I always try and underscore to new arrivals how incredibly safe this city is which compared with most major cities of this kind is without doubt a rarity. Whilst I have had a couple of small incidences of theft and pick pocketing over the years I consider them minor and carried out by some petty thieves. The other day I was walking across Fuxing Xi Rd with my passport in my hand trying to juggle a bag and a jacket and unkown to me my passport slipped from its cover. A van that had whizzed past pulled to the side and slammed on his brakes. The driver got out and came towards me motioning to the ground where my passport lay. I was shocked that I dropped the passport but even more that this guy’s keen eyes had notice it and he bothered and cared enough to stop and tell me.
It reminded me of a time when I dropped our office mobile when getting into my van at People’s Square. When I got back to the office the person who picked it up had just called my driver (the last no I had dialed) and he turned around to go and pick it up. I rang them to thank them for their kindness and they wouldn’t accept any reward. Just goes to show how very kind and gracious people can be here to their fellow citizens. I would love to hear of any random acts of kindness you may have experienced in Shanghai.
Adrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at +86 13122 810 421 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties