Your Zhōngguó: How A Driver’s Licence Changed My China

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?

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How A Driver’s Licence Changed My China

by David Brenman

I’ve lived in China for about two and a half years. I love travelling in China, but on a trip to a rural village last year, a friend and I found ourselves struggling to get from place to place, waiting long periods for buses to arrive and missing out on destinations that public transportation simply didn’t go. Determined to reach parts of China beyond the scope of the gaotie and the other transit methods I’d tried so far, I decided to get a Chinese driver’s license.


The process was extensive but straightforward, and after gathering my folder full of documents (needed to do almost anything administrative in China) I had a medical check. Compared with the check to get a residence permit, this one is quite unobtrusive: I could even self-report my height and weight though there was a scale in the examination room.

The driving test itself (for those with a license from their home country) is given on a computer. Forty-five minutes to answer 100 questions, drawn at random from a bank of around 1,500. Even with the option to take the test in English, many of the questions were non-intuitive, poorly written, or just didn’t have anything to do with driving. However, after a few days of studying/memorizing answers, I passed. The license was printed and handed over to me on the spot.

Renting a car was also an easier process than I expected. I entered my dates and location on a popular Chinese travel website and was given a list of cars to choose from. The day of, my friend and I arrived at the location and was escorted to a parking lot where our car had just been washed. After a thorough inspection and an explanation of the insurance policy, we were good to go!

After the first hour or two on the road, I began to get used to some of the driving norms. Driving with many cars around us was stressful, but we quickly left the city for the countryside where there were long stretches of the open road with no other cars in sight. The trouble to get the license was worth it – few of the back roads we drove down or villages we walked through would have been accessible without a car. For anyone that wants to try a new form of travel in China, I would highly recommend it!


David is a dual Canadian-US citizen living in Shanghai, where he is a project manager working in the risk consulting and compliance industry. He drinks a lot of Chinese tea, eats at vegetarian restaurants, and is currently reading Dune.

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Thursday Favourite: Anna’s Bistro

We’re keeping it casual this week and as the Sherpa’s team has consumed nothing but pizza for the last week in celebration of Pizza Fest, we took a little break to eat some burgers at Anna’s Bistro.


If you’re looking for a chilled (AC and relaxed) restaurant that cooks up some homestyle favourites without artificial ingredients then this is a great spot. As well as some good coffee and craft beers to guzzle down their burgers are the real favourites, and with a whopping 21 burgers to choose from we were spoilt for choice.

Spicy Chicken & Beef Double Cheeseburger


If you really can’t decide between a beef burger, cheeseburger, or chicken burger then fear not, Anna’s Bistro has the answer. This succulent monster is stacked with a beef patty, spicy chicken, two slices of cheddar cheese, tomato, rocket, mayo and ketchup. It’s a burger for the champs and it really is as good as it looks.

Grilled Chicken Hawaiian Burger


Ok we get it, pineapple shouldn’t be on pizza (discuss), but have you ever tried it in a burger? Nothing says summer like a succulent grilled chicken breast with a juicy slab of fresh pineapple. Top it off with smoked gouda cheese, bacon, coleslaw, mayo, ketchup and an optional helping of happiness. If you’re on the bench about pineapple in a meal, then this burger should settle things for good.

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger


Some people prefer not to experiment when it comes to burgers and that’s fair enough because this classic array of layers is famous for a reason. Take one beef patty, smoked gouda cheese, bacon, tomato, rocket, bbq sauce, mayo, and ketchup and you’ve got yourself one great burger. You’re remarkable and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

Mint Lamb Cheeseburger


If however, you do like to be a bit different then we should applaud that in a world of sheep, or in this case lamb. It’s a lamb patty with cheddar cheese, mint gravy, tomato, and lettuce. Fresh tasting and a bit lighter than the beef burgers but just as delicious.

If you love a mouthful but without the meat then Anna’s Bistro also has a choice of fish burgers and vegetarian burgers. But, if burgers are really not your thing then their menu also has some home comfort pub grub like fish and chips, roast duck, or sirloin steak.

what3words (三词地址) has divided the world into a grid of 3×3 metre squares, giving each square an address made up of 3 words from the dictionary. Now, hidden gems across the world have a 3 word address which people can easily find, share and navigate to.

anna6 anna7

The entrance to Anna’s Bistro can be found at

///composed.visions.metro and using this address in the what3words app will help you to find Anna’s Bistro with great ease.


