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Sunday, 26 March 2006

Start in China is a website about Shenzhen, China . It includes useful tips about travel , living & working , shopping and tourism in Shenzhen, as well as information about chatting with QQ .

I'm a Dutch IT guy who is currently working as programmer at Spilgames in the Netherlands. Previously I worked at Tencent (QQ) . If you have any questions, remarks or tips, you can reach me via 'Contact '. 

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MVV and inburgeringsexamen
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
This article only applies to the mixed couple that want to move to the Netherlands for a longer duration. It will talk about the requirements and procedures of applying for a special long-stay visa for the Netherlands called the "MVV" (machtiging voorlopig verblijf). Since a couple of years foreigners have to pass a special exam about the Netherlands and about the Dutch language before they can apply for this visa.

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Evergreen Resort
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Two weeks ago we went to Evergreen Resort in Nanshan district, situated against Nanshan mountain. I had low expectations, but it turned out to be quite interesting, especially for children. You need to buy tickets in what looks like a small restaurant next to the entrance. Be sure to keep these tickets, because you can later use them in the restaurant for face value!

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Athletics at Universiade
Thursday, 18 August 2011
Yesterday I went to the second day of the athletics competition for the Universiade in Longgang district. It was a very beautiful and hot Shenzhen summer day. I was sitting close to the Women's far jump, but could also see the track events good. During the 10K there was a Russian athlete who was way faster than everyone else from lap 1. He lapped most athletes and number 2 (a Japanese runner) was more than 150 meters behind. Two laps before the end I noticed he started to run more difficult, but with 1 lap to go he still had a big lead.

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10K men

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Most Universiade events sold out
Monday, 15 August 2011
The tickets for popular events of the Universiade have been sold out. It is no longer possible to buy the tickets online for any event. For events that are less popular or take place in the large stadiums there are still tickets, but you have to go to the physical ticket offices to buy them. If you want to watch swimming, badminton, Chinese basketball then you are probably out of luck.
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Women artistic gymnastics
Sunday, 14 August 2011
Today we went to the group phase of the women's artistic gymnastics event. We took the metro to the stadium in Bao'an and because we had our Universiade tickets already with us, we could travel for free! Just show your ticket and you can use a special Universiade passage way. The ticket is also valid for the way back, so keep your ticket! We arrived quite early in Bao'an and even though we had to pass security, there were no queues at that time yet.

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Artistic Gymnastics Women

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Watch Universiade Online
Friday, 12 August 2011
Universiade will be officially opened with a Ceremony tonight from 20:00 to 22:00 (Amsterdam 14:00 - 16:00, New York 08:00 - 10:00) You can watch the opening ceremony online on these websites. Search for the Chinese characters "大运" which mean "Universiade".

QQLive video:
http://v.qq.com/live/index.html
Search for "大运频道"
Notes: no special plugins required; just uses Flash

Shenzhen Media Group
http://www.sztv.com.cn/
Notes: you should see a small live broadcast in the left top. If you click this link , you get a fullscreen version.

Fisu Live TV
http://www.livefisu.tv/
Official English language FISU website
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Shops harmonized, guards in appartments and huge busstop
Thursday, 11 August 2011
I walked outside today and noticed something strange: the real-estate agents removed all their advertisements in the windows. At first it was just one shop, but now all 3 shops in this street have removed the advertisements. The lady selling breakfast (baozi, soy-bean milk etc) said they had to put everything inside; she officially was not even allowed to put her food on the street. So I paid more attention and also the drug-store downstairs has removed all their advertisements from the window.

You might think that I live along some major Universiade street, but no: not in a thousand years will any Universiade athlete or visitor come to our street; those shops are not visible at all from the major roads. This is typical Chinese style.


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Glimpse of Universiade Flame
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Everyday I pass the location of the Opening Ceremony for the Universiade by bus. Today when I went home I noticed that the scaffolding around the Universiade Flame was removed. Furthermore several balloons in the shape of the Universiade logo have been put up. I also noticed quite a lot of army vehicles, mostly hidden behind some bushes or on side roads. Normally you don't see much army in Shenzhen, so this attracts attention. I again saw the artillery, but couldn't get a good photo of it :( As these photos were taken from a moving bus, the image quality is not so good :

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