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.
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The 24/7 shop that thrives on putting customers first

The shop that launched the city's 24/7 convenience market is still going strong because of its impeccable customer service and close ties to local residents. 
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Let us entertain you! Street performers enliven city landscape

Musicians and other performers take to the streets to entertain the public, adding a jolly touch to the urban scene.
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Books that age still attract loving readers

No matter messy or tidy, shabby or comfortable, both bookstores try to find a home for every used book.
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A teahouse where locals go for friendship, entertainment

The tradition of tea drinking and performances of old storytelling lives on in a teahouse on Qibao Old Street. Many colorful oldsters pass time there with great enjoyment.
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Caring and sharing: Altruists create a unique environment

In a twist on mainstream office parks, a group of nonprofit and social welfare organizations has banded together in a unique enclave dedicated to the public good.
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The balancing act of retaining the old, embracing the new

Transforming rural villages doesn't have to mean relocating residents or destroying local charm. The face-lift in Zhangma Village is testament to tasteful, even arty modernization.
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Beyond books, a library's personality is defined by patrons

A library, in a sense, is a tribute to the pursuit of knowledge. Shanghai Library has created a welcoming atmosphere to encourage people to read, think, learn and strive.
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Cornucopia for bargain seekers, treasure hunters and browsers

Yunzhou Curio City is one of the few remaining markets in Shanghai where you may find hidden gems if you have the patience to sift through a lot of bric-a-brac.
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Useless junk? Hidden gem? You can find almost anything here!

Qiujiang Road turns out to be a higgledy-piggledy market for a wide array of low-cost merchandise, mostly secondhand electronic gear.
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Lined with plane trees, a street steeped in history

The 651-meter-long Shanyin Road in Hongkou District was at one time home to literati and revolutionaries. It is like an open-air museum, with building styles from the 1930s-40s.
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