china, Kitajska, Organizacija, Potovanje, Uncategorized

Najbolj uporabne mobilne aplikacije za bivanje na Kitajskem

WeChat: osnovno sredstvo za bivanje na Kitajskem. WeChat je mobilna aplikacija za komunikacijo (klici, sporočila, pošiljanje slik, videev) in še mnogo več. Z WeChatom si lahko s prijatelji delite lokacijo in se najdete, saj na Kitajskem googlemaps ne dela. Z WeChatom lahko tudi (če imate kitajsko bančno kartico) plačujete račune za telefon, vodo, elektriko… Z WeChatom lahko odklenete javna kolesa. Z WeChatom ostanete v stiku z novimi prijatelji. Z WeChatom na Kitajskem lažje živite. No, pravzaprav je realnost taka, da brez WeChata na Kitajskem ne morete obstajati.

Aplikacije za izposojo koles- Ofo in Mobike

V velikih kitajskih mestih se je ponavadi težko premikati z javnim prevozom, sploh v času jutranjih, popoldanskih in večernih konic. Hitreje se premikate, če si s pomočjo telefona skenirate QR kodo z enih izmed javnih koles in odkolesarite na drug konec mesta. Najbolj pogosta ponudnika sta zaenkrat OFO in Mobike.

Namig: Če QR kode ne morete skenirati ali pa vaša aplikacija ni povezana z vašim bančnim računom; sprehodite se mimo skladovnice parkiranih koles in poiščite tako kolo, ki je odklenjeno. 🙂

App za mobilno plačevanje- Alipay in WeChat
Na Kitajskem le še redko kdo plačuje z gotovino, še manj pa z bančnimi karticami. Aplikaciji Alipay in WeChat omogočata mobilno plačevanje skorajda vsake storitve- od uličnega čevljarja, restavracij, javnega prevoza in kakršnihkoli trgovin. Aplikaciji sta povezani s kitajskim bančnim računom, s katerega se odštevajo denarci ob nakupu skorajda česarkoli.

Namig: vprašajte svoje kitajske prijatelje za pomoč, saj mnogi tujci na začetku bivanja ne odpirajo takoj bančnih računov na Kitajskem.

App za naročanje taxija oziroma prevoza- Didi Kuaiche
Časi, ko si se kot tujec na Kitajskem postavil na rob pločnika in pomahal taksistu, ta pa je nemudoma zavrl in ustavil, so mimo. Sedaj taxiji drvijo mimo vas, saj preko aplikacij ljudje vnaprej rezervirajo taxi in prevoznike.

App za naročanje hrane- Meituan
Na Kitajskem si hrano in pijačo ljudje naročajo veliko pogosteje kot pri nas. Prijatelju, ki dela na drugem koncu mesta in je povsem izčrpan na delovnem mestu, lahko preko aplikacije naročite na primer ‘bubble tea’, mega hit, ki navdušuje ne samo Azijce ampak tudi vse tujce, ki so kadarkoli poskusili te zanimive in raznolike bolj ali manj (ne) zdrave napitke.

App za uporabo blokiranih strani in aplikacij- VPN
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, Gmail, Youtube, Whatsapp… so na Kitajskem še vedno popolnoma blokirani. Lahko pa si na računalnik in telefon naložite VPN, s katerim se lahko potem vseeno povezujete do omenjenih strani oziroma aplikacij. Če boste na Kitajskem dlje časa, pa boste kmalu ugotovili, da dostopa do omenjenih družbenih omrežij in spletnih strani sploh ne pogrešate več- ker imate WeChat, ki v eni sami aplikaciji ponuja celo boljše in obsežnejše alternative…

Namig: vedno nosite s sabo prenosni polnilec za svoj mobilni telefon, saj vam VPN zelo hitro izprazne baterijo. Sama sem imela na telefonu VPN express, ki je bil povsem soliden za brezplačno uporabo.
Neizogibno dejstvo: kadarkoli se na Kitajskem odvijajo pomembna (skrita in javna) politična srečanja, je povsem blokiran tudi VPN. Povabite svoje slovenske in tuje prijatelje ter domače, da si tudi oni naredijo profil na WeChatu in tako ne ostanete odrezani od najbližjih.

Pa še to- mnoge ostale aplikacije in ‘spletne strani’ so integrirane v WeChat- najnovejši trend so WeChat Mini Programms, ki je idealen način tudi za tuja podjetja, ki si želijo doseči kitajsko občinstvo.

Riževa polja in kolo
china, Kitajska, Korea, Organizacija, Potovanje, Uncategorized

Eight most interesting experiences in China

Main reasons for my longer stay in China were always related to work or study. Every time when I lived in China for couple of months and I had to put a lot of effort to consume my free time well. I am presenting you some of my most memorable experiences I have had in China. It was difficult to make this list because every day in China is a remarkable and bring something memorable.

