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  2. suMMit

    New coronavirus cases

    take a look at ctrip. There is sold out train after sold out train to and from WH from every major city from now til the end of the holiday. Some of my Chinese colleagues have canceled trips to WH however.
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  4. ChTTay

    New coronavirus cases

    My train yesterday was to Wuhan so you can still go there! I’m hoping that being in a sparsely populated village for a week will be an advantage but let’s see! China warns Communist Party officials: cover up spread of Wuhan virus and be ‘nailed on pillar of shame for eternity’ | South China Morning Post Chang An Jian, the official social media account of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission – Beijing’s top political body responsible for law and order – ran a commentary on Tuesday telling cadres not to forget the painful lessons of Sars and to ensure timely reporting of the current situation... “Anyone who puts the face of politicians before the interests of the people will be the sinner of a millennium to the party and the people,” the commentary read. “Anyone who deliberately delays and hides the reporting of [virus] cases out of his or her own self-interest will be nailed on the pillar of shame for eternity,” it added. Above summary from the sinocisim newsletter (free version).
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  6. @Steph1997Sometimes it changes and sometimes it doesn't, but it's nothing to worry about. Many people have got the scholarship with both statuses.
  7. vellocet

    New coronavirus cases

    Yeah, that's what I'm talking about. It's hard to tell if it's ignorance or dishonesty. Either way it's sadly what we all expect from journalists today.
  8. I'm on my sixth novel, and still looking up words, but finally reading is becoming enjoyable, and my comprehension is excellent. I still encounter the occasional section where there are a number of lookups required, but even then I could skip the lookups and still mostly understand. I usually read aloud, and sometimes I'll read 3-4 pages with no lookups, knowing both the meaning and the sound/tone. I think I am still a few novels away from feeling I can read virtually anything with no phone/computer nearby, but now that I can read 10-20 pages in an hour or two, reaching the goal seems close now. And I still prefer books made of paper. I want to spend less and less time staring at a screen.
  9. roddy

    New coronavirus cases

    That’s obviously quite worrying, and congratulations on your new job as the site’s Wuhan Health Correspondent. I did read something about Wuhan travel restrictions, but think it was for tour groups. Do try and ignore rumours. In 2003 you got text messages about government planes being set to spray the city with drugs. Which is silly, they control the water supply.
  10. Flickserve

    New coronavirus cases

    It was great to hear president Xi make a strong statement. China is one of the few places that can place controls in a way few countries can in a very short space of time.
  11. Tomsima

    New coronavirus cases

    Unbelievably I flew into wuhan for new years this year on the day this hit the news. Im now in Yichang to the west and the panic is starting to hit here. Most of my wechat is filled with sars related advice. Went to walmart this morning and would say about 1/10 wearing facemasks, by the evening it was about half, and people have already started panic buying facemasks, medicines etc. This evening there were reports that wuhan is being 'shut', none allowed to leave without good reason (don't know if this is just a rumour or is actually happening, we'll see tomorrow). anyway, i guess i am unfortunately pretty well placed to report on how things develop near the epicentre in the coming weeks…
  12. Flickserve

    New coronavirus cases

    I lived in close contact with the SARS situation. It’s good to be cautious and being cautious does no harm. It was a nightmare during SARS in Hong Kong. When you and colleagues go through perceived risk of death everyday, it is quite depressing. People avoid you because of your job. Situation in terms of notification seems to be much better. The annual migration is definitely the X factor. Wash your hands frequently. Try to minimise touching mouth and nose. Wear a mask if you’re ill. I was on another community forum during that time. I remember a post from uk making light of the situation in Hong Kong saying to probably was overreactions. I had to give a realistic picture which wasn’t pleasant
  13. 889

    New coronavirus cases

    For those who don't quite pick-up on that last remark, here's a Chinese translation of Bernard Woolley's famous remark about The Sun in Yes, Prime Minister: 伯纳德:《太阳报》的读者不在乎谁治理国家,只要(内页女郎)前凸后翘就行。 https://daily.zhihu.com/story/7072832
  14. I assume (and it's not that big of a stretch, I think) that the rooms have larger windows on the other side of the building, so there is light in the rooms. Since the hallways are balconies, it's probably in an area with nice weather most of the year. Many Chinese university campuses have small parks, basketball fields, benches... If you get along with your roommates, the interior of the room is in decent working other, and the university classes are alright - all not guaranteed, but reasonable possibilities - there is no reason to get depressed from living there.
  15. I don't think it has to do with your visa status, but if there's no activity in the account for a few years, then I assume it'll become dormant. Always good to check in online or such at least once a year.
  16. I left China in April 2013; last time I checked (summer 2018) my bank account with the Bank of China was still in working order. I don't know if there is a time limit to bank accounts, so far I've assumed it will continue to just sit there with a little bit of money in it. The account is linked to my WeChat account. But I never attempted to make any payments with it.
  17. Jan Finster

