Ah, late December. If there is ever any time of the year specifically associated with remembering and reflecting, we suppose this is it. And this year’s December is extra special. Not only is it the end of 2009, it’s also the end of the decade. Come December 31st, it’ll be time to say goodbye to “The Two-Thousands,” “The Aughts,” “The Noughties,” – whatever you wanted to call these last ten tumultuous years.
That’s why these next two weeks, instead of reporting on the present like we normally do, we’re taking a solid look at the past and the future. Well, at least we’re getting our friends to – this time of year is also specifically associated with vacations, and it’s about high time we tried to take one.
Each day, we’ll bring you lists by folks we know and respect around China – journalists, artists, trend spotters – who will spell out the Top five, ten, or whatever, anythings they’ve noticed happening in this big city… and this big country. We hope you’ll enjoy reading these as much as we enjoyed not writing them.
That’s not to say we won’t be writing about the present completely! We’re not going to rule out the possibility that some sort of breaking news may send us clamoring to our computers like the trained blogging monkeys we are. But for the most part (we hope), it’ll be Top [number] week at Shanghaiist.
Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Jolly Kwanzaa and something something New Year, everybody!