Shanghai Census or Expo Security?

Sunday, September 6, 2009 21:50
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Friday night, while hosting a dinner party, one of my friends was stopped in my lobby by a member of Shanghai’s finest and asked to present her passport. minutes later, “officials” who appeared to be with the census bureau were at my door confirming I lived there, and how many people were “residing” there.

Apparently I was not the only one as other friends have ben reporting to me a knock on the door, and while visiting another apartment block I saw the sign below that announces a Shanghai census. Perhaps it is just the timing, but with the Expo coming to town in 9 months, one cannot help but find it interesting that members of the police are supporting the census effort.

Shanghai Census

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3 Responses to “Shanghai Census or Expo Security?”

  1. Paul says:

    September 7th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Strikingly similar to the pre-Olympic crack down in foreigner heavy Beijing housing developments; which seems to have all but disappeared now.

    Several of my friends were stopped randomly on the street by members of Beijing’s “not so friendly” finest who insisted that their foreign friends produce passport, visa and temporary registration with local police station immediately.

    They were not so clever as to announce a census; just blatantly targeted foreigners causing a bit of panic and uproar in the expat community in Beijing. They did, however, clean up a lot of the riffraff .

  2. Jeff says:

    September 7th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Agreed with Paul. The PSB went into mass shakedown mode before the Olympics in Beijing, ousting foreigners from foreign-friendly buildings. This served two purposes:

    1) Make room for incoming foreigners in Beijing. The government was terrified that there wouldn’t be enough hotels to host the millions coming for the games. They even cleared the students out of the dorm rooms at Beijing Language and Culture University to make room.

    2) Get 3000 RMB fines from the foreigners they caught. Hard to say where the money went, but let’s just say police salaries don’t pay for the fancy cars cops drive off-duty.

    Win-win?

  3. Craig says:

    September 10th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    This is just a request for the ordinary registration required of all foreigners. You did register at the police station when you moved in, right? It’s the law, and it’s not a new one.