Despite the USA and UK governments’ advice I ended up staying in Shanghai during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.
The French Municipal Council built Hengshan Park in August 1925. During construction, they took 5000 tonnes of mud from XuJiaHui River. They used the mud to fill out the low-lying channel to the north of the park. Afterwards, they built a pavilion on top and planted many arbour trees.
There are many varieties of the infamous hotpot in China. In general they all consist of the same basic idea: dipping cold things into soup and boiling the flavour into them.
I found out at another gig that Children of Bodom were playing MAO Livehouse in Shanghai this month so, being starved of metal, I was quick to scoop up tickets.
The day came, but on our way to the gig we realised that we had forgotten our tickets.
The Midi Festival runs every year in Pudong in Shanghai. Some of our friends from the Mansion were running one of the stages, so we donned our raincoats and followed them there.
In its third year running, Shanghai has been running a beer festival on Wharf 86. With a great view of the Bund you can listen to live music and drink the best beer China has to offer.
One night we were wandering around Xintiandi and found ourselves on NonChang road, where we almost walked past the Petit Cat Cafe. A sign on the road points the way into a small alleyway.
There’s a dive bar near my place of work in Shanghai known as C’s (not sure what the C stands for…). In my first month in Shanghai I went there with my girlfriend where she taught me the infamous DICE GAME that rattles across many pubs in China.