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When renting, be sure to ask who is paying the broker’s fee; sometimes it is split between the tenant and landlord. And also confirm that you will be sent a receipt every month for your rent, important for reimbursement and tax purposes. And in general, renters should be prepared to shop around, but move quickly when they find an apartment they like.

The frenetic, frantic pace of Shanghai can take some adjustment, but it’s worth it.  “Get used to the speed,” said Beisher. “It makes New York feel slow.”

Further information
Shanghai Daily: English-language daily newspaper
Smart Shanghai: nightlife, dining, arts and events, listings and reviews
The French Concession: neighbourhood blog

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