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Cause for Paws Pet Project
By MORE Hangzhou Team

For the past quarter century, China has undergone a sustained period of economic growth and development, giving rise to a middle class hungry for all the accouterments that come with accumulation of excess income. Just look at the development in our cities over the past ten years. Gone are the utilitarian 6-story walk-ups. In their place are luxury high-rise apartments and freestanding homes that wouldn’t look out of place in any Western suburb. Gone as well are the rickshaws and pedi-cabs that once shared street space with city buses and smog-spewing agricultural conveyances. Replaced they’ve been by a gridlock of gleaming new BMWs, Mercedes, Volkswagons, Peugeots, Ferraris, Fiats, and, inexplicably, Buicks. Revolution area uniforms have been pack away to make room for European couture, and old peasant homes have been renovated to house French restaurants and tapas bars.

So it should come as no surprise that pet ownership has become increasingly popular. Be it for status or snuggles, more and more people are looking to other, arguably cuter, species for companionship and class. It wasn’t long ago that the idea of a little old lady leading her St. Bernard around for an evening walk would be unheard of. Today, stylish young women match Pomeranian with Prada, and Shih Tzus with Chanel. Exotic animals from birds to boas have become en vogue as well.

In much the same way the car boom led to a car wash on every corner, you can’t walk a block without passing a storefront catering to your cats or pampering your pups. And why not? Pets are great. Don’t believe us? Read what these people have to say about their little bundles of joy!

Your name: Jane Lin (Resort Owner)
Your pet’s name: Roots
Type of animal: Alpaca
Pet’s age: 1.5 years


How long have you had your pet?
Roots arrived at the Roots Resort on May 30th of this year.
Did Roots have any problems with his new environment?
We believe physical, mental, and emotional ailments are cumulative result of our own actions, lifestyle, and disregard for the laws of nature. Roots Resort is a place providing colon hydrotherapy, fasting, meditation, and organic vegetarian food that helps us to detoxify the “diseases” of our physical and mental realms.
Roots was a bit shy and curious when he first arrived. However, after around half a month, he became so vivacious! Now he’s climbing stairs and finding cool places to relax in our garden! We do not really confine Roots. We let him to discover his own peaceful places and enjoy the surroundings.
How did you find each other?
We found Roots through a broker on the Internet and imported him from Australia! The whole procedure took about a month and that included selection, insurance, booking his ticket to Beijing for quarantine and after all that we got him!
What’s good about your pet?
Roots is a cute, polite, and curious boy! He is not afraid of new challenges. He can climb stairs and enjoys engaging with people and posing for photos, and taking showers in the pet house which we believe is a first for him. Roots is one of our family members and is one of the main attractions at our resort. We do not really confine him but just let him walk freely. Sometimes people scream when they see him, but he still keeps his temperament and waits there for compliments.
What’s bad about your pet?
He’s too quiet? He never complains! If he did, then we can at least know his emotions.
What makes your pet unique?
He always stays cool, always wearing a poker-face. However, when facing a camera, you can sometimes see a smile or a wink.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet.
The hair cutting! Like I just said, he ever complains. However, just two weeks ago, we were afraid he wouldn’t be able to stand Hangzhou’s crazy summer heat, so we sent him for a haircut. From 3:00pm to 8:00pm he was making a mooing sound. For the whole five hours! This was the first time we heard Roots!

Your name: Haohao (TV Host)
Your pet’s name: Mitt
Type of animal: Garfield (cat)
Pet’s age: Ten and half months


How long have you had your pet?
7 months How did you find each other? I have been looking for him online for about a year, and finally he came to my house on Armageddon, December 21, 2012.
Is this the pet you always wanted?
Yes, it’s just as same as my imagination.
What’s good about your pet?
He is a cute and sweet boy, maybe too sweet, he is a little sissy, but I love his sissy ways. He is an indoor boy and his favorite thing is to kiss his mom who is me.
What’s bad about your pet?
He’s got a huge interest in eating! Sometimes after finishing his dinner, he will dash towards me and try to grab my food.
Does your pet share or complement your personality?
He is an indoor animal and very introverted in public.
What makes your pet unique?
We communicate a lot. It makes him a little bit human.
What other pets have you had?
A guinea pig and a rabbit
What have you always wanted as a pet? Real or imagined?
A talking animal, like Stitch.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet.
One morning, I was just waking up. My room was filled with hazy sunshine and I was still sleepy. I stretched my arm but it was too cold outside of my bed covers, so I kept sleeping. Suddenly, something warm and soft got into my hand. It was him, my sweetie, Mitt. He felt like a hot water bottle. It was like that. What was interesting was he started stroking my hand gently, like a little sun calling me, “Wake up! Wake up!” He is so warm and sweet. He is my sun.

