A Merry Christmas in Shanghai to one and all. The Shanghai Properties team is back in business and hope your Shanghai Christmas 2016 is a truly special one.

Not many sleeps to go now but there’s still some wonderful Christmas Markets in Shanghai for kiddies and adults alike to enjoy. I’ve put them in districts for the “newbies” in town so you can find them easily and have the best First Christmas in Shanghai.

Have fun and remember……Gluwein and sleigh riding don’t mix 🙂




Pudong Shang-ri-la Hotel  

5F, Grand Tower, 33 Fucheng Lu, Lujiazui, Pudong

Date: Fri 02 Dec – Sat 24 Dec (Every Friday,Saturday)

Time: 5pm-9pm

Experience a bustling Christmas Market as Pudong Shang-ri-la transforms its outdoor space into a European Christmas Market.  

Sale wares: Christmas trees, ornaments, fruit mince pies, gingerbread, crafts and ornaments. Also, warm Hungarian goulash and mulled wine served in a festive mug which can be taken home as a souvenir. Events: Live Christmas band to entertain. Santa: Special Santa appearances

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Christmas Fair @ Xintiandi Style

Cnr Madang Road & Zizhong Road, Huangpu District

Date: Dec 17 to 25 Dec

Time: 12pm-8pm 

Over 70 vendors and 5 Christmas huts selling all sorts of amazing gems, handcrafted jewellery, deliciously indulgent food, drinks and more.




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Jingan Kerry Centre, The Piazza

1515 Nanjing Xi Lu, Jing An District

Date: Fri 16 Dec – Sun 25 Dec

Time: 10.00am – 10.00pm

Christmas is the most enchanting season for kids and adults alike. It’s the time to be jolly and make your wishes come true! 

Decorations: Christmas lights, snow covered Pine trees, Christmas ornaments and a fancy 16-metre tall Christmas tree. An outdoor Christmas market with traditional wooden huts Sale items: Lots of Christmas delicacies like, Gluhwein, hot chocolate, pies, kebabs and many more mouth-watering goodies. Food options from the likes of Kartek, Mr Waffle and Dutch Pies. Santa: The REAL Santa will drop on December 24 and 25, so spot him throughout Kerry Centre and snap a picture with him!


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Shanghai Centre

1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, (near Tongren Lu) Jingan District

Date: Wed 30 Nov – Mon 19 Dec

Time: Mon-Thurs 11:30am-7pm, Fri-Sun 11:30am-8pm

Shanghai Centre celebrates Christmas with a Christmas market and loads of festive shopping.

Sale wares: Many vendors with Christmas treats, foods and drinks, designer clothing, home decoration, jewellery and an interactive photo booth (for the Instagram lovers). Events: Lucky draws, virtual reality games and Zumba workshops. Choir performances by the Swedish Community & Friends of the Vienna Boys Choir. Santa: Santa house for kids to meet Santa and get presents




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Jiashan Market

Lane 550 Shaanxi Nan Lu, Xu Hui District

Date: Sat 17 Dec

Time: 11am-6.00pm

Jiashan Market will be hosting their special festive edition with Shanghai’s best artisan food and lifestyle vendors selling their hand made wares.

Sale wares: Colonial mulled wine and Christmas Puddings from The British Kitchen, mulling spices from Amelia’s, Christmas pies from Pie Society and freshly grilled meats straight off the rotisserie from Eli. Events: Health food suppliers Sparrow will provide a Christmas sing-a-longs from 1-5pm and Shanghai Young Bakers will have a cookie decorating station. A special festive bamboo winter-garden ‘playshop’ by Art Spring, offering bamboo craft workshops. There will be a Christmas Choir at 4pm for an hour of harmony and christmas carols. Santa: There’ll be a visit from Santa giving out some free presents to the younger crowd – and a few alcoholic treats for the adults!



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Chinese Zodiac Symbols

Some people say that you are a match based on your personality and life style, while others might believe you may have been destined to be together. Chinese believe that depending on the year that you were born you fall under a certain animal. Each animal has distinct characteristics. This is one of Chinese traditional beliefs.  On this upcoming Chinese New Year, all people born under the year of the Horse should wear all red including underwear to avoid an unlucky year.


Chinese Zodiac’s were originally established in the Han Dynasty (206-220) to count years. They watched each animal’s life style and characteristics. They chose the number 12 since; there are 12 time periods in a day, 12 months in a year, and 12 full moons in a year. Each animal is also associated with an earthly branch.

