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Shanghai Luxury Car Service

Looking for Western drivers with a Shanghai airport car service? We know all too well that arriving at an airport in Shanghai is not as user-friendly as in some countries. Local drivers will try to cheat, lie, arrive late (or not at all). Local ‘service’ standards mean smelly cars, gruff drivers, and worse, dangerous driving […]

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Best VPN for China expats

Astrill has proven the best over the years. I have used Astrill for four years and not once had a problem. It’s the fastest (tip — use Japan for quickest downloads e.g. from wetransfer), simplest and the price is great. Visit their site for current pricings.  

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Shanghai Airport Pick Up

When you arrive to Shanghai, it’s great to use an English-speaking Shanghai airport collection. The alternative options are: Over-priced hotel collections with a non-English speaking driver The dread taxi, a filthy, stinky crash-box Drivers that will arrive late, drive dangerously or the wrong way To be collected in style, on time and driven safely to […]

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Original Shanghai fashion: Emily Keller

Emily Keller is a new fashion label created and made in Shanghai. This video says it all, and will likely get you more interested in the brand and clothes!  

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Quote of the day

Quote of the decade on this website, because we don’t do quotes. But here’s a rather prescient one from Oscar Wilde: “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing” Deep.

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Top news for cook-at-home expats: City Super on Huaihai Rd.

You may know that the shopping mall re-opened at Times Square on Huaihai Road. This is because they had a ‘Lane Crawford re-opening party’, so many – many – people thought that this would just be the kind of irregular, non-representative ‘party’ occasion that they would choose to photograph themselves at and them upload to […]

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Touch Mall, South Xujiahui

The financial cleansing of the South riverside area was certainly a boon for property developers, as precious new square-footage was made available for very tall apartment buildings that you or I cannot afford.   Quite where all of this RMB comes from is not our interest. What we do all have in common is the […]

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Green Tea Latte for 1 RMB per cup

One RMB! Well, not including the price of the milk, so maybe 3 – 5 RMB per cup. Still better than a ridiculous 36 RMB drink of sweet vanilla syrup-y goo from Starbucks. Go to Taobao to search for this green tea latte / matcha powder 茶姆【买2送1共600g】抹茶星巴克烘焙 日式抹茶粉 食用绿茶粉包邮 Easy as that! All you need […]

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In praise of Uniqlo

Many people in Shanghai (and the world) take their clothes as the single most important thing in their life. I don’t understand such people. Fashion can be a hobby or even a love, but the idea of spending a huge effort (and expense) and intense thought over how to dress oneself – without seeing the […]

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