Happy New Year

Dear readers,

Sending you very warm wishes for a HAPPY NEW YEAR. Here’s hoping that 2013 brings you much joy, good health and much prosperity.

See you next year.

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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  manager@shanghaiprops.com. Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties




Christmas Message

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas wherever in the world you spent it.

I had a wonderful time opening lovely gifts, cooking Christmas dinner for friends and catching up with loved ones back home on video camera courtesy of Skype.

Here’s hoping that the joy and warm glow from Christmas time stays alight throughout the festive season and beyond.

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Family Friendly compounds in Jing An District

Living in Jing An is without doubt living in downtown Shanghai. Its pulse is the busy and bustling Nanjing Rd with its commercial buildings and high end shopping malls towering over rows of brand name stores and fashionable boutiques. The area’s heart lies within the mustard walls of the district’s namesake, the beautiful Jing An temple with its stone lions watching guard day and night.

Despite the hustle and bustle of Nanjing Rd there are many families that live in a number of family friendly compounds throughout the district that lay on and to the north and south of Nanjing Rd.

The Portman Shanghai Centre apartments set on Nanjing Rd and opposite the historic Shanghai Convention Centre sets itself apart from many compounds in Shanghai. The huge complex built over 20 years ago boasts The Ritz Carlton Hotel, commercial office towers, shops, dining, cafes and an international supermarket, all in a one stop shop. Add to this a pre-school centre and 5 star sports facilities and this centre is without doubt the most convenient family friendly apartment in Shanghai. Shanghai Centre’s long time rival the Kerry Centre Apartments have been closed for renovations and will be opening in 2013. No doubt these apartments will be super doper too.

To the east of Nanjing Rd near the corner of Shimen Yi Rd are two popular blocks, the modern serviced apartments of Crystal Pavillion and the stylish apartments of Jing An Four Seasons. Right atop Nanjing West subway, tucked behind Marks & Spencers and right by a great dining street these two properties are really handy for shopping, transport and dining. Whilst the blocks lack green space for kids to run around each has their own sports club with play facilities for littlies. One block north of these apartments you will find a large compound named Ladoll with apartments set around a lovely green area with bridges, boardwalks and ponds. All apartments here are individually designed and not one is it can take time to find one that suits your taste and style.

City Castle is a great medium rise apartment block two blocks north of Nanjing Rd on Xin Zha Rd. The nice and peaceful compound is set back off the street and has some good quality, individually designed apartments with a great clubhouse. Set on the next block north is a popular local block called New Territories which due to its lower rentals and nice green grounds is filling fast with expat families. Further down Xinzha Rd towards the west you will find two really popular apartment compounds for families called Eight Park and One Park. One Park is the older compound with its many blocks surrounding a common grassed and paved area which provide a nice refuge from the hustle and bustle of the streets and great play area for the kids. It has a really spacious clubhouse in its basement with all amenities like indoor pool and gym as well as a kids play area. 8 Park apartments are newer and more modern with clean lines. They have a small outdoor play area and a fabulous fully equipped stylish club. These apartments are medium priced for the area and are an attractive choice for young families. Last but not least there are the spacious apartments of The House which is a lovely high end low rise apartment block with beautiful 400sq plus luxury apartments for the rich and famous.

South of Nanjing Rd you will find a couple of good choices for families at Grand Plaza on Jul Lu Lu which is an oldie but a goodie with some apartments being nicely renovated. City Apartments on the corner of Shan Xi Nan Rd and the busy Yan An Rd is set behind the City Hotel and has very attractive recently renovated apartments with fabulous night views. Just down the road from the Hilton is Jing An 8 which are stylish serviced apartments set closeby a dining and entertainment precinct.  Running between Da Gu Rd and Wei Hai Rd is the lovely Top of City with loads of choices of apartment styles many with lovely lake views. A club and kids playground and mini beach makes this a good family location for those with low to medium budgets.

So, if you enjoy downtown family life then Shanghai sure has plenty of places to live. If you want more details on these properties feel free to email me at manager@shanghaiprops.com.

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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  manager@shanghaiprops.com. Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties

Renting a Place in the French Concession for your Family

Whilst many expat families choose to live in “the burbs” of Shanghai like Hong Qiao and Jin Qiao where some of the schools are located or even further out in Minhang or Kanqiao, some families enjoy the downtown life and a little longer trip to school.


Here is a quick summary of the Shanghai properties for rent in our beloved Former French Concession area.


Xuhui – The Former French Concession area
The Former French Concession area in Xuhui District is a quiet and green area which has several family-friendly compounds. The area around Anfu Rd and Wulumuqi Rd has loads of grocery (local & int’l), vegetable stores, cafes and restaurants and is undoubtedly the most convenient of all locations to live.

