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Opening Your Whiskey Bar
By Jimi Morrisen

So you want to open up a bar, huh? Well, and this is coming from a bar owner himself, let me just say that it’s no easy task. Your immediate friends will not just show up at your place each and every night willing to pay for drinks and make your dream come true. Yeah, we’ve all thrown great parties over the years, but owning a bar means that you’ve got to throw those parties constantly. But seriously, you know this because at the end of the day, it’s your responsibility to pay your rent, your suppliers and your employees, not to mention the taxes, and other fees (let alone have a good time). So here’s my very condensed guide to opening a bar in China. Maybe one day, I’ll write a book on it.

First, you’ve got to make other people money, to the point where they can’t live without you, or to the point where they keep asking you why you don’t open your own bar. And those asking you can’t just be your average traveler having a good time at your events. It instead needs to be somebody with money. You’ve really got to make somebody extra rich before they think about making your dreams a reality. Unless of course you’ve got your own money, then skip this step.

When you make other people cash enough to fill their hot tub, they just might take it as a given. After all, they deserve the money they make no matter where it’s coming from, but there is that smart person out there, somewhere, that’s thinking about how to expand their empire, and who better to do it with than you, the person who made their money sinkhole into a waterfall?

When you think you’ve got somebody on the line, drop the notion that you’ve always wanted to start your own place but just don’t have the resources to do it. Plant the seed, and then go to work trying to find a place. Location, location, location. Blah, blah, blah. We’ve all heard that a million times, but the rule doesn’t necessarily apply here in China because ninety-five percent of your customers will take a taxi to your place, and who cares if they’ve got to spend an extra fiver on their cab fare? It’s a great idea to keep the place near the action but not necessarily smack dab in the middle of it. Cheap, cheap and cheaper as far as I’m concerned. You’re going to have to redo the place anyway, so the walls might as well be crumbling away as far as you care. As long as you’ve got the right to put in plumbing, you’re as good as gold. Having a place with no bathroom is a nightmare.

Alright, you’ve found this gem of a spot, just large enough but not too big, on the second floor of an old factory or a wet market (as long as it’s far away from residences). Remember that in many other countries, there are realistic expectations on opening up a bar. 25% of your expected annual revenue should go towards the rent/advertising. 25% of the same should go towards paying your staff and taxes, 25% should go towards paying your suppliers/utilities, and the last 25% should go towards your investors. That is assuming you’re making money, but you’ve got to do the reverse math when you think about paying your rent. I understand that the “normal” rules don’t necessarily apply here, but you’ve got to start somewhere. For example, you might be paying your staff a bit more than they would be getting paid in other tip-cultured countries, and your rent might be a bit lower, but those above numbers are good to keep in mind. Anyway, think about how much money you expect to make on a poor average day, divide that number by four, times that by 365, and there, you’ve got your annual expected rent. Let’s do a little math here:

Average daily revenue: 4,000RMB/day.
Average staff pay/taxes: 30,000RMB/month.
Average supplier bill/utilities: 30,000RMB/month.
Average investor return: 30,000RMB/month.
Rent: 30,000RMB/month.
Initial investment: 1,000,000RMB.

That seems about right now doesn’t it? The investor will be getting over 33% of their initial investment back each and every year. Sounds easy, no? Think again. Don’t by any means get to the rent bargaining table too soon with all of this because preparations take time, and each day you’re spending renovating the place takes away from your profit. So every step has to be made precisely. I personally would find a place that looks like it has no hope in hell of being rented, bring my investor there covertly, and start the process of convincing moneybags to start dishing out the dough. Then you can start ordering the furniture, buying the fixtures and getting things fabricated beforehand. One word for you out there: Taobao.

