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Interview with Yulia from Russia

Yulia, a Moscow native, and her American husband give us their insight on living in Shanghai.

  • Image of Yulia and family in Moscow

When did you move here?

My family and I moved to Shanghai in February 2013, and we have been here for 3 years now. My husband and I have 2 kids, a girl  aged 7 and a boy who is almost 5 years old.

Where do you live?

We live at the Shanghai Racquet Club Apartments. It is a great place to live if you have small children, as it is very close to BISS Puxi. Also, there is a wide range of sport and entertainment activities for children. One of the most important things to us as parents is that there is a small medical clinic -  Shanghai United Family Hospital on site, and it is very handy, when you have small kids.

What is your opinion of Shanghai?

Shanghai is a city of huge diversity. We have lived in 4 different countries in the last 10 years, and Shanghai is the most unusual and full of contrasts. It is always different. I like what Shanghai gives me - my multinational friends, variety of foods to try, beautiful Bund, and the French Concession.

What do you do on the weekends?

On weekends we usually have family time, as my husband is gone most of the week with work. We stay in, play tennis, swim, ride bikes, have a nice dinner at the Fashion Park Mall close by to our house.

What interests do you have?

I have been a room parent for my son's class at BISS Puxi for two years. It has been a great way to stay busy and get to know other parents, make friends, find your way around. I've also have enjoyed volunteering at school, reading, and organising parent gatherings.

Do you have out of school interests too?

A couple of months ago my friend and I started a small business - a consignment shop called The Big Move. This is the only shop in our area where foreigners and local people can buy and sell gently used and new high quality items: children's and adult clothes and shoes, toys, baby gear, home decorations, appliances, electronics, jewelry, toiletries, even small furniture. Most of the things we sell are name brands and come from foreign countries. We all know that expat moms are busy moms, and sometimes there is simply not enough time in the day to put together a flyer with the things you want to get rid of. We do it for you! you can find more information our website is

Where do you enjoyed traveling too?

Living in this part of Asia makes traveling to exotic tropical places very attractive. We have been to Bali and Thailand our last two Christmas holidays and it was wonderful. On other long holidays we prefer to go back to the US.