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Sina Weibo: Catch the wave
1. Yao Chen  Find out what happens in the daily life of a Chinese actress. Yao Chen might not be the most famous, but Weibo loves her. She was the first user to top 1 million followers in February 2010. 2. Wang Jiayun  This college student from Shenzhen garnered fame with her endless...
Jul 31 2012
Shanghai Repertory Theater: Twelfth Night
After impressing Shanghai’s Shakespeare lovers with last year’s production of King Lear, Shanghai Repertory Theater is back with timeless comedy Twelfth Night. Producer Rosita Janbakhsh has assembled a cast of incredibly gifted actors, who bring the stage alive with their deftly crafted...
Jul 31 2012
CNY @ Bar Rouge
1. Drunken Dragon CNY Pub Crawl (19th January) The Drunken Dragons really come into their own as the Year of teh Dragon rolls around. Join them on one of their legendary crawls for fireworks, cheap drinks, and plenty of fun. Dress code: red. 150 RMB with reservation. 180 RMB at the door. Meet at O'...
The Purple Onion
Another one bites the dust. David Laris has just announced that the Purple Onion will close on January 15. Apparently it's all due to the lease, and the Onion will reopen in a larger space later in the year. According to Laris, "When I first created The Purple Onion concept in 2010, we knew...
Get your veg on
1. Anna Maya This cute cafe on Taojiang Lu serves a great selection of vegetarian and vegan food in a retro setting.  2. Kush The newest kid on the block, Kush is a tiny space with a strong sustainable focus, serving tasty Western and Asian dishes. 3. Godly Vegetarian If you're a veggie in...
Changes afoot @ Yucca
Australian drinks and cocktails specialist Ryan Noreiks has recently joined the Laris team as Bars & Drinks Manager at artisan cocktail bar Yucca. His main responsibility will be creating the sort of innovative and seasonal drink menus that the Sinan Mansions bar is famous for. ...
Nov 17 2011
MeWellness deals
Personal trainer Murat Erbaytan (formerly of OneWellness) recently opened MeWellness - a concept designed for the city and people of Shanghai. Throughout November MeWellness is offering you the opportunity to try Yoga, Fitness Bootcamps and Circuit Training. Get a one-week pass for...
Nov 7 2011
Sushi Raku
The 195 Anfu complex may have some competition in the form of Anfu Court just down the road, but the addition of Sushi Raku is another string to its bow. Located beside Mi Thai on the second floor of the development, Raku is run by Miyagi Shima San and Barbara Dai Hong, and is part of the Willis...
Oct 23 2011
Sleep naked
Set among the forest-clad peaks that make Moganshan famous, naked Stables is the latest endeavor from the people behind naked Retreats. Located outside Hangzhou, Moganshan is fast becoming the go-to for Shanghai residents in search of some R&R outside of the city, and naked Stables promises...
Oct 18 2011
Where the alchemy happens
There's good news and bad news coming from Sinan Mansions. The bad news is t