Your name: Jerry (Guitarist)
Your pet’s name: Le Le
Type of animal: Husky
Pet’s age: 6 months


How long have you had your pet?
We have been together for 6 months now.
How did you find each other?
I went back to my hometown last Chinese New Year, it was snowing heavily, my wife and I went out to take a walk and enjoy the beautiful scenery when we passed by a pet shop. There she was, staring at me with that innocent look, and she ran to me after I walked in. I thought she must know me. I picked her up and hugged her. My heart just melted. She was so cute I decided to take her home. I named her, Le Le, which means happiness. She brings a lot of happiness.
Is this the pet you always wanted?
Yes, I always wanted a husky.
What’s good about your pet?
She’s got deep blue eyes. Every time I looked at her eyes, I forget about all the troubles and annoyances. She always wags her tail at me when I return to home and welcomes me with many warm kisses.
What’s bad about your pet?
She eats everything. She especially likes to eat flowers, and she runs around when she is excited, a month ago she broke my big vase. It’s funny but also makes me angry.
Does your pet share or complement your personality?
Her kindness and passion are just like me, plus we are both a bit neurotic.
What makes your pet unique?
I think it has to be her eyes. I can always see the innocence in her eyes.
What other pets have you had?
I have had ducks, pigeons, many cats, and a few Pekingese dogs.
What have you always wanted as a pet? Real or imagined?
A happy, and little neurotic, husky.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet.
It was a sunny day in the early summer. I went to a beautiful lake with Le Le. It was surrounded by mountains, very quiet. I lay on the grass, looking at the blue sky, listening to the wind whistle through the valley. I played my guitar, sung my songs, and Le Le was running around me. Sometimes she would lie down to listen to me play guitar. It was such a happy day and an unforgettable afternoon.

Your name: Samuel Wu
Your pet’s name: Robbie
Type of animal: Golden Retriever
Pet’s age: 7.5years


How long have you had your pet?
Almost 8 years.
How did you find each other?
He’s the best birthday gift I ever got!
Is this the pet you always wanted?
Of course! I always wanted a Golden Retriever.
What’s good about your pet?
He’s very clever! He can do a lot of tricks, and is very friendly with people. He has a very nice personality!
What’s bad about your pet?
Sometimes he is way too active! And he gets horny all the time! I regret that I not neutering him.
Does your pet share or complement your personality?
He has a better temper than me! But amazingly, I have to confess, we share a lot of similar personality traits like being impatient, curious, and active!
What makes your pet unique?
Eye contact! I can read his mind, and he can read mine! We don’t have communication problems after living together for so many years! I can easily pick him out from a group of Golden Retrievers just by looking at his eyes!
What other pets have you had?
No other pets.
What have you always wanted as a pet? Real or imagined?
Actually, I always wanted King Kong.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet. It’s a sad story.
It’s not between Robbie and me though! Robbie spent 6 months with his godfather. His godfather took him out one day. Unfortunately, this man had a heart attack in the park. After we found him, he had already passed away. We tried to find out what happened from CCTV footage. From the video, we found that Robbie was sitting beside his godfather, and barking very loudly to try to get any attention. But nobody passed by. So it’s Robbie who stayed by his godfather during his final moments. After I saw that video, I was so proud of Robbie. I was touched.

Your name: Tamlan (DJ)
Your pet’s name: Pepé
Type of animal: French Bulldog
Pet’s age: 1 year


How long have you had your pet?
Just under a year.
How did you find each other?
We met each other at a conference in Guangzhou. LOL! Nah, I asked around for a Frenchie and a few weeks later I got a call from one of the pet shops.
Is this the pet you always wanted?
Definitely! You can't beat a bulldog for a drinking partner.
What’s good about your pet?
He attracts women. But obviously I can't benefit from that or my missus would be mad at us both. I've also learnt to benefit from his snoring and flatulence; I just blame him when my lassie nudges me in bed, "it was the dog sweetheart!” He also lends an ear when I turn up at 5am after a heavy night and I don't think he judges me like my other mates.
What’s bad about your pet?
He snores and has bad flatulence! As mentioned earlier, it works to my advantage when my girl is around. He is also partial to a piss at 7am in the morning and won't take no for an answer if I’m sleeping. He also sneezes on me when I give him hugs.
Does your pet share or complement your personality?
I'd like to say no, but since I’m in an honest mood I’d have to say we are identical. He has short legs and a belly like me. He has baggy black eyes like me on most days and he's a bit of a moody c**t. We also love a minimal amount of exercise and the biggest portions at the dinner table. We are different musically, he likes soft rock but I’m an electro guy. This causes some tension.
What makes your pet unique?

Look at him! He looks like a cross between a pig, a panda, me, and a bulldog. I don't think you'll find too many dogs as individual as Pepé in this realm of teddy bear and poodle dogs. Why does everyone have one?
What other pets have you had?
I had a bald eagle when I was in the military that scouted ahead when we were on patrol but I lost him in a game of craps.
What have you always wanted as a pet? Real or imagined?
I'd love some form of sea mammal, but that's unrealistic. I guess if I was within the bounds of reality it would have to be an orangutan, like in that film with Clint Eastwood. He drinks, drives, and slaps people. It would save me a job.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet.
I haven't had him for long, but I do recall, during the Spring Festival, taking him to the train station to pick up my girl. The place was chock full of folks of a raw demeanour, the kind that constantly eat seeds and scream. Anyway, a group of them started to show interest in Pepé and then one of them walks up, spits on her fingers and proceeds to try and rub off his black markings around his eyes. They thought I’d painted them on in order to make him look like a panda. Pepé has never been back since.

