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What’s on this Week?

There’s nothing quite like a hot summer’s day in the city but in case you’re getting too comfortable before the intense heat, don’t forget that the ‘Plum’ rains are already here! If you’re lost for things to do on the wetter days, fear not, for Sherpa’s is too the rescue! Not only will we save you with a hot meal but now you can also order movie tickets through the Sherpa’s App!

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What’s On?

Aladdin

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Image via Walt Disney

While visiting Jasmine’s exotic palace, Aladdin stumbles upon a magic oil lamp that unleashes a powerful, wisecracking, larger-than-life genie. As Aladdin and the genie start to become friends, they must soon embark on a dangerous mission to stop the evil sorcerer Jafar from overthrowing young Jasmine’s kingdom.

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

Editor’s Rating: 4/5 – “Mesmerising, fun, and a classic storyline.”

 

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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Image via Legendary Pictures

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10

Editor’s Rating: 2.5/5 – “Cutting-edge effects but lack of a good plot.”

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

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In DARK PHOENIX, the X-MEN face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable.

IMDb Rating: 6.1/10

Editor’s Rating: 2/5 – “Disappointing end to an incredible franchise.”

Men in Black: International

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The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.

 

IMDb Rating: 5.6/10

Editor’s Rating: 3/5 – “A light film with fun moments.”

Toy Story 4

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Image via Pixar, Walt Disney

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion asWoody’s slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep.

IMDb Rating: 9.0/10

Editor’s Rating: 5/5 – “A must-see for kids and adults alike!”

How can I book tickets?

We’re so glad you asked! It’s quick, easy, and in English.

All you need to do to get started is open the Sherpa’s app and look for the ‘Movie Tickets’ banner, find the movie you want to see, choose the cinema, select the seats and then pay!

After purchasing through the Sherpa’s App you’ll receive a booking number or QR Code, just find one of the self-service kiosks in the cinema and print your tickets!

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Make sure you have the latest version of the Sherpa’s App and just look for the banner. So, no need to worry about the rainy days, whether you decide to stay in and enjoy your favourite restaurant or go out and catch a movie, like your favourite superhero Sherpa’s can save the day!

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Lunch for Trees: Lunch Today, Trees Tomorrow

As a company focused on food delivery, we realize we have a responsibility to be aware of the environmental impact that brings. So, we’re launching Lunch for Trees, a new initiative in which we’ll be working with the Million Tree Project to plant more trees in Ningxia and give back to the environment.

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From 17th June to 31st August, with every lunch order you make Monday to Friday (10:30-14:00) we will donate 2% of your order amount (not incl. delivery fee) to the Million Tree Project.

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Not only that but to show our appreciation to you throughout this campaign you can enjoy lunch for less with ¥5 off all delivery fees Monday to Friday (between 10:30-14:00).

About the Million Tree Project

It began in 2007 and aims to raise community awareness of the Earth’s precious environment while focusing on steps individuals can take to lessen their negative impact on the natural world. MTP is designed to improve both ecological and humanitarian conditions by planting trees. The project gives individuals and organizations an opportunity to fight climate change by planting oxygen-producing trees. It also encompasses true capacity building as the local population is intimately involved with, and benefits from, every step of planting, maintaining and monitoring the trees.

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Open the Sherpa’s App to start planting! Just make an order during the weekday lunch hours and we will take care of the rest!

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Your Zhōngguó: Secret Lives Behind the Bund

Your Zhōngguó is our weekly Friday piece in which our users share their China stories. As Sherpa’s continues to serve hungry people across Shanghai, Beijing, and Suzhou, it’s only right that we get to the people we’ve been feeding!

What brought you to China? What has kept you here? Where’s your favourite place to visit? How do you spend your free time? What’s an exciting or funny story you want to share?

If you want to be featured send us your story and bio to katy@sherpa.com.cn – if you and your story interests us, we will be in touch!


Secret Lives Behind the Bund

by Yafei Grace

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One cloudy afternoon, I kept walking going on Fuzhou Lu & Jiangxi Zhong Lu — towards the Bund, and I saw an entrance to one of the buildings. I felt pushed by an unknown force to enter the building, and before I knew it, I was already inside. I sneaked into the elevator, pressed the button to take me to the highest floor, and there I saw the Bund from the window.

