We all have our social lives. Birthday parties, farewell parties, company parties, housewarming parties, family gatherings, social dinners, and the many, many holidays that hit us at the end of the year, like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s, Chinese New Year… all give us so many excuses to eat and drink. Now that the holiday season is over, have you started worrying again? Yeah, there is a price to pay for unbridled gluttony. How much holiday fat have you put on? Those of you who weigh yourselves every morning have probably already begun muttering to yourselves, “Gee… I’ve gotta get back in the gym. Spring is coming.”
Well, losing weight is one thing, but your health is another. A healthy diet and persisting with exercise is a lifetime business. The Latin word diaeta and Greek word diaita mean "a way of life, a regimen." The word diet comes from the Medieval Latin dieta meaning "a daily food allowance." Nowadays we define diet as a set course of eating and drinking in which the kind and amount of food one should eat is planned out in order to achieve weight loss or follow a certain lifestyle. There are loads of diets out there. They come in and go out of fashion. Some are for losing weight, others for gaining weight, lowering cholesterol, living a long and healthy life, the list goes on and on. The Mediterranean Diet is all the rage now. It reflects the culinary habits of southern European people. How about the Paleo diet? Wanna go back to the days of the cavemen? If you are looking to shed some jin or change your lifestyle to kick off the new year, remember to choose a diet that you know you can do. There’s nothing more frustrating than starting something you can’t finish.
The Top 8 Diets:
The Zone Diet
Weight Watchers Diet
South Beach Diet
Raw Food Diet
In the 1940s, Stanley Burroughs developed the Master Cleanse diet to treat stomach ulcers, digestion issues and a variety of chronic medical ailments. It is a modified juice fast that permits no food; you can only drink lemonade made with maple syrup and cayenne pepper. In the past ten years or so, detoxing has become really popular. Juice cleanses have slowly developed a loyal following among Hollywood actors and health fanatics alike. A cleansing diet attempts to rid the body of its toxins. Many cleansing diets are liquid diets that disallow any solid food to be eaten during the dieting period. Liquids are drunk in high quantities to keep the toxins moving through the body. The cleanses also seek to rid the colon of any waste material that has built up – waste material that keeps toxins from leaving the body. The lack of solid foods keeps more waste from accumulating in the colon, while the liquid is drunk to wash away the waste and toxins.
Juice cleanses are getting easier to do these days in China. A variety of cleanse products have recently been introduced to the market to meet the increasing demand from young consumers who are seeking healthier diets to detoxify the body and remove excess fat. VCLEANSE in Shanghai is the one that has been around the longest and has had the most success. (Check out our interview with its two young founders in this issue) As Hangzhouvians, we also have our own local cleanse company that was founded last year by three Australian guys: O2+. It’s very simple. All you need to do is go to their website and order the cleanse package you want (www.guobeikang.com). They range from a three-day beginner to a seven-day advance cleanse. O2+ also provides a custom cleanse which lets you choose your own flavours.
Rory Spong, Director at O2+
We have all lived in Hangzhou for more than eight years and love it, but there is one facet of life here with which we sometimes struggle: the pollution. It’s made it much harder for us to practice healthy living. We wanted to combat this problem by providing new systems that can allow us to become healthy in a timely and easy manner. We genuinely believe in the benefits of juice cleansing that does exactly that, having all had great experiences doing it. We knew that if we developed a great product and combined it with a high level of service and health education, then it would be great for the consumer and for ourselves.
Our cleanses offer the people of Hangzhou a new and easy way of improving their health. All of our products are 100% natural and formulated in conjunction with healthcare professionals and a TCM doctor. We make "healthy easy" by providing consumers with the freshest, cold-pressed juices that will ensure their bodies get all the nutrients that they need in the most efficient and convenient way possible. We believe in the emerging health philosophies dealing with cleansing, diet and exercise, so we share our knowledge with our customers via our social media accounts and blogs. We love that Hangzhou is a green city (it’s why we live here), so being a green company is extremely important to us. We are the only cleanse company in China that uses recyclable glass bottles.
