Archive for November, 2010

28 days later…

November 28th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Blog

28 days later...

28 day days after the closure and what’s changed in the city?

The first thing I noticed is that Haibao’s still around although those shrubberies depicting him are looking a little less pruned. There has definitely been an increased number of street food vendors citywide. But the biggest change for me has been the security team in the metro who are now less insistent that I put my bag through the x-ray machine – something I’m very happy about.

Interesting fact: when doing some research for this blog post I noticed that the Expo’s wiki page has been blocked by China’s firewall. Any suggestions as to why?

You can’t buy love with fruit platters

November 27th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Blog

You can't buy love with fruit platters

Spotted at Club Sky last night: Man in suit orders young lady a drink. Young lady shows no interest. Man in suit orders round of drinks for all lady’s friends. Young lady shows no interest. Man orders ornamental fruit platter. Young lady shows no interest. Rejected man sulks at bar while stuffing his face with 200 kwai watermelon.

Nellie the elephant’s packing up her trunk…

November 23rd, 2010  |  by  |  published in Blog

Nellie the elephant's packing up her trunk...

Quote from today’s China Daily:
“As of January, all 250 or so public zoos and wildlife parks nationwide will be banned from staging live shows as part of fresh efforts by the central government to improve animal welfare” – Xiang Mingchao
Bad news for people who enjoy watching dancing hippos in tutus but good news for the animals involved – or is it?

My greatest concern is what will happen to all those performing animals when they are made redundant. Aside from this upcoming law, China still doesn’t have any laws on animal welfare so many of these creatures will be left at the mercy of their trainers.

Lucy Yu @ Long Guan Dumplings

November 20th, 2010  |  by  |  published in T@lk

Lucy Yu @ Long Guan Dumplings

Born in China, raised in America, Lucy Yu talks with Shanghai Squared about her experience returning here to study. We sit down for some Xiao Long Bao in her favourite student hangout adjacent to Fudan University.

Jing’An Fire

November 16th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Blog

Jing'An Fire

Our thoughts go out to those involved in yesterday’s fire.

Pairs on the Streets of Shanghai

November 13th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Scene

Pairs on the Streets of Shanghai

Pairs, an energetic Australian-Chinese rock-duo, have been touring the China circuit for the past six months. With screeching vocals, fast paced drums and heavy guitar licks the band are renowned for their sweat-inducing live shows. We asked Pairs to switch off their amps and take to the streets of Shanghai armed with only a four-string guitar and tambourine.

Pho Real Lunch Set

November 13th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Blog

Pho Real Lunch Set

We can’t get enough of Pho Real’s 50 kwai lunch set.

Word to the wise: get the pork Banh mi sandwich as the pho itself isn’t as good as Pho Sizzle’s.

Keep it pho real.

City Weekend Party

November 12th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Blog

City Weekend Party

This is where we’ll be tonight.

The Chinese New Man?

November 12th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Blog

The Chinese New Man?

In the 1990s, Britons were surprised by the publication of a photograph showing a muscular alpha male holding a new born child. This marked the arrival of the new man, one who cooks, cleans and looks after children while retaining all traditional values associated with masculinity. In 2010, the population Shanghai were surprised by a […]



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