Your name: Sola
Your pet’s name: Tolu (とる)
Type of animal: Pig
Pet’s age: 4 Years Old


How long have you had your pet?
I’ve had Tolu since August 2009, almost 4 years now.
How did you find each other?
When I was in middle school, I saw a pet pig in the bird & flower market. He was quite small, but his calm eyes surprised me. I have changed my point of view about pigs since. After graduation, I had my own place, the idea of having a pig was in my head, although I had little information about owning a pet pig, despite the possibility it might grow up to be a big guy, I still bought one on Taobao.
Is this the pet you always wanted?
Yes, for all I know, I’ve always wanted it. There have been many surprises since I got it. It’s been a bit more difficult to raise than I thought would be.
What’s good about your pet?
He likes to sleep and eat, never picky with food, never barks. My favorite thing is to watch him sleep, his mouth looks like he is always smiling, whenever I’m sad or tired, watching him sleeping with a smile can always make me happier and relaxed. A sleeping pig is an angel.
What’s bad about your pet?
If I say a sleeping pig is an angel, then a waking pig is definitely a devil. He’s got a bad temper. If he is unhappy, he really knows how to torture me. For example, he would chew on the sofa while I’m too busy to give a s**t, or he will make lots noise on the toilet to make me understand he wants to pee. He has the capability to divide his pee into many times, so I had to clean the mess and pay attention to him. And a horny pig is a nightmare, and it stinks so bad. In summer, pigs need to shed, so I will have pig hair all over the place.
Does your pet share or complement your personality?
If habit is a part of personality, I guess we are quite alike on diet. I don’t like vegetables and neither does he. He doesn’t eat vegetables, and he is so happy when he sees meat. We’re both afraid of being alone. We both like attention. I work very hard and want to make everything perfect, but my pig teaches me to sleep in and enjoy life.
What makes your pet unique?
He is a pig.
What other pets have you had?
This is my first pet, before him, I sometimes watch my parents’ dogs on the farm.
What have you always wanted as a pet? Real or imagined?
Something that doesn’t get horny, doesn’t shed, has a good temper, doesn’t chew things, doesn’t drool, isn’t curious about things, has a short round body, less wrinkles, and is smaller than a husky. If there is a pig like that, that will be my ideal pet.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet.
Pigs spend most of their time on sleeping. If I have to tell an unforgettable story it would be when he almost died. I didn’t know how to raise a pig. I fed him with congee and fruits in the beginning. After 8 months, he couldn’t stand up, and didn’t touch his food all day long. I realized something was wrong, but I had no idea what. I had to carry him to the toilet, he was so shaky to walk, it really hurt me. My husband thought maybe he lacked calcium, so we stewed some bones and fed him that, he seemed to really like it. After three days he magically stood up and walked around. I realized I know so little about him. Since then, I started to feed him really well, and he also started growing really fast. Now he has finally stopped growing, everything is more stable, no more surprises or expectations, but we are happy together.

Your name: Snow
Your pet’s name: Xiao Hei
Type of animal: Mynah
Pet’s age: A Year and Half


How long have you had your pet?
For more than a year.
How did you find each other?
I bought it at the bird & flower market. He looked very spiritual. His two big eyes just staring at me. Is this the pet you always wanted? No, I have to say it was fate. I had a dog before, but I never thought I would have a bird, but since I met him, I’m just so in love with him. A pet who talks, that’s amazing!
What’s good about your pet?
He is so human. Whenever I arrive home, I whistle downstairs, and he will always reply. When the door is opened, he shouts, “nihao, dajia hao,” and says, “good bye,” to me when I leave. He loves to eat anything, mainly worms and bird food, but also likes my food, such as coca cola, bread, and ice cream. He’s got a sweet tooth, but his favorite is the meatballs made by my mom. He won’t accept leftovers, if I give him something from my plate, he will be unhappy and refuse to eat it. When he is hungry, he says anything you want to hear. He calls you daddy and grandpa until you are sick of it and give him some food. He’s also very keen on learning new things, once I taught him to sing, “lalalalala” after that whenever he heard me singing, he would start “lalalala…”
What’s bad about your pet?
Well, most of the time he stays in his cage. We let him out when we give him a shower or play with him. Once he is out, he is the boss, he starts to shit everywhere, he loves to play with my keyboard and mouse, and he won’t let me touch them. He would fight with me until I’m really pissed off, then he will walk away. He has a bad temper. My mom is the one who looks after Xiao Hei, she feeds him everyday and washes his cage, but every time she goes out and says good bye to Xiao Hei, he always ignores her. My mom said he doesn’t have a heart and she will starve him. Then Xiao Hei will come to my mom, jumping around and talking to her, finally my mom would feed him, after he get fed up, he starts pecking at my mom again.
Does your pet share or complement your personality?
I think he is the opposite of me. He is crazy, and I’m quiet, but we get along well. He makes me and my whole family happy. The happiest time of the day is after I came home from work, he makes me forget all the unhappiness and pressure. That feeling is really nice.
What makes your pet unique?
He talks a lot! He can imitate different voices. The funniest part is when you give him a hard time, he keep talking back in Hangzhouese, saying, “ze sa la?” which means, “so what?” Maybe because I used to say this a lot, he learned it. He is also a vengeful guy, my brother use to bully him, once he is out of the cage, he would recognize my bro and peck him violently. My bro was so scared. He covered his head and hid in the other room. Then Xiao Hei would laugh out so loud in the living room. The sound of his laughter is really scary. It’s so funny.
What other pets have you had?
I’ve had a dog before. Xiao Hei is my second pet.
What have you always wanted as a pet? Real or imagined?
I’m very happy with my Xiao Hei. I don’t know what else I want. Maybe a parrot or a snake.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet.
One day, he was walking and jumping around in the house, and accidently hit the ceiling fan. We were so worried. He wouldn't eat his favorite worm, wouldn’t make any sound, and couldn't talk. He was very hoarse. I was afraid he wouldn’t make it. I started crying. Mom said if worse comes to worst and he can’t talk anymore, we will have to release him. Thank God, he was fine after, otherwise, who knows where he would be now.

