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Living the life, Chinese Style- An interview with 4 BISS Puxi Parents

Amidst the excitement of the recent Chinese New Year celebrations here at BISS Puxi, we were lucky enough to grab four Chinese mums before they went on stage to perform in the celebrations and ask them, ‘What’s it like to live here in Shanghai?’

  • CNY Celebrations

Daisy, Ingrid, Sophia Luan and Joy are all BISS Puxi parents and between them have 7 children spanning the age ranges across the school.

Daisy’s family originates from Hong Kong and Canada and have lived here in Shanghai for the past 3 years. She has a son and a daughter. Joshua who is 10 is now in Year 5 and Joceline who is in Year 7 in the secondary school is 12. It was the children’s education that brought the family to Shanghai and they now live in Zhao Xiang. Ingrid is also from Hong Kong. Unlike Daisy’s family, Ingrid’s family has lived here in Shanghai for 30 years. She has three children at BISS Puxi. John is 16, Eugene is 12 and Raphael is 7. They live in Xu Jing.

Sophia Luan also lives in Xu Jing at Long Beach Garden Villa and her son Joseph who is 8 attends primary school at BISS Puxi. The family has lived in Shanghai for 14 years and it was career opportunities that brought them to Shanghai originally. 

Joy on the other hand lives in HuaCao, MinHang and describes herself as local Shanghainese. Her son Joshua is in Year 12 at BISS Puxi.

All four mums considered the living environment was an important consideration when deciding on where to live in Shanghai. It was important to them to think about the commute to school and to work as well as what the community was like in the compound they lived in. When negotiating the rental or purchase of their home like the world over it was location, location, location for them.

Turning to the important question of shopping, on line food shopping is the popular choice along with supermarket and farmers market. When it comes to eating out in Greater Hongqiao the mums had some great recommendations. These included Long Ting (inside Holiday Inn), the Japanese restaurants inside Takashimaya shopping centre, Tang Palace at the Marriot hotel, Hui Zun, Yang’s Dumplings, Ji Yun Xuan, and Shanghai Min (Xiao Nan Guo). Their choice of restaurant when it comes to Hong Mei is the ever popular Foreigners’ street and downtown it has to be M on the Bund for that special occasion.

The Science and Technology Museum is a firm favourite for family outings in the city with Yu Garden as an alternative, but it is trips outside of Shanghai that the mums had lots of ideas for. These included Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing, Wu Zhen, Kunshan, Yi Ou Lai, Zhu Jia Jiao Water town and Mountain Chang Bai.

Thank you to those who were interviewed.