    New coronavirus cases

    Sure, it depends on the newspaper, but apart from saying "viral plague" even the Sun (UK) is actually quite informative: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10768232/china-coronavirus-symptoms-death/ (Just for the record, I am not reading the Sun . I just googled it as its reporting is typically the most bombastic...)
  18. two-ks I lived in Yangshuo for a month 5 years ago whilst preparing for the HSK5....it was one of the most enjoyable months of my life and I intend to go back to China in April and do something similar with my housemate (although he'll only go for a week or two). It's absolutely stunning and there is so much to do. You haven't mentioned it in your post but there is also world-class rockclimbing - the majority of the expats there are actually climbers on holiday there (not party people!). Most go to bed early so they can get to the crags to climb in the early morning. The food is also great and there's a lot on offer...also there are a few foreign restaurants so as it's your first time in China it's a good thing to be able to get some Western food from time to time. There are 'bars' there but it's not really a party place - far from it - unless it's changed a lot in the last five years. The foreigners I met were all either climbers or hippies.
  19. "If there's been a policy change and foreigners are no longer allowed to open bank accounts without a valid (non-tourist) visa, then I'd say perseverance in this case is a fool's errand." Here's a report posted elsewhere just today of a foreigner opening a bank account with tourist visa: "I managed to open a basic ATM cash card bank account in the past couple of days, and link it to WeChat and Alipay. I am an infrequent but recurring visitor to China with a Tourist Visa, and just went to a few of the larger national bank branches in Qingdao and eventually got some sympathy at China Merchants Bank after being told several times at other banks/branches it was not possible." So to repeat, with perseverance and some luck, opening a bank account with an L visa still seems possible if your stars are aligned right. Just keep trying.
  20. Hi! I completed CSC type A application. Do you know if the application status changes in SUBMITTED or IN PROGRESS? Does the application status mean anything?
  21. Balthazar

    New coronavirus cases

    Norway might be an exception, but one of our largest newspapers has started to refer to the virus as "the Death Virus" (e.g. "The death virus has reached Australia", from earlier today). The actual content of the article was more serious and informative than the click-bait headline would suggest, though.
  22. roddy

    New coronavirus cases

    Yeah. Mortality rate of these things is crazy. Economic impact isn't trivial either. And I'm not sure what news sources vellocet is using, but I'm seeing a lot more 'here's what's happening' than 'OMG, what might happen'.
  23. You used to could be able to write a character by typing "u" and then the radical and other components. For example,《umamama》made 骉 or《uyueri》made 明. But it doesn't work any more in my Windows 8 MS-IME. For Android, I recommend TouchPal. The Western IMEs suck at Chinese, and the Chinese IMEs suck at English. Touchpal is the only one I've found that's acceptable in both languages.
  24. @MarcelR yes you can apply to the school to have an edge. If you don't apply to the school, CSC will apply to your chosen three schools for you
  25. Jan Finster

    New coronavirus cases

    Nobody knows if it is a big deal or not. It is potentially a very big deal. Remember, the most vulnerable people are old people and children. It is easy for healthy young to middle-aged adults to say: "I shook hands with an SARS patient and I am still alive, so it is all false alarm...". Washing hands more often is not eliminating the risk since it is also mainly spread by respiratory droplets and aerosols (coughing). IMO, we should not be sarcastic about it, even if we are lucky and look back 6 months from now and the number of infected people was not that high...
  26. 889

    New coronavirus cases

    Honestly, it's not just the media. People who actually do know about these things seem very concerned, as they were during SARS. Remember in Hong Kong how a slew of people were infected because the virus passed through some bad plumbing.
  27. vellocet

    New coronavirus cases

    It's just a virus that's subject to all the same prophylaxia as any other virus. Sure, they'll get it under control. The media just loves stoking these kinds of stories, though. Combine the ignorance of journalists with the hunger to report something exciting and it makes a toxic mix. Yeah, I was here during the tail end of SARS. Had the plane over almost to myself! That he was willing to send me should have been a tip-off that my boss at the time was a sociopath. Found out later, needless to say. 😎 Had fun shaking hands with people when I got back and then telling them, "You've now had close personal contact with a person who recently traveled from a SARS region. Have a nice day!" 😂
  28. 889

    New coronavirus cases

    Bear in mind that depending on how this moves, if you happen to develop a fever from any cause and want to travel in China or leave China and enter another country, you may be quarantined until it's clear you don't have the corona virus. As Roddy points out, SARS had a big practical impact on those travelling about. I've also read other suggestions that the crunch if any will come as temperatures start to rise towards Spring, creating more favourable conditions for transmission.
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