Shanghai – City God Temple (summer 2016)

This local Ming dynasty temple, commemorating the promotion of Shanghai to a municipality, worships the three city gods. It is conveniently located in the Yuyuan Bazaar area, near the famous Yuyuan Gardens, making it a great place to visit if you are pressed for time but want a taste of Chinese taoist culture. I spent … Continue reading Shanghai – City God Temple (summer 2016)

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Shanghai – Yuyuan Gardens (summer 2016)

This Ming dynasty garden was modelled on those in Suzhou and is probably the most famous in Shanghai. The garden is split into six areas, each with their own atmosphere, style or layout. One continuous theme throughout however is the undulating dragon topped walls and tiles. I really loved the variety of different spaces in … Continue reading Shanghai – Yuyuan Gardens (summer 2016)

Why go to Beijing/ Shanghai for your year abroad in China?

I recently wrote about the benefits of picking a city a bit off the beaten track in China for your year abroad, but promised to write something arguing the other point of view (and there are definitely advantages and disadvantages of each!). So here goes, five reasons why Beijing and Shanghai are the places to … Continue reading Why go to Beijing/ Shanghai for your year abroad in China?

Review: Shanghai University of Finance and Economics Summer School

In the summer following my first year at Cambridge University, I spent three weeks in Shanghai attending the SUFE summer school as part a SUFE-Cambridge exchange program. Approximately 20 students from Cambridge took part in the program, which combined economics and business classes with language and culture studies. If you are interested in learning more … Continue reading Review: Shanghai University of Finance and Economics Summer School

An evening out in Shanghai with friends

Today it was one of the other intern's birthdays and so we decided to have a relaxed get-together in the evening then investigate the famous Shanghai nightlife. Scrapping plans for a full-on BBQ, instead we resorted to buying one of those disposable ones and attempting to melt marshmallows over it in order to make S'mores, with … Continue reading An evening out in Shanghai with friends

Sushi on West Nanjing Road

After spending an enjoyable afternoon visiting a park and cafe street, my roommate and I decided we would explore the culinary delights of central Shanghai. We hopped on the metro to West Nanjing Road where many restaurants and small eateries are. After a bit of exploring, we settled on a small sushi restaurant. This was … Continue reading Sushi on West Nanjing Road