Standing here, I’m taken back to an earlier time in Shanghai and imagine the people before me who have looked out from this window, maybe 80 years ago. Pudong was just a grassland then. It’s as if all that time between then and now disappeared. 

And that’s what remains with me, as I go up and down the stairs. Many doors are closed, and so too is the rooftop: people live there, lived here. Rooms filled with love, quarrelling. Births and deaths took place in this building. 

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Each step of the stairs is a year, as I go back in time. I look at the beautifully carved stone railing and realise the building is a composite, built across several decades, by generations of builders and several interior designers and architects. And the structure is just as contradictory as Shanghai itself.

On my way, I met an aquarium with fish in them. Not common goldfish, but flat and with wide eyes. Who feeds them? Who brought them here? Where were they born? From where did their species originate? What are their names? Who is their owner A mysterious master of some kind? 

There are some drawings in the corridor too; some Chinese style painting, some western style paintings, some look like drawn by kids, some are quite skilled. Who has set up this art gallery? 

And when I walk, I realise that with the dim light and the squeeze sound of the wood floor on the corridor, this stylish gallery is a perfect spot to kiss someone! 

I take other stairs up, covered by dirt and dust. I discover a garden with a chairman Mao statue. Then I saw some shelters on the roof, where people live! And I think that this building stands for a reflection of our whole society; some people live high up in the castle, most live in the apartments, and there are poor live in the temporary shelter in the middle of Shanghai. 

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It’s an astounding experience walking through this constellation of houses; of families living in them — even if I cannot see them. And it’s all lies just behind the Bund, where so many people take their pictures of the skyline, unaware what is behind the facade. 

If you go behind the Bund a little, it’s not just cold stone buildings display items I can’t afford or luxury hotels I’m intimidated to go in anymore. It has a sense of real life; it may be dirty, it may be noisy, it may be dark, but it’s more interesting.  It’s not in any tourist guide book, but real places never are.


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“If China was a tree, when you visit Shanghai you see the canopy of it, when you go to Xi’an you see its roots.”

Yafei is a Xi’anese woman who lives in Shanghai, and is not your typical Shanghai tour guide, taking her companions into real places and distancing them from the more classic tourist spots to uncover the traditional, historic Shanghai.

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Aldi has Arrived in China!

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That’s right! Aldi has officially opened its first two pilot stores in China. Well, they’re actually both in Shanghai, but fingers crossed Aldi makes the leap to Beijing and Suzhou soon.

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Image via tagesschau.de

The chain was founded in Germany in 1946, although the name Aldi first appeared in 1962. The discount supermarket chain has gained popularity with shoppers for their amazingly low-priced, quality groceries.  They carry many of their own private label foods for a fraction of the cost of big name brands. Why pay 3x the price for Tostitos tortilla chips and salsa when Aldi’s versions are just as good? U.S. readers will probably recognize another chain of grocery stores owned by the Aldi Group – Trader Joe’s!

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Image via wikipedia.org

Aldi keeps costs down by providing a minimally-staffed, low-frills shopping experience, but the Shanghai branches look pretty fancy. We’ve been to branches in the United States and Germany, and the Shanghai one is definitely cooler.

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Image via Financial Times

Locals and expats alike lined up by the hundreds for the grand opening on Friday, June 7th to score German products, good European beer, ready to eat items, and fresh bread and produce along with deals on more local specialities like salted duck eggs and, of course, chicken feet.

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Image via Wikimedia

Yum.

It’s an interesting move for the company as foreign-owned grocery stores have typically struggled to capture market share in China. German Metro is in the process of selling their Chinese operations while British Tesco and Spanish Dia have already abandoned the market. American retailer Walmart and French Carrefour have also struggled through years of single-digit growth.

Although we shouldn’t really be encouraging cooking at home (cough cough), we do wish Aldi the best and hope they make it to Beijing and Suzhou!

Have you been to the new Aldi branches in Shanghai yet? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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