About: Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright is the founder and editor of Shanghai Squared. Prior to arriving in Shanghai, he lived in Vietnam and wrote for AsiaLife magazine followed by a stint in Istanbul. In addition to running Shanghai Squared, he contributes to GapDaemon, a UK based travel site.




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5 Places to Build a Fixie Bike in Shanghai

Fixed gear bikes are perfect for cycling in the Shanghai area, thanks to their lightness and toughness. Here are five great places to have one built: 1. Airwalk You may have heard of this shop under another name, as it was once known as Peeping Bomb. It’s now been rebranded to reflect the fact that […]

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Four wheels good, Two wheels bad

Since arriving in China in the late 1980s the country’s skate scene has been growing gradually. With the rapidly growing skate-savvy youth of the city and increasing skate-tourism, Shanghai looks poised to become one of the top skating cities in the world.

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Carrie Qian @ Red Town Club Hero

Carrie Qian talks to us about life as an estate agent in the city with the property market booming. The demanding clients and gruelling work schedule is enough to drive anyone to violence so we meet her in the boxing ring at Red Town Club Hero to discuss how she winds down after work.

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One night with the Drunken Dragon

Since April 2010, The Drunken Dragon pub crawl has been guiding its followers through Shanghai’s pulsing nightlife. The crawl claims to be the best way to meet new friends and offers the guarantee of a good night out. Shanghai Squared sent its cameras on-board the Drunken Dragon bus to investigate the legitimacy of this claim and to uncover what really goes down on this spirituous event.

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John Wang @ Shanghai Diaoyu Tattoo Studio

When entering Diaoyu Tattoo Studio, you would be forgiven for thinking you were in one of the French Concession’s many vintage boutique stores. The walls are lined with traditional Japanese masks, a classic Fender lies slumped against an amp and a fixed-gear bicycle is nearly parked in the back. This collection of all things retro-chic belongs to John Wang and provides the backdrop and inspiration for his art.

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What Shanghai’s Hotels Really Have to Offer

While Beijing is still the most popular city in China for visitors to the country, those who have the time and inclination to travel outside the capital will find that it is, in fact, not Beijing but Shanghai that offers tourists the most varied, bewitching and magical taste of this mysterious nation.

What’s more, while the capital offers many historic attractions and modern day wonders, if you’re looking for a little luxury accommodation during your stay there is no better destination in China than Shanghai, the home of countless high-end hotels and luxury boutique accommodations. Here are just a few that may catch your eye.

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Top 5 Things to do in Thailand

With cheap flights to Thailand and minimal visa regulations for Chinese nationals, it’s no wonder the country is such a popular get away for Shanghai residents.  Here’s our guide on the top things to do while there: 1. Eat in Bangkok Bangkok is arguably the street food capitol of the world, not only is it delicious but it’s also cheap […]

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English Fail

Spot the error on the sign for a new Lawson’s in the French Concession.

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Mark Ronson plays Private Party in Shanghai

Mark Ronson paid a flying visit to Shanghai this weekend to play a private set in as part of the Range Rover Evoque Live launch party. The Shanghai leg of the event, which took place in three cities simultaneously, went down in the The Waterhouse on the Bund.

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Calling all Shanghai Foodies

        What is it? At Dafoodreview, a large group of people gather together each week to taste and review Shanghai’s latest restaurants. Why go? It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, hang out with friends and try out new, delicious cuisine from all over the world. How do I get involved? […]

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