Right on Anfu Rd & Wulumuqi Rd:

Kingsville apartments have huge living areas with fabulous south facing views and great kitchens. Whilst the bedrooms are a bit on the small side and the club is a little basic it is still a popular choice for families. Try and get a renovated unit there as the old ones are pretty shabby nowadays.

Chevalier apartments are really roomy with four good sized bedrooms and large ensuite. The kitchen has loads of storage area with an Ayi room out the back and good size bedrooms. It also has a great clubhouse with a pool.

The Summit apartment’s kid friendly clubhouse with its great indoor play area attracts many families. The north/south facing 01 and 02 units have a spacious living/dining area and fabulous kitchens. Master bedrooms have a full sized ensuite and walk in robe.

Tucked behind Huashan Park:

These three compounds were built by one developer and share the same lovely clubhouse with its great little kid’s playroom.

Many of Belgravia’s units feature an open plan galley kitchen and the living area has a modern spacious feel. Bathrooms are beautifully finished and bedrooms are roomy with closets. One of Shanghai’s most modern luxury apartments.

Shama Huashan is more of a classic style luxury apartment and comes fully serviced by Shama if you are taking one of their units. Solidly built with lovely kitchens and bathrooms. Large living areas and good sized bedrooms.

Chateau Pinnacle is without doubt a luxury apartment to rent with a classy and elegant marble and wooden finish. Huge kitchens that fit a kitchen table and chairs. Large apartments have huge living areas, spacious bedrooms and bathrooms. Master bedrooms have a private suite area with large walk in robe and a study room.


Just off Huashan Rd:

Kerry’s Central Residence Phase 1 & 2. Phase 1 is older but has some nicely renovated units and a fabulous KID friendly clubhouse complete with one very big ball pool. Central Residence Phase 2 are very stylish Hong Kong luxury serviced apartments and are more up market with high quality and finish. These apartments have a great gourmet kitchen, elegant bathrooms and comfy bedrooms. There is a gym onsite but residences can use the clubhouse of Phase 1.

A quiet Hunun Rd:

  • Chanter Garden have great family apartment with really spacious bright living areas overlooking lovely gardens.  Good sized attractive kitchens and bathrooms and large bedrooms.
  • Tomson Xinguo Gardens is a small compound with a selection of duplexes and triplexes all with totally different interiors. Plenty of kids use the front grounds to play on.
  • Lanting Apartments and Townhouses are tucked down a lane. The apartments and townhouses are really spacious and well priced. They have their own smart club house.
  • Beverly Crt is a medium rise which is up the road on Wukang Rd has lovely spacious apartments with big family sized kitchens and nice balconies for summer.

NOTE: As these properties don’t have their own club most residents use the Radisson Xinguo Clubhouse and get to enjoy not only a fabulous fully equipped club but can enjoy its gorgeous green views.


Heng Shan Rd Boulevard:

  • 41 Heng Shan Rd is one of the finest in the area with its grand entrance and doormen to greet you. The lower floor apartments are more cosy where the upper have more space and balconies. Great galley kitchen and stylish bathrooms. Beautiful bedrooms that can be a little tight for older kids.
  • Regal East Asia is set at the back of the hotel on Heng Shan Rd. Large apartments have huge living areas overlooking the FFC area. Many units are newly renovated. Excellent management and use of hotel facilities.
  • Off Jianguo Xi Rd there is a nice small compound called Le Marquis. Apartments are well priced, attractive and spacious with different furnishings according to the landlord’s choice.

Huai Hai Zhong Rd area:

  • Hauting Crt is tucked down Huating Road and is a nice low rise with modern units. Interior designed apartments of high quality with quiet green surrounds.
  • Gao An Crt is Huating Crt’s sister compound on the beautiful tree lined Gao An Crt. Recently renovated and re furbished these modern apartments are one of the most popular with families. Only 16 units in total in this low rise block.
  • Gasgoyne is a historic building that has been totally refurbished with attractive good quality fit outs. Bright open living and kitchen areas and good sized bedrooms. Located on Huai Hai Zhong Rd near Changshu Rd.

Bustling Xujia Hui:

Grand Gateway is conveniently located by a huge shopping mall and department stores. The newly renovated apartments are really beautiful, stylish and modern. Residents can enjoy full services such as housekeeping and serviced items. Different layouts with different styles, some with open plan kitchens.

Arcadia’s light and bright serviced apartments are well built and popular with families that have small kids. Conveniently located near the Xu Jia Hui intersection with its shopping mall and department stores. Many apartments have been recently renovated and updated.

Shama Xu Jia Hui are lovely luxury serviced apartments with a beautiful modern finish throughout. Big living, lovely kitchens and delightful furnishings make this block a popular choice. Only downside for some is the hustle and bustle of the street.

