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Editor's Note

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n an unscientific poll I conducted moments before writing this note, only one out of 10 people surveyed have more than RMB300 of cash on them. WeChat Pay or Alipay have now become their de facto payment method and they use them multiple times a day. Everyone had to think for a while before they were able to recall the last time they used banknotes and coins. Signs of China’s full speed dash towards becoming the world’s first cashless society are all around us. In 2017, the Middle Kingdom saw RMB81 trillion in mobile payment trans-

actions over the first 10 month, and the country is leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of the world in the technological development and adoption of mobile payment solutions. But as Chinese consumers and businesses continue to embrace the convenience of mobile payment solutions with open arms, our cover story this month reflects upon the benefits and consequences of a total cashless society. Turn to p42 to find out more. Elsewhere in the magazine, Arts Editor Erica Martin dives into last month’s controversy

April between Leta Hong Fincher and Roseann Lake over their books on China’s leftover women (p32). Meanwhile, in a more physical scuffle, Dominique Wong from our Beijing team profiles some of the top Chinese female MMA fighters (p10) in our City feature this month. Until next month,

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The wrap

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6 City

18 Life & Style

7 Scan and Ride

19 FIXXEDD STUDIOS

All Shanghai metro turnstiles to get QR code scanners this year

Fiona Lau and Kain Picken on their newest collection

10 Heavy Hitters

24 Connecting the Dots

China’s female MMA fighters go global

An inside look at Neri&Hu’s newest project in Yangzhou

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26 Homegrown Beauty Six beauty tips with a TCM spin

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28 Arts

52 Eat & Drink

32 Leftover in China

54 Spring’s in the Air

Do a scholar's claims of erasure taint a new book on leftover women beyond repair?

New seasonal menus to look out for

34 The Hormones Chengdu’s first ladies of pop-punk

36 Alpine Decline The Beijing-via-LA psych duo on their latest album

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56 New Restaurants Wanghong soup dumplings, yakiniku with USDA beef, French bread for days, and Japanese surf ’n turf sets

61 Mint Julep Logan Brouse dives into the history of this American classic


42 Cover Story The Cashless Age What are the consequences of a cashless society?

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63 EVENTS

APR 21 SAT

APR 28 SAT

Record Store Day

Excuse Me Band

APR 29 SUN

MAY 2 WED

Adesse Versions

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city

Heavy Hitters

Chinese Female MMA Fighters Go Global, P10

One Billion Strong P8

Self-Deprecate P9


tales of the city

SCAN AND Ride

All Shanghai Metro Turnstiles to Support QR Codes by the End of 2018 By Yuzhou Hu

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t’s been a few months since local residents were able swipe their smartphones in addition to an IC card to take the Metro. And despite complaints about heavy congestion at the turnstiles, commuters have been quite enthusiastic about embracing the new technology. However, it seems this enthusiasm may be a little too much for the Metro stations to handle. Commuters seem more than happy to queue up at the turnstiles that support the new Metro smartphone app instead of using the old school IC Card-only gates. Out of Shanghai Metro’s 11 million daily passengers, 25 percent rely on QR code payment to board the train on weekdays, and 20 percent during weekends. But at present, some stations only have two turnstiles that support QR codes. To make matters worse, a large number of

passengers often don’t prepare the app in advance, causing further delays for entering and exiting the gate. To satisfy the growing demand, Shentong Metro Group recently announced they would accelerate the process of updating all Metro turnstiles. “Our goal is to make all the turnstiles ready for phone scanning in the second half of 2018,” says Yu Guangyao, head of Shentong Metro, at the Two Sessions meetings in Beijing. Yu also confirmed that they would also soon be opening up a WeChat payment channel. In addition to QR code payments, face-scanning payment technology will be implemented in the near future. Once rolled out, commuters can pass through turnstiles by simply looking at face-recognition cameras. Of course, there’s one major caveat to this brand new system: the

Chinese-only Metro Daduhui app requires a local ID card to register, so foreigners are still unable to use it for the time being. It’s unclear when the Shentong Group will release a foreigner-friendly version. Scan the QR Code to read more about the Shanghai Metro’s new facescanning payment technology.

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the buzz Random Number

1 Billion — WeChat’s monthly active users They’ve done it – they’ve finally done it! WeChat, Tencent’s instant messaging app and social media megaplayer, reached one billion monthly active users for the first time in its history, Tencent CEO Pony Ma announced last month. WeChat came abreast of the billion-user milestone over Chinese New Year, possibly due to the 688 million platform users that were sending and receiving digital hongbao over the holiday. Dominant in mainland China, WeChat has experienced slower growth overseas and trails Facebook-owned WhatsApp by about half a billion users worldwide.

See the QR codes on this page? Scan them with the That's App when you see it on an article to find more multimedia, photos and videos related to the feature you are reading. Genius, eh? Download the That's App at www.thatsmags.com/app

Don’t You Know Who I Am?

The I-plane Ever imagine flying from Beijing to New York in just two hours? This hypersonic jet, according to researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, might be able to make our dreams come true. Dubbed the ‘I-plane’, its double-layer wing design would allow it to travel at 6,000 kilometers per hour, which is more than five times the speed of sound. While it’s still in its design phase, we certainly hope this will happen in our lifetime. Read more about the I-plane by scanning the QR code.

Quote of the Month

Fans around the globe expressed their grief last month over the passing of famed British physicist professor Stephen Hawking, but perhaps none were more saddened by his death than his followers in the Middle Kingdom. On Hawking’s final Weibo post, published in November 2017, users flooded the comments section with candle emojis and other virtual memorial symbols. Hawking’s superstar status in China should come as no surprise — many grew up reading his quintessential book A Brief History

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“Travel well, you are now in a parallel universe” — a netizen reacting to news of Stephen Hawking’s death

of Time. Hawking loved China, too, and visited the country several times throughout his career. Read more about how China reacted to Hawking’s passing by scanning the QR code.


E d i ted by B r i d g et O ’ D o n n e l l / c i t y @ u r b a n a t o m y. c o m

Zihei/zì hēi / 自黑 v. to self-deprecate, to put oneself down You have so many friends. Must be nice to be popular.

I'm sure my parents pay them to hang out with me. Haha.

So do my parents, but no one wants to take the payment. Haha.

Is this a zihei competition?

We’re not sure if it's life that’s become harder or kids that have gotten weaker, but sarcasm alone is no longer a sufficient coping mechanism. Now we need zihei as well. Literally meaning "to self blacken,” zihei is the practice of making fun of your own weaknesses before they can be used against you. It is saying "no girl will ever like me" before someone can ask you if you have a girlfriend. It is saying "your car is worth more than my kidney" before someone can ask you how much money you make. Whenever there is a possibility that a conversation will involve one of your vulnerabilities, you must immediately bring it up and expose it in front of everyone, so that no one else can use it against you. Failing this, you risk being teased mercilessly by your group for not declaring it in advance. Zihei has become an unspoken social rule because it is a fool-proof way to guard against humiliation. When a user on Zhihu.com (China's Quora) asked

why people zihei, the answer with the most votes was: “because it turns weaknesses into weapons.” Zihei is also an effective way to take criticism. Even Jack Ma, the last person in the world to be called a failure, had to zihei to get out of a few pickles. In 2013, Alibaba said it sold two million pairs of underwear on Singles Day, which could cover an area of 3,000km. When the Internet found out that it meant each pair would have to be 1.5 meters long, Alibaba apologized, saying: "This is why Jack Ma failed math in school.” Zihei is so prevalent nowadays that it’s a faux pas if you forget to do it. Next time you post a gorgeous selfie on WeChat Moments, don't forget to add the tagline "took 800 selfies to get one that doesn't suck.” Next time you tell your friends about your big job promotion, don't forget to say "can't believe my dumb luck!" If Jack Ma had to do it, you should learn it too. Mia Li

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The Female Fighters Putting China on the International Stage words by Dominique Wong graphics by Iris Wang


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he’s going to try and choke her!” a commentator yells as MMA fighter Xiong Jingnan, or ‘The Panda,’ jumps onto Singaporean Tiffany Teo’s back. It’s the first round of the inaugural ONE Women’s Strawweight Championship. Two women battle barefoot inside a round cage to the cheers of a rapturous crowd in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the unheard cries from streamers watching online. ‘The Panda’ slips off but manages to send a kick to her challenger’s face moments later. Xiong is lightning fast, and by the end of the third round, her opponent looks shattered. “Teo’s face is a mess,” the commentator observes. Shortly into the fourth round, Xiong’s relentless pummeling proves too much for ‘No Chill’ Teo. The judge declares Xiong the winner by technical knock out, and ‘The Panda’ is hailed as the first Chinese champion in the history of ONE Championship. Xiong ties the national flag of China around her neck like a superhero cape as she accepts the title belt, while the commentator booms: “The age of China is upon us.” MMA, or mixed martial arts, owes its roots to The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), an American MMA organization that pioneered the sport. Beijing-based Jiu-Jiutsu coach Andy Wang grew up in Denver, the city that held the first UFC fight in 1993. “There were no rules, no referee stoppages. It would just be a fight to see what star was the best,” he tells me over lunch. “Now, the UFC is a global brand. Back then, MMA was a curiosity. Now it’s an accepted sport.” Already popular overseas, the activity has gained traction in China in the past few years, with the number of combat sporting clubs in the country having quadrupled since 2008, the New York Times reports. Today, international organizations (called ‘promotions’), like Singapore-based ONE Championship, are increasingly visible. UFC held its first mainland event in front of a sold-out crowd in Shanghai last November.

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Meanwhile, events shown live on CCTV draw up to 20 to 30 million viewers, according to Jetli.com, a kung-fu blog run by the eponymous martial arts star. A combat sport that uses techniques from a range of wrestling and striking disciplines, like boxing, Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA bouts typically last for three 5-minute rounds. But there’s more to MMA than physical skill – it’s also entertainment. There’s the cage that spectators press up against; the ring card girls, skimpily dressed and generically attractive; the trash-talking and bizarre crossover match-ups (boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs MMA fighter Conor McGregor, anyone?); the over-the-top walkout music and booming voice of the announcer. Often bloody and always violent, MMA has traditionally been a male-dominated sport. However, awareness of women fighters in the sport is growing, thanks to trailblazers like Americans Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano. In China, fighters like Xiong Jingnan are making their own mark on the scene. Xiong’s title win has put her name firmly on the radar of those in the industry. I meet the champion and her manager, Libya native Ali Elezzabi, at their training center in Beijing, before she heads home for Chinese New Year. Xiong is nursing a broken hand, suffered in the second round of the title fight. It’ll take another month to heal. “Every time I had to think twice before using my hand,” Xiong says. “I don’t think anyone can understand how excruciatingly painful it was. But I had to keep focused during the fight.” “I was really excited [leading up to the fight] because I knew that if I won it, then I would be China’s first female fighter to win an international world title.” The Jakarta bout was Xiong’s second time competing in ONE since she signed a two-year contract with the brand last year (she was previously signed to Chinese promotion Kunlun Fight). Xiong’s contract means that she can


Above: Professional MMA fighters Tian Yang (left) and Meng Bo relax in their apartment Left: Tian strikes a fighter’s pose

fight in ONE events only. The 30-yearold’s first ONE fight was so impressive – she delivered a knockout in the first round – that the outfit promptly offered her a shot at the title. “She’s like a sponge,” Elezzabi says. “I’ll show her a technique and it’ll take her two or three times to do it. Most people go back to their comfort zone. She’s not afraid to lose, and that’s what makes her evolve.” Xiong’s success has opened the door to lucrative sponsorships, namely with Gre3n coconut water and AWBR Nutritions Alliance Jiu Jitsu China, both of whom she name drops. The importance of these can’t be overstated, Elezzabi says: “On a monthly basis, her bill can reach RMB10,000 on diet alone.” Although Xiong is from a working-class family in Shandong province, Elezzabi tells me that her family “doesn’t rely on her for support.” Yet financial reward is a major incentive for many in the sport, Wang says. “A lot of fighters, especially in China, come from bad backgrounds. It’s a way out. You don’t see a lot of rich white dudes, or any [rich]

“Apart from sleeping and showering, everything is with guys. Training, eating, everything” dudes, boxing in America. Here, it’s the same.” Wang, a former UFC fighter himself, has “seen it all” and doesn’t recommend going pro. “It’s a blood business. You will bleed mentally, emotionally, physically and, for a lot of people, financially.” But for Xiong, the sacrifice is worth it. “Before the fight, I was training so hard, I could hardly bear it, in my heart and in my mind. [But] the only thing I could see was the belt,” she says. “The belt is every fighter’s dream.” ‘The Panda’ may be a warrior in the cage, but, free from training, she lets her guard down. When told to ‘be herself’ during our photoshoot, Xiong bear hugs a punching bag with a huge grin across her face. Xiong credits her father as the person who’s influenced her the most. “My dad has seen all my fights. He watches them all the time. Sometimes I’ll get a call from him, saying, ‘I watched your fight, and you had a mistake here and here.’” “He always told me to be kind to everyone. I hope [I’ll also] influence others,” Xiong adds. “Especially Asian women.”

Although MMA is growing in China, event lineups are overwhelmingly male, Wang says. “If you go to an event, out of ten fights, only two of them will be women and the rest men.”According to Wang, the number of professional female fighters in China is still relatively small. “People want to see men because, in the end, what gets people excited [in sports] is violence. And men can produce more violence,” he says matter-of-factly. Between MMA and kickboxing, Elezzabi estimates there are about “six or so” professional female fighters in China. (The US, in comparison, has over 100 notable female MMA artists.) Professional MMA fighters Tian Yang and Meng Bo offer a more generous number. “There’s about 100 professional and amateur women [MMA fighters] in China altogether,” Meng says during my visit to the Beijing apartment she and Tian reside in. “But, really famous ones – around 20.” And men? “A lot more, about 500, probably,” Tian says. “But not many famous ones. It’s harder for guys because the competition is so good.”

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RIght: Pro MMA fighter Gita Suharsono prepares for a fight at the ONE Warrior Series tryout

Below: Surharsono spars with her coach before the fight

“The real prize is victory. It tastes so sweet, it’ s addictive”

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Tian and Meng, both 23, fight together and room together. While neither lay claim to an international title, Meng’s fight record has her ranked No. 5 out of female fighters in China, according to MMA database Tapology (Xiong sits at No. 3). Unlike Xiong, the two are free agents, meaning they aren’t tied to one promotion. Tian has fought for Chinese Kungfu (CKF) while Meng’s most recent fight was for Fight Nights Russia (FNR). Hailing from Liaoning province in Northeast China, Meng has ten years of combat sport experience. “When I started practicing sanda [Chinese kickboxing], there were only two of us [female fighters]. The other, Wu Yanan, is a UFC fighter now. “I started practicing MMA in 2012 because I wanted to reach the highest stage in the arena,” Meng continues. “At first, my family was worried. They’d ask me if I got injured or not, but when I continued to persevere, my family grew to support me.” Sporting glasses and layered up in winter clothes, Tian is relaxed and welcoming – a far sight different to her WeChat profile picture, a commanding shot of her silhouette against a sunset, one leg kicked high in the air, ready to strike. Originally from Enshi, a prefecture-level city in southwest Hubei province, Tian has practiced combat sports for four years. The Wuhan Sports Institute graduate comes from a fighting background. “My dad used to be a police officer and my uncle a judo fighter.” Like Meng, Tian says her family was hesitant about their daughter taking up MMA at first, but: “I was very persistent and dedicated, so they eventually had my back. They’re pretty open-minded.” The fighters train every day with different coaches, depending on their practice, but if they have a fight coming up, it takes them two months to prepare, Meng tells me. In addition to physical training, fighters also have to ‘cut weight,’ to ensure they stay within their designated weight grade. Tian explains: “A lot of Chinese women are uninformed about [combat sports]. They think their body will get bigger and they’ll hurt themselves. To them, MMA is really strenuous. They couldn’t accept this kind of toil, and they wouldn’t be able to bear it, either.” Due to the limited pool of fighters, women have no choice but to train with men, explains Meng. “Every day you need to practice with guys. Apart from sleeping and showering, everything is with guys. Training, eating, everything.” The upside of this, according to Tian, is that they “can train with guys that are better [than us] and this will help us improve faster.” When I ask about whether the industry is sexist, Tian and Yang say no. According to Xiong Jingnan, though, women in the industry are not equal with men. “Other people’s manner towards female players is different, whether its fans or bosses,” she says. “They even pay women less. It’s the culture [of MMA]. I just train,” she shrugs. Xiong regularly encounters stereotypes. “My family and

close friends accept me, but other people don’t see me as feminine,” she says. “They won’t directly tell me, but will ask, ‘When are you going to get married? When are you going to grow your hair? How long are you expecting to do this for?’” Even commenters on social media platforms will say she looks like a boy, or a “lady boy,” manager Elezzabi says. It’s hard to imagine male Chinese fighters receiving the same kind of comments about their looks. For her part, Xiong is nonplussed. “I cut my hair because it got pulled out while practicing Jiu-Jitsu. People can say what they want – I don’t care. I know what I need to do.” Although Meng prefers to keep a natural look when fighting, she doesn’t like women MMA fighters being put into a box. “Other people don’t have to say anything. At the end of the day, we’re women and we ourselves can keep up our own appearances.” Yang agrees, saying: “Even though we’re usually busy training, when we have time off, we like to do our hair and that kind of thing.” Because of numbers – and the added entertainment-value – Tian and Yang’s fights are always against foreigners. Yang doesn’t mind – in fact, she hopes that more women fighters from other countries will train in China in the future, because “if they come here, we can learn from each other.” One such fighter is Yang’s friend, Gita Suharsono, who is also based in Beijing. Over coffee, the Indonesian native tells me she recently transitioned from kickboxing to MMA. Tall and lean, Suharsono is a former journalist who, unsatisfied with her lifestyle, quit her job and took up combat sports to get back into shape two-and-a-half years ago. After one fight, she was hooked. “I felt so alive,” she says. Suharsono trained and has previously fought in Thailand. Although she has won every fight of her career so far, she is especially effusive about her competition in China. “Chinese female fighters are not joking. They are the toughest fights I’ve ever had, because in China, if you want to be a fighter, you really [have to] want to.” As a foreign female fighter in China, Suharsono is different. “A lot of Chinese women fighters are stockier. They train like that to survive in a male-dominated sport,” she explains. “But you don’t need to be like that – women can be anything. That’s the type of message I want to give.” “I’ve seen a lot of [foreign] fighters just do it for the money [...] but for me the real prize is victory. It tastes so sweet, it’s addictive.” A few weeks after we meet, Suharsono is accepted to try out for a spot in Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series. A former UFC middleweight champion and now vice-president of ONE Championship, Franklin travels around Asia, from Manila and Seoul to Beijing, to find the next undiscovered superstar fighter from the continent. The ONE Warrior Series is part reality show – in one YouTube episode Franklin’s colleague gets a tattoo in Bangkok – and part “minors to a professional league,” as Franklin describes it. Show participants who are offered contracts are guaranteed four ONE fights.

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The Beijing audition takes place in a combat studio in Haidian district on a blustery Sunday. Dozens of wannabe professional fighters wait nervously for Franklin and his team to arrive, while Chinese kids practice sports on the other side of the room. In addition to Suharsono, there is one other woman trying out – Shanghai karate teacher Wang Xue, who has traveled up for the weekend. Suharsono has a cold. She’s just come back from a training trip in Thailand, she tells me croakily. But, as soon as Franklin arrives, she rushes up to introduce herself and Franklin compliments her top – a Captain America muscle T-shirt. The two women, the second pair of the day, compete against each other in a series of grappling and striking challenges. Both are impressive. Suharsono, a head taller, is tenacious, all long limbs and fury. Wang is quieter, but grapples well. During the event’s lunch break, Franklin tells me he’s noticed an increase in female fighting talent while scouting in Asia. “It’s not just China,” he says, before explaining his surprise at turning up to auditions in Bangkok and Manila to find over half a dozen women trying out. “I don’t mean it to sound the wrong way, but when we thought about scouting, we kind of automatically thought,

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“A lot of fighters in China come from bad backgrounds. It’ s a way out” subconsciously, that we were going to look for male talent,” Franklin admits. The former champion puts the rise in female participants in Asia down to natural progression as the sport grows. Plus: “Martial arts are marketed differently here. [MMA] is marketed for things like self-defense, [but] that’s not how it is in the States.” When it comes down to actual signings for the series, Franklin says he doesn’t follow a quota. “Hey, Jonathan,” he yells to Jonathan Fong, director of ONE Warrior Series, sitting at the judges’ table a few meters away. “How many females did we sign? Two or three?” “One,” Fong replies. “Only one?” Franklin asks, surprised. “There was one in Manila we were on the fence [about] and we decided to go with her brother instead,” Fong says. “Oh, that’s right,” Franklin recalls. “OK, so we’ve had one solidly signed female at this point in time. Realistically, to build the sport, I’m probably more interested in

finding good quality female talent, than male talent.” “I’ve had a couple [of women] where I’m like, ‘Look, your time in the league is going to be short [at four fights]. So, I want you to work on X, Y and Z, and let’s see you try out again in six months.’” At the end of the event, both Suharsono and Wang are offered contracts for the ONE Warrior Series. Suharsono accepts. After some consideration, Wang ultimately declines. The contract offers are a good sign for other China-based female fighters hoping to have a crack at the international professional league. Meanwhile, back at Tian and Meng’s apartment, the two are adamant that more Chinese women will take up the sport and that the level of Chinese female fighters will improve. When I comment tentatively that, in the future, perhaps they will have the opportunity to fight against more Chinese women, Meng laughs: “No, a Chinese guy!”


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life &

style Building Walls

Inside Neri&Hu's New Project in Yangzhou, P24

Refreshed for Spring P20

Bowled Over P21

Staying Dry P22


spotlight

Fiona Lau and Kain Picken

Designers and Founders of FIXXEDD STUDIOS Interview by Dominic Ngai

Founded in 2010 by Fiona Lau and Kain Picken, FIXXEDD STUDIOS is part of a new generation of homegrown fashion labels that is changing the world’s perception on the concept of ‘made in China.’ We caught up with the Shenzhenbased duo just before their Shanghai Fashion Week show to find out more about their kuaidi parcel-inspired AW 2018 collection, and what it’s like to run a fashion label as a couple. What does the name ‘FFIXXED’ mean? KP: Our collaboration began as an art/fashion project and it wasn’t until a bit later that we decided to turn it into a label. We wanted a word that we could build our own meaning into. FIXXEDD references the idea of having no fixed location or meaning, while the play on the spelling means we could change or adapt the brand to make it our own.

Has your creative process evolved since the brand’s founding in 2010? Do you each play a certain role? KP: In the beginning it was really just Fiona and I, and it was really ‘DIY’ and a bit free form. Now we work with a small team to make our collections and shows, so there are more time and financial constraints. But this has really helped us to articulate our design process more thoroughly, and we still maintain a fairly DIY approach.

FL: We always work together during the creative design process and the development of the collections. But in other aspects of the business, we each focus more on certain tasks. I am generally more involved with production, while Kain handles press relations and other projects.

"FIXXEDD is an extension of our lives" How has the brand been received in China and internationally over the last eight years? KP: Japan was always our major market for a long time, but over the last two or three years, our sales and brand presence have become much bigger in China. During the last two seasons, we have been focusing more on European sales. I think that our particular ‘laidback’ style can fit anywhere. So what’s a typical FIXXEDD fan like?

FL: It varies. In Japan, we have a big following of guys in their early 20s, while our Chinese customer base is less youth oriented. In Europe, they tend to be a little more mature and are often involved in creative industries. Your design concept is about adapting to the changing conditions for contemporary living. How is this reflected in your most recent collection? FL: For the AW18 collection, we used parcels that come through our office everyday as our inspiration. We created this adhesive transfer tape that resembles packing tape, and made it look like they’re holding pieces of fabric in place. It’s about taking a new look at the materials we use everyday – materials that you

don’t necessarily associate with fashion.

As a couple, what are the advantages and disadvantages of working with your partner? Do you find it hard to unplug? FL: FIXXEDD is really an extension of our lives and it’s nice to see how we have grown together. The advantage is that you can develop a kind of shorthand working so closely together. The disadvantage is that it can be difficult to separate work from life, which is great when things are going really smoothly, but it can be difficult when the pressure is on.

KP: Yes, for a long time this seemed almost impossible, but we really made an effort to make it happen – taking small vacations during the year where we totally disconnect from work. What are your plans for the rest of 2018? KP: After Shanghai Fashion Week, we’ll be working on a really fun and interesting project for a new museum in Australia, so we’ll also be there later in the year.

