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上海人才类居住证的秘密(转载)

从上海市政府一推出之初,就一直宣传持有上海人才类居住证,可以享受上海同等市民待遇,那既然可以享受上海高等市民待遇,那市政府为何不直接给那些“人才”以户口呢,而是只给居住证。通过下面的比较,你就不难看出上海市政府的良苦有心了。 持有上海市人才类居住证,用工单位就得为那些外地人来沪的“人才”交纳四金,可以享受上海市民同等待遇,听起来确实非常诱人。四金主要保括养老,医保,失业,公积金(还有工伤,生育由于比例较小,且个人不交费,这里不累述) 第一项, 养老,这个问题是最让上海市政府头疼的问题,因为现在上海老龄化问题尤其突出,再加上以前的历史问题,这部分老人中有很多人自已都没有交纳过养老金,那这部分人这么办呢?现在在职职工养老金交纳,单位承担22%(计入社会统筹),个人承担8%(计入个人帐户),这样的记帐方式,对本地人而言,是无可厚非的,而对居住证持有者来说,就苦了,因为你退休后,不可能持有上海市才类居住证,就算由于特殊原因持有,按现有的规定,也不可以在上海办理退休,按居住证制度,你只能转回原户口所在地,而转回部分只是你个人交纳部分8%,单位为你所交纳大块部分22%,只能留上海,作为上海的社会统筹,光这一项,就能算出,外地人为上海市政府作了多少贡献,另外一方面,也可以算出你的转回原籍,又给自已的家乡增加了多少负担(因为你没有为自已的家乡作出多少贡献,却要回来养老)。 第二项, 医保,单位承担12,个人交纳2%,同样方法,单位交纳的12%计入社会统筹,而只有2%计入个人帐户,这项呢,在上海工作期间还算是实际有用的,但事实上,你这个期间生病的概率应该较小。而在你退休后待到体弱多病时,你唯一的选择是,你的医保也只能转回原籍,同样,你也只能转出你自已交纳的2%,单位为你交纳的12%,也就只能为上海作贡献啦,同样,你又要给自已的家乡增加一份负担。 第三项, 失业保险单位交纳2%,个人承担1%,按上海目前的居住证制度,你基本是不能享受的,交了也白交(因为如果你失业,你就不可能持有居住证,而在上海的人才类居住证中70%以上都是一年期的),而没有居住证,你就不可能享有失业待遇。 第四项, 公积金,单位与个人各交7%,且全部计入个人帐户,只要你想在上海买房就可以100%的享受,这一项是唯一对外地人有实际意义的待遇。不过本项不是强制性的,因为现在的法律没有强制单位一定要为你交公积金,

Expense for a round trip between Shanghai and Beijing

1. Meglav from Longyang Rd to Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) -- 40 (Meglav runs between 700AM to 900PM. One trip duration is 8 minutes. 50 for one way ticket, 40 for one way ticket with airline ticket, and 80 for round trip.) 2. Flight from PVG to Beijing Capital Int'l Airport (PEK) -- 470 (Discounted price booked at ctrip.com, including 50 airport fee and 80 airline petrol fee. The flight duration is 1.5 hours.) 3. Taxi from PEK to Zhong Guan Cun -- 108 4. One night stay at Home Inns -- 170 5. Taxi from Zhong Guan Cun to PEK -- 100 6. Flight from PEK to PVG -- 1260 (Full price ticket bought at Airport counter) 7. Taxi from PVG to Longyang Rd -- 120

Home Inns (如家快捷酒店双清店)

I was once in Home Inns Zhangjian. It is a three-star hotel. Not bad except the location - it is located at the end of Zhangjian Hi-tech Park. Again I booked at ctrip.com for a Home Inns nearby Tsinghua University. The price is CNY170 per night. It is not so close to Tsinghua actually. The location is in a poverty zone. You definitely agree China is a developing country if you look around the hotel. The mattress is not firm. The room is not sound proof. The toilet flushing next room sounds just like in your room. The worst part, it has mosquito, in March!

Tsinghua University and Beijing University campus

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House Price in Shanghai

Right now, the average price is 17000CNY/m2 for inner circle, 11000CNY/m2 between inner circile and middle circle, 9000CNY/m2 between middle circle and outer circle, 7000CNY/m2 for outer circle and futher. Zhang Jian High Tech is around the outer circle.