Local housing:

For those on a tight housing budget but wanting to live in the area of the Former French Concession check out Ambassy Court with its super club and outdoor pool, Palace Court which is close to bars and restaurants and the conveniently located Joffree Garden.For local apartments in the Xu Jia Hui area try La Cite, Fountain Garden, Oriental Manhattan and Novel Garden.

Need some more assistance and advice with finding properties? Email me at manager@shanghaiprops.com or visit my website.


Email Adrienne at manager@shanghaiprops.com to redeem this Christmas Gift Voucher:


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Delicious Turkeys, Ham and Gourmet Treats

If you’re staying at home this Christmas you will definitely need the customary Turkey and Ham to grace the table and savour with family and friends. Add some very special gourmet delights and you have the perfect Christmas dinner. Below are the locations you can catch a Turkey, a Ham and some treats so you can enjoy a perfect Christmas in your Shanghai Apartment.




Price: 1380RMB for 6.5kg and sides

Contact: 021- 5403 8906

Order 48 hr beforehand

City Shop

Price: 880 RMB for 5 kg OR 78 RMB per kg frozen

Contact: 400-811-1797

Elder’s Fine Foods and JW Marriot

Price: not stated

Contact: 021-3871-0368 or online

Avocado Lady

Price: 50 RMB per kg

Contact: 274 Wulumuqi lu, near Wuyuan lu

Parkyard Group

Price: 980 RMB for 12-14 pounds and sides

Contact: Form


Price: 71 RMB per kg, additional 150-200 RMB for roasted
Contact: 6418 6899

Tomato Girl

Price: 450 RMB for 6 kg

Contact: Form


Parkyard Group

Price: 620 RMB for 4-4.5kg and sides

Contact: Form

For foodies like me, this is a great directory of stores for Gourmet Food in Shanghai:




Finally, I’d like to share a recipe for the German Christmas wine, Glühwein:

Serves 6 

3 cinnamon sticks 
10 whole cloves 
1/2 large orange 
2 cups water 
1 cup sugar 
2 (750-milliliter) bottles inexpensive dry red wine (such as merlot) 
Rum (optional) 

1. Enclose cinnamon sticks and cloves in large mesh tea ball or cheesecloth (breaking cinnamon sticks to fit as necessary); place in large pot. 2. Place orange half on work surface. Using knife, cut thick strips (including peel, pith and a bit of fruit) away from orange. 
3. Add water and sugar to spices in pot and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add orange rind to pot, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat. 
4. Add wine to spice mixture and place pot over medium heat. Heat mixture, stirring occasionally, until hot (do not boil). Pour into mugs, adding a shot of rum to individual servings as desired, and serve hot. 


Merry Christmas!

Email Adrienne at manager@shanghaiprops.com to redeem this Christmas Gift Voucher:

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Charities in Shanghai

The metropolis of Shanghai has over 23 million people – which is the total population of my whole country of Australia! While it looks like a modern cosmopolitan city with plenty of wealthy, well heeled residents, this city’s poverty level is surprisingly high. Take a look at these figures. According to World Socialist Web Site:

“China has a Gini coefficient approaching to 0.5, up from less than 0.3 25 years ago. Gini coefficient is a measure of statistical dispersion developed by the Italian statistician and sociologist Corrado Gini, where 0.4 mark is seen by analyst as a predictor of social unrest.”

With Christmas around the corner, it’s a great time to be thankful of what we have and be mindful of others who are less fortunate. There are many ways we can make a difference through charities and volunteering for a cause. Here are some of the most active and well-known organizations through which you can help others this Christmas. So leave your Shanghai Apartment and go out and make a difference in the community.


Second Chance Animal Aid (SCAA)

SCAA is a private NGO committed to protecting and improving the health and welfare of companion animals through education, health care, advocacy, outreach, adoption and the promotion of foster care as an alternative approach to traditional shelters. Cash, goods and volunteering are welcome. Refer to website for details at www.scaashanghai.org



Jaiya’s Animal Rescue (JAR)

Since 2009 JAR has adopted out in excess of 200 dogs and 100 cats. It is an organization, which finds permanent homes for dogs and cats. The animals are looked after by a ‘foster parent’ until a permanent home can be found. Adopt or foster an animal or make a donation at www.jargroup.doodlekit.com



Shanghai Roots and Shoots

The program aims to promote love of animals, awareness of environmental issues and sustainable development. As well as contributing your services to the organization in more mundane ways like administration, translation, and fundraising, there are also opportunities to plant trees or work with local kids on a range of projects. Visit www.jgi-shanghai.org for more information.