See more of Lau and Picken’s designs at fixxedd.com

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SiDo’s ‘Refreshing’ Scented Products Since opening in 2017, SiDo’s house brand scented products have been some of the most popular among its collection of locally designed knick-knacks. ‘Refreshing’ is the newest scent added to SiDo’s growing aromatherapy line, and features a blend of rosemary, cedarwood and lemon notes that signify the transition between winter and spring. All handmade by owner Oway Lau, ‘Refreshing’ is available as candles (RMB105) and room sprays (RMB95) on Weidian and at the Yongkang Lu shop. > 60 Yongkang Lu, by Xiangyang Nan Lu 永康路60号, 近襄阳南路 (WeChat and Weidian ID: Si6Do1)

Converse x MADNESS Chuck ’70 Following on the success of their last collaboration in January, Hong Kong-based streetwear label MADNESS and Converse released their second pair of sneakers on March 24. Using the classic low-cut Chuck ’70 as a base, the military wear-inspired upper features two distinct materials – navy green suede and black canvas – for a contrast in textures. Available on Madness’ official website or at the Converse iapm outlet for RMB839. > mdnsonline.com

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“Twenty four years in the business is no small feat” … writes a fan of Su Mang on Weibo after the news of her resignation as the editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar China and CEO of Trends Media Group broke on March 13. Citing personal reasons as the main factor for her departure, the news is widely seen as another major blow to the fragile state of print media in China and around the world. The 46-year-old Shandong native was promoted to the CEO position of the publishing house in 2001. In addition to her duties at Harper’s Bazaar, she also oversees the Chinese editions of Cosmopolitan, Esquire, and more than a dozen fashion and lifestyle publications. According to her resignation announcement, her last day will be on May 8. > bazaar.com.cn

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Wan Gallery Wandian (碗店), or ‘bowl shops,’ have traditionally been places where locals can buy all types of household crockery items. While many of these mom n’ pop shops have closed down across the city in recent years, Wan Gallery, a cozy exhibition and retail space on Yongkang Lu, carries on this local tradition and pays homage to the age-old craft of Chinese pottery by showcasing the works of a new generation of potters around the country. Renowned voiceover artist Zhao Ming’s passion for Chinese pottery stemmed from his interest in porcelain teaware. Over the years, his Rolodex of pottery craftsmen grew organically, and many have been extremely supportive of Zhao when he decided to open

Wan Gallery last year. With monthly themed exhibitions focusing on a certain artist’s portfolio, or on different artists’ takes on a specific item (i.e. vases), Zhao sees his space as a figurative ‘bowl,’ an empty vessel which artists can fill with anything from daily tableware items to more conceptual pieces. Instead of just focusing on a certain task like the old days, Zhao says that a new generation of potters, who are now involved in the entire design and production process of their products, have been developing their own style

and catching up to the standards of potters from Taiwan and Japan. At Wan Gallery, you can find some of the works of these up-andcoming artists on display.

> 66 Yongkang Lu, by Xiangyang Nan Lu 永康路66 号, 近襄阳南路 (WeChat ID: wangallery)

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Connect the Dots Achieving Architectural Cohesion by Building a Series of Walls Project name: The Walled – Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat Location: Hanjiang district, Yangzhou Area: 4,200 square meters Design company: Neri&Hu Design & Research Office The brief: Originally a collection of old buildings and small lakes scattered throughout a 32,000-square-meter area, Shanghai-based architects Neri&Hu were tasked with transforming this property into a design-forward boutique hotel. The connective tissue of these scattered structures comes in the form of a series of walls that create pathways and courtyards for guestrooms and public spaces, while strategically placed architectural openings in these partitions facilitate the seamless transitions between the property’s interior and exterior. > neriandhu.com

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A bird’s eye view of Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat offers a complete view of its layout with all the passageways and walls installed by Neri&Hu.


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Greenery and water are used throughout the property to soften the strong contours and hard surfaces of the principal materials used for the reconstruction.

Built with reclaimed grey bricks with different degrees of oxidization and shapes, these walls add layers of depth at every corner. Since the walls are designed to match the height of the original structures, visitors can’t glimpse the buildings behind the partitions from afar. This was done intentionally to allow guests to have the experience of traveling through the halls and discovering the property as it gradually unfolds.

The architectural openings throughout the space ease the flow from one compartment to another, while also allowing the surrounding natural landscape to be framed to further enhance the cohesion between the inside and out.

The same grey bricks are also used on the walls and flooring of the interiors to enhance the cohesive design concept, while bamboo engineered wood and custom furniture and light fixtures by Neri&Hu add a contemporary touch to the spaces. www . t h ats m a g s . co m | ap r il 2 0 1 8 | 2 5


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Six Chinese-inspired Remedies to Improve Your Skin Condition from Within By Alexandria Williams

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veryone has heard of K-beauty, a trend born out of Korea’s ritualistic skincare and beauty regimens that have become massively popular around the world in recent years. But what about ‘C-beauty’? With more than 2,500 years of traditional medicine practices, the Chinese also have a number of natural beauty secrets that are deeply rooted in TCM theories. Here are six popular tips, some of which were given a slight modern twist, that will help restore your yin and yang balance while allowing your skin to glow from within.

Drink

Warm Water

This may sound silly to most Westerners, but almost all Chinese women and their mothers say it is the key to having ageless skin. According to TCM doctors and experts, warm beverages promote the smooth circulation of blood within the body and maintain the balance of one’s internal and external body temperature. If you don’t follow this key step, the others won’t even matter.

Instructions:

Swap cold or room temperature drinks with warm ones (at least 37 degrees Celsius – the average core body temperature of a healthy person).

Rice Water

Ice Cubes

It’s not uncommon for the Chinese to wash their faces with rice-soaked water, as many believe the cloudy residue is packed with nutrients. In addition, rice water is said to have the ability to eliminate dirt and oil on the skin, and some even use it to treat or prevent acne outbreaks. A perfect skin-toning agent, rice water ice cubes can be easily made at home to give your skin a refreshing boost each morning.

Take one cup of dry rice and give it a quick rinse to get rid of any dirt. Put the rice into two cups of room temperature water and let it soak for 15 minutes. Then, drain the rice water into a large container. From there, you can siphon this cloudy beauty elixir into an ice cube tray in even portions and leave it in the freezer. Take out one or two rice water ice cube pieces in the morning and gently rub them onto your cleansed face.


Jade

Rollers

Jade has been used for ceremonial purposes in China since the Neolithic period. In addition to being a beautiful adornment, this precious stone may also have a number of health benefits. In Compendium of Materia Medica, Li Shizhen stated that wearing jade close to the body could improve one’s vitality. And in recent years, jade roller, an age-old Chinese beauty tool known for its ability to brighten the complexion and assist lymphatic drainage, have become very popular outside the country.

Green Tea

Rinse

One of the most widely consumed beverages in China, green tea is grown throughout the country’s mountainous regions. Its importance to Chinese culture and history, as well as its health benefits, were documented in Tang dynasty scholar Lu Yu’s book, Tea Classic. With a high level of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, drinking green tea has become an essential part of the diet for many. Not a fan of its grassy flavor? Try a quick and simple green tea facial rinse, which is easily achievable with loose tealeaves or teabags, and allow your skin to absorb all the benefits of the drink through your pores.

Place your jade roller in the freezer overnight. After cleaning the face with a water-based cleanser, apply a small amount of eye cream under the eyes. Then, take the smaller end of the jade roller and gently rub the eye cream by rolling from the corner of the eye towards the ears. For other areas of the face, take a small amount of aloe vera serum and lightly coat the larger end of the jade roller. Then, with medium pressure, roll across the face from the nose towards the ears, paying special attention to areas in puffiness.

Steep two tea bags (or 2.5 grams of loose-leaf green tea) in six ounces of boiling water for 10-15 minutes, and let the tea sit for a bit. While the hot liquid is cooling down, enjoy a hot shower or cover your face with a hot towel, to open up your pores. Take the cooled green tea and use it to give your face a quick rinse, which is said to be able to get rid of dark eye circles.

Yakult and Mung Bean

Facial Mask

Mung bean facial masks were a favorite of Chinese empresses for centuries thanks to their strong ‘cooling properties’ making them a great natural remedy against acne outbreaks and scars. Modern Chinese beauty specialists have also combined Yakult to mung bean powder to create a creamy, restorative combo-mask that can brighten up skin complexion and facilitate the fading of scars.

Mix two tablespoons of mung bean powder with three tablespoons of Yakult. Stir until the powder takes on the texture of toothpaste. After mixing, massage the paste onto the face and leave for 10 minutes. Repeat daily.

Goji Berry

Mask

Often added to teas and soups, goji berries have high levels of antioxidants and are said to be able to help the skin absorb nutrients. In TCM, they are also recognized for their ability to improve and protect one’s eyesight. Besides eating them, you can also make masks with these beta-carotene-packed superfruits to help improve the complexion and reduce acne scars.

Take four to five goji berries and soak them in warm water for 15 minutes. Then, mash them and add ¼ tablespoon of honey. Spread onto skin and let the paste sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.


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Nocturnes

The Beijing Duo on Their First China Tour By Bryan Grogan

Leslie Liu and Dave Carey of indietronica band Nocturnes made waves on the Beijing scene last year with their EP Dust into Glory, which they followed shortly with their debut studio album, Lines Written in Code. Carey’s previous stint as guitarist in the short-lived Irish band The Empire Lights has given him industry insight, while Liu brings PR knowledge and business acumen from her full-time job in Ruder Finn. Nocturnes will embark on their first major tour of China this month with 11 dates up and down the country. We spoke with the duo before they set off.

How long did it take you guys to make your debut album, Lines Written in Code? DC: We released our previous EP, Dust Into Glory, in March 2017, and we had already sketched out a few songs at that point. We finished recording by September and then it was a case of finding a designer and making some videos.

Already you have a nice niche on the indie scene; you guys don’t really sound like any other Chinese band out there. LL: Thanks! I think so too, haha. For now, we really want to play bigger festivals across China, and play in more Asian countries, and then maybe eventually outside of Asia. On a business level, we’d like to collaborate with publishing companies for our music to appear on television shows or movies, because I think our music really suits TV.

DC: We love how in China the concept of selling out doesn’t exist. We’ve played quite a few corporate events so far and people are happy

to hear that we’ve made money with our music. Back home, it’s like this big shameful secret. Before Nocturnes, what kind of music were you guys making?

DC: I was in some bands before in Ireland, but only one was ever serious – The Empire Lights. It was really good for me in that it taught me exactly how NOT to run a band. The drummer in the band was also the manager and boyfriend of the lead singer, which was just a disastrous recipe, really. LL: I joined a cover band in college. The guy who took the lead in the band decided what we covered: mostly Gun and Roses, which I really hated… I can never hit those pitches. How long have you guys been playing together?

DC: We’ve been working together for about two-and-a-half years, but it took at least the first year before we were any good!

LL: At the time I met Dave, I really liked the music he came up with, and I had the courage to be a singer, so I decided to give it a try.

DC: I posted an ad on Douban looking for a singer to help out with my new project. A lot of people got in touch, but Leslie’s voice stood out straight away. It was completely different to everyone else’s. What is the plan for the rest of 2018?

LL: We want to focus on promoting this album, finding important people online and contacting local colleges in different cities. Also, we want to collaborate with some remix producers in China, since young people are really into EDM right now. If possible, we want to have more business and branding opportunities, to take us to a new level. Apr 14, 8.30pm, RMB60 presale, RMB100 door. Yuyintang, 851 Kaixuan Lu, by Yan’an Xi Lu凯旋路 851号,近延安西路 (5237 8662)

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Ready Player One is a Spielberg-directed adaptation of Ernest Cline’s popular sci-fi novel of the same name. Set in a dystopian future, the film follows Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), a young man who spends his free time jacked into a virtual reality system called OASIS to escape from the miseries of his daily life. When the system’s creator reveals that he’s hidden an Easter egg in the world that will give whoever finds it complete control of OASIS, a race to discover its whereabouts ensues. Critics have praised the film’s visuals, especially its dizzying feast of references from the 1980s, the era in which the OASIS world is set.

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Rampage is based on a 1986 video game of the same name in which gamers play as one of three giant animals who must destroy cities in order to advance to the next level. For the film adaptation, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson stars as primatologist Davis Okoye, who has a strong bond with an albino gorilla in his care named George. Okoye must save the day after George is infected with a genetic mutation that transformed him into a violent giant. The film has gained a lot of buzz thanks to its cheeky and irreverent promo material, including a trailer in which The Rock speaks directly to the audience via his iPhone. 30 | April 2018 | www.thatsmags.com

“Most books [about China] are still written by men, and often by Caucasian men” Joanna Chiu, a founder of the newly launched editorial collective Nüvoices, dropped this unfortunate truth in an interview last month with SupChina. After years of being frustrated by the gender disparity in writers and journalists who are considered “China experts,” Chiu created the Greater China Female Experts Open Directory – a Google Doc listing female writers knowledgeable about China – in the hopes of seeing more women quoted in articles and featured in discussion panels. Her latest project, Nüvoices (the punny name is a play on ‘new’ as well as the pinyin Chinese word for woman), has a similar goal, and launched last month with a party at The Bookworm in Beijing. The collective is currently working on their debut anthology of China-focused writing by female-identifying journalists, writers, translators and artists. nuvoices.com

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Hao In a moment of cross-cultural female empowerment, celebrated American actress and recent Oscar winner Frances McDormand announced at the Independent Spirit Awards that she signed a contract to collaborate on a film with up-and-coming Chinese director Chloe Zhao. The Beijing-born, US-based auteur (who’s also the stepdaughter of actress Song Dandan) won the Art Cinema Award at Cannes Film Festival last year for her second feature film, The Rider, .

Bu Hao Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water was riding high into Chinese theaters last month after its Oscar win for Best Picture, but made a major gaffe with its Chinaspecific promo material. In a series of posters that counted down the number of days until the China debut, Sally Hawkins is seen holding up three fingers. It’s a fairly innocuous picture, but anyone who’s either seen the movie or understands American Sign Language would know that in this moment of the film, Sally Hawkins’ character is saying “f**k you” to her boss.

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Domestic Screenings of The Shape of Water Cover Up Nudity, Internet Responds From Lydmor’s electropop to CERO39’s sultry reggae, here are our favorite tracks from artists performing in Shanghai this month. Scan the QR code in your That’s app to listen.

Lydmor – ‘二 Money Towers’ Bruno Mars – ‘That’s What I Like’ Alpine Decline – ‘An Accident’ James Blunt – ‘Don’t Give Me Those Eyes’ Chad Valley – ‘LA in August’

When Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water debuted in domestic theaters last month, audiences who’d seen the original version noticed a few discrepancies. In an important scene between the protagonist Elisa and her aquatic love interest, Elisa’s nude body is obscured by shadows, which conveniently cover her in the shape of a one-piece swimsuit. Other scenes were entirely cut from the film, while still more were zoomed in on characters’ faces to edit out the nudity below, though both of these tactics have been used in the past and are far less obvious to filmgoers. After film critic Feng Xiaoqiang brought attention to the shadow swimsuit scene online, web users tickled by its lack of subtlety begin skewering it on Weibo by posting screenshots of other movies – from a shirtless fight scene in Black Panther to Titanic’s iconic topless moment – with the characters covered up via Photoshop by similar black shadow swimsuits.

Adesse Versions – ‘Pulp Fusion’ Coucou Chloe – ‘Stamina’ Yuck – ‘Southern Skies’ Yellow Claw – ‘In My Room’ Lost Frequencies – ‘Crazy’ Miyavi – ‘Flashback’ Blue Foundation – ‘Eyes on Fire’ 8Er$ - ‘Combo’ Young Marco – ‘Biology Theme’ CERO39 – ‘La Cura’ www . t h a t s m a g s . c o m | A p r i l 2 0 1 8 | 3 1


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The Leftovers Do Claims of “Erasure” Taint a New Book’s Reputation Beyond Repair? By Erica Martin

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n early February, I interviewed journalist Roseann Lake about her new book, Leftover in China. Less than three weeks later, Lake was accused of journalistic misconduct, making headlines and raising eyebrows among academics, correspondents and China watchers. Leftover in China explores through interviews and research the concept of shengnv, or leftover women, a propaganda term coined by the Chinese government in 2007 to shame professional, educated women in their late 20s and early 30s who are not married. Lake, a journalist who lived in Beijing for five years and worked as a television reporter, became interested in the topic after speaking about it with her colleagues – independent, highly successful women who nonetheless fell into this category. “I decided to write this book because these women really impressed me,” Lake told me. “The fact that they exist is a very good thing.” On February 19, respected scholar and author of 2014’s groundbreaking book Leftover Women, Leta Hong-Fincher, published a 21-tweet thread on Twitter accusing Lake and her new book of “erasure.” Despite having corresponded with Lake in the past and being generally considered the Englishlanguage expert on shengnv, Hong-Fincher is not mentioned or even cited in the bibliography of Leftover in China.


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“This is not fun for me,” Hong-Fincher tweeted. “I can't sleep. I am in agony. Someone else is profiting from the groundwork I laid and doesn't even bother to put me in an obscure footnote.” Shortly afterwards, Lake released a response via her publisher. She lists her own credentials for being well-versed in the topic of leftover women, including a play she produced called The Leftover Monologues in the vein of The Vagina Monologues. The meat of the statement, however, is Lake’s assertion that she chose not to read Hong-Fincher’s book when it came out in 2014, because she was already working on her own manuscript and “chose to stay focused on the stories of the women whose lives [she] features in it.” In response, many ‘China experts’ and academics expressed support for Hong-Fincher and accused Lake of shoddy journalistic standards. ChinaFile tweeted that they took down an interview with Lake because they weren’t confident that her book “respects basic scholarly and journalistic principles” (though they later decided it did, and republished it). “I am not saying that Lake's overall argument is the same as mine at all,” HongFincher tells me. “But she drew extensively on my groundbreaking research without acknowledging me anywhere, even though she was the one who reached out to me in 2011 and wanted to exchange thoughts.” Hong-Fincher has not accused Lake of plagiarism per se, but she is not exactly deterring others from jumping to that conclusion. (“Been following your plagiarism saga BTW,” user @ivanbelcic tweeted at her in Mid-March. Hong-Fincher retweeted him.) She is also encouraging a line-by-line reading of both books by all reviewers of Leftover in China. “It takes a huge amount of work to compile a comparison chart of similar sentences from both books and I have not yet begun to do so systematically,” Hong-Fincher said on Twitter in February. “But reviewers of the book MUST.” (Full disclosure: I read both books at the same time, annotating them as I went, but I have not done a sentence by sentence comparison.) In Leftover in China, Lake does not plagiarize from Hong-Fincher, and their key points are different enough that she could have theoretically written it without drawing upon Hong-Fincher’s work. Lake’s book, which chronicles in pert and effervescent prose the tribulations of four

unmarried women in Beijing, is aimed at Western readers who may know little about China but are interested in learning more about global feminism. At one point, she translates meishi (没事) as “Hakuna Makata,” and she occasionally plays up her role as a “confused foreigner” stand-in for the reader; the book opens with Lake returning to work after Spring Festival wondering why the women in her office are out of sorts, before finding out that they’ve been chided by their families for still being unmarried. Lake compares China’s current attitudes toward leftover women with American sex and dating in the 50s and 60s, theorizing that tradition will eventually modernize the way it did in the US, as men become more comfortable with the idea of a dual-earning household. “There’s a quote in the book that I think really summarizes a lot of what’s going on with these growing pains,” Lake told me. “It’s from a demographer who specializes in studying female education rates and marriage trends around the world. He said: ‘Men [in China] are looking for women who no longer exist, and women are looking for men who have yet to exist.’ I think that nails it. It will work itself out.” Hong-Fincher’s book is bleaker, in part because her impressive research reveals how deep-seated these issues lie within China’s tradition and government. Some critics of Lake’s book have claimed that she is more optimistic because she doesn’t have the big picture knowledge that Hong-Fincher’s book provides. Hong-Fincher is meticulous and academic in her approach, summarizing key points at the end of each chapter and relying heavily on hard data. She provides a sobering, groundbreaking look at gender inequality in China, with a specific focus on how the patriarchy has caused highly-paid, successful women to lose out on China’s real estate market, and another focus on intimate partner violence. These are two topics that Lake barely touches on. In fact, a major divergence between the two texts is that the bulk of Hong-Fincher’s book zeroes on how women suffer when they get married solely to avoid becoming leftover women, while Lake’s book is more focused on women who haven’t yet made the leap and are still navigating the dating world. The books, therefore, are very different – but the claims of “erasure” are still valid. Though Lake could have theoretically written Leftover in China without using Hong-

Fincher’s research at all, the question we should ask is: why would she want to? In a follow-up interview, Lake shed some light on this decision. Essentially, HongFincher was not the first person to coin the phrase “leftover women” in English (though she’s done more original research about the demographic than anyone else), so Lake didn’t need to cite Hong-Fincher just for using the term. Because Lake hadn’t officially interviewed Hong-Fincher (who actually turned down an interview with Lake back in 2011) and did not quote one of her texts for the book, she did not need to include her in the bibliography. This is all valid, strictly speaking, to the way citation works. But even so, I can’t see myself or any other responsible journalist actively choosing to avoid reading such a seminal body of work on the topic I was researching. And as Grace Jackson pointed out in her March review of Leftover in China for the Los Angeles Review of Books, it also taints Lake’s purported commitment to feminism that she wouldn’t go out of her way to reference the most groundbreaking expert on leftover women. “Roseann Lake said she never read my book because she wanted to focus on writing on 'leftover' women in ‘her own voice,’” HongFincher told me. “You might want to ask her what she was afraid would happen if she read my book while writing hers.” Lake’s exploration is unique and engaging enough that she could have read HongFincher’s book for reference, cited her where appropriate, and then gone on to follow her own research where it took her without any fear of publishing a book that’s too similar to Leftover Women. But she didn’t. If there’s anything to be taken out of this, it’s to always cite your sources. But more importantly, uplift other women in your field, above and beyond what might be required by a publisher or by general journalistic or academic standards. If you don’t, you might not be a plagiarizer, but neither are you working to advance gender parity, the cause that’s at the heart of both of these books.

Leftover In China: The Women Shaping the World’s Next Superpower by Roseann Lake and Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China by Leta Hong-

Fincher are available on Amazon.com

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Sel f -T i t A Vital Return From Hiatus by Chengdu Band The Hormones By Erica Martin

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hen The Hormones embarked on their debut China tour back in 2014, bringing the dark, cerebral pop-punk of their Elephant EP to cities outside Chengdu for the first time, audiences hadn’t seen anything quite like them. Their hypnotic single, ‘Elephant,’ is based on a news report from that year and written from the perspective of the animal, who had mysteriously returned to trample the wife of a farmer in Yunnan after he’d killed the elephant’s baby. “When I read this story, I was very sad,” explains bass player and main songwriter Wang Minghui (or Mingming), who’s been with the band since its founding in 2011 at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. “Sad about the occurrence of this tragedy, and about the lack of understanding between different forms of life. So I imagined myself as an elephant ready to go to the village for revenge.” Bolstered by the 2014 tour and the positive response to their unique EP, The Hormones landed a spot on the TV show Bands of China that same year, which became both a blessing and a curse. “When we participated in the television program, it was followed by more temptations and choices,” says vocalist Zhu Mengdie, referring to a period in which the band was worried about selling out as their notoriety grew quickly. “We were very confused – we wanted to stay true to our music, but we also wanted more attention. Our bandmembers all had different opinions, and some left, so we were all sad.” A long hiatus ensued, followed by a change in the line-up, which included the departure of their founding member Xiao Xue. After recruiting two new members, the

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band channeled this period of turmoil into their sophomore effort, which is self-titled, perhaps as an affirmation of their new cohesiveness and identity as a band. “The Hormones album is actually a record of our emotional experience during these two years.” says Zhu. “The song ‘Beckon’ is meant to decribe our feelings about that time.” The lead single off the album, ‘Beckon’ ( 招手) is haunting and pared-down compared to the songs on Elephant, displaying a poignant emotional vulnerability. The band have moved away from their more dance-oriented roots (one of their earliest influences was LCD Soundsystem), but retained their uncompromising perspective, which Mingming describes as “punk’s female voice,” in the vein of Le Tigre. “We started to remove any complicated samples, and kept the actual sound

of the instrument, making interesting changes from there,” she explains. “For example, in the song ‘Lhasa River’ (拉萨河), the producer made a sound effect by holding an electric razor near the guitar while we played.” As an all-girl band, The Hormones have faced their share of stereotyping; indeed, we came across some cringe-worthy coverage of them in our research, including a video from 2014 introducing their performance with a lame joke about Chengdu’s “hot food and hotter women.” Their promo material for the new album explains that they’ve always “hated the idea of being reduced to just eye candy.” “Others would think that being seen as a good female band is enough, but our goal is to make really good music, and not let anyone put us to a fixed standard,” says Zhu. “This

view is disappointing.” Overcoming both this oversimplification as a ‘girl band’ and the personal turmoil of the post-Elephant period, The Hormones are embarking on a new China tour this month with an even clearer identity and more personal approach to their songs. “This album is a change in our state and our consciousness,” concludes drummer Zhou Lijuan. “I think the best part is that the tour of these 20 cities will enable more people to meet us and understand our music.” Listen to The Hormones at music.163.com/#/ artist?id=1043362

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Desolation and Homecoming Alpine Decline Returns with a New Stripped-Down Sound By Erica Martin

This album is from that empty space in between two doors

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auline and Jonathan Zeitlin are self-described ‘guitar and drums duo’ Alpine Decline, who formed in LA in the early aughts but became essential contributors to Beijing’s rock scene after they left their hometown and moved to Tongzhou, in outer Beijing, in 2010. “When we moved to Beijing, we needed to go out and put our perspective in the blender or I’m not sure we’d have been able to write compelling music anymore,” says Jonathan, who plays guitar and provides the band’s distinctive vocals. The greatest result of this period was their 19-track noise rock opus and “love/hate letter to their adopted home” of Beijing, 2016’s Life’s A Gasp. It is the most focused and intensely realized record tackling Alpine Decline’s long-running theme of “how urban chaos plays out in the intimate moments of real lives and relationships,” according to Jonathan. It’s also one of the best indie rock albums to come out of Beijing in the decade. After their 2016 tour supporting Life’s A Gasp, Alpine Decline up and moved back to LA, which Pauline explains happened

“abruptly”— it resembles what they’d done six years prior, when they dropped everything and moved to Beijing in the first place. “We’d already felt like some changes had come over us, musically-speaking... a new era of something had dawned on our band,” she says. Alpine Decline are working and producing constantly, and it didn’t take long for a new, post-Beijing era album to begin taking shape, though it wasn’t nearly as specific to LA as Life’s A Gasp was to Beijing. “It feels kind of like one door closed behind us and it took a long time before a new door opened up in front of us,” Jonathan says. “This album is from that empty space in between two doors.” The duo wrote the album’s music and lyrics in LA, but took the work back to Beijing last year to record it, which may have contributed to its feeling of floating in between two places. P.K.14 frontman, Beijing scene builder and longtime Alpine Decline collaborator Yang Haisong played bass and produced the album. The resulting record, Return to Desolation


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Lake, sounds like it came from a different band than Alpine Decline, at least upon a first listen. The gritty noise rock and synths that were such a staple for so many of their songs, serving as the sonic manifestation of Beijing’s ‘urban chaos’ on Life’s A Gasp, are largely absent. Instead, the songs on Return to Desolation Lake feel spare and elegant, with a focus on Jonathan’s vocals. The opening track and single, ‘Blameless,’ is a crystal clear guitar-led track with haunting lyrics. Tracks like ‘Dispatch from the Guesthouse’ have almost poppy, upbeat melodies, while slower songs like ‘Lies to Protect You’ are stark and lovely. “Songwriting and melodies have always been at the center of our music, but a lot of people just aren’t going to dig through all the snow and hear the dense soundscapes we’ve had on our previous albums,” says Pauline, referencing the layers of noise that have so defined their previous work. Jonathan agrees. “We hope that the clarity on Return to Desolation Lake gives listeners a wider door to get to the songs,” he says. “Come on in y’all!” Pauline adds with a laugh. The album’s cover, designed by Shanghai screenprinting duo IdleBeats, has a similarly stark feel, with a washed out color scheme

depicting a haggard troupe of boatmen traveling toward a distant island that appears to be on fire. Listening to the album feels very much like traveling toward that island – its hooks and melodies push you along like a current, but its dark themes lie just under the surface. “We’ve worked with IdleBeats a few times now, and they have a way of grabbing a certain frequency out of the music and spinning it out into something kind of

beautiful and threatening at the same time,” says Jonathan. “I think that’s very appropriate for our music.” IdleBeats also created a few screenprinted t-shirts of the album that Alpine Decline will be selling while on a 14stop tour throughout April. Despite the album’s new directions sonically, its lyrical themes of finding beauty in bleakness and moments of contentment in their longtime preoccupation of ‘urban chaos’ very much continues to be the connecting thematic factor in all Alpine Decline’s music. Return to Desolation Lake feels like a repackaging of these same elements in a different but equally intriguing aesthetic. “I don’t know if it’s something particular about the current moment or not, but the experience of flickering between beauty and anxiety and hope and fear and chaos and quiet moments of blankness seems very real and relevant to me,” says Jonathan. “If it’s just us, that’s OK, but I think this kind of emotional being-in-two-places-at-once thing is something everyone can connect to right now.” Listen to Return to Desolation Lake at downloads. maybemars.org

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In his own words:

Singer, Songwriter, Sentimentalist On the origins of his hit song, ‘You’re Beautiful’: It came about when I saw my ex-girlfriend on the subway with her new boyfriend, who I didn’t know existed. We caught each other’s gaze and in that moment lived a lifetime together. But we didn’t do anything about it, and haven’t seen each other since. It’s amazing that I can write a personal song like ‘You’re Beautiful’ and other people can relate to it. How a listener interprets a song is up to them.