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Do You Know How Much Urine is in the Swimming Pools?

The weather is getting hotter and hotter, what beats escaping the summer heat with a refreshing splash in the pool?

But have you ever thought of a question: How much urine is there in the pool?

Let’s talk about that today.

Blogger Mark Rober spoke with a couple of scientists to find out the average amount of pee in a swimming pool. The giveaway is the amount of artificial sweetener in pool water. And the unmistakable pool smell.

Mark sampled private pools and public pools four times and sent the samples directly to a laboratory for inspection

Mark visited Lindsay Blackstock, a PhD student of analytical and environmental toxicology at Alberta University to learn about her ingenious method for measuring the amount of pee in a pool by looking at the concentration of an artificial sweetener called Acefulfame Potassium, it’s commonly found in processed foods and fizzy drinks. This is commonly found in urine because it passes straight through the body undigested.

They looked at samples from some pools in his area to determine how much pee was in them and he conducted an experiment of his own to see what was the cause of that "classic pool smell". He also presented average amounts of pee in large pools as well as an equation to determine how much pee is in your own pool.

In fact, you can also get the results by measuring the amount of urea in the pool, but urea can also come from human sweat, and sweat is very common in pools, so you cannot tell how much urea actually came from pee.

Before the results of the experiment came out, Mark learned a big "secret"!

It took about an hour for the mass spectrometer to detect the results. When Mark waited, Lindsay also told him an amazing fact...

Adding chlorine into a pool can disinfect the water because it kills harmful bacteria, viruses and microorganisms...

However, there is also a big disadvantage! Chlorine for disinfection reacts with urea in the pool to form trichloroamine, that’s why you may smell it when you enter the indoor pool. It is actually the smell of trichloramine, which is the   of urine and chlorine, not just the smell of disinfectant water.

To prove this, Mark personally tested it. He prepared two 5 gallon buckets, and filled them with pure water, then added four times the recommended concentration of chlorine for that volume of water to both buckets, and then added a little urine to the bucket B.

After 3 days of waiting, it’s time for the truth.

Bucket A still smells like water even with four times the recommended chlorine concentration, while bucket B smells like a swimming pool. The only difference is that bucket B has a small amount of pee in it. The smell reminds us of summer vacations in a 5-star hotel’s pools or water parks. It turns out… it’s just pee.

The classic pool smell doesn’t sound like a big deal, but the problem is it’s kinda bad news for both your lungs and your eyes.

If your eyes are really red after swimming for a while, that’s because of the trichloroamine from the pee, not the chlorine. Trichloroamine also causes asthma, in fact, studies show that asthma is more likely to occur among lead swimmers than any other high-level athletes, which now make sense, because Michael Phelps admitted to always peeing in the pool and he says everyone does it too.

In Lindsay’s research, she sampled 20 public swimming pools and 10 public hot tubs. The average concentration of sweetener for the public pool was 470ng/L , and 2247ng/L for the public hot tubs.

So what about Mark’s samples? The concentration of artificial sweetener in his friend’s backyard pool is 69ng/L. Although it is much lower than the average, it equals just under a gallon of pee. Mark's hot tub has a slightly higher concentration of artificial sweetener at 103ng/L.

In another set of samples taken by Mark in a public pool and hot tub, the concentration of artificial sweetener is 27ng/L for the pool and 335ng/L for the hot tub, respectively.

Those numbers are much lower than the average levels of the 30 samples that Lindsay collected, which leads Mark to believe that the water has been completely replaced recently.

If you want to estimate the pee in your pool, Mark came up with a simple equation after talking to some professionals and the equation depends on the number of people.

Average:
numbers of swimmers × 1.2 = gallons of pee

If you think they pee more than average: 
numbers of swimmers × 2 = gallons of pee

If they are more disciplined:
numbers of swimmers × 0.5 = gallons of pee

An Olympic pool would contain over 130 gallons of pee.

While some people swear by the health benefits of drinking urine, which is sterile, taking a gulp of the stuff in a swimming pool is not a good idea.

Urine contains many nitrogenous compounds such as urea, ammonia, amino acids, and creatinine. These compounds can react with disinfectants (e.g., chlorine) in swimming pools to form disinfection byproducts (DBPs).

Although considered a taboo, 19 percent of adults have admitted to having urinated in swimming pools at least once.