Trader Swapped ¥570m Worth of Bitcoin for Pizza in 2010

Pizza. Arguably one of the greatest foods ever to grace the world and our grateful taste buds. When the craving kicks in for a hot slice of melted cheese, tangy tomato and delectable dough, many of us here at Sherpa’s would go great lengths to get our hands on some pizza –but parting ways with the equivalent of ¥570m might be a step too far. However, that’s exactly what Laszlo Hanyecz, a computer programmer from Florida, effectively did back in 2010.


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In May 2010, Hanyecz traded 10,000 bitcoin for two pizzas, in what was believed to be the first real-world transaction using the cryptocurrency. At the time, Bitcoin was worth less than one jiao, making the pizza transaction pretty reasonable; now, one unit of BTC (bitcoin’s official currency) fetches roughly ¥57,000 on the market. We’re sure Hanyecz doesn’t want to be reminded, but if he’d held onto that 10,000 BTC, he’d now be sitting on ¥570m worth of the stuff. We sure hope those two pizzas were worth it.


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Having only recently opened up about the transaction, American TV network CBS reached out to Hanyecz for further comment on the story. Hanyecz said he actually spent 100,000 bitcoin on various things at the time – including pizza – which means his current fortune could have stood even higher. Now we believe pizza should never be something someone regrets, and thankfully Hanyecz doesn’t look back and wish he’d done differently; instead, he says he was glad to play a part in helping Bitcoin become more popular in its early days.


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With Sherpa’s Pizza Fest now underway, we’re offering tons of pizza deals that are a whole lot easier to stomach than Hanyecz’s bitcoin bargaining. We’re bringing the pizza party to you, giving away 1000 coupons every day to put towards your pizza, and offering great discounts from your favourite pizzerias across Shanghai.


For a full list of Pizza Fest offers in Shanghai just open up the Sherpa’s App or extract the QR code above.


Pizza Fest: Over 1000 Coupons & Pizza Deals Every Day


It’s a fact: Pizza is good and it’s always love at first bite. A food which origins are as old as the history of China, pizza has been loved by nations across the world for decades. That’s why Sherpa’s are dedicating three entire weeks to celebrate this wondrous all-in-one magical meal with pizza deals, giveaways, awards, and more!


Sherpa’s has been delivering pizzas (and more) to hungry expats and locals alike for 20 years. With a friendly bilingual service and partnering with only top-quality licensed restaurants, it’s a better way to order pizza.


Join our Pizza Fest to win daily coupons, get amazing pizza deals, vote for your favourite pizza restaurant, and get the chance to win a pizzarific Sherpa’s pizza pillow!

Coupon Giveaway

Every day we are giving away 1000 coupons to both new and existing users to help you gorge on pizza throughout the Sherpa’s Pizza Fest.


Pizza Deals

We have teamed up with pizzerias across Shanghai, Beijing, and Suzhou to bring you some incredible deals on your favourite pizza. If there’s ever a time to have a pizza party, it’s now!


To find a list of deals in your city just open the Sherpa’s App and tap the deals icon, for all our other events going on during Pizza Fest just click the banner on the homepage of the Sherpa’s App!


Sherpa’s Food Awards 2019


Over the next few months, you will be able to vote for your favourite restaurants and food in the city and we are kicking things off with the beloved Pizza category. Give your favourite pizza and restaurant the recognition it deserves with 5 categories to vote in:

Best Pizza Restaurant

Best Value Pizza Restaurant

Best Pepperoni Pizza

Best Margherita Pizza

Best Signature Pizza

Take part in our Sherpa’s Food Award voting for your chance to win a pillow or follow our social media channels.

As well as that there will be a Pizza Gluttony Award for the Sherpa’s foodie that orders the most pizza throughout the Sherpa’s Pizza Fest! The person that orders the most pizza through Pizza Fest will be rewarded with a 24K gold pizza medallion!