You need to live shallow moments in order to write deep songs. It sounds contradictory, but life’s full of contradictions, isn’t it?

On his old friend Carrie Fisher: I stayed at her house while I recorded my first two albums. She put a cardboard cut-out of herself outside my room to protect me at night.

I recorded ‘Goodbye My Lover’ in Carrie Fisher’s bathroom. She had a good piano in there, so why not?

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My dissertation at Bristol University was about pop idols. Ninety percent of the music business is hair and make-up. I forgot my hairbrush, so I have to focus on the remaining 10 percent – music. When I was 14 years old, I started playing the electric guitar and writing songs. That’s when I knew I’d become a musician.

I can’t go to sleep if there’s music playing, because I find I have to listen to it.

Ninety percent of what you read about me in the newspapers is an exaggeration. It’s a shame that the people we pay to tell us the truth are the biggest liars.

I was locked away in a studio for 14 months making my third album, Some Kind of Trouble.

If I had to recommend one song from Some Kind of Trouble I’d say ‘Stay the Night.’ It’s a song about having fun with your friends and not wanting the night to end. On his Shanghai debut back in 2009: The welcome was warm, the audience was enthusiastic and the city was exciting to visit. I’m looking forward to coming again. Music will always be one of the most important things in my life. James Blunt Afterlove Tour, Apr 4, 8pm, RMB280-1,280. Mercedes-Benz Arena, 1200 Shibo Dadao, by Yaohua Lu 世博大道1200号, 近耀大路 (0181 6688, www.mercedes-benzarena.com)


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Three New Homegrown Albums on Our Radar This Month

By Erica Martin

OVERSEAS by Bohan Phoenix Quickly becoming one of the most notable Chinese rappers, Bohan Phoenix is in the unique position of gaining traction in China and the US simultaneously, perhaps hinting at a future in which musicians can find fame by appealing to different cultures at the same time rather than existing in a bubble of one country and then having to be repackaged in some way to make it overseas. A defter touch defines this EP, our favorite of his thus far, as Phoenix flexes his skills at switching effortlessly between rapping in English and Mandarin to wax about his background and identity, especially over a delicate piano on the title track. ‘Falling’ featuring Masiwei of Higher Brothers has a lighthearted and funky beat, while the slow burn ‘Fuck Trap’ features introspective lyrics like “too foreign for here, too foreign for home, too torn to choose,” and mentioning his single mother. The song’s name derives from a sound bite from frequent collaborator Howie Lee, who tells him to “forget about trap, just stop doing those trash singles.” The album shines thanks to beats that are both simple and unusual, and this allows Phoenix’s raps, which have always been insightful, to stand out. Listen here: bohanphoenix.bandcamp.com/album/overseas-ep

Dragon Town by YoungQueenz Between Higher Brothers and the aforementioned Bohan Phoenix, Chengdu is rapidly becoming synonymous with the best of Chinese hip-hop. This EP by Hong Kong’s YoungQueenz proves that other regions also have much to offer. The founder of a crew called WILD$TYLE, the grill-sporting rapper draws inspiration from both 90s gangsta rap and Japanese anime, channeling Hong Kong’s futuristic city vibes and switching between Cantonese and English in his gruff, raspy, almost DMXlike vocals. YoungQueenz explained in an interview with Neocha that he makes a point of working with up-and-coming producers on his beats and featuring other rappers, and indeed almost every song on DragonTown features another member of YoungQueenz’s crew, allowing for a varied range of voices throughout. The album starts with a bang on the highlight opening track thanks to its high-energy beat and YoungQueenz’s purposeful slurring of the title, so it sounds like the he’s saying “Draaagtown.” While a few other songs might be a bit derivative, the album’s beats and breaks paired with YoungQueenz’s raps would satisfy any hip-hop fan. Listen here: soundcloud.com/youngqueenz/sets/ep-dragon-town-ep

Self Salvation by Genome 6.66Mbp The Shanghai collective returned from Chinese New Year with their second compilation album, 11 tracks by members of their ranks as well as artists they’ve brought to Shanghai in the past year, like the mighty Rui Ho, whose track ‘Galactic’ is one of the album’s many highlights. Nanjing producer Dirty K’s battle cry ‘Torment,’ followed immediately by Kelvin T’s aggressively catchy industrial track ‘Save Him from the Glass’ keep things high energy. There’s also Organ Tapes’ unmistakably wonky dancehall beat ‘Fa Shao’ and Shanghai rapper Charity’s somewhat solemn and lovely hip-hop song ‘Pao Mo.’ Things get weird at the end with a spare and skittering bass-line in xin’s finale track ‘who am i to say you look like spam?!’ Self Salvation shows an impressive range while staying true to Genome’s self-described goal of making “forward-thinking weirdo club music.” The album’s name could mean many different things, but we like the idea that it references a lingering white savior complex in Western DJs who swoop into China’s nightclub spaces believing they know better how to produce music and build a scene. Self Salvation makes it clear that Genome needs no help with either. Listen here: genome666mbp.bandcamp.com/album/compilation-vol-2-self-salvation

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Though everybody loves the hype of a major act from overseas paying a visit to the city, Shanghai’s nightlife scene is one of the best and most unique in the world thanks to the local DJs and promoters who nurture the community month after month. Keep an eye out for these recurring Shanghai parties the next time you’re planning a big night on the town.

Popasuda A long-running club night by DJ Skinny Brown and one of the most original party concepts in Shanghai, Popasuda is a global bass night playing dance music from around the world, largely by unknown or upcoming producers from Africa, the Caribbean or South Asia. Popasuda has appeared at clubs all over town, but its main home base is Dada.

WeChat: ElevatorSH

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Love Bang A fun and light-hearted party celebrating its eighth anniversary this month, Love Bang pairs eclectic sets spanning hip-hop and electronic music with hand-drawn cartoons about the misadventures of a pink street cat named Xu Dongmei. The party is held monthly, usually at Elevator or Dada.

WeChat: LoveBangUniverse

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Medusa One of the best and most ecstatic dance parties in Shanghai, Medusa is a glittersoaked monthly celebration of queer house music and ‘pansexual realness’ led by Elevator manager Mau Mau and DJ/vocalist Michael Cignarale. Attendees are encouraged to play a sexy game at the door for reduced entry, and the promo material promises the dissolving of social boundaries on the dance floor.

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Girls Night Out Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on who you ask), the all-you-can-drink ladies night phenomenon in Shanghai is not what it was a few years ago. Bar Rouge’s Thursday night special has stayed relevant, however, by partnering with a different fashion brand each week, from Louis Vuitton to Myrra Jewelry, and offering giveaways in addition to the time-honored tradition of free drinks and manicures.

WeChat: Bar_Rouge

I LOVE 80s Unico has a slew of recurring parties, but the I LOVE 80s remains one of the most popular because who doesn’t love an excuse to don some neon colors, tease their hair and get down to the best dance music of the era?

WeChat: Unico_ Shanghai


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Discosmic Adventure Another nightlife stalwart and purveyor of some of our favorite party promo material (“adventurous sounds for divas, stargazers, alien abductees, cosmonauts, & mustachioed moog fans”), Discosmic Adventure has been serving up disco classics and electrofunk, usually at Dada, for the past five years.

SNAP! Just over a year old, SNAP! has rapidly become one of Shanghai’s best queerfriendly pop-up parties, bringing epic dance music and drag performances to swanky venues around the city, from the W’s poolside bar and Xixi Bistro to Daliah.

WeChat: Snap_Shanghai

Led by Sacco of Uptown Records and one of the newer nights on this list, Shanghai Soul Club bills itself as “Shanghai’s only Northern Soul night” dedicated to Motown, R&B and the somewhat obscure but very catchy strain of dance music that originated in Northern England in the 1960s. It’s bounced around a few venues, but seems to have found a permanent home at Specters as of last month.

Wechat: UPTOWN黑胶店

Wechat: Dadash

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Founded by Shanghai techno producer MIIIA, Room 303 is a monthly night at Elevator dedicated to trippy, left-field techno. MIIIA brings over occasional international headliners, but also features interesting techno producers from Shanghai and around China.

This quirky Thursday night party at Elevator from Daily Vinyl offers music from a different era each month, usually dealing in funk or hip-hop and centered around a very loose theme of “music and driving.” Daily Vinyl boss Ollo-MAM invites musical guests from around China and Asia to join.

For a bit of culture with your club night, CinemQ offers a monthly showcase of short films tackling queer subjects on a given theme, from Femme to Horror to Shade. A dance party of house, disco and queer dance classics goes down after the films. CinemQ is usually held at either ALL or Specters.

Shanghai-based producer crew Genome’s monthly party at ALL showcases their own experimental, industrial club music or an international guest that suits their aesthetic. This collective of young producers is offering up some of the freshest and most unique club music you’ll find anywhere.

WeChat: ElevatorSH

WeChat: DailyVinyl

WeChat: CinemQ

WeChat: Genome666Mbp

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On almost every street corner and in the ever-expanding ecommerce marketplace, businesses in China have already fully embraced the convenience of mobile payment. But as the nation dashes full speed ahead in the direction of becoming a cashless society, have we fully considered the pros and cons of digitizing our bills and coins?

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arrying a physical wallet in a ‘QR code first economy’ like China is a hassle. For everyday transactions, a smartphone and an Alipay or WeChat Pay account connected to your local bank account are basically all you need. To pay, you just have to scan the merchants’ QR code with these apps, or have them scan yours. Easy, breezy. “Maybe about seven out of 10 people scan QR codes to pay. Others use their cards,” says Ji, the middle-aged ayi from Hunan who manages the corner store next to my apartment while I scan the QR code displayed on the counter with WeChat to pay for some fruit. “I receive cash maybe just a handful of times a week.” Moments later, a robotic female voice from her Xiaomi smartphone declares, “Payment is successful, 13 yuan.” Ayi switches her focus back to a soap opera on her Tudou app. According to official data, China’s mobile payment transactions reached RMB81 trillion over the first 10 months of 2017, an increase of almost 30 percent compared to the total amount recorded in 2016 (RMB58.8 trillion). Ben Cavender, principal at China Market Research (CMR), believes that besides the added convenience for consumers and merchants, timing has played a critical role in propelling the Middle Kingdom and its 1.4 billion citizens ahead of the rest of the world in mobile payment adoption. “The growth of China’s middle-class population coincided with the rising popularity of smartphones,” he explains from his Shanghai office. “People who didn’t

previously own any electronic goods suddenly have iPhones in their hands. It’s their primary tool and initiation point for technology, whereas in the West, a lot of older consumers who grew up with their desktops and laptops still primarily use those for their online activities.” At present, China’s two major players in the mobile payment space, Alipay and WeChat Pay, hold about 54 and 40 percent of the market share respectively, according to a 2017 iResearch report. China Channel cofounder Matthew Brennan attributes their dominance to the strengths of their parent companies, ecommerce giant Alibaba, and Tencent, the world’s most valuable social network conglomerate. Since its introduction in 2004, Alipay has always been the preferred payment solution for any Taobao or Tmall purchases. For nearly a decade, Alipay enjoyed almost a total monopoly in China’s electronic payment game until WeChat Pay came along in 2013. Competition heated up when Tencent collaborated with the CCTV Spring Festival Gala to launch WeChat Red Envelope on Chinese New Year’s Eve of 2015. The infamous publicity stunt resulted in 1 billion hongbao transactions across the nation, making the platform a formidable opponent to Alipay. With WeChat being China’s dominant instant messaging platform, Cavender says its offerings resonate with how today’s Chinese consumers use the internet and social media, hence its ‘stickiness’ makes it slightly easier to integrate with people’s daily lives. Brennan adds, “Both platforms, however, have successfully adapted themselves into the virtual world and into the offline economy… at the end of the day, I don’t think it’s about one winning or losing, as both are well-equipped to thrive in the market.”

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Alipay launches mobile payment service

Alipay enables users to pay utility bills

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Feb 2014 Yu’e Bao reaches 81 million verified users

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WeChat launches City Services feature, enabling users to pay their utility bills within the app

WeChat collaborates with CCTV Spring Festival Gala over Chinese New Year to promote WeChat Red Envelop, resulting in 1 billion transactions

Reaches 300 million users on WeChat Pay

WeChat Pay is available in 300,000+ offline retailers

Launches face-to-face Red Envelope

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Mobile payment accounts for 65% of total transactions

Alipay starts charging 0.1% fee for withdrawals

Alipay launches AR hongbao

Alipay debuts facial recognition payment service

520 million mobile monthly active users (as of 2017)

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he US might be the world’s largest economy, but when it comes to mobile payment, the Chinese are way ahead. China’s total mobile payment transaction revenue was 50 times more than their American counterparts in 2016. Meanwhile, 52 percent of Chinese say less than 20 percent of their monthly transactions are conducted with bills and coins, according to the ‘2017 Mobile Payment Usage in China’ study published by China Tech Insights. Credit card companies and many Westerners’ ingrained habit of using cards as their primary payment option have prevented mobile payments from taking off, according to Brennan and Cavender. In a country where Visa, Mastercard and American Express still have yet to fully penetrate through the masses, Chinese consumers were able to easily move on from cash and plug themselves directly into the ecosystem that Alipay and WeChat Pay have created. The downside of this arrangement, Cavender points out, is that tech companies are not held to the same fiduciary standards that traditional financial institutions follow: “At the end of the day, your money is being handled by companies whose main objective is to sell you all sorts of services. There’s definitely a conflict of interest [that works against consumers].” By signing up for WeChat Pay or Alipay, users are not only giving Tencent and Alibaba instant access to their april 2018

online shopping behaviors, but also their offline spending habits too, not to mention their personal identity information and how much savings they have in their bank accounts. The government, which was originally quite hands off during the early stages of the development of mobile payment platforms, has another concern. Up until recently, Alipay and WeChat Pay transactions were set up so that they could deal directly with individual banks while bypassing the central bank’s clearing system entirely. By June 30, 2018, however, thirdparty online payment companies and commercial banks will have to migrate this whole process to a People’s Bank of China-backed platform called Wanglian (Non-Bank Internet Payment Union), which essentially allows Chinese mon-

etary authorities to monitor all mobile transactions and data to prevent money laundering, tax evasion or other illegal activities in real time. The migration process had already begun in October 2017, as ordered by the national bank. Hypothetically, if China were to become 100-percent cashless in the future, this would mean that in addition to having the transaction records between people and businesses, the government would also know the exact amount of money in circulation, and perhaps even be able to monitor the outflow of capital. Yes, Big Brother is watching.


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measure to increase spending and spur inflation. In a hypothetical total cashless world, having all of your savings locked in a computerized system and without the option of cash withdrawal means there’s no way to avoid getting penalized for simply leaving your savings in the bank. Moreover, natural disasters and blackouts could cause mass panic if people wouldn’t be able to access their money. Last but not least, a fully digitized economy would leave those who cannot afford a smartphone or seniors who are technologically challenged worse off. But for many countries, an entirely cashless economy is still a long ways away. In China, for instance, cash still makes up a significant chunk of the Chinese economy – 66 trillion yuan in 2016, according to a central bank payments report. Though the number has been decreasing in recent years, completely eliminating cash will be difficult in practice, CMR’s Cavender says. “Realistically, I don’t think cash will go away entirely, but it will certainly be relegated to a less important role.” That, however, might be a different story for one Scandinavian country.


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iklas Arvidsson had to think for a moment before he could recall the last time he used cash when we spoke via Skype (a Swedish invention, he points out). The economics professor at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology has been following the diminishing usage of cash in his country for some time. In a 2017 study, Arvidsson and his team point to the exact date when Swedish merchants will stop accepting cash completely – March 24, 2023. While China might be leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of the world in mobile payment usage, Sweden is leading the pack in terms of having the lowest value of cash in circulation in the world. As of 2016, just 1.4 percent of its gross domestic product is cash-based, which is significantly lower than the global average of 9 percent, according to a 2016 Bank of International Settlements report. In its major cities, ‘no cash’ signs are becoming common decor at the entrances of shops, cafes and restaurants. Unlike many countries though, it’s completely legal for Swedish merchants to refuse cash. Weeks ago, Bloomberg reported that remote parts of the country are now at risk of losing access to banknotes, prompting distressed cash-handling industry lobbyists and officials from

the Swedish central bank, Riksbank, to call for new legislation to safeguard the existence of cash. Later this summer, Riksbank will also be publishing a special report outlining the systemic risks the country could potentially face if banknotes and coins were to disappear completely. “The cost of cash transactions is always higher than electronic. Through our survey with some of the country’s most cash-intensive merchants, we found that while 97 percent of them still accept cash, only 18 percent of all transactions are carried out via banknotes and coins,” explains Arvidsson. Through extrapolating other data points, the survey suggests that when the total cash transactions drop below 7 percent, then the cost of processing them will exceed its profits, rendering it an economically unviable option for businesses to receive cash. After analyzing the projections of the country’s rising non-cash payments, Arvidsson’s estimate is that Sweden could potentially enter into an era of total cashlessness in less than five years. This estimate, the professor stresses, is a pure economic theory. “To become [an entirely cashless economy], a lot of political and legal factors need to come into play,” he says. This would include a complete overhaul of banking laws – a process that’s likely to take much longer

than five years. But like many Western countries, the Swedes still rely heavily on plastic – 71 percent of retail transactions are paid via debit or credit card. At the moment, there’s no Swedish equivalent of Alipay or WeChat Pay in place. There is Swish, a popular mobile payment app currently used by around half of the country’s population, but its functions are currently limited to peer-to-peer transactions. CMR’s Cavender thinks China’s willingness to embrace technological innovations could allow the country to beat Sweden in the race to become fully cashless. “QR codes are a much more powerful tool that allows people like a small baozi vendor to operate with very low overhead costs, whereas businesses in Sweden still have to invest in old school card payment processing systems,” he comments. “From a technology standpoint, what the Chinese are doing with mobile payment solutions is definitely way more interesting.” Though when asked whether the Swedes are concerned with the security of their personal information and privacy, Arvidsson’s answer gives us a lot to think about: “Swedish people believe in the legal system and the government’s data protection directives. A majority of people here aren’t overly concerned.”

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n January 19, a text message from an unknown number tells me I’m eligible for a RMB50,000 loan (“low interest! quick approval process!”). Another message a few days later from an associate of ‘Daimler Investments’ (unrelated to the German automobile manufacturer) reads, “We help our clients make more money with money, 10,000 becomes 30,000, earning 100,000 a month isn’t a dream anymore!” And it seems like these random investment pitches are running wild. Chinese consumers have been receiving more and more loan offers via WeChat and SMS in recent years, causing the country’s short-term credit rate to jump by 160 percent in the first eight months of 2017, according to the Wall Street Journal. Up until recently, the Middle Kingdom lacked a functioning credit rating system. In June 2014, the Chinese government announced a Social Credit System initiative that will assign a rating to each citizen based on one’s financial records and social behaviors. While basic structures of this nationwide system are expected to be in place by 2020, private companies have already been running trial programs over the past few years. According to China Tech Insight’s report, improving financial credit ratings through the consumer data collected is a major initiative for mobile payment platforms over the next few years. Seen as the first prototype of the official system to be launched in two years, Zhima Credit (or Sesame Credit) – a product of Ant Financial Services, the Alibaba affiliate that operates Alipay – appeared on the Alipay app homescreen alongside taxi booking and food delivery functions months after the government’s 2014 announcement. Once registered, users are given a score from 350 to 950 based on information in five categories that the mobile payment app already has on its 520 million users: identity (occupation, education level), assets (savings, properties, cars), history (timeliness of credit card payments), network (the number and quality of Alipay contacts) and behavior (transactions april 2018

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made with Alipay). Tencent Credit, a similar rating system created by the eponymous parent company of WeChat, was also rolled out in mid-2017. At the beginning of this year, thousands of Alipay users were furious after finding out their Zhima Credit scores appeared on an animated Alipay annual usage report without their prior consent, prompting the credit rating service provider to issue an official apology on its Weibo account. Zhou Min, a 20-something fresh grad who works in advertising, was one of the victims of the privacy invasion snafu, though her attitude is relatively more chill than some. “I’m pretty sure they probably already have my spending data because I’ve been using Alipay regularly for a few years,” she says. “That wouldn’t surprise me at all.” At this point, scores on Zhima Credit or Tencent Credit only offer a snapshot of the users’ spending behaviors within Alibaba or Tencent’s own mobile payment ecosystems. But once the government-sponsored system is up and running by 2020, experts say it could be the most powerful ‘mass surveillance’ meets ‘big data analysis tool’ in the world – and our smartphones could very well become the surveillance device that’s tagged onto all of us. When I ask Zhou whether she’s concerned if such a powerful system were to be put in place two years later, her answer, while similar to Arvidsson’s, strikes a different tone. “I’m not worried… It’s not like we can opt out or anything.”


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hile 2020 is still two years away, our addiction to the convenience of mobile payment apps most likely won’t go away anytime soon. At the corner store near my apartment, Ji’s not in a good mood. A young security guard is paying for a RMB10 pack of Zhong Nan Hai with a 100 kuai bill. As the ayi counts the change, she mutters some words in her local dialect, and then asks loudly in Mandarin, “People don’t use these anymore,” pointing to the crumbled notes on the counter, “why are you still paying with these?” As the guard walks out, ayi gives him one last death stare as if he’s violated some sort of unspoken etiquette rule for payment procedures on her turf. She returns to her smartphone, presses play, and the loud characters from her favorite soap opera carry on their conservation mid-sentence. Not wanting to interrupt her show, I silently pay for my water with WeChat. Voices of the actors dim for a moment, in exchange for the robotic WeChat Pay lady: “Payment is successful, 20 yuan.” Her eyes are still glued to the screen as I walk out.

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Norman Wong Food Porn King of Shanghai Interview by Ned Kelly

Newly-launched, MAPO.TV is on a mission in the food video world, and have already featured some of Shanghai’s hottest places and most talented chefs. To celebrate a new online partnership with That’s (scan the QR code at the end of the article to see their awesome content), we caught up with cofounder Norman Wong.

We hear you used to work at Blue Frog and Sherpas, tell us more. I interned at Sherpa’s when I first moved here. I was there for the day of the first order. It was for a fish sandwich from a place called Waltzing Matilda Inn. Later, I left a day job to run the first Blue Frog on Maoming Lu. That was probably one of the most fun jobs I’ve worked in my life. My first bartender there was a sweet little girl from Hunan named Cotton. She stuck with the bar industry and has made a pretty damn good go at it. What is MAPO.TV?

