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.
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More than just food, a wet market is the heartbeat of local social life

''What did you buy in the wet market today?" Hear the buzz? It's the locals who prefer to buy their fruit, vegetables, fish and meat from stall vendors instead of supermarkets.
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The cutting edge of the Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is nigh. For hairdressers, it's the busiest time of the year.  Let's get a glimpse of the few remaining, almost-century-old hair salons in Shanghai.
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Flower power adds magical touch to lives

Feel disconnected from nature? Flower shops challenge us to add the color and brightness of nature to the hustle and bustle of city life. 
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Young, bright lights in the valley of dreams

In the valley, a group of young entrepreneurs run at full speed toward the realization of their dreams.
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Cherished photos become family heritage

A venerable photo studio continues to capture special times of life that warrant more than common smartphone snapshots. 
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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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