ECA International has released their latest report on the cost of living for expatriates.
Shanghai beat Beijing to be the most expensive city for expats as compared to all other cities in China as well as Asia Pacific. Globally, it is the 8th most expensive in the world. Ouch~
In all, 220 cities were surveyed and prices for food, daily essentials and other basic costs were factored.
You can read the full report here.
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I dont visit my regular tailor at Lu Jia Bang Road Fabric Market often. Perhaps once a year.
Each time I go there, I tailor my shirts in bulk, maybe five to seven of them at a go. This way, I get better discounts and sometimes they throw in free delivery.
Because of the number of times and quantity of shirts, I have been there, the owner always instantly recognise me and gives me a "friendship" price.
I made just the trip again. This time I made the mistake of taking the Metro to Lu Jia Bang Road station rather than taking a taxi. Maybe I am not familiar with the directions but it took me more than thirty minutes of walking to find that place!
This time round, he has increased the price per shirt to 125 RMB (I used to get them for only 90 RMB!). As his workmanship is good and he knows that I would not return if he tries to rip me off, I did not haggle.
A few days later the shirts were delivered to me in plastic wrappings just like new shirts bought from stores. That was a small surprise as they used to just bundle them into a small plastic bag.
I still recommend them! The shirts do last but the trousers I made with them before doesnt.
If you visit them before, just do the shirts.
For those that are interested, this is the store details:
Da Shanghai MJ Dress (大上海服饰)
399 Lu Jia Bang Road
email : email@example.com
Disclaimer: I have not tried other stalls before. I have no comparison to make.
Check out my other trips to the Fabric Market before. My "history" with them go wayyyyy back:
If you want to catch a good view oof the Shanghai skyline at night, go to any of the tall buildings in Pudong.
Regine and I went to a bar on top of the Mandarin Hotel. It comes with an outdoor area which is great for taking photos and enjoying the fantastic skyline.
Drinks prices there are not exorbitant as well. We spent only about 200 RMB there for two drinks.
Though it was drizzling, I ventured out and took a few:
If you are into Jazz, you might be pleased that Deborah J. Carter would be performing at the Shanghai Concert Hall on 8 June.
Check out the details here : http://deborahcarter.com/?event=shanghai-concert-hall
According to the latest report from Economist Intelligence Unit, Singapore has become the most expensive city to live in 2014.
World's 10 most expensive cities to live in 2014
3. Oslo, Norway
4. Zurich, Switzerland
6. Caracas, Venezuela
7. Geneva, Switzerland
10. Copenhagen, Denmark