Now that the scorching summer days
are upon us, you may, like us, find yourself searching for something, anything
to survive the Shanghai summer heat
. And as we all know, the place to go for (almost literally) anything is, of course, Taobao. Here are 15 finds that'll help you beat the heat whether you're looking to go travelling to (even) warmer climes
, or stuck spending your summer in the city
Portable Mini Electric Fan
Just pop four batteries into this portable mini electric fan to enjoy your own personal cool breeze – it's got that whole 'small and mighty' thing going on. It'll fit perfectly on your desk, your bedside table, or even balanced on the toilet if you're seriously desperate. They have USB charging ports, making them ideal for laptop users in the office or at home. You might also fancy the newer models
that come with a refillable water base that acts as a spray and refreshing moisturiser.
45.90-319RMB, Sheng Tu Hui Wai Qi Jian Dian
Who doesn't love a nice lounge in the garden on sunny days? Chill out in style this summer with one of these colourful hammocks from Taobao.
Bamboo Seat Pad
Bamboo products like this seat pad are traditionally used to stay cool in hot weather. Usually people use a bamboo mat on their bed or seat to cool their body down. As you might have already guessed from the picture, it's not necessarily the comfiest 'pad' in the world – bamboo can be a bit hard to sit on for a long time － but it offers a bit of respite from hot cushions or sticky leather surfaces.
Rainbow Pool Float
128RMB, Chong Qi Chan Pin Sheng Chan Chang Jia
The inflatable float looks just like a majestic rainbow and it'll have you bobbing around the pool in style. Find other Insta-worthy designs
like a magical unicorn, a massive pizza slice, a juicy-looking watermelon and many more. Incredibly relaxing, but woman not included....
If public pools and water parks
aren't your thing but you're still looking for somewhere to christen that gigantic rainbow inflatable, you're in luck. With inflatable pools of all sizes available on Taobao, you just need to find a big enough space to match.
Inflatable Beer Pong Table
Time to take your favourite college drinking up a notch. This floating beer pong table is perfect for a pool party and has a built-in ice cooler so that ice cold drinks are always within reach. It has spaces for ten cups on each end and can also double up as a floating tanning bed if you're ever able to get it all to yourself.
Water Resistant Speaker
What pool party would be complete without music? As the temperature turns up, you can too. Small but mighty and easily transported, the splash-proof JBL Clip Plus is a poolside necessity.
Summer is the perfect time to stock up on popsicle moulds. Juice your watermelon and make your own ice lollies with this versatile set. Ideal for both homemade frozen treats at kids' birthday parties as well as boozy ice pops for adults. Too much effort? We've rounded up seven fabulous boozy frozen drinks
and five non-alcoholic fruity desserts
for you to try to help cope with Shanghai's scorching summer.
Mini Beer Fridge
There is nothing as terrifying as having to drink warm beer, especially in this sweltering heat. This mini beverage cooler is still the most efficient compact choice for keeping all those cans cold. Now you don't have to worry about having a warm one ever again.
Leave this ice mug in the fridge for a couple hours to make the inner layer nice and cold. The magical material inside keeps the mug cool for a good hour or two, so you can enjoy a nice chilled drink – without having to trek for ice cubes and without the risk of turning your once delicious drink into a watery mess once said ice cubes have melted.
We know what you're thinking – a hot drink to cool me down? I don't think so. But trust us. Cooling herbal tea contains tea and herbs (duh) which are supposed to help the body keep cool on the inside. Try mint leaves, dry chrysanthemum and lotus leaf. Plus, herbal teas help with digestion as well so it's a win all round. Just don't ask us how it works...
Whether you are suntanning by the pool, splashing by the shore or floating in a boat, you'll most likely find yourself in need of some waterproofs these few months. Summer activities are awesome... until the waves crash ashore, your kids decide that it's hilarious to splash you or you get caught in a relentless water fight. Well, everything's lovely until your stuff gets soaked and you're left high and dry (high and wet?). Better be safe than sorry with the right water-resistant gear.
Take sun protection to another level and morph into a Peking Opera singer with these one-of-a-kind facekinis.
Kobayashi Cool Spray
Cool spray products are mainly for people who want to – or more often than not, have to – spend longer periods of time in the sweltering heat. Whether you're enjoying a nice sunny walk, or your boss is sadistically refusing to crank up the AC, this dreamy spray could be the solution. It's used on clothes to stop you sweating, and leaves you feeling refreshed and cool. There are loads of brands to choose from, but one of the most popular and well-known is this Japanese brand.
If you think umbrellas are just for the rain, that's where you're wrong – at least not when you're living in Shanghai
. Although eye-poking occurrences can be a real problem, these protective anti-sun shields will shelter you from the harmful UV rays and provide you with your own personal shady spot wherever you are. Check out more stylish umbrellas