Tag Archives: China

Chinese Tourist to New Zealand: Visa Requirements for Business Owners

My friend from China is going to visit Australia as a tourist and wishes to also visit New Zealand. She owns her own business. This makes it very difficult to get a New Zealand tourist visa, as thee is a requirement for business owners:

If you own your own company, we require the following:

  • Business licence with capital verification report
  • Statement about the business scope and the number of employees Recent business tax returns with income statement Recent bank documents showing daily business transactions

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Walking around Shenyang China: Virtually

I am always up for a virtual map stroll through China. Today was Shenyang, where I tried to locate a shop. This is sort of like virtual geolocating. China is difficult to navigate because the maps are old on purpose, for security reasons. GPS locations are purposely skewed, also for security reasons. Even knowing Chinese, it is difficult to use a map to navigate China.

Shenyang location: 沈阳市 于洪区 洪湖街 29-1 Yuhong Qu, Honghu jie,  于洪再就业社会保障 yuhong zaijiuyeshehui baozhang Yuhong Social Security for Reemployment Office Baidu Maps

Shenyang location: 沈阳市 于洪区 洪湖街 29-1 Yuhong Qu, Honghu jie, 于洪再就业社会保障 yuhong zaijiuyeshehui baozhang Yuhong Social Security for Reemployment Office Baidu Maps

Toronto Air Quality Advisory 2018 May 27 vs Beijing

Air quality index PM2.5, Toronto vs Beijing, Shanghai, Changzhi, 2018 May 27 15:00 Toronto time

Air quality index PM2.5, Toronto vs Beijing, Shanghai, Changzhi, 2018 May 27 15:00 Toronto time

Toronto issues its first air quality advisory of the year 2018. Toronto AQI 2.5 is 50. In contrast Beijing is 442, Shanghai at 147, and Changzhi at 137. The scale was to go up to only 100.

Alerts for: City of Toronto
Statements

12:33 PM EDT Sunday 27 May 2018
Special air quality statement in effect for:

City of Toronto

Possible high levels of air pollution are expected today in the southwestern Ontario and Greater Toronto Area.

Canada Rejects China’s Aecon Corp Takeover, China is Angry

This plays out exactly the same in many countries, so one should not be at all surprised. A Chinese company wants to buy a foreign company, the foreign government blocks the sale, Chinese Government gets upset, calls the blocking racially motivated and implements trade sanctions on the foreign country. There are many cases in many different countries that I see this as one from China’s economic trade playbook.

Facial Recognition AI Applications: China vs USA

Facial recognition sunglasses used by Chinese police in Zhengzhou, Henan Province during Chinese New Year.

Facial recognition sunglasses used by Chinese police in Zhengzhou, Henan Province during Chinese New Year.

Facial recognition software has been used in China for quite a while. China has used facial recognition software to scan large gatherings of people in an effort to capture known criminals. The benefit to greater society outweighs all privacy concerns. In North America, we value our privacy and do not want the authorities to accumulate vast amounts of facial recognition data. North Americans believe we should be able to walk around in public and not be recorded for whatever purpose.

The World Plastic Craze is Epidemic and needs to stop

Little Giant 554405 VCMA-15 non-submersible condensate pump, removed from black base. Output tube, pump intake and impeller (large round part). You can see the impeller shaft through the intake windows.

Little Giant 554405 VCMA-15 non-submersible condensate pump, removed from black base. Output tube, pump intake and impeller (large round part). You can see the impeller shaft through the intake windows.

Even the most elementary animals do not defecate where they live. Even so, their scat is biodegradable and is quickly transformed to base organic waste by microbes. This is natural. Man, on the other hand, has created a remarkable material: plastic. Remarkable, yes, but it is inorganic and as it does not break down to an organic waste, it is polluting the earth and mankind. Ironically, we are eating our own waste.

Wuhan Shengshi Yangguang Jiudian Sunshine Hotel

The Wuhan Shengshi Yangguang Jiudian, also called the Wuhan Shengshi Sunshine Hotel, 武汉盛世阳光酒店
地址: 455 Han Yang Da Dao, Hanyang Qu, Wuhan Shi, Hubei Sheng, China, 430072 汉阳区汉阳大道457号(地铁四号线五里墩B出口步行500米可至)

Plus code: 8P2PH62W+PJ
GPS: 30.551812,114.246563, but this will not be accurate in China

The hotel is right beside the Wuhan Huaxi Hospital 武汉华西医院, west of the Hanyang Train Station subway stop 汉阳后车站 and east of the Wulidun subway 五里墩, line 4. The hotel is rated 4.1/5

Wuhan Shengshi Sunshine Hotel, Wuhan Shengshi Yangguang Jiudian 武汉盛世阳光酒店, 汉阳区汉阳大道457号(地铁四号线五里墩B出口步行500米可至)

Wuhan Shengshi Sunshine Hotel, Wuhan Shengshi Yangguang Jiudian 武汉盛世阳光酒店, 汉阳区汉阳大道457号(地铁四号线五里墩B出口步行500米可至)

Wuhan Shengshi Sunshine Hotel, Wuhan Shengshi Yangguang Jiudian 武汉盛世阳光酒店, 汉阳区汉阳大道457号(地铁四号线五里墩B出口步行500米可至)

Wuhan Shengshi Sunshine Hotel, Wuhan Shengshi Yangguang Jiudian 武汉盛世阳光酒店, 汉阳区汉阳大道457号(地铁四号线五里墩B出口步行500米可至)

Canadian Senate Condemns China’s Taking of South China Seas Islands

We all know that China annexed and militarized some disputed islands in the South China Seas. These islands are claimed by multiple countries. In 2016 a dispute between the Philippines and China resulted in the Hague ruling that China did not have claim to these islands. No matter, China took them over anyway. They how house surface to air missiles. Much more can be gleaned online with minimal Googling.

Canada’s Senate has weighed in that China should not be taking over these islands. This bill, largely ceremonial, was stopped by 3 pro-Chinese senators. They are gutless and in the pockets of the Chinese Communist Party. Senate passes motion condemning China’s ‘hostile behaviour’ in South China Sea

Age Discrimination in China’s IT Industry

I have noticed a lot of different types of discrimination in China. Sometimes it is discrimination against foreigners, but usually against fellow Chinese. There is the rural/urban divide, men vs women, Xinjiang vs the CCP, etc. But sometimes there is discrimination based on age. The most predominant is against women over 30, the so called “leftover women”, which is a very derogatory term. This time it is age discrimination in the IT industry.

Oukei TW-2700-E1 Table Tennis Training Machine: Repair

The Oukei TW-2700-E1 Table Tennis Training Machine is a consumer grade serving machine. It stopped working due to an out of aligned spring. Photo 1 by Don Tai

The Oukei TW-2700-E1 Table Tennis Training Machine is a consumer grade serving machine. It stopped working due to an out of aligned spring. Photo 1 by Don Tai

My neighbour is hard working and has few hobbies. She loves table tennis but has no partner, so she bought a table tennis machine, which shoots balls at her. This machine, an Oukei TW-2700-E1, she loves, allows her to return balls without help from the family. It was unfortunate when the machine began jamming. I opted to fix the machine, and she was grateful to have it back in service. It turned out the fix was very simple, but rendered the machine unusable.