Giving Tree

Individually connect a child to a donor and provide the donor with the chance to personally fill and part take in distributing the Winter Warmth and School Success bags. The program has reached close to 15,000 children helped annually. More information at http://www.communitycenter.cn/Outreach_CCS_GivingTree.asp and watch a live video here http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzA3MzUyNDY0.html



Half the Sky

Half the Sky was created in order to enrich the lives of orphaned children in China. We provide model programs and caregiver training designed to offer loving, family-life care to children to all ages and abilities. Take action through donation, volunteering and others at http://www.halfthesky.org/en/our-story/our-approach




Through donations of individuals and corporations, Sunrise provides educational funding to approximately 500 students each year. Shanghai Sunrise provides educational sponsorship program for students in grades 10-12, university scholarship, and life skills program for high school and university students. The charity is organized, managed and financed entirely by expatriates and local members of the community. http://www.shanghaisunrise.com



Stepping Stone

An NGO with a mission to improve the educational and general welfare of disadvantaged children in China. Works with local Chinese and expatriates volunteers to teach English in 15 Shanghai’s migrant schools and community centers. For more information visit http://steppingstoneschina.net


Operation Smile

Operation Smile China Medical Mission (OSCMM) has helped more than 15,000 children and young adults throughout China. To donate or volunteer, follow this link http://www.operationsmile.org.cn


Heart to Heart

Our mission is to improve global health through medical education, deliver medical aid, and respond to people in crisis and address community-health concerns around the globe. Learn more about ways to give http://www.hearttoheart.org/ways-to-give


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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  manager@shanghaiprops.com. Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties

Churches in Shanghai


Christianity arrived in China after Buddhism, with the first documented case from the 7th century.  Currently, according to the CIA World Factbook (source), China’s Christian population is around 3-4%. A 2008 article on the Economist estimates that China has about 130 million Christians but the official government figures are much lower at 21 million (source). The vast differences in these figures could be because 20-50 million officially belong to a church, with the majority members of Protestant churches and the rest attending “house churches” which are private gatherings in homes. (source).

Interestingly the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) oversees Catholics in China, although it is not recognised by the Vatican as the CCPA does not acknowledge the Pope and appoints its own Bishops.

With over 50 million copies of the Bible printed in China it has earnt a global status as the largest gospel spreading nation.

If you want to learn more about the fascinating history of Christianity in China you will find more here: http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/christianity.htm

And here is a list of Christian terms in Chinese that you might find useful:



Christmas Service in Shanghai

I guess we all know the reason for Christmas is to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. For those wanting to attend one of the Christmas Services or Masses in English, French, German or Korean at one of the Churches in Shanghai, you will find all the details below. You can also find contact info of more churches and places of worship listed on our Shanghai Life page.


Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

Address: 151 Hong Feng Road, Pudong

Tel: 1381750 3946 (Rev Francis Fang), or 139-1724-9948 (Rev Anthony Li)

Mail: bkfang@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.sacredheartpudong.com/

Transportation: Directions Here

Taxi Card: “张家楼耶稣圣心天主教

浦东新区, 红枫路151号, 近碧云路新金桥路”

Mass on Saturday: 5:00 pm

Mass on Sunday: 10:30 pm

Christmas 2012
Christmas Eve: 8:30pm
Christmas Day: 10:30am

St Ignatius Cathedral, Xujiahui

Address: 158 Puxi Road, Xuhui

Tel: 6438 2595

Transportation: Xujiahui Station Line 1 and 9

Taxi Card: “徐家汇天主教堂,

徐汇区, 浦西路158号, 近漕溪北路”

Mass on Sundays: 12 noon


Christmas 2012

Christmas Eve: 10pm

Christmas Day: 12 noon

St. Francis Xavier Church

Address: 185, Dongjiadu Rd, close to Wanyu Street, Huangpu

Tel: 6378 7214.

Transportation: Line 9 Xiao Nan Men & Line 4 Nanpu Bridge

Taxi Card: “圣方济各沙勿略天主堂,

黄浦区, 董家渡路185号, 近万裕街”

Mass on Saturday: 5:00 pm

Mass on Sunday: 10:30am, 12:30pm


Christmas 2012

Christmas Eve: 8.30pm

Christmas Day: 10.30am, 12.30pm

St. Peter’s Catholic Church

Address: 270 Chongqing Nan Lu, 3rd floor, Luwan

Tel: 6474 4974

Transportation: Line 10 Xintiandi Line 9 Madang Rd

Taxi Card: ”上海天主教知识分子联谊会,

卢湾区, 重庆南路270号3楼, 近合肥路”

Email: stpetersintl@gmail.com.

