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Travelling is an inescapable necessary evil in the product and furniture world. 
Visiting factories around the world comes hand in hand with design, development and manufacture. It may sound like a glamorous jet-set lifestyle but the truth is you never see the countries and see more of the inside of factories and airports, plus I need to plant allot of trees to offset my carbon footprint!
So below are some snaps of the inside of factories and glimpse of the countries through car windows. From my most recent trip across China and India.

 

China:

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Chair frames as far as the eye can see.

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Followed by a 2 day photoshoot; the New Jonah Table coming soon to MADE.

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I went to an amazing fabric mill, that had the latest Italian machinery parked right next to some turn of the century mills, that still used punched cards; both busily clunking away  being used.

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Painstakingly connecting the next roll of thread.

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QC check – fancy staring at that for 6 hours a day.

 

India:

Was information overload for the eyes, everywhere I looked was a photo ready to be snapped. Below is a fleeting view of what I managed to spot.

I saw a huge range of animals roaming the streets as I was carted,from factory to factory. Cows, goats, dogs, pigs, camels, horses, elephants, monkeys…

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I think the entire Indian economy is funded from this chair it was everywhere.

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A brief stop for Xmas presents then onwards.

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Loving the cello taped flowers on this wedding car.

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Nowhere looks quite finished!

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Off to rug factories and I just love the ‘pompom’ books, like Pantone Chips for rugs.

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Picking out some colours for new rugs.

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Metal elephant anyone?

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Stool forest

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Dinner under the stars, eating my weight in meat skewers, yum.

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Hand painted signage on shops and truck, just add to the kaleidoscope of colours as you drive down dusty roads.

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Always look up, how amazing is this and I nearly missed it.

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Another showroom stacked high.

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ooh lovely swatches.

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Nomadic corner shop.

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a proper traffic jam.

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I saw allot of people and things being transported about on a back of a bike, but this trip this was my record: 6.

Note the Dad is the only one in a helmet!

 

2 Countries

4 Flights

6 train journeys

15 Days

25 factories

+ 2 Day shoot

= 1 exhausted Kirsty!

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…What a picture.

Allot of my recent blog posts have been focused on China, there is such a huge selection of things I want to post about, there may not be enough time!

I thought the design/creative side was getting neglected so here's a post about my work over here in Shanghai.

I'm a Designer and Product Manager for Made.com, as it's a relatively new start up I've had the opportunity to add some extra strings to my bow alongside design and working with factories.
One of the other elements of my role has become orchestrating the Made new product photo and video shoots, in the last year it's expanded from 20 products a shoot to a mammoth 166 items on the most recent shoot.
An 8 day marathon shoot was quite daunting at the beginning, but we made it through and got some great images of our new products due to be launched on the website soon.
So hears a sneaky peak of the behind the scenes of how the magic happens!

Snazzy photo filters courtesy of Instagram.

Day 1 – Bedroom, lighting and cushions.

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Dressing and styling the shots.

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Shooting our yet to be seen Designer cushions, Lucinda Ireland and Rachel Rosie West here.

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And the shoots wouldn’t be possible without the skilled Bertrand Stark the photographer and Tomasz Sztajer the videographer

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Day 2 – Lighitng

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Just prepping the new Alfred Light.

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Some fun stop animation for the Jenkins lights.

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Day 3 – 5 Upholstery

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The eternal questions…how many men does it take to assemble a sofa?

A: 2; the Rest are just supervising!

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Concentrating.

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Getting some nice details.

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Day 6 – it gets exciting with the model arriving. 

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Some rather lovely cushions by Tanya Ventress in the foreground.

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Chloe Macintosh the Creative Director, takes over the reigns with the model shots.

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New stylish lifestyle photos.

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Some more traditional and super comfy upholstery coming soon.

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Day 8 – And I’m starting to flag.

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New Wilton dining chairs in Cool Pebble blue, due for release soon, what this space.