Cleansing is the process of flooding your body with nutrients that enable you to flush your system of unwanted toxins, whilst at the same time giving your digestive system a break from processed foods which wreak havoc on your wellbeing. Through the process of cleansing, our system rids itself of the toxins that we were exposed to through air, water and food pollution as part of our daily life.
Sure, there are a lot more companies making it easy to get your hands on high quality juice to do your detoxing, but it’s not as easy as all that. It takes preparation, and it takes tons of willpower. Imagine lunchtime at work: your colleagues are getting their take-away or ordering-in, and all you have is your bottle of green juice. Can’t take the smell of food? Go for a walk downstairs with your juice, sit on a roadside bench, and enjoy your lunch! Sound a little too tough for you? There are other options.
To make the process of detoxing easier, you can always choose to go to Thailand or the Philippines for a cleanse holiday getaway. The price is normally between 250RMB to 800RMB a night. Packages usually include the fasting course, yoga, food, massage and accommodation. It might be a little easier when everyone around you is also detoxing, and you don’t have to stress about work or meetings, or dinner call. You can lie on the beach all day, read your book, have a massage by a smiling sexy lady, enjoy the morning meditation, and do some yoga. These places usually include a daily coffee enema. Coffee enemas can reduce levels of toxicity by up to 600%, clean and heal the colon, help eliminate parasites and candida, improve digestion and bile flow, lessen bloating, detoxify and repair the liver, help heal chronic health conditions, and aid in easing the "die-off" or detox reactions during periods of fasting.
Here are a few resorts in Thailand and the Philippines that offer fasting or detox packages:
· Health Oasis Resort, Koh Samui www.healthoasisresort.com
· Orion Retreat Centre at Elements Boutique Resort & Spa, Koh Samui www.orionretreat.com
· The Spa, Koh Chang www.thespakohchang.com
· Atsumi Healing, Phuket www.atsumihealing.com
· The Spa Resorts, Koh Samui www.thesparesorts.net
· The Sanctuary Spa Resort, Koh Phangan www.thesanctuarythailand.com
· New Leaf Detox, Koh Samui www.newleafdetoxresort.com
· Mandala Spa and Villas, Boracay, the Philippines www.mandalaspa.com
· The Farm at San Benito, Lipa, the Philippines www.thefarmatsanbenito.com
· Bahay Kalipay Detox & Yoga Retreat, Palawan, the Philippines www.bahaykalipay.com
We know a good and healthy lifestyle isn’t just a week or a month; it requires consistency: drinking plenty of water, eating raw food at least once a week, staying away from deep fried food and junk food, lowering sugar intake, getting enough daily protein, and starting a daily exercise routine. The first three months of any lifestyle change are generally the hardest, but once you’ve made it through them, you will really start to enjoy your new life. Here’s what some long-time Hangzhouvians have to say about diets and detoxes that they’ve tried. Some of these diet plans are good for weight loss, others are meant to cleanse, still others are lifestyle choices. All are a good options for jumpstarting your year into a healthier way of living.
Tim Hoerle, Frequently Faster
I’ve fasted a total of seven times over the past nine years. Because I've fasted so many times, it's really hard for me to say why I do it, but in general, when I go into a fast, I really need to do it, meaning that I feel terrible and worn out. When I come out of the fast, I feel much lighter, figuratively and literally. I feel much more positive and clean in the head, though after some fasts, I have to admit to feeling a bit too empty-headed.
My advice to new fasters is listen to what the people say at whatever place you choose, and just do it. I've found it a lot easier, no matter how hard it is, to just trust the experts. Also, plan to have a period of time between your fast and coming back to "real" life. It's not good to jump from fasting one day to your regular routine the next. I remember the first time I fasted. I planned to fast for a week and then take a normal vacation the next. Bad idea. It takes a while to get readjusted to the norm.