Web: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ShanghaiInternationalCatholics-SPICES/

Mass on Saturday: 5pm

Mass on Sunday: 11am


Christmas 2012

Christmas Eve: 9:00pm (English), 3:00pm (German) 10:30pm (Korean)

Christmas Day:  7.30pm (English), 6:00pm (Korean)

Saint Michael’s Church

Address: 1066 Wanhangdu Lu, near ChangShou Lu, Jing An

Tel: 15921775503

Mail:  communication@catho-shanghai.org

Web: http://www.catho-shanghai.org/

Transport: Line 11Long De Lu

Taxi Card: 长宁区, 万航渡路1066号, 近长寿路

Mass on Saturday: 5:30pm

Mass on Sunday: 10:30 am

Mass on Tuesday: 7:30pm


Christmas 2012

Christmas Eve: 9.30pm French mass

Christmas Day: 11am

Note: Mulled wine will be served at the end of both services.


Hengshan Community Church

Address: 53 Hengshan Road, near Wulumuqi Rd, Xuhui
Tel: 6437 6576

Transportation: Line 1 Hengshan Rd

Taxi Card:  ”徐汇区, 衡山路53号, 近乌鲁木齐路”

Email:  info@scfenglish.com

Web: http://www.shanghaifellowship.org

Transportation: Hengshan Rd Station Line 1

Services on Sunday: 2:00-3:30pm and 4:00-5:30pm

Transportation: Line 1 Hengshan Rd


Christmas 2012

Christmas Day: 11am, 12.30pm

Hong En Protestant Church
Address: 455 Hongfeng Lu, near Mingyue Lu, Jinqiao, Pudong

Tel: 5030 7556

Transportation: Line 6 Jinqiao Rd

Taxi Card: “鸿恩堂, 浦东新区,

红枫路455号, 近明月路”

Web: http://www.agifshanghai.com

Services on Saturday: 6:45pm

Services on Sunday: 12 noon, 3:00pm

Christmas 2012

December 23: 3pm and 4.30pm ‘Carol’s by candlelight’

Trinity Congregation, Abundant Grace (Hong En Tang)

Address: 455 Hong Feng Lu, (cnr Ming Yue Lu) Jin Qiao, Pudong

Service on Sunday: 12 noon

Web: http://www.trinityshanghai.org/


Christmas 2012

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service        

Christmas Eve: 8:00 pm

Address: Ramada Plaza Hotel, 18 Xin Jinqiao Road, Jin Qiao, Pudong


Grace Church (Huai En Tang)

Address: 375 Shaanxi Bei Lu, Jing An near Beijing Xi Lu, Jing An
6253 9394

Transportation: Near West Nanjing Station Line 2

Taxi Card:  ”陕西北路375号, 近北京西路”


Moore Memorial Church (Mu En Tang)
(originally Methodist, now non-denominational)

Address: 316 Xizangzhong Rd, close to Hankou Rd, Huangpu

Tel: 6322 5069

Transportation: People’s Square Station

Taxi Card: “黄浦区, 西藏中路316号, 近汉口路”

Hours: Sundays 07:30, 09:00, 14:00, and 19:00

Pure Heart Church (Qing Xin Tang)

Address: 30, Dachang Street, close to Lujiabang Rd, Huangpu

Tel: 6377 0874.

Transportation: 15 min walk from Nanpu Bridge Station Line 4

Taxi Card: “基督教清心堂,

黄浦区, 大昌路30号, 近陆家浜路”


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Christmas Dinner in Shanghai 2012

If you are going to be one of the many expats spending Christmas in Shanghai you will be planning Christmas dinner I am sure. To help you out I’ve compiled a list of places to dine with family and friends. Hope you have a very enjoyable and delicious dinner at one of these great venues and for those fortunate to got to The Astor, please let me know how good a 1698 RMB Christmas dinner tastes.



If you are planning to leave your Shanghai apartment and eat out on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, these dinners, listed from most to least expensive, are worth looking into.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Astor House Pujiang

Price: 1698 RMB

Address: 15 Huangpu Lu, near Dongdaming Lu, Huangpu

Christmas Eve at Cachet

Price: 1188 RMB (with open bar and champagne) or 888RMB without

Address: 99 Madang Lu, near Taicang Lu, Luwan

Christmas Eve at Oceans

Price: 1088RMB

Address: 19 Gongping Lu, near Haiping Lu,

Roosevelt Christmas Dinner

Price: 888RMB

Address: The House of Roosevelt, 8/F, 27 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, Huangpu

Christmas Eve Dinner at Shanghai City Bistro

Price: 688RMB

Address: Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre, 3F, 555 Xizang Zhong Lu, Huangpu

