If you’ve been living in Shanghai for a while, chances are you’ve probably already found your favorite DVD store, meat stick stand or dry cleaners. But if you’re still searching for a place to get your hair cut, a used English bookstore or the place for Shanghainese food, maybe Shanghai Solved can help. Set up with a basic “you ask, anyone with an answer answers” format, the user-regulated site describes itself as “a community of expats and locals who are passionate about sharing tips and tricks on living in Shanghai.”
“Passionate” might seem a little heavy-handed (come on, we’re talking about whether you can use tap water to cook pasta), but flipping through the various questions and answers, we noticed quite distinctly that there’s no snark, no sarcasm, but a genuine want to help fellow Shanghaiers get around.
All questions are welcome, from where to buy a suede shoe cleaning brush, to the best place to listen to jazz music. So far, the site is keeping its promise of straightforward answers to tricky question, but since you do depend on fellow users for answers, perhaps it’s not the best place to go for emergency inquiries. We’d like to mention, though, that Shanghaiist is getting an account, and hopefully we can be of service too.