]

The Irony of clubbing at Mao, a club only in Shanghai

March 23, 2008 | Knowledge and Experiences, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

My Review of Mao Some people raved about Mao, others said it was too pretentious and snobby.  Those conflicting statements had me intrigued and when my friend offered guestlist=free entrance, I jumped at the chance to go check out the club everyone in Shanghai is talking about.  Arriving at Mao on Saturday night, even with […]

I made a video!!

March 19, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

This is my first video. Can you tell its me?? [HTML1] This is a tutorial video on How to use the website. Please leave your feedback in the comments below so I know how to improve the next one.

Olympics Advertisements, Oh My!

The number, type, variety, and frequency of Beijing 2008 Olympics’ advertisements is simply astounding. In the lead up to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, I don’t remember nearly so many advertisements relating to the Olympics. Granted, I wasn’t in Georgia or even Atlanta, but then again, here I’m not in Beijing either. I was, however, […]

B&Q Locations in Shanghai

March 8, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

In an effort to make it easier for other people to find things easier on the internet, here is a listing of Shanghai’s branches of the British-owned hardware store B&Q. B&Q * B&Q – Hutai Address: No. 1800, Hutai Road (near Wenshui Road) Tel: 6634-6262 Opening Hour: 8:30-20:30 Transport: 58, 705, 761, 767, 844, 845, […]

March ’08 Changes in Visa rules for Foreigners Residing in China

March 7, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

As of Wednesday night, March 5, 2008, the entry/exit bureau significantly tightened visa rules for foreigners, notably Americans, already residing in China. This applies to anyone hold F Business visas and L Tourist visas. Those with employer-sponsored work permits or student visas aren’t really affected. However, any foreigner holding an F or L visa which […]

Doing Business in China is even Harder than you can Imagine

I recently heard a story about a German-owned travel company in Shanghai from a friend who works there.  The company has been operational in Shanghai for 5-10years.  When the company started, China forbid foreign-owned travel businesses so the company operated as a ‘consultant’ who just also occasionally booked trips.  (Note: This has changed somewhat since […]