A Classy Christmas at T8

When: 24th

Price: 588RMB four-course menu 5:30-6:30pm; OR 888RMB six-course menu 7:30pm

Address: Lane 181 Taicang Lu, near Madang Lu, Luwan

Christmas Eve Dinner at Kathleen’s 5

Price: 520RMB

Address: Shanghai Art Museum, 5F, 325 Nangjing Xi Lu, Huangpu

Shanghai Slim’s Christmas

When: 24th and 25th

Price: 488RMB

Address: Sinan Mansions, block 26D, 523 Fuxing Lu, near Sinan Lu, Luwan

Christmas Dinner at Cube

When: 24th and 25th

Price: 450RMB

Address: 483 Guyang Lu, near Yaohong Lu,

Annual Chrismas Dinner at Piro

When: 24th

Price: 400RMB adults, 100RMB kids

Address: 91 Changshu Lu, near Changle Lu, Jing An

Christmas Dinner Buffet at Guoman Hotel

Price: 398RMB (or 288RMB before Christmas Eve)

Address: Guoson Centre, Block 1, 388 Daduhe Lu, Putuo

Shook! Christmas Eve Dinner

Price: 323RMB

Address: The Swatch Art Peace Hotel, 5-6/F, 23 Nanjing Dong Lu, Huangpu

Christmas at the Fat Olive

Price: 348RMB

Address in Puxi: Sinan Mansions, 525-527 Fuxing Zhong Lu, Luwan

Address in Pudong: 688 Biyun Lu, Jinqiao, Pudong

Christmas Holiday Dinner at Organic Kitchen

When: 21st-29th

Price: 289RMB

Address: 57 Fuxing Lu, near Yongfu Lu, Xu Hui

Special Christmas Menu at Shanghai Brewery

When: 24th and 25th

Price: 288 RMB

Address: 15 Dongping Lu, near Hengshan Lu, Xu Hui



For those of you who just can’t wait for Christmas dinner these restaurants have Christmas menus leading up to the 25th December


Napa Wine Bar and Kitchen

Address: 57 Jiangyin Lu, near Huangpi Lu, Huangpu



Address: Le Royal Meridien Shanghai, 8F, 789 Nanjing Dong Road, near Xizang Zhong Road, Huangpu


Address: Sinan Mansions, Block 32, 45 Sinan Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu, Luwan


Address: Kerry Hotel, 1388 Huamu Road, near Fangdian Road, Pudong


Le Bistrot


Le Meridien Royal Shanghai, 789 Nanjing Dong Road, near Jiujiang Road

, Huangpu

Essence at Hilton, Hongqiao

Address: Tower 2, 1116 Hongsong Dong Lu, near Hongxu Lu, Hongqiao


Merry Christmas!

Email Adrienne atmanager@shanghaiprops.comto redeem this Christmas Gift Voucher:


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Winter Clothes in Shanghai

It’s essential to rug up to keep your body warm and free from colds or flu since you can lug around your heater. There are many outlets in Shanghai where you can buy winter clothing. This is a list of most general outlets around town where you can get winter clothes but don’t forget to read our Shanghai Winter advice.



645-659 Middle Huaihai Road, Luwan

1578 North Sichuan Road, Hongkou

1F, Cloud Nine Shopping Mall, No. 1018 Changning Road, Changning

96 Plaza, 125, 96 plaza, 796 Dongfang Road, Pudong New Area

Super Brand Mall, 1-2F, Super Brand Mall, 168 West Lujiazui Road, Pudong New Area

Wanda Plaza, 1F, Wanda plaza, 189 Zhengtong Road, Yangpu

Channel one, 155 Changshou Road, Putuo

Yu Fashion Garden, Yu fashion garden, No. 168 Middle Fangbang Road, Huangpu

Zhongsheng World Mall, 1F Zhongsheng World Mall, No. 5001 Dushi Road, Minhang


Daning Plaza, 1878 Gonghe New Road, Zhabei  


969, Nanjing Xi Rd, Jing An

Jack & Jones

2nd Flr, Grand Gateway, cnr Zhaojiabang Rd & Hengshan Rd, Xu Jia Hui

Parksons Hong Qiao, 918 Middle Huaihai Rd, (cnr Shan Xi Nan Rd), Luwan

Cloud Nine Mall, 1018 Chang Ning Lu, (cnr Kaixuan Lu), Zhong Shan Park  

Big Thumb Plaza, 199 Fang Dian Rd, (nr Dingxiang Rd), Century Park, Pudong

Nanjing Xi Rd (opp Westgate Mall), Jing An

New World City, 2 Nanjing Xi Rd, Huang Pu


2nd flr, 859 Tian Yan Qiao, Xu Hui, Shanghai (opp Shanghai Stadium)

622 Biyun Rd, Pudong New Area, Shanghai (opp Carrefour)

391 Han Dan Rd, (opp Fudan Uni) Yang Pu

2789 Yan An Xi Rd, Chang Ning (500mtrs from Carrefour)


1F, 88 West Xianxia Rd, Changning (near to Hami Rd)
393 Yinxiao Rd, Pudong (Opp Longyang Road Maglev station)

