Archive for the 'Top ten lists' Category

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May 12, 2008

Top 10 Things You Discover After You’ve Left China Part 2

10. People only shout hello to you on the street if they actually know you. 9. Crazy things may actually have logical explanations. 8. There’s grass out there. And you’re allowed to walk on it… 7. Traffic lights mean something. 6. White lines separating lanes mean something. 5. Driving on the wrong side of the [...]

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May 8, 2008

Top 10 Things You Discover After You’ve Left China Part 1

10. You can fit your suitcase in the trunk of the taxi that picks you up outside the airport and the taxi driver doesn’t laugh at you when he sees the amount of luggage you have. 9. The taxi ride from the airport almost ruins you and you now understand why the driver can afford [...]

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November 15, 2007

Top 10 Differences Between Shanghai in 1999 and 2007: Part Two

10. 1999: Travelling to and from Pudong: tolls on the Yangpu and Nanpu Bridges. 2007: Travelling to and from Pudong: RMB3 metro fare to get to the other side. 9. 1999: Expats, students and teachers rock Shanghai. 2007: Halfpats rule! 8. 1999: Drinks cost less than dinner. 2007: Drinks cost more than dinner. 7. 1999: [...]

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November 2, 2007

Top 10 Reasons Why Shanghai Taxi Drivers Are the Best in the World

10. They have an endless supply of funny Chongming Island stories. 9. They lock the left door so you don’t walk out in the middle of traffic, which creates funny scenes with Shanghai first-timers in the taxi queue outside Pudong Airport. 8. If they realize it’s your first time to Shanghai they provide a grand [...]

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September 26, 2007

Top 10 Differences Between Shanghai in 1999 and 2007: Part One

10. 1999: RMB10 for a VCD – the true cinema experience – bloke with a video camera, people coughing, guys eating crisps etc. 2007: RMB7 for a sterile, “Hollywood” studio version, surround-sound DVD with all the special features. Pah! 9. 1999: A RMB10 tequila at Tequila Mama’s is the highlight of the week. 2007: A [...]

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September 22, 2007

Top 10 Reasons Why It’s Better To Be Shanghainese Than A Foreigner

10. No one shouts “laowai” (foreigner) to you on the streets. 9. You understand why 16th century costume dramas are so much better than Beverly Hills 90210. 8. No one thinks you’re a slacker if you fall asleep on your lunch break. 7. Your knowledge of Shanghainese restaurants extends further than 1221 and the Grape. [...]

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September 22, 2007

Top 10 Reasons Why It’s Better To Be A Foreigner Than Shanghainese

10. You are greeted with a friendly “Haloo” every morning… 9. Identifying with your heroes in daytime soap operas doesn’t require you to shave off half your hair, don a 16th century robe and learn how to fly. 8. You can go skinny dipping in Suzhou Creek without being arrested (if you survive). 7. You [...]