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The name ‘Shanghai’ evokes images of skyscrapers, elevated highways and traffic jams. Indeed, most of the urban core reflects this stereotype. Although this manic energy can be captivating, it can also be overwhelming at times. Fortunately for long-term residents, there are a number of opportunities on the outskirts of Shanghai to enjoy the natural beauty of the region. Among these is the Shanghai Boat and Yacht Club (SBYC), which allows members to sail on the gorgeous Dianshan Lake, a 62km2 freshwater lake in Qingpu County. Dianshan Lake has a long history stretching back nearly 6000 years, when Neolithic cultures such as the Songze and the Fuquan Hill people flourished in this region. This area has long been revered by the Chinese for its natural beauty. As such, Dianshan Lake makes an ideal location for sunny Saturdays spent on the water. With its gorgeous landscape combined with its convenient location to downtown Shanghai, it is not surprising that this area has become popular for wealthier expatriates and locals looking for a peaceful getaway. The area boasts a number of attractions and facilities that are ideal for families, including a variety of historic landmarks and clubs offering everything from golfing to rowing. The SBYC is one of the best-known clubs in the area. This non-profit was founded in 2001 by a group of avid sailers. This passion for the sport has continued to be an integral part of the club as it has expanded into one of the most popular water-sport groups around Shanghai. Although they have changed locations a number of times, the SBYC has settled into the marina of the Shanghai Country Club, which boasts a driving range and luxurious resort facilities. This means that SBYC members can relax in the restaurant or shoot a game of pool after a day spent sailing. Note: The SBYC is a separate organization from the SCC. While sailing is far from a mainstream sport in Shanghai, the club has grown to 180 members, many of whom are local Chinese who have grown to love the sport. Much of this success has been due to the Open Days, which offers all members of the public (regardless of sailing experience) a chance to come try their hand at sailing. More experienced members can take part in races that are hosted on a regular basis throughout the warmer months. Interested sailors can pay 50RMB for the special charter bus to the SBYC facilities. This runs on most Saturdays and Sundays from East Xujing Metro station (at the west end of Line 2, past Hongqiao Airport) at 9:00am, and departs back to Shanghai 5:00pm. Times and arrangements are subject to change, and you should keep an eye on their website. You can also take the Hu Shang Xian (沪商线) public bus for 8RMB, which departs from the intersection of Danshui Road and Changle Road. Readers interested in schedules, membership information and other related material should also check out the SBYC website.
jimmy replied to muddy's topic in Shanghai News & DiscussionParkson had some yesterday, tobacco shop nera Hengshan lu and certain lawsons…. however its all very random, and on random days. Heard its maybe because Marlborough is looking into where the fakes are coming from…so they stop the distribution… or something or rather. The fake marlboros make me sick. Seriously, not even out of desperation will I smoke anymore of those. I like the Mild Sevens when I can find real ones, and Double Happiness mainly because I’m always pretty sure they are real. Plus, they are DOUBLE the happiness. I’m still anticipating TRIPLE Happiness.
jimmy posted a topic in Shanghai News & DiscussionI found this article about a vietnamese hooker living in Shanghai...quite a sad one... http://kbia.org/post/single-mom-leads-double-life-streets-shanghai In her first week, she didn't have a single customer or make any money. Cherry wasn't sure the men found her attractive and the numbers weren't in her favor. She said more than 50 women work the bar on Saturday nights and it's hard to compete. At 33, she already has crow's feet. Most of the other women, she says, are at least a decade younger. But she can make and save a lot of money. Back in Vietnam, she earned $200 a month bartending. Here, she can make $2,000 to $3,000 over the same period. Cherry's mother and brother take care of him while she's away. Without the heavy mascara and platform shoes, Cherry looks like any other single mom, smiling and happy. Like most foreigners in Shanghai, Cherry doesn't plan to stay for a long time. She expects to quit by the end of the year and take her savings to England, where she has a boyfriend who also doesn't know what she does now. There, she hopes, she can keep her past a secret and build a new life.