600 Lantian Rd, Jinqiao, Pudong (Nr Green Sport Leisure Center)
2 Shengbei Rd, Xinzhuang Industrial Park, Minhang

1258 Meichuan Rd, Putuo

1821 Huqingping Rd, Qipu

Shopping Malls

Super Brand Mall, Lujiazui, Pudong

Cloud 9 (Zhong Shan Park), 1018 Changning Lu, near Kaixuan Lu 

Grand Gateway corner of Zhaojiabang Road and Hengshan Road

Nextage, 501 Zhangyang Road, Pudong New Area, near South Pudong Road

Times Square, 500 Zhangyang Road, Pudong


Dept Stores

Pacific, 932 Hengshan Rd, Xu Hui  

Marks & Spencer, No.863 Nanjing Xi Rd, Huang Pu

Parkson, 918 Middle Huaihai Rd, Luwan

Parkson, 100 Zunyi Lu, (nr Xianxia Rd), Hong Qiao

New World City, 2 Nanjing Xi Rd, Huang Pu


For a tailored look check out the Fabric Market at 399 Lujiabang Road (near the Bund)

or 168 Dongmen Road, (nr Yuyuan Garden) and get coats made with the lovely cashmere on display. You can also find a fabric market at the Science & Technology Market, Pudong (at subway on Line 2)


If you want to try your hand at Taobao you can pick up some good fake brand coats for a fraction of the price. Try this English users guide to Tao Bao.

Hole in the wall  

There are many small hole in the wall shops selling samples, seconds and leftover stock scattered throughout the city. One is Archies on Xingfu Lu, Xu Hui


For more sporty style winter gear check out the Nike, Addidas & CK outlets at the following outlets:

Foxtown, 899 Linlin Rd, Xujiahui

Shanghai Les Charmes Outlet Boutique, 2nd flr Pudong Int’l Airport.

Shanghai Outlet, 2888 Huqingping Road (5555 Jiasong Road), Zhaoxiang Town, Qingpu


Loads of cheap winter gear at the markets and for those who love to haggle there’s plenty of that to be done here:

Qi Pu Lu Market, 168 Qipu Lu, nr Henan Bei Rd, Huang Pu 

Nanjing Rd Fake Market 580 Nanjing Xi Rd, Jing An  

Science & Technology Market, Pudong (at subway on Line 2)


Also remember that some Foreign Owned Chains like Carrefour sell useful winter items as well.

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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  manager@shanghaiprops.com. Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties

Terms & Conditions – Leasing Residential Properties in Shanghai

After you’re done viewing umpteen different Shanghai properties you are probably at a stage of short-listing one of two places that best fit your needs. Your agent will start discussion with the landlord and should hopefully get you the best deal.

Knowing what is standard practice here can empower you to manage your own negotiations. I’ve written up what are standard Terms & Conditions and practices here as best as I can. Getting EVERYTHING documented is the key so you don’t end up with a “he said/she said” situation.




Private Landlords should provide a standard “Lease Agreement” in Chinese and English. The Shanghai Government has a standard lease that can be used if preferred. The agreed terms and conditions are included in the “Lease Agreement”. To fully secure the property, it is recommended that a deposit be paid so that the property is taken off the market. Check ownership documentation before signing the “Lease Agreement”. Make sure there are 3 copies and that your agent registers the “Lease Agreement”. In the event of any disputes, the Chinese version of the Lease Agreement will prevail.

Offer letter

All basic terms and conditions are written in an “Offer Letter” and submitted to each party. Once these are agreed upon the document is signed by both parties and the terms and conditions are added to the lease.



Long term

The typical lease term is two to three years. Longer lease term rentals should be agreed upon at market prices. Generally, the longer the lease the more flexibility you have. You can sign a two or three years lease with one year fixed and two years optional.

Short term

Short-term leases are below 6 months. Landlords generally don’t agree to short term contracts as they wish to keep turnover to a minimum. There are renovation expenses, empty periods and inspections of prospective tenants. If a landlord does agree to a short term lease, terms will be less flexible, the rent will be more expensive and the full amount should be paid upfront. Serviced apartments are the best option if short term tenancy is needed.


Rents are usually quoted in US dollars but usually paid in RMB. The payment of the rent is paid monthly or quarterly in advance in RMB cash or by money transfer to the landlord’s bank account. Some landlords or developers prefer you to pay into an overseas bank account so that they either don’t have to transfer the money from China or they may be avoiding tax.


