Shanghai Spring/Summer 2022: The Season That Never Was


SHANGHAI – Wenwen has a lot of extra harem pants. Not to mention extra shirts, hoodies, and jeans. She runs a beloved, budget-priced boutique in Shanghai’s former French Concession since 2008. It’s the top-rated clothing store in Shanghai, on Yelp-like app Dianping. This year, the market skipped straight from winter to summer. “I had just ironed all my spring clothes before the lockdown,” she told … Continue reading Shanghai Spring/Summer 2022: The Season That Never Was

Even On a Leash, They’re Happy to Be Outside


SHANGHAI — It’s Monday afternoon at a riverside park in Xuhui District. Some people are taking a walk along the walkway. Some are chatting on a bench and looking at ships on the river, playing saxophone, or doing tai chi. Some younger visitors are skateboarding and picnicking with friends. And other visitors are chasing each other and wrestling, sniffing each other’s butts, or barking at … Continue reading Even On a Leash, They’re Happy to Be Outside

As Long-Distance Travel Plummets, China Vacations Close to Home


Before the pandemic, Xia Chaoyun, usually spent the May 1 holiday traveling with her family. A resident of Hangzhou, sometimes she went to other cities in Zhejiang province; sometimes, or neighboring countries like Japan and South Korea, if the holiday is extended to five days. This year, China’s Labor Day holiday was five days, including a weekend. But both Xia’s company and her daughter’s school … Continue reading As Long-Distance Travel Plummets, China Vacations Close to Home

‘Group-Buying’ Becomes a Lifeline for Hungry Shanghai Residents


SHANGHAI — In the hours before her building went into lockdown on April 1, Ye Qiwei did the same thing as millions of others in Shanghai: She placed a huge grocery order via a delivery app. The 33-year-old spent nearly 500 yuan ($80) on fruit, vegetables, and meat — far more than she’d need, she assumed, as the government said the lockdown would only last … Continue reading ‘Group-Buying’ Becomes a Lifeline for Hungry Shanghai Residents

From Patriarch to Peppa Pig: China’s New, Softer Generation of Dads


He Jun still finds it awkward when people ask him what he does for work. After he answers, their first reaction is usually to assume he must be rich. Then, when they realize that’s not the case, the mood shifts. “They say they admire me, but I think they start to look at me differently,” He tells Sixth Tone. “After all, society doesn’t approve of … Continue reading From Patriarch to Peppa Pig: China’s New, Softer Generation of Dads