2021, Tue




People returning from overseas will have to monitor and report their health condition to their community office for a further week after being quarantined for two weeks, starting May 16, the city government said yesterday.

They need to measure their temperatures twice a day, avoid non-essential outings, wear masks and refrain from attending any gatherings. At least six nucleic acid tests need to be administered during the two-week quarantine and one-week self-monitoring.

For those coming from or passing through medium-risk areas for coronavirus in China, they are subject to two-week self-monitoring of health conditions and receive two nucleic tests.

They should report to the community office of their residences or hotels within 12 hours of their arrival.

The measures were announced after another round of sporadic resurgences of COVID-19 cases in China, with five in Anhui, two in Liaoning and three in Beijing.

Resource : shanghai.gov.cn

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2021, Tue



Sherpa’s Server Migration: 

We’ll Be Closing May 10th at 9pm



Our colleagues over in the IT Department are planning a system server migration during the night on May 10th. All Sherpa’s services including our mobile app, website, WeChat mini program, and call centre will be temporarily closing.


No worries though, we’ll only be shut down from May 10th at 9pm until May 11th at 2am for a minimal disruption. Our normal schedule and all services will be good to go on the 11th.


Apologies for the inconvenience.


-The Sherpa’s Team


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2021, Wed




Spring Festival is almost here!  Sherpa’s is going to help you celebrate Chinese-style by gifting our very own limited edition 2021 couplets.



If you place an order with Sherpa’s this Friday and Saturday, you’ll have a chance to get a beautiful New Year Red Envelope stuffed with Spring Festival couplets and a matching ‘Lucky Fu’ decoration!

Get your orders in quick, these hot items are first come first serve.



Want some couplets to call your own? Make sure to get your Sherpa’s orders in early on Friday and Saturday!


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About Spring Festival Couplets

Spring Festival Couplets, called ‘chunlian’ in Chinese, are also known as Spring Couplets or Chinese New Year Couplets. It is the most common and important custom when celebrating Chinese New Year. This tradition is widely kept both in modern cities and rural areas of China.

What are Spring Festival Couplets?

With black or golden characters written on red paper, Spring Festival Couplets are composed of a pair of poetry lines vertically pasted on both sides of the front door and a four-character horizontal scroll affixed above the doorframe. Pasting couplets expresses people’s delight during festival time and their wishes for a better life in the coming year.


The first line (upper scroll) and the second line (lower scroll) have parallel structures and antithetical meanings. The two lines should have an equal number of characters, while their meaning must be related, yet contrasting. There must be a one-to-one correspondence between the two lines. The tone pattern is emphasized, but rhythm is not important. The horizontal scroll is a four-character phrase that sums up the meaning of the two lines. 

Legend and History

Spring Couplets originated from Taofu, an inscription on boards made from peach trees in the Zhou Dynasty (1046 – 256 BC). According to legend, in the ghost world, a rooster perching in a big peach tree will crow at dawn to call all the traveling ghosts back. In front of the entrance of the dark world, there are two guards named Shentu and Yulei. If the ghosts harm any people at night, the guards will kill them and serve them to a tiger for breakfast. People believed that peach trees can scare and subdue evil things, so they hung peach boards in front of the doors with the guards’ names written or inscribed on them.

During the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 AD), the wood board was replaced by paper, and people focused more on bright wishes for the future. The custom became popular during the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644 AD). When Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang traveled for inspections, he found those pairs of scrolls interesting. In order to advocate and promote this cultural activity, he ordered all households to paste the scrolls during the Chinese New Year. This tradition continues today.

How to Read the Spring Festival Couplets?

The order in traditional Chinese writing is different from that in Western countries or modern China. In the past, people were accustomed to writing in vertical lines from right to left. The traditional couplets followed this rule, but things have changed. Sometimes people don’t follow the rules, and they even make mistakes. Here is the way to read Spring Festival Couplets:

First, look at the horizontal scroll. If the four characters are written from left to right, the upper scroll will be on the left and the lower scroll on the right. If the characters of the horizontal scroll are reversed, the two side scrolls should be read from right to left.

How to Paste?

Pasting couplets is not an easy job. There are requirements for both when to paste and the correct order. Usually, they should be pasted before New Year’s Eve, and the best time is between 13:00  and 15:00 on the 29th of lunar December. The correct pasting order is: upper scroll → lower scroll → horizontal scroll. You can distinguish the upper and lower scrolls from the writing order of the horizontal scroll.

* Source from TravelChinaGuide

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2020, Tue




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Try to stay indoors and make sure to bundle up if you absolutely must venture out into the frigid arctic tundra.

The National Meteorological Centre has issued a warning as strong winds and freezing cold temperatures will envelop our fair city through December 31st. What a way to end the wild year of 2020.


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Crank up those heaters, make some steaming hot glühwein, and stay cozy on the couch with a movie or two.



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Sherpa’s can help you stay toasty by delivering all your essential food and drinks (Don’t worry, our couriers are equipped to handle the cold).



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