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.
Traditional flower markets withering away - Lifestyle in China
Lifestyle

Traditional flower markets withering away

Spring Festival brings a traditional buying spree at flower markets, but the markets full of blooms, fragrance and birdsong are now falling victim to urbanization.
Learning the lingo, blending into local life - Lifestyle in China
Lifestyle

Learning the lingo, blending into local life

There's no need to feel left out when Shanghai natives revert to speaking the local dialect. A cultural center offers lessons in the popular patois. 
Deft needlework survives with a new generation - Lifestyle in China
Lifestyle

Deft needlework survives with a new generation

Knitting, once going out of style for a few decades, now is undergoing a revival. A number of young people have taken up the craft.
Elderly-care home keeps residents in familiar surroundings - Lifestyle in China
Lifestyle

Elderly-care home keeps residents in familiar surroundings

A village elderly-care facility run by local people is the next best thing to home for older people who don't want to leave the rural environment where they have long lived. 
Here's to a healthy body, a mind at peace - Lifestyle in China
Lifestyle

Here's to a healthy body, a mind at peace

Practicing tai chi might seem like an exercise largely reserved for the Chinese elderly people, but a group of tai chi lovers of different ages and nations beg to differ.
Trash sorting sows seeds of social interaction in grassroots - Lifestyle in China
Lifestyle

Trash sorting sows seeds of social interaction in grassroots

Beyond the obvious advantages for the environment, garbage sorting as a bonding issue has created new social cohesion in many communities.
They have a voice in movie quality - Art & Culture in China
Art & Culture

They have a voice in movie quality

Dubbing, one of those often overlooked elements in watching a movie, takes experience and vocal artistry to give characters speech that blends in seamlessly with their roles.
Performance doesn't have to be high art to bring people happiness - Art & Culture in China
Art & Culture

Performance doesn't have to be high art to bring people happiness

The national Qunxing Award recognizes amateur talent in the performing arts, and Shanghai boasts seven finalists vying for the coveted honor this year.
All the world's a stage for drama devotees - Lifestyle in China
Lifestyle

All the world's a stage for drama devotees

The Shanghai Dramatics Arts Center has reopened after renovation, and it's none too soon for the legions of loyal theatergoers who think seeing live plays enriches their lives.
It's the nature of things: Community gardens relieve urban pressures - Lifestyle in China
Lifestyle

It's the nature of things: Community gardens relieve urban pressures

A community garden bring nature into a neighborhood, creating a social milieu for children, a pleasing environment for residents and an incentive for people to learn about botany.
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