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Official Sites GENESIS OFFICIAL SITE  

Believe it or not unlike its predecessors this one has lasted and is thriving.  The only official source of information on the web for Genesis fans worldwide.  It is real, it is rael.  You know you gotta go there.

PHIL COLLINS OFFICIAL SITE

Although there is no shortage of PC fan sites from all around the globe, rarely do you come upon an information-dense and adequately updated English site.  As a result this official site seems that much more authoritative.

STEVE HACKETT OFFICIAL SITE

I have to admit, I don't visit this one very often.  But that is only because my miserable modem prevents me from taking advantage of all the sound and video clips there.  But don't let that stop you, this still is the most updated official site from any Genesis member.  

THE PERCEPTION OF FISH

I was amazed by this site when found it in 2002.  It is extremely well-organized, very user friendly, but most remarkable of all, features extensive involvement from Fish himself!!  I wish some Genesis people (Tony? Mike??) could write frequent long e-mails to the fans like Fish does.  "Time to stop this dreaming, must rejoin the real world..." :)

Fan Sites THE GENESIS MOVEMENT  

If you are appalled by the overly crude design of my site, please go to Simon's site to see how a pro does it.  This site is possibly the best Genesis fan site out there.  You will find more info than you can handle there.     

TAKE A TRIP BACK WITH VOLKER TIRESIUS

Another extensive fan site, this time from a German fan who apparently knows Genesis history inside out.  He even met with Mike Rutherford at the Farm.  Another highlight is the rare photos of the band which are a real treat.

SOLSBURY HILL

Incredibly huge fan site for Gabriel fans, and in my estimation beats the PG Official Site by a mile.  The humor section especially is something you won't find anywhere else.  Oh, they make fun of Phil there sometimes.  I forgive them, the bastards :)

THE UNOFFICIAL TONY BANKS WEBSITE 

Sadly this may be the only Tony Banks fan site that is still up and running.  I am glad that it is there to provide Tony with some much needed exposure on the web.

THE SERIOUS CLUB

Excellent Japanese Phil Collins fan site featuring the cutest PC animations on the Internet!  Very pleasant visuals and design.  The webmaster really put his heart into it.

HANZI'S DAVE WANG NET 

Ever-growing gigantic mainland DW fan site featuring up-to-date news, complete album lyrics/info and a great selection of audio/video downloads.  As an added bonus, the webmaster is a funny guy.    

BUYI MUSIC NET - DAVE WANG: TOUGH GUY, GENTLE HEART

Although it may not be obvious at first, the webmaster of this site is also a DW fan, which explains why Dave is the only singer who gets his own sub-section in this general music site.  This U.S.-based site offers a nearly complete selection of Dave's songs in MP3 or WMA format.  While certainly nothing beats the thrill of listening to the CD recordings themselves, this is the next best thing for us poor Dave fans considering most of his original albums are out of print.    

Fan Forums PAPERLATE

The one and the only Paperlate e-mailing group.  Its members tend to be sophisticated, knowledgeable, cynical, and dare I say, a bit snobbish?  Genesis fans either love it or hate it, go there and decide for yourself.  If you are a serious Genesis freak (like me), this may be the place for you.

GENESIS TALKING SHOP

Another place where you can meet that rare breed:  the Genesis freaks.  Forever critical of the Boys and their work, yet never can stop talking about them and dreaming about a reunion...

THE PHIL COLLINS FORUM

The most active Phil Collins discussion forum period.  Without question, the main attraction is the man himself.  The "Ask Phil" section is a dream come true for Phil phans around the world.  Uncle Fish, eat your heart out! :)

CRJ AT BAIDU

Hands down my favorite fan forum at baidu.com. Dedicated to the life and times of the ever-elegant Cantonese singer Chen Ru Jia (1964-2004), it's like a support group for largely middle-aged CRJ fans who like to wax poetic and cry a river over their idol's ageless beauty, angelic voice and untimely death.  Sure, some may consider this depressing, but hey!  It can also be quite addictive.       

General Reference ALLMUSIC  

Well known encyclopedia-like site which provides detailed information on for all intends and purposes anyone in the music business.  I always check this site before deciding on trying a new artist.

 

 

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MOVIE REVIEW QUERY ENGINE

Another gigantic Internet database, this time for movie reviews.  If you are like me you would want to check out at least ten reviews before you go to a movie so this site is a must.

ZZ BBS

ZZ(aka Zhao Wenzhuo) fans tend to exhibit similar personality traits as the lovable action star himself:  laid-back, sweet and idealistic sometimes to the point of being naive.  It's a warm and comfy place shielded from reality, yep, we are talking about "a world full of people their hearts full of joy, cities of light with no fear of war, and thousands of creatures with happier lives, and dreams of a future with meaning and no need to lie, no need to hate, no need to hide"...  So before too much cynicism creeps up on you, come to this little corner for a nice escape, you may even catch ZZ himself and get to chat with him. 

LOVE CHEN KUN FORUM

Being arguably the most popular and promising young Chinese actor working today means Chen Kun has got a lot going for him.  However this could also translate into a great deal of pressure from all sides.  Every film or TV project he considers invariably comes under the close scrutiny of his expanding fan base.  Love Chen Kun Forum from the Chen Kun Namesake Website is the best run out of all such fan discussion boards.  More often than not, fans here are able to strike the balance between being constructive and overbearing.     

 

 

LITERATURE 

 

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YIFAN ONLINE LIBARY

In the vast arena of Chinese literature, whether the writing style of your favorite author leans more towards the highbrow or the masses, it wouldn't be difficult for you to locate a good selection of his/her representative work here.

THE COMPLETE ESSAY COLLECTION OF ZHU ZI QING

As a trailblazer in the field of modern Chinese essay writing, Mr. Zhu's influence and achievement in this regard is thus far unparalleled. His works are renowned for its elegance and purity, always a joy to read.

BA JIN SELECTION

This literary giant worked tirelessly throughout his long and fruitful career, leaving us with more than 10 volumes of <The Complete Ba Jin Collection>.  YiFan Online's selection includes some representative works from his early years, including <Family>, <Spring> and <Cold Night>.

WU XIA NOVELS BY GU LONG

Who is Jin Yong? OK, that joke was uncalled for. Though Gu Long's writing structure was not as rigorous as Jin Yong, the writing quality was also not as consistent, I personally highly admire his creative phrasing style and Hitchcock-like usage of intricate suspense.

 

 

FRIENDS 

 

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LOVE FOR POP CULTURE

The personal homepage of Lulu, my best friend in the whole wide world.  She is way more artistic than I am, so expect much more pleasant visuals/animations when you get there.

MY CLASSMATES AT CHINAREN

Cyber reunion of my junior high classmates from China.  Ah, those days of carefree youth...

 

 

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