Each place I've been to holds a different lasting impression. All I can say is that you should do your research. Some places do colonics, and some don't. Some have exercise, and others don't. Some are expensive, and some are cheap. Search until you've found a place that's just right for you. If you had a second chance to lose your virginity, how would it be? Find that place.
Julia Holmes, Atkins Diet
I tried the Aktins diet ten years ago. For me, it worked extremely well the first time. I tried a couple of times after that, but it never turned out as well as the first time. As you all might know, Atkins is almost zero carbs. It’s suggested that you eat a lot of seafood, meat and vegetables. The famous saying that I’ve never forgotten is “even if you eat a whole cow for dinner, tomorrow you’ll still lose weight.” I was so shocked by how it works.
I did it for a month, being aware that too much meat would overburden to my liver, plus I’m not a huge fan of meat, so I ate lots seafood and vegetables. It wasn’t too hard for me. The hardest part was no fruit, no sugar, no rice, noodles or bread, and I could only drink whisky soda or some hard liquor with a diet coke. It was completely a shock to my body because I lost 10kg after a month. My friends were so surprised when they saw me.
I suggest that people not do this diet too often or too long. Your body needs nutrition from all kinds of food. Cutting carbs is definitely not a solution. Do it for a short time and strictly adhere to it. Afterwards, you need to work to eat properly and exercise daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Anke Kaltenbach, Ex-vegetarian,
I became a vegetarian in 1988 in Guatemala, and started eating meat again in 2010 in China. Back in 1988, I was living in a hostel run by Hare Krishnas. They had a restaurant and were cooking the most delicious vegetarian Indian food. It was absolutely divine and definitely brought me closer to the gods than the meditation we did.
On the flight from Germany to Guatemala, I had read an article about mass-animal husbandry. I was disgusted and started questioning if I really needed to eat meat. Later that year, I lived together with another Hare Krishna who looked like the Indian god Shiva. All I wanted was a bite of his flesh, but he was super gay. He was a passionate cook, though, and was feeding me the most exotic, yummy vegetarian dishes made out of very simple ingredients. He also grew his own vegetables and fruit in his garden, and that was when I discovered how much more intense homegrown greens taste.
Back in Berlin I bought some vegetarian cookbooks and tried every recipe. I discovered a whole new culinary universe and never missed eating meat. I would occasionally eat seafood though. I never had a guilty conscience eating fish. Maybe because I imagined them all happy and free in the ocean till they got caught, or is it because I never petted one?
Some years ago, I suddenly felt an urge to eat meat again. It tasted delicious, so I am back to being a meat eater. I didn’t feel any body changes from not eating meat. I didn’t put on or lose weight either way and can get just as stuffed from a plate of creamy gorgonzola gnocchi as from too much hong shao rou.
Being a vegetarian had little to do with living a healthy life for me. The article on mass-animal husbandry initiated my vegetarian years. Recently, I read about modern slavery and the eastern Europeans who work in slaughterhouses in Germany under extremely inhumane conditions. It made me wanna become a vegetarian again.
Linus Enoksson, Pescetarian,
I've been a pescetarian for about three years now. I was a lacto-ovo vegetarian for thirteen years before that, but I changed to eating fish and seafood for social reasons here in China. I realized that here when one person orders food for the whole table sometimes it makes them very nervous to have to consider a vegetarian. Once I started eating fish, it got a lot better.
I became a pescetarian because I don't like eating meat. I don't mind other people eating meat at all, and I think meat is a natural part of our food. But I really don't like the texture or the thought of eating something that once was alive but now is dead because of me. In today’s world, it is very easy not to have to kill to eat and live well, so for me it is a natural choice. Another thing I react against is the way the meat industry works today: animals are pumped full of hormones and medications to make them grow faster and cheaper, and in the end all that shit ends up in our bodies, not to mention the miserable life of the animal. That together with the fact that our modern society wildly overconsumes meat products. If you compare us to history, never have humans consumed as much meat per person as we do now, and we sure don't need it for nutrition. So from my perspective, the best meat you could eat, if you have to eat it, would be game meat. And maybe add it to your meals a maximum of three or four days a week.
