It’s been one hell of a year to say the least, particularly for those of us based in China. We’ve seen ‘The Tweeter in Chief’ launch (and then halt) a trade war between the world’s two leading economic powers, Fan Bingbing disappear and then reappear (with a major fine to pay) and another record-breaking Singles’ Day haul for Alibaba. To wrap up 2018, our editorial team has put together a list of the year’s most unforgettable viral stories, recounting major occurrences 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.
Koen Vessies (el Willy)
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"This year a new robot restaurant opened in Shanghai and this is definitely a trend that I’m against. Our business is about people, and if you remove them, the atmosphere changes. Robots can’t make you feel at home."
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Anna Bautista (Highline)
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“I could do without those over-the-top milkshakes. The excessive garnishes aren’t functional, and they’re wasteful.”
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Simon Sunwoo (Cobra Lily, Liquid Laundry and Lil' Laundry)
Image by Cristina Ng/That's
“What really gets me is higher tarrifs on all US imports including bourbon, wine, pork and beef.”
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Danyi Gao (Shake)
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“I’d have to say zang zang bao (dirty pastry bun), because the whole experience is inconvenient. It makes your hands, face and clothes so dirty and people are lining up for that? Crazy!”
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