A long, long, time ago I lived in Beijing. In fact Muskblog was started prior to my exchange semester at Tsinghua University so that my classmates and friends could follow my exploits, alas things did not go well. Much time has past and my life and career have never recovered, but it wasn’t hard to convince me to try living overseas again.
“When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose.”
Bob Dylan aside I’ve had way too much time on my hands while waiting for visa related paperwork. I’ve been studying for the next CFA® exam, but I really should be studying Chinese more. I did some research into gyms in Shanghai, I don’t know Shanghai as well as Beijing and I’m not even sure where I am living and working.
When I lived in Beijing I blogged and I remember there were rules about what you can blog about. That was a long time ago and though the Great Firewall of China is still in operation and the latest victim seems to be Gmail. Tourism and certain other key industries need access to the Internet and the Chinese government can not always keep ahead of people’s ingenuity.
Most of the RSS feeds I used to subscribe to either died out or I decided it was no longer necessary to follow them, even the Hao Hao Report seems to have gone silent of late. Folks seem to be recommending SmartShanghai and ShanghaiExpat but I prefer more independent voices, those are basically online entertainment magazines similar to Vancouver’s The Georgia Straight. I noticed they both have dating sections, let the record clearly show I researched gyms first, apparently Eternity or California Fitness would be best for me assuming I live near one of them.
Blogging is much more of a business than it was ten years ago, but most people don’t keep up with it, I think mine is the only blog still active from my collection of Tsinghua blogs. I was hoping to write a similar list for Shanghai but now I think I’ll just look for existing lists of the best blogs in Shanghai and China:
- The Peking Duck blogroll is a good list of the best blogs in China
- Shanghaiist might be the most popular Shanghai blog
- Expats in Shanghai Blogs Directory
- ChinaBlogList Shanghai Blog Listings
- China Blog Network
- Alltop China might actually be useful
- Shanghai Expats thread on Shanghai blogs, alas most are abandoned, Mad About Shanghai is still active.
If you know of a good Shanghai or China blog, feel free to leave a link in the comments section.
I’ve been in Shanghai a couple weeks now, it is an expensive city. I will need to find a better job at some point. I enjoy going to the gym and trying new cafes and new beers. I have taken some photos which I have uploaded to this blog or Flickr, I will not be blogging much as my focus needs to be on the CFA exam which is still three months away, but the CFA exam never gets easier no matter how much you study for it, there is always something else to worry about.
I like my gym, some of the trainers at the boutique gyms seem to train at my gym, but I also may have to change gyms because I may change apartments or even jobs, I never seem to be able to get a good job despite all the promises made by various university and professional certification programs.