Shanghai’s only daily English-language newspaper Shanghai Daily has just launched a new website, and so far Shanghaiist is impressed. The paper’s previous site was a subscriber-only mess of PDF files, although online content was available at the sloppy english.eastday.com, which doesn’t appear to be accessible today. The new site — it’s just a “soft launch,” so tread lightly — at first glance appears to be clean and easy to navigate. Shanghai Daily now offers RSS feeds, which is great, and it looks like they even plan to try their hand at blogging … kind of (here, here and here). There are free classifieds (jobs, real estate, rentals) and a city directory with tons of addresses (only in English right now, unfortunately) and phone numbers. But, so far it looks like a great addition to the world of Shanghai websites. They seem open to suggestions, too — so feel free to leave your thoughts as a comment to this post.
Head over to Shanghai Daily now and you can find a feature story about our friend Jeremy Miller (aka Ben Seaver from Growing Pains), or as the newspaper puts it, the “elfin boy of yesteryear.” There is also a story on what the paper calls the “new Bohemianism” — naked online chatting.