Shanghai Local Customs

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    How to Say No Thank You

    by MarianneRules Updated Dec 23, 2007

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    When you are approached by street solicitors and don’t want something .. the magic phrase is “Pooh Yo”

    "Pooh" as in Winnie the Pooh, and "Yo" as in ‘Yo mamma is so ugly..”

    One of our Chinese tour guides told us to say it so I assume that means it’s an appropriate phrase and not rude.

    I think it means “I don’t want it, stop touching me and go away” Saying Pooh Yo works much better than saying No Thank You in English.

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    The Art of making Mask..

    by marsistanbul Written Nov 6, 2007

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    Various kinds of masks with exaggerated features and rich strong colors were often used during the cultural and religious activities of the national minorities.
    The wooden sculptured mask used innuoxi(Guizhou provincial drama featuring masked dancing) are of three types;deity-demon-and secular figures.Colored mask,used in dixi drama,often performed in the open and opera type,are worn by the characters in stories of historical battles,admist golden spears and armored horses as described in Chinese Literary writings.
    Tibetian painted mask representing Gods,ghosts and animal faces are used as stage props in Tiaoshen, a "devil's dance" performed by Lamas to exorcise evil spirits at religious festivals,or sometimes by sorcerers dancing in a trance...

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    TEAPOTS

    by marsistanbul Written Oct 25, 2007

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    After the middle part of the Ming Dynasty,tea drinking which was popular during the Tang and Song Dynasties became prosperous.Therefore,teapot drinking culture combing teapot art,poem,calligraph and engraving came into being,and became the symbol of the culture,the most famous one in the southern part of the country is the purple-sand teapot.

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    Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration

    by marsistanbul Written Oct 25, 2007

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    The Chinese Lunar New Year is also called Spring Festival or Guo Nian Legend goes that "Nilan" is a sea monster going ashore to prey on Lunar New Year's Eve.If was not until the time An Old Man drove it away with firecrackers that people were safe at home.
    Since then Chinese people have being celebrating this occasion with firecrackers,red antithetical couplets,and candles for the New Year to come

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  • Snake dishes

    by doubleOO Written Jun 15, 2007

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    From the pictures, I believe you are having the snake meat deep fried into a bit size pieces. May be this the way Shanghai chef preparing for foreigners. In southern part of China where the snake dishes are more popular and they usually offer more complicated dishes as stew, pan fried stripes or meat balls etc. Snake meat itself does not have strong taste and it needs something else to compliment the dish. The elaborated snake stew is a celebrated/ festival dish for southerners. It combins with chicken meat, dark oyster mushroom,bamboo shoots etc. It is an expensive dish. So try more variety and you may like it.
    One thing be careful with the snake bones. My mom told me that it may look like and taste like chicken but if you ever have the bone stuck in your throat, you will need a doctor to extract it. It is because the bone will not soften up with time and very hard to disgest. Eel meat will be a lot more safer to eat in a chunk size. Eel dishes are very popular among the Shanghaiese.

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  • Eating snakes is also a cultural experience!!

    by loveangel Written May 1, 2007

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    Eating snakes is fantastic! We ate cobra snakes, the more poisonous it is, the better! Yeah!
    We had it boiled in soup, with all the herbs, etc.... it was so fantastic!! U will ask for more....
    It is said to be good for the health as well, so pls try it, promise U its great!!! Thumbs up!

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    Business Cards with Two Hands

    by marciaca Written Apr 28, 2007

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    When exchanging business cards, they are handed with two hands and you should receive them with two hands as well. Then you should look at it, flip it over, and then smile. They take business cards seriously, and nicer business cards are thought of as a success.

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    The Original Shanghai Divas

    by ancient_traveler Written Mar 5, 2007

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    I would really like to get to know more about the music of Shanghai in the 30s and 40s since it was very influential to Hong Kong pop music. After listening to the CD, all I can tell you is that I can't stop listening to it. Some of the songs on this album go back to the 30s, yet the stellar quality of the songwriting and vocal performances really shine through the pulsating beats and electronic soundscapes. Listeners should keep an open mind about the new reinterpretation of this music. This is not a butchering of the original songs, but is merely an updating of the musical ideas behind the music.

