Stopping Time at a Hidden Teahouse in Shanghai

Stopping Time at a Hidden Teahouse in Shanghai

Tea culture is ingrained in China’s history and and has a bright future, too – especially if you ask Min Lin , the proprietress of a teahouse hidden in an unassuming Shanghai apartment complex. It’s no exaggeration to say that entering the apartment feels like taking a step out of time. From the gentle murmur of an indoor waterfall and the soft [...]

January 21, 2014 at 10:23 am 0 comments

Birdhead – Shanghai Artist Duo

Birdhead – Shanghai Artist Duo

Birdhead (Ji Weiyu and Song Tao) is a photography duo whose mainly black-and-white snapshots of everyday Shanghai and its people skyrocketed them to unexpected art-stardom in the early 2000s. Commonly described as “stream of consciousness photography”, their work focuses on the unsung, ephemeral aspects of daily life. Birdhead’s prolific, compulsive documentation of their friends and surroundings has led them to [...]

December 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm 0 comments

Shanghai: 1933 Slaughterhouse

Shanghai: 1933 Slaughterhouse

Zoetica: Alright team, this is our mission: to take over 1933 Slaughterhouse. It’s hard to believe this gorgeous Escheresque building in the historic Hongkou District, this eerie Gotham-deco architectural achievement in concrete, glass, and steel, was originally intended for herding cows to their doom, single-file. Indeed, the original purpose behind the hulking spider web of intertwining staircases, bridges, and corridors, [...]

October 9, 2012 at 9:00 am 2 comments

Shanghai: Xia Fa Ji Restaurant

Shanghai: Xia Fa Ji Restaurant

Weak from hunger and jet lag, Xia Fa Ji Restaurant was our salvation at the end of a 14 hour flight to the other side of the world. We have to admit, the framed photo of, presumably, the restaurant’s owner shaking hands with actor and director Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, God of Cookery), immediately inspired a sense of confidence, [...]

August 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm 1 comment

Shanghai: Cha’s Restaurant – Cantonese Diner

Shanghai: Cha’s Restaurant – Cantonese Diner

Cha’s Restaurant is renowned for faithfully recreating an authentic Hong Kong “cha canting” dining experience in the style of the 1950s. From the black and white attire of the wait staff to the green-and-white tiled floors, 50s pop music pouring from the speakers, old-timey drink cases that cool soda by circulating cold water, and vintage lavatory signs from 1950s Hong Kong, [...]

August 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm 0 comments