MAPO is a Digital Food Network aimed at foodies who are curious about all types of cuisine, food trends and the people who are doing amazing things with food and drink both locally and globally. How did the idea come about?

MAPO was born out of my Production Company FLY Films. We’ve always been pretty good at creating content for others, so why couldn’t we do it for ourselves? We’re a bunch of foodies and home cooks in our studio and it just seemed natural to get into the food content creation space. The idea is to look at food and drink from a bit of a narrative perspective. We want to tell stories through food.

“Honesty means a lot in cooking” in cooking, and it’s something that comes through in each dish. The same is true with filmmaking.

Which has been your favorite video so far? Jeju Izakaya. The first time I ate there I couldn’t wait to tell everyone about the place. The problem is that they only have eight seats, so it’s a tough place to share with people. You can’t just say, ‘Hey, let’s head over to Jeju for a bite,’ or even in good conscience suggest it when a friend is looking for a recommendation. I think we did a really good job of giving our viewers the overall atmosphere and experience of that place in 50 seconds. And the most popular?

Jeju Izakaya has been very popular, as has Kasper Pedersen (Pelikan)’s Lobster Roll recipe video.

How do you choose who to feature?

For people don’t cook, which is the easiest recipe video to start with?

We have really been following who has been hot and who we really like. I have yet to feature a restaurant that I haven’t personally eaten at and loved. Honesty means a lot

I would say go for the Hunan carbonara. First of all everyone should have a go-to pasta dish, and once you can make this, you can make a regular carbonara.

What makes the perfect food porn? Obviously you can’t smell or taste a video, so you need to rely on people’s food memories to trigger their senses. Things that make good food porn incorporate ingredients that have a signature texture or mouth feel as much as they do flavor. Melted runny cheese or egg yolk trigger a mouth feel beyond just a flavor so your mind’s palette has more to grasp onto. And bacon. People love bacon. What plans do you have for the future?

Our new content offering has me pretty excited. We’re going to be partnering with international celebrity chefs and cookbook authors to recreate their recipes and produce a series of videos and interviews. Our first offering will be two recipes from Downtime, the cookbook Nadine Levy Redzepi’s – wife of superstar chef Rene Redzepi. Scan the QR code to see plenty of MAPO.TV content.

Scan the QR code to follow MAPO.TV on WeChat

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grape vine WIN! RMB500 Voucher at Bistro Burger Known for their gourmet burgers and fancy milkshakes, Bistro Burger has been one of the most popular places for some good old-fashioned American comfort food since it opened in 2009. Now reopened after a renovation, guests can enjoy a few signature cocktails at the newly installed bar at the front before sampling their revamped food menu. In addition to nine all-time fan favorite burger options, they’ve also added several seafood dishes, including lobster mac & cheese, crab cake and pan-fried seabass. We’re giving away a RMB500 voucher to one lucky reader to sample all the restaurant’s new offerings. Fancy a chance at winning? Simply scan the official That’s Shanghai WeChat QR code and wait for the announcement.

First up, more details on Chefs Kim Melvin and Bina Yu’s new project have emerged over the last month. Simply named Together, Melvin and Yu will be serving a menu of French-Asian communal dishes. We’re told it will soon be ready at 546 Yuyuan Lu.

You might know Camden Hague from Bird and Bitter, EGG, or festivals like FEAST and SIP, but her tight bond with the Shanghai F&B community all started with her monthly private dinner parties, Shanghai Supperclub. That, however, is changing to a quarterly model this year. Look out for announcements of the next event on their WeChat account (ID: shsupperclub).

UnTour just launched a new Night Eats tour (pictured) that promises three full hours of authentic regional eats from almost every corner of China. Expect fresh seafood from Ningbo, mouthwatering Sichuanese spicy snacks, halal food from Xinjiang, the best roujiamo you can find in Shanghai, and much more. Over at Yu Garden, iconic dumpling and steamed bun joint Nanxiang is closed until the fall as it undergoes massive renovations. For those who like to wait in line for half-an-hour or more for their xiaolongbao should check out our review of Man Long Chun on p59. In other news, cinnamon roll purveyor Cinnaswirl has expanded their footprint, opening up a second location in Pudong’s Century Link Mall, while Homeslice down at Found 158 is now serving Detroit-style pizza every Wednesday. Yum.

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> 1/F, 291 Fumin Lu, by Changle Lu 富民路291号, 近长乐路 (6170 1315)

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Dirty Bread Kill the cronuts and curb the cupcakes, there’s a new dessert trend gripping the nation, one that despite (or perhaps because of) its revolting name is showing no signs of abating. We’re talking ‘dirty bread’ (zangzang bao, 脏脏包), that is to say a croissant, pain au chocolat or bun so enveloped in chocolate and cocoa powder that the eater’s hands and face are completely and grossly sullied in an adorable child-like way, providing rich opportunity for selfie-taking both during and subsequent to consumption! For a nation previously held indifferent to intense encounters with chocolate, this dessert craze constitutes one of China’s more surprising phenomena. But like the great pastry viruses, uh, trends before it, dirty bread has evolved beyond its original form, spreading to include matcha and even purple potato flavors. You can get your hands dirty on Shanghai’s favorite zangzang bao at dessert and tea shop Le Le Cha, although popularity has reached the point where you’ll be able to find them at any localstyle bakery worth its cocoa powder. > Above matcha-flavored ‘dirty bread’ from Lillian Bakery; multiple locations.


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Spring Menus at Acqua and Albero Spring is now in full swing and Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai is celebrating the season with new menus at two signature restaurants. Putting a modern twist on traditional Italian cooking, Acqua’s chefs have prepared a roasted duck breast with capers, raisin puree, foie gras and cabbage, finished with a balsamic sauce, and fan favorites like the ovenbaked halibut and pan-fried salmon. Over at Albero Spanish Restaurant, don’t miss out on the boiled and deep-fried octopus and pan-friend scallops to immerse yourself in the freshest seafood products of the season. > 1288 Lujiazui Huan Lu, by Yincheng Zhong Lu 陆家嘴环路1288号, 近银城中路 (3867 8888)

Fifty 8 Degrees of Spring Mandarin Oriental Pudong Shanghai’s signature restaurant, Fifty 8° Grill, is famous for its steaks, but Chef Richard Ekkebus and his culinary team in Shanghai have upped their game in starters with their brand new spring menu. Decorated with yellow flower petals, a beautiful green salad with feta, chia seeds and mustard evokes warm memories of spring picnics in nature at first glance, while the tiger prawns served with shaved vegetables and seared scallop with spring salad echo with a breath of briny sweetness from the ocean. > 111 Pudong Nan Lu, by Yincheng Zhong Lu 浦东南路111号, 近 银城中路 (2082 9938)

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MBD

Intense Carb Loading By Dominic Ngai

The Place The Japanese are known for their precision. So when someone from the Land of the Rising Sun decides to work in the pastry kitchen – a part of the culinary world that requires intense meticulousness and attention to detail – you know something good will likely come out of it. At the helm of Huashan Lu’s MBD is Kobe-born baker Hiroaki Homma, who has been honing his craft for more than a decade in his home country and Shanghai. Petite in size compared to similar boulangeries around town – with just a handful seats inside and out – MBD’s more of a grab-and-go type of place that can easily satisfy the carb cravings of nearby residents.

The Food

With a name that stands for ‘Magnificent

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Bread Destination,’ Homma-san seems extremely confident in his skills and products – as he should be. From the flaky croissants (RMB12) and pain au chocolat (RMB20) to the soft, spice-forward mini cinnamon rolls (RMB6), MBD strikes all the right notes at a bargain price. Even the ham and cheese baguette sandwich (RMB38) that we had to dabao had all the nice mustard and pickle flavors to complement the show’s main stars. One major thing that requires more attention is the uncharacteristically expensive (yet unimpressive) coffee selection (RMB25 for Americano, RMB30 for latte). Until the situation is rectified, just take the bread from MBD and enjoy a nice flat white or coconut cold brew at one of the many artisanal cafes in the same neighborhood. 2/3

The Vibe

With many Japanese-speaking customers, MBD reminded us of one of those roadside cafes in the laidback, artsy Daikanyama or Nakameguro areas of Tokyo. If you’re lucky enough to find a seat on the front porch or next to the retractable window, MBD becomes a great spot for people watching while you stuff your face with baked goods on a sunny day. Rinse with a sip of (expensive)

coffee and repeat. 1.5/2

Total Verdict: 3.5/5 Price: RMB30-60 per person Who’s going: Japanese expats, lovers of French baked goods, nearby residents Good for: intense carb loading

785 Huashan Lu, by Changle Lu 华山路785号, 近长 乐路. Nearest metro: Jiangsu Lu, 20 mins. Tue-Sun 8am-7pm.


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Charcoal

Japanese Surf and Turf By Betty Richardson

The Place When it comes to sushi, there are some things that are just worth splashing out on, if you’ll excuse the pun. But at the other end of the spectrum, the best quality sushi experiences are expensive enough to compete with round-trip tickets to Tokyo. That elusive middle ground of Japanese restaurant is what we look for, where it’s reassuringly expensive without causing sticker shock when you open the menu. Situated inside the smart Shanghai Centre, we have reason to believe Charcoal could oblige us of our desire to throw several hundred yuan at raw fish. The restaurant serves almost exclusively surf and turf; luxuriantly fatty wagyu beef barbecue and raw sashimi by night, with casual set lunch versions of the two in rice bowls by day.

The Food

These start from just RMB68 for a Japanesestyle fried chicken set, meander through marine territory with grilled rockfish, tilefish

and a ‘supreme’ sashimi bowl (RMB88-188), and arrive at grilled beef and 21-day dryaged Australian wagyu sirloin for RMB288. We call upon Charcoal’s sea urchin and salmon roe bowl (RMB218), which comes in a set with pickles, excellent, delicate steamed egg custard flavored with oyster, mushroom and gingko, miso soup and marinated mackerel. And if we’re honest, there’s something about Japanese rice bowls that we prefer over sushi. For us, freely scarfing the fish and its accompanying carbohydrates at will is superior to having it meted out by the mouthful. Better still when you iconoclastically mix the whole lot together with chopsticks, which in this case causes creamy, briny sea urchin to melt and coat the rice, while bouncy pearls of

salmon roe burst with bright saltiness under tooth. Being quite literally a professional glutton, a further addition of fried chicken is in order, confusingly priced at RMB68 whether or not it is within a lunch set. Its ostentatious presentation is charmingly silly for soul food, which includes a dehydrated leaf, a pansy, peeled and halved limes, cherry tomatoes and a silver-lidded receptacle for its ginger and soy dip. The chicken itself is a fatty thigh cut with a thin batter, and while there is crunch, it’s really more of a meaty experience; take from that what you will. 2/3

The Vibe

Charcoal is a place for those who prefer comfort and privacy over a lively ambiance. Much of the seating is encased booths, perfect if, say, your conversation might turn to sensitive and salacious matters, or if you simply need to not see other humans for a two-hour period. Servers are summoned by pressing a button on the table, and when they do come, it’s on the double and accompanied by smiles and questions about how we enjoyed our meal. 1.5/2

Total Verdict: 3.5/5

Price: RMB88-250 for lunch; RMB300-500 for dinner Who’s going: it won’t matter as you’ll be sitting in a booth Good for: sushi, wagyu beef barbecue, sake

Shanghai Centre, Room 122, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, by Xikang Lu南京西路1376号1楼122室, 近西康路. Nearest Metro: Jing’an Temple, 5 mins. Open daily, 11am-midnight. (6289 8338)

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Yuu Yakiniku

All-USDA Beef Japanese Barbecue By Betty Richardson

The Place As you and I go about our pedestrian little lives in Shanghai, the wheels of trade and politics turn in Washington DC and Beijing, shaping our world and even our diets as we scuttle about obliviously. Last year in some smoke-filled room, it was agreed that US beef would once more be permitted into China after a 14-year ban. Disappointingly for USDA bigwigs, the response from Chinese consumers, since trained to appreciate the perceived ‘greener’ reputation of Australian beef instead, has been more muted than the anticipated rapture and subsequent buying frenzy of the pride and pinnacle of American industrial farming. Nevertheless, a trickle of flavorsome and fat-heavy USDA-certified beef is slowly gathering pace within Shanghai’s restaurants, particularly at new Japanese barbecue bar Yuu Yakiniku, where it is exclusively employed on their menu, priced from just RMB3 per 10g.

The Food

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couldn’t be more different from the grand old American steakhouse setting. After picking a few thinly-cut steaks arranged in a folksy wooden box, we come to understand Yuu Yakiniku makes no effort to marry the two cultures save for a glorious mid-noughties R&B playlist yielding such classics as Major Lazer’s ‘Bubble Butt.’ This becomes painfully evident when our server begins cooking our rib-eye (RMB10/10g) to a local default of well-done, punishing it with her tongs against the grill to ensure total eradication of pinkness as its precious fat dribbles into the fire. Turns out it makes little difference whether you overcook a well-marbled USDA rib-eye or a two-dollar flank steak; the result is chewy and joyless. Our server agrees to change tactics to medium-rare for the sake of barbarian steak preferences, through which is it possible to taste the nice but not excellent quality of the meat. Unfortunately, nice meat is the best Yuu can do. A box containing an ensemble of skewered chicken wings, shrimp and mushrooms can’t convince us to order them, save for the black cuttlefish sausage, which we end up regretting since it tastes like a conveni-

ence store hot dog. The swift arrival of icy cold whisky highballs combined with Sir Mixa-Lot’s ‘Mack Daddy’ somewhat defuses the situation. 1.5/3

The Vibe

Save for its gloriously retro playlist, Yuu Yakiniku’s atmosphere, product and price outdoes none of Shanghai’s more established Asian barbecue joints, be it Japanese-style Ajiya, Taiwanese-style Hutong or Koreanstyle Ben Jia. Save the USDA steaks for an allAmerican steakhouse. 1/2

Total Verdict: 2.5/5

Price: RMB200-250 per person Who’s going: locals Good for: USDA beef, whisky highballs, casual dining

903 Julu Lu, by Changshu Lu, 巨鹿路903号, 近常熟 路. Nearest metro: Changshu Lu, 5 mins. Open daily, 11am-2pm; 5-10pm. (6403 0731)


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Man Long Chun

Wanghong Status Soup Dumplings By Dominic Ngai

The Place

The Food

Two years ago, it would’ve been a bad idea for Man Long Chun to set up shop on Yongkang Lu. Designed as if it were a 1960s Hong Kong-style diner stage set for a scene from In the Mood for Love, the restaurant is pretty much the antithesis of the street’s former boozy tenants and their rowdy following. Fast-forward to 2018, and things have changed. Quaint lifestyle boutiques and artisanal cafes have replaced many Yongkang watering holes of all shapes, and now Man Long Chun makes perfect sense here. In fact, the place has already reached wanghong status and the wait time for lunch on the weekends can easily surpass 45 minutes, partly thanks to the restaurant’s small number of seats and tables.

What’s so special about this place, you may ask? It’s successfully tapping into one thing that has remained constant for more than a century in this city: the love of xiaolongbao. With five renditions of the quintessential Shanghainese steamed soup dumplings, the crab roe variety (RMB48/128 for two/six) is the one that’s responsible for Man Long Chun’s huge following. Filled entirely with an explosive amount of creamy, golden goodness as if they were scooped directly from a hairy crab’s shell, the obscene price tag seems almost justifiable. (Cue Instagram Story Superzoom function!) Looking for something lighter? The flavors and textures of the shrimp and shrimp roe number (RMB30 for six) reminded us of hargau rather than xiaolongbao – a nice shoutout to its Cantonese cousin. Feeling adventurous? Sichuan pepper and chicken flavored soup dumplings (RMB25 for six) sound good on paper, right? While there’s a nice numbing kick to the filling, the loose texture of the chicken meatball turned the exciting flavors into a mushy disappointment. Several simple dishes round out a small and concise menu, and the hot sour soup (RMB28) was a popular choice that appeared on many of our neighbors’ tables. Man Long Chun’s rendition, which was probably thick-

ened with cornstarch like in many similar joints around town, reminded us why we’ve never really enjoyed the dish. 2/3

The Vibe

Dining at Man Long Chun can be a really pleasant experience. During a weekday lunch, courteous servers gave recommendations based on diners’ likes and dislikes and carried out friendly conversations with them in the local dialect as if they’ve known each other for years. Or, it could also be a stressinducing activity on a Saturday afternoon, where verbal fights between impatient diners break out as you’re leisurely slurping your xiaolongbao and making a video for your WeChat Moments. Like many things in life, it’s all about timing. 1/2

Total Verdict: 3/5

Price: RMB70-100 per person Who’s going: locals, xiaolongbao lovers, social media-savvy diners Good for: stuffing your face with soup dumplings

73 Yongkang Lu, by Xiangyang Nan Lu 永康路73号, 近襄阳南路. Nearest metro: Shaanxi Nan Lu, 5 mins. Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, 5-10pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am3pm, 5-10pm. (5465 1667)

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Straight No Chaser The Water Margin A Median Standard of Drinking By Betty Richardson

Bund dwellers on a budget, rejoice! Beijing transplant Heaven Supermarket (which is a bar, not a supermarket, we’re told) has opened up shop right along the riverside promenade at 16 Pu. Much like their outlets in the Big Smog, there will be a vast selection of imported beers for those in need of some serious pregaming. (Those fancy RMB120 cocktails at venues nearby ain’t paying for themselves!) Shifting our focus over to Changning, Yuyintang’s second livehouse Yuyintang Park at 1398 Yuyuan Lu (close to Zhongshan Park) is scheduled to open in mid-May. Their first big show features Canadian punk rockers Metz, who will be playing on Saturday, May 26. On a more niche end of things, Paw&Six, a bar dedicated to our bigger and hairier friends in the LGBTQ community (and their followers) have now opened their doors on the sixth floor of the building attached to Lucca in Shanghai’s famous gayborhood. In sadder news, Funkadelino on Xikang Lu has closed, but it’s survived by its brother, Fumin Lu’s Funkadeli.

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avigating our way through the minefield and goldmine that is eating and drinking in Shanghai, it’s often true that we stumble upon places by accident. In this instance, our intended target was a different bar (Madara, in case you were wondering, which has already closed after three months of operation due to a licensing blunder). We wander over to The Water Margin instead, which is hidden inside an old lane house complex in the former French Concession, accessible only by prior knowledge of the gate code: *2580#. Having finally tracked the place down, we’re led through a patio garden flanked by tall bamboo – and make a mental note to remember its verdant qualities for al fresco drinking opportunities. Split over two, moodily-lit floors, The Water Margin doesn’t emphasize pomp and concept. There are no eye-catching design gimmicks or old time, Southside speakeasy affectations – in fact its most remarkable aspect is its complete lack of an accent. Upstairs, laughter rings out from a group of

friends, for whom prior to our arrival The Water Margin was essentially a personal bar. If there is a drawback, it’s that the drinks are too expensive: most are RMB98, and are by and large not special enough to warrant a crisp RMB100 note. The best is the stealthily delicious Shallow Dive with Campari, gin, Sipsmith London Cup, Cynar (a herbal Italian amaro liqueur) and tea bitters. It lands as a more delicate version of a Negroni. The Orgeat Punch with Oahkeart Spice rum, fresh pineapple, orgeat syrup and lemon juice is overbearingly sweet, like a long-winded whisky sour rather than the highball the menu says it is. In sum, The Water Margin doesn’t set out to make waves with its decent drinks or ambiance. But it is a good place to know about if you’re in the neighborhood and in urgent need of a secret place in which to imbibe with a group of friends that won’t fit into the more popular bars nearby. 287 Hunan Lu, by Xingguo Lu (Entrance via door code: *2580# 湖南路 287弄内,近兴国路. Nearest metro: Shanghai Library, 7 mins. Open daily, 7.30pm-2am (5450 0309)


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The Mighty Mint Julep The Right Way to Make, Hold and Drink this Classic Drink from the American South By Logan R. Brouse

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have to say, the mint julep is a mix of some of my favorite things in this world, obnoxious day drinking, seer sucker suits, gangster ass glassware, whiskey, and gambling with a dash of history. Booze is my business and friends, business is good. So pour yourself a nice big glass of something strong, put some Drake on in the background and gird your loins for a trip to the deep American south where we can go break off some classy draanks. Oh, lawdy I do declare we’re gonna get our article swerve on. Let’s start from the beginning and work our way to the end with this MJ nugget. The cocktail, which is traditionally served in a metal vessel filled with bourbon, mint, sugar and crushed ice, must be held in a specific way. A true mint julep Mack Daddy holds his only by the rim and the bottom with his thumb and pinky, while keeping the other fingers closed in the palm like you’re making the Chinese number six sign. The reason for this is that the mint julep is meant to be enjoyed ice cold, and if you see some of the hoi polloi just latching onto this delicate southern lady of a drink with their big hands, their body heat will cause the crushed ice in the drink to melt quickly, watering down the drink and getting the mint soggy and basically ushering in all the worst parts of the bible. Before I go on, no – there is no soda water in a mint fucking julep – that’s some lies from big Mojito to get the consumers confused for a rum takeover, which funny enough plays into this next segue. The original MJ’s were made with either cane sugar hooch or rum in the late colonial period and, until the post-American Civil War era, the julep was any of these. This is because cane sugar and rum were produced in mass during the early days of the Americas and mint was never far away.

But, with any part of cocktail history the facts are often obscure, so like a blind man at an orgy, we’re just going to have to feel things out. In 1938, the mint julep with a bourbon base became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. (It’s unclear when it changed to bourbon but it’s safe to say the folks down in Kentucky knew a good thing when they drank it.) Let’s get into the words, from living in Shanghai we know ‘Mint’ is anything with a shark tank and DJ Spencer, but what is a ‘julep’? An article in The Atlantic by Adam Chandler states the word is derived “from the ancient Persian word gulab, a type of sweetened rosewater. (If you’ve ever had gulab jamun at an Indian restaurant, it’s made with such syrup.) In classical Arabic, the word became julab, only to cross over into Latin as julapium.” But Logan, you say, as you drink your fourth martini, “I’m not a nerd, what does this mean to me?” Well, it turns out we’ve been doing MJ’s all wrong this whole time. Instead of the simple recipe of bourbon, crushed ice, sugar and mint, we should have been adding some sort of rosewater to the recipe. This changes the fucking game. Aside from the actual sugar in the drink, the bourbon and mint each give off their own syrupy notes, which is a bit too sweet for my taste. With the addition of the rosewater, however, the balance is restored, the flavors are individually pronounced, and boom goes the dynamite. Logan R. Brouse, proprietor and mixologist of Logan’s Punch, has run bars and clubs in Shanghai for over six years. In between hangovers, he puts pen to paper to record his pontifications on the drink industry.

“...that the mounds of ices, and the bowls of mint julep and sherry cobbler they make in these latitudes, are refreshments never to be thought of afterwards, in summer, by those who would preserve contented minds.” Charles Dickens, while traveling in America (1842)

Logan’s Mint Julep Perfect to drink on any warm day or whenever drinking in metal cups is necessary or desired.

INGREDIENTS

√ 2 oz. Bourbon Whiskey √ 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup √ 6 Fresh Mint Leaves √ 4 Dashes Rosewater ( I recommend Bitter Truth) √ Crushed Ice

INSTRUCTIONS Smack the shit out of that mint with the back of your hand like it owes you money. This wakes up its essential oils and then rub the mint on the inside of the glass. To the same glass, add simple syrup, bourbon, crushed ice and rosewater syrup. Stir. Garnish with more ice and fresh mint. www . thatsma g s . c om | apri l 2 0 1 8 | 6 1


Chinese Zodiac Colouring Customize Your Own Adorable Zodiac Animal Postcards

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n a world where people rely on WeChat for daily communications, sending a short handwritten message on a postcard is an extremely heartwarming way to express your love to someone your care deeply about.

These newly released postcards featuring 12 Chinese Zodiac animals goes one step further by allowing you to also customize the colors of these adorable animals to accompany your message of love.

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Available in a set of 36, the illustrations are designed in a way that brings out the personalities of each animal, allowing people to get a better understanding of what their signs represent. So drop your smartphones, pick up some pencil crayons, and get started!