Now hopefully, you’ve either got some design/building sense yourself, or you know somebody who does and is willing to spend all of their extra time helping you. Let’s assume the former. You’ve peeked into the space you want to rent, so you’ve got a general idea of what you need, but of course, not everything. No need to worry because there’s nothing in there that a few extra workers including yourself can’t take care of. I’m going to say this again and again: Watch your budget! Yes, you want those leather chairs and barstools and that hand-carved stone bar, but it just doesn’t fit the budget. This isn’t some Starbucks that’s in the most expensive real estate in the city, so you only need a spot that’s more comfortable than somebody’s used to at home. Having said that, get a hold of the standard measurements for things like chairs, tables, bars and bar stools before you buy anything. The last thing you need is to have a table that’s too low – I’ve been in way too many places with those. Not everything on Taobao follows those standards. I certainly know that. You order everything including all of the extra refrigerators, freezers, locks for the storage and extra sturdy bathroom fixtures.

Ask any bar owner in China and they’ll tell you that glasses and ashtrays are running costs rather than fixed ones, and there’s a huge difference. People spend money at your place like you want them to, but the more cash they spend the drunker they get, so things, especially glasses and ash trays, tend to walk. Every bar owner would love to have etched mugs served with expensive beer in them, but this is simply not a reality. Avoid this at any expense. 

Now that your living room is full of everything from sinks to the welcome mat, it’s time to get that rent deal done and your licenses applied for, and don’t give me that “This is China” bull when it comes to getting your permits and licenses done. Every country has their own set of strange and incomprehensible laws when it comes to doing these things. Quit your whining and just get it done!

After you send in the most experienced bargainer you know to do the negotiations, your ten year (highly recommended) incrementally increasing rent deal is done. You’ve watched your budget and skipped getting the imported stuffed polar bear head. You’ve dotted all of your i’s and crossed all of your t’s on all of the permits, and you’ve had all of those people who have enjoyed your party making efforts over to help wash all of the floors and hang the moldings. You’ve got a week or two to hang your sign, order the liquor, hire your staff, make your menu with prices, train all of your staff and plan your opening party. You’ve done the party thing before, and you’ve got 500 or so WeChat contacts that’ll hopefully show up, so you think you’re set, but the battle has yet to begin.

Concerning your staff, hire people who you pay. Free employees are more often than not unreliable. Hire people who come on time and are friendly. Prepare them well, warning them that this will be one of the toughest jobs they’ve ever had, but don’t invest too much time on training them until they prove themselves on the job. The number of times I’ve spent tons of effort on employees who then pick up and leave kills me. I’ve washed the bar with my tears way too many times to count. In the end, your customers will forgive you when an employee messes up an order on their first visit, as long as they don’t make the same mistake time and time again. Pay them well and give them time off. There’s no need to compare your place to McDonald’s because you are not the biggest hamburger chain in the world, so forget the pay standard they set and follow the standard 25% bar pay rule that I mentioned above. When your business gets better, either pay your employees more or hire more staff.

When making your menu, make sure your prices are right. As long as you follow the 25% you pay to your supplier rule, this should be an easy thing to do. You simply mark everything up four times. If you’ve scored a very cheap place to rent or have saved tons of investment capital because you’ve put in tons of your own time, well then you can start by marking up your menu a little less to relieve any guilt you might feel. But don’t forget, it’s really hard to raise your prices once they are set. It’s easier, on the other hand, to give away some free drinks every now and then.

Now onto what people really come to a bar for: the booze. Ordering your liquor isn’t an easy thing to do, especially if you’ve got wine on the menu. I’ve seen owners taste twenty bottles of wine or so before they find a single bottle they like and feel they can sell at a reasonable price. Get stuff you like and would easily recommend to others, and get a wide range of prices. There’s nothing like having people walk into your bar only to find that everything is either too cheap for their sophisticated palate or too expensive for their budget.

What’s in a name? A bar by any other name would smell just as much like stale beer, right? Not necessarily. The name of your bar is obviously very important. Think of it as your child. You don’t want to name your child something that they’ll be made fun of in school for, no matter what language that school is conducted in. So ask your friends about a variety of names and see which ones fit. Nobody wants to walk into a place that translates into “poo bar” in Russian. In addition, you want to be unique, so look online to make sure that the name isn’t trademarked because though today you might only own one joint, that doesn’t mean that tomorrow you won’t have the biggest bar chain in the world.

So, you’ve got your sign up, you’re ready to go, and you want to have a big opening party. I highly recommend not hiring a very expensive DJ or ten piece band to help you have it. After all, it’s your job to bring the people in, isn’t it? Not only that, but you don’t want to have people coming to your place for the one-time event you’re having. You’ve got to do this on a daily basis in order to pay the bills. And don’t worry about having a few goose egg days at the start. That’ll just kill you.

Do your books on a very regular if not daily basis. It’s an easy thing to do when it’s not piled up, and it makes the investor happy when everything is clear. That way you can easily see what affects your business and when or if somebody is stealing from you. Also, often take pictures of your staff, your bar and your customers. It’s funny how time flies, and it’s great looking back when years pass. Though you can always do your books at a later date, though this is not recommended, pictures can never be taken of the past.

Also as a final note, I highly recommend broadening your horizons. Have a bar that welcomes everybody, old, young, rich, poor, man, woman, pretty and plain. In the cities we live in, there are not enough wealthy, sexy business women to open a cocktail bar that caters only to them. Now I’m not saying that you should serve every Joe, Dick and Sally, but I am saying that you should go with the flow and welcome everybody who’s willing to contribute to the very general atmosphere you’re trying to create.

And really last, but certainly not least. You now own a bar, but that doesn’t give you the right to do what you want. I’m talking to myself here. Just because you own the place, doesn’t mean that you can drink all you want whenever you want. So what, you’ve got the keys, and you get the booze for cheap. Drinking every day does nobody, including your business, any good. And a bar owner should never forget that this place of business is just that – a place of business, one that needs to pay the rent, the employees, the suppliers and the taxes. Just because you’ve followed all of the rules and are profiting from them doesn’t mean that you’re the king of your castle. It’s hard, and believe me I know more than most exactly how hard it is, but that doesn’t mean drinking yourself to near death is excusable by any means.

People will puke on your shoes, piss you off, money will disappear, employees will leave without notice, your landlord will try to increase your rent, liquor prices will go up, glasses will be stolen, chairs will be broken, fights will inevitably happen, but you should know that going into this business. It is not for the weak at heart by any means, and most people just fade away after a couple of years, but it’s definitely worth giving it a try. After all, sometimes putting your money where your mouth is has something to be said for it. At the end of the day, it’s better than sitting at home watching the tube day in and day out. Oh, the people you’ll meet, and the conversations you’ll have, the stories you’ll hear, not to mention all the laughs, they are what make it worth it in the end. Because it wasn’t the booze that got you started in this whole adventure, it was the people.  

*Note: This wasn’t the way that I did it, but if I were to do it a second time in a new location, it certainly would be, so until then please “show me the way to the next whiskey bar.”

Whiskey Bars in Hangzhou:


Joy Bar 酒隐
5 Haiguan Road 海关路5号, 136 6660 2871, 7pm - 2am
87 Nanshan Road 南山路87号, 158 2121 5580, 7pm - 3am

Kamakama Cocktail & Kitchen
104, 3rd Lane, Longxiangli, Zone B, Hubin InTime Mall, 255 Yan'an Road 延安路255号湖滨银泰B区龙翔里三弄104, 0571 8798 1819, 11am - 2am

Mill
77 Yile Road (close to West Wen’er Road) 益乐路77号(近文二西路), 0571 8891 2175, 1pm - 2am

Smoky Bar 醺
Room 1-3, 2/F, Building 32, Qingchun Fang, Dafuqing Lane 大福清巷青春坊32幢2楼1-3室 (嘉德广场旁), 0571 5613 9111, 7pm - 2am

Aurora Lounge
86 East Huancheng Road 环城东路86号(老浙大横路与环城东路交叉口), 0571 8580 3206, 7pm - 2am

H Lounge 西拉酒吧
7 Paomachang Lane 跑马场路7巷, 0571 8880 9701, 7pm - 2am

Mora Whisky & Cocktails 莫拉酒吧
145 Jiangnan Avenue, Binjiang 滨江江南大道145号, 137 3804 4196, 2pm - 2am

Xiang Lounge 響Lounge
1-3/F, Longhe International, 1961 Jianghui Road, Binjiang 滨江江晖路1961号隆和国际1-3楼, 0571 8887 7798 

 

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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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