So be cool, don’t pee in the pool!

If you are interested watching Mark Rober’s research video, go on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S32y9aYEzzo

A Nearby Summer Escaping Plan

The city has been rainy and wet for a month, and you wonder when is this going to end. When the rain stops, it’s time for the heat, and voilà, summer is here. It gets hot and humid in Hangzhou, but there are places nearby you can go to enjoy a cooler environment. These include the islands, mountains, lakes and rivers in or near Hangzhou, and the local water parks.

01 - TONGLU -
Luci Bay 桐庐-芦茨湾

Luci Village is situated on the bank of the Fuchun River and is located beside the Longmenwan Scenic Area in the south of the Yangtze River. The village of Luci has a beautiful landscape with a wealth of rural tourism attractions such as Luci Tutu and Yanlingwu Orchard. Luci Village has a long history and profound cultural heritage. This is the hometown of the late Tang poet Fang Gan. In the village of Luci, there are relatively complete ancient buildings such as Chengong Temple and Linggu Temple with historical and traditional features, ancient lanes, old bridges, and ancestral halls.

There are plenty of water entertainment projects to play. Pick a sunny weekend, bring your water gun and swimsuit, and go have a thrilling rafting or water skiing. If you don't want to go into the water, rent a bicycle to go around the lake, 50RMB for pedal boat for unlimited time, the price is very affordable. Or you can bring a small basket to dig bamboo shoots, pick some raspberries, wild vegetables and herbs. Take a bite on that ice cold watermelon, or ask for a cup of Luci black tea on the way to the mountain is also very good.

- TONGLU -
Yaolin Wonderland 桐庐-瑶琳仙境


During the Olympic season, visitors coming to the Yaolin caves can watch the live broadcast of the Games while cooling off in the caves. Yaolin Wonderland is a group of limestone caves formed by corrosion through the ages. With stalagmite and peak stones in fantastic shapes and colors as well as murmuring streams, pools and cliffs, its halls are interconnected with passages and chambers.

Yaolin Wonderland stretches 1km in depth and covers 28,000 sqm. It ranks second on the list of the newly developed natural scenic sports among the Forty Best Tourist Resorts in China. It was also awarded as one of the Ten Best Tourist Resorts in Zhejiang province.

In the spacious fourth to sixth halls of Yaolin Wonderland, 300-odd immortals from more than 20 myths and legends, such as Nuwa Patching the Skies and Houyi Shooting Down the Nine Suns, are displayed through lifelike modern audio-animatronics, complementing the beauty of the stalagmites in the other three halls of Yaolin Wonderland and adding a touch of mythology.

02 - DEQING -
Moganshan 德清-莫干山


Moganshan, part of China’s Moganshan National Park, about 1 hour by private car southwest of Shanghai, the lush mountain has long been the stomping ground of high-profile politicians (a list that once included Chairman Mao), foreign missionaries, Chinese gangsters, and well-heeled expats.

Thanks to its elite clientele and countryside appeal, the area has been dubbed the “Hamptons of China,” though visitors will have to trade a sandy coastline for rolling tea plantations and restored 19th-century mansions. Even without the beaches of Long Island, the draw is clear: It’s the kind of place where you can wander through tea plantations by day and sip French wines in a private cellar late into the evening. After a busy week of work in Hangzhou, where temperatures hover around 38 degrees in the summer, Moganshan provides cool mountain air and a blissfully wide-open itinerary.

There are a few places we recommend you to stay, simply search: Le Passage, naked Stables, Solvang Village Boutique on www.morehangzhou.com

03 - JIANDE -
Xin'an River 建德-新安江


Listed with the first group of national scenic spots ever adopted, the city of Jiande is described as a bright pearl along the golden tourist route from Zhejiang province to neighboring Anhui.

The Xin'an River attracts thousands of visitors from both home and abroad every year. Linking Yellow Mountain at its headwaters and Thousand-Island Lake at its lower reaches, the river winds among high mountains.

Due to its splendid landscapes, the river is renowned as a gallery where water meets mountains. Xin'an River is famous for its clear water - in summer or winter, its riverbed can be clearly seen. The temperature of the river remains 17 degrees through the whole year, and the fog on the river is also a wonder.

And forget to try the local specialty: Fish Head!

04 - LIN'AN -
West Zhejiang Grand Canyon 临安-浙西大峡谷


West Zhejiang Grand Canyon is located in the City of Lin'an in western Hangzhou. The canyon is one of the famed landscapes in western Zhexi. There are 4 main sightseeing areas: Jiamen Pass, White Horse Cliff, Zhelin Waterfall, and Laodui Brook.

From White Horse Cliff, you can see a landscape that includes waterfalls, brooks, and cliffs. At Jiamen Pass, you experience rafting or you can enjoy walking along trails through the canyon. At Zhelin Waterfall, you can see Yansheng Waterfall and Longmen Waterfall, the waters of which are exceptionally cool. An important feature of Laodui Brook is a display of cultural activities there.