To Purchase these books, please call 010 8200 5927

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Chinese Zodiac Colouring SMPs Postcard Size: 126*176mm Cards: 36 Suitable for: Age 10 and above


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EVENTS

Vini Vici

Hear DVBBS James Blunt

The English singer-songwriter responsible for romantic megahit ‘You’re Beautiful’ returns to Shanghai for a tour promoting his latest album, Afterlove. Though he’s since faded a bit from the spotlight, Blunt’s debut record, Back to Bedlam, was the best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK. >Apr 4, 8pm, RMB280-1,280. MercedesBenz Arena, 1200 Shibo Da Dao, by Yaohua Lu 世博大道1200号, 近耀大路 (0181 6688, www.mercedes-benzarena. com)

A collaboration between two longtime producers, Aviram Saharai & Matan Kadosh, Vini Vici is a newly formed psytrance duo. Head to Linx to check out their Shanghai debut. > Apr 12, RMB180 presale. Linx, Golden Bell Plaza, 2/F, 98 Huaihai Zhong Lu, by Liulin Lu 淮海中路98号2楼, 近柳林路

Blue Foundation

CERO39

Originally from Colombia, Cero39 was first discovered at the Bogota Music Market by a Glastonbury music programmer, who was so impressed by their vibrant reggaeton and hiphop that he signed them up on the spot for the festival. Joining them at newly opened Found 158 club HILO is Luxembourg producer Aamar, whose music is a blend of ambient, soul and hip-hop. > Apr 13, 9pm, RMB60 presale, RMB80 door. HILO, Found 158, 158 Julu Lu, by Ruijin Yi Lu 巨鹿路158号Found 158, 近 瑞金一路

Canadian electronic duo DVBBS, which is made up of brothers Christopher and Alex van den Hoef, returns to Shanghai for their latest show at newly opened Found 158 club TAXX. After touring with Steve Aoki in 2010, DVBBS went on to find fame with hit singles like “Gold Skies” and “Voodoo.” > Apr 13, RMB180. TAXX, B1/F, 158 Julu Lu, by Ruijin Yi Lu 巨鹿路158号B1楼, 近 瑞金一路

Daydream Festival

A unique group dealing in cinematic electronic music tinged with shoegaze, dreampop and trip-hop, Danish band Blue Foundation has been nominated for a Grammy and has scored major films like Twilight. Catch them at MAO Livehouse as part of their first solo China tour from New Noise. > Apr 14, 8pm, RMB150 presale, RMB180 door. MAO Livehouse, 3/F, 308 Chongqing Nan Lu, by Jianguo Zhong Lu 重庆南路308号3楼, 近建国中路 (6445 0086)

First launched in Belgium in 2010, Daydream is an EDM Fest similar to Electric Daisy Carnival or Ultra, but with an especially theatrical and surreal aesthetic and immersive atmosphere. Headliners for the debut Shanghai installment include Yellow Claw, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Excision, Modestep and more. > Apr 14-15, 1pm, RMB880 for twoday pass. Shanghai International Music Village 188 Lane 399, Shendi Dong Lu 申 迪东路399弄188号

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World Warm Wave

Lydmor

Hear

Alter. | Young Marco

Founded by two longtime Shanghai promoters, Alter. is a new party series aimed at bringing electronic music talent for daytime shows to some of Shanghai’s more classy venues. Their debut show on POP’s Bund-side rooftop features Amsterdam house and disco DJ Young Marco plus Shanghai DJs like Frau and Alter. co-founder Yu Yang. Cover price includes a drink. > Apr 15, 2pm, RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. POP, 7F, Three on the Bund, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, by Guangdong Lu 中山东一路3号7楼,近 广东路

Modern Sky holds a two-night concert series with an eclectic line-up as the official warm-up event for their annual Strawberry Festival. The event’s highlight is London’s indie rock band Yuck, who are playing on Saturday night along with China bands Mr Graceless and City Flanker. Sunday night sees Modern Sky-signed indie-electro darling Re-TROS play alongside Big Wave and Shanghai DJ Diamond Lil. > Apr 14-15, 8pm. Modern Sky Lab, 3/F, 188 Ruihong Lu, by Tianhong Lu 瑞虹路188号 3楼, 近天虹路

Adesse Versions

Copenhagen-based singer and electropop artist Lydmor returns to Shanghai for a performance at ALL. Known for her catchy, synthy music and honest lyrics, she has a neon-tinted new aesthetic and image that’s as suited to a club as a livehouse. > Apr 19, 8pm, RMB80 presale, RMB100 door. ALL Club, 2F, 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu, by Changle Lu 襄阳北路17号2楼, 近 长乐路

Coucou Chloe

Maximilian Hecker

German singer and multi-instrumentalist Maximilian Hecker is renowned for his elegant and symphonic pop music, and has been compared to Radiohead and Sigur Ros. Catch his Sea of Silence concert at the Shanghai Centre Theatre. > Apr 18, 7.30pm, RMB100-380. Shanghai Centre Theatre, 4/F, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, by Xikang Lu 南京西路1376号, 上海商城4楼, 近西康 路 (www.shanghaicentre.com)

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Suanpan, the Beijing promoters that brought you Optimo and Denis Sulta, are back at Dada with their latest guest, UK DJ Adesse Versions. A house music DJ focused on disco, funk and rare classic samples, he’s sure to provide a fun and danceable Sunday night set. > Apr 29, 10pm, Dada, 115 Xingfu Lu, by Fahuazhen Lu 幸福路115号, 近法华镇路 (150 0018 2212)

A French producer based in London, Coucou Chloe is an up-and-comer thanks to her unique, futuristic beats and vocals. She’s lended her music to Rihanna’s fashion shows, and her latest EP, Erika Jane, is a mix of hard-hitting dance floor beats and slower, sultrier experiments. Catch her China debut at ALL from Wooozy Offline. > Apr 20, 10pm. ALL Club, 2F, 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu, by Changle Lu 襄阳北 路17号2楼, 近长乐路


Electric Daisy Carnival

Excuse Me Band

Hear Bruno Mars

The megastar returns to Shanghai for three sold-out performances at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. With five Grammy Awards and more than 130 million records to his name, Mars is one of the most best-selling artists of all time. He’s best known for crazily popular hits like ‘Locked Out of Heaven,’ ‘The Lazy Song’ and ‘Grenade,’ and released his third studio album, 24K Magic, back in 2016. > Apr 20, 21, 23 at 8pm. Mercedes-Benz Arena,1200 Shibo Da Dao, by Yaohua Lu 世博大道1200号, 近耀大路 (0181 6688, www.mercedes-benzarena.com)

One of the world’s biggest EDM festivals annually in Las Vegas, Electric Daisy Carnival arrives in Shanghai for the first time this month. Headliners announced so far include major names like Deadmau5 and Martin Garrix, plus Alison Wonderland, Hardwell, Andy C, Illenium and Soothsayer. More acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. > Apr 29-30, 12pm, 1,000-1,680 for two-day pass. Shanghai Shen Di Ecology Park, No. 188, Lane 399 Shendi Dong Lu 申迪东路399弄188号

Fall Out Boy

8Er$

Up-and-coming French trap producer 8Er$ has worked with Diplo’s label Mad Decent and released several major singles like ‘Indestructible’ and this year’s ‘High AF.’ Catch his Shanghai debut at Arkham. > Apr 27, 10pm. Arkham, Found 158, 158 Julu Lu, by Ruijin Yi Lu 巨鹿路158号 Found 158, 近瑞金一路

A Mando-pop and alternative rock duo gaining major traction thanks to their well-received first album back in 2015. The band has explained that despite their leather-and-tattoos alternative aesthetic, they named themselves Excuse Me to illustrate that they are more upbeat and friendly than mainstream rock bands. > Apr 28, 7.30pm, RMB200. Modern Sky Lab, 3/F, 188 Ruihong Lu, by Tianhong Lu 瑞虹路188号3楼, 近天虹路

Chad Valley

Chicago’s leading men of pop punk and masters of the excessively wordy song title, Fall Out Boy, are heading to Shanghai as part of their latest world tour in promotion of their new album, Mania. FOB’s breakout 2005 album From Under the Cork Tree was massively popular upon its debut, especially their hit single ‘Sugar, We’re Goin Down.’ > May 2, 8pm, RMBRMB380-1,280. Mercedes-Benz Arena, 1200 Shibo Da Dao, by Yaohua Lu 世博大道1200号, 近耀大路 (0181 6688, www.mercedes-benzarena.com)

Split Works brings back solo electropop artist Chad Valley, who deals in warm and dreamy electronic music uplifted by his vocals. Valley has a new album upcoming in May, and will likely play some of his new music at the show. > Apr 30, 9pm. Yuyintang, Yuyintang, 851 Kaixuan Lu, by Yan’an Xi Lu凯旋路 851号,近延安西路 (5237 8662)

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Tao Dance Theater: 6 & 9

Suzhou Cultural Heritage Workshop

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Paul Ogata

Kung Fu Komedy brings over Hawaiian comic Paul Ogata, a longtime radio personality in Honolulu who’s also featured on Comedy Central and CBS’s Late Late Show. Ogata is familiar with Shanghai, having performed here several times in the past with KFK; catch his latest set this month. > Apr 13-14, 9pm on Apr 13, 7pm & 9pm on Apr 14, RMB170 presale, RMB200 door. Kung Fu Komedy, 4/F, 1 Xiangyang Bei Lu, by Julu Lu 襄阳北路1 号4楼, 近巨鹿路

Tao Dance Theater’s founder Tao Ye has wowed critics and redefined modern Chinese dance with his experimental, minimalist choreography. This lasts showcase of his work feautures two series, 6 and 9, which explore experimental movement and the human body mimicking the natural world, from rushing rivers to swaying trees. >Apr 13-14, 7.30pm RMB180-680. Shanghai International Dance Center, 1650 Hongqiao Lu, by Shuicheng Lu 虹桥路1650号, 近水城路 (www.shdancecenter.com)

Shanghai International Half Marathon

Join this great opportunity for in-depth understanding of Suzhou’s intangible cultural heritage. In collaboration with Ctrip and the Suzhou Tourism Bureau, the workshop will introduce Suzhou’s history and culture, including a tea ceremony performance, oil-paper umbrella hand painting lesson, silk scarf hand tie-dye lesson, circular fan water extension painting lesson and more. > Apr 14, 2pm, RSVP on That’s Shanghai weChat, Camelia Restaurant, 1 / F, Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai, 210 Century Avenue, by Pucheng Lu. 上海 浦东四季酒店1楼,世纪大道210号, 近 浦城路

Frozen Planet in Concert

Chapterhouse Theatre: Jane Eyre

The latest performance from the UK’s Chapterhouse Theatre is an adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel. See the governess Jane Eyre come to life onstage as she meets the enigmatic Mr. Rochester and discovers some of the secrets of his past. > Apr 13-15, 7.30pm, RMB120-380. Huangpu Theatre, 780 Nanjing Dong Lu, by Guangxi Bei Lu 南京东路780号, 近广 西北路 (5669 4054)

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Join 15,000 runners from all over the world for this exciting half marathon, because the best way to learn about a city is to run through it. Beginning at the Pearl Tower route takes you past Lujiazui high-rises, New Bund Park, Expo Park and more. > Apr 22, 7am, Oriental Pearl Tower, 1 Shiji Dadao, by Lujiazui Huan Lu 世纪大道1号, 近陆家嘴环路

For one weekend only, the Shanghai Opera House Symphony Orchestra welcomes families to dazzle in the beauty of nature and celebrate the biodiversity of this planet we call home. The captivating visuals of David Attenboroughnarrated documentary is accompanied by symphonic scores to alleviate the viewing experience for adults and kids alike. > Apr 14-15, 2.30pm-7.30pm, RMB280480. Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre, 800 Miaojiang Lu, by Xizang Nan Lu. 苗 江路800号, 近西藏南路


Three-body Problem

Record Store Day

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Broda Bros: BR2

This imaginative stage show is set in the year 2222, when sunlight no longer hits the Earth due to climate change. The BR2 robots come to save the day and light up the dark with their neon lights and epic dance moves. BR2 was created by Boda Bros, an international hip-hop crew based out of Barcelona. > Apr 15, 3.30pm & 7.30pm, RMB180380. Daguan Theater, 1188 Fangdian Lu, by Meihua Lu 芳甸路1188弄1号3 楼, 近 梅花路 (5046 2471)

The stage adaptation of Liu Cixin’s universally acclaimed work of science fiction, a book praised by everyone from Barak Obama to Mark Zuckerberg, returns to Shanghai thanks to its popularity. The performance is in Chinese; performances on Apr 27 and Apr 28 include English subtitles. > Apr 25-29, 7.30pm, RMB180-880. Majestic Theatre, 66 Jiangning Lu, by Nanjing Xi Lu 江宁路66号, 近南京西路 (6217 4409)

Dragon Burn

Shanghai’s own version of Record Store Day, an annual celebration of vinyl music first held in the US in 2007 and now held worldwide, returns to Uptown Records’ Pingwu Lu location. A collaboration between Uptown and Daily Vinyl, over 20 vendors will be offering up a selection of records that span rock, pop jazz, electronic music, hip-hop, classical, and more. > Apr 21, 2-8pm. Uptown Records, 115 Pingwu Lu, by Xingfu Lu 平武路115号, 近幸福路 (6223 8368)

Laputa: Castle in the Sky in Concert

Peter and the Wolf

A classic Russian story comes to Shanghai and is told through music at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall. Conducted by Zhang Jiemin, one of the orchestra’s first female conductors, this family friendly shows brings the story first told by Sergei Prokofiev to life for the audience. > Apr 15, 7pm, RMB80-120, 1380 Fuxing Zhong Lu, by Baoqing Lu 复兴中 路1380号, 近宝庆路 (www.shsymphony. com)

Billed as China’s version of Burning Man, this weekend-long ‘unfestival’ and cultural event features art installations, music, performances and workshops. Like at actual Burning Man, there is no money allowed and participants bring their own food and shelter, leaving no trace behind when they leave. Buses to the site will be available out of Shanghai for an extra free. > Apr 28-May 1, all day, RMB350-500. Anji Forest, Zhejiang, exact location TBA, (www. DragonBurn.org)

The program of this concert includes a selection of the best soundtracks from the Studio Ghibli’s 30-year long cinematic history, from the 1986 Laputa: Castle in the Sky to the Academy Award-winning film Spirited Away. Soundtracks are performed by the Shanghai Rainbow Chamber Orchestra, accompanied by clips from the animated films for viewers to revisit the fantastical worlds created by Ghibli’s animators. > Apr 21, 7.30pm, RMB120-380. Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre, 800 Miaojiang Lu, by Xizang Nan Lu. 苗江路 800号, 近西藏南路

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pick of six

8 Immortals

Until Apr 12 Art + Shanghai Gallery, 191 Suzhou Nan Lu, by Sichuan Zhong Lu 南苏州路191 号,近四川中路 www. artplusshanghai.com

Roma 1950 - 1965

Until May 27 Prada Rong Zhai, 186 Shaanxi Bei Lu, by Nanjing Xi Lu 陕西北路186号,近南京西路

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Pick of exhibitions art

Resculpting

Until April 12 Noeli Gallery, 1/F, Building 2, 165 Taiyuan Lu, by Yongjia Lu 太原路165弄2号底楼, 近永嘉路 (www.noeligallery.com)

Masterpieces of British Landscape Painting Apr 27- Aug 5 Shanghai Museum, 201 Renmin Da Dao, by Wusheng Lu 人 民大道201号, 近武胜路 (www. shanghaimuseum.net)

Ganjiakou 303

Until May 15 Pearl Lam Galleries, 181 Jiangxi Zhong Lu, by Fuzhou Lu 江西中路181 号, 近福州路 (www.pearllam.com/city/ shanghai)

Walking On The Fade Out Lines

Until May 27 Rockbund Art Museum, 20 Huqiu Lu, by Xianggang Lu 虎丘路20号, 近香港路 (www.rockbundartmuseum.org)

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Hotel newS Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai has appointed Boris Blobel as its General Manager. Originally from Germany, Blobel possesses extensive experience in the hospitality industry in China, and has worked for prestigious properties like Grand Hyatt Beijing, Hyatt Regency Hangzhou, and more recently at Wanda Reign on the Bund, Shanghai, as the hotel’s General Manager and the group’s Managing Director of East China.

CITY SCENES

Bringing the successful concept from Beijing to Shanghai, Heaven Supermarket is the Bund’s newest watering hole serving a dazzling array of alcoholic beverages, including a massive selection of imported beer.

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city scenes

Indigo Living’s spring/summer products offer four new styles with a perfect blend of modern and classic design. From the contemporary, minimalistic ‘Steel Gaze’ series to the ‘True Blue’ collection with beach vacation vibe, there’s something for everyone’s tastes.

Honoring the impressive achievements of Zaha Hadid (1950-2016), the first ever female Pritzker Architecture Prize winner, HOW Art Museum is will be hosting a master exhibition titled Eternal Flow: Zaha Hadid Design x Crossover until July 22.

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German kitchen and living space systems manufacturer Bulthaup released its new product series, ‘He,’ in Shanghai.


city scenes

SinoUnited Health Clinic opened its third outlet, New Bund Medical and Surgical Center, in Pudong.

Spring is the season for seabream, crab and oysters, and sushi chain Senryo will be celebrating these fresh imports in various new dishes, which are available through May 13.

On March 22, ATLAS, the world's leading CBD office operator in the Grade A office, and ALPHA KING, a real estate development company in Vietnam, announced their strategic cooperation at ATLAS Workplace & Living Space in Shanghai Gopher Centre.

Leading UK developer Select Property Group is launching Laurence Place, a new flagship residential project under its investment brand Origin Homes. The property is located in an up-and-coming neighborhood ear the historic Exchange Train Station.

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restaurants American

AE KITCHEN NOT JUST BRUNCH. One of the most popular brunch places in town! 1) 491 Yuyuan Lu, by Zhenning Lu (6241 3233) 2) 457 Jumen Lu, by Runan Jie (3159 5833) 1) 愚园路

POP bar offers a range of light and fruity drinks, completed with a lively music selection. MonSun 11am-11pm. 7/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, by Guangdong Lu pop@on-the-bund.com. www. threeonthebund.com. 中山东一路 3 号 7 楼 , 近广东 路 . (6321 0909)

Asia

491 号 , 近镇宁路  2) 局门路 457 号 , 近汝南街

Glasshouse lets each diner enjoy “Asian cuisine with a western twist” by its innovative cooking method accompanied by memorable ingredient and condiments. 11am-midnight (Sun-Thu) 11am2am (Fri-Sat). 1/F, No 7, Lane 181 Taicang Lu, by Huangpi Nan Lu 太仓路 181 弄新天地北里 7 号楼一 层 , 近黄陂南路

Bakery SHERMAN ORIGINAL HOMEMADE. Now offers fresh bread everyday. E04, 1F, 150 Hubing Lu, by Jinan Lu HUBINGDAO (6333 2833) 湖滨路 150 号 湖滨道购物广场 1 楼 E04, 近济南路

Chinese Element Fresh Delivery to the rescue! Bored of Breakfast? Lost for Lunch? Dinner dilemmas? Give the English -speaking delivery hotline a buzz and order from a wide variety of wholesome gourmet salads, fresh fruit juices, amazing appetizers, scrumptious lunch or dinner entrees, and American style breakfasts. Instant confirmation, pay by mobile pay or credit card, or even cash-on delivery. Scan the QR code & select ‘Order Now’, or visit www.ElementFresh.com & select ‘Delivery’. Element Fresh has 16 restaurants across Shanghai!

hot-pot Qimin Organic Hotpot Marketplace Qimin, the restaurant originated from Taiwan and created by the same people who brought us “GREEN & SAFE.” The bustling marketplace environment is filled with organic groceries, fresh seafood,a variety of vegetables, assorted meats, open kitchen food stands and diners surrounded by lively marketplace food stands, creating a real food bazaar atmosphere. Every item on the menu is carefully selected from the original source, making sure all ingredients are completely natural or organic. Without exception, all dishes are from “Farm to Table” using the most natural ingredients for the boiler in order to extract the primary flavors nature has to offer. 1) 7/F, Takashimaya Department Store, 1438 Hongqiao Lu, by Manao Lu (6295 2117) 2) (NEW) 4/F, Reel Department Store, 1601 Nanjing Xi Lu, by Changde Lu (6258 8777) Daily 10.30am-11pm 1)

Lunch: Mon-Fri 11.30am – 2.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am – 3pm; Dinner: Mon-Sun 5.30-10pm 申虹路 333 号 B1 层,虹桥康得思酒店,近苏虹路

Summer Palace Combining South-Eastern Chinese cuisine with Cantonese flair, the Summer Palace enhances gastronomical sensations with a poetic visual dreamscape. Open hour: Breakfast from 7am to 10am; Lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm(Mon – Fri)\10am to 2.30pm(Sat & Sun);Dinner from 5.30pm to 10pm. (86 21) 2203 8889 3/F, Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai, 1218 Yan’an Zhong, by Tongren Lu. 静安香格里拉 大酒店三楼,延安中路 1218 号,近铜仁路 .

Suntime Century Relax in our lavish private rooms and allow our food to delight your senses with wonderful tastes, textures and aroma. Offering authentic cuisine from the Canton, Hunan and Shanghai regions, guests can embark on an exploration of Chinese culinary excellence. Lunch: 11.30am-2.30pm; Dinner: 5.30-10pm. 2/F, Grand Kempinski Hotel, 1288 Lujiazui Huan Lu, by Baibu Jie 陆家嘴环路 1288 号上海凯宾斯基大酒店 2 楼,近百步街 (3867 9199)

YUE Chinese Restaurant is presenting an exciting blend of local & traditional Cantonese dishes served in a modern atmosphere boasting nine private dining rooms. 2/F, Pullman Shanghai South, 1 Pubei Lu, by Liuzhou Lu (2426 8888) Lunch 11.30am - 2pm; Dinner 5.30– 9.30pm 浦北

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Yu Yuan Chinese Restaurant A fine dining room designed in modern Art Deco style. Their experienced chefs bring their rich experience and passion for cooking into authentic Cantonese and Taiwan cuisines. Hotel Pravo, 3/F Yu Yuan Chinese Restaurant, 299 Wusong Lu, by Kunshan Lu 吴淞 路 299 号宝御酒店 3 楼 , 近昆山路

Huaiyang Restaurant RIVER DRUNK specializes in grand Huaiyang cuisine and fresh seafood, offering traditional southeastern delicacies in a charming and refined environment. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 5/F, Wanda Reign on the Bund, 538 Zhong Shan Dong Er Lu, by Longtan Lu (5368 8882) 中山东二路 538 号 , 近龙潭路

Sichuan

YUE 1525 Enjoy authentic Hong Kong- style Cantonese cuisine at YUE 1525 for either business lunch, family gatherings or special occasions. YUE 1525 is headed by the veteran Cantonese Chef Wong from Hong Kong. Dim sum, clay pot dishes, double-boiled soups and chef’s signature recipes are among the favourites. Lunch daily, 11.30am-2.30pm. Afternoon tea, 2.30-4.30pm on weekends only. Dinner daily, 5-10pm. Level 3, 1555 Dingxi Lu, by Yuyuan Lu (6225 8665) 定西路 1555 号巴黎春天新世界酒店 3 楼 , 近愚园路。

Sichuan Citizen The people who brought you Citizen Cafe and Bar have gone native with this Sichuan eatery. Here you’ll find all the classics amply spiced and served in bamboo-clad dining room. 30 Donghu Lu, by Huaihai Zhong Lu (5404 1235) Daily 11am-10.30pm 东湖路 30 号 , 近淮海

Cantonese

POP This all-day dining American Brasserie at Three on the Bund pays tribute to the 1970s American pop culture with vintage decor featuring chandeliers along with wood, leather and stone elements that create a warm atmosphere. Influenced by the chic vibe of Miami, the new

近武昌路

路 1 号 , 上海中星铂尔曼大酒店 2 楼 , 近柳州路

虹桥路 1438 号高岛屋百货 7 楼 , 近玛瑙路 2) 南京西 路 1601 号芮欧百货 4 楼 , 近常德路

Ming Court With chefsí adept in culinary creativity, Ming Court presents exquisite Cantonese cuisine with a twist, offering authentic flavors and refined wine pairings to create a wonderful culinary experience. On top of dim sum and dessert menus, the restaurant also offer a la carte and set menus as well as some seasonal specialities. The wide selection of dishes also include some award-winning Ming Court signatures. Level B1, 333 Shenhong Lu, Cordis, Shanghai, Hongqiao, by Suhong Lu (5263 9618)

and friends’ gatherings. 31/F, West Tower, Hyatt on the Bund, 199 Huangpu Lu, by Wuchang Lu (63931234-6330) Lunch: Mon-Fri 11.30am2.30pm; Sat&Sun: 11.30am-3.30pm; Dinner: Daily 5.30pm-10.30pm www.hyattonthebund. com 黄浦路 199 号 , 上海外滩茂悦大酒店西楼 31 层 ,

中路

Shanghainese

VUE Dining This restaurant is designed to create marvelous dining experience in privacy with one of the city’s best skyline views. Featuring authentic handmade dim sum and Cantonese cuisine, it is an ideal venue for family celebrations

Club Jin Mao With superlative views overlooking the Shanghai skyline, Club Jin Mao is one of the most prestigious Shanghainese restaurants in the city, offering exquisite and authentic Shanghainese cuisine. Daily from 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.3010.30pm. 86/F, Grand Hyatt Shanghai, Jin Mao Tower, 88 Shiji Dadao, by Yincheng Zhong Lu (5047 8838) www.shanghai.grand.hyatt.com 上


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海金茂君悦大酒店 86 楼 , 浦东新区世纪大道 88 号 , 近银城中路

Grape Restaurant Originated from 1987, Grape Shanghai is a well-known Shanghainese restaurant popular in the expat community. Chinese traditional cuisine is offered here, featuring Peking Duck, Mandarin Fish with Pine Nuts and Kung Pao Chicken, Deep Fried Ribs with Garlic and dishes served on a sizzling hot cast iron skillet. Jia, 55 Xinle Lu, by Xiangyang Bei Lu (5404 0486) 新乐路 55 号甲 , 近襄阳北路 Gui Hua Lou offers the very best of authentic Shanghainese, Huaiyang, and Sichuanese cuisines. Chef Gao creates a special blend of both worlds, traditional dishes with modern interpretations all in the ambiance of distinctive Chinese décor. 1F, River Wing, Pudong ShangriLa, 33 Fucheng Lu, by Lujiazui Huan Lu (2828 6888) Lunch 11.30am-3pm Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm Sat & Sun, Dinner 5.30-10pm daily 富城路 33 号浦 东香格里拉大酒店浦江楼 1 楼 , 近陆家嘴环路

