Zånhae nights

It’s been good to be back in Brighton—especially over the past few days while Tantek has been around—but now it’s time for some more travel …and nipping up to the first day of UX London doesn’t count.

I’m going to Shanghai. Shanghai! I know, right‽

Ostensibly, the reason I’m going to Shanghai—I just like repeating that—is to speak at an event called W3C Tech this weekend. But I’m not about to turn around and hop on the first flight back, so I’m going to be spend the week afterwards being a tourist.

I fully expect to culture shocked but I’m really looking forward to this. So many things to see! So much food to try!

If you’re familiar with the megacity, I’d love to hear your suggestions. Feel free to leave a comment (that’s right: comments!) and assuming adactio.com isn’t blocked by the great firewall of China, I’ll check out your recommendations.

Oh, and on the subject of the dodgy web situation, I’m guessing you won’t be seeing any Twitter updates from me for a while. Also, if you send me an email, you probably won’t get a response any time soon …that’s got nothing to do with censorship; I’m just crap at responding to email.


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Tom Riley

Hi Jeremy, my wife and I are visiting her parents in Hangzhou (capital of the province next to Shanghai) on 29th April - pity our trips didn’t overlap or I’d suggest meeting up.

I would suggest getting as far out of the city as possible. Not because Shanghai isn’t a great city to explore, but because one of the most incredible things about China is the way all of the huge modern developments happen right on the doorstep of traditional rural cultures.

I would go on for ages if I had more time to type, but basically meet lots of Chinese people and eat lots of food - even if it looks funny, it usually tastes incredible. Also bear in mind that Shanghai is probably the most "western" city in China, and it’s kind of like their London. Drink some BaiJou (distilled rice spirit) - even the cheap stuff is great. Always take toilet roll out with you!

I remember the first time I went, had a huge grin on my face the whole time. Hope you have fun.

PS - Twitter and all of the other blocked sites can be accessed quite easily with a proxy, or write a basic twitter app with the twitter api and put it on your domain. It’s just the twitter domain that’s blocked there.

# Posted by Tom Riley on Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 12:45am

Brad Touesnard

I recommend taking a train or bus to Hangzhou. Impressive scenic lake town with giant pagodas and amazing stone sculptures. Also, the little uni town of Suzhou was interesting. It had a British pub!

# Posted by Brad Touesnard on Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 2:30am

Steve Grossi

Shanghai is famous for their xiaolongbao, or soup dumplings. They pack the pork with frozen broth which melts when steamed and fills the dumpling (and your mouth on the first delicious bite). Most restaurants will have them, but the best xiaolongbao I had there were from a man on the street with a stack of steamers set up on a portable burner.

I would also recommend the Moganshan Road artists’ district. It’s a lot of industrial/warehouse space converted into art galleries. It’s great art (and reasonably affordable, if that’s your thing), with a really cool atmosphere, especially for someone with futurist tendencies.


Unfortunately, I can not go to Shanghai to participate in W3C Tech, but we have three companies from Huawei company to the scene. As for the food, I recommend the "Shanghai Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao", but there will be very many people.

Ray Snead

You will have heard of xiao long bao - soup dumplings. Do not miss these. I recommend joining the queue at Nanxiang Mantu Dian, which is more fun (and I suspect, authentic) than the more famous Din Tai Fung.

# Posted by Ray Snead on Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 9:28pm

Previously on this day

16 years ago I wrote Turning Japanese

If you happen to be in Brighton and you like Japanese food, be sure to check out the Murasaki cafe/bar on Dyke Road (near Seven Dials).

18 years ago I wrote Celebrity Sighting

I’m sick as a dog right now. I’ve got some kind of cold/flu ailment that involves a raspy throat and copious amounts of phlegm.