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25 Days of Shanghai Christmas: Dec 24 The Year in Pictures

Christmas Eve! There’s a glass of red on the go, a house full of children tucked in bed, and there’s a plate full of the finest non-Chinese cheese Carrefour has to offer.  I’ve been reminiscing about the year that was, and what to write for these final two Christmas posts, and I thought ‘why not just put it in pictures?’ Thinking I could just gather a few favourite photos together and get on with the wrapping…..well, that was four hours ago, and I’ve been engrossed all that time in the memories of the past year….it has been an incredible year, and I’m reminded again of how amazingly interesting and colourful Shanghai is.  So no matter what timezone you’re celebrating Christmas Eve in, have a glass of champagne with me and wait for Santa. In the meantime, here’s a snapshot of Shanghai 2010 in pictures!


Chinese New Year





  • Robyn

    Fabulous Fiona! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family xxx

  • MaryAnne

    Lovely photos, as always! You always seem to catch the perfect mood/vibe/spirit in your images.

  • Fiona

    Thanks Robyn, merry Christmas to you too! Hope it was great!

    And thanks maryAnne! Have a great winter break (if you get one?)

    Cheers, Fiona

  • Shanghai Halfpat

    Great pictures! 🙂

  • Donna

    SPECTACULAR PICTURES, FIONA!!! WOW!!! WHAT A POST!!! Hope you had a GREAT holiday!

    (ps-I made your 5 spice gingerbread…and now I'm addicted to them…SOO GOOD! Thanks again for the great recipe/idea!)

  • Fiona

    Thanks Donna!! And glad you liked the gingerbread too!

  • Barbara from Baltimore

    dear Fiona, Thank you for your marvelous observations of street life in Shanghai. My family and I are about to relocate to a university there — from Baltimore, Maryland, in the US — and reading your posts has been a cheerful, charming, and informative glimpse into a bit of what our new home has in store. Best wishes for the happiest of holidays.


  • Fiona

    Hi Barbara – Best wishes for you and your family too! And what an exciting adventure you have coming up – wishing you an easy move and a wonderful time in Shanghai,

    If you get a chance, and haven't seen it already, have a look at the Shanghai Expat Association's website, they have great events every week and a great way to meet people too


  • Louise

    What a fantastic post, and an incredible memory of an amazing year for you and your family. So many of those pictures are astonishing. What are the carved yellow fruits at the start of the summer section? They look too large, and not quite right to be mangoes. Rockmelon? Or perhaps an exotic fruit I'm not familiar with?

  • Fiona

    Hi Louise,
    Believe it or not, the carved yellow fruits are ordinary old pineapples – don't they look amazing all spiralled like that?

  • Louise

    D'Oh. Of course they're pineapples! Yes they do look amazing. I like pineapple, a bit, not a lot, but I want one of those spiral carved pineapples- it would get me to eat it.

  • Phoebe Chung

    These looks familiar. Especially the foods and the red.^^*
    I live in HongKong. I'm enjoying here too.
    Happy new year~~!

  • Fiona

    Happy New Year to you too Phoebe! Bet it's warmer in HK than where I am right now:) !

  • Kirsty Collister

    Just brilliant Fiona – you are such an inspiration!! Happy New Year & I look forward to catching up soon!!