A security deposit equivalent to 2 or 3 months rent is paid in cash or bank transfer to the landlord’s account. It should be paid prior to moving into the property and should be held in non-interest earning account. This money protect landlords from potential damages to the property, it’s furnishings and fittings and unpaid bills and rent. The entire amount is refundable at the expiry of the lease once the tenant has returned the property and equipment in good condition save wear and tear and paid all outstanding bills. In Shanghai, bank guarantee letters by a registered business in China are accepted by some large compounds. Deposits are sometimes not needed for leases of less than 6 months if the full rental is paid in advance. In our experience, it is more common for tenants to break their lease than for landlords not to return security deposits.


A standard receipt called a “shouju” is given for the deposit.  Landlords are required to pay a 5% tax on rentals and issues a receipt called a “fapiao”. Your company will need a “fapiao” (tax receipt) if tax deduction claims are made in China.

Break lease clause

A break lease clause or early termination clause can be included after a set period of time. The term will then be considered as up to the date of break lease. It doesn’t assist in negotiations and most landlords won’t accept it. It is best to negotiate a penalty if early termination occurs and benefits if the tenant finds a new tenant to lease on the same terms and conditions.

Landlord breaks

If the landlord breaks the lease before lease end the deposit should be refunded along with compensation of two months rental.

Diplomatic clause – This is for tenants who are transferred from Shanghai by their company. A letter of transfer from the company must be submitted and no penalty should be incurred.

Sublet clause – A tenant may not be able to finish their full lease term for whatever reasons. A sublet clause allows them to find another tenant who can fulfill the same terms and conditions without incurring a penalty.

Right to renewal

There is no mandatory right to renewal of premises. Renewal terms should be discussed during initial tenancy agreement negotiations. Renewals of leases are commonly paid by the tenant and are usually equivalent to 0.5 to 1.0 month’s rent.



Household Insurance

Landlord’s must take out structural building insurance which covers the property itself and common areas. They do not have to buy insurance for their furniture and appliances however damages caused by faulty equipment is their responsibility. Tenants should insure their own belongings especially in the event of damage done by poor construction


A property tax of 0.1% of the rent received during occupancy should be covered by the landlord.


Sub-letting is agreed by some landlords if suitable tenant is found. Sharing apartments is acceptable.

Management fee

Management fee are either paid by the landlord or the tenant. In high end properties they are included in the rent. They cover the management office administration, maintenance, cleaning and repairs of properties, grounds, common areas and facilities.


Other inclusions

Utilities such as water and electricity with a cap on amount, health club membership, extra telephone line (maximum of 2), car parking, housekeeping, car and driver etc. These inclusions are discussed between the agent and the landlord. Please keep in mind that these additions will affect the amount of the final agreed rental.


A basic fully furnished property should include the following:

White goods – Water dispenser, Microwave, Refrigerator, Washing machine

Living & dining – Sofa & sofa chairs, Coffee table, TV set, TV stand, DVD player, Dining table & chairs

Bedroom – Bed &mattress, Bedside stand, Drawers, Wardrobe

One or two IDD telephone lines and ADSL

NOTE: Higher rental properties will include Dryers, Dishwashers, Lamps, Buffets, Cabinets, Dressing tables, Bedroom sofas, Study chairs, Desks, more TV sets etc.   


If the apartment is unfurnished and you want to choose the furniture, make sure you are given a fair and reasonable budget. If a client wants to take an apartment unfurnished it can be around 10% cheaper. However, if the apartment is furnished and furniture has to be stored it will not be beneficial to the landlord. The more expensive property compounds may allow some or all of the furniture to be changed or removed. 


Landlords should paint walls, finish floors, and ensure all electrical appliances are in good working order. If the property is to undergo major renovations, tenants should be able to choose their own décor and furnishings.  



You can check-in to your new home on the date the lease term commences. The agent, landlord/representative or management staff and yourself should have a copy of check in forms which should include a furniture list, utilities meter list, key list and general condition list. All parties should be involved in the check-in process and sign each form.


Police registration

Give a copy of your passport to the management office so they can register you with the police. If they do not provide this service, go to the local police station with your lease and passport and register within 30 days. If you fail to do this you will receive a hefty fine which accrues on a daily basis.


End of lease term 

One or two months before the lease expires, write to the landlord of your request to cancel or renew the lease. On the day the lease expires, the premises should be handed back in original condition allowing for reasonable wear and tear. Ensure that the agent, landlord/representative or management staff and yourself have a copy of the original check in form to clarify the original condition.


Dispute resolution

The Chinese legal system is still evolving and people generally resolve conflicts through mediation with 3rd parties. Should there be a dispute, the agent should be contacted as soon as possible to assist with mediation. It is possible to take your complaint to the Shanghai Arbitration Commission however this process is costly and time consuming and is not a recommended way to resolve disputes in China.

If you are in any need of assistance with negotiations we have a Tenants Consultancy Service that can help out.

Just mail me at manager@shanghaiprops.com for more information.


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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  manager@shanghaiprops.com. Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties