shanghai based


Xiaoqiu / Elvan / 小邱, b. 1986
100 Years of Chinese Style
China (2016)

There are lots of imitators of Cut’s 100 Years of Beauty series out there, but this one is very interesting because it shows the model creating the looks himself, and it’s from behind the Great Firewall of China, so he doesn’t have much direct access to YouTube.

He’s a Shanghai-based makeup artist and he’s been doing quite a few sponsored videos in the same vein. Check them out on his Weibo.

Gundam Wing World Map: Episodes 1-17

The following map shows the travel routes and activity of the five Gundam pilots and the traveling circus group. This does not show activities of other characters, though.


First, I took this map:

and promptly took a look at all the Japanese and went “NOPE. IMMA DO IT LATER”. I instead color coded the pilots’ routes. I didn’t color the circus route, because I was dealing with a new and strange program (Microsoft Visio) and couldn’t be bothered to fumble my way through it again. So we have this:

01 (Heero) is red, 02 (Duo) is green, 03 (Trowa) is yellow, 04 (Quatre) is blue, and 05 (Wufei) is orange.

Now, what follows is the map completely translated. The routes for each pilot are separated and their activities are in numbered order. You can match the numbers on their lists below to the numbers on the map. Aso included in the following list are “other locations”, or places that are written on the map, but may not have been visited by our pilots.

Some locations weren’t given exact names, just names of regions. The “Yangtze River Estuary”, for example, so a rough estimation was made based on current world locations (assuming these named locations still exist in the AC timeline). Some locations were just a dot on the map with few identifying words and no identifying landmarks, so a guess was made. The Maganac base, for example, is just a dot in in the Middle East, so I had to guess, based on current 2015 maps, where the base may be located.


Who was the busiest pilot during episodes 1-17? Drumroll please…Trowa Barton, with 14 locations! Who took his sweet time deciding his missions? Duo Maxwell with 8 locations. Who was the most erratic and all over the place? Mr Chang Wufei who circled the globe, jumping around in one continuous path and visited nearly every continent except South America, Australia, and Antarctica and was a pain to write out since he didn’t really meet up with the others much.

Read further for each pilots’ detailed itineraries:

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Hey guys!

 It’s been a long time! Hope everyone is doing well!

 We have been busy working on new and exciting projects that may be released at the end of this year! We hope you guys are as excited as us to see the final results! We also have not been doing a great job of keeping this tumblr active, but we are about to change that! Even though we have a lot of new work to show, we will start off with some #ThrowbackThursdays!

 Here are a few images from “Shanghai Batman”. We based a lot of these locations off of the older versions of Shanghai! Also, two versions of Batman and Bruce in his normal wear! Hope you guys enjoy it! If you want to see more, like and reblog! We will post more if you show us some love ;)!


All artwork is copyrighted by and owned Warner Brothers.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Fic: Piano

2.3k words, G rated 

This was written on an overnight train from Beijing to Shanghai, based on a prompt from @singing-fangirl. Albus visits Malfoy Manor for the first time and discovers that Scorpius is a pretty decent piano player. 

Thanks to @bounding-heart for betaing, as always. 

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A graduate of both Donghua University and Japan’s Bunka Fashion College, Shanghai-based designer Liu Zhangruiyi’s approach is one of constant exploration.

This collection, entitled ‘Body in Disorder’ was inspired by the concept of a distorted body image; expressed through the combination of broken lines, overlapping sheers, seemingly misplaced details and creative layering.

Zhangruiyi’s use of smooth, yet unusual lines in delicate white fabric distort the body with a delicacy and attention to detail that play with the idea of illusion with grace.


Middle of an autumn China trip.

I turn into a god damn sap on train rides. They are so romantic. Like umbrellas during the rainy season.

My trip has been good so far. Visited Chongqing, and Wulong within it. Shanghai is our home base. Currently en route to Wuyishan. It has been 5 years since I’ve been back to China. I’m glad to be back.


Trying the xiao long bao? There’s a science now

Food writer Christopher St. Cavish, former sous chef at Shanghai’s high-end restaurant-cum-sensory experience Ultraviolet, made a sensation on Chinese social media after he published a scientific report on consuming‪ ‎xiaolongbao‬ (soup ‪dumplings‬).

Xiao long bao, or “little steamed buns,“ are ‪Shanghai‬’s classic snack. With these soup dumplings, there are myriad tricks – some secret, some not – to cooking them to perfection.

After 16 months of painstaking research – eating upwards of 7.243 kilograms of dumplings in 52 different restaurants – St. Cavish published The Shanghai Soup Dumpling Index on Monday.

The chef scored the dumplings based on a formula – (weight of soup + weigh of filling) divided by thickness of the skin – and then grouped the dumplings into one of three classes. Class A is the best.

He weighed each dumpling on a digital scale before dissecting it. St. Cavish measured the weight of the soup and filling separately, and then whipped out his digital calipers for the skin.

St. Cavish set out to create the index to settle a heated debate between a Shanghai-based brand and a company from Taiwan, both specializing in xiao long bao. St. Cavish put both of their products in Class A.

St. Cavish recalled some strange experiences while putting together the index. A cleaning lady at a restaurant once yelled at him for not eating the dumplings correctly. But despite the mishap, many Chinese internet users are applauding his hard work and rigorous research – labeling him a real food lover.


So after seeing this cute art that was posted by Hoshino, we’ve decided to make a shirt that looks just like Allen’s! :) Since there were a few questions about the paint: we’ve used textile paint from Marie’s, a very popular Shanghai-based brand. We bought a set in China, so unfortunately I don’t know if they are available anywhere else, but they’re ridiculously good. This probably  took around 6-7 hours to make, though :*D Of course, it will be used for cosplay too, hehehe

We’re really in a D. Gray-Man craze right now and also just made Allen’s uniform and Timcanpy. Check em out!

SM announced “NCT” - Multi-National Male AKB48 of Korea on Crack???

SM Entertainment‘s founder, Lee Soo Man, announced plans for SM’s new boy band at “SMTown: New Culture Technology 2016” held at SM’s Coex Atrium.

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anonymous asked:

Hello! This is quite random, but I was wondering if you had any thoughts on the KFP movies? Personally, I adore them-they've got heart, humor, and action, even though they might seem silly at face value; just curious to know your thoughts. :)

I didn’t watch the first two Kung Fu Panda films in theatres, but actually discovered the great enjoyment of them a long time later when I was trying to watch all of DreamWorks’ films, probably mid 2015 or so. I had many companions tell me that the KFP franchise was very good and that the movies were full of humor and heart. I am very happy to have watched them. I love them, too, and definitely made sure to catch KFP 3 on screen in theatres. I also have plans to watch through the television series and shorts because I have enjoyed everything thus far that the KFP franchise has produced, and I’d love to give DreamWorks more love and business.

There are many things to love and appreciate about the films. In many respects, they are not groundbreaking, with fairly standard plots and cast of villains (Shen being the most interesting). There are a few minor plot pacing issues, I think the most apparent of which is in KFP 3. However, all these things are very minor, and I think that there are far more amazing than mediocre things to mention.

You mention a wonderful threesome of traits that the KFP movies exhibit: action, humor, and heart. I think all of these, as well as some other elements, boil down to heart. The music has heart. The visuals have heart. The dialogue has heart. The plot definitely has heart. The depiction of China, kung fu, chi, and all elements of culture… has heart.

This is why I love them. Everything boils down to heart, love, respect, joy, and celebration of a charming world of kung fu fighters. Everything.. is heart.

The stories are of a panda who is seeking his own, his strengths, his abilities, while at the same time fumbling with painful pasts and personal weaknesses. The humor is full of charm, but the KFP movies don’t stop there. There are many heartful conversations in the movies. Every conversation with Po and Mr. Ping. The depth of family questions between Po, Li Shan, and Mr. Ping and the resulting love of a son with two supportive fathers. The conversation Po and Tigress share on the boat in KFP 2 before they encounter Lord Shen. The entire concept of Shen hunting down and genociding pandas. There are so many moments of pain, so many moments of questions, so many moments of struggling and fumbling and wondering… and none of these feel contrived, fake, or dumbed down. These stories and the conflicts of these stories are focused on heart.

The music is a celebration of many instruments, from glorious Chinese instruments like the guzheng, erhu, zhonghu, gaohu, and pipa; to Western orchestra instruments; to contemporary instruments like the guitar and electric bass. The composers met with a Chinese music consultant to ensure that what they composed was full of true heart, and many of the melodies and moments you hear on screen evoke traditional Chinese keys and modes. The musicians on the team in the KFP movies include John Powell, Hans Zimmer, and Eric Whitacre, a combination that assures quite a number of sparkling moments. Both Powell and Zimmer are comfortable with instruments that extend beyond the standard orchestra. Powell is incredible with melody, motive, and symbolism, adding more memorability and depth to the melodies that you hear than in a typical film. Zimmer can bring his unique timbre palettes to make some memorable colors with unique combinations of instruments. Powell is great with working with folk musics and adding appropriate local flavor to a soundtrack. And Eric Whitacre’s harmonies with choir are always out of this world. Together, the music has a lot of happiness, a lot of excitement, and a lot of heart. The soundtracks aren’t perfect and have a number of weaknesses, but there’s no denying the heart.

The visuals have heart. It needs to be said: the third movie is eye candy. The separated screens is arguably overdone, but it gives a fun comic-book-like visual and interesting, artful juxtapositions. It builds up the beautiful idea of kung fu fighters acting in extraordinarily heroic manners. And then there are the superb and undeniably jawdropping is the color pallets. The use of bright colors swarms the eyes and makes for glorious moments… 




Honestly, what I see over and over and over again in the KFP films is heart and the celebration of something beautiful. The fighting / action scenes are bold, superheroic motions, celebrating the action and awesomeness of an intense martial art. The depiction of culture in visuals, dialogue, and philosophy is done beautifully. Now I am not Chinese and should *definitely* not be the first person to talk of Chinese cultural representation (so please nicely correct me if I make a wrong statement!), but at least from what I have heard, the KFP movies have been very well-received in China. The first KFP was the biggest box office animated movie in China with similar numbers to LOTR and POTC, and then KFP 3 overtook that amount and became the new biggest box office animated film ever. It looks like there is a lot of collaboration and communication to ensure that this story does not do anything insensitive or ignorant about anything in the culture, but instead celebrates the beauty of Chinese culture. KFP 3 was made from DreamWorks’ Shanghai-based location, and the makers’ love for their home sings in the movie. Some of my closest Cantonese-American and Taiwanese-American friends speak very highly of what KFP does, and they’ve spoken to me about aspects of culture that they find represented positively in the KFP movies. To me, that’s really awesome to see. 

Over and over, I see heart and love in the KFP movies. Everything is a celebration of something awesome.

So I adore them, too.



M·A·C X Chris Chang

Leading Shanghai-based female women’s wear designer, Chris Chang, debuts her new collection with M·A·C