Shanghai Revisited

Just before booking our flights from Geneva to Taipei, we found a flight connection for the same price with a stopover in Shanghai. Thankfully, there is a new rule that allows a visa-free transit in Shanghai (and a few other Chinese cities) for 144 hours/6 days. Of course, we had to take this opportunity and…

Should I take up an international job contract in Shanghai?

Now that I’ve moved in Japan and have a bit of hindsight and perspective I thought I’d share my thoughts for those of you considering making the big move to Shanghai, or perhaps elsewhere in China. I moved to China for a teaching position at an international school at very short notice and had an…

Shanghai Photography Walk

Last Saturday we were very fortunate to go on a private photography walk with Franc Peret, a professional filmmaker and photographer based in Shanghai. These are just some of the outcomes of our street photography in the Former French Concession (near Tianzifang) and what we learned… A common sight in China is people collecting and…

Shanghai’s immaculate roads

With temperatures dropping to low twenties, Shanghai is finally getting ready for autumn. And that means, it’s so much more pleasant now to roam the streets. When we moved house in June from a big compound in a very local and pretty distant district to an old colonial French building on a quiet street in…

Former French Concession

Yesterday, I visited the Former French Concession area for the first time and met one of my former Chinese class mates from university, who lives in Shanghai. I took the metro line 10 to Shanghai Library, which is a great starting point for the quieter area of the Former French Concession. Inside the metro station…