Google and Skype Gadgets

Blog management has been improved a lot since blogger.com 2.0. One feature is the layout can be configured on the fly. Here are some interesting gadgets for side bar. RSS feed, for exmaple add http://news.google.com/?output=rss for Google News, http://kunwei2005.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default for this blog. Search more feeds in Google Reader . Google Adsense Skype Buttons Another one is Google Sitemap to improve the site indexing.

The Departed

The movie is a Hollywood remake of HK movie Infernal Affairs. I didn't have any interests to watch the same story until the movie blockbustered Oscar. The heck, CNY 5 for a piracy DVD. The scene is bloody, with tons of slang. The cast is full house of top actors, good guys Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Sheen, Mark Wahlberg, bad guys Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson - directed by Martin Scorsese. Won 4 Oscars - Best movie, best director, best screenplay and best editing. Especially for best director, Scorsese can finally smile on the Oscar stage. Personal take, this movie is no better than HK original Infernal Affairs.

Enable Chinese Input in Ubuntu 6.10

To enable the Chinese input on Ubuntu 6.10 (installed on vmware player), run the following sudo touch /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup sudo chmod 646 /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup echo 'export XMODIFIERS="@im=SCIM"' >> /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup echo 'export GTK_IM_MODULE="scim"' >> /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup echo 'export XIM_PROGRAM="scim -d"' >> /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup echo 'export QT_IM_MODULE="scim"' >> /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup sudo chmod 644 /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup Ctrl-Alt-Backspace to reload x session. In the new X session, trigger the input with Ctrl-Space, and use Shift to switch.

Waiting a bus

The most convenient way from where I live to where I work is bus. I seldom take it though. This morning I waited for the bus, 2 stops, right in front of the office. The ticket is CNY 2 for air-conditioned bus, 1 for not air-coned. The passengers in bus are really packed during the rush hour, hard to board, hard to alight. I was able to board until the third bus came. Usually I take subway for just one stop, which costs CNY 3. If using a refillable board pass, I can get 10% discount after CNY 90 each month. Take a cab is the best, for about CNY 14, you are delivered within 5 minutes.

How network censorship works in China?

It is a known fact that internet contents are censored in China. The sensitive political and adultery related from outside China are filtered. The search engine (Google) and network hardware vendor (Cisco) were in top news related to this, as we all know. Because the limited gateways in between and SPs, it is not that difficult to monitor the flowing bits. Still it needs some intelligent to censor rich media bits, maybe there are some unpublished advanced technology used. Besides the technology, the mass of wise can also contribute by reporting to http://net.china.cn/

Smoking is still okay in China

No matter you are smokers or not, you are smoking. You can smoke at almost anywhere. Even drama actors on TV are smoking. Recently someone suggests more strict smoking ban on National Congress currently holding in Beijing. The answer from a State Tobacco Monopoly Administration official is eyepoping - smoking ban is not a good move for social stability.

Cold and flu

On TV commercials, you will notice one type of ads are so common - the drugs for cold and flu. Because people get cold and flu more easily and seriously in China, market is there. When I was at US, for the first couple of years, I never has a single cold. The American flu virus is nothing to Chinese body immune system. In Singapore, I had cold but usually just one or two days rest, it was gone. Now back to China, for the first 3 months, I had cold every months. The last one was over a week.

People, people and more people

You can not escape it. Together, lots of people waiting the green light, waiting the bus, subway, squeezing into the transportation vehicles. Believe it or not, the metro train doors have been malfunction now and then because of this pressure. When the engineers design the next generation train, they need to reconsider how to make the door more robust. The metro operators have given out hints - when boarding the metro during rush hour, face inside, arms hold in front of your body, so be the bag if any. This way, the operators can push you in more efficiently. When the holiday comes, unless you stay at home, you will again in this ocean of people, mountain of people again.

China Income Tax Rate in 2007

This tax rate table can actually give you some interesting clues on the expectation of so called middle class income. 21K seems to be the dividing line. I guess it is based on some statistics.

买房

浦东1.3万一平米的楼盘,春节前去看了一次, 还有低楼层和高楼层的剩下几个, 中间的都卖光了, 过了个春节再去, 一半已经卖出去了. 春节照例是休息的, 可是有不少海外买主会利用假期探亲的时间, 买几套, 卖楼的也高兴赚钱.不能在等了, 快抢!