There is a Chinese folk story that explains the order of the animals.  The Jade emperor announced that 12 animals would be selected for calendar signs; the first 12 animals that arrive would be selected. There are multiple versions of the story, a widely believe one is the day before the race, the cat asked the rat to wake him up early to go to the Jade Emperor. The rat forgot to wake up the cat and ran along. While on the path to the Jade Emperor, other animals started to pass up the rat. The rat saw the Ox and asked if the ox could carry him, the condition was that the rat had to sing to the Ox on the way there. While they were arriving at the Jade Emperor’s palace the rat leaped off the Ox’s back to become the first on the list. This story also explains why the cat hates the rat so much.

You can check out which animal you belong to here.

Below you can check if your animal accurately describes you.


Strengths – People born during these years are usually smart, wealthy, adaptable and successful.

Weaknesses – These people are usually timid and in the need of courage.  They are not capable of taking a leader position. They are easily guided by their greed and personal interests.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility- Dragon, Monkey, Ox

Avoid – Sheep, Horse, Rabbit


Strengths- These people are most likely honest, industrious, and cautious. They are strong leaders that have dedication and like to be in charge.

Weaknesses – They are not the most sociable, and are not easily persuaded. They are often very distant.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Rat, Snake, Rooster

Avoid – Horse, Dog, Sheep


Strengths- They are usually well respected, are able to express themselves, active and love challenges.

Weaknesses- These people are often self-centered, with a short temper and do not look far into the future. They also come in conflict with authorities and seniors.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Horse, Dog

Avoid – Snake, Monkey


Strengths – These people are usually very sensitive and compassionate. They also have an extremely strong memory. They are very peaceful and hate arguing.

Weaknesses – People born under the Rabbit lack the ability to think deeply before action. They may also pass up many good opportunities.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Sheep, Pig, Dog

Avoid – Rat, Dragon


Strengths – People born under the year of the dragon are ambitious, lively, energetic, intelligent and not easily discouraged.

Weaknesses – They can often be arrogant and impatient, and not be able to control their moods.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Rat, Monkey, Rooster

Avoid – Ox, Rabbit, Dog


Strengths- People born under the sign of the snake are usually financially savvy and do not have to worry about money. They are also wise and good tempered.

Weaknesses – They often doubt others, and are very suspicious. They prefer to rely on themselves.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Ox, Rooster

Avoid – Pig, Tiger


Strengths – They have great communication skills and want to be the center of attention. They are cheery and like large groups and entertainment

Weaknesses – These people may often not listen to advice. They are also quickly to jump on the newest trends and lack a deep enjoyment. They are often wasteful and are not able to handle money well.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility- Tiger, Sheep, Dog

Avoid – Rat, Ox, Rabbit


Strengths – People born under the sign of the sheep often are clever, kind hearted, and have a deep passion for art and religion.

Weaknesses – These people are often moody and pessimistic. They can also be indecisive and puzzled about life.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility- Rabbit, Horse, Pig

Avoid – Ox, Dog


Strengths – People born under the year of the Monkey are quick witted, lively, and excellent problem solvers. Have a strong desire for knowledge and great memories

Weaknesses- They easily feel jealous and suspicious. They also are quick to look down upon others.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility- Rat, Dragon, Snake

Avoid- Tiger, Pig


Strengths- People born under the year of the rooster are quick thinkers, honest, warm hearted and capable.  They often have a quick mind and hot temper.

Weaknesses – They are often quick to change passions. They also believe they are always right. Often narrow minded and vain

Zodiac Sign Compatibility- Ox, Dragon, Snake

Avoid- Rat, Rabbit, Dog


Strengths – People born under the year of the dog are often faithful to their career and love life’s. They are able to keep secrets. They are also very straightforward.

Weaknesses – These people can be sometimes distant and cold. They are also known for their sharp tongues.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Tiger, Rabbit, Horse

Avoid- Ox, Dragon, Sheep, Rooster


Strengths – People born under the pig often have a clam appearance and strong heart. Often honest and frank and are not afraid of difficulties and problems.

Weaknesses – They are too trusting and can easily be tricked.  They are also very impulsive and not able to communicate well with others

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Sheep, Rabbit

Avoid – Snake, Monkey


When going out in China, don’t be afraid to ask them what animal they are. 你的属相是什么(Ni de shuxiang shi shenme). It just may help you find your soul mate or avoid someone that you were destined to hate.