The Chinoise Story A unique restaurant featuring radically fused cooking styles. Lovely space. Expect classic Chinese dishes served in individual portions rather than family style. Cathay Building, Jin Jiang Hotel, 59 Maoming Nan Lu, by Changle Lu (6445 1717) 11am2.30pm; 6-10.30pm 茂名南路 59 号锦江饭店北楼底 层 , 近长乐路

The Crystal Garden Bathed in natural light, the Chinese restaurant Crystal Garden offers the very best of authentic Chinese cuisine including provincial cuisines plus high-quality seafood. The restaurant's garden-style setting and professional, friendly team makes The Crystal Garden a popular venue for intimate wedding banquets and private functions. 5/F, The Westin Bund Center Shanghai, 88 Henan Zhong Lu, by Guangdong Lu (6103 5048) Lunch: 11am – 2.30pm (Mon-Fri), 11am – 2.30pm (Saturday & Sunday, Yum Cha); Dinner: 5.30pm – 10pm (Daily). 河南中路 88 号上海威斯汀 大饭店 5 楼,近广东路

yunnan Gathering Clouds Specializing in distinctive Yunnan food, Gathering Clouds inherits the most charming Yunnanese cuisine and culture in a modern vibe. Carefully selecting natural ingredients from original source, the place introduces the most authentic Yunnan flavor as well as live sports to all. Unit 105, Building E, 381 Panyu Lu, by Fahuazhen Lu (6271 7162) Daily 11:30am – 2:00pm, 5:30–10:00pm 番禺路 381 号

located in Lobby Lounge. Your choice, eat in or take away. Special price for cakes and pastries everyday after 6pm. 1/F, Pullman Shanghai South, 1 Pubei Lu, by Liuzhou Lu (2426 8888) Daily 9am - 9pm 浦北路 1 号,上海中星铂尔曼大酒店 1 楼,近 柳州路

chocolate Jean Paul Hévin is a French “Haute Couture” chocolate-maker, whose label of chocolates is a successful brand of gourmet chocolate. The adventure of Jean Paul Hévin begins in the tropics with the search for the rarest, most refined cocoa beans. It continues back in France with a search for the best creams and hazelnuts, the most scented honeys and other outstanding ingredient. Jean Paul Hévin stores are created as chocolate cellars, confined spaces in which, at constant levels of humidity and temperature, customers could be captivated by the subtle cocoa aromas and choose their purchases in a calm and peaceful atmosphere. LG2 city’super, HKRI Taikoo Hui, 789 West Nanjing Lu, by Ruijin Er Lu (400-653-8820, www.citysuper.com.cn) 南京西路 789 号兴业太古汇地下二层 city’super 超 • 生活店内

ROYCE’ From the great land of Hokkaido, blessed by nature, came ROYCE’ chocolates in 1983. Hokkaido is gifted with crystal clear water and pure fresh air. This nature environment is much like the famous European Chocolate producing countries. It is here in Hokkaido that the finest, strictly selected ingredients are combined to make perfect chocolates. Each and every bite will bring your senses to Hokkaido. 1) ifc Store - LG2 city’super, 8 Shiji Dadao, by Lujiazui Huan Lu 2) Shanghai Metro City Store - B1, 1111 Zhaojiabang Lu, by Hongqiao Lu 3) Shanghai isetan Store - B1, 1038 Nanjing Xi Lu, by Shaanxi Bei Lu 4) Shanghai Times Square Store - B1 city’super, 99 Huaihai Zhong Lu, by Xizang Nan Lu 5) Shanghai iapm Store - LG1 , 999 Huaihai Zhong Lu, by Shaanxi Nan Lu 6) HKRI Taikoo Hui Store - LG2 city’super, 789 Nanjing Xi Lu, by Yan’an Zhong Lu (400-653-8820, www. citysuper.com.cn) 1) 国金中心店 – 陆家嘴世纪大道 8 号地下二层 city’super 超 • 生活店内 2) 美罗城店 – 肇嘉浜路 1111 号地下一层 3) 梅龙镇伊势丹店 – 南京西路 1038 号地下一层 4) 大上海时代广场店 – 淮海中路 99 号地下一层 city’super 超 • 生活店内 5) 环贸广场店 - 淮海中路 99 号地下一层 city’super 超 • 生活店内 6) 兴业太古汇店 - 南京西路 789 号兴 业太古汇地下二层 city’super 超 • 生活店内

hotel buffets

幸福里步行街 E105, 近法华镇路

Lost Heaven 1) 17 Yan’an Dong Lu, by Sichuan Nan Lu (6330 0967) 2) 38 Gaoyou Lu, by Fuxing Xi Lu (6433 5126) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.3010.30pm 1) 延安东路 17 号 , 近四川南路 2) 高邮路 38 号 , 近复兴西路

The Middle 8 This buddha-themed restaurant offers the beauty of Yunnan cuisines with sincere and love in a quiet vibe. With a large statue of buddha and traditional interior, this Beijing transplant is where you could taste out the pure flavor of Yunnan without leaving Shanghai. Unit406, South Block, HK Plaza, 283 Huaihai Zhong Lu, by Huangpi Nan Lu (6029 6350, 6029 6352) 淮海中路 283 号香港广场南座 406 室 , 近黄陂 南路

Cafes CHA Lounge CHA Lounge is the place for a welldeserved afternoon break. An extensive selection of traditional Chinese and Western tea and delicacies, delicious beverages and international wines, as well as pastries, homemade chocolates and macaroons are offered daily. Guests can also treat themselves to an exquisite afternoon tea buffet at RMB108 per person which is offered daily. Open daily, 8am-8pm. Afternoon tea buffet, 2.30-5.30pm. 1/F, 1555 Dingxi Lu, by Yuyuan Lu (6240 8888-8155) 定西路 1555 号巴黎 春天新世界酒店 1 楼 , 近愚园路

Citizen Café & Bar is a sophisticated coffee house, a craft cocktail bar, and a restaurant serving New American cuisine. Opened in 2005, it went through a complete renovation in 2014, and became more inviting than before. The ever popular Basil Drop remains the same. And the terrace is lovely on a nice day. 222 JinXian Lu, by Shanxi Nan Lu (6258 1620) Daily 11-12.30am www.citizenshanghai.com 进贤路 222 号 , 近陕西 南路

Coffee Tree With a light and airy European look, the cozy spot offers an array of fresh and homemade items including salads, sandwiches, quiche, pasta, and cakes using the finest ingredients. Ferguson Lane, 376 Wukang Lu, by Tai’an Lu (6466 0361) Mon-Sun 9am10pm www.coffeetreecafe.com.cn 武康路 376 号 , 近泰安路

DELI Enjoy French desserts, pastries, cakes, or hand crafted chocolates from the Deli counter

OPEN DOOR

Café Liang The CAFÉ LIANG restaurant treats diners with multiple dining options and cuisines. Diners can indulge in Asian and Western cuisines with a taste of Southeast Asian influence coupled with Mainland Chinese classics. Open Hour: Breakfast from 6am to10.30am; Lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm (Mon - Fri)/ from 11.30am to 3pm (Sat & Sun); Dinner from 5.30pm to 10.30pm. (86 21) 2203 8889. 1/F, Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai, 1218 Yan’an Zhong, by Tongren Lu. 静安香格里拉大酒店一楼,延安中路 1218 号,近铜仁路 .

Café Reign The all-day restaurant, Café Reign features a spacious and comprehensive open kitchen, offering an authentic Shanghai breakfast buffet, business lunch and a semi-buffet dining experience. Daily 6am-10.30pm. 1/F, Wanda Reign on the Bund, 538 Zhong Shan Dong Er Lu, by Longtan Lu (5368 8882) 中山东二路 538 号 , 近 龙潭路

C MARKET provides an indulgent and lively culinary experience, allowing to guests to Enjoying indoor or terrace dining in an elegant and gorgeously sun-lit buffet restaurant with show kitchen counters that have a little bit of everything to satisfy any palate. Ranging from bold new cuisines to traditional favourites, sweet treats to spicy dishes, the possibilities at C Market are endless. (5263 9628, cdshh.cmarket@ cordishotels.com, WeChat: CordisHongqiao, http://www.cordishotels.com/sc/shanghaihongqiao/restaurants-and-bars/c-market/) Breakfast: 6.30-10.30 am daily; Lunch: 11.30 am-2 pm (Mon-Fri), 11.30 am - 2.30 pm (Sat & Sun); Dinner: 6-9.30 pm daily; A La Carte: 6.3010.30 pm. Ground Floor, 333 Shenhong Lu, by Suhong Lu 申虹路 333 号 G 层,近苏虹路 Five Live: Serving daily breakfast and dinner buffets, a la carte menu and extravagant Sunday Brunches, Five Live All Day Dining welcomes guests and gastronomes into a compelling cooking theater. An array of local Shanghainese, regional Chinese and international cuisines are prepared at five interactive cooking stations, including fresh seafood on ice, a grill and carving station, specialty noodles and dumplings, soup and Taiwanese hotpot, a Mediterranean kitchen and a dessert counter. INTERCONTINENTAL SHANGHAI NECC, 1700 Zhuguang Lu, by Yinggang Dong Lu (National Exhibition Convention Center, Gate 3) (6700 1888-6028) 国家会展中心洲际酒店 , 诸光路

Yi Café Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai Offers a Bite of the Culinary Heritage of the World Starting March 27, Yi Café at Pudong Shangri-La will be offering a brand new buffet concept – ‘Bite of the Culinary Heritage of the World.’ With 11 live cooking stations featuring culinary delights from eight countries, guests will be taken on a gastronomic journey through their taste buds to the most exotic corners of the world. Collaborating with Shen Hongfei of popular food documentary, A Bite of China, some highlights on the menu will include a range of Chinese dishes from different regions, including Hainan-style salt-baked Wenchang chicken and Huaiyang-style steamed bun with wild vegetable filling. But the deliciousness doesn’t just stop there. Those who crave something other than Chinese food can also sample fresh lobster, sweet shrimp, baby abalone and snow crab at the seafood bar and natto tempura from the sushi station, Arabic beef, Turkish pizza, Indian tandoori bull frog and much more. ‘Bite of the Culinary Heritage of the World’ is available at lunch and dinner everyday from RMB268 per person, plus 10 percent service charge and 6 percent VAT. > 2/F, Grand Tower Pudong Shangri-La, 33 Fucheng Lu, by Lujiazui Huan Lu 富城路33号浦东香格里拉大酒店紫金楼2楼, 近陆家嘴环路 (2828 6888)

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NONG CAFÉ Located on the second floor, NONG Café offers a lively culinary experience with its open-kitchen stations in a light and airy, interactive, market-style setting. Diners can watch chefs use impressive culinary techniques to prepare their favourite à la minute dishes in the open-kitchen. Breakfast, Monday to Friday, 6-10.30am; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 6-11am; Lunch, 12-2pm. Dinner, 5.309.30pm. 2/F, 1555 Dingxi Lu, by Yuyuan Lu (6240 8888) 定西路 1555 号巴黎春天新世界酒店 2 楼 , 近 愚园路

Sun 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm. cantontable@ on-the-bund.com. www.threeonthebund.com.5/ F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, by Guangdong Lu 中 山东一路 3 号 5 楼 , 近广东路 . (6321 3737)

Cathay Room & 9 Level Terrace With intimate seating and expansive views of the Bund, the Cathay Room and Terrace offers a sociable dining experience with elegantly presented European contemporary style cuisine. Let your senses be tantalized by the delicate flavors prepared by our culinary team, revealing a European ‘haute cuisine’ approach to fine dining; complete with organic items and ecologically responsible producers. Featuring an extensive wine list and beverage selection, the Cathay Room and Terrace is an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai… 9/F, Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing Road East by Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road (6138 6881) Daily 12:00-22:00 南京东路 20 号,上海和平 饭店 9 楼,近中山东一路

Yi Café The Bite of Culinary Heritage of the World features delicacies from 11 live stations offering gastronomic delights from eight countries. Highlight include fresh lobster, sweet shrimp, baby abalone, Arabic beef, Turkish pizza, Indian tandoori bull frog, Japanese natto tempura and freshly baked chocolate fondant, and a new series of Master Shen Hongfei’s favorite spring dishes like Hainan Wenchang chicken, Huaiyangstyle steamed bun with wild vegetable filling. 2/F, Grand Tower Pudong Shangri-La, 33 Fucheng Lu, by Lujiazui Huan Lu (2828 6888). Lunch 11.30am – 2.30pm Mon to Fri, Brunch 12 – 3pm Sat & Sun, Dinner 5.30pm – 10pm daily. 富城路 33 号浦 东香格里拉大酒店紫金楼 2 楼,近陆家嘴环路

Deli Shops Green & Safe With an organic farm in Kunshan, this organic store provides daily delivered vegetables and a variety of local and imported organic goods, such as organic extra virgin olive oil, white and red balsamic vinegar, organic pasta, muesli and more. 30% off on all breads after 7pm everyday in Dongping branch. 1) 6 Dongping Lu, by Hengshan Lu 5465 1288, 1/ F: 8am-10pm; 2/F: 6pm-12am 2) 2) 4/F, 1438 Hongqiao Lu, by Hongbaoshi Lu 10am–9.30pm 1) 东平路 6 号 , 近衡山路 2) 虹桥路 1438 号 4 楼 , 近红 宝石路

Kempi Deli Freshly baked homely bites including freshly baked bread, muffins, cakes, chocolates, pastries, ice-creams, sandwiches, cold cuts and cheese will make a visit to Kempi Deli something to look forward to any day. You won’t know where to start! 50% off on all breads after 18:00 daily. (3867 8888) Hours: 7.30am-7pm. 2/F, Grand Kempinski Hotel, 1288 Lujiazui Huan Lu, by Baibu Jie 陆家嘴环路 1288 号上海凯宾斯基大酒 店 2 楼,近百步街

Fine Dining 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana An extension of the three Michelin Star venue (by the same name) in Hong Kong, a fantastic fine dining fare that will leave you both comforted and breathless. 6-7/F, 169 Yuanmingyuan Lu, by Beijing Dong Lu (6087 2890) 圆明园路 169 号 6-7 楼 , 近北京东路

上海半岛酒店 13 楼 , 近南京东路

SAVOR All Day Dining Restaurant offers Western and Eastern cuisine showcasing an open interactive kitchen with buffet and a la carte options. 2/F, Pullman Shanghai South, 1 Pubei Lu, by Liuzhou Lu (2426 8888) Daily 6am - 12pm 浦

Lu (6320 3935) Daily: 11am-2am www.bln.com. cn 2) 2967 Lujiazui Xi Lu, by Binjiang Da Dao (6888 3935) Sun-Thu: 11am-1am; Fri-Sat: 11am2am 3) 3/F, 555 Shibo Da Dao, by Guozhan Lu (2206 0555) Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-12am hellauer@bln.com.cn 1) 太仓路 181 弄新天地北里 19-20 号楼 , 近马当路 2) 陆家嘴西路 2967 号 , 近滨江大道 3) 世博大道 555 号 3 楼 , 近国 展路

Indian Bhoomi stores One stop destination where a wide range of Indian & Pakistani food products are served. 266 Yaohong Lu, by Hongsong Dong Lu, Minhang district, (2428 3400) Mon-Sat 9.30am-9.30pm, Sunday 2-7pm 闵行区姚虹路 266 号 , 近红松东路

北路 1 号 , 上海中星铂尔曼大酒店 2 楼 , 近柳州路

global cuisine

French

海和平饭店 8 楼,近中山东一路

Jade on 36 Restaurant This stunning restaurant makes modern European cuisine with an Asian twist. Excellent wine list, beautiful views and a sumptuous weekend brunch. Combining gastronomy and entertainment with 3D animation, Jade on 36 welcomes Marco Polo intrigue, as all of your senses are tended to with culinary expertise to present an entertaining 6-course set menu especially for your year-end parties. Priced at RMB798 net per person for a six-course meal. 36/F Grand Tower, Pudong Shangri-La, 33 Fucheng Lu, by Lujiazui Huan Lu (2828 6888), Lunch: 12pm, Dinner 5.30pm or 8pm. fbreservation.slpu@shangri-la.com, www. shangri-la.com/shanghai/pudongshangrila. 富城路 33 号,近陆家嘴环路

M on the Bund This Bund pioneer serves up impeccable service and a menu peppered with Continental, Aussie and Moroccan inspiration. Try the pavlova for dessert. 7/F, No.5 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, by Guangdong Lu (6350 9988) MonFri: 11.30am-2.30pm; 6.15-10.30pm; Sat-Sun: 11.30am-3pm; 6.15-10.30pm reservations@monthebund.com www.m-onthebund.com 中山东 一路外滩 5 号 7 楼 , 近广东路

MARC restaurant Located on the rooftop, under the helm of the legendary Michelin-starred French chef Marc Meneau, MARC restaurant serves guests with customized afternoon tea and an exquisite Michelin-starred fine-dining experience. Daily 12-10.30pm, 21/F, Wanda Reign on the Bund, 538 Zhong Shan Dong Er Lu, by Longtan Lu (5368 8882) 中山东二路 538 号 , 近龙潭路

Jean Georges One Michelin star restaurant JeanGeorges is the world-renowned eponymous chef’s first signature restaurant outside of New York. At the Bund-side restaurant, guests can enjoy his famed contemporary French cuisines at a newly renovated space with a fresh an elegant dining room, lounge, open kitchen and private rooms. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun: 11.30am-3pm, 6-10.30pm. 4/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, by Guangdong Lu) jgrespak@on-thebund.com. www.threeonthebund.com. 中山东一 路 3 号 4 楼 , 近广东路 (6321 7733)

PHÉNIX eatery & bar Rooted in the philosophy of “Life is about the ingredients”, a visit to PHÉNIX is a charming invitation to reconnect with the essentials through an intuitive French cuisine inspired by the richness of seasonal natural ingredients. PHÉNIX also features an intimate yet vibrant lounge space, allowing guests to enjoy classic minimalist cocktails and an impressive wine selection with 250 labels. Level 2, 1 Changde Lu, by Yan’an Xi Lu Daily 6.30am – 11pm, phenix@ thepuli.com, phenix.thepuli.com (2216 6988) 上 海璞麗酒店二楼,常德路 1 号,近延安西路

Oceans Dining in a romantic and contemporary setting, an extensive array of selected premium products from the sea. A distinct and innovative gourmet experience to satisfy the most discerning of tastes, Ocean fully realizes the art of cooking. Lobby floor, Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund, 19 Haiping Lu, by Gongping Lu (2509 1188) Lunch 11.30am – 2.30pm; Dinner 5.30– 9.30pm. banyantree.com 海平路 19 号悦榕庄 1 楼 , 近公平路

外滩华尔道夫酒店 1 楼,近广东路

RuiKu Restaurant The rooftop restaurant RuiKu serves fine-casual dining with a sharing concept. Enjoy the stunning view of the Bund’s historic waterfront and Pudong’s futuristic skyline. Daily

中山东一路

Italian Acqua offers an inspired menu that captures the spirit of Italian dining. The open kitchen and oven are a focal point of the restaurant’s dining experience. Guests will also enjoy the large indoor aquarium and stunning views over the Huangpu River. With daily lunch and dinner service, Acqua is always a good choice to enjoy a delicious meal. (3867 9192) Lunch: 11.30am -2.30pm; Dinner: 6-10.30pm. 2/F, Grand Kempinski Hotel, 1288 Lujiazui Huan Lu, by Baibu Jie 陆家嘴环路 1288 号 GAIA2 is known of its authentic Italian food. With adorable mosaic desks, red and black chairs and unique glasses, GAIA 2 is truly an art space Room 605 &613 on 6/F & Room 703 on 7/F, 999 Huaihai Zhong Lu, by Shaanxi Nan Lu 11am10pm 淮海中路 999 号环贸广场 L6-605,613,

2 楼 , 近昆山路

Pelham’s Celebrated Chef Jean-Philippe Dupas presents modern French cuisine with a brand new menu, highlighted a mix of premium, local ingredients with contemporary flair. 1/F, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, 2 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, by Guangdong Lu (6322 9988) Lunch Mon-Fri: 11.30am-2pm; Dinner daily 6-10pm www.waldorfastoriashanghai.com 中山东一路 2 号

The Chop Chop Club | UNÏCO Shanghai. The Chop Chop Club is the restaurant by world renowned chef Paul Pairet for UNÏCO Shanghai. Product driven, boldly essentialist and borderline primitive, it is a casual take by Pairet on global and honest home cooking. Every day from 6pm until 7.30pm, The Happy Early Bird promotion gets you 50 percent off on an extensive selection of drinks. Dinner: Everyday 6-11pm. Three on the Bund, 2F, 17 Guangdong Lu, by Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (5308 5399) booking@unico.cn.com, www. unicoshanghai.com 广东路 17 号外滩 3 号 2 楼,近

上海凯宾斯基大酒店 2 楼,近百步街

Mare Western Restaurant It’s the only place where you can taste Marseille Seafood Hotpot! The tomahawk steak is the best in Shanghai. Hotel Pravo, 2/F Mare Western Restaurant 299 Wusong Lu, by Kunshan Lu 吴淞路 299 号宝御酒店

上海金茂君悦大酒店 56 楼 , 浦东新区世纪大道 88 号 , 近银城中路

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Sir Elly’s Restaurant & Bar Dine on fine modern European cuisine while overlooking the Huangpu River. Expert cocktails offered at both the circular bar and the expansive 14th floor terrace. 13/F The Peninsula Shanghai, 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, by Nanjing Dong Lu (2327 6756) Lunch daily 12-2.30pm; Dinner Sun-Thurs: 6-10.30pm; Fri-Sat 6-11pm www.peninsula.com/Shanghai/en/Dining/ Sir_Ellys_Restaurant/default.aspx 中山东一路 32 号

Dragon Phoenix Restored to its former glory, the Dragon Phoenix evokes memories from a distant time. Quintessential Cantonese and Shanghainese cuisine takes center stage with refined yet daringly classical presentations of the finest live seafood, barbeque roasted meats and seasonal produce. Our resident Chinese Master Chef’s signature dishes showcase some of China’s most sought-after authentic dishes including hand crafted dim sum, seafood delicacies and noodle dishes. 8/F, Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing Road East by Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road (6138 6880) Daily 11:30-22:00 南京东路 20 号,上

ON56 This four-in-one restaurant at Grand Hyatt Shanghai offers the best cuts of prime beef from the Grill, sumptuous Italian classics from Cucina, top-shelf sushi from Kobachi and delectable sweets from Patio. Daily from 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm; 56/F, Grand Hyatt Shanghai, Jin Mao Tower, 88 Shiji Dadao, by Yincheng Zhong Lu (5047 8838) www.shanghai.grand.hyatt.com

Canton Table With nostalgic ambiance inspired by shikumen lanehouses and glamorous buildings along the Bund, this new Cantonese dining concept at Three on the Bund dances between the old and the new, bringing Shanghai diners the essence of the culinary culture of Guangdong. Whether you’re craving some home-style cooking or sophisticated delicacies, Canton Table offers an extensive selections, featuring high quality fresh ingredients and traditional cooking skills. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm, Sat-

12-10.30pm. 21/F, Wanda Reign on the Bund, 538 Zhong Shan Dong Er Lu, by Longtan Lu (5368 8882) 中山东二路 538 号 , 近龙潭路

L7-703, 近陕西南路

ISOLA means “little island” in Italian, which expresses a rich marine culture in Mediterranean sea around Italy and was inspired by original Italian food. Room 17, 4/F, 8 Shiji Dadao, by Lujiazui Huan Lu lunch: 11.30am-2.30pm, afternoon tea: 3-5pm; dinner: 6-10.30pm 世纪大 Mr. & Mrs. Bund Molecular madman Paul Pairet takes a more laissez-faire approach with this modern French eatery. Expect straightforward food and a great wine list. 6/ F Bund 18, Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, by Nanjing Dong Lu (6323 9898) Dinner: Monday to Sunday 5.30-10.30pm,late Night: Thus-Sat 11pm-2am, brunch: Sat-Sun 11.30am-2.30pm www.mmbund.com 中山东一路外滩 18 号 6 楼 , 近

道 8 号上海国金中心 L4 楼 17 号铺 , 近陆家嘴环路

南京东路

Vue Restaurant Enjoy classic European fare with one of the city’s best skyline views. 30/F Hyatt on the Bund, 199 Huangpu Lu, by Wuchang Lu (6393 1234-6328) Daily 6-11pm 黄浦路 199 号 , 上海外滩 茂悦大酒店西楼 30 楼 , 近武昌路

German Paulaner Brauhaus Enjoy Bavarian food (and more importantly, beer) in a warm, wellpopulated atmosphere. 1) House19-20, North Block Xintiandi, Lane181 Taicang Lu, by Madang

VA BENE in shanghai is a modern Italian restaurant with new designed dining environment and extraordinary Italian food thath combines tradition and innovation. 1/F, No 7, Lane 181 Taicang Lu, by Huangpi Nan Lu 11am-midnight 太仓路 181 弄新天地北里 7 号楼一层 , 近黄陂南路


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Japanese Gintei Teppanyaki Sushi Restaurant Gintei has been serving traditional and authentic Japanese dishes with seasonal ingredients prepared in unique, simple, and attentive ways since 2002. Come and enjoy the finest sashimi, sushi and teppanyaki in town and we hope to serve you the best. 75 Nanhui Lu,by Beijing Xi Lu (6218 1932) Mon-Sat 11.30am-2pm;5.30pm-10pm 南汇路 75 号 , 近北京西路

(5011 1677). Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. 2) N3-14, Jing An Kerry Centre, 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu, by Anyi Lu (6259 5177). Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-10pm.1) 世纪大道 8 号 ifc 国金中心 4

OPEN DOOR

楼,近银城中路 2)南京西路 1515 号静安嘉里中心北 区 3 楼 , 近安义路

TSURU Japanese Restaurant TSURU features classic Japanese Kaiseki cuisine. The interior decoration, inspired by the traditions and culture of Japan, contrasts reds, chocolates and pine hues as its main color. Chef Masami Honda has 50 years of experience in Japanese cuisine. Open Hour: Lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm; Dinner from 6pm to 10pm. (86 21) 2203 8889. 2/F, Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai, 1218 Yan’an Zhong, by Tongren Lu. 静安香格里拉大酒店二楼, 延安中路 1218 号,近铜仁路 .

