When we're not serving as Shanghai's most dedicated and tireless source for brunches and brunch-related issues, SmartShanghai occasionally writes about other things. These are the best things we wrote about in 2016. Or sometimes the subject matter is the worst, but the article came out wonderful all the same. Thanks to Sacco, Frances, Chris, and all the freelance contributors. Shouts to Ian for steering the good ship SmSh in 2016.
Cold as ice. Checking out The Rat King's winter entertainment zone near the Benz Arena, which is actually pretty alright.
So you're so damn lazy and can't be arsed to go pick up your dry cleaning from down on the corner -- hey, there's an APP for that.
Tripping out to the edge of town to catch up with Shanghai producer Swimful. His record 'PM2.5' drops this weekend.
A tour through the wacky mechanical musical world of Maywa Genki's 'Nonsense Machines', an exhibition now on at Shanghai Ming Contemporary.
Journey to the Southside; riding the slow train to somewhere; taking some photos.
Shining a neon light on 5000 years of history at the annual Yu Garden Lantern Festival spectacular.
Outsourced: Your CNY Stories 2016
Some wild Chinese New Year stories straight from our readers. Tales of dogs, danger, dismemberment, and destruction!
A trip around the 800 islands in the Mergui Archipelago, a far less traveled part of Myanmar.
[Tested]: Using Apple Pay In China
We spent the day testing Apple Pay at McDonald's, Family Mart, and 7-11. Here's what works, what doesn't, and some predictions.
Behind bookshelves and phone booths, inside office buildings and furniture stores... Entering passwords and drinking dog dicks...
Huge Hello Kitty fan tests out the Hello Kitty Bistro Bianco, creeps on some people on WeChat. News at 11pm.
If you've got a dog, you gotta get them legal, for many reasons. This is how.
Is a 360rmb bowl of noodles a spiritual mission or extreme selfishness?
We've got you covered, so you can get covered.
Highs and lows from "Asia's Biggest Design Showcase."
The doctor is IN. SmSh's love and romance expert elucidates five alternative dating destination for couples to rekindle the spark in Shanghai.
On celebrity chefs and a 5,000rmb dinner.
...And all I got was this article and a damn ice cream cone.
The insider's run-through of the port city of Dalian -- cocktail bars, local restaurants, libraries, and the great outdoors.
Slide, slide, slippity slide -- SmartShanghai tried out that big slide in that mall in Pudong.
SmSh went and drank all the penis baijius. This one's going to get a little TV-MA, just warning you.
Knowledge gems gleaned from the spectacles of Strawberry Festival, Boiler Room, JZ Spring, and more.
We take the new Shanghai city bikes that you can rent with an app for a spin.
Tales of fraud, deceit, deception, double-dealing, graft, chicanery -- and straight-up getting ripped off -- when endeavoring to find a home in Shanghai.
We sent Def-Jon. Pictures and a recap of Shanghai's first CWF pro-wrestling event last Sunday. It looks pretty fantastic.
SmSh speaks to club collective Asian Dope Boys ahead of their show Saturday night at Arkham.
China’s first national hiking route. 500 km of trails through the mountains.
Surprise, surprise, new father comes out with huge support for the concept of Father's Day. Deadbeat Dad shows love to his own non-deadbeat dad.
...And you will definitely not be disappointed! We're talking upwards of 3 solid minutes of enjoyment here.
Where to donate and recycle things that you no longer want.
Tales from the white guy actor circuit. 500rmb and a pretty good anecdote off the port bow.
Taking Metro Line 22 south to the beach for some BBQ, volleyball, fishing, and vibes.
Tell me, Princess, now when did you last let your heart decide?
An escape from bad manners and unlicensed love shacks.
The big gaming / cos-play / anime / supernerd convention is back in Pudong all weekend. We went early.
Headed to the Southside for cheap thrills, cheap beer, and a lot of neon.
Faaaaaantastic voyage! Slide the City opens in Pudong! Here's how that whole thing is.
Drinking for THE TRUTH. Last night, SmSh ran roughshod on Yongkang Lu asking anyone and anything about the fate of Shanghai’s beloved bar street. Are they closing down? And whose round is this?
Started from the bottom now we here. SmSh takes a trip up Shanghai's new tallest building ever.
Adventure time: SmSh takes a spin down Japanese strip of BBQ and depravity, Xianxia Lu. Moshi mosh!
There's a resort for dogs out in Pudong. Their owners can come too.
And many other strange and wondrous things! Just in time for the holidays, here's SmSh's recommended points of interest in the OPTV Tower.
"A dream that became a reality and spread throughout the stars." SmSh does an away mission to the newly opened 'Star Trek: The Exhibition' thing.
Seeking the divine in the modern age. A tour of Nanjing's 4 billion RMB Buddhist palace.
Have you ever wanted to fly like Mike? Do mid-air somersaults like Donnie Yen? Do Matrix stuff like... everybody in The Matrix?
[Outbound]: Hiking In The Clouds In Sanqingshan
Wandering around a sacred Taoist mountain park in Jiangxi Province, just a few hours from Shanghai.
Just in time for Halloween here’s a possibly scary spa treatment to help you align your qi for the season.
A new series in which we talk to the interesting people of Shanghai... while getting them to eat strange and wonderful things.
For those willing to invest more on long-lasting, unique pieces of furniture, we would like to introduce you to some of the most famous and lesser known furniture stores in the city...
The Pompidou pops up in Shanghai, bringing with it art world legends and Parisian je ne sais quoi...
More like a "season finale" for the whole world, right?
SmSh lines up (kinda) for the latest sensation to hit Shanghai's street food scene. A pancakes story 30 years in the making.
Education 101: SmSh outlines the lay of the land of Shanghai's international education system -- here are the basics on getting your kids schooled in the city.
SmSh tries out artist Xu Zhen's Under Heaven painting workshop... and checks out his studio store.
Twerk something! Do the ladies rule this...? Presenting, the sights and sounds of Shanghai's first Twerk Cup.
Just in time for the season it's the Hello Kitty Hot Pot restaurant! Newly open on Sinan Lu. We took Split Works there! Meow!
SmartShanghai experiences Sleep No More. It's... wow. Yeah, we'll go with "wow".
Show-and-Tell with Shanghai's favorite underground club. Shelter manager Gaz shows us all the wonderful junk he's saved over 9 years of parties in a basement.
In the eyes of city developers, the Shanghai you are experiencing right now hasn’t reached its full potential -- maybe not for another twenty years
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