hjt84: Bellagio and Charmant are the same group i believe which is why their shaved ice is awesome in both places! Also a good option is Aniseed, either the main one in Xintiandi or the smaller cafe one in Xintiandi Style.
narsfweasels: I toatlly agree - Foreigners (because "Foreign" is a country) definitely need to check for outmoded, completely stupid and paranoid policies beforehand.
In fact, I think I'm going to start a business producing laminated wallet-sized cards for Foreigners (I once found "Foreign" on a globe, it was a pretty large country) filled with useful phrases labelled numerically with Chinese and Foreign (it's only one language, after all) translations on it.
The first phrase will be "Hello, sir or madam! I am from Foreign, do you have any ridiculous, out of date and chronically pig-headed policies that apply to me? I am only asking because apparently I need to man up."
editor_nick: Nothing to do with social media. It's simple: parental pressure for marriage is not yet decreasing. It likely will in 10, 20+ years, but hasn't yet. So people still marry without living together or knowing each other or themselves.
Divorce is also no longer the social tigma it was in the past, and when there's a social problem here, they usually act out on it in extreme and dramatic ways. So eventually all parties agree (the actual husband and wife, but the main protagonists, their parents and family) to divorce in order to get the hassles out the way ... and find another person to quickly marry instead.
hjt84: I've been ordering from Gracie's (and it's previous incarnation) for a while now on Sherpas and Mealbay - the lemon almond sorbet is delish and reminds me of the lemon ice i grew up eating in my seaside home town.
hjt84: I think most foreigners feel the registration process is draconian and a relic of the Soviet 'red stamp everything' system, but some of the comments i've seen have been really outrageous, it's clearly not a race issue. I also think foreigners need to man up and check these things before hand - i went to Xitang with visitors two months ago, and the first thing i was checking at the local guest houses is if they can register foreigners. As far behind as China is in gearing tourism attractions mainly geared for local tourists to be able to register foreigners, we have to use our initiative as well. Gone are the days when any issue found by a foreigner can be dealt or rules bent with a Mariah Carey style hissy fit!
eddie10: Makes my mouth water reading those recipes. :) Need to find time (and tools) to try these out. :) This is a good collection of recipes on "digestive conversation with (草)". Would be interested to see the other conversations -- with wood, with earth, with spice etc.
ddsclub: Lemon cubes, squeeze lemons and the add sugar get ice cube tray and fill. All you need on a hot day is one cube of ice lemon and regular ice and some water. If you like Lemon with your coke leave out the sugar!! The same if you like lemon ice tea, tea lemon and ice cube tray use concentrated tea.
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