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Chinese New Year: The Year of The Horse

The Year of the Horse will see the usual billions of fireworks set off to celebrate its arrival and as the New Year’s dawn arises, a thin haze of smoke will still remain in the streets as if there were a war the night before. This January 31st, 2014 is the Chinese New Year day and New Year’s Eve is all about family, food and fireworks!!. If you currently live in China and have never experienced a Chinese New Year, you are in for one enormous treat so grab some earplugs and a camera and leave your Shanghai apartment and enjoy one of the biggest fireworks festivities you will ever see in your life.


Chinese New Year has some of the same traditions as Western New Year, just without the obligatory countdown. Most Chinese stay up all night with their family, eat loads of traditional dishes, play cards and watch popular variety styled TV shows.  Many choose to set off fireworks and firecrackers throughout the day and evening so if you live in a crowded area don’t plan on sleeping.  If you do want to get some shut eye make sure you fill your ears with a good set of plugs as the sound of firecrackers will be heard all night long and days and nights after. This holiday period is traditionally a 15 day event however the time off work is usually 3 to 7 days.


There is a story behind Chinese New Year, the legend says a wild demon named nian or (year) would come at the end of every year to terrorize the local villagers. The legend says that the villagers were able to scare off the demon by using loud noises and bright lights such as fire crackers.

New Years Eve Dinner

This is the most important meal of the year. Chinese New Year’s Eve is on January 30th.This is the holiday where everyone returns to their hometowns to have a dinner. This year is the Year of the Horse, if you were born in the year of the Horse you are supposed to wear all Red on this day including underwear. In Northern China, the two main dishes are fish and dumplings.  The family traditionally sits together and watches TV while making dumplings. A coin is sometimes hidden in a dumpling; whoever gets the dumpling is believed to have good luck for the upcoming year. They eat fish because there is a Chinese idiom that says 年年有余 which means to have more money than you need. Fish or鱼and 余 have the same pronunciation. Others choose to eat noodles because the noodle is a symbol of longevity in some parts of China. At 12:00 the fireworks begin, the first person in the Family to set off a firework is believed to have good fortune for the year. The other belief is that setting off fireworks wards off the evil spirit. Another tradition of Chinese New year’s is to stay up all night, because of this tradition plan on hearing fireworks for the remaining of the night.


Chinese Families during this time also give the younger generation red envelops filled with cash. The amount of cash ranges from a few hundred to tens of thousands depending on the families economic situation. These envelopes are usually given by adults to children. Younger generations are not expected to give money to their parents and older relatives until they are married.


Before New Year’s Chinese families will do a complete clean of their apartments. They do this to get rid of the old and welcome the new. After they finish cleaning their apartments, they put up an assortment of decorations. These decorations are always red, since red is a sign of good luck. Some of these decorations include paper cuttings, the Chinese character福 displayed upside down and wall hangings. They put the Chinese symbol 福 upside down because the word for upside down is 倒 and it has the same sound as the word to arrive. 福meaning is happiness, and good luck. Thus they believe that putting the symbol upside down will bring good luck and happiness. You might also want to put one on your Apartment’s door. Who knows it might bring you luck.

Unlike Westerners, the day of Chinese New Year’s and the entirety of the 15 day festival when greeting people you are expected to say Happy New Years.

The First Few Days of the New Year’s the majority of shops are closed, outside looks more like a ghost town. Do not expect on catching a Taxi for a few days, they will also be taking these days off.


Most of the traditional superstitions involved with New Year’s are not widely followed however they are worth mentioning.

  • Using scissors or knives on New Year’s Day would cut off good fortune
  • New Year’s day do not wash your hair, washing you hair signifies washing away good luck
  • If you cry on New Year’s Day you will cry the rest of the year.
  • Your appearance on New Year’s Day sets the tone for the rest of the Year
  • All debts should be paid on New Year’s Day, and nothing should be lent
  • Sweeping on New Year’s Day signifies sweeping away good fortune
  • It is considered unlucky to greet anyone in their bedroom.
  • No foul language should be used on New Year’s Day, and refrain from using the number 4 since it Chinese it sounds like “to die”
  • Consuming meat or slaughtering animals on New Year’s Day is considered bad luck.
  • Preparing food on New Year’s Eve for the upcoming days signifies that you had abundant wealth that is brought over from the previous year.

Days Following

After Chinese New Year’s eve the family will not throw away their trash until the second day of the New Year. If you throw away your trash it is believed that you are throwing away your households money.

On February 3rd at Midnight families go outside and set off fireworks to bring good luck.

