The English language papers are under the auspices of the state and the Propaganda Bureau, and predictably, information is restricted .Shanghai is busily cleaning up her act in the pollution arena, but it is a process, and the city today fluctuates between polluted and less polluted -- not as bad as Bangkok, but not as good as Shanghai.Shanghai's expatriates are an unusually close-knit group, but one that is always willing to share their hard-won experience with newcomers.
Perhaps as a result of the challenges of trying to navigate Shanghai through both a linguistic and cultural barrier, Shanghai's expatriates are an unusually close-knit group, but one that is always willing to share their hard-won experience with newcomers.
For new expatriates, the many clubs and associations make an excellent way to meet like-minded people who are all to happy to show you the ropes.
For those that do not go clubbing there are many activities in Shanghai such as go-karting, net café’s, paint-balling and even rock climbing.
See Sports A word of caution: Drugs are not tolerated in China, and an offence relating to drugs has serious consequences.
The shopping in Shanghai is excellent, from street market bargains to designer duds, although larger sizes will have to stick up at home or have things tailor made -- not a bad option, considering Shanghai's tailors are considered to be Asia's finest.
Shanghai's international schools offer children a good education, but the international school system here is still young.
As a warning, it is best not to eat seafood at these cheap cafés and restaurants as it almost certainly guarantees several trips to the bathroom a day for the next week.
Where in Shanghai can one go to have a good time and to meet people just like me?
There is only one problem with shopping in Shanghai - the shops close relatively early, by 9pm on weekends most shops are closed and even earlier on weekdays.