Weather丨Blue Alert for Typhoon Hagupit

National Meteorological Center predicts that on August 4, howling winds and rainstorm will grip Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Shanghai. Heavy rain to rainstorm will pound southeastern Jiangsu, Shanghai, and central-eastern Zhejiang. Heavy downpour will lash northeastern Zhejiang. Scale will reach 6-8 in eastern Zhejiang, southeastern Jiangsu, and Shanghai. Gust can reach scale 9-10 in coastal regions of Zhejiang, southern Jiangsu and Shanghai, Hangzhou Gulf, and western East China Sea.



From August 4 to 7, eastern Northwest China, central-southern North China, and Huanghuai Region will usher a heavy rainfall process. In the next 3 days, shower or thunderstorm will frequent Northeast China, western Sichuan Basin, and South China. There will be severe convective weather like short-range heavy rainfall. (Aug.4)



China’s national observatory issued a blue alert for Typhoon Hagupit, which is expected to bring gales and torrential rains to south China.

Some reasonable measures against typhoon.

1. Remember keeping windows and doors closed;

2. Check electronic equipment if they are in good condition;

3. Bring in the objects that may easily fall;

Stay safe!

Content via China Meteorological Administration and iSuzhou


NEW丨Dig into Amazing Italian Meals with CASA GIULIO Basilico



 @ Sherpa’s

Good News! Basilico is online now! Basilico Bistrot is the biggest restaurant in CASA GIULIO. Basilico is the Italian translation of Basil, which represents one of the key ingredients of Italian cuisine. CASA GIULIO means Giulio’s Home. Giulio was born in Italy, Rome. He worked very hard to bring all the Italian memories and flavors back here in Shanghai.
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With an extensive menu and workforce, Basilico offers Italian Pasticceria Artigianale, Lunch Sets, Brunch Menu, Afternoon tea Sets, Dinner service, Dinner events and also Cucina, teaching Shanghainese people the authentic way of cooking Italian food.



Order Now!

Have you checked out CASA Basilico yet?

Dig into amazing Italian meals

and let us know what you think!


Address: B1 South Block, Hong Kong Plaza, No.283 Huaihai Middle Road
地址:上海市黄浦区淮海中路 283号 香港广场南座B1

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 Homewares & Gifts 

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AD丨How to Extend Visa after 2 Months of Auto Extension in SH?


China Visa Renewal and Extension 

in Epidemic Period

Step by step tips that help you apply for a new visa without leaving China!

1. Two-month auto extension! But expiring soon…

According to the policy issued in March, during the epidemic prevention and control period, the period of stay of foreigners in China may be extended automatically for two months. Within the extended period, there is no need to go through the extension procedure anymore, and you can still stay in China legally or leave the country normally;

This policy was such good news for many of our international friends and clients whose visa was to expire soon but can’t leave China because of the flight shortage.

But time flies,  two months pass away fast, the two-month extension period is also ending soon for many of them. How about now?


2. How to extend or get a new visa after the two months?

According to the policy, if you don’t have other visa renewal supporting documents like your company’s new working contract, or other help, you will have to leave China after the 2-month auto extension.

Currently, for short term visa like tourist visa, visiting visa, business visa, etc, it’s not possible to get renewed again without leaving China, without enough supports.

You can apply from outside, but if you leave to apply, you won’t be able to enter again because of the border control now!

3. How to extend your visa or apply for a new visa without leaving China?

One of the most efficient and almost the only proven ways is, to apply for and join a long-term ( 1-2 full semester) Chinese language program in Shanghai.

Joining 1-2 full semesters of the program, our college will issue the officially required documents for you to apply for student visa residence permit for 6-12 months in Shanghai.

The official documents we will issue to successful program applicants include

 3.1 Admission Letter,

 3.2 JW202 Form,

 3.3 International Students Visa Application Letter etc.

Especially the JW202 form that is issued from the government office with stamps from Government Education DPT. and Foreign Affairs Office.

Private Schools can NOT get the form! They normally ask you to leave to apply without JW202 form, but you won’t be able to enter again.

4. Who can apply for the program?

Generally, all foreigners are welcome to apply for Chinese language study programs to learn and improve Chinese.

But to prevent illegal working with a student visa, the government office gives strict checks about the applicants’ documents.

There are limits like, 

age ( more difficult if you are more than 35),

nationality ( difficult for countries that are not stable in internal politics)

current and past visa history ( if you have had too many different visas already, the rate of rejection is high, but can still try)

serious about the study: if you cannot attend class in Shanghai, it’s not possible

5. How long will the process take?

It takes 2-3 weeks for our college to prepare the complete documents, including government letters.

So please make sure that your visa is still valid for another 2-3 weeks!

Sometimes the process might be faster, so please contact to make sure if it’s possible.

6. What programs are available?

Progam 1: Intensive 20 Group Class:

4 lessons (45 minutes/lesson) per day, normally in the morning, Monday to Friday

Date: Autumn Semester starts in September, the application is ending in August.

Please apply as early as possible!

Program 2: Intensive 10 Private Class:

Minimum 10 Private 1-1 lessons per week, class on weekdays daytime

Date: Flexible starting date, available to apply each month.


7. Application Process:

Step 1: Situation Pre-Check

-Connect in Wechat or email or call to tell us more about your visa situation and Chinese level

-Send us pictures of your passport and current visa pages for a pre-check

-If it’s not possible, we will say no. If it looks possible, we will send you the program application form

Step 2: Program Application:

-Fill the application form, sign and send to us, together with a picture of your police registration form

-Picture of the other Chinese visa pages might be required if you have more Chinese visa before

-Pay the program application fee: 800RMB, to start the admission process

Step 3: Documents Preparation and health check

-At the same time, if you will need a health check, we will help you book the health check. Health report will be required when you apply for student residence permit at the visa office at the last step.

If your current visa is a residence permit (work or study), you can skip the health check.

Step 4: Visa application

-When the documents are ready, pay the tuition fee (refundable if the visa application was rejected) and pick up the documents

-Go to the visa office to apply for your visa with all the documents (before your visa expires)

-Visa officer checks up your documents and accepts the application.

-Got the passport receipt that will show you when to pick up your passport with the new visa ready ( normally 7 working days)

8. Program Cost

It costs differently depending on the program you apply.

Please add our program consultant in WeChat (ID:snmandarin) to learn more!


It’s really not an easy time. If you have the plan to study Chinese and get a 6-12-month new visa to stay longer in China, this information will be helpful.

Please never hesitate to share to your friends if you think this might also be helpful for them in case they are also looking for a good solution.

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