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Showing off Shanghai: 6 Restaurants to Impress Out-of-Town Clients

When you need to wine and dine an important client in Shanghai, choosing the right restaurant or bar is key. From stunning rooftop views to authentic soup dumplings, here are our favorite spots to entertain out-of-town clients in the Pearl of the Orient. Read more>>

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Taking the Goat by the Horns: Chinese New Year in Shanghai HOT

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The rush around Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is legendary. For those who are too poor, too disorganized or too agoraphobic to leave Shanghai, we’ve compiled a list of some great activities for this CNY that won’t require you to ...... Read More>>

Exploring Shanghai on Two Wheels: 4 Great Cycle Routes to Try HOT


If you enjoy cycling, exploring by bike is one of the best ways – it is cheap, healthy, and fun. These are four suggested cycling routes in Shanghai complete with directions and information on things you can’t miss on the way! ... Read More>>

Feeling the Need for Speed? Extreme Sports in Shanghai HOT

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If you’re a daredevil that loves to feel your heart thumping, Shanghai has many activities to offer be them in the air, on water, by motor or in the woods. ... Read More>>

Useful Apps for Living in Shanghai HOT


There are a plethora of smartphone and it can be exhausting trying to find the right apps for travelling and living in Shanghai. Well, we’ve tried out a few of the more useful ones and aggregated a list of the ones that are worth downloading. ... Read More>>

Shanghai Forest Parks: The Perfect Escapes from the City HOT

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Shanghai may be known as a pulsating city with a thriving nightlife, dining and shopping scene, but what many may not know is that the city is also home to numerous forest parks. If it’s respite from the urban jungle that you need, consider heading to one ...... Read More>>

Cool Down at These Thrilling Water Parks in Shanghai HOT

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With the recent sizzling heat wave over Shanghai, you may be forgiven for mistaking the city for a giant sauna. Why not head to one of Shanghai’s water parks and cool down through the power of water? ... Read More>>

Best Outdoor Patios in Shanghai – Former French Concession Edition HOT

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Summer is here so what better way to enjoy the charms of the city than by lounging on an outdoor patio? Our second entry of an ongoing series profiles everyone’s favorite Shanghai staple: the former French Concession. ... Read More>>

Best Rooftop Patios in Shanghai – Bund Edition HOT

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There is no shortage of rooftop patios in Shanghai, so we’ve decided to uncover the best spots one area at a time. Under the microscope in this edition: The Bund – Shanghai’s ever famous waterfront area and magnet of fine wining and dining. ... Read More>>

Embrace the Outdoors: Best Nature Walks Near Shanghai HOT

The weather is warming up in Shanghai and you know what that means – time to open the windows, turn on the fans, and get the hell out of your apartment into the great outdoors! This article introduces four fantastic spots for nature walks near Shanghai. ... Read More>>

Scoot Over: Where to get a Fixed Gear Bike in Shanghai HOT

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In case you haven't been outside recently, let me present a newsflash: fixed gear bikes are in. What started as a niche group of serious bikers has effectively grown to the point of being trendy, and Shanghai has jumped on board with both feet in. Luckily, ...... Read More>>

Yu Garden: The Poetic Beauty of Old Shanghai HOT

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It's generally accepted that when tourists want 'Old China', they go to Beijing. Shanghai is seen more as 'Cosmopolitan China'. While that's all fine and dandy, it's important to remember that, despite the hustle and bustle that goes on here, Shanghai ...... Read More>>

7 Things You Must Do in Shanghai Before You Leave HOT

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So your time in Shanghai is coming to a close. Whether it's because you're changing jobs, changing significant others, or just tired of playing the China game, leaving this place can be harder than you expect. While you've had plenty of experiences – both ...... Read More>>

Escape the Urban Jungle: 4 Nature Getaways from Shanghai HOT

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Let's face it: Shanghai is a concrete jungle. With a population upwards of 20 million, it's really hard to just get piece of mind, a square meter to call your own for ten minutes or even just to enjoy reading a novel without someone reading over your ...... Read More>>

Eco-Warrior: The Ultimate Guide to Green Living in Shanghai HOT


For those who seek it out, Shanghai has a growing scene of restaurants, organisations, shops and recreational clubs that are dedicated to providing environmentally-responsible options for consumers. If you are an eco-conscious person who carries a personal ...... Read More>>

Breaking a Sweat: 4 Activity-Based Day Trips from Shanghai HOT

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Have a lazy weekend coming up but don't want to bother planning a weekend trip? Has the warm weather inspired you to get outside and get active but you don't know where to start? Rest assured that there are some great – and rather unusual – all day ...... Read More>>

Want a Free Workout? Check out These Jogging Routes in Shanghai HOT

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Having been a regular jogger for five years back home, when I was relocating from the spacious suburbs of Toronto to the densely populated city of Shanghai in 2009, one of my biggest worries was that my exercise routine would be interrupted. ... Read More>>

Luxury Lost in Nature: Naked Stables Private Reserve HOT

Nestled on 60 acres in the foothills surrounding the Shanghai area's most famous mountain, Moganshan, naked Stables Private Reserve is intent on taking the concept of an eco resort to the next level. We're talking serious luxury in a stunning locale, all ...... Read More>>

Hunting Down Flowers and Plants in Shanghai’s Urban Jungle HOT

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Shanghai may well be an urban jungle, but locating actual foliage, blossoms and greenery to spruce up your apartment can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, houseplants can have numerous health benefits as well. ...... Read More>>

5 Tips for Surviving Shanghai’s Scorching Heat HOT

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Shanghai summers are infamous. Ranking right up there in expats' list of “Favorite Things to Kvetch About” (along with polluted air and the lack of rainy day taxis), hot weather seems to take us by surprise every year. The humidity that makes ...... Read More>>

Shanghai's Best (and Closest!) Beaches HOT


Everyone's looking for a beach getaway during these hot summer months. Unfortunately, Shanghai is not exactly renowned for its clear, blue ocean and soft, sandy shore. Nevertheless, there are some options relatively close by for those willing to venture ...... Read More>>

Where to Buy Outdoor Sports Gear in Shanghai HOT

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With the weather warming up and spring (hopefully) on the horizon, now is the perfect time to start thinking about outdoor sports. While Shanghai may not seem like the ideal place to pursue things like hiking, camping, or biking, there are plenty of places ...... Read More>>

Shanghai’s Top 5 Spots for a Picnic HOT

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The spring season which seems to last, oh, all of about two weeks here in Shanghai is upon us, so now is the time to jump on that age old tradition we all know and love from childhood – going on a picnic! Admittedly it can be difficult to find a patch of ...... Read More>>

Water Villages: Exploring Shanghai’s Backyard Waterways HOT


The towns of Hangzhou and Suzhou are famous for their lakes and canals. Lying just a couple of hours from Shanghai, they are a firm favourite for tourists, and city dwellers eager for some peace and quiet. But what if you’ve already seen Hangzhou ...... Read More>>

Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Shanghai HOT

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Shanghai is a massive city, but it really doesn’t take very long to see all the main attractions. Once you’ve done the Bund, the museums, the French Concession stroll, People’s Square, and Yu Yuan, there isn’t an awful lot else. But we’ve dug up some ...... Read More>>

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