Shanghai/上海市

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Many Chinese people say that Shanghai is like China’s New York City, but I think it’s more like New York on steroids. Every second is filled with activities, good food, and new faces. If the upbeat tempo makes you feel lost, congratulations! This is normal.

How best to find worthwhile activities? Scenic spots? To be honest, since I’m a fatty (and no, you can’t even call me a “foodie” because I can’t tell good from bad…I just love to eat) I pay the most attention to Shanghai’s cuisine. I would say that most expats in China see Shanghai as a kind of Western Oasis. Go for a weekend, fill up on Western food, and be charmed by an East-Meets-West lifestyle. Scenic spots are not Shanghai’s specialty. However, if you find yourself in Shanghai, remember: Don’t lose your mind. You wouldn’t experience all of Shanghai even in one lifetime. Take it easy.

很多中国人说上海就是中国的纽约,但是我感觉比纽约更纽约的纽约,换句话说上海比纽约更疯狂。每一秒都有活动,都有好吃的,有可以在最短的时间跟你的朋友见面。如果你感觉节奏快或者迷茫,对一般人来说都是正常的。

怎么评价什么是最好的活动,哪个景点最好呢?说实话,因为我就是个胖子(也不能说‘吃货’因为我评价不了好不好吃的,就是很爱吃的)我最在意上海的美食。其实大部分住在中国的外国人把上海定义成一种‘西方绿洲,’一周末去上海吃遍所有的西餐,喜爱着种中西合体的生活。景点并不是上海的特色。但是如果你身在上海的话,你需要注意的是:别疯狂了。你一生经历不完上海生活,所以要放心地做你想做的事。

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