- LIN'AN -
Qingshan Lake 临安-青山湖


Qingshan Lake is a manmade lake 4-5 kilometers to the east of Lin'an. Lined with metasequoia trees, the Lake makes a unique view. There is also a barbecue court and a small playing ground where you could go parachuting on the water. The best way to appreciate the views here is by boat. Tickets are available at Qinshan and Shenghe, two piers at the south bank of the Lake. You may board and alight at the same pier. There are two types of rides, with one taken on boats painted in the style of classic pleasure boats, and the other on yachts.

05 - LISHUI -
Songyang Ruoliao 丽水 - 松阳箬寮


Songyang County is located in the mountains of southwest Zhejiang and has over 1800 years of history. This is a famous city of provincial history. Historically, it was the economic center of Chuzhou (today's Lishui), and it has many historical relics, including the domestically and internationally famous Yanqing Temple Pagoda. The many cultural sites here also include the Huang Courtyard, the “Ming-Qing Neighborhood,” and the Xiongdi Jinshi (“Brothers Who Passed the Imperial Exam”) memorial gate.

The Ruoliao Primeval Forest is located in Songyang County. It is a small canyon between Lishui Mountain. The cool climate, dense vegetation accompanied by waterfalls and streams make the original forest a good place to escape the heat. The main thing here is to experience the farmhouse music, listen to the sound of the stream, breathe the fresh air and enjoy the fun of nature.

Shanghai’s Waste Classification Has Spawned A New Occupation

Lately, Shanghai citizens have been busy learning how to sort their garbage.

Overnight, all the garbage bins in Shanghai's major residential complexes disappeared! Residents can now only dispose of their garbage at designated garbage disposal points which are locked up during most of the day.

Each resident will be allocated with a time to dump their waste and a designated station within their vicinity, where they can sort garbage into bins.

The daily time for garbage disposal is regulated:
7am - 9am
6pm – 8pm

(Slightly different for different places)

Garbage must be sorted, otherwise the penalty will be between 50RMB-200RMB.

After the garbage bins were removed, some residents took garbage to work, some dumped them on the street late at night.

"On July 28, 2018, the garbage bins were removed. Although there was a lot of publicity previously (to educate the residents), the complex was like a big garbage dump the day after." Shi Jingjing, secretary of the party branch of the Fushi residential area in Minhang District, Shanghai, recalled, “After the garbage bins were removed and the designated garbage bins put in place, most residents, especially the elderly, found it easier to sort their garbage." Shi Jingjing said, "But some of the young people do not follow the waste classification rules. Some people throw garbage into the street trash can outside the complex. Some people take the garbage with them to throw in the garbage bins where they work.”

“In the vicinity of street shops, there will be a lot of unsorted overnight garbage in the morning.” said Wang Junxiong, head of the business department of Shanghai Jiangchuan Environmental Sanitation Comprehensive Service Co., Ltd. “The urban management, law enforcement, and other departments have their off-duty hours, some merchants would throw the unsorted garbage on the street in the evening. Even if they were discovered, the punishment is not hard enough.” In some communities, in order to find the owner of the ownerless garbage that was thrown away, the residents’ committee officials even went through the garbage to look for clues.

Garbage Disposal Service!

So some “smart” people have developed a new business:
Garbage disposal!

Ms. Chen said she goes out early and comes home late every day. Garbage disposal is scheduled at certain times of the day, which gives her a headache. After all, some people are busy.

Fortunately, some people started to provide garbage disposal services at the complex where she lives. She only needs to leave the sorted garbage at her door. At 9am every day, someone will come to take them to the designated garbage disposal point. The cost is 1RMB each time and 30RMB a month.

Waste sorting is just beginning. It will be a long journey for a big country like China. Apart from enhancing garbage storage sites, local environmental agencies are aiming to resolve garbage overflow in the districts of Jing’an, Changning, Yangpu, Fengxian, Songjiang and Chongming by the end of 2018. Other districts will follow suit next year, and it is expected that a fully conceived national system - including the enforcement of garbage fees - will be in place by 2020.

Your Latest Bus Guide to Xiaoshan & Pudong Airports

Starting from June 21st, the Yellow Dragon Stadium Station will no longer operate. There will be two locations where you can get a bus to Shanghai Pudong Airport. The journey takes about 3.5 hours and the ticket cost is 120RMB. Here are the details:

To Shanghai Pudong Airport
上海浦东机场大巴


From Wulinmen
武林门民航售票处

(390 Tiyuchang Road体育场路390号)

5:30am, 6:10am, 7am, 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 3:50pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm

From Hangzhou East Train Station
杭州火车东站


5:55am, 6:45am, 7:35am, 8:35am, 9:35am, 10:35am, 11:35am, 12:35pm, 1:35pm, 2:35pm, 3:35pm, 4:25pm, 5:05pm, 6:05pm

We also collected information for how to get to Xiaoshan Airport. Here are the details:

Bus to Xiaoshan Airport
萧山机场大巴


From Wulinmen
武林门民航售票处

(390 Tiyuchang Road体育场路390号)

Stops at: Bus station at the junction of Pinghai Road and Yuewang Road 平海路岳王路口公交车站 (You can purchase your ticket at: 平海路杭州市职工国际旅行社内)

First bus: 5am
Last bus: 9pm
Every 15 minutes from 5am to 5pm.
Every 30 minutes from 5pm to 9pm.

