Shanghai

The photo taken on 7 January 2024 shows a woman posing for photos next to a poster of Chinese television series Blossoms Shanghai. (AFP)

TV series Blossoms Shanghai fuelling city's consumption boom: Will it last?

One of Shanghai’s commercial areas has seen a boost in consumption since the New Year, partly driven by the popularity of the Blossoms Shanghai television series. Even as consumption returns to pre-pandemic levels, officials will need to do more to ensure that this recovery remains sustainable over the long term. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing tells us more.
Shikumen houses in the Xintiandi area of Shanghai, before restoration work. (Photo: Kevin Sim Kwang Yang)

Shikumen houses: The first classrooms for the people of Shanghai

The TV series Blossoms Shanghai has revived interest in what life was like in Shanghai during the 1990s, in particular the lanes and shikumen houses unique to Shanghai that became a melting pot of people from different social statuses. Writer Shen Jialu takes us on a journey through old Shanghai.
A woman poses for photographs in front of publicity posters for Blossoms Shanghai in front of Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, China, on 11 January 2024. (CNS)

Wong Kar-wai's Blossoms Shanghai stirs up nostalgia for Shanghai of the 1990s

As the popular TV series Blossoms Shanghai shows the thriving Shanghai of the 1990s, the Shanghai of today is a far cry from the TV series. How can Shanghai find its rhythm again?
Apartment blocks are pictured in Beijing, China, on 16 December 2017. (Jason Lee/Reuters)

Real estate sector in China’s first-tier cities still in a slump

The real estate sector in China’s first-tier cities such as Beijing and Shanghai has recorded declining performance since the pandemic, with a full rebound still nowhere to be seen. Given the usual lag in the effectiveness of policies after implementation, will the real estate market see a silver lining ahead? Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing tells us more.
Children and their parents wait at an outpatient area at a children's hospital in Beijing, China, on 23 November 2023. (Jade Gao/AFP)

Packed children’s hospitals in Beijing reflects China's social conditions

Academic Zhang Tiankan notes that crowded children’s hospitals in Beijing actually reflect social conditions, such as mindsets towards hospital treatment being the best and also the stressful education system, as children do their homework even while hooked up to IV drips. In many cases, rushing to the hospital as an immediate response could do more harm than good and be a great drain on public resources.
Chinese President Xi Jinping pictured standing in front of the honour guard at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on 22 November 2023. (Florence Lo/Reuters)

President Xi's Shanghai visit: China yet to find a way out for its economy

This week, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Shanghai, China’s largest financial centre, has sent strong signals of the leadership’s emphasis on the country’s economic development. And it is clear from the itinerary the importance the higher-ups are placing on the three areas of finance, technology and livelihood. Nonetheless, Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong notes more research needs to be done before the introduction of more powerful policies that can turn the tide of the sluggish economy.
People dressed as topless “Batman” at the Halloween parade. (Weibo)

Shanghai youths release pent-up emotions at 'Halloween with Chinese characteristics'

Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing recaps this year’s Halloween parade in Shanghai, which saw young people expressing their thoughts on current affairs through their costumes. Will Halloween celebrations be as boisterous next year?
Cosplayers walk on a shopping street, in Shanghai, China, 31 July 2023. (Aly Song/Reuters)

[Big read] Young women are the driving force in China's consumer market

With the rise of e-commerce, traditional department stores are having a hard time attracting customers, especially following three years of the pandemic. While some stores have managed to re-style themselves to tap into the younger generation, others have struggled to move past the fashion of 20 or 30 years ago and are closing their doors as a result.
Attendees at the ChinaJoy Expo in Shanghai, China, on 30 July 2023. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

China’s first half GDP growth: Has the economy bottomed out?

While the latest economic data from China show encouraging GDP growth, taken in context, many provinces are actually seeing slower growth as compared with the first quarter of this year. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Li Kang examines the figures and speaks to economists to find out more.