Archive | February, 2012

Shanghai Young People’s Favorite Social Media Site: Sina Weibo

22 Feb

What is Sina Weibo?

Sina Weibo a Chinese micro blogging website. Akin to Twitter, it is one of the most popular sites in China, in use by well over 30% of Internet users, of which most users are people aged from 18-35. It was launched by SINA Corporation in 2009, and achieved a great success during the following years. Just with in two years—by the time of November 2011, Sina Weibo has more than 250 million registered users.

I can say that nearly 90% of my friends are active Sina Weibo users. I am following 491 accounts and I have 916 followers. I am a absolute Weibo girl with 5659 micro blogs published.

Image shows information of my Weibo account>

What can Weibo do?

I keep up with my friends back at home through Weibo. Everyday in the evening—while they are at the beginning of the day, I can hear from my dear friends saying good morning or complaining about the traffic or weather. That makes me feel close with them, as if I am not at the opposite side of the Pacific.

As I am at the process of becoming a PR practitioner, I realized many things that Weibo can do other than just keeping up with friends. It is a powerful communication tool—because it is a net, and people gather on this net. Let’s see how powerful the net is.

The power of weibo

Reasons why Weibo is so popular

  • User-friendly

It is easy to use. Pictures are easy to see, you can follow anyone easily by clicking a button, you can also download app for your mobile phones.

  • Fast

The information is easy to get, so it is easy to spread. People find information actively, and “viral” the information.

  • Informative

Weibo has become sources of information for many people, including me.

  • New person to person relationship

You can follow anyone on the site. It is not like LinkedIn, you need some relationship to get connect with someone. It is not like Facebook, you search someone through the information that you already know—school, gender, email, etc. You can actually see anyone’s account. This is a brand new relationship format.

 Weibo, as well as Twitter, is the fastest media ever!

The last minute thing is the next minute’s “viral”. On the small column called “hottest topics”, you can see what people are talking about this minute on Weibo. That’s why many marketers and communication people use Weibo as a very important platform to distribute their products and to spread out their messages.

I talked so much about Weibo because I take it as a part of my daily life. Actually, you are out of fashion if you are not an active user of Sina Weibo! Follow me on Sina Weibo: @王妙妙欢乐多

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Shanghai Young People’s Favorite Foods: Traditional Top 5

14 Feb

You can not understand a city without tasting its traditional cuisine. That’s quite true!

You can not understand a group of people without having an idea of what they are fond of eating. That’s still true!

What are Shanghai young people having in their plates? The answer is–traditional Shanghai cuisine!

These days, it is very popular among young people in Shanghai to go nostalgic by exploring the traditional foods.

Let’s take a peek at Shanghai young people’s favorite top 5 traditional foods.

No. 1Image of Xiaolongbao

Xiaolongbao–Steamed  Bun

Xiaolongbao is a kind of soup dumplings with thin flour made skin outside and flavored meat inside. From Qing dynasty till now, Xiaolongbao has a history of over 100 years. When eating a Xiaolongbao, you need to  open a small hole at first and then enjoy the juice inside the little bun very slowly–or you will burn your mouth.

Image from: 上海在线

image of cifantuanNo. 2

Cifantuan–Sticky Rice Roll

It is made by tightly wrapping a piece of youtiao (fried dough) with sticky rice. Usually, we like to put some kinds of pickles and shredded pork in it. I found that  Chipotle’s burrito has some similarities with cifantuan. Usually we eat cifantuan as breakfast together with sweetened or savory soy milk.

Image from: Day Green 日青

No. 3image of shengjian

Shengjian Mantou–Pan Fried Bun

Shengjian mantou is a very traditional specialty of Shanghai. It also has flour made skin outside and flavored meat inside, but the skin is thicker than Xiaolongbao. It is usually filled with pork and gelatin that melts into soup/liquid when cooked. Shengjian mantou has been one of the most common breakfast items in Shanghai for the last century.

This is a clip shot at the most famous Shengjian Station in Shanghai.

