Around Suzhou

Local fruits

They say the most beautiful girls in China are from Suzhou. It must be the water, fresh air, the gardens or maybe the food. According to the locals I spoke to, these girls are no longer in Suzhou. They either migrated to the West or have moved to bigger cities like Shanghai and Beijing. What […]

Suzhou Museum China


Suzhou Museum is a marriage of the old and the new. The old part of the museum is located in Zhong Wang Fu, Prince Zhong’s residence adjacent to the new museum designed by I.M. Pei. World-renowned American-Chinese architect, I.M. Pei was born in Guangzhou but his family was from Suzhou. He had spent his childhood […]

Jing’an Sculpture Park Shanghai


Regardless of weather conditions, residents around the Jing’an Sculpture Park dutifully dance, walk and exercise in the park. I can see these ‘tiny’ figures every morning from the windows on the 28th Floor of the apartment we stayed in for six weeks. The groups vanish in mid-afternoon on the running tracks and reappear in the […]

How to Eat Hairy Crabs in Shanghai

Shanghai Hairy crabs

What do you do when you are presented with these cooked strange creatures on your plate? Learn from the locals- how to detach the legs and remove the shell from this high priced delicacy. Shanghai and the surrounding areas are well known for hairy crabs during the fall season. When the weather gets a little […]

Shanghai Food at Baoluo Restaurant


Xiao lung bao or dumplings filled with gravy is Shanghai’s delicacy served in all Shanghai restaurants throughout the world. In addition to xiao lung bao, the Hu Cai or Shanghai cuisine can be classified in two types- the Benbang Cai and Haipai Cai . Benbang Cai is the traditional local Shanghai cuisine and Haipai Cai […]

Shanghai Museum

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Shanghai Museum would be your only museum to visit if you have time for only one museum. Established in 1952, it houses over one million pieces of art including 130,000 pieces of national treasures. Located directly across the street from Shanghai City Hall on Yan’an Road East, the Shanghai Museum is free and only admits […]

Tea and Coffee Expo in Shanghai


The recent tea and coffee expo for buyers and sellers was held at the Shanghai Mart Expo Center from October 24-27, 2014. Over 50 exhibitors from the tea and coffee suppliers of China, Taiwan, South Korea and Sri Lanka were there. Though it was called tea and coffee expo, 98 percent of the exhibitors were […]

Chinese Travelers

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A new revolution is happening in China. This time it also involves money, status, lifestyle and identity. It is the Chinese Travel Revolution. The massive numbers of travelers traveling overseas for vacations, shopping and experiences are expected to hit the 116 million mark this year. Last year 98 million Chinese travelers traveled outside of China. […]

Ayi in Shanghai


To me ‘Ayi’ was how I addressed my aunt, my mother’s sister. In Shanghai and elsewhere in China, ‘Ayi’ is a domestic helper. Someone you hire either part-time or full-time to do your household chores or babysit your aging parents or young children. My sister and brother-in-law have a part-time Ayi. Ayi comes twice a […]

Cheap Eats Under $2 in Shanghai

Vegetable dumplings in soup

It is possible to find food for less than $2 in Shanghai. I do not compromise cleanliness for cheap eats. This list will be added as I find more food and places to eat under $2. Most of which are from street vendors, food court and hole-in-the-wall shops. These places require you to speak basic […]