Firstly, I would like to introduce myself as the new editor of Urban Family Shanghai. I came to Shanghai two years ago and am continuously surprised by what this city has to offer. Through Urban Family, I hope to provide families who have found their home in this mesmerizing city with informative and practical stories. I am thrilled to start this journey with you, my new friends! Now let’s take a look at what we have in store in this jam-packed issue.
No matter what drew you to Shanghai initially, it goes without saying that this city has a touch more character than other cities in China – the new and the old; the East meets the West. However, when summer comes, this bustling metropolis can be slightly suffocating and the glossy exterior of all the high towers can be a little overwhelming. Rightfully so, you may have started to get itchy feet, wanting to escape from the city with your family for a few days’ peace and quiet, and a pleasant, fresh breeze.
Luckily, by planning ahead, we are here to help you with your great escape plan. This issue’s cover story (p14) features the go-to family outdoor destinations around Shanghai: Chongming Island, Dishui Lake, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Tianmu Lake and Moganshan. There are also some thoughtful tips for traveling with your kids too!
In the Life and Wellbeing section, Dr. Nate Balfanz from the American Medical Center talks about the positive side of the noncompliant behavior in young children (p9). There’s also a feature on the trendiest children’s bathing suits for summer (p12).
In Learning, knowing academic life is not everything, we cast light on a few international school students and their charity projects. Read about these young kids’ passion of giving back on pg24.
Given the rising temperature, we’ve also prepared a smoothie and juice feature (p34) for a healthy, icy treat. In this story, Elizabeth Schieffelin, the founder of Lizzy’s All Natural, answers some big questions about smoothies and juice. She also shares some recipes for you to make for your kids at home too.
Finally, in Entertainment, Celine Song looks at a group of talented young musicians in the SHCAT Junior Orchestra. Read her exclusive interview with the mentor of this remarkable group, Gary Sanderson, on p40.
All of this and more in your early summer edition of Urban Family. Exciting, right?
Frances Chen Editor-in-Chief