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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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

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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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

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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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