Music festival in Shanghai; since my first interest into Chinese rock music was established in 2007 and I needed exactly ten years to attend a big music festival in China. My final thesis in the university was: ‘Rock music in China’ but I only attended few small concerts of Chinese bands in Europe. In 2017 I finally made it to the one of the biggest music events in China- to music festival Simple Life. It was worth to wait, as I was lucky enough to have two of my favorite performers on stage at the same day- I was happy as kid when I enjoyed the concerts of Pu Shu 朴树 and Escape Plan 逃跑计划.

Harvesting  persimmons ; I trust all of you expected I’d say I harvested rice, but I haven’t. For a while I was explaining to my Chinese friends, that I wish to experience something authentic, something which not many other foreign tourists had a chance to see or do. Obviously they heard my wish well and they took me to… persimmons farm where the owner gave us long sticks. We used it to pick up persimmons from tall trees. I wonder how many other foreigners had this experience in China…

Kakiji
Persimmons up in the tree

Tangerine scrumping; I still recall the memory on one of my favorite hostel I have ever been in China. Hostel is located in Hangzhou and the rooms and bedrooms are placed in traditional houses next to the forest. Location is really peaceful and not crowded at all. But what is more, in front of the hostel grows a tangerine tree which gives world’s best tangerines in autumn. When I passed the tree in the night, tangerines were literally glittering from the branches and I couldn’t resist not picking up few of them to have most delicious breakfast next morning.

Pogled na mandarine
View on tangerine tree
Vhod v hostel
Entrance to the hostel

Bicycle ride through the empty tunnel… empty streets in China? That sounds more like an illusion. Me and my boyfriend were cycling around Hangzhou and we came to the road sign announcing that further drive is forbidden. We took a risk and drove further which gave us one of the most unique experiences in China.  I can even say that the tunnel which we went through had quite a good air.

Tunel na Kitajskem
Tunnel in China
Short break in the tunnel

Unusual exhibition; have you ever had a kind of a dream, when you suddenly appeared in a dark room surrounded with numerous strangers? That happened to me in reality. By coincidence I entered one big shopping mall. Few steps I made and I saw a looong queue of people waiting for something. I came closer and asked a young girl next to me what is happening. She showed me her VIP ticket for some exhibition and then she called a security. I was ready to run away, but people were so crowded that I couldn’t move. Young lady explained to the security that we will enter the exhibition together. Tall dark men just nodded, opened the bar and let us enter on escalator. We were moving down, toward dark room with flashing lights. We appeared in one event, where all the visitors were walking around with the fine glasses of wine and trying to chat to each other. Many journalists were around trying to capture this unique event, which, up to now, I am still not completely sure what was really all about.

Opening ceremony
Opening ceremony

Rooftop Zumba; I might be the person who entered most fitness and dance studios all around Shanghai. I was in search for a good Zumba classes and I almost gave up. Usually the Zumba was made from too easy left and right steps, outdated music or amateur instructors. I was also subscribed to the news for upcoming events. On one sunny Saturday I went up to the rooftop right next to the Jing’an Temple. We were surrounded by other skyscrapers and it was the first time I came to such a remarkable location. The sky was blue and through the whole day each hour another workout presentation started. I waited for Zumba and I was surprised how many people came to attend it. There were not many Chinese but mostly foreigners. When the music started I finally felt a big relief as I immediately knew one hour of pure fun is ahead of me.

Zumba na strehi nebotičnika
Rooftop Zumba
Zumba in China

Yellow mountain (Huangshan 黄山); every time when I lived in China in big cities, I badly start to miss a real nature. Crowded and noisy parks are really weak substitute for it. So on one weekend we took a night train from Shanghai to Yellow mountain. The train was full and although we bought tickets more than a week before, we could only purchase the sitting tickets. All sleeping wagons were already sold out. To tell you honestly, a night ride in a crowded train with curious passengers was more exhausting then climbing to the top of the mountain. I was happy to see mountains around me but it was a little disappointing that they build stairs all way up to the top and I couldn’t feel real soil under my shoes.

Stopnice do vrha
Stairs all way up to the top
Navdihujoče gorovje
Inspiring mountains

Z vrha

Interview about my life in Chinese village; in the summer of 2013 I lived in a small town called Longlin. Most of the Chinese never heard about that place, but those who had, they all were surprised what brought me to the village in the middle of the mountains.  Most of inhabitants had never seen a foreigner living there, so Guangxi TV came and made an interview and a short video about my life there. It happened so fast that I only had few minutes to prepare for the interview. I showed them how I buy food in local market, how I did the jogging in the morning and how I was teaching kids. Only at the end of the day I figured it out I was speaking all time only Mandarin Chinese. Never in my life had I imagined my first interview can be all in Chinese.