The first five days of Chinese New Year families go from one relative’s house to another eating dinner.

In traditional China on the 7th day of New Years everyone was considered a year older instead of by their individual birthdays. This tradition is less practiced now since of growing importance of individualization. However some still do follow this tradition.

The 15th day of Spring Festival is also known as Lantern Festival and is a day where Lion Dances can be seen, along with some of the most fascinating lanterns. Kids walk down the streets and pull a rabbit shaped lantern down the street. This day is traditionally a Full moon making it the perfect skyline for lanterns. It is also the second noisiest night of the year when fireworks are once again let off to mark the end of the holiday season.

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Fireworks in Shanghai

The Year of the Horse is nearly upon us and it’s time to join in the week long celebrations. One of the most exciting times of the festivities is undoubtedly the spectacular firework displays throughout the city in New Year’s Eve. To be part of this you will need to arm yourself with the latest Fireworks Shanghai has to offer to not only help mark the  Chinese New Year but to ward off the evil demon “Nian” (year) . If you don’t know where to buy Fireworks in Shanghai, don’t worry I’m here to help.

Due to regulations and safety concerns in a huge metropolis like Shanghai the seller is legally required to be licensed by the government. If you don’t go to a small shady location or a street stall the fireworks your purchase should be pretty safe. So don’t be afraid to buy some fireworks and help light up the sky outside your Shanghai Apartment!


There are 9 prominent types of fireworks that you can buy. I’m not a Firework specialist so I am not sure how to translate the Characters but I will post pics of what their unique specialties are so you can decide yourself which explosive you want play with.

  1. 喷花类 (pen1hua1)This firework shoots into the sky then explodes leaving a ball of fiery rain.
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  3.  旋转类(xuan2zhuan3) These are spinning fireworks.image
  4.  升空类 After it explodes, this firework shoots more particles higher up.image
  5.  吐珠类 (tu3zhu1) This is similar to a roman candle.image
  6.  线香类 (xian4xiang1) This is a tube that you light on fire with similar effects of a sparkler.image
  7. 地面礼花类 (di4mian4 li3hua1) These are placed on the ground and shoot into the sky.
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  9. 烟雾类 (yan1wu4) These shoot a colorful smoke cloud into the air.image
  10. 造型玩具类(Small toy like fireworks that usually move or have an action)image
  11. 小礼花弹类 These are extremely small fireworks that have different styles of explosions, usually smaller than 38mm. I am not going to waste your time with a picture.

Where to find Fireworks in Shanghai

This is the question that has been on everyone’s mind in the past weeks. Without knowing the Chinese Characters for fireworks you may have a hard time finding a shop. Luckily there are a few shops around Shanghai. You can look up 上海烟花专卖店 to find ones close to you. The list below I have gathered from google and baidu

411 Zhijiang West Rd, Zhabei, Shanghai, China

China, 上海市闸北区西宝兴路930号 ‎(West Baoxing Road, Zhabei, Shanghai, China.

8 Changchun Branch Rd, Hongkou, Shanghai, China

2922 Zhenbei Rd, Putuo, Shanghai, China

119 Jinbang Rd, Changning, Shanghai, China ‎

China, 上海市浦东新区博山路10 ‎ (10 boshan road, Pudong, Shanghai China).

659 Pusan Rd, Pudong, Shanghai, China

China, 上海市徐汇区宛平南路278号 ‎ ( 278 South Wanping Road, Xuhui Shanghai.)

China, 上海市闸北区陈家宅路65号 ‎(65 Chen jia zhai, Zhabei Shanghai)

China, 上海市长宁区武夷路486号 ‎(486 WuYi road, Changning, Shanghai)

311 Liuying Rd, Zhabei, Shanghai, China ‎

China, 上海杨浦区国和路 490号, (490 Guo He road, Yangpu Shanghai)

Side Notes

If you plan on staying in China for awhile, I would suggest that you buy your fireworks in advance for Fourth of July. The majority of the firework shops stop selling fireworks in February and March, making it extremely hard to find fireworks. And please take extreme care with using them as injuries can easily occur. But most of all HAVE FUN!

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New Year Resolutions

New Year is upon us once again and with it brings feelings of hope and renewal with a desire to make changes in our lives for the better. New Year resolutions are started with the best intentions but alas many aren’t realized and fall by the wayside leaving many a soul finishing the year in disappointment.

Here are some tips to help you make it through the year with your New Year resolutions firmly by your side. First let’s start with the most common of New Year resolutions.

