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17 things you forgot happened in Shanghai in 2017

Traffic laws, bullet trains, bakery scandals and more

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As 2017 draws to a close, we take a look back at 17 things that happened this year that you've probably forgotten about, and we don't mean paying your utility bills, re-registering with the police after moving apartments, or calling your mum on her birthday.

Shanghai updated its '7 Don'ts' of public behaviour

'Don't waste food', 'Don't cut in line', 'Don't let pets disturb neighbours', 'Don't park vehicles in a disorderly manner' and 'Don't make noise' were added to the list of social no-nos this year. Annoying loved-up couples making out next to you on the metro are still safe, for now...

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By: Adam Hopkins

Shanghai's new 'extremely strict' driving regulations came into force

The 'most stringent' traffic laws enforced in the history of Shanghai. The regulations dictate that passengers can be fined for not wearing seatbelts, children under 12 are not allowed in the front seat of cars and men can't drive yellow vehicles on weekends. (One of these isn't true).

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By: Lim Jia Ying Gayle

Australian Football League came to Shanghai

Muscular men in vests and short shorts with an elongated rugby ball on a cricket field, The Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide played the first AFL match ever to be contested for premiership points outside of Australia or New Zealand, as part of China and Australia’s Year of Tourism.

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By: Adam Hopkins

Justin Bieber was banned from China

Is it too late now to say sorry? Probably, yes. Justin Bieber was forbidden from bringing his Purpose World Tour to Shanghai this past autumn after the Chinese authorities deemed him to have caused 'discontent among the public'. 

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By: Jake Newby

China banned multiple imported cheeses

Bieber then cheese. Our cheeseboards and grilled cheese favourites were dealt a temporary blow after various soft cheeses including brie, camembert and goat cheese were blacklisted by authorities at the end of August, only for the ban to then be lifted in October. Grate.

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By: Adam Hopkins

Ultra Festival landed in Shanghai

EDM festival behemoth Ultra made its China debut in September, bringing with it The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix and Armin van Buuren. The weather wasn't the best, but it was nowhere near as bad as the deluge that hit aptly named Storm Festival later in the month.

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By: Adam Hopkins

Shanghai was named the best place in China for expats

Home to the beautiful leafy streets of the Former French Concession, the sights of the Bund and the Lujiazui skyline – not to mention the great and timely content from lifestyle magazine/website Time Out Shanghai (cough) – it's no wonder the city has received this recognition.

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By: Adam Hopkins

The city announced a plan to reduce air pollution by 2030

Vice Mayor Weng Tiehui outlined the Shanghai Health 2030 plan, which is aiming to curb air pollution and have 'good' air quality in the city for at least 80 percent of the days of the year by 2030. We don't advise holding your breath until then.

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By: Adam Hopkins

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