Interview in Mandarin Chinese

 

 

 

Kitajska

Kitajski vsakdan- novosti in slabosti

Nekaj novih in starih trendov s Kitajske, ki oblikujejo vsakdan:

Nakupovalni centri; to, kar je v Sloveniji City Park, je v Šanghaju vsakih pet do šest kilometrov. Veliki šoping centri na vsakih parih korakih. V njih pa mnogo restavracij in trgovin z vsemi možnimi pripomočki in oblačili, ki naj bi vsakdanjik naredili lepši. Velikokrat se zgodi, da izstopate iz metro postaje naravnost čez nakupovalno središče.

Dostava stvari in nakupovanje preko spleta; če si zaželite mlečni čaj, izberite aplikacijo na svojem telefonu in si ga naročite kar v pisarno ali domov. Hlače, čevlje, kavč, uro, instant rezance, revijo, kuhalnik riža, vrata, šampon, pralni prašek, avto, zdravila, tapete, kosilnico, gnojilo za travo… Kar želite, to dobite… Na dom.

Čaj s kroglicami (bubble tea/milk tea) in sirni čaj: kitajski prebivalci stojijo v vrstah pred prodajalnami, ki prodajajo najboljši mlečni čaj v mestu. Različne okuse čajev (oolong, puh’er, rdeči čaj, zeleni čaj) dopolnjujejo s pravo smetano in na dno kozarčkov dodajajo riževe ali tapiokine kroglice. Najnovejši trend pa je v teh dneh čaj s sirom. Sem poskusila- res dobesedno enkratna izkušnja; beri: enkrat in nikoli več.

Sirni čaj- nov okus s Kitajske
Sirni čaj- nov okus s Kitajske

Gneča: na metrojih, v trgovini, na semaforju, vlakih, postajah, v parkih, turističnih točkah, restavracijah itd.  Za stvar, ki jo v Sloveniji opravite v eni uri, tukaj kljub tako imenovanem ‘hitrem načinu življenja’ zaradi gneče porabite najmanj trikrat več časa. Ter vsak dan tvegate, da zapravite vso mero potrpežljivosti.

Gneča na Kitajskem
Gneča na Kitajskem

Promocije z megafoni: kitajske marketinške kampanije imajo očitno vse skupaj isti slogan: ‘Glasneje- močneje’. Lahko pa je tudi boleče, ko hodiš mimo prodajalne in se prodajalka naenkrat tako zadere, da skoraj oglušiš.

Plačevanje preko QR kode in WeChata; najmanj petkrat se mi je že zgodilo, da nakupa v taki ali drugačni trgovini nisem mogla opraviti, ker moj WeChat račun nima povezave z mojo kreditno kartico. Tako nisem mogla kupit vode za leče, jogurta, soka in še česa. Skoraj vsak dan se mi dogaja, da se prodajalci začudijo, ko iz svoje denarnice povlečem bankovec, da bi plačala njihov izdelek. Skorajda začutim usmiljenje ob pogledu na tujko, ki še operira s papirnatim denarjem. Počutim se kot dinozaver. Tukaj namreč skorajda vsa plačila potekajo preko WeChata; najprej prodajalec ali kupec skenira QR kodo s pomočjo WeChata, le-ta pa je povezan z bančno kartico. Tudi čaj in kavo plačujejo tako. Seveda mi je nekega dne prekipelo in sem si tudi sama v WeChat vnesla številko svoje tuje (ne kitajske) bančne kartice. Izgledalo je obetavno, navdušeno sem se odpravila po nakupih. S polno vrečko in v najkrajši vrsti sem hitro prišla do blagajničarke. Poskusimo enkrat, dvakrat, trikrat… pa ni šlo. Morala bi imeti kitajsko bančno kartico.

Samopostrežna izposoja koles in električnih avtomobilov: rumena kolesa znamke ‘Ofo’ so na vsakem koraku na razpolago, da poskenirate (že spet) QR kodo na kolesu, ki vas vodi do štirimestne številke, ki jo vtipkate v ključavnico. Glasno piskanje ob tipkanju številke ter zadnji pisk odklene ključavnico. Trenutno velik trend pa je tudi izposoja električnih avtomobilov Evcard, ki so pravi hit in jih težko dobiš na postajah, razpršenih po mestih. Minuta izposoje stane 0,6 yuanov.

Ofo- izposoja koles na Kitajskem
Ofo- izposoja koles na Kitajskem

Spanje na delovnem mestu: uradniki, bančniki, pisarniški delavci, javni čuvaji, varnostniki, prodajalci… Po kosilu, okrog 13h boste po mestu lahko videli nemalo ljudi, ki so preprosto zadremali.

Spanje na delovnem mestu
Spanje na delovnem mestu

Ples na trgu: zvečer, med osmo in deveto uro, se na trgih in v parkih zbira generacija srednjih let, ki se sinhrono, v parih ali pa posamično, vrti v ritmih glasne glasbe. Simpatično in sproščujoče, tako za udeležence kot mimoidoče.