I can’t say what changes my diet has brought to my body, as I have been several forms of vegetarian since I was twenty. But I can say that I have not had any problems keeping the same body shape I had fifteen years ago, and I bet it is at least partially because of my diet.
Harriet Steelz, Master Cleanse
I’m the type of person that gets bored easily: with work, with relationships, with places… So when I need a change, I usually change up. Around eight years ago, I made the decision to stay planted in Hangzhou, so I had to find something else to change. My focus turned to my health. I wasn’t a big gym nut, but I went. I swam once or twice a week. However, I smoked a little. I drank. I ate fast food. I really needed something to kick-start a change, so I turned to the Master Cleanse. I downloaded Stanley Burroughs’ book and read up. Believe me, finding maple syrup in Hangzhou at that time was no easy task, nor was it cheap, but I managed to snag a dozen bottles. I got my cayenne pepper, smooth-move tea, sea salt and tons of lemons. I cut coffee, dairy and meat a month in advance to prepare, and then I was off. Fasting for ten days wasn’t as hard as I’d thought. The morning sea salt flush was by far the most difficult part of the cleanse. During the fast I felt surprisingly energetic.
After I was finished, it’s true I’d lost weight, but I knew it would eventually come back. I did two more cleanses after that, and for each one, the purpose was not to lose weight. Instead, I wanted to purge myself of all the bad habits that I’d developed throughout the year, like eating and drinking unhealthy foods, in particular processed and fast food. Fasts do help you get rid of the cravings for these things, for a while that is, but inevitably you will find your way back to most of them. I don’t do fasts anymore. Not against them. I’ve just replaced the cold turkey approach with a lifestyle change. After watching the movie Forks over Knives a couple of years ago, I started, gradually, to move towards a wholefoods, plant-based diet. Fortunately, now in Hangzhou it’s really more convenient to do this than in the past. Organic whole grains and fresh fruit and veggies are everywhere. By comparison, it’s definitely much easier and cheaper to be health conscious here than in the States.
Vegetarian restaurants in Hangzhou:
Lingyin Veganism 灵隐素食主义
185 Tianzhu Road 天竺路185号, 11am - 2pm, 5pm - 8pm, 81632032
Meihong Hall 美宏馆
80 North Meiling Road (San Tianzhu Bus Station) 梅灵北路80号(三天竺站), 10am - 9pm, 85809511
Pavana Sarovara 清心湖素食
Qianjiang Business Center, 22 Qianjiang Road 钱江路22号钱江国际商务中心, 9am - 10pm, 88088577
Roots Healing Resort 热土养生庄园
47 Xu Village, Nine Creeks 西湖景区九溪徐村47号, 8am - 11:30pm, 86599399
Shoukangyong Vegetarian Restaurant 寿康永素菜馆
38 South Yan’an Road 延安南路38号, 11am - 10pm, 87070118
Taiwan Brother 7 Vegan Restaurant 台湾七先生非常素
1/F, Lotus Business Center, 333 Lianhua Street 莲花街333号莲花商务中心北楼1楼, 10am - 9pm, 87203807, 87207217
Vegetarian Flourishing Restaurant 素缤纷精致素食自助式餐厅
5/F, Zhongdu Department Store, Building A, 87-1 Qingchun Road 庆春路87-1号A栋中都百货5楼, 11:30am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 9pm, 87780268
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.
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
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, 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.
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:
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.
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
(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
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
(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
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.
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
Every 30 minutes from 5:30am from 9am.
Every 15 minutes from 9am to 9pm.
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
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
Longshezui, Xixi Wetland 杭州市西溪湿地龙舌嘴
8am, 10am, 12:20pm, 3:30pm
From Lake View Hotel
2 West Huancheng Road 环城西路2号
9am, 11am, 1:20pm, 4:30pm
From Hangzhou Terminal
(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
(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
(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
(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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.