From Chengzhan Train Station
城站火车站


Inside of Chengzhan Train Station Bus Station 城站火车站汽车客运站内.
Add: 12-8 East Huancheng Road 环城东路12-8号

First bus: 5am
Last bus: 9pm
Every 30 minutes.

From Xiasha
下沙


Hangzhou Eastern International Business Center, South Haida Road 海达南路杭州东部国际商务中心
Stops at:  Shengtai Kaiyuan Mingdu Hotel 盛泰开元名都酒店

7:15am, 9:30am, 10:30am, 12:10pm, 1:40pm, 3:10pm, 4:30pm, 6:15pm

From Hangzhou East Train Station
火车东站


Every 30 minutes from 5:30am from 9am.
Every 15 minutes from 9am to 9pm.

From Binjiang
滨江


Overseas Business Park, 368 Liuhe Road 六和路368号海外创业园
Stops at:  Ramada Plaza Riverside Hangzhou (华美达大酒店), and Jiangling Road Subway Station (江陵路地铁站)

6am, 7:30am, 8:30am, 9:30am, 10am, 11:20am, 12:30pm, 1:40pm, 2:50pm, 4pm, 5:20pm, 6:40pm

From Future Science and Technology City
未来科技城


Hangzhou Future Science and Technology City Overseas High-Level Talents Innovation Park杭州未来科技城海创园

6:40am, 7:35am, 8:40am, 9:25am, 10:20am, 11:10am, 12:30pm, 1:20pm, 2:20pm, 3:20pm,  4:20pm, 5:25pm, 5:55pm, 6:40pm

From Xixi Wetland
西溪湿地


Longshezui, Xixi Wetland 杭州市西溪湿地龙舌嘴

8am, 10am, 12:20pm, 3:30pm

From Lake View Hotel
望湖宾馆


2 West Huancheng Road 环城西路2号

9am, 11am, 1:20pm, 4:30pm

From Hangzhou Terminal
杭州客运中心

(3339 East Desheng Rd. Jiubao Town 九堡镇德胜东路3339号)

6:40am, 7:40am, 8:45am, 8:50am, 9:10am, 9:40am, 10:10am, 10:40am, 11:20am, 12:10pm, 12:50pm, 1:30pm, 2:05pm, 2:35pm, 3:20pm, 4pm, 4:35pm, 5:10pm, 5:50pm, 6:30pm, 7:10pm, 7:40pm, 8:20pm, 8:55pm

From Hangzhou North Bus Station
杭州长途汽车北站

(766 Moganshan Road 莫干山路766号)

5:15am, 6am, 6:45am, 7:40am, 8:10am, 8:40am, 9:20am, 10am, 10:40am, 11:30am, 12:10pm, 12:40pm, 1:20pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:10pm, 3:50pm, 4:20pm, 5pm, 5:40pm, 6:20pm, 7pm, 7:40pm, 8:20pm, 9pm, 9:40pm, 10:10pm

From Hangzhou South Bus Station
杭州长途汽车南站

(407 Qiutao Road 秋涛路407号)

6:20am, 7:20am, 8:20am, 9:20am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:20pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:10pm

From Hangzhou West Bus Station
杭州长途汽车西站

(357 Tianmushan Road  天目山路357号)

6:20am, 7:20am, 8:20am, 9:20am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:20pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:10pm

We recommend you this platform to book your bus ticket. Not only can you buy tickets for the airport shuttle bus, but also to other cities as well. You can use your passport to purchase tickets.

To Come Back from Xiaoshan Airport

The shuttle buses of Hangzhou Airport usually take an hour to the city center and around 50 minutes to Xiaoshan District. To buy tickets, go to Gate 14, Arrival Hall, on the first floor of the domestic terminal.

China is Getting Serious about Waste Classification

China has been making efforts on waste sorting or waste recycling for decades, but there are still many problems yet to be solved. Eight cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou were considered national pilot cities for garbage sorting in 1998. Twenty years on, their efforts have not achieved the desired results. According to the People's Daily, the failure of garbage classification was due to three reasons: a lack of awareness from residents, misconduct from garbage workers and insufficient financial support.

According to a survey released by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment research center, 63.7 percent of people surveyed believe that the reason why they fail to sort the garbage is due to the lack of classified waste bins in their residential communities. 59.6 percent of people blame their behavior on the failure of city garbage disposal services, which mix all garbage together, leading people to think that there's no point in sorting.

Other reasons include that the residents don't know how to sort; they have no sense of accomplishment; they think sorting is complicated, exhausting and few people around them do it.

First Penalty in Hangzhou for Garbage Classification

On May 30th, 2019, Hangzhou Jianggan District officially imposed penalties for the classification of personal waste.

On the morning of May 30, Mr. Zhang, who lives in Caihe Street in Jianggan District, signed his name on the “Administrative Punishment Decision”. Jianggan District City Management Office fined Mr. Zhang for 50RMB because the garbage was misplaced.

Mr. Zhang became the first person in Hangzhou who was not properly sorting garbage and was subject to administrative punishment.

Shanghai Will Be the First City to Enforce Garbage Classification

Yes, starting from July 1st, 2019, Garbage Classification will be officially implemented in Shanghai!

