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New Regulations Mean Rude Shanghai Taxi Drivers Can Be Fined

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Shanghai Expat: Shanghai’s public transport department have introduced new regulations for taxi drivers in the ‘Hai in an effort to improve the city’s taxi industry. Drivers that are impolite and rude will be fined 200 yuan, (which equates to around 99% of cab drivers here). Other guidelines were posted on the department’s official WeChat account yesterday, which include requiring vehicles …

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An Arts Explosion Takes Shanghai

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In Shanghai, the historic Bund grabs much of the spotlight — the stretch of former banks and trading houses along the Huangpu River, built a century ago in a kaleidoscope of architectural styles, is a monument to the grandeur of another era. It can also be downright suffocating on weekends, with tourists jostling for selfie positions. For congestion-weary residents, another …

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How To Cope With A Bad China Day

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Honestly, there are moments, hours, or entire days when we’ve said, “I hate China.” This thought is usually predicated by an incident, or rather several incidents that culminate in us losing it. It’s a broad, absolute statement that we know is false, even as we say it, but we’ve said it. The exception here is, of course, cursing the internet …

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The Man Who Changed the Face of Shanghai

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Until recently, the name Sassoon — or, more exactly, Sir Ellice Victor Sassoon, the third baronet of Bombay — had been all but effaced from the streets of Shanghai. The scion of a Baghdadi Jewish family, educated at Harrow and Cambridge, Sassoon shifted the headquarters of a family empire built on opium and cotton from Bombay to Shanghai, initiating the …

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6 ways Shanghai is unique in China – CNN.com

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(CNN) — Even during the harshest periods of the communist era, being Shanghainese had a special cachet in China. The city and its residents were a synonym for Western fashion and open-minded attitudes, as different as could be from their Mao-pin wearing comrades. Its personality remains just as strong today. Shanghai is an unusual place. It’s Chinese, but not entirely; …

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Ten Steps to Becoming a Local Lao Wai

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China is amazing country to visit, right? Do you still remember the first time you came to China? Everything seems different, strange and interesting. Of course, there are different sights and habits new habits to get used to and a new to learn a new language. Settling down in any new places takes time and efforts at the very beginning. You may …

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Music Monday: Boy Meets Girl

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The word “festival” often gets thrown around Shanghai to describe events that have questionable-at-best festival qualities. I’m not going to get into the semantics of what a music festival’s true purpose is or should be, but I’ll go ahead and give you a basic definition – it’s the number eight. That’s a minimum of eight hours of music from eight …

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Jing’an street routes for joggers proposed

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For an increasing number of joggers in Shanghai, the city isn’t runner-friendly, with all the pollution and traffic, particularly in the city center. But now for Tseng and many other runners in Jing’an District, there might be good news. Recently, officials at the Jing’an land planning and management bureau unveiled a proposal for running facilities in the area. via Jing’an …

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Bulldozing the past in name of progress

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CENTURY-OLD shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the pursuit of old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok’s Chinatown for generations. But probably not for much longer. Jackhammers and cranes are closing in on one of the last historic quarters of Thailand’s capital city as developers and city authorities pursue …

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6 incredible handicrafts found in Nanjing, China

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With more than 6,000 years of history, China’s ancient capital of Nanjing has been the birthplace of many of the country’s most intriguing traditional arts. Today, a handful of skilled artisans are keeping these endangered practices alive. Sophisticated and elegant yet not exclusive to the wealthy, these six Nanjing art forms offer insight into China’s diverse yet dwindling collection of …

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NYU opens its new Shanghai campus

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Over the past weekend, 296 students from 46 different countries – including 151 young scholars from China – arrived for fall semester registration at the newly opened New York University (NYU) campus building on Century Avenue in Pudong New Area. NYU Shanghai was officially opened last year in association with East China Normal University, although at that time, classes were …

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How to improve Shanghai

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Blogger of the week Sue Anne Tay of Shanghai Street Stories takes 60 seconds to talks us through what she would do to improve the urban environment of China’s biggest city and make its modern financial downtown area more amenable to weary pedestrians and confused visitors alike.  Watch video.