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Then the photshoot marathon was over…now all we had to to was pack it all away again!

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Our snazzy slippers where hung up until the next shoot.

Shoddy Shanghai

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Safety First! Health and safety what's that? Would be the reply here in China. I know in the West, we've gone a bit crazy on the health and safety front, but some precautionary steps are always a good idea! I have frequently walked the streets agog of the accidents waiting to happen in plane site, while locals calmly walk by without a second look.

Here are just a fraction of the goose bump moments I've seen..

HANGING AROUND

Now I looked closely and not a safety rope in sight.

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Putting a sign up on the 8th floor, just chilling.

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Man on a ledge.

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a rope an plank of wood…yeah that will be fine.

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ROADS

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let your children run freeeeee!

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I don’t think they were supposed to be doing, what they were doing!

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and this one is straight out of a cartoon.. what could go wrong!

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LADDERS

Most ladders are hand made from scrap wood, there obviously aren’t any long pieces of wood around.

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don’t..step..back…

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Just fixing the air-con (you can’t see the dripping water in the photo).

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teamwork.

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Tripping hazzard…no one would ever notice!

 

ELECTRICS

This one could go one forever, my top 3:

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Oil dripping from extractor fan straight onto light.

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Smoking plug at work, better call an electrician and he’ll stick a screwdriver into it!

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WORKMANSHIP

I've decided to combine this blog with another one of my cultural observations: workmanship. This and safety first seem to fit nicely together (or not in China).Now I’m a fan of 'make do and mend' in this consumerist and throw away society, but I do think you should do I good job in the 1st place!

But no, not in china; build it fast quick and big and preferably from concrete. As long as it looks ok from afar it will be fine! Never look too close, as the cracks and wonky fittings can be easily seen.

Here are some of the best:

Bamboo scaffolding, can still be spotted around.

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This ones the best, I just have an image of the workman going to paint the bollards, only to discover he had no brush…never mind, just pour it on!

Tape is the savior of most Shanghai Motorbikes.

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Did they run out of money?

Just electrical cables dangling from the ceiling of the shopping Centre.

Laborer, just in his leather jacket. I think he just came from the street and wanted to help out!

Signs Of Life

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Obviously the Chinese and English language are poles apart. In structure, pronunciation and of course how it looks on paper.Saying that I'm frequently surprised by local Chinese trying out their English on me, and shamed by my lack of Mandarin. I'm sure many people will have seen the popular 'Engrish' web pages but here are a few of my own that have raised a smile :)

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This is the best one of all…but advice I think we should all follow!

Signage doesn’t seem to be standardized, its more of an expression od your individuality!

One legged man crossing.

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Floating children crossing

 

Nonchalantly leaning may lead to purgatory.

 

A little too graphic for me.

 

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Spotted in Vietnam.

 

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My friend Owen posted this one on Instagram and it was too good not to add as a guest entry.

 

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Much nicer then Open.

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I couldn’t find the Gas Master, I was more concerned by the fact I didn’t have a gas mask on.

 

No need for that type of language (tights company).

 

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Simple but effective.

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Smoking bad, smiling good.

 

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From Thailand, run downstairs if fire, run upstairs if Tsunami. Don’t get confused.

 

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This ones hard to see (via a taxi window) but you’ll be glad to know this florists, also stocks ‘Modern Typeface Helvetica’.

 

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A warning for all those goth girls out there!

 

Thank god that sign was there fewh!

 

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You would be surprised..was in the airport this week and someone tries to take the trolley down the escalator…it didn’t end well.

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Be careful of landslide – always good to be prepared.

 

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They had a baby Multi story car park around the corner!

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And here it is in use.

Team GB

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Olympic fever has finally hit, as London prepared for the eyes of the world and avid visitors to descend upon it, everyone become decidedly patriotic and why not; it's rare we get to cheer on team GB. But the support doesn't stop at the white cliffs, oh no, china supports you too....