Shanghai is going to be the pioneer city for waste sorting and recycling, which makes it the first city in China to publish harsh regulations on garbage sorting and recycling. The government has put out a list of categories for sorting waste including recyclable, hazardous, wet and dry. It also specified the punishments for individuals and companies that break the rules.

Fines for individual mixed garbage will be up to 200RMB

Fines for companies, organizations, and complex mixing of garbage will be up to 50,000RMB

For individuals, authorities will fine a maximum of 200RMB (about 29 U.S. dollars) for mixing the garbage, while companies and organizations that are in charge of garbage sorting, transporting, processing and management will be fined a maximum 50,000RMB (about 72,357 U.S. dollars).

The regulation will come into effect on July 1 and was passed by the people's congress of Shanghai municipal city on January 31, 2018.

Garbage Classification

Basically divided into four categories: Hazardous Waste, Recyclable Waste, Household Food Waste, and Residual Waste. Check out the colours and Chinese below:

These four categories are the major ones. How do we distinguish them? We explain each category for you, let’s start with Recyclable Waste.

Recyclable Waste
可回收垃圾


Paper, plastic, scrap metal, glass bottles & containers, magazines, books & cardboard, clothes, fabric, toys, take-out or food delivery packaging

This is where your plastic bottles and containers go, unless they are dirty and can’t be cleaned, in which case, they go in the Residual Waste (干垃圾) bin. Pour out the liquid before you throw your drink bottles or food containers away. Rinse them with water and squash them. You’re doing the sanitation workers a huge favor by reducing the size and weight, and giving them a bit of dignity.

Cosmetic brands such as Kiehl's, Origins, M.A.C, Shiseido, and Innisfree can take your returned containers and reward you with small samples and membership points.

Household Food Waste
湿垃圾


Food waste, expired food, shells & husk, dead plants, Chinese medicine

Anything type of food waste belongs in this category. The chicken bones from last night, the shells from your favourite spicy crayfish, shrimp, or crab, the plant you bought three months ago and is now dead, grape skin, fruit peels… but leftover milk or yogurt should be poured directly into your sink.

Most organic food waste belongs here, except things that are hard to break down, like big bones and coconut shells, which go in the Residual Waste (干垃圾) bin. Remember to remove the plastic from anything you put in these bins.

Residual Waste
干垃圾


Anything else goes to Residual Waste.

Bottles or cans that are dirty and can’t be cleaned should go in the Residual Waste (干垃圾) bin. Things like face mask packaging, nail polish bottles, cotton sticks, toothbrushes, towels, used tissues, tampons, diapers, cigarette butts, plant pots, plastic wrap, yogurt or milk bottles (you need to empty the bottle first). Clean food packaging goes to Recyclable, dirty and used packaging goes to Residual Waste.

Waimai containers are incredibly hard to recycle, even the paper-based ones. These containers are often lined with polyethylene and tainted with food residue so they are very unpopular among garbage collectors -- it’s not worth their effort to wash them or separate the liners. The same goes for disposable coffee cups. This is a problem.

So here are the four steps we suggest you do. First, separate the clean paper/plastics and dirty containers. Leftover food →Household Food Waste Bin (湿垃圾); dirty containers →Residual Waste (干垃圾) bin; Clean bags → Recyclable (可回收物) bin.

Hazardous Waste
有害垃圾


Used batteries (rechargeable batteries, button batteries, batteries), paint cans, waste lamp, paint buckets, pesticides (there are residues that need to be sealed in advance and then disposed of), expired or discarded drugs, and other hazardous materials.

In newer residential areas, they are usually right next to the other bins, in red or with a red label. If you don’t have one in your neighborhood, talk to your local neighborhood management about options for disposal. That’s kind of mafan but we all need to do the best we can.

If you are wondering how many garbage bags you should have at home to handle daily waste, we have an idea for you to try.

More Options for Recyclable Waste

For books, Duozhuayu (多抓鱼) is great for selling and buying second-hand books. Funded by Tencent, Duozhuayu has a system that verifies and estimates the value of your books, and they will collect the books from you free of charge.

For clothes, take them back to the store, or take them to H&M. Clothing shops Uniqlo, H&M, and Zara all provide recycling services for used clothes from their own shops; H&M even accepts clothes from other brands.

Social enterprise Feimayi (飞蚂蚁) is at the forefront of online textile recycling in China and provides a free collection service for more than five kg of clothes. Also funded by Tencent, like Duozhuayu, it’s accessible via desktop and WeChat mini-program. Find the QR code by scrolling down on their website. Basic Chinese is needed to navigate the app and fill out the form.

Aihuishou (爱回收) is China’s largest platform for recycling and selling second-hand electronics. They have offline stores in shopping malls throughout the city.

Xianyu (闲鱼) is Taobao’s second-hand marketplace. Although not desktop-friendly, you can sell almost anything there. The platform is super active due to its sheer size. There is an amazing, incredible, wonderfully efficient and hugely profitable Buy & Sell section here.

Green Initiatives offers transparent waste management for e-waste, paper, and textile waste. They also have recycling bins at URBN hotel, Element Fresh, and many other private and public collection points around Shanghai. For home pick up, Feibao, a social enterprise that works with Green Iniatitives offers recycling service through WeChat.

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