Sakitori Japanese Restaurant The newly renovated Japanese restaurant with four private dining rooms is where guests get to indulge themselves in authentic Japanese cuisine complemented with a variety of sake. Chef Hideki Kamata with over 22 years of culinary experience is well versed in traditional Kaiseki cuisine, Teppanyaki and Sushi. 2/F, JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Changfeng Park, 158 Daduhe Lu, by Guangfu Xi Lu (2215 6250) 上海新发展亚太 JW 万 豪酒店 2 楼,大渡河路 158 号 , 近光复西路

GYU SAMURAI Specializing in Japanese-style hotpot and barbecue, GYU SAMURAI selects high quality wagyu beef for its dishes and serves them in a space designed with Japanese aesthetics. In addition to beef, you can also savor a wide range of Japanese sake and various types of dishes to go along with your drinks, making it the perfect venue for all sorts of gatherings. 3rd Floor, Block 6, Daning International Commercial Plaza, 1918 Gonghexin Lu, by Daning Lu 共和新路 1918 号大宁 国际商业广场 6 座 3 楼 , 近大宁路 (6107 5390)

Ooedo Japanese Restaurant Serving authentic and high quality Japanese cuisine on an extensive menu since opened in 1995, they’ve introduced consultant Mr. Yoshida-san from Hyogo for traditional Japanese cooking. Daily lunch:11.30am-2pm(last order 1.30pm), dinner:5.30pm-10pm(last order 9.30pm). 1)Room 104E,Lujiazui Investment Tower, 366 Pudian Lu, by Dongfang Lu (6841 6377) 2)L3-E03, 150 Hubin Lu,by Ji'nan Lu 1) 浦电路 366 号 , 近东方路 2 ) 湖滨路 150 号 L3-E03, 近济南路

KOI KOI will light up your senses by sizzling Teppanyaki , fresh Sashimi, Sushi, BBQ and Sake. Reasonable-priced business lunch sets also available. 2/F, InterContinental Shanghai Puxi, 500 Hengfeng Lu, by Tianmu Xi Lu (5253 9999-6326, www.intercontinental.com) Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm; 5.30-10pm 上海浦西洲际酒店 2 楼 , 恒丰路 500 号 , 近天目西路

Gyu Samurai

HE Japanese Restaurant Tokyo-native head chef introduces authentic Japanese cuisine using only jet-fresh imported ingredients in sophisticated cooking methods and timehonored craftsmanship. Daily 5.30-10.30pm. RMB1088/1538/1888. 5/F, Wanda Reign on the Bund, 538 Zhong Shan Dong Er Lu, by Longtan Lu (5368 8882) 中山东二路 538 号 , 近龙潭路 Miyabi Japanese Restaurant & Sky Bar Nested on the 37th floor boasting a stunning night view of the Bund and Lujiazui area, Miyabi Japanese restaurant sees open teppanyaki stations and exquisite Japanese cuisines in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. A guest DJ plays live lounge music every night from Tuesday to Saturday, making Miyabi a perfect choice to enjoy the night over a cocktail or a Japanese whisky. 37/ F, Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel, 59 Siping Lu,by Hailun Lu (2601 0088, sheraton.com/ shanghaihongkou) 5.30-10.30pm 四平路 59 号虹 口喜来登酒店 37 楼 , 近海伦路

Nadaman At Nadaman Japanese Restaurant, contemporary design meets exceptional cuisine. The traditional Japanese kaiseki cuisine is Nadaman's signature set menu. It reflects the best of seasonal produce and fresh ingredients, artistically presented, both in food and in the choice of unique décor. The efficient simplicity is complemented by professional and courteous service while the atmosphere is redolent with the cultivation of over 180 years of Japanese hospitality. Master Chef Takayuki Oshima, Nadaman Group Executive Chef, presents exclusive kaiseiki menu at RMB880 per person from July 3-9. The price is subject to 10 per cent service charge and 6% value-added tax. (2828 6888) Lunch: 11.30am-2.30pm; Dinner: 5.3010pm (fbreservations.slpu@shangri-la.com, www.shangri-la.com/shanghai/pudongshangrila) 2/F Grand Tower, Pudong Shangri-La, 33 Fucheng Lu, by Lujiazui Huan Lu 富城路 33 号, 近陆家嘴环路

The House Of Flame With Sashimi,Teppanyyaki and The chafing dish of seafood.We are committed to finding the world’s top food ingredients,and we are trying to present our customers with an exclusive feast. Lunch: Daily 11:30am-14:30pm; Afternoon tea: Daily 14:00 pm -16:30 pm; Dinner: Daily 17:30 pm -21:30pm. Unit 3013, 3/F, 2879 Longteng Dadao. 龙腾大道 2879 号百汇园商业楼 3 楼 3013 单元。

Takumi Robatayaki & Sake In this authentic Japanese restaurant, you’ll see skilled Japanese robatayaki chefs grill seasonal fish, meat and vegetables over open coal fire with Japanese sake-cuisine pairings served. Wifi available. 1) L422, ifc mall, 8 Shiji Dadao, by Yincheng Zhong Lu

Enter the World of Decadent Beef Sazanka Traditional Japanese Teppanyaki recommended by Michelin Guide "Taste of Okura" - Combination of Rigid Selection of Seasonal Ingredients and Top Chef. Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai, 58 Mao Ming Nan Lu, by Changle Lu(6415 1111-5211)花园饭店 , 茂名南 路 58 号 , 近长乐路

Mediterranean Calypso Restaurant & Lounge The Calypso. Located in the hotel’s piazza, the eye-catching two-storey bamboo-clad glass-roof building brings Mediterranean cuisine to the doorstep of guests and residents. Roof terrace also available. This is topped off with DJ music, creating the epitome of a relaxed ambience. Restaurant Open Hour: 11am to 11pm; Terrace Lounge Open Hour: Non-Winter Season (Mar – Nov) 2.30pm to 1am (Mon - Thurs); 2.30pm to 1.30am (Fri & Sat); 12pm to 1am (Sun). Winter Season (Dec - Feb) 2.30pm to 11pm (Mon - Thurs), 2.30pm to 12midnight (Fri & Sat), 12pm to 11pm(Sun). (86 21) 2203 8889. Jing An Kerry Center Piazza, 1218 Middle Yan’an Road, Jing An Kerry Centre on West Nanjing Road, Shanghai. 延安中路 1218

Specializing in Japanese-style hotpot and barbecue, GYU SAMURAI selects high quality wagyu beef for its dishes and serves them in a space designed with a Japanese aesthetic. In addition to beef, you can also savor a wide range of Japanese sake and various types of dishes to go along with your drinks, making it the perfect venue for all sorts of gatherings. In addition to ordering a la carte, GYU SAMURAI offers two types of sets. Available for RMB498, enjoy beef hotpot along with three types of Japanese starters, chawanmushi, assorted vegetables, grilled seafood, your choice of starch, and a decadent dessert. Meanwhile, the teppanyaki set (RMB598), pan-grilled beef instead of the hotpot, plus all the other deliciousness in the previous set. From now until April 30, the restaurant will be running a special RMB138 set for the beef hotpot for one person (originally RMB198), which includes plenty of wagyu, beef bone stock, and assorted veggies. Yum! > 3/F, Block 6, Daning International Commercial Plaza, 1918 Gonghexin Lu, by Daning Lu 共和新路1918号大宁国际商业广场6座3楼, 近大宁路 (6107 5390)

号 南京西路静安嘉里中心南区广场

Chelae: Chelae is a modern seafood bistro where elegance meets authenticity. Chelae has three different dining areas all with their own personality, aiming to create a casual sophistication, cozy elegance and laid-back luxury atmosphere. Presenting a wide range of both local and imported quality products featuring fresh seafood with a focus on crabs and charcoal oven cooking premium meat, Chelae serves a globally-inspired sophisticated Cuisine including Mediterranean, French, and more. 2:30-11pm daily. 2/F, No.18, Lane 217 Maoming Bei Lu, by Nanjing Xi Lu 2/F, No.9, Lane 229 Maoming Bei Lu, by Nanjing Xi Lu (5255 6865) 丰盛里 茂名北路 217 弄 18 号 2 楼, 229 弄 9 号 2 楼 (5255 6865)

Thought For Food is the flagship restaurant inside The Living Room by Octave, open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch serving tasting menus, sharing plates and quick meals that all feature responsibly and honestly

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sourced ingredients.Vegetables are sourced from certified organic farms and their own rooftop garden - fully traceable to ensure safety and quality to the table. The poultry, pork and seafood are carefully selected from free range sources that are certified and traceable.Daily 7am-10pm;Sunday brunch 11am-3pm. Former French Concession>357 Jianguo Xi Lu, by Taiyuan Lu (3338 4660) thoughtforfood@livingoctave. com. www.livingoctave.com 建国西路 357 号 , 近

The Grill With a central grill, rotisserie and a large built-in marble displaying the freshest seafood, it is a contemporary and colorful venue for guests in search of the freshest seafood and succulent prime grade meats grilled right in front of them in the open kitchen. 56/F Jin Mao Tower, Grand Hyatt Shanghai, 88 Shiji Dadao, by Dongtai Lu (5047 1234) Lunch: Daily 11.30am2.30pm; Dinner: Daily 5.30-10.30pm 世纪大道 88 号金茂君悦大酒店 56 楼 , 近东泰路

太原路

Modern

Spanish

Lu 11am-10pm 2) Room 503 5/F, 999 Huaihai Zhong Lu, by Shaanxi Nan Lu 11am-10pm 3) 02A,1/F,22,23 Xintiandi Beili, Lane 181 Taicang Lu, by Huangpi Nan Lu 11am-11pm (Sun-Thu) 11am-2am (Fri-Sat) 1) 南京西路 1515 号静安嘉里中 心南区 1 层 05 号 , 近常德路 2) 淮海中路 999 号环贸 iapm 商场 L5-503 室 , 近陕西南路 3) 太仓路 181 弄 上海新天地北里 22,23 号 1 层 02A 单元 , 近黄陂南路

and enjoy the house band. Enjoy dancing the night away seven days a week with your favorite party rocking music. Food is available all day until wee hours. 331 Tongren Lu, by Beijing Xi Lu (6289 3715) Daily 11am-late www.judysco.com.cn 铜仁 路 331 号,近北京西路

vietnamese

Albero Enjoy Albero’s innovative Spanish tapas menu, ideal for sharing with friends in a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant is decorated in an Andalusian style with sedimentary rock from the Huangpu River. (3867 9196) Lunch: 12pm-3pm; Dinner: 6-10pm. 2/F, Grand Kempinski Hotel, 1288 Lujiazui Huan Lu, by Baibu Jie 陆家嘴环路 1288 号上海凯宾斯基大酒店 2 楼,近百步街

The Spot Bar & Restaurant Since opened in Sep 2006, the Spot Bar and Restaurant has been home of many expats away from home. The menu introduces delicious food items as well as the Spot’s signature dishes at reasonable prices. With a warm ambiance, it’s an exciting place where you get to meet friendly people. 255 Tongren Lu, by Nanjing Lu (www.thespot.com.cn) 铜仁路 255 号,近南京路

Pizza PizzaExpress 1) 380 Huangpi Nan Lu, by Xingye Lu (5383 3999) Sun-Thurs: 11.30am-11pm; Fri & Sat: 11am-11pm info@pizzamarzano.cn www.pizzamarzano.cn 2) Suite 107, Shanghai Center,1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, by Xikang Lu (6289 8733) Daily 11am-11pm info@pizzamarzano. cn 3) No.1, Unit 111, 570 Yong Jia Lu, by Yue Yang Lu (6467 8898) Sun-Thurs: 12-11pm; Fri&Sat: 11am-11pm info@pizzamarzano.cn 4) 507B/C, 5/F Grand Gateway, 1 Hongqiao Lu, by Huashan Lu (6447 8880) Daily 10am-10pm info@ pizzamarzano.cn 5) Unit 403, 4/F, K11 Art Mall, 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu, by Huangpi Nan Lu 1) 黄 陂南路 380 号 , 近兴业路 2) 南京西路 1376 号上海商 城西峰 107 号 , 近西康路 3) 永嘉路 570 号 111 单元 1 号楼 , 近岳阳路 4) 虹桥路 1 号港汇广场 5 层 507B/ C, 近华山路 5)淮海中路 300 号 K11 购物艺术中心 403 号铺 , 近黄陂南路

Steakhouses CHAR Dining This modern steakhouse has position itself as a destination for premium quality Australian beef and sea food products. Its spectacular bund views, urban interior design, and International recognized Chef Willmer Colmenares has made this location a “must try” dining destination in the city. The menu presents classics with a twist; Boasting one the largest steak selection available in Shanghai. Starting from their grass fed products from Tasmania, to their grain fed 250days tomahawk or their selection of Wagyu products. Including the award winning Blackmore full blood Wagyu 9+ recognized as one of the best in the market. 29-31F Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the bund, 585 Zhongshan Dong Er lu, by Dongmen Lu (3302 9995), 5:30pm until late, kitchen close at 10:30pm. Bar, 17:00pm-late. www.char-thebund.com 中 山东二路 585 号 29-31 楼,近东门路

JW’s California Grill Located on the 40th floor above Shanghai's stunning skyline, the relaxed and classy setting offers refined lifestyle dining with seasonal, market fresh cuisine using premium products cooked to perfection. Discover sophisticated chef-crafted cuisine in the main area or enjoy exclusivity in the private room among friends or business partners. 40/F, JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square, 399 Nanjing Xi Lu, by Huangpi Nan Lu (5359 4969, www.jwmarriottshanghai.com) 上海明天广场 JW 万豪酒店 40 楼,南京西路 399 号,近黄陂北路

The 1515 WEST Chophouse & Bar Meat lovers will be delighted by the restaurant’s generous portioning philosophy. The house butcher presents signature prime cuts which are cut and weighed on an old-fashioned scale on the table and sent straight to the grill. Restaurant Open Hour: Lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm; Dinner from 6pm to 10.30pm. (86 21) 2203 8889. 4/F, Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai, 1218 Yan’an Zhong, by Tongren Lu. 静安香格里拉大酒店四楼, 延安中路 1218 号,近铜仁路 .

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COLCA COLCA is the latest restaurant of celebrity chef & serial restaurateur Eduardo Vargas. This time he cooks food of his heritage: Peruvian. COLCA is a restaurant & bar specializing in seafood and grilled meats. It also features the first Pisco Bar in China with a wide range of pisco cocktails. Tucked into a new complex at Hengshan Lu, the restaurant boasts highceilinged interiors and a beautiful outdoor terrace. Dinner: Tue-Sun 5.30pm-1am; Weekend Brunch: 11am-4pm, close on Monday. Rm2201, 2/F, 199 Hengshan Lu, by Yongjia Lu (5401 5366) 衡山路 199 号 2 楼 2201, 近永嘉路

Pintxos Numbers of meats and seafood are imported from Spain to ensure the most authentic Spanish cuisine for every customer. In addition to the excellent quality of raw materials, the process is made simple and fast in the stylish minimalist restaurant. Pudong Kerry: 1378 Huamu Lu, Room B104, Kerry Centre, by Fangdian Lu (5858 0617) 2) Jingan Kerry: 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu, B1, Room 10, Jing'an Kerry Centre, , by Changde Lu (6173 7983) 1) 花木路 1378 号嘉里中心 B104, 近芳甸路 2) 南京 西路 1515 号静安嘉里中心 B1 楼 10 室 , 近常德路

Tapas & Lounge The food at Azul is created by Eduardo Vargas, mixed with Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. During the last 14 years, the cuisine has been diversified with flavors, herbs, and great quality of ingredients, making Azul until today one of the best LatinMediterranean restaurants in Shanghai. 8/F, Ferguson Lane, 378 Wukang Lu, by Tai’an Lu (5405 2252) 武康路 378 号武康庭 8 楼 , 近泰安路

Speciality Food Shops Green & Safe With an organic farm in Kunshan, this organic store provides daily delivered vegetables and a variety of local and imported organic goods, such as organic extra virgin olive oil, white and red balsamic vinegar, organic pasta, muesli and more. 1) 6 Dongping Lu, by Hengshan Lu 5465 1288, 1/F: 8am-10pm; 2/ F: 6.30pm-12am 2) 2) 4/F, 1438 Hongqiao Lu, by Hongbaoshi Lu 10am–9.30pm 3) 4/F, 1601 Nanjing Xi Lu (6258 8777) 1) 东平路 6 号 , 近衡山 路 2) 虹桥路 1438 号 4 楼 , 近红宝石路 3) 南京西路 1601 号 4 楼 B 区

FIELDS China A premier online grocery store based in Shanghai who provides healthy and safe options for all your grocery needs, including vegetables, fruits, meat & poultry, fish & seafood, dairies, bakeries and personal care products. Seasonal produce and ready-to-serve dishes are also available. With same day delivery on orders in Shanghai, FIELDS makes it convenient and affordable for you to have healthy and safe organic, imported food items in China. 400-0210339, www.fieldschina.com, cs@fieldschina.com.

Thai

Pho Real Some of Shanghai’s finest pho and Bánh mì, with high-quality ingredients and a young, hip environment. 1) 166 Fumin Lu, by Changle Lu (5403 8110) Mon-Fri: 11am -2 pm, 5.30pm -10pm; weekends: 11am -10pm 2) 1465 Fuxing Zhong Lu by Huaihai Zhong Lu (6437 2222) Mon-Fri: 11am -2.30pm, 5.30pm -10pm; weekends: 11am -10pm 3) Kerry Centre Store, Kerry Centre SB1-12, 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu, by Changde Lu (6299 1827) Daily 11am-10pm 4) 1-L206, The Place, 100 Zunyi Lu, by Tianshan Lu 11am-10pm (5291 0907) www.phorealgroup. cn 5) Hongkong Plaza. S2-11 Hongkong Plaza, 283 Huaihai Zhong Lu, by Huangpi Nan Lu (6313 8927) 11am-10pm 6) S07, 4/F, Takashimaya Department Store,1438 Hongqiao Lu, by Manao Lu (6278 3277) 10am-21.30pm 1) 富民路 166 号 , 近长乐路 2) 复兴中路 1465 号 , 近淮海中路 3) 南京西 路 1515 号嘉里中心 SB1-12, 近常德路 4) 虹桥南丰 城南区 1 期 -L206, 遵义路 100 号 , 近天山路 5) 淮海 中路 283 号,香港广场南座 2-11 室 , 近黄陂南路 6) 虹桥路 1438 号高岛屋商场 4 楼 07 室 近玛瑙路

UNÏCO Shanghai. Launched in 2012 UNÏCO Shanghai quickly became one of Shanghai's favorite dining and nightlife destinations. Occupying the second floor of the heritage structure Three on the Bund, it boasts stunning views and stylish interiors. Welcoming guests at night with an extensive selection of cocktails and a carefully curated music list with a latin flair. Live music bands and internationally acclaimed DJs play there regularly. Every day 6pm until late, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, Three on The Bund, 2/F, by Guangdong Lu (0215308 5399; booking@unico.cn.com; www. unicoshanghai.com) 中山东一路 3 号外滩 3 号 2 楼 , 近广东路

Clubs

Pho Store Owned by an Australian Vietnamese, the Pho Store offers Vietnamese street-flavor phos in a cozy and trendy environment. 118 Xikang Lu, by Nanyang Lu daily 11am-10pm (6215 5534) 西康路 118 号 , 近南阳路

Bar Rouge The go-to spot for Shanghai’s glitterati, this chic lounge offers expertly mixed cocktails, the latest electro beats and one of the best views on the Bund. 7/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, by Nanjing Dong Lu (6339 1199) Sun-Wed: 6pm-3am; Thu-Sat: 6pm-late www.bar-rougeshanghai.com 中山东一路 18 号 7 楼 , 近南京东路

nightlife

M1NT Winner of 2009 Readers’ Choice Award for “Club of the Year”.Join the posh and the poser alike in this quasi exclusive nightclub, where a chic dining room offering up superb Asian inspired fusion and grilled fare are a;sp available. 24/F, 318 Fuzhou Lu, by Hankou Lu (6391 2811) Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner: Mon-Sat 6-11pm; Club: Wed-Sat 9:30pm-late bookings@m1ntglobal.com www.m1ntglobal. com 福州路 318 号高腾大厦 24 层 , 近汉口路

Bars

Jenny’s Blue Bar Second home to hordes of blokes who regularly stop by for a drink or a home-made snack. A free foosball table, classic rock and a big screen showing ESPN and Star Sports channels. 7 Donghu Lu, by Huaihai Zhong Lu (6415 7019) Daily 1pm-2am jennysbar@hotmail.com www.jenny-shanghai. com 东湖路 7 号 , 近淮海中路 142 号 , 近南京西路 Kaiba Belgian Beer Bar 739 Dingxi Lu by Yan’an Xi Lu (6280 5688) Sun-Thurs 4pm12am; Fri-Sat 4pm-2am marketing@kaibabeerbar.com 定西路 739 号 , 近延安西路 POP Bar influenced by the playfulness, art deco highlights and tropical vibe of cosmopolitan Miami, is a fun and elegant rooftop lounge to enjoy afternoons and nights in good company and funky music. Opening Sunday to Friday from 2:00pm till late; Saturday from 1:00pm till late. 7/ F, 3 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Lu, by Guangdong Lu (6321 0909) www.threeonthebund.com 中山东一 路 3 号 7 楼 , 近广东路

Coconut Paradise This cozy, Modern-Thai style house offers casual dining with lots of attention to southeast Asian detail with soft light,Dark teak wood and a faint hint of incense.The spicy beef lettuce wraps sprinkled with fresh mint make a perfect starter for the shrimp Pad Thai, also have the best curry cuisine .1) 38 Fumin Lu, by Yan’an Zhong Lu (6248 1998) 2) 2/F, 378 Wukang Lu, by Hunan Lu (5424 5886) Daily 11.30am-2pm; 5.309.30pm coconutparadise38@gmail.com www. lostheaven.com.cn/main.html1) 富民路 38 号 , 近延

MYST Daily 9:30pm-late 1123 Yanan Zhong Lu, by Fumin Lu (64379999) 延安中路 1123 号 , 近富民路 RuiKu Champagne Lounge Located on the rooftop with a big terrace, RuiKu Champagne Lounge boasts a stunning view where patrons get to sip enticing cocktails while swinging with world-famous DJs Daily 10.30pm-Midnight. 21/ F, Wanda Reign on the Bund, 538 Zhong Shan Dong Er Lu, by Longtan Lu (5368 8882) 中山东二 路 538 号 , 近龙潭路

sports Bars CAGES: Combined with American dining, baseball batting cages and over ten other sports in nearly 4,000square meters' Jing'an location, CAGES is the spot for you. Whether you are dining with your team or competing for bar game supremacy with your friends, CAGES has you covered. Be sure to contact us about our leagues, including dodgeball, 4v4 soccer, combat archery and more. 9am - 2am daily. Jingan Sports Center, 3/F, 428 Jiangning Lu, by Wuding Lu (3112 2950) 江宁路428号3 楼, 近武定路

Hotel Bars

安中路 2) 武康路 378 号 2 楼 , 近湖南路

Greyhound Café focuses on innovation of a trendy dining experience and fine culinary skills. Having turned into a modern Thailand restaurant, it provides authentic yet traditional Thai cuisine in a fine-dining environment. 1) Room5, 1/F, Jing’an Kerry Center, 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu, by Changde

Senator Saloon Senator Saloon has the largest selection of Bourbon and Rye in Shanghai. Cocktails are carefully crafted. The atmosphere is intimate with velvet flock wallpapers and artisan tin ceilings. Popular bar snacks include Mac and Cheese, Pork Belly Sliders, and Chicken Pot Pie. 98 Wuyuan Lu, by Wulumuqi Zhong Lu (5423 1330) 五原路 98 号,近乌鲁木齐中路

Judy’s Established in 1993, Judy's is the longest running party venue in Shanghai! Have a few drinks, settle on the vibrant party atmosphere

BRU: Open from afternoon until late, BRU is a gastro pub serving casual comfort food, including rotisserie prime meats, fresh seafood and tapas plates accompanied by a wide selection of beers, wines and cocktails. As the name suggests, beer is the highlight with bottled craft beers from around the world and eight premium beers on tap. Communal benches and kegs to share are ideal for groups of colleagues and friends.


