As if Valentine's Day and Qixijie
weren't already enough to remind you that you're single, Singles' Day
came along and literally screamed it in your face, while simultaneously encouraging you to buy a heavily discounted air purifier and a coffee maker you don't really need.
However, there's absolutely no shame in being single. You've got freedom, options and nobody to tell you that you're wasting your weekend by staying in and playing Super Mario in your underwear. In fact, we think singledom should be celebrated. Here are five reasons why it's awesome to be single in Shanghai this Singles' Day. So what if you've got no one to split the waimai delivery fee with...
Want to stay in bed all day today? That's fine. Want to go for a couple of quiet drinks at Found 158
that somehow end with you stumbling out of Taxx
at 5am? You've got nobody to answer to. Want to spend your Saturday way out in Pudong playing football, cricket
or rugby at Shanghai Community Sports Club
? Go for it. When you're not in a relationship, you are free to do whatever you please. Take a class
, join a group
or a club
, do whatever the hell you please. Well, within reason, of course...
There are a hell of a lot of people in Shanghai, so you're bound to meet someone interesting – even if it hasn't happened yet. And with no commitments, you're free to mingle how you please. Catch a stranger's eye over a classy cocktail at Speak Low
, or quite literally bump into your future squeeze in a moshpit at a gig
. Despite them being ever so slightly demoralising, you can also try the apps
. Whether it's Tinder, Tantan, or Grindr
, there's a sea of singles out there looking for love at first swipe, so to speak. And, if all else fails, you could always advertise your wares
at the People's Park marriage market
'I don't want Chinese food tonight.'
'I might go vegetarian this month.'
'I've heard a lot of good things about veganism.'
Thank god, you're single so you don't have to put up with any of this nonsense on a nightly basis. There are so many fantastic food options in Shanghai and, when you're single, you don't have to adhere to a significant other's dietary requirements and preferences. Go fancy at a Michelin-starred
restaurant or try every kiosk at the Réel Mall food court
. Hell, you can order from Brothers Kebab
every night if you want. Welcome to shwarma city, population: you.
You don't have to plan it around their work schedule and there'll be no arguments over whether a city break in Beijing
is better than a hiking trip in Moganshan. Escape Shanghai with a trip to Xinjiang
, or travel overseas to somewhere like Taiwan
. The world's your oyster.