About Shanghaiist

Founded in 2005, Shanghaiist has emerged as one of the most popular English-language websites about China, covering local news, events, food, and entertainment for a diverse audience of young and affluent urbanites.

Driven entirely by word-of-mouth, Shanghaiist has grown steadily year on year to reach more than 3 million unique visitors and 6 million pageviews each month across all of our digital properties.

Forbes called Shanghaiist a “sophisticated, deliciously urbane city blog.” The New York Times thinks we are “ever-excellent.” And Yahoo! said the site contains “the local scoop on Shanghai, including news, commentary, reviews, events, and more.”

Shanghaiist readers are young, hip, and upwardly mobile — the kind of audience advertisers love. The site has become a daily “must-read” for thousands of Shanghai residents and “China watchers” around the globe.


Shanghaiist™ exists to educate, entertain and inform our readers in bite-sized portions, keeping them up to speed with:

  • The top stories/issues of the day in China
  • The talk of the town
  • Where to go, what to do in Shanghai


What sets us apart from other publications:

  • Over a decade’s experience in creating online content and running content marketing campaigns.
  • Over 6 million followers across a spectrum of social media channels (WeChat, Facebook, Weibo, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Deep insights into online behavior: We know what works and what doesn’t.


The following people have helped to make Shanghaiist.com what it is today and remain a part of our extended family! 

We would like present thank going out in a never-ending stream for your continued support.



Dan WashburnDan quit his newspaper job in the U.S. to move to Shanghai in 2002. He founded Shanghaiist in 2005. When he is not driving his taxi, Dan works as a writer and has contributed to such publications as Slate, Financial Times Weekend Magazine, ESPN.com, Golf World, Golf Digest, GOOD, Budget Travel, Economist.com, and the South China Morning Post. He is currently working on a book about the development of golf in China for Oneworld Publications in Oxford, England. Visit him online here.

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After a short stint in Cologne, Singapore-born Kenneth Tan arrived in Shanghai with a one-way ticket and a backpack in January 2003, stuck it out in a youth hostel for two months, and stayed on ever since. When he’s not busy editing Shanghaiist, Kenneth can be found indulging himself in a bubble bath dreaming of world domination while his cat sits on the edge of the tub.

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Jessica Colwell [NEWS EDITOR]

Jessica is a Pacific Northwest native (think top-left, USA) who arrived in Shanghai as a recovering economic crisis victim in the summer of 2009. Jobless, homeless, and broke after a failed gig in Africa, she got a job teaching with vague plans to expand her two semesters of Chinese into total fluency. She now finds herself one of a very small handful of Anglo females with a China media obsession and plans eventually to return to school within that field. But for now, she spends her time studying Chinese, chasing freebies, and avoiding clubs.

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Elaine Chow [HEAD EDITOR]

Elaine first found herself in Shanghai in the late 90s, back when bicycles still outnumbered cars and going to Pizza Hut was a big deal. Besides laboring for the Internet, she spends her free time dropping knowledge, saving lives, and making stupid faces at cameras.

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  • Contributors: Chris Billman, Peijin Chen, Pete Chorba, Abe Deyo, Mark David Elliott, Eric Hu, Jay Sheng, Micah Sittig, JQ Whitcomb
  • Publisher and co-founder: Jake Dobkin
  • Executive Editor and co-founder: Jen Chung
  • Technology: Neil Epstein
  • Design: Frank C. Harris Jr.
  • Logo/Graphics: David Marshall Jr.


Can anyone write for Shanghaiist?

No. But we’d love to hear from you if you are interested. Shanghaiist is always looking for new contributors who can make the site even better. So if you are a writer or blogger and you think you have something to add to Shanghaiist, please visit our recruitment page and send us an email that explains why you should be part of the Shanghaiist team. Be sure to direct us to some examples of your writing, as well. Unfortunately, Shanghaiist contributors don’t get paid — mostly, we do it because we love it.

I have an event I would like to publicize. Can I send Shanghaiist a press release?

Sure! Email us your stuff and if we think your event deserves mention in Shanghaiist, we will write about it. We also recommend that you add your event to the Shanghai events calendar over at Upcoming.org. It’s free to do so and that’s the events calendar Shanghaiist uses. Please note that you must add your event to the calendar yourself — we won’t do it for you. (Sorry.)

Where do I send news tips, gossip, rumors or anything else I think the fine people at Shanghaiist should know about?

Email us. We’d love our readers to be our eyes and ears in the city. If one of your tips makes it onto the site, we’ll give you credit for the scoop.

My business would like to advertise on Shanghaiist. Can we?

You bet. And if you’re based in Shanghai, you’ll find that advertising on Shanghaiist is much, much more affordable than advertising in one of the city’s English-language magazines. Prospective advertisers should contact visit this page to learn about our advertising spaces and rates.

Does Shanghaiist have an RSS feed?

It is stopped due to spamming.

What are the buildings included in the Shanghaiist logo?

From the left, they are Oriental Pearl TowerJinmao TowerWestinLonghua Temple, and Peace Hotel. The logo was designed by David Marshall Jr.

Does it bother you that the word “Shanghaiist” has three consecutive vowels in it?

Somewhat, yes.

Last Modified: July 29th, 2022