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.
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.
Art doesn't just imitate life here, it is life! - Lifestyle in China
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Art doesn't just imitate life here, it is life!

This is the place to go if you want to see artworks in progress. Even those who aren't art-savvy will find the unique setting and fair atmosphere exhilarating.
For one survivor, variety is the spice of life - Lifestyle in China
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For one survivor, variety is the spice of life

Nowadays, we can find almost everything at online shopping sites. But for many older residents, brick-and-mortar variety shops remain indispensable for buying the trifles of life.
Playing the field, a passion not lost in age - Lifestyle in China
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Playing the field, a passion not lost in age

The passion for football doesn't dim with age. An amateur team of seniors, sidelined by pandemic restrictions, is back on the pitch with no loss of usual enthusiasm and devotion.
Traditional flower markets withering away - Lifestyle in China
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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