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March brought the “stunning makeover” of China Daily, the end of the Winter Olympics (China’s best showing ever!) and a special bid by Yao Ming (with Wild Aid) to save sharks from becoming sharks fin soup – his video can be seen here or on any Shanghai bus.
Meanwhile, here in Shanghai we were rocked by the shocking murder of a McDonalds employee, official start of the smoking ban, and a first peek at some godawful new architecture – our coming cruise ship terminal.
But that’s not all! March turned out to be a particularly artsy month with the arrival of two festivals, JUE Festival and the The Lit Fest! While the Lit Fest was marked by disappointment over Peter Hessler’s no show and controversy over Robert Dessaix’s AIDS-related snub, we still had fun checking out the authors who could come – including Andrew Field, Su Tong, Mo Zhihong, Tash Aw and the amazing Tess Johnston.
The Big Stories From Around China
China was collectively horrified when a man brandishing a 10-inch knife attacked students at a Fujian school, killing eight children and seriously injuring another five. The attack set off a series of “copycat” murders, increased security at schools all over the country and a serious talk about mental health issues in China… that unfortunately, nine months on, seems to have led to no real change.
Ironically, the start of the Year of the Tiger was plagued by a string of really bad tiger news. One of the only Siberian Tiger cubs found in the wild ever died mysteriously in custody. A week later, 11 tigers were found dead at a zoo in Shenyang. And as if that wasn’t morbid enough, someone uncovered over 30 corpses at a mass tiger grave in Harbin. But at least they weren’t actively hunting tigers down to make Northeast China Tiger Park’s premier attraction: tiger bone wine for nearly 3000RMB a pop.
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- We went a-racing at Shanghai’s fanciest go kart track – Stampede Karting
- We found the tacos at Mi Tierra absolutely delicious.
- We took one of many walks around 1933, the beautiful if somewhat empty slaughterhouse-turned-retail/creative space.
- We asked where in Shanghai could we find vegetarian food for songstress Julie Doiron – and you guys answered with some great suggestions.
- We went for a look see on Qipu Lu for its cheapo loot.
- Ever wanted to know what those bored security station attendants on the subway are thinking? We translated one of their forum posts.
- Since there have been foreigners in Shanghai, there have been restaurants catering to them. Here’s a golden oldie that still exists and its original menu – Sun Ya Restaurant near the Bund.
- All you ever wanted to know about Xiaozi, the yuppies of China.
- Haibots make their first appearance.
- Here’s a great expat guide by the British International School of Shanghai that still holds up today: The Essential Guide Shanghai. Give it to anyone from abroad planning to live here for the first time.