I don't know why but I noticed a while ago the Union Flag heavily features in Chinese fashion; perhaps it's just considered as a pattern like spots and stripes; but for blog purposes ; "Come on team GB"!

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This is just a fraction of Union flags walking the streets of Shanghai, I think China has plenty of people to cheer there team on with a population of over 1.3 Billion, as where with Great Britain were just over 60 million so will take a few additional supports wherever we can!

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A little bit Ginger Spice, but you can even have a tailor made dress.

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Or how about your own Mod style scooter; excuse the laundry!

I hope staying up late with be worth it when watching the Ceremonies and events, Team GB make me proud!

Same Same But different #2

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Back though popular demand Same Same but different 2...this time it's serious!

One of my first blog posts when I arrived in China was Same Same But Different, some branded products that caught my eye but weren't quite the same as their original western counterparts.

The Chinese approach of 'why do something new when you know this sells' can be seen all over and not just in branding. You only need to walk past rows of street vendors or the copy market where they all sell the same stuff ' if it works for him why not for me' rather than 'I should stand out and sell something different'.

Allot of these brands are so established now they can be seen in shopping centres alongside the original brands!

Here are some more recent blatant copies and hilarious spelling errors:

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Its a happy cow, not quite a Laughing Cow.

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More UGG these could have a blog to themselves there are so many copies!

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I’m not even sure how to pronounce Sbaroque Coffee, but they also have free wi-fi like Starbucks.

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Even the Pizzas are exactly the same a Pizza Express.

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Oh not 3M tape 3N; a simple mistake!

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Even the brand new BHS Branding hasn’t escaped.

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A not exact copy, but clever.

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This one is great, on one stand I found more than 3 different spelling for Levi’s, Hovis and Bovis were my favourites.

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These were ‘man bags’ in leather and were charging the same prices an Dunhill.

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Not sure if Rowan Atkinson is getting any royalties from this.

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and no they do not taste the same.

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This is the pièce de résistance: Abmorbectie & Fithc. Brilliant!

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Historical Shanghai

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kirsty-whyte-shanghai-qibio (32) Among the skyscrapers, high rise living and neon, I discovered you don't have to travel far to see some of old shanghai that remains.

A few stops away from my apartment is Qibao a little pocket of shanghai past.

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Qibao was built in the Five Dynasties Period around one thousand years ago, although it doesn’t feel that allot of the original features are left.

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Mini pet shop.

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Crickets 70p each ready for fighting.

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Arriving early was a great idea, the bargain hunters were already gathering.

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After braving the narrow alleyways and negotiating your way around stall vendors and coachloads of tourists; you work up a hunger, but what to have…

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Bird on a stick?

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Sweet rice, cooked in side bamboo (I recommend this over the pig parts on the neighbouring stall).

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Baked eggs.

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If there’s nothing there that takes your fancy the ‘supermarket’ has freshly prepared skinned frogs (still moving).

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The streets are bustling with food stalls and tourist tat, but there are still some little nuggets to find like post office cafe where you can buy your postcards and write them, then the cafe posts them for you as a designated date in the future.

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I picked up a selection, no idea what I’m going to do with them.

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As well as walking over the river on the historical bridges you can also take a little trip on the river for 10RMB (£1).

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A luck terrapin on board.

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The uniform isn’t quite a cool as the gondoliers in Venice.

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bamboo baths.

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I love all the old run down houses, they are so full of character and deserve a blog of their own. Although I think the local Chinese population think them old and unsightly so newer 'mock-shanti' style buildings are popping up; a bit like the mock Tudor buildings of suburban London.

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Love a luck cat, or two.

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As well a traditional wears there are also some stalls selling more modern items. STICKERS! I loved stickers as a kid and this little shop had a huge selection, from hello Kitty to transformers. Needless to say the Nephews and Nieces got several sheets bought for them. The best think of all is they printed your name on.

