Those of us living in China might have been spared the tumultuous drama that our US counterparts have experienced in 2017, but like always, the Middle Kingdom has had its own fair share of attention-grabbing headlines. From the boom of shared bikes to a presidential visit from The Donald, our team has put together a list of 2017’s most unforgettable viral stories, recounting major events that defined the worlds of sports, tech, arts, fashion and food. Here’s to another year of eclectic, weird and wonderful life in China, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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When it comes to eating and drinking, Shanghai and Beijing are like two drastically different siblings from the same mother. While you'll find capital citizens partaking in the cityís flourishing craft beer scene; out East, Shanghai denizens sip craft cocktails in gastrolounges.
However, 2017 has seen the two cities learning to share, with some of the biggest players on their respective food scene opening branches in the other city.
Known for wholesome food and a get-up-and-go attitude, Moka Bros has finally made an East Coast debut. They opened with a bang on Xiangyang Bei Lu.
Clean, green, healthy-eating machine Tribe has won over the city's exercise-inclined eaters since opening in early 2017. The menu sees organic produce transformed into smoothies, salad bowls, vegan desserts, main courses and even cocktails.
One of Beijing's most unique F&B concepts, Hatchery is a 'restaurant incubator' space that allows fledgling restaurateurs to test their wings before piling money into a space of their own. They recently announced that a Shanghai branch is due to open in early 2018.
Can you still be called a craft beer brewery if you're bought out by AB InBev? Kelley Lee and co. don't have time to answer, they're busy eyeing the Beijing market with a Boxing Cat Brewery popup, and are now looking for a permanent space. And since when was more beer ever a bad thing?
Another Kelley Lee expansion, Sproutworks makes healthy eating bearable. Delicious, even.
A club that has long defined Shanghai's Bund nightlife scene, Bar Rouge has shone a light up north to the capital with the opening of gastrolounge InfraRouge. The night-to-day concept serves cocktails, Western food and party time from the top floor of Taikoo Li Sanlitun.
This popular Shanghai gastrolounge just confirmed it will be opening its Beijing branch after Chinese New Year 2018.
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