Format: 2014-10-23
Format: 2014-10-23
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  • As the smog descended upon the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing last week, some of world football’s biggest names were gearing up for a lucrative friendly far from home in the Chinese capital.


    But with the players involved in the Argentinian and Brazilian squads reportedly spending as many as 22 hours a day indoors, and only venturing out for curtailed two-hour training sessions, it wasn’t just La Selección’s mercurial number 10 that was starting to look a bit messy.

  • In the late Han dynasty, Buddhism levitated across the Silk Road to China. To this day, many Buddhist monks avoid meat in their diets.


    For those of us whose idea of Buddhist practice is changing subway lines at Jing’an Temple, eating vegetarian isn’t quite so simple. It is possible, though. And here’s how.

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    Soybeans bring us everything from sauces to myriad varieties of tofu. They're also a certified staple of an entire nation's cuisine. Where would China, and the world, be, without the humble soybean?

  • Food scandals here, food scandals there, food scandals everywhere.

    Sometimes, it’s not much fun living and eating in China.

    And as recent events in Shanghai have proved, even some of those names you thought you could trust aren’t immune to, how shall we put it, getting a little dirty.

  • The Shanghai Kid is a visually appealing blog that features reviews of a range of restaurants around Shanghai. The writing comes across as direct and honest, and ratings on food, service and ambience sum up the experience at each restaurant. The blog is linked to his Instagram which is updated with dining experiences almost every day.

  • The world is full of interesting morsels of misinformation about what Chinese people eat. One of them being that many Chinese don’t understand what a vegetarian is.

    Generalizations often come from some sort of truth however, and it’s true that being vegetarian is less common among Chinese people than it is amongst non-Chinese, be it for cultural, moral or nutritional reasons.

    But finding genuinely good quality vegetarian food in Shanghai doesn’t have to be a hit and hope process; the dishes are out there and the fun part is finding them.

  • A Chinese woman was the first person to scale Mount Everest this year. Or was she?

    Wang Jing reached the summit on Friday, 23rd May, 2014.

    Break out the flags! Beat the drums! Hurrah!

    Or maybe not…

    Ms Wang, cofounder of Chinese outdoor brand Toread, has been brought down to earth. And with rather a bump.

  • Never have the lyrics, ‘Girl, look at body. I work out,’ from LMFAO’s hit song felt so strongly relatable than at this particular moment.

    I had made it half-way through an intense cycling class, and in a desperate effort to keep up with the eight other cyclers in this beginner’s cycling class, I grabbed on to these lyrics for motivation. And it worked.

    Located on the second floor of 98 Yanping Road and adjacent to a dance studio, One Wellness exudes an exclusive, nature-inspired environment.

  • Located inside a beautiful courtyard off Julu Road is the extravagant, traditional Cantonese-style restaurant Loonfung House, serving mostly Hong Kong cuisine. But the ‘house’ in this restaurant’s name is quite an understatement, as the mansion-like space includes three floors of dining areas and a roomy balcony overlooking the courtyard.

  • SHEX Reviews: Urban Diner 2014-05-27 17:25

    The newly opened Urban Diner is conveniently located nearby the K11 Art Mall. The interior has an earthy feel with stained wood paneled and white stucco walls and roomy, open high ceilings. Adding to Urban Diner's credentials are well spaced tables,high quality ingredients including organic veggies, and bar options.

    Speaking of cocktails, commanding Urban Diner’s liquors is mixologist extraordinaire Peter Guo, formerly from the Hyatt on the Bund’s Lab Whiskey & Cocktail Bar. Reflecting married owner team’s names – Zhang Yi and Zhou Bing, UD’s signature cocktails are aptly named ZY and ZB (¥70), and equally represent their characters.