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OK, I still love stickers and got some with “mini-me’s” on.

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TEDx Shanghai

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kirsty-whyte-ted-shanghai-3 Sunday is usually a day for relaxing and lie-ins, but not for Shanghai go-getters who want to be inspired and informed. A TED event is the perfect way to hear from experts in varied fields.

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We had managed to get free tickets courtesy of Dragonfly; one of the sponsors for TEDx in Shanghai.

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So at 8.30 in the morning on Sunday we impatiently waited in the rain for the doors of Shanghai Concert hall to open with lots of other TED goers.

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TEDx is a grassroots TED organised locally and independently with the theme “I am Chinese” there were 26 presentations from experts from all over the world speaking about a huge range of subjects from a Taoist monk talking about The Building of Inner Strength to the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra.

My highlights were:

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Chen Xi Huang an octogenarian Taiwanese traditional puppeteer.

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Stefen Chow who showed photos from his Poverty Line project.

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Jimmy Choo, who demonstrated how he made his very first shoefor his mother (plus an impromptu Tai Chi demo).

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An impassioned speech from Bonita Lim fashion designer and philanthropist about how her company is supporting the disadvantaged and disabled, allowing them to train and work they wait out of poverty. She spoke eloquently and having her note written up her arm did not deter her from her focus.

Jeffrey Leham who spoke about a Transnational Soul which I hope my sole is now becoming.

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And the highlight was the penultimate speaker Peter Ting the engaging and talented London based ceramicist, who spoke about discovering his identity as an international Chinese person and showed some of his work. So I’m glad that we stayed right to the end and didn’t miss a treat.

SOME OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

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We got little red goodie bags with emergency biscuits and water, some people even got a Tai Chi robe, which came in use later.

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Local designers and shops sold their wears outside.

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Just about to start….

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Impatiently waiting.

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All the keen bloggers getting their snaps.

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For the morning break Wu Dang Shan got everyone participating in some morning Tai Chi, to wake us up and relax those stiff muscles.

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It didn’t work for everyone!

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Music from Anne Evenou

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Lovely lunch, served in these minimal but brilliant bamboo containers with the date of TED 20th May. These were promptly washed and reused at home.

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everyone enjoying and inspecting their lunch.

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I was less taken by dessert, knowing my aversion to E numbers, i thought it best to avoid!

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Then back in for the afternoon; the audience was dissipating, so the hard core TEDders got better seats as we moved to the front.

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XuHui Xing and Betty Ni being caught on camera.

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Instagram mania. The talks were in English and Mandarin, so we had instantaneous translation headsets. The girls translating really worked hard I was amazed how quickly they could do it.

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Everyone taking their final bow and thanking organiser Richard Hsu.

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Wow, and 12 hours had passed and Sunday was over! But we all left inspired and informed.

Arty Farty

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Its a rainy Saturday here in Shanghai, so no excuses not to do some design work (when there's sun it's much easier to be distracted).

Procrastinating at my desk, trying to think what I want to design with my time wasn't getting me anywhere. Back in the Uk I have boxes of art materials, wire, wood and. Adios model making paraffinalia for just such and instance where I can doodle and model make to my hearts content.

In Shanghai I'm severely lacking fun creative nick nacks.

So I threw my more frugal side to the wind and went on an art shop search.

A Taxi ride away on 859 Xikang Road was Marie’s Painting Materials an art materials oasis; reminiscent of my old friend Atlantisin East London. Trading since 1919 (that's what is says on the business card, although some websites say 1993), it is an Aladdin's cave, of brushes, canvases, paint a plaster busts.

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I didn’t realise Kryten and Ross Kemp were so popular in China.

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As I wandered around grinning filling my basket Paulsmiled and said "this is like the Apple store for you isn't it?!"

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Paper masks?

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Bust of Stalin for your home?

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Getting foam board cut down.

