Overheated House Market in China

I wonder how long will this continue… Last Sunday I helped my relatives to buy two apartment suites in the peripheral area of Xiamen, and it was not an enjoyable shopping experience.

We went there at 7:30 a.m in the morning and only managed to meet the sales representative at about 11:00 am. In less than two minutes, we decided to buy two sets and rushed to the counter for the paperwork and deposit.
Everyone around me appeared eager to buy and the atmosphere was nothing short of feverishness. The media people came and there were two police cars in the scene. One of the security guards told me some people began to queue up from previous night.

There was a strange festivity in the air and everyone seemed to have a party. But the real winner is the real estate sharks.

I consider this is very abnormal and the real estate companies are making obscene amount of money out of the pocket of common wage earners. How long will this last? I am not sure, but so far the bubble is still growing, at least in Xiamen.

(photo shows people queuing up to buy the apartments)


How to bypass firewalls under Firefox

I previously used QuickProxy addon for Firefox but found that it failed to load Youtube for me. Today I changed my proxyfier into FoxyProxy and it solved all my problems. Here is a brief tutorial of how to use it under Firefox.

After installing it, you need to add a proxy server. Here I conviently named the profile ‘Beyond the Wall”.

Next step is putting in the address of the proxy server. I use a ssh tunnel between the localhost and the remote host, so the address here is and the port I designated under putty is 9000. Be sure to select “SOCKS proxy?” otherwise the page won’t load.

I don’t want to use this tunnel for all the sites, so I need to tell FoxyProxy to only proxify sites I want. Still under the new proxy server interface, add the patterns for the sites to visit.

I don’t know if configuring using this is totally secure and anonymous or not. If you know better ways to use ssh tunnel and Firefox, tell me.