• Learn more about China

    From public life to getting visas prepared, learn more here.

  • Where to live?

    This is one of the most important decisions when you move to Shanghai, get an overview here.

  • Things to do

    Shanghai has an abundance of activities for families and young children.

  • Directory

    Useful contacts and emergency information for life in Shanghai

  • Our Schools in Shanghai

    Learn more about our two campuses in Shanghai, Pudong and Puxi

  • Shanghai Life

    Now you have settled into Shanghai, its time to explore its rich history and culture.

Vegetarian Cuisine

Some Chinese cuisine might look vegetarian, but the tofu and string beans have likely been enriched with pork fat. Meat is often the stock of sauces.

    If you’re at a Chinese restaurant in Shanghai, clearly explain to the staff ‘wo chi shu’ (I’m a vegetarian). If you are then served a dish with meat, politely send it back immediately without paying. Shanghai has a growing number of vegetarian restaurants that use tofu to imitate meat. There are plenty of Western restaurants that serve traditional vegetarian standbys such as pizza, pasta and salad. Food shopping is not a problem for vegetarians. Local and international supermarkets are usually well-stocked with a variety of vegetables, and cooks will be more than happy with the variety of soy products.