A friend of mine who writes a monthly article for "That's Shanghai" magazine has just published another of his great essays on life in Shanghai. This one is titled Here Comes the Sun, and here's the opening to whet your appetite:
There is an environmental disaster of epic proportions looming over the great city of Shanghai and it is threatening to change our way of life forever. We are being forced to dress differently, walk differently and apply chemicals to our skin to protect us from this hazard. In spite of the evidence, some observers claim that this phenomenon is a natural occurrence in cities of about 20 million people and 5 million cars. To put a name to it, it is called "the sun," and it has been beating down on us without mercy. To recent residents of "The Hai," this may not seem like a big deal; indeed if they were formely denizens of Norway, for example, they probably welcome the heat. However, for those crusty veterans who love nothing than to bore their listeners with stories of "the way it used to be in China," the intense heat of the sun is a sign of impending Armageddon, the fifth horseman of the apocalypse, a surfboard his steed, and a beach umbrella his standard.
Read the whole thing here. It's got a great ending!