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Each evening, a live band enhances the stylish ambiance with contemporary and classic tunes. INTERCONTINENTAL SHANGHAI NECC, 1700 Zhuguang Lu, by Yinggang Dong Lu (National Exhibition Convention Center, Gate 3) (6700 1888-6031) 国家会展中心洲际酒店 , 诸 光路 1700 号国家会展中心 3 号门,近盈港东路

CHAR bar Classy cocktails and sophisticated setting, best known for its exquisite 270-degree views over The Bund and Pudong skyline. 30/ F, Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, 585 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, by Dongmen Lu (3302 9995) Daily 4:30pm-late, www.char-thebund. com 中山东二路 585 号英迪格酒店 30 楼 , 近东门路 Cloud 9 Located on Level 87 of Jin Mao Tower, this sky lounge has magnificent views of the entire city, where guests can enjoy a wide collection of creative cocktails, champagnes and Asian Tapas. The floor-toceiling glassed double-height section also holds a hide-away mezzanine bar. 87/F Grand Hyatt, Jin Mao Tower, 88 Shiji Dadao, by Dongtai Lu (5049 1234) Mon-Fri 5pm-1am; Sat-Sun 2pm-1am 世纪大道 88 号金茂大厦 87 楼 , 近东泰路

HU Bar & Lounge is Shanghai’s newest nightlife destination and showcases the Best of Shanghai’s Past and Present. HU looks back at the past while embracing the progress and fast-paced evolution Shanghai is known for all while giving its guests towering, iconic and the most amazing views of the city’s skyline from all around. 65F / 66F, 789 Nanjing Dong Lu, by Xizang Nan Lu 南京东路 789 号 65-66 层 , 近西藏南路 http:// www.leroyalmeridienshanghai.com/hubar

Connection 12  Adjacent to the hotel’s swimming pool, the stunning rooftop bar opens up to the evening sky and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Guests can soak up the relaxed setting while choosing from a selection of wines, cocktails and light snacks. Tue- Sat: 5pm1am Level 12, 333 Shenhong Lu, by Suhong Lu (5263 9999) 申虹路 333 号 12 层,虹桥康得思 酒店,近苏虹路

Jade on 36 Bar The ideal venue for sunset cocktails and late night drinks, take in the spectacular views of the iconic Bund and the dazzling Shanghai skyline while sipping martinis and fine wines paired with a selection of gourmet bites. Live DJs and musicians will put you in the mood for indulgence. Martinis take centre stage in the new cocktail menu set to launch in March at Jade on 36. Expect a selection of over 25 curated martinis ranging from light and refreshing to coffee-infused recipes and sweet treats, reimagined with unexpected flavours, alongside a selection of classic cocktails and indulgent nibbles.Happy Hour: Buy-one-get-one-free signature cocktails from 5-7pm daily; Free-flow champagne: Enjoy unlimited champagne every evening from 8-10.30pm at RMB 488++ per person. 36/F Grand Tower, Pudong Shangri-La, 33 Fucheng Lu, by Lujiazui Xi Lu 富城路 33 号浦 东香格里拉大酒店紫金楼,近陆家嘴西路(6882 3636)

Jasmine Lounge The Jasmine Lounge has always been ‘the place’ to socialize while experiencing the finest tea experience and elegant evening cocktails. A specialty of the Jasmine Lounge is the traditional English style afternoon tea, complete with an extensive selection of teas from different origins, compositions and styles. Saturday Tea Dance experience harks you back to Shanghai’s glamorous golden age. Lobby, Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing Road East by Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road (6138 6886) Afternoon Tea Daily 14:00-18:00 南京东路 20 号,上海和平饭店 大堂,近中山东一路

JW Lounge Bar Popular with high-flyers, this lofty lounge boasts panoramic city views and offers an extensive champagne list, either by the glass or the by bottle. Live music six days a week. 40/F, JW Marriott, 399 Nanjing Xi Lu, by Huangpi Bei Lu (5359 4969-6864) Daily 5pm-2am www.jwmarriottshanghai.com 南京 西路 399 号 JW 万豪酒店 40 楼 , 近黄陂北路

Lobby Lounge With large floor-to-ceiling windows and a crystal chandelier, the Lobby Lounge offers a distinct atmosphere that is perfect for a rendezvous with a wide selection of top and rare whiskeys and fine wines. Daily 8am-midnight, 1/F, Wanda Reign on the Bund, 538 Zhong Shan Dong Er Lu, by Longtan Lu (5368 8882) 中山东二路 538 号 , 近 龙潭路

Long Bar Offering a good selection of cocktails, deluxe oysters and premium cigars, legendary Long Bar remains to be a part of the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund after architectural restoration. Lobby, 2 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, by Guangdong Lu

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Main Bar Ye Lai Xiang Located in a historic French club, the bar brings back the golden age in an Art Deco style. Fancy a taste of Whiskey and Brandy of your own? Pick from the full list and wait for an exclusive glass of cocktail to be served. Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai, 58 Mao Ming Nan Lu, by Changle Lu(6415 1111-5217)花园饭店 , 茂名南路 58 号 , 近长乐路

Penta lounge Every Sunday between 11 am and 4pm, diners at Penta lounge at Penta hotel Shanghai get to enjoy a spiced-up lazy Sunday Brunch at RMB148 per person or RMB108 for those arriving after 2pm, with a new menu and free-flow make-your-own Bloody Mary station. 1/F, 1525 Dingxi Lu, by Yuyuan Lu (6252 1111-8100) 定西路 1525 号酒 店 1 楼 , 近愚园路。

Red Passion Bar Experience Shanghai through the lights and energy of the hotel’s Red Passion Bar, located on the 30th floor. Take in views of the city while indulging in Royal Mojitos, fine wines and the full bar menu within a relaxed setting. (3867 8888) Hours: 4pm-1am. 2/F, Grand Kempinski Hotel, 1288 Lujiazui Huan Lu, by Baibu Jie 陆家嘴环路 1288 号上海凯宾斯基大酒店 2 楼,近百步街

RuiKu Champagne Lounge Located on the rooftop with a big terrace, RuiKu Champagne Lounge boasts a stunning view where patrons get to sip enticing cocktails while swinging with world-famous DJs Daily 10.30pm-Midnight. 21/ F, Wanda Reign on the Bund, 538 Zhong Shan Dong Er Lu, by Longtan Lu (5368 8882) 中山东二 路 538 号 , 近龙潭路

The Jazz Bar The only address in China for legendary jazz, the Jazz Bar features the oldest jazz band that has been playing in the Fairmont Peace Hotel since 1980. With its relaxed atmosphere and extensive drink menu, it is the perfect place to unwind with Victor Sassoon’s classic cocktails and experience authentic live music. Lobby, Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing Road East by Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road (6138 6886) The Old Jazz Band Daily 18:00-21:45, 21:45-00:30 with the best female vocalist 南京东路 20 号,上海和平饭店大 堂,近中山东一路

The 1515 WEST Bar The Bar provides Champagnes, vermouths, sherries, white wines and a cellar featuring a selection of New World wines and Reds ensure that Wine Sommelier, Jasper Sun always has the best recommendations at hand. Open Hour: 5pm to 1 am (Sun-Thurs)\ 5pm to 1.30am (Fri & Sat). (86 21) 2203 8889. 4/F, Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai, 1218 Yan’an Zhong, by Tongren Lu. 静安香格里拉大酒店 四楼,延安中路 1218 号,近铜仁路 .

YOU BAR An ideal whisky and cigar bar, YOU Bar is designed in a sleek and stylish vibe completed with a fireplace. With a cozy down-tempo ambiance and an extensive selection of whisky-based cocktails, single malts and cigars, this is a great place for smart-casual gatherings. Daily happy hours from 6-8pm. 1/F, 1555 Dingxi Lu, by Yuyuan Lu (6320 8888) 定西路 1555 号巴黎春天新世界酒 店 1 楼 , 近愚园路

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Fight for Honor Rebel Fighting Championship Hits Kerry Hotel Pudong MMA (short for mixed martial arts) has gained a massive following around the world over the past decade, but many audiences in Shanghai have yet to have the opportunity to witness one of these exciting matches live. That’s all about to change as the REBEL FC 7 – Fight for Honor descends upon our fair city on April 29 at the Kerry Hotel Pudong. A month before the event, eight world-class MMA fighters from the Philippines, Brazil, Japan and China appeared at the venue of the big match for a pre-event press conference. These include Rebel FC featherweight champion Rodolfo ‘the Nightmare’ Marques, homegrown rising star Tang Kai and Liu Lianjie, and judo champion Kazumasa Majima – all of whom will be fighting on April 29. Also in attendance was Rebel FC CEO Justin Leong along with event sponsors and partners. With a slogan of “Fight for your future,” Rebel FC is ranked among the top 10 for number of MMA events hosted this year in China. With a total of eight events planned in first-tier cities across the nation, organizers hope to turn Chinese fighters into international stars with the competitions. Dates and details of the remaining events will be revealed after April 29. > www.rebelfightingchampionship.com

Toni and Guy Celebrating 51 years of fashion,hair and heritage, Toni and Guy is an international brand offering the best and creative hairstyle to suit each client. 1) East Tower 209, ShanghaiCentre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, by Xikang Lu 2) 1380 Dingxiang Lu, by Yingchun Lu (5843 3830) 3) Unit F1A-06, B2, Super Brand Mall, 168 Lujiazui Xi Lu, by Lujiazui Huan Lu (5047 2298) 4) 4/F, River Wing, Pudong shangri-La, 33 Fucheng Lu, by Mingshang Lu (2828 6691) 1) 南京西路 1376 号 上海商城东峰 209 室 , 近西康路 2) 丁香路 1380 号 , 近迎春路 3) 陆家嘴西路 168 号正大广场地下二层 F1A-06 室 , 近陆家嘴环路 4) 富城路 33 号浦东香 格里拉 4 楼 , 近名商路

Beauty Helen Nail Spa A long-time favorite among locals and expats alike, Helen Nail Spa is much more than a nail spa; they have a variety of pampering treatments and excellent waxing services. 1) 120 Nanchang Lu, by Yandang Lu (5383 8957) Daily 10am-10pm 2) No 6, Lane 819 Julu Lu, by Fumin Lu (5403 7802) 3) 70 Shimen yi Lu, by Dagu Lu (6333 7535). 1) 南昌 路 120 号 , 近雁荡路 2) 巨鹿路 819 弄 6 号 , 近富民 路 3) 石门一路 70 号,近大沽路

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Clinical Pilates Jiahui Health Jiahui’s experienced physical therapist developed personalized Clinical Pilates courses based on comprehensive assessment of your body status and your specific need. Featured courses are for below problems: functional scoliosis, post-partum rehabilitation, and sport injuries. Jiahui Medical Center (Yangpu), 1F/2F, Suite 3, 99 Jiangwancheng Lu, by Yingao Dong Lu 江湾 城路 99 号 3 号楼 1-2 层 , 近殷高东路 (400 868 3000)

Health Services Bioscor Shanghai Clinic With over 10 years' experience, Bioscor's team of international docors and skin specialists are committed to provide you with the best level of service for all your cosmetic needs such as Botox, Filler, Pixel, Cutera, Ulthera, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peel, Vein Therapy and Cosmetic Sugerys. No.5, Lane89 Xingguo Lu, by Hunan Lu (6431 8899) 9am-6pm info@bioscor.com. cn www.bioscor.com.cn. 兴国路 89 弄 5 号 , 近 湖南路

DeltaHealth Hospital·Shanghai is affiliated with innovative healthcare provider DeltaHealth. Focusing on cardiovascular care, the general hospital is designed and built in accordance with joint Commission International (JCI) standards. DeltaHealth Hospital·Shanghai is built to cover the entire Yangtze River Delta. The 200-bed capacity will enable the hospital to better serve patients and their families. Following its inauguration, DeltaHealth Hospital·Shanghai will open its general and cardiovascular outpatient services while accepting appointment requests for cardiac surgeries such as CABG, cardiac value repair, and certain aortic surgeries. (6015 1313/400 8210 277, www.deltahealth.com. cn, Wechat: DeltaHealth_CN) 109 Xule Lu, by Zhulu Xi Lu, QingPu District 青浦区徐乐路 109 号,近诸陆西路

Dream Medical Group Established in 2005, this Shanghai outpost of this Korean cosmetics clinic offers a range of services from skincare to dental care treatments. Operating with international standards, the brand's medical professionals are constantly searching for new technology to upgrade their offerings. Enjoy laser hair removal once with coupon, underarms only. 3/F, Zhongyi Building, 580 Nanjing Xi Lu, by Chengdu Bei Lu www.dreammedical.com.cn TEL/Wechat: 13651969238 南京西路 580 号仲益大厦 A 座 3 楼 , 近成都北路 (136 5196 9238)

Ethos World is a comprehensive Dental clinic operated by Australia’s largest Orthodontic group with 30 years’ experience. Our highly qualified Australian dental professionals use advanced technology and bring world-class dental care with exceptional customer service to China. Ethos World offers general and cosmetic dentistry, orthodontic treatment including Invisalign, dental implant and paediatric dentistry. Clinics located at Australia & China! GF-01 Tower 3 THE HUB 17 suhong lu, by Shenchang lu (6296 8283) Daily: 9am-6pm 虹桥天地 3 号楼苏虹路 17 号夹层 01 室,近申长路

in 2009, Jiahui Health is headquartered in Shanghai and enjoys a strategic collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital. Jiahui encompasses a 500-bed international hospital; a series of satellite clinics offering specialist services from family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, dermatology, ophthalmology, ENT, dentistry, rehabilitation, clinical psychology, day surgery, gastrointestinal endoscopy, CT/MRI imaging diagnostics; and wellness centers focusing on nutrition, body sculpting, sub health management, and mental health management. Jiahui Health covers each major neighborhood of the city, meeting the healthcare and wellness needs of families through a lifetime relationship. Jiahui is devoted to providing international patients with care, quality and convenience, and is regarded by many as their Partner for Life. 1) Jiahui International Hospital, 689 Guiping Lu, by Qinjiang lu 2) Jiahui Medical Center (Yangpu), 1F/2F, Suite 3, 99 Jiangwancheng Lu, by Yingao Dong Lu 3) Jiahui Clinic (Jing'an), Suite 101, 88 Changshu Lu, by Changle Lu 1) 桂平路 689 号,近钦江路 2) 江湾

a high reputation. Free parking available within hospital compound. Specialties: Family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, gynecology, E.N.T., T.C.M., dental, vaccination and immunization, dermatology, urology, pediatrics, orthopedics, ophthalmology, cosmetic dermatology, plastic surgery etc. Operation Hours: Mon – Sun 9am-5pm. 127 Caoxi Lu (5489 3781, www.renaihospital. com) 漕溪路 127 号 Shanghai United Family Hospital and Clinics 1) 1139 Xianxia Lu, by Qingxi Lu (2216 3900, 2216 3999) Mon-Sat: 8.30am-5.30pm 2) Shanghai Racquet Club, Lane 555 Jinfeng Lu, by Baole Lu Mon-Sat 9am-5pm 3) 1/F, area A & B, 525 Hongfeng Lu, by Mingyue Lu (5030 9907) Mon-Sat: 8.30am-5.30pm 4) 8 Quankou Lu, by Linquan Lu Mon-Sat: 8am5.30pm www.ufh.com.cn 1) 仙霞路 1139 号 , 近 青溪路 2) 金丰路 555 弄上海网球俱乐部内 , 近保乐 路 3) 红枫路 525 号 A&B 区 1 楼 , 近明月路 4) 泉 口路 8 号 , 近林泉路

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Global HealthCare Medical & Dental Center – Pudong Shop 212, Shanghai World Financial Center, 100 Shiji Dadao, by Lujiazui Huan Lu (6877 5093, 6877 5993 ) 世纪大道 100 号上海环 球金融中心商场 212 室 , 近陆家嘴环路

ParkwayHealth Medical & Dental Centers 24/7 Hotline 6445 5999 Yosemite Clinic is a comprehensive modern Medical and Day Surgery Center conveniently located a five-minute walk from the Kerry Parkside in Central Pudong. Yosemite Clinic has an expert team of international and Chinese physicians covering a range of specialties, including Family Medicine, Dentistry, Dermatology and Orthopedics, among others, and specializing in minimally invasive surgical procedures. The clinic is equipped with an onsite Lab and CT imaging allowing a more efficient approach to diagnosis and treatment. As a Day Surgery Clinic, Yosemite Clinic has three cutting edge operating rooms and extended observation bed capability. As a physicianowned and managed clinic, Yosemite Clinic’s priorities are ensuring the highest standard of medical quality and delivering excellent patient outcomes. Our clinic languages are Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean. B11F, 1398 Fangdian Road, Pudong, Shanghai (Only 5 Minutes Walk From Kerry Parkside); Opening Hour: Monday-Friday 9am-11pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm; Tel: 4008-500911; information@yosemiteclinic.com; www. yosemiteclinic.com 上海浦东新区芳甸路 1398 号 B1-1F (Plus 乐坊下沉式广场 )

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Jiahui Health is China’s first foreignfunded “international hospital/clinic/wellness center” healthcare ecosystem operating with international standards. Established

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Shanghai Renai Hospital is the first private hospital in Shanghai. It has over 20 clinical departments with outpatient and inpatient services. Located in city center with convenient transportation, it is influential throughout the East China region and enjoys

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Orchid Massage 1) Huaihai Branch - 216 Jinxian Lu, by Shaanxi Nan Lu 2) Xintiandi Branch - B1-06, 388 Madang Lu, by Hefei Lu 3) Huamu Branch - 1029 Meihua Lu, by Yinxiao Lu 1) 进贤路 216 号,近陕西南路 (6267

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massage brand that provides door to door service and a variety of body essential oil spa massage in a quiet and private environment. Whether you prefer a pampering spa at home or during your hotel stay, feel free to make appointments by calling 3490 1117 or 6882 1317 or go to their actual stores. Opening hours: 11-1am. Home service hours: 9ammidnight. Pudong: 2302 Zhangyang Lu, by Jingnan Lu (6882 1317, 15221309767) Puxi: 2/F, 1832 Gubei Lu, by Hongsong Dong Lu (3490 1117; 17717447707. www.toyoo7. com) No.441,wuning nan lu,by changshou lu (62097991, 18217764112) 1) 张杨路 2302 号 ,

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Yu Massage Step into a tranquil dynastic setting when you cross the threshold of this spa, adorned in antique Chinese-style decorations. Matching the decor, the services are primarily Chinese, offering Chinese massage, aroma oil massage and foot massage. 1) 199 Huangpi Bei Lu, by Renmin Dadao 10am-1:30am (6315 2915) www.yumassage.cn 2) 2/F, 218 Xinle Lu, by Donghu Lu 3) 484 Xikang Lu, by Kangding Lu (6266 9233) 1) 黄陂北路 199 号,

Shanghai Redleaf International Women and Infants Center; Shanghai Redleaf International Women's Hospital 8am5pm, 24/7, 155 Songyuan Lu, by Hongsong Dong Lu 宋园路 155 号,近红松东路 (6196 3333, www.redleafhosptial.com)

Little Moment Massage located near Jing’an Temple, the cost-effective massage offers Chinese massage, aroma oil massage and traditional Chinese cupping. Make appointments by calling 176-2116-0808. 1)172 Yuyuan Lu, by Huashan Lu. 2) 150 Minli Lu by Gonghe Lu. 1) 愚园路 172 号,近华山路 2)民立

Shanghai East International Medical Center A joint venture general hospital providing a comprehensive range of world-class services including family medicine, vaccinations, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, chiropractic care, traditional Chinese medicine, psychological counseling, specialty care, surgical services, as well as on-site 24-hour emergency service. also conducts CPR and first aid courses bimonthly in English and Chinese. 150 Jimo Lu (24 hour: 5879-9999 or 1500019-0899 ; care@seimc.com.cn; www.seimc. com.cn) 即墨路 150 号

Global HealthCare Medical & Dental Center – Puxi Suite 303, Eco City 1788Nanjing Xi Lu, by Wulumuqi Bei Lu (5298 6339, 5298 0593) 南京西路 1788 号 1788 国际中心

Shanghai East International Medical Center A joint venture general hospital providing a comprehensive range of world-class services including family medicine, vaccinations, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, chiropractic care, traditional Chinese medicine, psychological counseling, specialty care, surgical services, as well as on-site 24-hour emergency service. also conducts CPR and first aid courses bimonthly in English and Chinese. 150 Jimo Lu (24 hour: 5879-9999 or 150-0019-0899 ; care@seimc.com.cn; www. seimc.com.cn) 即墨路 150 号

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1) Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm. Sat - Sun, 9am-5pm Gleneagles Medical and Surgical Center, Tomorrow Square 4/F, 389 Nanjing Xi Lu 2) Medical Center Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm Sat & Sun, 9am-5pm Dental Center Mon - Sun, 8.30am-7.30pm Shanghai Centre Medical & Dental Centers, 203-4 West Retail Plaza, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu. 3) Mon-Sat, 9am-7pm After Hours Care (Primary Care) Mon-Sun, 7pm-9am. Specialty and Inpatient Center, 3F, 170 Danshui Lu. (near Xintiandi) 4) Medical Center Mon-Fri, 8.30am-7pm Sat & Sun, 9am-5pm Dental Center Mon-Fri, 8.30am-7pm Sat & Sun, 9am-5pm Jin Qiao Medical & Dental Center, 997, Biyun Lu, Jin Qiao, Pudong 5) Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm Sat, 9am-5pm Jin Mao Tower Medical Center, (Close to Gate 15) 1N01(B) Jin Mao Tower, No.88 Shiji Dadao, Pudong New Area

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Dragonfly @ Harmony City This chain of contemporary urban retreats offers relaxing massage and beauty services to customers with high expectations. Stepping into an oasis with fusion Asian décor and dim lighting, guests will be surrounded by tranquil sounds, wonderful fragrances and a romantic ambi-

Yoga Karma Life Yoga This large newly renovated high-end studio in Pudong offers a diverse range of styles and classes, including Ashtanga, Anusara, Hot yoga, soft Yin and Basics. The teachers are top notch and international, with world-renowned visiting


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guest teachers offering workshops and teacher trainings. Classrooms are spacious and bright, and changing areas are clean and stylish. Classes taught in both Chinese and English. 1) 160 Pucheng Lu, by Shangcheng Lu (5882 4388, 150 0003 0588) Daily 9am10pm info@karmayoga.com.cn www. karmayoga.com.cn 2) 2nd floor, No. 758 South Xizang Lu 1) 浦城路 160 号 , 近商城路 2) 西藏南路 758 号 2 楼

The Pure Yoga Shanghai flagship studio is located at iapm mall on 999 Huaihai Middle Road, in the heart of Shanghai’s shopping district. Pure is Asia’s leading lifestyle brand and is proud to extend its foothold in Shanghai after Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei and New York. Pure Yoga brings to our city its yoga and fitness expertise, a team of passionate and internationally recognized instructors, plus exciting workshops and teacher training conducted by renowned yoga masters. L6-615, iapm mall, 999 huaihai Zhong Lu, by Shaanxi Nan Lu (5466 1266) 淮 海中路 999 号 环贸 iapm 商场 L6-615, 近陕西南路

Y+ Yoga Centre Whether you are looking to develop your spiritual wellbeing, body toning or just socialise with the hip young crowd, Y + Yoga Centre will have the right class for you. 1) 2/F, Bldg2, 299Fuxing Xi Lu, by Huashan Lu (6433 4330) Daily 6.45am - 8.45pm info@yplus.com.cn www.yplus. com.cn 2) 3/F, 308 Anfu Lu, by Wukang Lu (6437 2121) info@yplus.com.cn 3) 2/F, 202 Hubin Lu, by Shunchang Lu (6340 6161) Daily 7.30am-8.45pm info@yplus.com.cn 1) 复兴西

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That’s hai Shang

April

Horoscopes

Finally, a horoscope that understands your life in Shanghai. by Dominique Wong

Taurus 4.21~5.21

5.22~6.21

6.22~7.22

So, you had a great March. Unfortunately, illness, public embarrassments and, inexplicably, flooding will all make an appearance t h i s m o n t h . A p r i l Fo o l s ! B u y a n auspicious “Ming dynasty” vase just in case, though.

With the planet of love, Venus, in your charts until April 24, now’s the perfect time to buy a new outfit. Think pink.

Don’t feign surprise at your negative Alipay balance – you know your weekly brunch dates on the Bund ain’t cheap. Pick up a side gig tutoring English and you’ll be back stuffing your face in no time.

It’s a month of missed connections. You’ll accidentally swipe left on Tinder. You’ll get off the bus as your crush gets on. And, you’ll miss the Line 2 to 1 transfer at People's Square during rush hour.

Leo

Virgo

Gemini

Cancer

Aries

3.21~4.20

Libra

Scorpio

7.23~8.23

8.24~9.23

9.24~10.23

10.24~11.22

After an indulgent start to the year, it’s time to get serious about work. That may mean your career, fitness workout, or, let's be real, neither. You’re reading this from a bar right now, aren’t you?

Last month was weird. You know what we’re talking about. Shake it off at your favorite club night. Check out p40-41 for some ideas.

It’s your half-birthday. Don’t tell people this, though, you weirdo. Instead, quietly celebrate the occasion by treating yourself to a night of symphony at Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. You’re getting fancy in your old age, Libra.

You may have a friend (enemy) or family member (annoying cousin) in town this month. Take them out. To Zhujiajiao, that is. Or, send them down to Suzhou (“It’s just like Venice, I swear!”).

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius 1.21~2.19

2.20~3.20

Remember that meltdown you had this time last year after you got stuck in traffic and missed your flight to Phuket? Yeah, maybe it’s best to stay in Shanghai for Qingming.

Feeling sluggish? Try going meatfree this month. People say it’s hard being a vegetarian in China, but they probably don’t have a woman selling corn outside their office building, like you do.

Did spring even happen if you don’t u p l oa d b l o s s o m p h o t o s t o y o u r Instagram? Beware, though: Your VPN is going to be all over the place this month. We’re talking Kenya, Macedonia and Bhutan.

I t ’ s t i m e t o c h a n ge y o u r ‘ a r t y ’ WeChat display pic. Try and include your face, even if it is a blurry shot of your profile. Do this and you’ll be blessed for the rest of the year.

11.23~12.21

12.22~1.20

Pisces


That' Shanghai - April 2018  

Cover Story: The Cashless Age

That' Shanghai - April 2018  

Cover Story: The Cashless Age

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