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As Beijing closes down its central venues, cosmopolitan Shanghai's nightlife scene is taking a leap into the future

As soon as the rain comes down, the umbrella salesmen come out, scurrying from archway to archway to offer reasonable protection at unreasonable prices

A Brit in China realizes he actually gets a small thrill out of a visit to a bank there, but maybe for the wrong reasons

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A ten-day meditation is a make or break way to find some inner peace – and back spasms

How the lack of clarity over public spaces leads to a lack of cleanliness too

Meeting Chinese friends rarely constitutes a simple chat over coffee, or walk in the park