Reference: wikipedia

Image from: 新浪上海 

image of SanxianwontonNo. 4

Sanxian Huntun–Three Delicacies Wonton

We make clear distinction between large wonton and small wonton. Small wontons are casually wrapped by closing the palm on a wrapper with a dab of pork filling as if crumpling a sheet of paper. Sanxian huntun can be literally translated into “three delicacies wonton”. Because the wontons are served in chicken soup with laver and chopped pan fried eggs.

When I was a little girl, I went to a very old, nation-owned breakfast restaurant everyday and ordered this delicious cuisine for breakfast. It was a treasurable memory of mine.

Image from: 上海热线 Shanghai Hotline

No. 5jiuniang yuanzi

Jiuniang Yuanzi–Glutinous Rice Dumpling in Sweet Rice Wine Soup

Although jiuniang is similar to an unfiltered rice wine in that it is mildly alcoholic, it contains whole rice grains and is often made with sweet osmanthus flowers. Yuanzi is a kind of small rice dumpling, but contains no filling.

I enjoy the aroma of sweet osmanthus flower and rice wine with small cutie rice dumplings!

Image from: 阿邦网

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shanghai's changeWhy we go nostalgic?

People around my age (born in 1980s) are becoming the mainstay of our society. And I think our generation is very special because we not only have witnessed the amazing changes that information era brought to the whole human beings, but also are enjoying the convenience it brought.

When we were little kids, our city is not that crowded and the cost of living is not that unaffordable. People were living in a simple but happy life. But nowadays, we can only feel the rush of the city life. Therefore, me and my friends are always having a sense of nostalgia though we are enjoying the benefits brought by the information age. So, one of our ways to cherish the memory of the old Shanghai is to explore traditional Shanghai-styled foods.

Can you imagine that the first picture was shot in 1990?

Image from: 遨游网

Shanghai Young People’s Weekend: Afternoon-Tea

8 Feb

After a week’s stressful work, how would young people in Shanghai spend their weekends? You may want to take a breath at the countryside out of the city, or you may want to stay at home and sleep over the daytime… But for me, I think there is nothing better than enjoying a cup of cappuccino and a bite of tiramisu with my best friend at a quiet and beautiful place, chatting and watching all kinds of people passing by, and thinking nothing about work or study.

Afternoon-tea has become a kind of culture among the young people in Shanghai. When I logged on my Weibo account (some kind of Chinese version of Twitter), I can always see my friends posting pictures of their afternoon-tea time. So jealous! I wish I could fly back to join them.

Today, I am going to take you to my favorite place for afternoon-tea.

Le Petit Jardin

Le Petit Jardin resembles a vintage shop from the outside—you can see old-fashioned European style furniture through the window, but upon entering, you would feel as if you’ve stepped into someone’s house. You can explore Me at Le Petit Jardenthe entire shop first and decide where you want to sit. Do you want to sit at the garden with the surround of adorable cats or do you want to sit at the bar? Every spot is different because of the tables and chairs are from different designers, but the host made them perfectly match the style of the shop.

Their menu is also designed perfectly fit the shop’s vintage style—hand-wrote and decorated. Dariole au chocolat (chocolate lava cake) is recommended by many customers, but I personally like tiramisu best. You can also grab some books from any shelves, and spend the whole afternoon there. If you decide that you want to spend your evening there, the host offers great food: Caesar Salad and all kinds of spaghettis.

Chocolate cake cappuccino at Le Petit Jarden

Address: 220 Kangping Rd.

Price: 68 RMB/person (10 USD/person).

Transportation: Subway Line1, Subway Line9.

Find it on Google Map.

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Other places I would recommend for afternoon-tea:

Guyuan Tea HouseTraditional Chinese style entrance

Taste the real Chinese tea here.

Address: 1315 Fuxing Rd.

Price: 80 RMB/person (13 USD/person).

Transportation: Subway Line 1, Subway Line 7.

The image is from 大众点评网

I Lost Shanghai

Quiet afternoon tea Jing anSmell and feel the old Shanghai in a quiet neighborhood near downtown.

Address: No.33 Lane 1025 Nanjing Rd W.

Price: 40 RMB/person (6 USD/person).

Transportation: Subway Line2.

The image is from 大众点评网