About this blog

I lived in Shanghai from the last days of 2004 to the end of January 2010. This blog covers nearly three years, from the start of that adventure until September 2007. Its major themes include English teaching, which I reluctantly had to do in order to live there, also life and travel in China generally.

At the end of September 2007 I left China for two months. The previous month I’d started Mythbusting the Cult of Confucius, which I continued upon returning to China. Except for that, for the first few months after my return I didn’t work at all, and ultimately I never taught there again. I found a gig better than teaching, but I am not allowed to identify myself as someone doing it!

I stopped the blog where it is party because the new hermitic lifestyle at first didn’t result in so many interactive experiences; also¬†my former blog hosting service coincidentally shut down about that time and I didn’t want the hassle of moving everything. Mainly, however, I didn’t anticipate being able to do two major writing projects at once.

Now, in hindsight, I think those observations have some general appeal, and complement the book material. So here is the record of those days, restored and touched up a bit as of October 2012.

I will be adding new thoughts about China to a separate blog.

The above photograph is Shanghai’s Nanjing Road pedestrian mall, about half way along, looking west towards People’s Square. I took it on 25 December 2005.

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