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11 Things You Need If You Just Moved to Shanghai

11 Things You Need If You Just Moved to Shanghai

Moving to Shanghai or perhaps you just moved here?

Moving to a foreign place can be daunting, but with so many online resources to prep you, there’s really no reason to be totally lost and confused. More than 170,000 foreigners live in Shanghai (according to Shanghai Stats), with about 3000-9000 new foreigners coming in every year. Shanghai is one of the world’s most international city, you can find anything and everything here, and probably more. With that said, it is always better to be prepared and here’s the essential things you need if you just moved to this Chinese metropolitan giant of Shanghai.

The Taobao Adventure

The Taobao Adventure

Heard your Chinese colleagues/friends boasting about their Taobao purchases, and how cheaply they got them? It’s no exaggeration when they say you can get ANYTHING on taobao.com. Other than the usual clothes, accessories, shoes and electronics, you can purchase books and software (both pirated and original), snacks (even 7D dried mangoes from The Philippines), top up your prepaid SIM card, or even develop your digital photos at about a third of what any neighbourhood photo printing shop charges! …