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All this for £27 bargain, finally something cheaper in China than the UK.

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I managed to get quite a hoard of all the basic materials, plus a few extras for nieces and nephews when I'm back home next

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Blog done, no excuses now; back to the design grind stone!

Creativity in Shanghai

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Living in shanghai isn’t all people in pyjamas, dogs in clothes and motorbike Jenga as my recent blog posts allude to. There is also culture and creativity around every corner if you're willing to look. Thankfully with plenty of free publications like that's shanghai and city weekend, you don't have to look far.

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Now the summer is truly here shanghai creatives are emerging from their cosy studios and setting up shop at the many design events around.

First stop DAFF (Design Art Fashion Fair) which this year took place at Wharf 1846 promenade, shanghai, right near the Bund so there was a welcome breeze from the summer sun.

There were lots of stands selling their wears from fashion to clocks, there was a central catwalk with shows throughout the evening, DJ’s and an art competition too. Plus the event was sponsored by Tiger beer, so cheap beers topped off the evening.

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a great location right on the Bund.

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The Best sausage in China!

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Some found the fashion show more interesting than others.

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I love these Flouro Vans.

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Some up-cycled biscuit tins from Jonas Design.

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some cool cushion raindrops from Cheng Cheng.

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I really love these Frankenstein brooches made from all sorts, so wrong they’re right.

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Then the following week Central studios had a weekend market, with vintage fashion, food and table tennis.

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DIY Jewellery, great idea. when I asked her if she had a card (so i could promote her on here) she said ‘no it’s just for fun’, so cool!

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Time for a quick game between shopping and eating?

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And finally the week was topped off with the sublime 'What the Butler Saw'a minimal ensemble cast and crew from all over the world from the UK to Canada.

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It was a great 3 day production by TBC PRODUCTIONS and received several (scripted and intended) laughs and a round of applause and much deserved encore at the end. To find out more I formation about future productions 'like' their Facebook page.

 

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With lots of promotion on many of the Shanghai websites and magazines, the venue was packed every night, here people are waiting on standby.

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Ooooh the excitement builds as the curtain goes up.

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The cast taking their bow and much deserved adulation.

Congratulations to Owen, Emily, Farah, Ben, Paul, Luke, Bryan, Daniella and Fern.

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The creativity doesn't end here my creative shanghai partner in crime Paul has surpassed himself and managed to win 2 free tickets to this weekends TED lectures in Shanghai, score!

Hong Kong Styley

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kirsty whyte_blog_Honk Kong_May 2012 (18) Last weekend was a public holiday in china, so to optimise my holiday time I had a brief trip to a humid Hong Kong.

Getting on the design trail with trendy shops and furniture. Here are some quick pics and hot spots that I though I'd share.

Hong Kong is a real mashup of East and West, with the familiar of 3prong plugs, double decker buses, cabbies that speak English and areas like Stanley, Aberdeen and Hollywood street.

You don't even need to scratch the surface to see how deep routed it really is in Chinese culture, the combination is magical as the t-shirts say I <3 Hong Kong!

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First Stop Innermost who sell work by designers like: Jake Phipps, Corinna Warm, Jarrod Lim. They have a showroom in Hong Kong and London.

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There are so many cool little design boutiques like this one Konzepp which had design and fashion from all over the world.

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I treated myself with a little memento, these cool leather earrings by Korean designer Kim ji yeon.

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Loveramics,  had a great eclectic mix of ceramics, I couldn’t resist the Tripod Salt and Pepper by Simon Stevens.

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Many of the clothes shops had that cool east London vibe to them.

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Another good design/interior/gift shop is GOD (Goods Of Desire) the websites a bit rubbish but the product and display is great, here you can see one a huge suspended light, the smaller version can be seen all over the night markets of Hong Kong and can also be bought in GOD.

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Next stop was a scale up Lane Crawford, the Harvey Nicks of the East. They have designer fashion and furniture. There are 4 stores in Hong Kong & I managed to see 3.

