Shanghai: Finding love the Chinese way

Barely two weeks into my China visit and I had already uncovered a plethora of cultural differences; some expected and some utterly foreign. Dating was one of these. If you ever watched the cracker of a dead-pan humour documentary Paul Merton in China back in 2007, you’ll be wise to the Chinese take on dating. (I can’t lie, watching … More Shanghai: Finding love the Chinese way

5 of Shanghai’s best bakeries and quick eats

I’m almost ashamed to admit that whichever stunning new country or city I end up in, there are always three creature comforts I crave: spaghetti, hot chocolate and pastries. Honestly, any of my friends will tell you I’m a fiend for those things. I can’t not have them in my life! I know travelling is about discovering new foods but sometimes you just need to hit that spot with a trusty old favourite. … More 5 of Shanghai’s best bakeries and quick eats

Shanghai: Nanjing Road and chatting Chinese politics with a local

Another Shanghai classic is the boisterous Nanjing Road, just a short walk from the Bund. It’s perhaps the shopping mecca of Shanghai. Get ready for some hustling along the pavement until you reach the main pedestrianised area of Nanjing Road (split into East and West). You’ll see lots of policemen with glow-y sticks and whistles, seemingly randomly … More Shanghai: Nanjing Road and chatting Chinese politics with a local

Shanghai’s underground propaganda art museum

  I think the coolest (and weirdest) thing I did in Shanghai was visit this underground propaganda art museum! Even on paper it sounds cool. While I like to think I was briefly part of some secret, rebellious movement, the government are actually aware of it’s existence and licensed it in 2012. Still, a bit of context, it’s … More Shanghai’s underground propaganda art museum

Bullet train to Shanghai: An unexpected odyssey

After the agro and hiccups I experienced in Beijing (read: stress induced crying and almost homeless-ness), I was pretty bloody excited to be going to Shanghai, especially as I had been promised that more people spoke English there. Hallelujah. I didn’t really have any expectations or preconceived ideas of Beijing but I definitely did of Shanghai so I was … More Bullet train to Shanghai: An unexpected odyssey