Here are the top 10:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Get organized
  3. Spend less, save more
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Stay fit and Healthy
  6. Learn something exciting
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Help others in their dreams
  9. Fall in love
  10. Spend more time with family

 How to achieve your goals

Goals are hard to achieve and even harder when abstract and immeasurable. Instead of wanting to “Enjoy life to the Fullest”, figure out what it exactly means to you. Is it visiting different countries, going out more or seeing your friends? If so, try to make the goal more specific such as Visit 2 countries this year. How often do you hear “I really lived life to the fullest this year.” This was the number four on the most set goals in 2014. Many practitioners use SMART goals for helping their clients achieve their goals.

Specific- who, what, when, where, why and how
Measurable – when will you known it is done
Attainable – is it realistic?
Relevant – How does it fit into your life now?
Time-based – When will you achieve your goal, what’s the time line?


For example, if your goal is to lose weight be specific on how much you want to lose and how you will lose it. It must be measurable! Looking in the mirror every couple weeks and guessing your loss won’t help you stay on track.


Make sure the goal is realistic. If you weigh 600 pounds trying to lose 500 in a year to become a bikini model is not going to happen unless you amputate or choose liposuction. Ask yourself if losing weight is relevant to your life right now? Is it something you are able to do? Are you driven to lose weight?

Time based

Goals need to be Time Based. Set miniature goals every couple months such as lose 10 pounds by March.


Make sure you tell people about your goals. Having people there to support you will increase your chances of succeeding. If your goal is to lose weight, find a workout partner. You will feel as if you are obliged to show up, otherwise you will be letting someone down. If your goal is to help others, commit time to volunteer organizations.


Always ensure your goals are positive. If your goal is to be a better student, don’t word your goal as “Miss only 2 scheduled classes” word it as “Attend all Classes”. The wording of a goal plays an important part. If you have worded the goal negatively, there is a negative association with the goal. For example if you partied last night, you wake up groggy, you will say to yourself “it is only one class” This kind of thinking leads to a snowball effect. After you have missed 2 classes, you will have the mindset that you have already missed two another one won’t make a difference.

Ignore the goals focus on the process

Goals are always accomplished by hard work and diligence. Simply setting a goal won’t make it happen. You must develop a process to make that goal happen. Simply setting the goal to learn a foreign language is just a thought. However putting in motion your study plan is how you will learn that language. Putting aside scheduled time each week will get the job done. A kid’s goal may not be that he wants to learn math, but since an allotted time each week is set forth for he/she to do so, the child will eventually end up learning it. If you have a goal you must come up with a process or system to achieve it.

Reward yourself

Make sure that you reward yourself for achieving your goals and mini goals. This will keep you on the track. Looking at kids, you can see how a little reward here and there can make the world of difference in the child’s participation. You can watch a small kid work 10 times harder for a teacher, if the teacher offers a sticker. This sticker will without a doubt be lost before the kid returns home. As adults, not much has changed. Our sticker is an hour of free time a trip to a massage parlor. Rewards for achieving miniature goals do not have to be big. Having someone else verify the completion of these goals will limit any cheating. After achieving your 1 year resolution have something big in mind, something that you will truly look forward to.

Choose 1 goal!

Make sure you limit the amount of goals you have set. Goals can be compared to football players. Tackling one football player is a hell of a lot easier than trying to tackle a whole team at once. The more goals that you have set the more confused you will be on where to begin. You will immediately be neglecting goals, from lack of time. Make sure you choose the goal you want to achieve and prioritize it. Trying to prioritize too many things at once is a recipe for destruction.

There is good news! University of Scranton has done some research. People who explicitly set goals are 10 times more likely to achieve their goals than someone who has not explicitly set a goal. You can check out other fun new year resolution statistics here.

Another interesting post with fun facts about New Years Resolutions can be found here


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Buying Second-hand furniture in Shanghai

A majority of expats that relocate to Shanghai are only here for a limited time—and both shipping furniture and buying all new furnishings can make a very large dent into one’s wallet. Most landlords will provide furnished properties so you won’t need to get your own however if the properties is rented empty or the landlord will remove the furniture and you need to buy your own furniture, you might want to check out the second-hand furniture deals around town! Most people get the impression that second-hand furniture is dodgy and worn-out however, in a city like Shanghai where expats come and go ALL the time, you will find a lot of people trying to get rid of their “mint condition”/ “barely used” second-hand furniture because of relocation purposes. So, if you’re a savvy shopper and want to furnish your Shanghai apartment on a budget, then it’s worth exploring these great resources below:

Local Stores

There are a number of second-hand furniture stores around town—on your weekends, if you are strolling around Xuhui, you may pass by one. One of them that comes highly recommended by is a store in the Xuhui district: Xuhui No. 69 Tiandong Lu, 田东路69号, mobile number: 13817889395. This store has good deals on office furniture with tables, chairs, cabinets etc. They even offer delivery and set-up services!