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Also spotted the newly launched Carve Round Tables by G&T.

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Also spotted the Barton Collection designed by Sir Terence Conran for Ercol, I love the proportions and the simple handle detail.

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Loved this display of the new Victoria Beckham collection, really wish I could afford some of it!

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Next stop Horizon Plaza, 28 Floors of Fashion and Furniture discount stores; not for the faint hearted.

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From old colonial, to modern to traditional oriental antiques, if you have the stamina you can find it.

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My highlight was discovering Nook they had a really considered ranging and simple but cool store concept.

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The obligatory stop off in the apple store and we weren’t alone.

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OTHER NON DESIGN SPOTTING:

Some things that were too good to miss out the blog.

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Tung Choi Street, otherwise known as the Goldfish market for obvious reasons. Rows of shops selling a huge variety of fish, makes me think of finding Nemo.

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Would make a great jigsaw.

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The Ladies market in Mongkok. The best thing is the vendors don’t hassle you, you are left to browse! Quite a contrast to mainland China markets where I have been chased before with a market owner giving me his ‘best price’.

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Tasteful and comfortable mouse mats.

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Sooo many USB sticks.

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Angry Bird pants….they’re taking over the world!

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I also saw the Avengers (in 3D unfortunately) as it was released earlier that China. 3D messed up the scale a bit though!

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Labour day protests about pay for domestic workers.

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Taxi driver with 7 phones and a SatNav, think he had been to the technology market.

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Slight information overload at Wan Chai Technology market.

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Then a final stop off in the lovely Stanley, with sea a market and even fish and Chips.

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Yes that’s Size XXXXXXXXL.

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And then home….

Sleeping on the Job

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Falling asleep at your desk in the UK is actually a sackable offence. In china no one blinks an eye while staff take 30 winks. I guess this is mostly due to the unnecessary numbers of staff working in one place; shops and hairdressers being the main perpetrators. They are bored stiff, I would slip into a zombee-like coma too. 5 greeters before you enter the establishment is never necessary.

Falling asleep in any location and position is quite a skill.

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Surely that's against some sort of food hygiene standard.

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Having a rest at lunch..in your uniform in the place you work!

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Some of the guys that featured in my previous blog taking in the spring sun.

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Hitching a ride, on a busy road. get a quick 40 winks.

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A hard hard days shopping with the girlfriend.

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I recently visited the Dongguan & Guangzhou Furniture Fairsthey are a prime location for spotting staff snoozing blatantly as potential customers walk by.

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Cunning, hiding his face; he can’t possibly be asleep!

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Security was tight.

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The police took their job very seriously.

I’ll try to get some more covert snaps soon.

Doggy Style

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Having a well coiffured pooch is serious business here in Shanghai. Especially with our recent inclement weather; it's not like they have fur or anything to keep them warm!

It is never long until you spot a well healed canine strutting the pavement with its doting owner.

The only issue is I'm always to distracted by what the latest trend the dogs wearing to get a decent photograph! So there are allot of doggy bottoms I'm afraid!

Dog is a mans best friend, but looking at the outfits below I think dogs would like to review the situation!

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“Thriller, Thriller nights…” Shamon!

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The Jumpsuit; it never goes out of style!

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More traditional attire (he looked like a lion)!

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Having a dog in China isn't just for companionship it is also a statement about wealth; that you can afford to feed another mouth that isn't human. And as with all fashion/social statements only the best is good enough!

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Hoodies are so in right now.

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You can be my wing man any time!

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Ahhh a girl dog…I hope.

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Vogue!

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The apré ski look. Something a bit weird about a dog wearing fur!

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His and hers.

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Just chilling at work.

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Hip Hop don’t stop.

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This is the smallest dog ever..

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No this is! See the boots to the right for scale.

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And I know this dog isn’t wearing any additional attire, but wow is he fluffy!