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    A true culinary experience!

    by meteorologist1 Written Aug 29, 2006
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    One thing you will never forget after you visit Shanghai ... the food! It's hard to avoid the thousands of dishes you've never seen before. I guarantee that you will find yourself in a true culinary experience. Ask your tour guide or the locals and they will introduce you to lots of classic Shanghai dishes. From seafood to meat to vegetables to soups and noodles, you definitely should plan on trying some new dishes. Eating is part of the travel!

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    Carry your passport...

    by racayadi Written Aug 10, 2006

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    new law decreed!!!! arrgghhhh....
    requires that you show your passport at Internet Bar's/Cafe's, etc.... to protect against I don't know what... so you can check your email...
    that's if you go to a place outside your hotel/hostel...
    in my opinion, annoying, not safe for us to be carrying passport around to check email...
    had interesting experiences at different locations.....

    just a heads up!!

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    Take the plunge!

    by sugarpuff Written Apr 22, 2006

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    A packed Bund...
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    Whether it is the May Day holiday or the October National Day holiday, main cites across the country will be SWAMPED with tourists, both national and international. It is an incredible sight....something I certainly had never seen before that's for sure!!!

    I was in Shanghai last October holiday and the maount of people who take to the streets on either of these two national holidays is colossal! Truely outstanding! The photo on this page which i urge you to open, was taken from the top floor of The Peace Hotel on The Bund!!! Can you believe it...were my eyes really telling me the truth...they couldnt be surely.....but oh yes they were!!! For those who have been there on normal working days, you will recognise this street as having lots of traffic...but for these holidays, they block everything off and it's all pedestrinised....! CRAZY!!!!

    So a little culture tip for.....during the May Day and October National Day holidays...please PLEASE just stay at home!!!!! Unless you like the feeling of claustrophobia..hee hee!!!

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    Amusing signboards at shopping malls

    by aukahkay Written Feb 14, 2006

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    Deformed toilet??!!

    With the increasing use of English in China, English signboards are beginning to appear in major shopping malls and public buildings. However, in the process of translating word for word, the meaning of the signboard can be distorted, sometimes with amusing results. I saw this signboard outside a toilet in a major shopping center on Huai Hai Lu.

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    Personal Space Non-existent

    by Icemaiden02 Written Jan 18, 2006

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    Westerners have an unspoken and sacred aura around them that they expect to never be invaded. In line, westerners will stand at least a foot apart, and when talking to friends, they will equally do so, even after knowing each other for years.

    In China, however, I suppose as a result of adapting to such a populous nation, they concept of personal space does not exist. People will fall asleep on the bus and rest their head on your shoulder, and get annoyed if you push their head away. If you are standing in line and allow 1 foot space between you and the person in front of you, others will assume you are not waiting in line and jump in. Pushing and shoving is the norm. The concept of waiting in line is also largely unheard of, and everything works on pretty much a first come, first serve basis.

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    Beware Spit balls!

    by Icemaiden02 Written Jan 18, 2006

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    It is a Chinese belief that when phlegm builds up in your throat or mouth, it is "bad" for your body, and thus it is better to spit it out than swallow it. Consequently, you'll witness a lot of locals spitting *constantly* as you walk by. Watch your feet-- not only do you risk stepping into a ball of spit, you might have one actually shooting at your legs if you are not careful!

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    Questions about Income = Talking about Weather

    by Icemaiden02 Written Jan 18, 2006

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    One thing few tourists understand when they come in contact with locals or tour guides is that in Chinese culture, asking someone about their income or how much they make annually is a polite conversational topic, much akin to being in America and talking about the weather or a sports team. If you feel uncomfortable with their prying questions about how much your mortgage or car costs, or how much your hourly wage is, politely give a gentle wave of your hand and say "Oh, not much!" and smile.

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