Grassroots Neighborhoods of Shanghai

Shanghai may be a sprawling metropolis of 24 million people, but daily life is characterized by local neighborhoods: modern and traditional, rural and urban, bustling and quiet, changing and static. In this series, we explore on foot the distinctive grassroots of the city.
Shanghai may be a sprawling metropolis of 24 million people, but daily life is characterized by local neighborhoods: modern and traditional, rural and urban, bustling and quiet, changing and static. In this series, we explore on foot the distinctive grassroots of the city.
The cut and thrust of old-fashioned city barber shop - Lifestyle in China
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The cut and thrust of old-fashioned city barber shop

One hairdresser, two barber chairs, a wash basin and a TV, that's all a down-at-the-heels, small barbershop in Xuhui District has.
Museum pays tribute to aviation heritage - Lifestyle in China
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Museum pays tribute to aviation heritage

Shanghai's first community museum is for and by the people who have lived and worked together to make Hongqiao Airport an important transport hub.
Evening classes for every artistic proclivity, from canvas to kitchen - Lifestyle in China
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Evening classes for every artistic proclivity, from canvas to kitchen

Enthusiastic adults take night classes to learn new skills, from painting and playing musical instruments to belly-dancing and dim sum cookery.
Every photo tells a story, captures a special memory - Lifestyle in China
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Every photo tells a story, captures a special memory

For 80 years, a Shanghai photography studio has been preserving personal moments for posterity. Its reputation rests on old-fashioned quality, not frills.
Traditional weigh of shopping offers eco-friendly lesson - Lifestyle in China
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Traditional weigh of shopping offers eco-friendly lesson

Local people call foods sold by weight as lingkao. For Shanghai residents wedded to the past, lingkao is still an indispensable part of their daily lives.

How to savor authentic Singapore cuisine - Lifestyle in China
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How to savor authentic Singapore cuisine

A Singapore restaurant with over 25 years of history was the first of its kind in Shanghai. It provides a simple and comfy ambience to sample the true taste of Singapore.
The threads that bind us, past and present - Lifestyle in China
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The threads that bind us, past and present

A Shanghai tailor not only dresses in traditional garb, but his desire to honor the past extends beyond needle and thread.
A broken violin? Here's the place to get it repaired - Lifestyle in China
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A broken violin? Here's the place to get it repaired

A musical instrument repairman is still trying to figure out how he became an online sensation. Here's his backstory.
Keeping the 'eyes on the street' wide open - Lifestyle in China
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Keeping the 'eyes on the street' wide open

A secondhand bookstore out of a small, shabby building in Yangpu District gives residents a sense of mutual connection.
When the chirping stops, a market croaks - Lifestyle in China
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When the chirping stops, a market croaks

The Wanshang flower and bird market is best known by lovers of "exotic" pets. It will close from next month after operating for more than 20 years in the city.
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