Dog Brogues, very Shoreditch.

I can't wait to see what Spring/Summer 2012 looks there'll be!

Same Same, But Different!

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China’s “Designer Brands” In the consumerist world of modern China, designer brands are a must have.  As you wander down Nanjing lu, you are greeted by shop after shop of polished gold signs, bling watches and handbags and of course the 5 to 1 staff to customer ratio!

But of course a huge percentage of Shanghai residents cannot afford these opulent luxuries (myself included). So what do you do?…Buy copies!

Here are a few of my favourite copies spotted so far; some more succesfull than others:

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National Geographic? I like how they got the ‘Geog’ bit in.

 

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Oh yeah, Calvini Klein…a bargain at £3.90 a jumper!

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Calvin Klain, sounds like a gun slinger in the wild west!

 

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flipped the direction of the crocodile..clever.

 

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ASOS? The clothes are actually pretty good in there.

 

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A little bit Costa Coffee?

 

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Brilliant BurBurly; sounds like a drunk Burberry.

 

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Why by Ugs when you can buy Yca?

 

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More of an instruction really.

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Kapap; genius.

 

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Aaidas, so close and yet so far. The other day I spotted someone with Adiads socks!

 

Copying isn’t seen as a bad thing in China, ‘why design it if someone else already has and it works’, which can be a little frustrating as a designer!

The search continues….

Colours of China - RED

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Kirsty Whyte Blog China Red (13) Ok so this colour is a bit of a cheat with Christmas just gone and Chinese New Year coming to a close.

Red- it permeates all of China from daily life; road signs, clothes, the communist government and even food. To much deeper significant levels, with important meanings and symbolism.

Red, corresponding with fire, symbolizes good fortune and joy. So is also the symbol for happiness-the children are especially happy during Chinese New Year being showered in gifts and little red envelopes full of money!

So here's red I've snapped in the last week or so:

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During the Yuan Dynasty, which began in the 13th century, Chinese Lanterns became a symbol of hope and good wishes. Here a group of girls are doing their morning dance practice. I love the street cleaning nonchalantly watching by the tree.

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Poinsettias at Christmas.

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Me in a red a gold tatt heaven in Yu Gardens.

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Everyday Red.

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These little 3 wheelers were all over this village in Qingdao.

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And not forgetting Chillies! Especially in sichuan food.

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Some treasures at Dong Tai Lu ‘Antiques’ Market. Mao badges were an integral part of the cult of Mao, loyal Maoist followers proudly war them, now there are mountains on market stall after market stall.

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Chinese New Year Welcomed in the Year of the Dragon. This Glassy eyed dragon looks dead inside!

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Real lucky pants; just found my size! According to Chinese tradition, it’s lucky to wear red on the first day of the year, this even goes right down to your socks and pants. Not so lucky if they get mixed in with your white wash.

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Lanterns adorn everything, they could have a blog to themselves.

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And Chinese New Year wouldn’t be Chinese New Year without FIREWORKS! And boy do they light allot!

I posted a quick video on youtube.

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A couple of pence for a mountain of bangers.

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Inside the Oriental Pearl TV tower.

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Chinese Money envelopes.

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I’m sure this isn’t the last of Red being posted this year!

Shanghai Bound!

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I'm off to Shanghai! I've been given a very exciting opportunity to work over in Shanghai for 6-8 weeks, so due to China's strict internet laws I'm not sure if I'll be able to blog, so it might be a bit quiet from me for a while!
So here's some info about where I'm going; thanks Wikipedia!
Shanghai is the largest city by population in thePeople's Republic of China. It is also thelargest city proper[8]and theseventh largest urban agglomeration[9]in the world. The city is located in eastern China, at the middle portion of the Chinese coast, and sits at themouthof theYangtze River. Due to its rapid growth over the last two decades it has again become aglobal city, exerting influence over finance, commerce, fashion, technology and culture.

 

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