Shanghai Secondhand

Shanghai secondhand is perhaps the largest secondhand furniture store that caters to the expat community. They claim to have EVERYTHING you could possibly need. Their business accepts and sells second-hand furniture online and in-store. Check out their website at: or pay them a visit at their store location: Room1806/18F,288#ChangYang Rd (LanQiao DaSha), Hongkou District.

A nice one in Pudong that has a large selection of goodies is: Fuwang Market located at 269 Yuntai Lu in Pudong. Here you can find thing from baby carriages to retro love couches!

Online Classifieds

A great way to find second-hand gems is searching the classifieds sections of expat websites! These resources are constantly being updated with new finds—and of course, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! You have to be smart and quick with buying furniture via classifieds as hot items tend to sell quickly!

City weekend Shanghai:

Enjoy Shanghai:

It’s also worth looking around the forums of Shanghai Expat to see what second hand furniture postings expats are putting up, and also if you are looking for something specific, you might want to post a WANTED add yourself!

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Social Expat Groups in Shanghai

Missing that heavenly place called home?  Moving anywhere always calls for a social adjustment and even more when you are moving half way across the world. We understand this like no other. Adrienne Farrelly, the most recognized real estate agent for expatriates in Shanghai being an Australian, brings her rich expatriate relocation expertise in real estate.   You should know one of the great things about Shanghai – this the city is home to a very large expatriate population. From Argentina to Zimbabwe, this city is crawling with nationals from every corner of the world….and beyond:-) Shanghai Properties is here to assist you whilst you leave shores and move to this vibrant city. Feel free to contact us at (8621) 6471 0288 or 6471 0255 or email us at And if you want to meet up and find new friends, exchange ideas, advice, stories, travel buddies etc. with other expats finding their feet in this city, check out these social groups below and the helpful Expatriate sites and social directory of Shanghai.

Internations Shanghai

Internations is an expatriate network aimed at helping newcomers adjust and get on their feet in Shanghai. Aside from the comprehensive and resourceful website, which includes forums to useful guides, Internations is one of the biggest social networking platforms for the expatriate community in Shanghai. Multiple events are held each month, usually involving cocktails and/or food! If you are just arriving in Shanghai, Internations is the perfect group to get your feet wet with!

Meetups Shanghai

Want to flex your muscles and go rockclimbing or share your love of old Hollywood flicks with other movie buffs? Then Meetup is a site not to be missed! Meetup is a platform where people get together to “learn something, do something, share something”. From yoga groups to party groups, you will definitely find activities and events up your alley—and if you don’t, then Meetup invites you to start any sort of common interest group! For a fun time with like minded individuals, check out Meetup!

Shanghai Dolls

Ladies, need some girlfriends to shop, chat, dine, relax, and party with? Then look no further—Shanghai Dolls was a group created with the sole purpose of getting the lovely expatriate women together for some girl time! Shanghai Dolls is a “Girls Only” club (sorry, no boys allowed) that puts on social events every month from weekend brunches to their infamous “Hump Day” cocktail hours. Shanghai Dolls is a fun social club where “girls just want to have fun”!

Shanghai BEAN

Shanghai BEAN is a social networking club that connects young professionals in the spirit of volunteerism! Coming together to make a change, BEAN organizes volunteer events such as reading to impoverished children to social events such as Friday night dinners+KTV. Getting involved with BEAN means having fun while making a difference!

Shanghai Tennis Tonic

Looking to improve your serve or find a partner to play doubles with? Shanghai Tennis Tonic is a group aimed at connecting expat tennis players! Through Shanghai Tennis Tonic, Tennis lovers can find time to play on the court and socialize afterwards!

Shanghai Hairy Crabs

Established in 1904, Shanghai Hairy Crabs is Shanghai’ biggest multi-cultural rugby group. Whether you are a seasoned expert or have no idea what a rugby ball even look like, Hairy Crabs has got sessions and activities for all ages, genders, and levels. Socializing through this sport makes for a fun and entertaining time!


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