Shanghailanders have enjoyed what, on the surface, appears to be a summer of blue skies. In recent weeks, locals have come to affectionately refer to this as G-20 Blue in light of the upcoming summit in the neighboring city of Hangzhou. News articles have also pointed to an improvement in the country’s air situation as a whole, although Shanghai doesn’t seem to be contributing to this trend. I wanted to find out whether G-20 Blue is just a fleeting dream or something we can hope to look forward to more often.
The seventh month of the lunar calendar marks the annual Buddhist Ghost Month. This is a time where the spirits of the dead roam the Earth and commune with their living loved ones. Unfortunately, it's also a time where the living create enough pollution to lower their own life expectancies. This begs the question: how much should we modernize tradition?
Ah, September. It’s that rare time of the year when Shanghai’s weather is not only decent, but quite pristine. Muggy summer heat waves give way to cooler afternoons. The mosquito-ridden August sunsets transform into breezy, crisp evenings. Summer’s cicada serenade becomes the song of chirping birds and bicycle bells, as more and more people take to the streets on two wheels. It really is when the best of Shanghai is on display.